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Are there decided recent games with 1. b4 at top level?

I would like to have a survey of the decided games with 1.b4 since 2010, where both players had at least 2600 Elo. chessgames.com allows to search games with given moves (with tight limits), but ...
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Complete game troitzky - vogt?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalemate#Troitzky_versus_Vogt shows the position, where Vogt became victim of a diabolic stalemate trap! I would like to have the full game. Can anyone help ?
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Complete game Szabo-Groszpeter Kecskemet 1984

I search the complete game Szabo-Groszpeter Kecskemet 1984. The following knight endgame was reached and White won eventually with the paradox move Kb8!! blocking his b-pawn on b7. [fen ...
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Why do many people think that top grand masters can always reach a draw?

I often heard the claim that top grand masters can assure a draw, if they do not risk anything. I disagree with this claim. What are the reasons that so many people think that very strong players ...
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Which top player risks complicated positions? [closed]

Which current top player (at least 2600 ELO) does not avoid complicated positions in important classic tournament games, even if they are risky ? This is closely related to the question which player ...
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Current top player with most aggressive style?

Which current top player (at least ELO 2600) is the most aggressive and most compromiseless player (of course only on the chess board :) ) ? Beliavsky is a candidate for this topic, but I do not ...
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What is the most complex game you know since 2014?

Which classical top player chess game is the most complex since 2014 you know ? A good candidate for such games are games with few pawns but many figures. This year, Timman played a rather ...
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Which currently active chess player tends to play complicated positions?

In earlier years, Michail Tal would be a candidate for this topic. Which player could be a candidate today for regularly playing complicated positions ?
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Youngest and oldest active player

Which currently active player is the youngest and which the oldest ? Korchnoi is a candidate for the oldest , but I do not know if he is still active.
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Top player with the lowest drawing rate

Which player of the top 50 has the lowest drawing rate ? Who is it in the top 100 ? And which woman in the top 50 has the lowest drawing rate ?
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What was Verdoni's first name?

Did you know that Verdoni was known to be a chess champion in the 19th century, but what was his first name?
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Has Topalov retired? [closed]

Topalov's rating hasn't changed since a long time. And he hasn't signed for any of the upcoming tournaments. I wonder if he has retired, after reaching that 2800 mark? He isn't playing the Grand Prix ...
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List of chess records [closed]

Chess can be a game of records. Longest game ending in mate, longest draw, shortest GM game ending in mate, etc. Is there a list of records?
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Does anyone know the anecdote about Ostap Bender?

every now and then I have heard the saying "1. e2-e4 -- The favorite opening move of Ostap Bender." In Alexei Kornev's book "A practical white repertoire with 1. d4 and c4" the author writes: ...
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Is FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov a good chess player? What's his Elo rating?

On this page it says he is not rated: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=34123811 I could only find one game featuring Ilyumzhinov, in which he played a 2300 Elo player and lost: ...
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Which notable players in chess history successfully used dubious openings?

I am reminded of a famous game between Karpov and Tony Miles where Miles played 1...a6 against Karpov's 1. e4 and still won the game. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq ...
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Kasparov's Immortal Game. Flawed? 24…Kb6! Suggest an improvement for White

Kasparov's immortal game vs Topalov is often regarded as one of the best games in chess history. However, after analyzing it, I find that objectively speaking, Kasparov played some bad moves and got ...
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Games that are famous because of their underlying story

I would like this question to be Community Wiki because I hope to collect several answers. Can you name famous games where part of the fame comes from the circumstances surrounding the game? I hope ...
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About Sultan Khan

I know the standard facts about Sultan khan's life. He was servant to a wealthy Indian military guy who let him play in tournaments whenever he traveled to England. Sultan Khan was a really strong ...
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Judit Polgar Vs Nigel Short. Youtube video

Where can I find the video with the game Judit Polgar Vs Nigel Short that by the year 2011 could be found on youtube? I'm interested in the video of the match and not in the game itself. According ...
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Why did Magnus Carlsen drop out of World Championship in 2011?

I heard from a friend of mine that Magnus Carlsen did not play the Candidate Matches in 2011. Why did he do that?
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Why is Rashid Nezhmetdinov not as popular/known as Mikhail Tal? [closed]

I was looking at some games between of Rashid Nezhmetdinov and noticed he doesn't seem to be as popular (I don't know if this is the best word) or as well-known as Mikhail Tal. After reading some of ...
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How many moves ahead does Anand calculate in his mind?

I always wondered about this! How many moves ahead can strong players like Anand actually 'see' during the game? How does the calculation of a supercomputer like Deep Blue differ from that of strong ...
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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?

In 2001, Nigel Short went public with the opinion that he had in fact played Bobby Fischer on the Internet Chess Club. This was denied by Fischer himself, and the consensus seems to be that it was ...
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How is chess viewed in USSR vs Post-USSR?

I was reading the following wikipedia article on Mark Taimanov and I was very shocked (I guess I shoudn't be knowing how the Soviets took chess so seriously) that when Taimanov lost to Fischer 6-0 , ...
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Why did Viktor Korchnoi leave the USSR?

Why did Viktor Korchnoi/Kortchnoi leave the USSR? Maybe the answer could include a little more trivia since he is such an interesting character.
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What is it about Magnus Carlsen?

It seems every where I read, Magnus Carlsen is involved in a discussion on if he is or will be the greatest chess player of all time. It also seems as if some are crowning him world champion even ...
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Why is Byrne vs. Fischer (1956) regarded as the “Game of the Century”?

(This is the game in question.) Is it because it was played by a 13-year-old Bobby Fischer? Would it have been different if it were played by a much older player? Who labeled it the "game of the ...
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Should I practice openings of a famous player if I want to play like them?

I have always liked the way Mikhail Tal played and I noticed on chessgames.com, that his most played openings are: As White: Sicilian (B46, B43, B82, B32, B40) Ruy Lopez (C92, C95, C93, C96, C84) ...
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Are there still wins by an actual checkmate?

At the international level, I normally see games that are either decided by a draw or one player resigning. It seems that players at the international level don't let the game result in an actual ...
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Has a highly-rated GM ever lost to a low-rated opponent who didn't go on to become a GM?

Has a highly-rated GM ever lost to a low-rated opponent who didn't go on to become a GM? Also, currently has there ever been a GM who lost to low-rated opponents on a consistent basis?
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Which chess player has been the most financially successful?

Based solely on chess exploits (not including success in other career fields), which player has been the most financially successful?