What’s Not In Your Database

Following up my previous article, What’s In Your Database, today I’m going to show you a couple of brilliant games that are not in there. The database I’ll use is Megabase 2013, with well over 5 million games, but many others will have similar omissions.

The first missing masterpiece was played by Nicolai Rossolimo in the Puerto Rico Open in 1967 and features a finish reminiscent of a well known Lewitsky – Marshall game. Yet Rossolimo’s effort seems even better to me as the brilliant 23.Qg6!! came after some very good positional play. It’s really an amazing game, so shouldn’t we expect it to be included? Interestingly it can be found here at Chessgames.com, which perhaps reflects an advantage of having readers being encouraged to send games in.

The second omission is even more surprising as it is a game that has been published in many collections. The winner, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, is something of an icon in certain circles for his amazing combinative ability, and this game was one of his masterpieces.

Over five million games but they missed these two out. And many more besides…

Nigel Davies


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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: