About the Site

Motivations for this Site

The chief motivation for this site is to present interesting games that for the most part are not yet part of electronic databases. In addition, there is entertaining (semi-recent) history and the blog format is ideal so readers can chip in and flesh out the memories. The best thing about semi-recent history is that most of the characters are still alive!

The site is divided, generally speaking, into decades starting from the 1970s and going into the 2000s. To kick it off, I simply started annotating “undiscovered” games in June 2007 along with whatever memories I could muster. The mention on the Susan Polgar blog site gave it a big push in July 2007.

Brief Background on IM Mark Ginsburg

Dr. Mark Ginsburg received his International Master title in 1982 from FIDE, the World Chess Organization headed at that time by GM Fridrik Olafsson. He has been battling in the International arena for over 30 years. He won the Manhattan Chess Club Championship twice, in 1988 and 1990, before that venerable Carnegie Hall institution sadly went the way of the dodo. His peak rating was 2578 in 1992, putting him 28th in the USA. His specialty is opening innovation.

Mark’s undergraduate degree was from Princeton (Biology) and did graduate work at NYU, culminating in a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He is the author or co-author of two programming textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles on groupware, digital libraries, and e-business strategy. As for chess, his writings have appeared in Chess Life and he was the technical editor for GM Joel Benjamin’s magazine Chess Chow in the early 1990s. His publications are here and you might find particularly interesting an article on ICC and Volunteerism.

His most famous games are on the Chessgames.Com site. They include interesting wins over GMs Dzindzihashvili, Shamkovich, Benjamin, Wilder, Biyiasis, Balinas, Rohde, Armas, D. Gurevich, Dlugy, Fishbein, Henley, S. B. Hansen, and Wolff and other oddities such as a 4 queen position (QRR vs QQQR) in a game with NM Alan Williams. In addition, we have put up the 1970s and 1980s game collections in replayable format for your convenience.

You can find Mark on ICC as ‘aries2’.

May 2011 News:  “Chess U” on iTunes!

A recent project is Chess U on iTunes.  It’s a free platform to go through guided instructional quizzes.  The free course is Attack 101.  Modestly priced in-app purchase options (only $0.99)  include Rook Endgames 101 and Anand 101.  More coming.

Go get it by clicking on the banner ad!

Quick Photo Links

1980s photos

1990s photos

2000s photos

Photo Sampler

Here he is in Switzerland (Biel) about to lose to GM Robert Huebner in a torturous ending, Summer 2000. Photo Credit: Dr. Petra Schubert, Uni. Koblenz.


And let’s go on a time warp. Here he is at the Marshall Chess Club, 1981 (photo credit: Eric Schiller). Note the pink glasses which are a key fashion accessory when studying opening theory.

The Marshall CC was the site of many key triumphs and disasters; he made an IM norm there along with Tisdall and (later) Schroer. Fedorowicz also scored a key GM norm in a 1981 event.



Thanks to Sara Walsh for Editorial and Press Assistance, to ChessUp.Net for Diagram Creation, MyChess for the replayable game Java applet, and Chess Base and Fritz for chess storage a nd engine assistance. Also thanks to interested parties from days gone by, such as Frank Teuton and others, for chipping in with key memories.  MG Addendum 7/15/08:  I should also mention Alexander Maryanovsky’s fancy new Web chess diagram creation resource (he used ImageMagick, a term familiar to Unix people).  His site allows the user a great detail of control over the set, the colors, enables circles and arrows to be drawn, and so on.  The user can then link back to his server to reference the chess diagram or opt to download the PGN graphic locally.

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7 Responses to “About the Site”

  1. Stinklebutt Says:

    pink glasses are dorky.

  2. Ryan Emmett Says:

    No, the pink glasses are so uncool, they’re actually cool!

  3. Russell Mollot Says:

    Mark – BIG DEAL!
    Hey, this blog is very cool. Saw Joel B the other night at the BAL Awards Dinner in Manhattan. Four Queens – wow! sounds like a good
    poker hand – never saw that in a chess game. Also, 4Q is a casino in LV.
    MARK – can you accept banner ads on your blog? is there a way to do that?
    Have you seen what Chess Express Ratings is doing with chess stats?
    Take a look at this:
    (downhill rating measures performance vs. weak opposition;
    uphill = performance vs. stronger players)
    … and this:
    (particularly the stuff at the bottom).
    Well, take care – drop me a line sometime!
    p.s. – – Our old boss got laid off from SIAC (practically everyone else too).

  4. kaidanov Says:

    very interesting blog, some cool pictures. My wife and I stayed in Jeremy Bart’s appartment in 1990 for few days. we played in this tournament in Manhattan Chess Club,remember? I think you had a winning position:)

  5. nezhmet Says:

    Indeed. I dredged this game out of the


    [Event “Manhattan CC International”]
    [Site “Manhattan CC NYC”]
    [Date “1990.??.??”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [White “Mark Ginsburg”]
    [Black “Gregory Kaidanov”]
    [ECO “D45”]

    1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. a3 Bd6
    7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O h6 9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 e5
    12. Bc2 a5 13. Re1 exd4 14. Qxd4 Bc5 15. Qc3 Nf6 16. Bf4! Bg4
    17. Be5! Re8 18. h3 Bxf3 19. Qxf3 Nd7 20. Bc3 Qg5 21. Rad1 Nf8
    22. b4 axb4 23. axb4 Bb6 24. c5 Bc7 25. g3 Rxe1+ 26. Rxe1 Ra3
    27. h4 Qd8 28. Re3 Qd7 29. h5 b6 30. Bf5 [30. Be4 wins]
    30…Qd8 31. Qxc6 bxc5
    32. bxc5 Qd1+ 33. Kg2 Qxh5 34. Bh3 [34. Bc2 wins; 34…Bd8 35. Re8 or 34…Ra7 35. Re8 and wins]
    34…Bd8 35. Re8?? [Payroll job during day, chess at night – not recommended. 35. Qd6 is obvious and winning; 35…Qg5 36. Re8 and white wins by the same motif as the prior winning line.]
    35…Rxc3 36. Rxd8
    Qxc5 37. Qa8 Rc1 38. Qf3 Qc6 39. Rd5 Ne6 40. Bf5 Rc3 41. Qe4
    Rc4 42. Qf3 Rf4 43. gxf4 Qxd5 44. Be4 Qd6 45. f5 Ng5 46. Qe3
    Nxe4 47. Qxe4 Qf6 48. f4 Kh7 49. Kh3 h5 50. Qd3 Kh6 51. Qc2
    Qb6 52. Kh4 Qd4 53. Qc6+ g6 0-1

  6. Frank Johnson Says:

    I just linked to your 2008 Chicago Open post. I want to add you in my link section. Let me know what description you would like to appear there.


  7. Lily Ginsburg Says:

    Hey dad, you didn’t tell me you won the Manhattan tournament twice. And dad, you were in 28th place. sweet.

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