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Simon Kim Williams vs Martin Simons
"Barnes Stormer" (game of the day Mar-12-2018)
BCF-ch (1999), Scarborough ENG, rd 10, Aug-12
Barnes Opening: Hammerschlag (A00)  ·  1-0


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Aug-03-08  ravel5184: Aw, it doesn't say "explore this opening"!
Aug-03-08  ravel5184:
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  hedgeh0g: Don't forget the old rule: Kings before Knights.
Dec-13-08  WhiteRook48: The retarded King opening. There's another way for that: 1. e3!? e5?! 2. Ke2!! d5 3. Kd3!!! And Black LOST! Did he laugh himself to death?
Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: 2 Kf2!! "White will proceed to overprotect e3 with 3. d3, 4. e3, 5. Qe2, 6. Nc3, and 7. Nd1
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: with Nimzowitsch's "My System." Sorry for overloading the page
Apr-01-09  waustad: <Eric Schiller>The link to the opening names document on the chesscity site is dead.
Apr-01-09  WhiteRook48: I can't imagine why this is the Opening of the Day
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  Eric Schiller: <waustad>
Jun-26-10  abstract: I think it was a forced touch move2.kf2. maybe williams touched the king piece by mistake..
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  FSR: Strong as 1.f3 and 2.Kf2 is, it takes a long time to grind out the win.
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  wordfunph: game sidelight :)

<The most popular story was that it was in the last round, IM Simon Williams had nothing to play for, so his friends had offered him a total of 19 free drinks if he created history. He created a record by playing the silliest opening ever seen in the prestigious tournament 1.f3 e5 2.Kf2 and white won on the 40th move.>

sorry, missed my source..

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  FSR: I don't know if Williams intended it as such, but it's a brilliant piece of psychological warfare. It's like saying to your opponent, "I think you're such a fish that I can play utter garbage against you." Then Black is apt to feel that he must beat you in order to maintain his honor.
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  Dionysius1: <wordpfunph> Here's a source for that story. Bottom of the article at
Mar-13-13  KingofChess20: I believe that this website should call these "Uncommon Openings" by their name. For instance, this particular game uses the "Barnes Opening".
Sep-06-14  oxxo: >mack <Drunkenknight>, what do you mean, the Damiano holds up? I thought black complete collapses after 3. Nxe5, doesn't it?

Damiano defense is okay because of 3... Qe7!

Now if 4.Qh5+ g6 5. Nxg6 Qxe4+ wins a piece.

Sep-23-17  slideon: This should be dubbed "The Williams Attack" or something. I lost 2 blitz games to this opening yesterday because I was pressing too hard for the win (I felt that I should punish my opponent for such a terrible opening).
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  andrewjsacks: I'm glad I didn't see this game when I was a beginner.
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  Once: <oxxo: Damiano defense is okay because of 3... Qe7!>

Not really. Sure, White loses a piece after 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Nxg6 Qxe4+ followed by Qxg6.

But White doesn't have to play 4. Qh5+. Instead 4. Nf3 gives white an easy game. Black's kingside pieces are tied up and if 4...Qxe4 white gets to develop whilst kicking the black queen around. The f6 pawn move is preventing Nf6.

The Damiano isn't quite the forced loss that some books say, but it is a long way from being "okay".

Nice story about today's game.Simon Williams does have a good sense of humour. It's the sort of thing he would do.

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  morfishine: Should've left the barn door shut
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  Ironmanth: Still some work to do in the position. Bravo, Ginger GM!
Premium Chessgames Member <IM Simon Williams had nothing to play for, so his friends had offered him a total of 19 free drinks if he created history.>

Story corroborated:

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  offramp: Today's GoTD opening, 1. f3, 2. Kf2 might look odd, but today's Position of the Day is even weirder: Carlsen vs K Holm, 2018, 1. a3, 2. h4.

"Everything you think you know about chess is wrong".

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  schnarre: ...Last time I tried 1. f3 I played 2. g3 before Kf2.
Mar-12-18  Everett: Not surprised it became a sort of Dutch Stonewall formation coming from Williams.
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