Good ‘ole ICC! | Blitz Chess #505 | KIA vs. IM Carlo D’Amore

The Internet Chess Club (ICC) is the platform where I played tens of thousands of games as an up-and-coming player in the late ’90s and early ’00s, as well as the place I recorded my first videos for this channel! These days, browser-based sites like and lichess are far more popular, but ICC remains a pleasant place to play. Here I face an Italian International Master in a King’s Indian Attack system I’m quite familar with.

[Event “ICC 5 0”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2020.01.05”]
[Round “-“]
[White “Kirlian”]
[Black “Fins”]
[WhiteElo “2313”]
[BlackElo “2490”]
[Opening “Réti: King’s Indian attack (Barcza system)”]
[ECO “A07”]
[NIC “QP.09”]
[Time “22:34:14”]
[TimeControl “300+0”]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 Bg4 4. O-O Nd7 5. d3 e5 6. Nbd2 Ngf6 7. h3 Bh5 8.
e4 dxe4 9. dxe4 Be7 10. Nc4 Qc7 11. Qe1 O-O 12. Nh4 Rfe8 13. a4 b5 14. axb5 cxb5 15. Ne3 a6 16. Nhf5 Bf8 17. c3 Nc5 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. exd5 e4 20. Bf4 Qd7 21. g4 Bg6 22. Qe3 Bxf5 23. gxf5 Qxf5 24. Bg3 Qxd5 25. Rfd1 Qc6 26. b4 Na4 27. Rac1 f5 28. c4 Nb2 29. cxb5 Nxd1 30. Qb3+ Qe6 31. Qxd1 axb5 32. Bf1 Red8 33. Qh5 Qg6 34. Qxg6 hxg6 35. Bxb5 Bxb4 36. h4 Rac8 37. Rb1 Bd6 38. Ba6 Rb8 39. Bc4+ Kh7 40. Ra1 Bxg3 41. fxg3 Rb2 42. Bf1 Rc8 43. Re1 Rc3

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  1. I used to think IM meant 'Internet Master'.

  2. Haha was just watching some old lichess arenas. Welcome back JB 🙂

  3. Nostalgia!

    I didn't actually watch you back then but did psychocowboy (gingergm)

  4. Vikings and John bringing it back today. Good day for Minnesota

  5. Hey John, just a heads up, one of the links in your description is broken. The one for the 1950 Dubrovnik reproduction set. It looks like you copy/pasted it from a site that truncates with "…", but when you copy that, it doesn't take the whole link into account. It thinks you actually mean "…" 🙂

    Good to see you back!

  6. woah i haven't watched a john bartholomew vid since last DECADE haHAA

    for real tho, i'm glad you're posting again! will you compete in titled tuesdays sometime in the future? Those videos were great and fun to watch

  7. Love your style of explaining what you see and what are the options to play. Definitely improving the way of calculating and choosing the moves. Big fan! ❤❤

  8. God, feels good to see you again John, great to see you back in the ol' ICC.

  9. So great for all of us to see you play a game on ICC again after all this time, thanks for doing it man. Time flies. You’re an inspiration.

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  11. Hey jhon!
    Nice video bro, want more from using the clock as a weapon!
    Greetings from ARG 🇦🇷😆

  12. finally, where the hell have you been? we missed you

  13. The art you use in your thumbnails is really awesome! Very vibrant and full of personality. Whoever does that for you did a great job

  14. It's surely been a while John, I'm glad that you are active again on YouTube. Been rewatching your standard and blitz playlists with sort of a fresh look, I used to be 1000 on when I found your channel (+-40k subs) now I am between 1600-1700. Thanks for teaching me the ways of the royal game. You're an inspiration to all of us.

  15. I too lost my virginity to online chess to icc. I'm not a good player like you but, you brought back the memory of me and Neil drinking cheap cask wine after a 12 hour shift driving a cab in Sydney on a rented desktop. One playing the other sledging texts at the opponent because neither could do both.

  16. What does the number in parentheses after the rating mean?

  17. Beginner in Chess here; Can someone explain why white did not take queen on C6 at 7:12 (after black moved the knight?

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