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Leif Ogaard vs Lubomir Ftacnik
"Hard Knock Leif" (game of the day Apr-05-2008)
Gjovik (1983), Gjovik NOR, rd 3, Aug-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1


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Nov-19-03  rohanaj22: Sloppy playing in the end there. I hoped for a better ending to a good opening
Apr-05-08  ToTheDeath: Well that was a massacre. He'll learn to castle next time.
Apr-05-08  Samagonka: I agree with <rohanaj22>. What started out as a good openning turned out to be a disaster for white.
Apr-05-08  Kwesi: no O-O => oh no!
Apr-05-08  JohnBoy: I disagree with <rohan> and <Sam>. WHite thought he could get away with 18.Bxd4. Black saw deeper into the tactical possibilities of the position. Nice execution. Good choice of GotD. This shows something of black's possibilities with the Gruenfeld, should white try too hard to hold a big center.
Apr-05-08  mistreaver: Nice game. Imho i like to play Grunfeld and i find 4 ♙xd5 ♘xd5 5 ♙e4 ♘xc3 6 ♗xc3 ♗g7 7 ♗c4 variation more uncomfortable for black then one with knight on f3.And also i don+t think 10 ♙d5 is very wise because it releases the tension in center and leaves white weak on a1-h8 diagonal. Ftacnik very effectively finished the game with serious of powerfull moves
Apr-05-08  RandomVisitor: Black should have tried 20...Bxg2 21.Rg1 Qh4+ 22.Rg3 Bxd5 23.Rf1 because after 21.Be3:

1: Leif Ogaard - Lubomir Ftacnik, Gjovik 1983

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 22-ply

1. (0.11): 21...Bxg2 22.Rg1 Bf3 23.Rb2 Bxe2 24.Rxe2 Rc4 25.Qb2 Qf3 26.Qd2 a5 27.Rgg2 b5 28.Rgf2

2. (0.44): 21...Rc2 22.Rg1 Bxg2 23.Qa4 Re4 24.Qb5 Re7 25.Ra3 Qxb5 26.Bxb5 Bd5 27.Rg3 a6 28.Be2

Apr-05-08  rayyan: the miscalculation 25. Rc2 leads to the loss
Apr-05-08  PinnedPiece: <rayyan: the miscalculation 25. Rc2 leads to the loss> But wasn't 12..e6 an equally bad miscalculation? Why wouldn't you want to castle and support that pawn with the Rook? Then shortly you could have doubled rooks on the f-file.....
Apr-05-08  mworld: why not 24. O-O ??
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  Breunor: Mworld,

If I have the postion right, white can't castle on 24 because the bishop on e2 would be hanging.

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  kevin86: Mr. Ogaard's fall looks similar to that of another whose name is similar:Ryan Leaf. In this game,white avoids the loss of queen,but still will be smashed to bits.

(BTW,Ryan Leaf was a top-flight quarterback at Washington State University;he was chosen in the second pick of the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, and was a total bust. In one game he was 1/15 in passing-a horrible number. In addition,he had a famed (and flamed) temper tantrum in front of the TV cameras).

Apr-05-08  RandomVisitor: 25.Qd1 does not quite work for white - there is 25...Qh4+ 26.Kf1 Bc6 27.Rg1 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 Qxf4+ 29.Rf3 Qe5!

2: Leif Ogaard - Lubomir Ftacnik, Gjovik 1983

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 19-ply

1. (-1.25): 30.Qd3 Rxe2 31.Qxe2 Bb5 32.Rd3 Qf5+ 33.Qf3 Bxd3+ 34.Kf2 Qc5+ 35.Qe3 Qc2+ 36.Kf3 Bb5

2. (-1.25): 30.Qd8+ Be8 31.Qd3 Rxe2 32.Qxe2 Bb5 33.Rd3 Qf5+ 34.Qf3 Bxd3+ 35.Kf2 Qc5+ 36.Qe3 Qc2+

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  Jimfromprovidence: <RV> <25.Qd1 does not quite work for white - there is 25...Qh4+ 26.Kf1 Bc6 27.Rg1 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 Qxf4+ 29.Rf3 Qe5!>

What happens if 30 Kf2?

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Apr-05-08  RandomVisitor: <Jimfromprovidence>After 25.Qd1 Qh4+ 26.Kf1 Bc6 27.Rg1 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 Qxf4+ 29.Rf3 Qe5! 30.Kf2 Bxf3 31.gxf3 Qxh2+ 32.Rg2

2: Leif Ogaard - Lubomir Ftacnik, Gjovik 1983

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 21-ply

1. (-0.98): 32...Qh4+ 33.Kg1 a5 34.Rg4 Qf6 35.Kg2 Rb2 36.Ra4 Qg5+ 37.Kf1 h5 38.Re4 Qc5 39.Rc4

2. (-0.95): 32...Qe5 33.Qd3 a5 34.Qe3 Qd6 35.Rg4 h5 36.Rf4 Kg7 37.Kf1 a4 38.Qc3+ f6 39.Re4

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  Jimfromprovidence: Thanks <RV>. 30 Kf2 is between a 21.6% and 24.0% improvement.
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  plang: At the Russian Team Championships in 1999 S. Ivanov played 15 e5 against Mikhalevski and won a nice game (not included in this database).
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