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Member since May-13-08 · Last seen Nov-25-22
I live in Sydney Australia, and have been a CC player since 1980, with my only significant OTB play being 4 years of high school chess in the late 1970's and early 1980's. I have an interest in chess history, and enjoy playing through interesting games from the past, and learning about the famous and not so famous players who have graced the great game of chess.
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   GrahamClayton has kibitzed 8617 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-25-22 Azmaiparashvili vs Ivanchuk, 1989
GrahamClayton: Position after 14. Bf4: [DIAGRAM] That's a very crowded centre of the board!
   Nov-25-22 E J Diemer vs F Trommsdorf, 1973
GrahamClayton: One of the more insane and wild games in the CG database.
   Nov-25-22 Z Vukovic vs D Mozetic, 1991
GrahamClayton: <holytramp> Vukovic seems to have originated this brilliant line as I cannot find any other earlier reference to it either here or elsewhere. <holytramp>, The Ng7 and Bh6+ sacrifices were seen 33 years earlier in C Jauregui vs J de Souza Mendes, 1959 .
   Nov-25-22 A Hennings vs A Csulits, 1965
GrahamClayton: 15... Kg7 16. Qg5+ Kh8 17. Qxf6+ Kg8 18. Qg5+ Kh8 19. Qh6 and 20. Qh7#.
   Nov-25-22 Arnold Chertkof
GrahamClayton: 1967 Pennsylvania State champion and 1969 Greater Philadelphia Invitational champion.
   Nov-25-22 Pablo de Unamuno
GrahamClayton: Pablo Gumersindo de Unamuno Lizárraga (b. 13 January 1894- Salamanca; d. May 14 1956- Salamanca): https://www-historiadelajedrezespan...
   Nov-24-22 Timman vs V Liberzon, 1976
GrahamClayton: 13... Rxb2 14. Kxb2 Qa3+ 15. Kb1 Qxc3 16. Bb3 cxd5 leads to a double-edged position.
   Nov-24-22 Van der Wiel vs L Day, 1982
GrahamClayton: Day could have resigned 10 moves earlier.
   Nov-24-22 V Maiorov vs Gulko, 1983
GrahamClayton: Unusual to see an ending where the number of pieces (6) is greater than the number of pawns (4).
   Nov-24-22 Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1925
GrahamClayton: 23. 0-0 is the quickest way to get the h1 rook into the game.

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<optimal play>

I just saw your re-submission in the list- it looked perfectly fine to me, but for some reason the processor does not want to publish it.

Might you post the pgn in my forum so that I can take a forensic look at it?

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<Good evening>

On this submission:

[Event "??"]
[Site "Moscow, USSR"]
[Date "1929.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Iosif Januschpolski"]
[Black "Dmitry Osipovich Rovner"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "?"]
[BlackELO "?"]
[Source "Bill Wall, 500 Sicilian Miniatures, p.7-8"]

1. e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. a3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Bb2 e5 6. axb4 Bxb4 7. f4 Nc6 8. fxe5 Nxe5 9. Qe2 f6 10. c3 Be7 11. d4 Bg4 12. Qe3 Nh6 13. Nd2 Nd7 14. Ne2 Qe6 15. Qf2 Nf5 16. c4 Ne3 17. Rc1 Bb4 18. d5 Nc5 0-1


If I publish this pgn, I will create a new player page for the same person.

The new player page would be: Iosif Januschpolski

The player already in our database would is Iosif Lvovich Yanushpolsky

It's important to spend some serious time checking to see if your player spelling in submissions matches the spelling we have at

This could take hours, but usually it doesn't. I am going to ask you to take this time in future.

This is how I do it.

1. Check the exact spelling you submit in the <Main Search Box>- not the <quick search box> which is on the top of the home page.

2. Check for alternate spellings. Start by searching last name only and examine the drop down list. Look for any similar spellings and check those player pages- there may already be duplicate pages. As an uploader, it is your responsibility to check this thoroughly. Names such as Januschpolski are particularly prone to alternate spellings. The only reason I knew about Iosif Lvovich Yanushpolsky in the first place is that I had to search- long and hard- to find that name in our database, because I knew ahead of time that he was 1. A somewhat well-known player (you can often tell by the event he is in) and 2. There were letter combinations with frequent alternate spellings- "sch" "ski" "Yan" could be "sh" "sky" "Jan" for example.

3. Check google. Google the name you are about to submit. Search terms like "(name submitted + chess), or (name submitted + chess games) are useful.

4. Check the spelling used at and Edochess. Their spelling may give hints as to which spellings to investigate in our database.

5. This is the most important step of all- if you are submitting a game with a player name that you cannot find in our database, please post your pgn in the <Biographer's Bistro> and ask if the name is already in under a different spelling.

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<Good morning>

Your new submissions have been published- here is the game I was talking about above:

Iosif Lvovich Yanushpolsky vs D Rovner, 1929


I am going to wait before publishing this submission:

[Event "??"]
[Site "Chicago, IL"]
[Date "1986.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Andrew Schremser"]
[Black "Leslie Bale"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "?"]
[BlackELO "?"]
[Source "Bill Wall, 500 Pirc Miniatures, p. 441"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. f4 d5 5. e5 h5 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 e6 9. Bd2 Ne7 10. O-O-O Nf5 11. Be1 Na6 12. Bf2 Bf8 13. g4 Ng7 14. a3 Qa5 15. Be1 Bxa3 16. bxa3 Qxa3+ 17. Kd2 c5 18. Bg3 Ke7 19. Nxd5+ 1-0

While checking the player names, I discovered that there are duplicate player pages for <Leslie Bale>.

The only reason I found this is because I copy and paste every single player name into the Main Search box before submitting any pgn. I would ask you please to adopt this practice as well.

In this case, we don't want to publish a game that has a player with a duplicate page. First, I will submit a correction slip to requesting that Leslie Bale and Leslie Bale be merged.

Once the correction slip has been processed, then I will publish your submission.

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  Stonehenge: can be used too for finding players.

ctrl-f and type some letters.

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  Stonehenge: Oh yes, adding a source to your correction slips would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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  GrahamClayton: <Stonehenge> and <jessicafischerqueen>, Thank you very much for your feedback.
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<Graham Clayton>

Your file is ready! Thank you for your uploads.

Andrew Schremser vs L Bale, 1986

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  Stonehenge: When uploading games from Edward Winter's site, please make sure to include dots in every move. Now an editor (me) has to do all of that.
Dec-18-20  Z4all: ( Kinda wish <Stonehenge> cited an (the?) example... to save me the time of digging one out... but I did, allthesame.)

Consider this snippet from C.N. 11709

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7 5 Nf3 Ngf6 6 Bd3 Nxe4 7 Bxe4 Nf6 8 Bd3 b6 9 Bb5+ Bd7 10 Bxd7+ Qxd7 11 Ne5 Qd5 12 O-O c5 13 c4 Qb7 14 Qa4+ Nd7 15 Rd1 Rd8 16 Nc6 Rc8 17 d5 a6 18 Qb3 Nf6 19 Qe3 Bd6 20 f4 O-O 21 Qd3 exd5 22 cxd5 Rfe8 23 b3 Bf8 24 Bb2 Nxd5 25 Na5 bxa5 26 Qxd5 Qb4 27 Be5 Red8 28 Qxd8 Rxd8 29 Rxd8 f6 30 Bb2 c4 31 Bd4 cxb3 32 axb3 Kf7 33 Rc1 Kg6 34 g4 Bd6 35 f5+ Kg5

36 Be3+ Kh4 37 Kf2 Bf4 38 Rd3 Qe4 39 Ke2 Bxe3 40 Rxe3 Qg2+ 41 Kd3 a4 42 Rc4 Qb2 43 Ke4 Kxg4 44 Kd5+ Kxf5 45 Rf3+ Kg6 46 Rg3+ Draw

<Converting it to a "standard / canonical" form is trivial with <SCID>...

1. New game (obvious)
2. Ctrl-Shift-i (import PGN)
3. Cut and paste the above into the dialogue box. 4. Import (Alt-i)
5. Paste Current Game (Alt-p)

And now you can cut-and-paste a proper PGN... dots and all!

*** Note this will also help you find errors in the input PGN, if they existed [which they "never" do on Winter's site - ha!] *** >

([Event ""]
[Site ""]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round ""]
[White ""]
[Black ""]
[Result "*"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 Nf6 8.Bd3 b6 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bxd7+ Qxd7 11.Ne5 Qd5 12.O-O c5 13.c4 Qb7 14.Qa4+ Nd7 15.Rd1 Rd8 16.Nc6 Rc8 17.d5 a6 18.Qb3 Nf6 19.Qe3 Bd6 20. f4 O-O 21.Qd3 exd5 22.cxd5 Rfe8 23.b3 Bf8 24.Bb2 Nxd5 25.Na5 bxa5 26. Qxd5 Qb4 27.Be5 Red8 28.Qxd8 Rxd8 29.Rxd8 f6 30.Bb2 c4 31.Bd4 cxb3 32.axb3 Kf7 33.Rc1 Kg6 34.g4 Bd6 35.f5+ Kg5 36.Be3+ Kh4 37.Kf2 Bf4 38.Rd3 Qe4 39.Ke2 Bxe3 40.Rxe3 Qg2+ 41.Kd3 a4 42.Rc4 Qb2 43.Ke4 Kxg4 44.Kd5+ Kxf5 45.Rf3+ Kg6 46.Rg3+ *

(FWIW - the Draw finish isn't recognized by SCID, and is ignored)

Dec-18-20  Z4all: Hope <Stonehenge> wasn't doing all that by hand!
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Thanks to your initiative, the Upload Utility sample PGN now has a source tag!

PGN Upload Utility

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<Z4all> Me too, for <Stony's> sake. He's certainly not work-shy at any rate eh?

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  GrahamClayton: <GrahamClayton>

Thanks to your initiative, the Upload Utility sample PGN now has a source tag!

<jessicafischerqueen> Thanks Jessica!

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  GrahamClayton: A nice puzzle by Latvian chess composer Johann Sehwers, in which the White rook cooperating together with the bishop makes the Black queen run out of safe squares:

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1. Rd8 (1. ... Qg7 2. Bd4+; 1. ... Qg6 2. Rd6+; 1. ... Qg5 2. Bh4+) 1...Qh7 2. Rh8 (2...Qh8 2. Bd4+) 2...Qg6 3. Rh6+ Qh6 4. g5+ (4...Kg5 5. Be3+; 4...Qg5 5. Bh4)

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  perfidious: Clever problem.
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  Stonehenge: I have asked this before but *please* use periods after each move number when you upload games.

Also, use commas in American site names like Los Angeles, CA USA.

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  MissScarlett: A S Jameson vs W M Ward, 1904 Think you'll find this CHYP contest took place in December, not August.
Oct-14-21  jonfrankle: Hi, Graham. I just joined, to reach out to you because you posted some info about my Des Moines, IA childhood friend and early chess mentor, Dan Harger (games: Dan Harger). I've kept up with almost everyone else from our (DM Theodore Roosevelt) high school [Dan '69, myself: '72] team, but lost track of Dan after he visited me in California in the early 1980's. I'm not sure how you know him, but a few of us would like to reconnect with Dan if you can help. Thanks! Jon (
PS -- My son and I took our first trip to New Zealand and Australia in spring 2019, enjoyed it and hope to return someday.
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  fredthebear: <GC> I've enjoyed your recent posts of miniatures. Thanks!
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  GrahamClayton: If anyone wants to upload some games to but doesn't know how to do so, I can recommend this PGN editor:

After creating the PGN score, replace "%Created by Caissa's Web PGN Editor" with the [Source] tag and you can upload the game without any problems!

Feb-14-22  login:

The land owns us

Where the bloody hell are ya - why no editor (yet)?!

Vouched (for years).

Have a good one

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  Phony Benoni: <GrahamClayton> I've posted a question for you at L T Magee vs J Holland, 1948
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  GrahamClayton: A nice study by B Serus, published in the Polish magazine "Szachy #182" in 1959 - the White King chases the Black bishop all across the board before trapping it.

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1. Bd3 Kxf1 2. Kb8 Bd7 3. Kc7 Be8 4. Kd8 Bf7 5. Ke7 Bg6 6. Kf8 Bh7 (only move due to the threat of 7. Nf4 - this is why White played 1. Bd3, to protect this knight) 7. Kg7 winning.

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  GrahamClayton: An unusual example of queen sacrifices on consecutive moves - Gilg v Lamprecht, Karbitz 1924:

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1... f1=Q 2. Qxf1 h1=Q 3. Qxh1 stalemate.

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  GrahamClayton: During a simultaneous exhibition at the Dundee CC on November 22 1930, Eugene Znosko-Borovsky was able to checkmate his opponent by castling - a rare feat.

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1. hxg3 hxg2+ 2. Kxg2 Bh3+ 3. Kxh3 Ng4+ 4. Kxg4 Qd7+ 5. Kg5 Be7+ 6. Kxg6 Rg8+ 7. Kh7 Bf6+ 8. Kxg8 O-O-O#

Znosko-Borovsky finished the 15 board exhibition with a score of +13, =1, -1.

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