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 Note to my fans: Thanks to a generous patron's gift, I was able to purchase CB 9.0!  
  Hopefully, the quality of the annotated games ... can only improve. (June, 2005.)  

 A page, (cr. Sept. 2002)  ... ... ...  with even more deeply annotated chess games!!! 


  Click  HERE  to see annotated games from  recent GM  praxis!!  


  Click  HERE  to go to the first page of my  OPENING SCHOOL
  (This is just an 11-move game, but  every  move ... is explained in detail.)   

June, 2003:  I just posted several new games on my "Downloads"  site,  plus my page  on  "Recent GM Games"  has been great updated ...   
so you will want to check this one out. Many high-quality annotated games. Check it out!!!  


   A new page - with a chess game by one of my students.  

      Click  HERE  to see a page on the FIDE World Championship of 2013 ... between Anand and Carlsen.     

Tuesday / September 8th, 2009:  A new page ... that will contain lightly annotated miniatures. 

  A great chess game. (annotate2.gif, 19 KB)

I am going to start this page with a few of the games from the very well known  match ...  between two super-stars. 

Chess players who carried, ... ... ... "The Honor of their countries upon their shoulders." 
(As was written in the newspapers of that time.) {Be sure to read what I have written about this match on my   ........... 
 "Best Matches"  Page.  There is also an annotated game from this match ...  on my  "Best Short Games"  Page.}  

I am referring to the series of games played between  ... Alexander MacDonnell - the great English player, (of that period)   ...  
and the superb French player,  Louis Charles de LaBourdonnais.  

This is the  FIRST  (recorded) great game of chess  ...  maybe ever!!  
  ( GM Ruben Fine  says that this is the  very   FIRST   IMMORTAL  
game of chess!!! ) 


This is the game:
  Louis Charles de LaBourdonnais - Alexander MacDonnell;  
 Third Match,  Game number Fifty.  (# 50.) 
  This is absolutely one of the best games of the 19th century!! 
 Black's (mostly positional) sacrifice befuddled players of that time ... 
  (Staunton later called Black's combination, "completely unsound."  
  But he was dead wrong! 
 As were many of the folks who commented on this game.) 
  ...  but my deep (computer-assisted) analysis reveals this game 
 to be 100% sound! A super-brilliancy ... of the first magnitude!! 


  One of my all-time favorite "fun" books is: 
  "The Complete Chess Addict,"  by  Mike Fox  and  Richard James
  This is game #1 in their selection of:
  "The Sixty Greatest Games of Chess Ever Played."  


  Maybe A. MacDonnell's greatest game!!  
  ( I christen this game,  "The 1st Great Jewel of England." )  

  Click  HERE  to go there now!!!  

 This is the  SECOND   great chess game ...  maybe ever!! 

 This is the game: 
 Alexander MacDonnell - Louis Charles de LaBourdonnais; 
 Match, France vs. England 
  Fourth Match, Game number Sixteen.  (# 16.)  
This is absolutely one of the best games of the whole of the 19th century. 
Black gets a big pawn roller and an attack.  The final position of this game is 
  as beautiful and as creative as  any  problem I have ever seen! 
One of the true chess masterpieces.  


  I call this game,  
  "The LaBourdonnais ...  {Super}  IMMORTAL GAME!!!"
  I also refer to this game as:  "The ULTIMATE Pawn-Roller."  


  Click  HERE  to go there now!!!  

(NOTE: This game took several weeks of analysis, and then 
 nearly 4-5 days of work to finish the html document. Enjoy!) 

  Click  HERE  to see one of the nicest attacks by anyone, anytime!  
  (A great example of the fine attacking skill of L.C. de LaBourdonnais.)  

 Click  HERE  to see another nice attacking game by  la Bourdonnais.  (# 1.4) 
  (Yet another fine example of the attacking skill of this great player!)  

Click  HERE  to see the game: 
 GM Emmanuel Lasker - NM J.H. Bauer; 
    International Chess Tournament,  Amsterdam, (NED); 1889.  


 I took my time with this game and annotated it VERY carefully. 
 I also consulted ALL the pertinent references for this great game. 


 A fresh look at one of the great games of chess. 
 (Maybe ...  easily  ... one of the great games of the 19th Century!!!) 

 Click  HERE  to see the game: 
  GM  Etienne Bacrot - GM  Joel Lautier;  
 Play-off  (rapid game)  for the  French Championship,  2002

 One of the most carefully annotated games I have ever done. 
Additionally there is a fairly decent opening survey of the Q.G.A. 
('Queen's Gambit Accepted') included. A superb game. 

 Click  HERE  to see the game: 

  GM Vladimir Kramnik  (2807) - Deep Fritz 7.0  (est. 2695)  
[E15]  Game # 6 
 "Man versus Machine" Match 
 Manama, Bahrain2002. 


 Did GM Kramnik have to sacrifice a piece? Did Kramnik miss a win here? 
Was the final position drawn? Did the Fritz team cheat? 


 {MANY diagrams ... PLUS a java-script re-play board.} 
(You don't really need a chess set.)

 ALL of these questions are answered at this  web site!! 

  Click  HERE  to see an in-depth annotation of the game:  
 Deep Fritz (7.0) - GM Vladimir Kramnik; (2807) 
 "Man vs. Machine/Brains in Bahrain"  Match. 
  (Game # 7)  Manama, Bahrain;   October, 2002.   


An in-depth look at this game, one that could have 
 been very critical for the course of this whole match. 


   Look for the link with my annotations.   

Click  HERE  to see the following great game: 

GM  R.J.  ("Bobby")  Fischer  (2685)  
GM  Oscar Panno  (2496)
Buenos Aires,  ARG  (Round # 8),   1970  


A nicely annotated game  - with one diagram - 
that is a favorite of many Masters. 
 (It is also one of my favorite Fischer games.) 

Click  HERE  to see the game:  

  GM  Victor Korchnoi  -  GM  Mikhail Tal;  
Soviet  (U.S.S.R.)  Championships,  
  ErevanRussia;   1962.   


This is ONLY a  lightly-annotated  game ... but I hope to soon have the DEEPLY 
annotated version - but text only - ready for your enjoyment as well.  

  This is a Java-script re-play page ... so you do not even need a chess board.  

  Click  HERE  to see the game:  


 GM  Nigel Short  (2665)  -  GM  Jan Timman  (2630) 
 Tilburg (Super-GM) Tournament(Round # 4.) 
 TillburgHOL;   1991.   



 I personally know that Short's favorite game would have to be ... 
 one of his wins over Kasparov. 
(I attended one of his paid lectures ... on a popular chess server a few years back.)


 While this might  not  be his very best ... or his (own) favorite game ... 
it is certainly one of his most creative and most astounding contests he ever played. 
(But to find out why, you will have to click on the link above!)

Click  here  to see the game:  

   GM  David Bronstein (2575)  -  GM  Ljubo Ljubojevic (2680)   
 Petropolis (FIDE) Interzonal 
 Brazil, South America1973

 This could be one of the most complicated games EVER played!!! 

 Be sure to check it out. 

Click  here  to see the game:  

 GM Lev Polugaeyevsky  -  IM Rashid Nezmetdinov
 RSFSR Championships. 
  Sochi, U.S.S.R.  (Russia);    1958.   

This is a game many consider to be one of the greatest 
of all time. It is also one of the most amazing and daring
ingenious Queen sacrifices ever played. 

 You MUST check this one out!! 

  (Click  HERE  to see this game  DEEPLY  annotated!!)  

Click  HERE  to see  the  great game: 

Vladimir Alortsev (2495) - GM  Issac Boleslavsky  (2680) 
U.S.S.R./ Soviet Championships  (Finals) 

 Moscow, RUS;    1950 

This is truly a fantastic game of chess, many authors have rated it as one of the greatest games of chess of all time. (Jimmy Adams says it is easily one of the best games of the whole decade of the 1950's.)  GM Andy Soltis ranks it in the  "Top 50"  of the entire 20th Century. GM J. Nunn calls it: ... "a celebrated brilliancy, and one of Boleslavsky's best games." I could go on and on, but by now you should have gotten the idea. Check it out! 

 Click  HERE  to see the great game: 

GM  Peter Leko - GM  Teamour Radjabov
XX Super-GM Tournament
 Linares, ESP;    2003.   


This is a fantastic game, and there are actually  THREE  pages devoted to this game!!
(A text-score page, with several beautiful diagrams, a js-replay page,  AND  a page 
  with the LCC commentator; IM Malcolm Pein's comments and analysis.)

This is probably the encounter that should have been awarded the prize for best game of the tournament. (Instead they gave it to the severely flawed Kasparov-Radjabov encounter.) 

  Click  HERE  to see the great game:  

IM Rashid Nezhmetdinov - SM Yuri M. Kotkov;
 Russian National Championships 
Krasnodar, U.S.S.R; 1957.

Another great game of incredible attacking energy by the nearly forgotten 
master of attack, IM Rashid Nezhmetdinov. (The incredible "Super-Nez.") 

 (Make sure to go to my "Forgotten Players" Page, and see the section on Nez.  
 There are links to several of his games, some thoroughly annotated!)    

  Click  HERE  to see the highly tactical game of:  

M. Porges - Emanuel Lasker
Nuremberg, 1896.

This game, part of my school on tactics, is a definite tactical slugfest. The great player Lasker comes up with just a whole series of tactical shots. I have studied this game with several of my students, and I can tell you it is definitely a good game to study to improve your tactics. Repeated study is guaranteed to make you a better player. (May, 2003.)  

   Click  HERE  to see the great game:   

 GM Frederich Samisch (2600) - GM Aaron Niemzowitsch (2730) 
All-Master Tourney 
Copenhagen, DEN; 1923.

A VERY interesting game of chess ... upon which the overall opinion of many GM's is pretty sharply divided. Is this a great game of chess? Or something akin to a 'coffee-house swindle?' 

This is also the game that was dubbed:  "THE IMMORTAL ZUGSZWANG GAME," 
by  GM Emanuel Lasker,  just shortly after it was played. 

I am sure this is one of the best annotation jobs you will ever see on this game! 

   Click  HERE  to see the great game:   

GM Emanuel Lasker - NM Francis Lee;
Super-Master (DRR) Tourney
London, ENG; (Great Britain)  1899.

Quite simply one of the best games of all of Lasker's career. 
 (I have been working on this game for close to a year now.) 

 A brilliancy of the very highest type ... from an unbelievable tournament by Lasker. 

   ALL Lasker fans MUST check this game out!!!   

   Click  HERE   to see the  GREAT  game:   

 GM Robert J. Fischer - GM Mark Taimanov
  1/4-final Candidates Match, Game # 4  
 Vancouver, Canada;  1971. 


  This is ... quite simply ...  
(Period, and bar none.)    

  Remember too:  Bobby Fischer won this match 6 - 0!!!   
(Several of these games are ... in my opinion, anyway ... unrecognized masterpieces.)

 Check it out now! Click here

How many players have completely dominated one of the strongest tournaments of their time ... AND carried off the brilliancy prize to boot? Capablanca, Fischer, maybe Kasparov. But did you know Lasker did this ... and on more than one occasion? 

   Wilhelm Steinitz - Emanuel Lasker  
Super-GM Tournament
 London, (ENG);  1899.

  Click  HERE  to see this grand contest now!!  

I have worked for years on this game. I have annotated it about ten different times. Then after 
I finally got a version I was happy with, it took over 2 months to polish the HTML. Take a look.

The following is a game I have probably had literally hundreds of requests for. (I actually have annotated this game several times - see the page for details) But the game is definitely pretty ... it is an amazing game. Capa out plays one of the world's best players ... with the Black pieces ... and it is almost a miniature! Really charming chess. 

 GM Ossip Bernstein - GM Jose R. Capablanca
  (Royal) Exhibition Game (# 1)  
  Moscow, Russia;  1914.  

   Click  HERE  to see this game now.   

This is the effort that Capa - when asked to name his best game by Marshall - chose this contest ... over all the great, and pretty games that he had played. (Incredible!!) 

I taught the following game around 20-30 times on the Internet. Just about every student who ever saw this game, loved it. Most asked me to do a web page on this encounter.

GM Yuri Averbakh - GM Vladimir Zak
Soviet Sport Admin/Master Challenge Match
Moscow, USSR;  1947.

EASILY a great game of chess, a fantastic encounter that features MUCH blood-letting. 

Another curious fact is that this game is NOT found in any of the databases I checked!!

   Click  HERE  to see this historic encounter ... NOW!!   

Quite simply one of the very best    jobs   of building a web page  ... ... ...  
for an annotated chess game  ...  as I have ever done. Over 20 game diagrams, and ... 
there is also a very nice re-play page. 

  GM Vassily Ivanchuk - GM Artur Yusupov;   
 (FIDE) Candidates Match / Tie-breaker game 
 Brussels, Belgium, 1991. 

This is simply one of the greatest chess games ever played. Few players have seen it, fewer players still have really studied this game. Additionally, I don't think the final analytical word has been spoken on this magnificent struggle. 

   You MUST check this game out!!   

  Fritz_X3D (C) - GM Garry Kasparov  
   WCM "Man vs. Machine" / Game Four ( # 4)   
   A chess match played in Virtual Reality   
   The Athletic Club/New York City, NY (USA)/November, 2003.   

Most people say that draws are boring ... and some definitely are. Here is a   GAME   that took over a month to complete. There are five nice diagrams, a re-play page, etc. In some cases there is a comment (and a variation) after every single move.  Check it out!! 

I am currently (March/04) working on a game between  GM Boris Spassky and  GM Lev Polugaeyevsky(Played in the 25th U.S.S.R. Championships in Riga, Latvia.)  

This titanic struggle was played the year I was born!  (1958)  But it remains one of the  greatest and most brilliant games of chess I have ever seen!! There are more brilliant moves in this game than you can shake a stick at!!   (It is HERE, now!!)     

The  5th Karpov Tournament  was recently held. (In March, 2004.) This was a VERY strong event ... a category 18 tournament!!  GM Alexander Grischuk  won on tiebreaks over  GM Sergei Rublevsky.  I have already gone over all the decisive  games  from this event ... it was an incredible tournament with some very good fighting chess. 

One of the games that just  ...  BLEW ME AWAY  ...  was the following colossal struggle: 

   GM Vladimir Malakhov (2700!) - GM Vadim Zvjaginsev (2650);   
  [E-97]  / 5th Karpov Tournament / March 17th-26th, 2004. 
  Poikovsky, Russia; 03/23/2004.  (Round # 6.)  

I truly and honestly believe ... that once this game is discovered and has caught the attention of the general chess press ... that this could be hailed as one of the most brilliant chess games of modern times. Maybe THE brilliancy of the new (21st) century?!?!? 

   Click  HERE  to see this epic game now!!      (Link posted here: Saturday;  April 03rd, 2004.)   

Starting about 25 years ago,  BILL WALL wrote many books (25-30) that dealt with miniatures. 
("500 Sicilian Miniatures,"  "500 French Miniatures,"  "500 Queen's Gambit Miniatures," etc.)  

I always thought it would be a blast to find out what Bill's favorite game was, and then annotate it. 

And I actually got around to it! Here it is!!    Bill Wall's  favorite  GAME  of chess.    Check it out! 

 (Link first posted here:  Monday; July 19th, 2004.)  

While this might not be anywhere near his very best game, the following is an extremely fun  ...  and also a very entertaining, over-the-board encounter. 

  IM W. Hug - GM Vicktor Korchnoi;  
  The National Team Championship(s) Tournament  
  Zurich, Switzerland;  1978.  

Click  HERE   to see this extraordinary game of chess,  ...  now!!!  

  (Link first posted here:  Tuesday; August  10th, 2004.)    

Most people know this game ONLY as a miniature ... or a simple trap. 

I am - of course - talking about the following encounter: 
GM Mikhail Botvinnik - GM Rudolph SpielmannRound One (# 01) 
/ The Great International Chess Tournament / Moscow, USSR;  1935.  

Click  HERE  to see this game of chess, deeply annotated! 
And also ... learn the  REST OF THE STORY!! 

   (Link first posted here:  Monday; September 06th, 2004.)  

One of the all-time great games:

GM A. Nimzovich - GM S. Tarrasch
ICT / Master's (Inv.)  / preliminaries
St. Petersburg, Russia;  1914.

This is a really great game - the combination is easily one of the "100 Greatest of All Time." 

And the analysis - up until now - has been pretty bad. Hopefully, I have corrected as many of the errors and mistakes as humanly possible. When it is finished, it will be a page with many diagrams - and also a link to a java-script replay page.  Check it out!!   

This game is NOT finished, normally - I do not post the link on this page until the game is complete. However, we have Hurricane Ivan bearing down on the Gulf Coast, and if the power goes out, I do not know how long it will take to get it back. So I am posting this now. (Of course I will attempt to finish this as quickly as humanly possible.)  [DONE!]  

    (Link first posted here:  Wednesday, 2045 hours. September 15th, 2004.)   

A very famous game ... a fantastic combination ... and one of the greatest "King-hunts" ever! 

Of course I am talking about the game: 

  GM Y. Averbakh - GM A. Kotov;  
  (FIDE) Candidates Tournament / Round #14  
  Zurich, Switzerland1953.  

This game is annotated - in much greater depth than I ever intended. There are several diagrams ... AND a link to a site that has an excellent JS-replay page. Without question, this is one of the finest combinations of the 20th Century!! 

   (Link first posted here:  Friday; September 24th, 2004.)  

Many consider this one of the greatest games of all time, it is definitely one of the more interesting games of the whole of the 20th Century here. (It is also contains a very important TN.) 

 GM Lev Polugaevsky - GM Eugenio Torre
 ICT / Moscow, U.S.S.R;  1981. 

This tournament was won by Karpov, 'Polu' was involved in a three-way tie for second. (This tournament was also Kasparov's first "big GM" event. He also tied for second, as I recall.)  

   (Link first posted here:  Tuesday; October 05th, 2004.)   

A very interesting game ... that I am sure will be debated for some time. It also decided the World's Championships in Brissago, Switzerland. 

  GM Vladimir Kramnik (2770) - GM Peter Leko (2741);  
  Centro Dannemann / WCS Match; Game # 14  
Brissago, Switzerland;  2004. 

Where did Leko go wrong? What was the losing move? Did Kramnik play OK?  

Answer all these questions - and much more - by visiting this web page. This page took many hours of work, it is as easily as good as any of the other pages that I found on the Internet. Additionally, there are about 7 diagrams, and also links to ALL the relevant sources on the Internet!!! 

  CHECK IT OUT!!!!   (Link first posted here:  Tuesday; October 19th, 2004.)  

Here is s a very interesting  game  ...  that I originally did for a book review of mine. At first, I was not going to "advertise" this game ... or post any extra links to it. But several of my friends and Internet students looked at this game, and they all said it was excellent. They all asked me to post it here. 

  GM Leonid Stein - GM Seymon Furman[B43]   
  The 37th URS Championships(Round # 18)   
  Moscow, U.S.S.R;  1969.  

  CHECK IT OUT!!!!   (Link first posted here:  Saturday;  December 05, 2004.)   

I witnessed a  game  - via the Internet - on March 4th that went beyond my standard set of superlatives. This is a contest where the reigning (FIDE) World Champion plays the White pieces ... and gets hammered into the dust. Further this game will have a huge impact on opening theory. 

  GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2678) - GM Garry Kasparov (2804);  
  [D47]  ICT / XXII Super-GM  (R #09)  
  Linares, ESP;  2005.  (0-1, 36 moves.)  

This is - without doubt - one of the most exciting and theoretically important games of the whole year.  The impact of this contest on modern opening theory will have ripples ... for years to come! 

  CHECK IT OUT!!!!   (Link first posted here:  Monday; March 07th, 2005.)  

This is a  game  that I have wanted to annotate for my web-site ... for some time now. (It is finally done!!)  

GM Al Beliavsky - GM John Nunn
 ICT / Hoogovens Masters / Wijk aan Zee, NED; 1985. 

One of best games of the decade,  I guarantee that you will enjoy this game(Enjoy!)  

  A fantastic game!!!   (Link first posted here:  Friday; September 09th, 2005.)  

A game that is from one of the more promising {young} prospects in the world today. 

  GM Ian Rogers (2569) - IM Wang Hao (2512)  
 2nd Dato' Arthur Tan {Malaysian} Open 
 Kuala Lumpur, MAS; (Round #11) / 26,08,2005. 

A truly brilliant contest ... that is as carefully an annotated game as I have ever done.  (Enjoy!)  

Click  HERE  to see a cool little game ... that is also a miniature.  (Posted: January 16th, 2006.)  

Here is a game ... that is a truly incredible "Tour de force" by a great player.  

  GM Alexander Beliavsky - GM Bent Larsen;  
  Interpolis (Masters Tournament) 
  Tilburg, NED; (R6) / 1981.  

Some of GM Beliavsky's moves have to be seen to be believed. So ... what are you waiting for? 

Check it out!   (Posted: February 06th, 2006.)  

I recently annotated the following game:  

  NM A. Gunnarsson (2289) - GM I. Sokolov (2658)   
  ICT / Jonsson Memorial (open)  
  Reykjavik, Iceland(R#9) / 23,10,2001.  

I was so impressed with the tactics at the end ... I just had to add it to my collection of annotated games. I did a fairly nice job with it, but don't let me tell you!  Check it out  for yourself!! (Be sure to provide some feedback.) 

 (Posted: Wednesday; February 22nd, 2006.)  

Click  HERE  to see a really nice combination by  GM Lev Polugaevsky(February 26th, 2006.)   

I just finished the following contest:  

   GM E. Ermenkov (2465) - GM V. Kovacevic (2530);  
  ICT / Balkaniad   
  Kavala, Greece; (R#4) / 10,1990.  

Without question, this is an interesting game. It also features an extremely unusual winning shot by Black. On top of this, there is a discovery of a missed move. (I didn't find it, but you will have to click in the link, to find out who did.)  

 (Link posted here: Tuesday; April 18th, 2006.)  

I just posted the following game:  

  Mikhail Bonch-Osmolovsky (2566) - Boris Baranov (2545);   
  Moscow, U.S.S.R. / 1953. 

Its an interesting game, and the final combination is very fine - and maybe even just a little bit educational and instructional as well. Its a challenge, Care to take a look? Then click HERE.  

(Link posted here: Thursday; May 11th, 2006.)  

The following might be one of the most interesting  games  of the whole of 2006:   

  GM Viswanathan Anand - GM Veselin Topalov  
  M-Tel Masters  
  Sofia, BUL; (Round # 07) / May 18th, 2006.  

An interesting opening ... leads to an exciting middlegame ... which leads to an astounding ending. 

This is certain to be one of the most analyzed and talked about games of 2006, so check it out! 

 (Link posted here: Tuesday; May 23rd, 2006.)  

A great game of chess would have to be:  

  GM S. Kudrin - GM A. Onischuk;  
  The U.S. Championship Tournament  
  San Diego, CA; (USA) / 2006.  

Grandmaster Alexander Onischuk plays a model game of chess, with a nearly perfect (and highly instructive!) R+P endgame. (Check it out!)  

One of the greatest chess players who ever lived was  GM Jose Raul Capablanca. (One of the five original GM's!!!!!) 

What was his best or most brilliant game? Many people have weighed in on this one, my choice is a little different than most "chess experts" on this matter. Care to see it? Then click here.  

GM Victor Korchnoi, at the amazing age of 75, is still winning tournaments. (He also recently won the World Senior title.) Here, I give you a game {from the same event} where he just crushed GM Sergei Tiviakov. 

GM Aaron Nimzovich  crushes  a strong master. (H. Matisons) This is one of Nimzovich's most celebrated victories, it also comes from a tournament where he won clear first place. (Karlsbad, 1929.) Here is a carefully annotated chess game for your enjoyment, there are also a brief synopsis of Nimzovich's career, a cross-table, and dozens of links.  You must check this out!  

Many consider GM Alexander Alekhine to be one of the greatest chess players who ever lived, even Garry Kasparov has said that he traces his "chess style" directly back to one of the grandest of all Russian players. 

While I was working on an article on this great player, I did a lot of background work. 

I wanted a great game of Alekhine's ... and one that the average chess enthusiast might not be familiar with. I think I found the game I was looking for. 

In his rematch with Max Euwe, Alekhine played some really great chess. In the twenty-second game, he played a whole series of really powerful moves, in the end, not even Euwe could withstand the onslaught of Alekhine's genius. Its one of Alekhine's best games, if you want to see it, please click here

GM Lev Aronian  and  GM Magnus Carlsen  met in their  Candidates Match in 2007.  It turned out to be a fiercely contested match ... first one player would win, and then the other. In the end, the {slightly} more experienced Aronian won out, although it was a bitter struggle.  

HERE  ...  I annotate game four of their match in Elista.  (Posted here ... Saturday; June 2nd, 2007.)  

GM Alexander Grischuk just crushes Jakov Geller ... in a contest from the Russian Team Championship in 2004. When this game was recently featured as the "Problem of The Day" on another server, I knew that I had to try and annotate it. (Click  HERE  to see this game now.)  (Posted here ... Monday; July 9th, 2007.)  

GM Alexander Shabalov is the new U.S. Champion. Click  HERE  to read a brief article ... and also see the decisive, last-round game against the ever-tough, GM Sergey Kudrin(Posted here ... Thursday; July 12th, 2007.)  

I saw this game the other day on the popular "Chess Games" website.  

Aleksander Sznapik (2480) - Davor Komljenovic (2512); [B75] / Biel, SUI; 1987.  

Its an absolutely beautiful win, and features some nice tactics ... that are typical of this whole variation. In the end, I knew I was going to have to try and annotate this one. (I did not want to make it the kind of effort, where it took me weeks - or even months - to complete it. But at the same time, I knew I wasn't able to crank it out in thirty minutes ... at least, I could not do this and maintain the same level of quality as most of my other annotated games.) 

Its a theoretically interesting contest - all Dragon players will want to   study this one 

I wanted to get it done the same day that I saw the game, but that turned out to be a little difficult ... all things considered here. (Posted: Monday; August 13th, 2007.)  

I saw this game shortly after it was first played. I meant to annotate it, but somehow I never did. 

Judit Polgar - S. Mamedyarov; The FIDE World Team Championships ... commonly better known as "The (men's) Olympiad."  Bled, Slovenia; 2002.   
Without question, this is one of the prettier games that Judit has ever played, even if you are not a Polgar fan, you  MUST  check this one out  
(Posted: Friday; November 23rd, 2007.)  

My analysis of GAME ONE of the Kramnik - Anand World Championship match.  

Some of the most interesting games of the year are played in the Bulgarian (Super-GM) tournament in Sofia every year. (M-Tel, 2009.)

This year when Shirov knocked out Ivanchuk in 24 moves, I knew that I had to eventually get around to annotating this game, and I finally did. 

If you are curious, then you can     check this one out    (Posted: Wednesday; July 22nd, 2007.) 

Every day, The "Chess Games" website features a fun and interesting problem. 

The problem for Sunday; September 6th, 2009 was the contest:  
GM Eduardas Rozentalis (2600) - GM Viktor Bologan (2540); / ICT / Belfort, FRA; (R#9) / 1995.  

It was an interesting chess game. The opening was a [B22] Sicilian Alapin. The tactics were extreme. Therefore, I decided to annotate this game.  

  Click HERE     to check this game out!  (Posted: Monday; September 07th, 2009.)  

In April and May of 2010, GM's Anand and Topalov played a  World Championship Match.   

The final game could not have been more exciting if I had written a script for the match, and the players had followed that script ... to the letter! 

Anand had Black, and the score was all tied. Everyone expected Topalov to "go for it" ... and he did! 

What happened? Curious?!? Then  click  HERE   to find out!!!!!  

In May of 2010, Andor A. Lilienthal - a living legend of chess - passed away. Today I posted my web page dedicated to him.  
Click  HERE  to see it now!  (Posted: Wednesday; June 23rd, 2010.)  

GM F. Olafsson was a very good player. Perhaps he was not a giant of his time ... but his name shines, none-the-less. 

I had always wanted to do a page on this contemporary of Bobby Fischer's. I finally got around to doing it. Olafsson smokes Eliskases at the 1960 Mar del Plata tournament, this is truly a brilliant game of chess. Its also a VERY UNUSUAL brilliancy ... as for why, you will simply have to visit the web page. 

Click   HERE   to see this game now!  (Posted: Saturday; November 26th, 2010.)  

HERE  is a game where I win in a "Queen's Gambit Accepted." This analysis is important because I prove - once and for all - that Black can NOT keep the extra pawn when he accepts the Queen's Gambit.  (Posted: Tuesday; April 26th, 2011.)  

Have you ever heard about "a good game to show the power of the initiative," but you wondered what that meant? Exactly? 

A great game of chess was:  Maxim Sorokin (2599) - Mikhail Ulibin (2583) /  [C06]  / USSR, 1986.  

HERE  are my annotations for this game ... it is thoroughly annotated and there are many diagrams as well. (Plus a link to a re-play page!) 

(Posted: Thursday; April 28th, 2011.)  

Today, on the "Chess Games" website, the POTD was an excellent game where (Super GM?) Magnus Carlsen (as Black) defeats GM Milos Pavlovic

HERE  are my annotations for this game. They are relatively thorough and complete. (A few links and seven diagrams - and a link to page where you can re-play this game, right there on your computer, you DON'T need a chess set!) 

 (Posted: Friday; June 24th, 2011.) 

GM Peter Wells  defeats  GM Alexei Shirov  at the  Gibraltar Masters  in  2006  in only 13 moves!!!!!!!!!!

Now this game is on this website - thoroughly annotated ... with many diagrams, and a link to a re-playable page as well!  (Go to that page - now.)  

(Posted: Monday; November 7th, 2011.)  

A young  GM Wesley So  defeats a world-class opponent,  GM Alexey Shirov.  The game features an endgame that is as good as any you may have ever seen, in an opposite-colored Bishops. This game is now thoroughly annotated with 30 diagrams and five analysis diagrams.  (Go to that page - now.)  

(Posted: Monday; December 19th, 2011.)  

GM Vladimir Kramnik defeats GM Alexander Beliavsky in under 20 moves ... my page is a VERY deep annotation of this game. 
  (Go to that page - now.)    (Posted: Friday; January 6th, 2012.)  

I decided to look at and analyze the CG POTD:  
Enrico Paoli (2300) - GM Ulf Andersson (2535); [B85] / FRG-ch int / Dortmund, GER / (R#15) / 1973

   (See that page, now.)     (Posted: Wednesday; January 11th, 2012.)  

A few days ago, this was the featured POTD on the CG website:   
Adel Choukri vs Klaus Kuenitz / Tradewise Gibraltar 2012 · Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. Accepted [A82] · 1-0 

It took a couple of days to complete - I wanted to do it right - but now my analysis is finished!  

   (See that page, now.)     (Posted: Thursday; February 09th, 2012.)  

In 1970, Bobby Fischer defeated S. Schweber at the Buenos Aires (ARG) tournament. Fischer was White, and his opponent played a French Defense. Many people have called this "one of Fischer's most brilliant games." I don't know if I would say that, but it IS a great game of chess ... and I think it was definitely time that someone used the modern tools and took a fresh look at this game. (I did.) I am sure that my analysis is "top-of-the-line," I literally spent YEARS working on my analysis of this game. (See the actual web page for more details.)  

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Saturday; February 11th, 2012.)  

Viswanathan Anand (2799) - Boris Gelfand (2739) / [A45]  
The FIDE World Championships (WCh-match)  /  Moscow, RUS; (Game # 8) / 21,05,2012.  

As soon as this game was played, I knew that I had to annotate it. Now - after nearly three weeks of hard work - it is finally ready. I have made a full analysis of game eight of the 2012 Anand-Gelfand World Championship Match, there are dozens of links and about 20 diagrams.  

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Saturday; June 9th, 2012.)  

GM Leonid Shamkovich - IM G. Lebredo;  [A28]  /  ICT, Master's Tournament / Mexico City, MEX; 1978.  

Monday; June 18th, 2012:  Back in February, the CG website featured an interesting game as the "P.O.T.D." (Problem of The Day.) I started on doing an analysis on this contest almost right away, but many problems - including several computer crashes - prevented me from finishing my self-appointed task in a timely manner. Even though I temporarily might have forgotten about this clash, eventually I was to return to finish the job. After many months of work - and also many interruptions - I have finally completed my work, I have both a web page AND a video now on this epic short game of chess. 

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Monday; June 18th, 2012.)  

GM Boris Gelfand (2739) - GM Viswanathan Anand (2799); / [D45] 
The FIDE World Chess Championships (WCh-match)  Moscow, RUS; (Match Game, #7) / 20,05,2012.  

Wednesday; June 27th, 2012:  I have done a nice job of annotation of game seven of the 2012 World Championship between Anand and Gelfand. This page reflects over a month of hard work, I started on this game the same day that it was played. (There are many diagrams, and dozens of links.) 

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Wednesday; June 27th, 2012.)  

GM Viktor Kupreichik - GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky / [B82] / Minsk, USSR / 1982.  

This was the "Chess Games" POTD (Problem of the Day) for today. I wanted to analyze this game and get it posted as quickly as possible.  

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Wednesday; September 26th, 2012.)  

IM Richard Forster (2315) - GM Robert Huebner (2605);  [B86]  
National Champ. (SUI-chT) / Zurich, Switzerland; (R#6), 1994.   

This was the "Problem of The Day" (POTD) for yesterday ... the game was so interesting, that I decided to turn it into a web page. 

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Sunday; October 14th, 2012.)  

GM Andrija Fuderer (2608) - GM Jan Hein Donner (2544) [B15] / ICT, Hoogovens / Beverwijk, NED; (R#1) / 1952.  

This was the "Problem of The Day" (POTD) for Tuesday; November 20th, 2012 ... the game was so interesting, that I decided to turn it into a web page. 

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Friday; November 30th, 2012.)  

GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky (2525) - GM Ventzislav Inkiov (2500) / [C63] / Chigorin Memorial Tournament / Sochi, RUS; 1983.  

This was the "Problem of The Day" (POTD) for Wednesday; April 3rd, 2013. The game was interesting - and I also have had an ongoing interest in this opening line - so I decided to turn it into a web page, I hope that you enjoy it. . 

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Tuesday; April 3rd, 2013.)  

A.J. Goldsby I (2211) - Doug Strout (1656)  /  [C20]  / Bayside Open / Daphne, AL; (R#2) / February 23rd, 2013.  

A nice game that I won, it features a cool sacrifice at the end of the game. (The opening is a Spanish / Ruy Lopez, Open Variation.)  

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Sunday; May 26th, 2013.)  

Henry Edward Bird (2462) - Paul Morphy (2650)  / [C41]  Match Game / London, ENG; 1858.  

This is a game that I have been analyzing for many years. (Easily, 30+, and probably more than that.) Its one of the greatest chess games ever played, and has been the subject of much discussion by masters and authors over the years. The analysis of the key positions will continue for years, until computer engines become flawless, or as long as humans are interested in the game of chess. 

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Saturday; October 5th, 2013.)  

      Click  HERE  to see a page on the FIDE World Championship of 2013 ... between Anand and Carlsen.     

GM F. Caruana (2781) - GM M. Carlsen (2872);  [A11]  / Rapid Event, Chess Challenge /    Zürich, SUI / (R#4) / 04,02,2014.  

Here is a game that was won by Caruana in the rapid part of the Zurich Chess Challenge. After playing through the game several times, (without an engine); I became intrigued by this contest and I wondered where the critical mistake(s) occurred. After spending a day or two just going through the moves, I knew that I had to analyze it, especially after a fan in Kansas (and also one in South FL) told me (via e-mail) that they would enjoy seeing a web page on it. (There is also a video on the game as well.)  

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Thursday; February 6th, 2014.)  

Akiba Rubinstein - Moishe Hirchbein; Lodz, (POL); 1927. 

Here is a game won by no other than the great Akiba Rubinstein. His opponent follows the standard line of the QGD for around the first 10 moves. Then comes a couple of imprecise moves, and Rubinstein just rips him apart. One of the finest miniatures that I have ever seen.  

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Thursday; February 13th, 2014.)  

Georg Salwe (2350) - Akiba Rubinstein (2534) / [C50] / Lodz, Poland; 1903.  

This is a game that I saw in a book or magazine, many, many years ago. It is a truly wonderful little game of chess that features a really unexpected ending ... from a very sudden and almost unbelievable knock-out blow.  I really liked it, enough to do a web page and a video on it.   

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Sunday; February 23rd, 2014.)   

GM Garry Kasparov (2805) - GM Alexei Shirov (2740)  / [B33] / Horgen CS, (Zurich, SUI); (R#9) 1994.  

In 1994, Garry Kasparov played, in what some GM's said, was one of the greatest exchange sacrifices of all time. (It was picked as the best game of the 61st issue of "The Informant.") As for me, I had questions about the soundness of Garry's idea, I wrote "Chess Life" within a few weeks of first seeing that game. (I gave them about seven pages of analysis, I don't think that they acted on any of this information.) 

According to the kibitzing on the CG website, I wasn't the only one that questioned the soundness of this entire idea. I have always wanted to deeply analyze this game. Now chess engines have gotten strong enough to warrant a detailed re-examination of this classic encounter.  

    (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Monday; March 10th, 2014.)  

Donald Byrne - Robert J. Fischer; /[D97]/ The 3rd Rosenwald Tournament / New York, NY; (USA) / 1956
(A re-appraisal.) 

I have been challenged - by my loyal fans, more than once - to go back and take a second look at some of the classic games of chess. 

In many instances, I already have a web page on one of these games. However, most of the time, the analysis was begun 20 or 30 years ago, long before using a chess engine to analyze a chess game was even a serious proposition. 

Most of the time, I flatly turn down such ideas, as I feel that (in most cases) my analysis is pretty thorough and usually covers all of the bases. In some projects, (one example); I continue to analyze the game and I add to it as I see fit. 

However, around two years ago, one loyal reader in India sent me an e-mail and suggested that I take a fresh look at "The Game of The Century." (In his e-mail, he gave several examples of how the analysis on my old web page and the analysis of the newer engines differed quite a bit.) Then - last fall - a PCC student (and his Dad) re-ignited my interest in "The Game of The Century." In fact, the student and I spent one whole afternoon going over this game with the help of his laptop. (Just before the lesson I purchased a spiral-bound notebook and recorded just about anything of interest ... even recording the places where the "evals" of Fritz 13 and Houdini 3 changed significantly.)  

My students are sometimes a chatty bunch, and (in a few cases), one student will tell another student what we were looking at. This meant that - several times - I went down to the local bookstore, ("Books-A-Million" on N Davis Hwy.); and looked at this game ... and most of the time, some type of laptop or tablet was involved. (I insisted on this.) Anyway, the upshot of all this interest and work was that I decided it was now high time for a new look at, "The Game of The Century." 

(I really meant to have this web page finished many months ago, but, for whatever reason, things did not turn out that way.) 

So ... I have finally completed my NEW LOOK ... at this classic, historic and most beautiful of chess games.  

   (See that page, now.)      (Posted: Thursday; March 20th, 2014.)  

GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic (2615) - GM Sergey Makarichev (2440) / [C42] / IBM GM Tourn. / Amsterdam, NED / (R#3) / 1975.   

Back in January, 2014, the CG website featured this game as the POTD. 

I have (had?) the book on this tournament, so I was already familiar with this game ... it was also in an issue of the Informant ... around that time. 
(Back then, I ALWAYS purchased the Informant and went over a lot of the games ... I was more ambitious and "booked-out" in those days.) 

Having already seen this game - albeit, a number of years ago - I knew what a sparkling little brilliancy this contest was. However, when I began, what I originally intended to be just a quick analysis of this game (to be posted on the CG page); I was struck by just how marvelous this game was! I knew it was my solemn duty to show this game to all my fans (and everyone else) and try to get the word out on what a fantastic chess battle it really was!!!  

Another interesting aspect of this contest is that - had it ended before move 25 - it could have been one of the greatest short games of all time! 

    (See that page, now.)       (Posted: Friday; April 18th, 2014.)  

GM Boris Spassky - IM Jonathan Penrose; / ICT, Palma, 1969. 

On September 13th, (I think) the CG site featured this grand game as their "Problem of The Day." 

  1. I had annotated this game several times before, although once I basically just parroted most of what Soltis said about this game. This effort is MUCH different and is the result of many days of nearly continuous effort and also consulting about a dozen resources. 

  2. I used all the modern engines, mainly Deep Fritz 14 and Houdini 3.0. 

  3. This version of the game is MUCH different than anything I had done previously. 

  4. There is a YT video on the game, there are good annotations, you can save/print out a CB-copy of my work, and there are many good links. There is also a link to the CG site, you can replay the game there as much as you would like. 

     (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Thursday; September 18th, 2014.)  

Mikhail Tal (2757) - Viktor Korchnoi (2759) / [E19] / FIDE Candidate Match, (Semi-finals)
Game # 01 / Moscow, U.S.S.R. (Russia); 1968.  

This is possibly one of the most famous and more complex K+P endings ever played. The experts were unanimous in their findings, Tall had missed a win. Yet Tal - one of my chess heroes - could not have missed a win, not at the peak of his game ... or, at least, I had my doubts. For just about my entire life, I held all of my doubts inside, for I could never really prove anything. 

However, in the last 3-5 years, chess engines - while not yet perfect - have become unbelievably strong. It was time to take this endgame and put the whole thing under a microscope. Did Tal miss a win? Did Korchnoi, (another of my chess heroes!); play that poorly? Or were all the pundits simply wrong? The time had come to find out. (I had worked on this endgame years ago, but gave up on it ... there was simply too much unknown territory and too many doubts. But now, the chess engines - if guided by an expert hand - could decide this matter and settle the question, once and for all.)   

    (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Friday; October 10th, 2014.)  

Adolf Herzog (2350) - Kurt Petschar (2325) / [D00] / AUT-chT / Austria, 1994.  

Here is an opening not often seen in master-level play. (The Stonewall Attack.) 

I told a friend - on the telephone - that this attack was almost certainly unsound. He disagreed, and asked me to prove it. (So I did.)  
(My video - for this game - has been posted for many months now on the YT channel. Unfortunately, I did not immediately jump to the task of making the web page. However, here ... the old saying applies: "Better late ... than never!") 

The web page is a decent one, with seven diagrams and a link to a replay page. (I hope that you will take a look.) 

    (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Monday; February 16th, 2015.)  

Y. Averbakh - A. Sarvarov / [A13] / USSR Team Champ. / Moscow, RUS, 1959.    

Here is a VERY brilliant game ... with an attacking idea that you might be able to use as White! The engines show that Averbakh's play here is nearly flawless! I consider this to be a MODEL GAME for illustrating how to handle positions where both sides are attacking on the opposite side of the board! FM Steve Giddins thoroughly annotates this game (Game #1) in his book: "50 Essential Chess Lessons." (You must buy this book!)  

The web page is very nice, it has 9 diagrams, it has its own YT video, and there are several useful links. (Please check it out!)  

    (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Wednesday; February 25th, 2015.)  

S. Satheesh A.J. Goldsby; [D87] / CT; Open Section / New Orleans, LA (R#4) / 2014.  

Here is a game - with a very snappy finish - that I played in New Orleans in December of 2014. 

The analysis reveals that White made a fundamental error by pushing a Pawn on move 17 ... all of White's troubles in this game stem directly from this particular move. I have nearly 40+ years of experience playing the Grunfeld, so (by popular demand) I present this game as a service to my readers. 


It has many things to offer the prospective reader, a few are: 

  1. A very thoroughly annotated game. 

  2. A complete overview of the opening. 

  3. Around eight nice diagrams. 

  4. My own replay page. 

  5. A video on the YouTube channel where I give a nice explanation of events, a sort of "blow-by-blow," if you will. 

  6. Dozens of valuable links and many links to other games as well. 

    (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Monday; March 2nd, 2015.)  

See/study four of my games!!! (S. Wu - Goldsby; Goldsby - S. Eisenhauer; R. Blalock - Goldsby; and A.J. Goldsby - R. Wu.)  

This past Saturday, I played in the "Tony Edmondson Chess Classic." (In Headland, AL.) I tied for first and won the trophy on tiebreaks. Here are all four of my games, although they are NOT heavily annotated ... just a few quick notes to help the average player understand what is going on.  

    (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Monday; May 4th, 2015.)  

Konstantin Z. Lerner (2475) - Fikret I Sideif_Sade (2320)  /   [A34]  URS-ch / FL47 / Frunze, (R#13) / 1979.  

This was the problem of the day (on the CG server) back in August of 2009. For whatever reason, I annotated ... but never got around to posting it. I recently found it sitting there, (UN-formatted); not doing anyone any good. So I thought that I would go ahead and annotate it and post it. 

    (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Friday; October 9th, 2015.)  

Stanislav Savchenko (2485) - Alexey Ivanov (2380); / [A52] / Masters Open / Vienna, AUS / (Round #8) / 1991.  

This was a POTD back in September of 2009. It was yet another game, (see above) ... that had fallen through the cracks and never got finished. I really wanted my website to be complete as possible, especially in lieu of coming events. It is also a pretty good game of chess with as much fighting content as 100 quick GM draws, so I think that the game fully deserves to be recognized solely on its own merits!! Enjoy!!!!!  

    (See that page, now.)        (Posted: on Wednesday; October 21st, 2015.)  

      Click  HERE  to see my page on the FIDE World Championship of 2014 ... between Anand and Carlsen.     

Coming soon? Many more deeply annotated chess games! 
 So (please) check back often!! 

  Do you want even more annotated games?  

  Click  HERE  to go to my second page devoted entirely to miniatures.  

 Click  HERE  to go to my page for  "Recent GM Games."

 Click  HERE  to go to page # 1 of my Annotated Games,"  on my downloads site.

 Click  HERE  to go to page # 2 of my Annotated Games,"  on my downloads site. 

  Click  HERE  to see my    "GAME OF THE MONTH."    

  My  LIST  of annotated games on my domain.  
 (All the games on this page are annotated to an exceptional extent.) 

  More annotated games ... on the WCA website.  

Keep watching this page for more annotated  games! 
Coming soon!! 


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