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Joseph Fang vs Nick de Firmian
New York open (1993), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Apr-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0


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  Jim Bartle: 25. Rgxh4 is nice move against the GM.
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  perfidious: The surprise in this one is White deviating from 6.d5, in which we had three games in the 1980s.
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  Jim Bartle: At first I thought it was fairly straightforward, but now I'm not sure. How does white win if black takes the queen with 25...Bxe4?

I thought it was 26. Rxh8+ followed by Rxb8, maybe with R3h7+ tossed in. But now I think an f5-f6 attacking the black queen at some point is the key.

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  andrewjsacks: That is a surprise, perfidious, but the major surprise is Nick losing to Fang, who admittedly is a strong and dangerous player.
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  perfidious: <andrewjsacks> Not so much as one might think: check out Joe's games in this DB. DeFirmian wasn't the first, or last, GM to go down at the hands of Fang.
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  Jim Bartle: "...the hands of Fang."

Interesting image.

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  perfidious: <Jim> The thought never occurred to me.

The interesting matchups, back in the day, were when Patrick Wolff and Fang encountered each other, though none are in this DB.

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  Jim Bartle: Aha! Fang vs. Wolff. A blunder would be called a howler, I assume.

Of course when playing White Fang favored the London System. (Plagiarizing myself.)

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  andrewjsacks: I take your point, perfidious, yet please remember I noted that Fang was a strong and dangerous player.
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