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... taking a look at Game #7 of The 2012 World Championship Match.  

I decided that I would have to annotate this game ... for several different reasons. Perhaps the most important would be to cover those lines and aspects seemingly ignored by a few of the other pundits and annotators on the Internet. To be honest, they (the other masters) have covered just about all the bases, there were just one or two fine points that I thought I would offer. 

I also decided that I was in a fairly unique position. I have many friends and students, they monitored sites like The Play-Chess (server) and "The Internet Chess Club." (One former student sent me the transcript of the coverage of the entire game.) I watched the entire game, mostly on the official site. I also reviewed/watched the game on the CG server, (live) they had both Jenny Shahade and Natalie Pogonina as official commentators.

Additionally, I had one young man send me the entire CB file of his analysis of this game generated with Houdini 2.0 on his state-of-the-art laptop. (He obviously worked many hours on this file.) And I had friends sending me many text messages, there must have been over a hundred on the game on my cell-phone, plus dozens of IM's and e-mails as well. With all this information, I thought it possible that I could offer insights perhaps not offered before. (I also watched ALL of the on-line video's by masters ... there must have been close to a dozen of them.) I also noticed a certain hasty quality to several of these productions, I strongly felt that a close, thorough look was in order. 

  •     Be sure to check out the CB report on this game.     
    (It includes two separate video's and analysis by IM Malcolm Pein and (also) analysis by GM Gilberto Milos  
     that you can download and then study on your computer - or print out, and then study it on your favorite board!)
     ---> There are pictures and coverage and many links ... do not miss this one! 


NOTE ON THE OPENING:  I have a book on 4...a6; and there is a whole section in  MCO-15  on 4...a6. (Page # 482.) However, I cannot find this particular opening in MCO-15 at all, neither is it in ECO, not as far as I can tell. (Its not a total loss, I have the chess engines and the "Power-Book" and the games database.)  


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

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  [A.J. Goldsby I]  


This is the first decisive game of the 2012 World Championships match, I thought that I would take a stab at it and perhaps concentrate on areas that have 
not been touched on by the various other Internet annotators. 

(I have spent many weeks working on this game... at one point, looking at the game for almost 24 straight hours! - just after it was played ... I also have used all the latest engines to analyze this particular game; I thought that I would concentrate on just my thoughts and the various moves of the machines and all the chess engines. M. Pein, G. Milos, D. King and also A. Martin have all taken a look at this game already. Many of the moves that I will skip can be found in their analysis; be sure to check out the link {above} and view the analysis and look at the various chess video's.)  


   1.d4 d52.c4 c6;   
The Slav, although the pure form, (with an eventual ...Bf5); is not seen much in high-level GM chess nowadays. 


   3.Nc3 Nf64.e3 e6 5.Nf3 a6(The plan?)    {See the game diagram, just below.}    
All this was seen in the previous game, (Match Game #6); remember that the players swap colors in the middle of the match. 
(I.e., Gelfand gets two White's in a row and Anand gets two Black's in a row. I believe that this is done to try and off-set the 
 possible edge that one player might get from receiving White in the first game.)

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5...a6!? is a high-class waiting move, I have written a number of articles on 4...a6; and 5...a6; for various state chess magazines and articles for various websites. (One example - on the WCA website. Also see my "Game of The Month" for January, 2006. ---> Click here.)  

   ---> [ RR For the moves of: 1.d4, d5; 2.c4, c6; 3.Nf3, Nf6; 4.Nc3, a6; See MCO-15, page # 482. ]  


          [ Black can also play a similar system with:  5...Nbd76.Qc2 a6!?;  


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            see the (following) contest:  
            GM Magnus Carlsen (2815) - GM Hikaru Nakamura (2774); [D45] 
            ICT, 20th Melody Amber (rapid) Monte Carlo, (R#01) / 12,03,2011. 
            {White won, 1-0 in 40 moves.}  [replay]  ]  


   6.c5(Exploit the hole @ b6?)    {See the game diagram, just below.}   
Gelfand tries something different than their previous game.   

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   rnbqkb1r/1p3ppp/p1p1pn2/2Pp4/3P4/2N1PN2/PP3PPP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 6   


( In game Two of this match, Gelfand played 6.b3, and that lead absolutely nowhere, the game was drawn in 25 moves. [more] )  


          [ The move of: RR  6.Qc2,  "+/="  was played in Game Six, and this lead nowhere, and the game was soon drawn. (1/2, 29 moves.) ]   


   6...Nbd77.Qc2 b6!?;    {See the game diagram, just below.}   
A new book (and a DVD) on this opening both claim easy equality for Black. However, since Anand obviously deeply prepared this line for this match, he may have had a reason for side-stepping this continuation ... (see the analysis, just below).  


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Black tries to immediately open the Q-side, theory seems to prefer the idea that Black should (instead) prepare the  ...e6-e5; advance.  


          [ A critical line was:  RR  7...e5!?8.dxe5!,   
            I think that White should open the game up here.   

                    ( After the following <book> continuation here:   
                      8.Be2 Be79.0-0 e410.Nd2 Nf811.f3!,  "+/="  White is also solidly better. )  

            8...Ng4T;  Forced.  ("[]")  9.e6!?,    
            This is interesting, but its not White's only good play here.    

                    ( Or  >/=  9.Na4!,  "+/="  (White has a nice, solid plus.)  - GM Tomi Nyback.   
                     (Fritz prefers this, I do as well. I have been working on this line for 2-3 years,   
                      and this is what I would play for White.) )    

            9...fxe610.Bd3 Ngf611.Ng5,  "~"  (Unclear.)   

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            ... which was the contest:  

            GM Teimour Radjabov (2650) - GM Alexander Grischuk (2732); [D10]   
            ICT, 7th Corsica Masters (rapid) / Bastia, France; (Round. # 1.6) / 01,11,2003.   
            {Black won, 0-1 in 35 moves.}   [replay]  

            I think that there are many improvements possible - for both sides - over this game.  

                    (Perhaps more solid is: RR 11.Na4!?, "="  with a long-term Q-side bind. )   ]  


   8.cxb6 Nxb6!?(TN = Theoretical Novelty, or new move.)   {See the game diagram, just below.}  
Black plays the first new move of this particular game here. 
(This seems justified, as after the older move, White seems to keep the upper hand.)  


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It seems strange that Black should be able to nearly gain equality with a second move of this Knight, and it moves the horse to a seemingly inferior square as well ... (Some might try to assign blame to this move, but a careful analysis will show that this was not the play which caused Anand all of his various problems in this game.)   


          [ The alternative, (coming mostly from the well known and respected "Power-Book"); was the following line:   

            8...Qxb6!?9.Bd2 c5!?10.Na4! Qa7!?11.Rc1 Ne412.Ba5!,  "+/="  (Maybe "+/")   

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             when White is clearly better, although there are NO "GM-vs-GM" games in any database that I could find. ]  


Now since White is about to pile up on that vertical file, Black sets about ridding himself of his bad (potentially fatal) backward Pawn on the half-open c-file.  
   9.Bd2 c510.Rc1 cxd411.exd4 Bd612.Bg5 0-013.Bd3 h614.Bh4, "="     {See the game diagram, just below.}  
So far, both players have played well, there is no doubt that all parties had looked at similar ideas in their home analysis.   


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Thus far, the position is equal.   


          [ </=  14.Be3!? Bb7;  "=" ]   


Now Anand plays: 
This is OK, but the box shows that Anand missed a much better move here. (See below.)  


          [ After the continuation of:  >/=  14...Bf4!15.Rd1 Nbd7 16.0-0 Bb717.Rfe1 Qc7;   
            18.Bg3 Bxg319.hxg3 Rfc8;  "="  Black has no problems. ]   


   15.0-0 Qb8!?;   (hmmm)    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
Anand plays enterprising chess, several on-line commentators were praising this play as a move, ... "that steals the initiative." 
(The engines prefer ...Bf4; or ...Nbd7; here for Black.)  


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Of course, the engines see things a whole lot differently, and now White can capture on the f6-square.  


   16.Bg3!(positional)    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
Of course, Gelfand saw the capture on f6, and eventually rejected it, as this conforms to his overall style.   


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There was a huge outcry on the Internet, and many players were just (virtually) screaming that White should capture on f6. 
For the record, I will only make two observations about this: 

#1.)  If you have an engine by your side, you are free to play any line that you like, and you will always make the best move, 
and you are free from problems like time pressure and the worry that you might make an error. However, in real (OTB) play, 
things are a lot different and you must play what you believe is best and also what conforms to your own personal tastes. 

#2.)  White is simply better, because of Black's bad QB, and Bg3 highlights this fact. If you capture on f6 ... 
and don't win ... then you will find out that it may have been unwise to open the g-file, give your opponent the Bishop pair, 
to lose a great deal of dark-square influence, and also (perhaps permanently) deny your Knights the e5-square as a 
valuable, long-term outpost.  

"If White plays Bxf6 he will lose control of the dark squares and there is no clear way to attack the Black King." 
  -- GM Gilberto Milos (On ICC ... and also the ChessBase website, see the link at the top of this page.)  


          [ After the moves:  RR  16.Bxf6 gxf617.g3,  "+/="  (White has a solid edge here.)  
;  "<=>"  ({and} Black has good piece play.)  


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            White is better, but Black may have some real counterplay. (Based on the Bishop pair, and also the half-open g-file.) ]   


Now Black finds himself unable to successfully untangle his position- or get counterplay - which may be the best argument for Gelfand's 16th move. 
This is OK ... ... ... 
  ...  but perhaps Black should have doubled White's pawns as quickly as possible.  


          [ The machine prefers:  RR  16...Bxg317.hxg3, "+/="  17...Nbd7;   
             and White only has a very minimal edge here. ]   


   17.Qe2 Bxg318.hxg3 Qd6;   
Black must untangle a bit, most of the engines see this move as the correct way to go.   


   19.Rc2 Nbd720.Rfc1,  "+/="    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
White is solidly ... just a little better here ... ... ...   


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  r1r3k1/1b1n1pp1/p2qpn1p/3p4/3P4/2NB1NP1/PPR1QPP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 20  


... however, White's position is a LONG way from being winning! (This must be the crucial position.)   


Now in a space of just a handful of moves, the wheels literally fall off GM V. Anand's wagon here.   
   20...Rab8?!(Definitely inferior.)    {See the game diagram, just below.}  

After the game, Anand himself was openly critical of this move, and the engines agree with him! 
(The on-line pundits have already deeply analyzed many of the key variations here, so I will not bother. 
 In particular,
IM A. Martin deeply looks at all of the alternatives here, all you have to do is click on the link
 and then watch his video.
{This is excellent work, by the way!})   


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Again ... for a detailed analysis of Black's various alternatives, see any of the previously mentioned internet articles or video's. 


          [ >/=  20...Rc7;  - Fritz 13(or ...)    >/=  20...a5;  - Deep Shredder. ]    


Now most of the chess programs - of the many that I tested - all like >/= 21.Qe3, "+/=" here for White.   
   21.Na4!?(Maybe - '!')   
Gelfand knows that he is better on the Q-side and therefore pursues his play in that arena.  


          [ During the game, I was looking at the move of: RR  21.Ne5, "+/="  (square / outpost)  which is also good for White. ]   


   21...Ne4!?(Maybe - '?!' or '?')    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
Once more, Anand plays a move that looks good on the surface, but may not be the most accurate.  


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To add to his other woes here, Anand was slowly running down his time on his clock, as well.   


          [ Definitely an improvement was:  >/= 21...Rxc2!22.Rxc2 Ne423.Qe3, "+/="  ( - Fritz 13.)   
            and although White has a solid edge here, Black may yet be able to defend. ]   


   22.Rxc8+! Bxc8[]("T" or forced.)   
Black has to play this ... (see the line - just below).   


          [ Instead, after the continuation of:  </=  22...Rxc8?!23.Rxc8+ Bxc8 24.Bxe4 dxe4;   25.Qxe4,  ''   ("+/"  White is much better.)   
             all Black has done is to drop a Pawn ... and will probably lose the endgame. ]   


Now all the machines prefer 23.Qe3!, here. 

I think the idea is just Qe3-f4, swap the Queens, stick a N (knight) on e5, centralize the King; and White has a much superior endgame from there.   


   23.Qc2!?,   {See the game diagram, just below.}   
The simplest?  


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Gelfand was also using a lot of time here, and opts to remove BQ and place his Rook on the seventh rank, which cannot be a bad idea at all. 


          [ Or RR  23.Qe3!?, - Fritz 13. (See the explanation of the possible connected ideas ... just before White's 23rd move.)  


            Instead, after the following line:   </=  23.Bxe4!? dxe424.Qxe4 Bb7 25.Qe3 Bc6!;  "<=>"  (counterplay)  
            White has won a Pawn, but Black will probably get it back - with an OK position. ]   


   23...g5?(Positional disaster!)    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
Black gains space?!?!?  


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This looks like a beginner's move, if I had not been watching the game myself, I might have had a hard time believing that Anand actually played this move! 
(It wrecks his King-side, grossly weakens his Pawns, etc.)  


          [ Both Fritz and Houdini (and several other strong engines) recommend that Black should {instead} 
            play the following variation here:   >/=  23...Bb724.Nc5 Rc8 25.b4 Qb626.Qb1,  "+/="      
            when White has a fairly large edge, yet a clearly winning line is nowhere to be found. ]   


Now White had many (good) options on this move ... (Qc6, b3, Kf1, etc.) 
... but plays the move that is both the simplest, the strongest ... and the engines concur that it is the best.   
   24.Qc7! Qxc7(hmmm)    
Anand thought for a bit here, and I think that you could begin to see that he knew he was in trouble.  

I think here Anand begins trying to find a tactical solution to his problems, which is what he did as a youth in chess.  


          [ The metal monster recommends:  
   >/= 2 4...Bb725.Bxe4 Qxc7 26.Bh7+! Kxh727.Rxc7 Bc828.Nc5!, ''  ("+/" or with an advantage to White.)  
             and White should (probably) eventually win from here, although its not 100% certain. ]   


   25.Rxc7, ''   ("+/"  ... Maybe "+-")    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
White is clearly much better ... (and possibly winning here).  


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Yet I maintain, that while somewhat esoteric, Anand did not play the best defense from this position, either.   


   25...f6?!(Maybe just - '?')    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
It's hard to be too critical of Anand, yet if you are going to sit there and continue to play, don't you have a moral obligation to try and play/find the best possible moves?  


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Rather than this turkey of a move, (which has the unfortunate effect of trapping the BK on the first rank); Anand could have played 25...Kf8; or 25...Nef6; or 25...Nd6. (Or possibly just about anything other than the move that he actually played here!)  

Maybe the ONLY good thing I can say about 25...f6?; is that it makes Boris Gelfand look like a tactical genius in this game!   


          [ The iron giant (Fritz) prefers the following line here:    
             >/=  25...Ndf626.Ne5 Nd627.b3,  ''   ("+/" maybe "+/-")    
             when White has a huge advantage ... according to all of the chess engines ...    
             yet the material balance remains equal, at least for the moment. 
             (Analysis line by - Fritz 13.  Houdini 2.0 ... running on the official website, {Aquarium};    
              gives only 25...Ndf6; 26.Ne5, and ends with the following evaluation. {"+0.78|d21"}.) ]   


   26.Bxe4!(Simplest and best.)     {See the game diagram, just below.}  
White chooses the most forcing possible move ... and it is also the one that is probably best.   


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However, this was not the only move here, serious consideration was due to several ideas, (see the analysis just below).   


          [ Instead, by playing these moves:  RR  26.b3 Kf827.Bxe4 dxe4 28.Nd2 f529.Nc5 Nb630.Rh7,  "+/-"  (decisive)   
            and White will win at least two Pawns while allowing almost zero counterplay. ]   


[The next series of moves is all best, Gelfand gets the exclams because he refuses easy/passive lines that might win, but instead always goes for the most aggressive/forcing continuation.] 
   26...dxe427.Nd2 f5 28.Nc4! Nf629.Nc5! Nd5 30.Ra7 Nb4!?(hmmm)    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
An interesting idea ...   


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  1rb3k1/R7/p3p2p/2N2pp1/1nNPp3/6P1/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 31  


Anand actually finds an amazing line ... he manages to sacrifice a piece and yet achieve real counter-play, a lesser player (or maybe someone with less time on their clock) could have been overwhelmed by the maze of tactics that follow from this move.  


          [ Also, after the variation: RR  30...Rb431.b3, "+-"   White is obviously winning. ]   


I gave Fritz 13 an hour here, and it liked 31.Nd6, for White.   
   31.Ne5 Nc2!?;    
Anand decides that everything (e.g. 31...Nd5); is losing and goes for the aforementioned variation ... 
which is great fun gives us a real reason to continue to watch the game.  


   32.Nc6! Rxb233.Rc7 Rb1+!?;    {See the game diagram, just below.}    
This is interesting, but ...   


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The machine prefers  33...e3;  here, see the analysis below.   

          [ Maybe a better - and much more complicated - chance might have been for Black to select the following line:   

            RR  33...e334.Rxc8+ Kh7 35.Rc7+ Kh8T;  Forced.  

                    (Black gets mated or has to shed a great deal of material ... in the following continuation:   
                      </=  35...Kg6?;  36.Ne5+ Kh5;  37.Kh2 g4;  38.Nxe6 Nxd4;  39.Nf4+ Kg5;  40.fxe3 Ne2!?;    
                      41.Rc6 Nxg3;  42.Nf7+ Kh4;  43.Rxh6+ Nh5;  44.Rxh5#.)   

            36.fxe3 Nxe337.Ne5! Rxg2+ 38.Kh1 Rf2;  The best move.   
            (Going for the perpetual against the rather exposed White King.)   

                    ( Much worse would be:  
                       </=  38...Rxa2?;  39.Ng6+ Kg8;  40.Nxe6 Ra1+;  41.Kh2 Ra2+;  42.Kg1 Ra1+;  43.Kf2 Ng4+;    
                       44.Ke2 Ra2+;  45.Ke1 Ra1+;  46.Kd2 Ra2+;  47.Kc1 Ra1+;  48.Kb2,  "+-"  (Winning.)    
                        when Black has run out of any really useful moves. )    

            (White's next move is nice, it creates a kind of mini-fortress, with the two Knights protecting each other.   
             This is the kind of thing to do in OTB chess, especially if you are short of thinking time on the clock!)    
            39.Ncd3! Rf1+40.Kh2 Kg8 41.Rc8+ Kh742.Ra8,  "+/-"  (White has a winning advantage.)   

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  R7/7k/p3p2p/4Npp1/3P4/3Nn1P1/P6K/5r2 b - - 0 42  


            White is winning easily, there is no perpetual. (The first player just gobbles up the RP and then runs in his own passer ... 
             for the full point.) ]   


   34.Kh2 e335.Rxc8+ Kh7 36.Rc7+ Kh8T("[]" = Forced.)    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
This was the only playable move here for Black.   


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  7k/2R5/p1N1p2p/2N2pp1/3P4/4p1P1/P1n2PPK/1r6 w - - 0 37  


This is the current position, we are heading for a most exciting type of finish.  


          [ Worse would be:  </=  36...Kg6?37.Ne5+ Kh5 38.Nxe6 Rh1+39.Kxh1 g4;   

                    (Or RR 39...e2;  40.Ng7#.)   

            40.Rg7 exf241.Nf4#,   and Black has been mated. ]   


(Now Houdini likes 37.Nd7! Of course, just about everything is winning here for White.)   
   37.Ne5! e238.Nxe6!,  "+/-"    {See the game diagram, just below.}  
Anand Resigns.   


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  7k/2R5/p3N2p/4Npp1/3P4/6P1/P1n1pPPK/1r6 b - - 0 38  


There is a mate threatened, and the only way to stop it is to play "give-away," something even Anand cannot do - not at this level.  


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          [ Black gets a Queen after:  38.Nxe6 Rh1+39.Kxh1 e1Q+;  
             but he is still lost.  


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  7k/2R5/p3N2p/4Npp1/3P4/6P1/P1n2PP1/4q2K w - - 0 40  


            For example:  40.Kh2 Qxf2;  ('!?')   
            (Black needs at least one extra move to get out of the mating net that he finds himself in.   
             I think that all the machines recommend that Black play 40...QxN/e5; here, so as to get out    
             of the mate. Of course, Black should resign before playing such a move at this level of chess ...)  

             41.Ng6+ Kg842.Rg7#.    


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   6k1/6R1/p3N1Np/5pp1/3P4/6P1/P1n2qPK/8 b - - 0 42  


            It is an amusing <possible> final position. (Black is actually "+1," yet still loses horribly.) ]   


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  The (FIDE) 2012 World Championship (Match

May 10th - to May 30th, 2012:  In Moscow, the match is taking place to decide who is the World Chess Champion. GM Vishy Anand is the Champion, and his challenger is GM Boris Gelfand. The match is to be 12 regular games, with tiebreaks to be played if needed. (Of course, we now know that Anand won one game of the tie-breaker ... to retain the title.)  

  •    - The official website. (There is a ton of good content, let's see how long this one lasts before they delete it.)  

  •    - Another good site - with a great deal of excellent content and coverage of this match. (I hope it stays up.) 

  •    - The CG web page ... where you can replay all the games of the match, right on your computer.  

  •    - The ChessBase reports  of the match, there is also a great deal of really good content, analysis, pictures and even many videos as well!   

  •    - The TWIC report ... on game six, Kasparov is present for the game to offer live commentary!  

                         The analysis for this page was prepared with the excellent programChessBase 10.0. (I also used MANY chess engines!)   

                         The HTML was polished with several different tools and programs, (mostly FP)  ...  the text was checked for spelling with MS Word 

                         The diagrams were created with the program,  Chess Captor 2.25.  

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This page was first generated in: May, 2012.  (Posted: (late) May, 2012.)    Final format completed on: Friday, June 22nd, 2012.  
This game was last edited, altered or saved on:  September 19, 2012 05:50 AM

  •  Thanks to my daughter, Ailene Goldsby. She proof-read this page, helped change the colors to something more pleasing to the eye. 
     She also designed the main game diagrams, (with my help); choosing everything, including the colors, size of the borders, etc.