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Kevin Spraggett vs Lawrence Day
Calgary ch-CAN zt (1975)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-28-05
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  IMlday: Under the influence of the TV program 'Kung Fu', or perhaps Socrates, Kevin didn't bring shoes or socks from Montreal to the Canadian Open and Closed in Calgary in the summer of 1975. Playing barefoot he finished 2nd in both events. He was trying to catch Peter Biyiasas in the Closed, but his understanding of the then relatively new Sveshnikov Variation didn't go beyond having memorized the then-current Informant. Toronto players, with original home brew, cost him two points in the closing rounds. Aside from me, Bruce Amos also took the full point with Black. Before the final round, Kevin and I played speed chess 'til 6:00 AM; it didn't matter, Biyiasas had the tournament sewn up.
Apr-16-07  PolishPentium: At first PP thought 38 Qxd4+ might help, since it forces the exchange of Queens. However, Black will be on move, whereupon he can of course easily swipe the B at g2. f3 certainly doesn't help, and neither does f4 (Black taking the proferred pawn e.p.)...

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