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Game in James Bond film "From Russia with love"

This game is based on a 1960 game between Boris Spassky and David Bronstein, on the 16th round of the USSR Championship: [FEN ""] [Event "URS-ch27 Final"] [Site "Leningrad&...
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Has there been any blunders in resignation?

The official source that people link to when this question comes up is Tim Krabbe's excellent blog post from more than 20 years ago now: The ultimate blunder. He collected every single game in the ...
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Is today's World Championship game the first with a symmetrical position and one file completely occupied?

Using this CQL query: cql(input all_wcc.pgn) [Aa][a1-8] == 8 or [Aa][b1-8] == 8 or [Aa][c1-8] == 8 or [Aa][d1-8] == 8 or [Aa][e1-8] == 8 or [Aa][f1-8] == 8 or [Aa][g1-8] == 8 or [Aa][h1-8] == 8 ...
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Has a "resignation blunder" ever been refused?

Some quick Googling suggests that the rules (or at least some sets of rules) do allow you to refuse a resignation from your opponent This does not reflect the FIDE Laws of Chess. According to Article ...
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Was White's last move actually Ne1?

Yes. I found the game on: chessgames.com Chess Tempo Chessbase Mega Database All these suggest that 29. Ne1 was indeed played.
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Why did Kasparov resign at 19. c4 in game 6 of the 1997 Deep Blue match?

As this Washington Post article explains, Kasparov was not in good shape psychologically. After losing the second game, he got the idea IBM might be cheating and did not recover. However, this is not ...
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Game in James Bond film "From Russia with love"

In addition to the other answer, that position was the subject of Tim Krabbé’s Open Chess Diary #250. He argues that the move played, 22...Kh7, is a blunder in the modified position. [In the real ...
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Inspired by Ding's victory over Rapport in round 10th of 2022 Candidate's tournament; victories with a piece not moving at all

Cue Tim Krabbe's Chess Record! He lists immobility records for each piece, but since you specify never moving, here are the fitting games. Alas, I know not if any players involved were GMs at the time,...
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Famous pawn promotion matches

One famous game is the one in which Alekhine sacrificed three queens. I pulled the moves from chessgames.com [Title "Efim Bogoljubov-Alexander Alekhine, Hastings, Hastings England, 9/22/1922"...
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Has a "resignation blunder" ever been refused?

Similar things have happened, but it's not because one player misevaluated the position. Source Having beaten down the desperate resistance of the opponent, [GM David Navara] achieved the position ...
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In "The Queen's gambit" were there any famous games played?

A blitz game in the show, between Elisabeth Harmon and Benny Watts is copied from a famous Kasparov - Van Wely encounter in Wijk an Zee 2000. Or rather, as Loek Van Wely explained himself on Facebook, ...
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What is the longest forced mate optimally played in documented competition?

Wikipedia's article on the KBN/K checkmate cites a blindfold game(!) between grandmasters (L. Ljubojević and J. Polgár)[https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1092636] at 1994 Amber Chess ...
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Did Geller resign in a drawn position vs Spassky in a 1959 game?

TL;DR This is likely a winning position for White. Details: In Spassky–Geller (Tbilisi, 1959), Geller resigned after 75. Nc1 (game). While we don't know what perfect play is, we can approximate very ...
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Ancient style chess games?

Grant Acedrex, a chess game on a 12x12 board described in the year 1283, had the rule that pawns would promote to the piece that had started on the promotion square (no matter where the pawn itself ...
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Ancient style chess games?

Dashpaad and Ashtpaad boards were used in olden days. Pawns were moving legitimate moves unlike todays (only 1 step at a time). Kautilya Arthshastra is a book as a perfect reference..
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