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Annotated Games # 3

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  Copyright A.J. Goldsby, 2013.  All rights reserved. 

This is a page, that I added in May, 2003. This is a continuation of the previous page,  
 which ended with one of Karpov's greatest games.
  (GM A. Karpov vs. GM V. TopalovSuper-GM Tournament, Linares; 1994.) 
(Return to that  page  to get the link.)   
This page is a continuation of that idea, bringing you the finest annotated games
 on the Internet - period. If you like these games, please be sure to contact me


A note to all of my fans and supporters:  
  Thanks to a VERY generous patron, who sent me a donation to cover the cost,  
  I now have  CHESSBASE 9.0.  This includes the MEGA package, the new, really  
big database, the new openings book, the correspondence database, The {new} 
5-disc set of the NALIMOV ENDGAME TABLES, etc. 

  Hopefully, this can only help make the quality of my analysis much better!!!  

  Click  HERE  to see the great game:  

 GM E. Bacrot (2653) - R. Kasimdzhanov (2674) 
 FIDE Grand Prix
Moscow, RUS; (1.1), 01.06.2002

This is the first installment in my much-anticipated "School of Tactics." I worked on this game - a little here and a little there - for months before finishing it. And I just recently went back and re-did it. (I mostly mis-spelled a few words. And in a couple of sub-variations, I left out moves. Of course this was all pointed out to me by a few kind readers.) Check it out! (But bring a board, there are NO diagrams!!) May 30th, 2003.

   Click  HERE  to see the game:   

 Moritz Porges (2450) - Emanuel Lasker (2785) 
All-Master Tournament
(Nuremberg, Germany)
(Round # 1)July 20th, 1896




This is one of those GREAT games ... that occasionally you hear about, but rarely ever see. In fact, I probably did NOT really appreciate this game until I had gone over it ... AS A MASTER!!! (I went over it many times as a teen-ager, but did not fully appreciate the depths of Black's play.) To tell the truth, I did not REALLY appreciate this game until after I had done a DEEP computer-assisted investigation. Only then did I get a clue as to how deep Lasker had calculated, and just how many different tactical tries and possibilities he may have had to consider. (I also studied this game at least 30 times - over the years - with various friends and students.  ---> I often set lower-rated players the task of working through Chernev's book.)

But you will have to click on the link to see what all the fuss is about! (May 31st, 2003.) 

   Click  HERE  to see the game:   

GM Robert J. Fischer - GM Efwim Geller;
"Worker's Solidarity Tournament."
Skopje, Yugoslavia; 1967.

This is a game that took like nearly ten years of effort to complete. When it is done, it will be some of the finest chess analysis of this game to be found anywhere. Check it out. 

This is a game -  when it is finished  - will be the culmination of YEARS of work. 

Curious? Then have a look.  (Finished and posted  ...  Wednesday; September 01, 2004.)  


After almost two years of thought - and seemingly and endless number of computer crashes - I decided to go with a fairly short version. I say short ... if you print this game out from ChessBase ... it runs like 10 pages. Check it out! 

I went with the short version  ... for many reasons. (Mainly, I did not want to spend six months formatting the sucker!) 

   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 really great game:  

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

 This is a game that MANY tournament books and game collections have missed or avoided. 
(It is in several of the books on Lasker, most notably the ones by Reinfeld and Hannak.)
I am convinced that this is one of the finest games that was played in that whole era of chess.
I am determined that BOTH of Lasker's games versus Lee from this tournament get their due 
place in chess history. I am not ready - as of this writing, (June 2003.) to begin the work on the 
DEEPLY annotated versions ... that will probably go on another website. But I wanted Lasker 
fans everywhere to have at least a peek at these great games!! Check it out! 

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

 A brilliancy of the very highest type ... 
from an unbelievable tournament by Lasker. (June 24th, 2003.)

   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.)

  I worked on this game  ...  on-and-off   ...  for YEARS!!! 

   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? (July, 2003.) 

   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. 

IN-DEPTH ANNOTATIONS! A very good game that I actively worked on for a very long time. 

Click  HERE   to see the game some have called one of the best all-time draws.
  (GM Bobby Fischer - GM Mikhail Tal; FIDE Olympiad, Leipzig, {GER} 1960.)  

 One of the great games of the 20th Century: 

GM Anatoly Karpov - GM Garry Kasparov;
Super Grand-Master Tournament
Linares, Spain; (ESP)  1993.

Garry wins - and rather quickly - from the Black side of a King's Indian Defense. 
 One of the most brilliant games of the last 50 years ... and one of Garry's best! 
(Posted here, August, 2003.)

   Click  HERE  to see this game now!   

This is a game that I have worked on now for approximately 10-12 years, although it has not been a consistent effort. It is one of the most famous games of all time ...  and also one of the MOST poorly understood. It is NOT perfect ... other annotators proved that before me. But it was certainly great fun to work on! Check it out!  (It is also extraordinarily complicated!) 
(Finished and linked to this page: Saturday; August 16th, 2003.)

One of the most famous games of chess EVER played:

Emanuel Lasker - William E. Napier;
Super-Master Tournament
Cambridge Springs, PA  (USA);  1904.

   Click  HERE  to see this game now!!   

A game I have been actively annotating for YEARS!! (I could never get a version I was truly happy with, despite doing it MANY times!) While not perfect ... I hope it is something you will enjoy. This is also one of the most famous games ever played!! 

The absolutely two strongest players in the world ... go head-to-head ... in a real battle. See what happens when the World's two top players go 'mano-e-mano' ... in a no-holds-barred contest!

One of the most famous games of chess EVER played:

 Emanuel Lasker - Jose R. Capablanca
 All-Master Invitational Tournament 
 St. Petersburg, Russia;  1914. 

   Click  HERE  to see this game now!!   

There is a very talented 12-year-old ... who has been beating a lot of masters lately. But here he shows he could use a little more experience. (He gets taken to school by the experienced pro!) 

 GM Jonathan Speelman (2610) - NM David Howell (2330); [A48]; 
  175th Simpsons Tournament,  London, England;  2003.
  Speelman delivers the young prodigy a good drubbing.
  A very nice game by the GM, which features some VERY nice tactics!!  

   Click  HERE  to see this game now!!   

This is a very nicely annotated game ... with plenty of variations, and a few diagrams as well. There is also a pretty nice look at the theory of this line and some explanation of what some of the more basic ideas of this whole opening is. Speelman did not even find all the best moves!!

The recent (Sept. 2003) Russian Championships were held, and as usual, this tournament is always one of the strongest events of the year. Morozevich took off to an early lead, but P. Svidler defeated him in their individual game and took the title on tie-breaks. (The full story.)

GM Vassily Yemelin (2550) - GM Sergey Dolmatov (2605); [C02]
56th Russian National Championships
Krasnoyarsk, RUS;  2003.

In the last round, GM S. Dolmatov played one of the most amazing games ever seen. From a normally tame French Defense, he produces some of the most amazing tactics seen in this opening. Not since a young Tal have we seen such tactics in a tournament of this strength.

    Click  HERE  to see this game now!!   

What is Harry Nelson Pillsbury's greatest game? What game did he prepare an opening surprise ... and then sit on it (for whatever reason) for nearly ten years? What game - more than any other was responsible for Lasker NOT being able to win ... or tie ... the tournament, Cambridge Springs? Has anyone ever really looked at these ideas? (Critically.) 

Harry N. Pillsbury - Emanuel Lasker
International Chess Tournament
Cambridge Springs, (PA), USA;  1904.

This event, by the way, is probably the strongest international event ever held on American soil. (Most other events don't even come close!) So what are you waiting for??? 

  Click  HERE  to see this great game now!!!  

  Click  HERE  to see the following game:  

  Fritz_X3D - GM Garry Kasparov; Game Four (# 4)  
  "Man vs. Machine" World Championship Match  
 (The first chess match to be played in Virtual Reality.) 
  Athletic Club/New York, NY (USA)/November, 2003.  

Very briefly, I am sure after you have gone over this game and studied it in great detail ... 
You will agree with me that this is absolutely the best job of annotating this game available! 
(Entry posted here: Saturday; December 20th, 2003.)  

One of the MOST interesting and exciting draws that I have ever studied!! Thorough analysis! 

  Check it out!!  

   Click  HERE  to see one of the most amazing games!   

GM Vladimir Malakhov (2700) - GM Vadim Zvjaginsev (2650);  [E97]  
  ICT / 5th Karpov Tournament (Category 18!!) / Poikovsku, RUS;  March, 2004.  

An unbelievable game where one player simply breaks ALL the rules here!! 
He also manages to sacrifice nearly every one of his pieces during this epic game!! 

 Maybe the most stunning game I have seen that was played in the last 5 years!!! 

  Click  HERE  to see a great win by  Boris Spassky.  

A very fine contest is the following encounter:  

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

   Click  HERE  to see this great game now!!   

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:  Friday; December 3rd, 2004.)  

 Great games go here.  


 Could YOU pick the game that I annotate next? 

 More great, deeply annotated chess games coming here ... so stay tuned!!! 
(If you know of a great game that I have NOT yet annotated, write me and let me know!!)

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