Tuesday, February 5, 2008


While I continue to pore through dk-transformation's database, there are a couple of things that caught my eye. Amongst them are some very interesting games to play over.

The games dk picked are very instructive and some of the combinations are very beautiful.

The best way to make full use of the database is to pick up where some of them stopped and figure out for yourself how best to proceed. These games are really tough and will really stretch your chess brain (I'm not kidding).

Forget those simple 1-move checkmates. This database contains the creme-le-creme, as they say. If you wish to obtain his database, do drop him a note. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Now for today's study, I am back to reading up on endgames.

In the following position, how does White save himself?

[1. Rg5!! f1=Q 2. Rf5+ Qxf5 stalemate]


  1. nice place to take a thank shot. thank you for the props.

    and, might i say, game 2,054 not a bad place to take a snapshot. OMG! talk about Brass Cojones ("balls").

    before 2003 and 2002, the selection is much more tenacious if not rigorous, but at the same time, this latter stuff necessarily allows the dBase to avoid being out of date with many modern classics by Kramnik, Aaronian, Nakamura, Topalov.

    dont forget to sort by date, and work back from 1860 to 1880 to 1939. It wont take you that long, and THIS is the real foundation of chess in its entirety.

    the newer stuff is even more sexy, but just like in GM RAM, we start with the core first.

    have you tried to sort by date? very, very powerful.

    in cbv, first sort by name, THEN date, and makes a mostly organized whole construct.

    warmest, dk

  2. hi dk,

    no worries. i've not tried the sort by date functionality yet. i didn't realise you can sort by date -- no thanks to Chessbase.

    thanks very much for the tip.