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Dancing Rook
Team White vs Team Black
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1.c4 g6 2.g3 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d3 Ne6 5.h4 Bg7 6.h5 c6 7.g4 Na6 8.Ng3 Nac7 9.Qa4 Nc5 10.Qa3 Bxg4 11.hxg6 hxg6 12.Nge4 f5 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.Be3 Ne6 16.O-O-O Bf8 17.Rde1 Be7 18.Na4 Kf7 19.Rxg4 fxg4 20.Rg1 Nd4 21.Nc3 Rh8 22.Be4 a6 23.Qa4 Rh2 24.Qd1 Rah8 25.Kb1 b5 26.Qe1 Kg7 27.Qf1 R8h3 28.b3 Bh4 29.Bxd4 cxd4 30.Nd1 bxc4 31.dxc4 a5 32.Qe1 d3 33.exd3 Rxd3 0-1
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  OhioChessFan: The Dancing Rook inspires me to work harder to win next time.
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  jepflast: I don't mind it being there, but I do kinda wish they would update it. Let's face it: it's a pretty low quality image.
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  OhioChessFan: Per pages 84 and 85, did anyone on Team Black work with your response to 25. Qd2?
Mar-08-08  zanshin: <OCF> I'm pretty sure we did not cover <25.Qd2>, and that no analysis was posted for this move. If <Touch of Knight> is still reading this forum, he may have analyzed this option. If he did, I don't think he posted the lines.
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  Touch of Knight: I have consulted my notes, and I canít find any analysis of 25.Qd2. Apart from 25.Kb1, the move that was played, I concentrated on 25.Qf1 and 25.Qe1. Surely 25.Qd2 would have been a surprise.
Mar-09-08  just a kid: When is Team White going to play Team Black in regular chess?
Mar-10-08  zanshin: <just a kid> <CG> said "soon". I'm not sure which Teams they will keep though, the Fischerandom, or the last Team White vs Team Black game. I just hope they start it sooner than later. The GMT game feels like it has been going since the dawn of time and will end soon after the Second Coming. ;-)
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  plang: <and will end soon after the Second Coming.>

Can you give me your best estimate? I need to prepare.

Mar-10-08  zanshin: Like a thief in the night <plang>, and yeah, me too ;-)
Mar-10-08  just a kid: <zanshin>thanks.=)
Mar-11-08  D.Observer: Is black winning after 34. Bxd3 Qxd3+?
Mar-11-08  The Chess Express: <scholes: Analysis by Rybka 2.3 mp 32-bit (27-ply): 1. (-6.72): 34.Kc2 Rd4

2. (-7.47): 34.Qe2 Rd2 35.Qxg4 Qxg4 36.Rxg4 Rxd1+ 37.Kc2 Rd6 38.c5 Rf6 39.a3 Bxf2 40.b4 Bxc5+

3. (-8.86): 34.Bxd3 Qxd3+ 35.Kc1 Bg5+ 36.Kb2 g3 37.Rxg3 Qxg3 38.Qe4 Qf4 39.Qxf4 exf4

4. (-8.94): 34.Kc1 Bg5+ 35.Kc2 Rd2+ 36.Kb1 g3 37.Bc2 Rxc2 38.Qxe5+ Kf7 39.Qxg5 Rcxf2 40.Nxf2 Rxf2

5. (-8.94): 34.Rf1 g3 35.Bxd3 Qxd3+ 36.Kb2 Bg5 37.a4 e4 38.Qxa5 Qe2+>

In a word yes.

Apr-30-08  Pianoplayer: It's ovah

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  OhioChessFan: I sure wish we'd tried 25. Qd2
Jul-05-08  mmmsplay10: What was the purpose of 6.h5?
Jul-05-08  VinnyRoo2002: I was wondering if there was any update on a normal chess game between Team White and Black? Also, I was curious how you become a member of a team. I am not the strongest player in the world, but if Team White needs some assistance, I'd be more than happy to be apart of the team. Thanks!
Jul-20-08  The Chess Express: <VinnyRoo2002> Here's the link.

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  Domdaniel: <mmmsplay10> - <What was the purpose of 6.h5?> I wasn't a participant, so this is purely speculative analysis. But black had just played the pre-fianchettoed bishop from h8 to g7 - not a very useful move in itself, but suggesting a plan to castle kingside (into the standard castling formation).

With that in mind, h5 is a standard attacking move against a castled king - or an attempt to dissuade black from castling on that side. Which it did.

It might have been better to wait, see if black played ...0-0, and then play h5.

Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: why is that rook dancing its very annoying
Jan-03-09  The Chess Express: Yea, I don't like it much either.
Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: and the black rook should be dancing anyway
Jul-28-10  Bixel: We need more Chess960!
Aug-12-10  Lil Swine: that rook dance was so annoying
Aug-12-10  I Like Fish: it was clearly...
your fault...
lil peeper...
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  OhioChessFan: When I was working on this game, I was 100% sure Black would win when they played 17...Be7. As I look at the game now, years later, I can't begin to understand why that was the winning move. But it was. Wish I could have a feel for chess without having to spend so much time on a position. I suspect the very best GM's have that talent.
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