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Simon Kim Williams vs Martin Simons
BCF-ch (1999), Scarborough ENG, rd 10, Aug-12
Barnes Opening: Hammerschlag (A00)  ·  1-0

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  patzer2: White's surprise deflection 28. Nxe4!! Qb6 is followed up by a second decisive deflection, 29. Rc6!

Analysis with Fritz 8 indicates the sideline possibilitiess may be more interesting than the actual game:

<28. Nxe4!! Qb6> (28... fxe4 29. Qxh5! Qxd5 30. Qh7+ ) <29. Rc6! Qxc6> (29...Qb2 30. Rf6+! Ke8 31. Nd6+ Kd7 32. Nc4 Qc3 33. Rb1 Qxc4 34. Rb7+ Kc8 35. Rf8+ Kxb7 36. Qxe7+ Qc7 37. Qxc7+ Kxc7 38. Rxa8 ) <30. dxc6 Rxg5 31. Nxg5+ Ke8 32. e4 Rc8 33. exf5 gxf5 34. Re5 Rxc6 35. Rxa5 Rc4 36. g3 Rc3 37. Kg2 Rc2+ 38. Kh3 Rc3 39. a4 Ra3 40. Ne6> 1-0

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  patzer2: If 29...Nxc6, then 30. Qf6+! gives White a winning attack.
May-17-05  cade: Ah the Fried Liver attack. A rarity to see in practice.
May-17-05  hintza: What are you talking about? The Fried Liver Attack is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5?? 6.Nxf7 etc.
May-17-05  cade: Oops i meant the Pork Chop (known as the Fried Fox when played by black). I wonder who came up with all these odd names.
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  Eric Schiller: <cade> Names get attached in all sorts of ways. I've done a lot of research on them, and have a list of over 2900 avaiable at Chessgames is working on implementing that database for use here. Whimsical names are usually generated in USA or England. There are no accepted standards for naming opening variations.
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  patzer2: Maybe someone will work out a playable opening line with 1. f3, but IMO this isn't it.

Black can improve on 9...Bg4 with either 9...h4! 10. Nh1 h3! or 9...Ng4+! 10. Kg1 Qh4 with a clear advantage and a strong initiative.

Any opening where White is struggling to equalize after 10 moves is not a good choice.

Aug-12-06  oao2102: This is advanced technology...
Mar-05-07  mattzap: what brought me to this game was that someone used it against me on the ICC server the other day. I must say it did surprise me, but my response was basically e5, d5, as most would think, in order to gain the centre against such a seemingly suicidal opening.

To be honest, I though I would nail this chap instantly, but he battled out for a draw, and I was surprised just how "OK" this opening was!

Of course, had he played on his second move g4, then he's set himself up for fool's mate... but he didn't....

Aug-03-08  ravel5184: Aw, it doesn't say "explore this opening"!
Aug-03-08  ravel5184:
Dec-11-08  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.

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