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Alexander Vladilenovich Goldin vs Efim Geller
"On Goldin's Pawn" (game of the day May-20-2009)
Sochi (1989)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack (D37)  ·  1-0


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  kevin86: With black's pieces pinned down,the last thing he needed was a pawn assault. He is down a piece for two doubled pawns and his pieces are in disarray;black is lost. It just took a pawn push to convince him. (Maybe the ♙ is mightier than the sword.) lol
Apr-15-04  Clock1913: I'm going to ask GM Goldin this sunday about this line because I really didn't run into 1 d4 a lot in scholastics but now that I'm playing mostly open tournaments I need to study this.
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  iron maiden: Great game, and "On Goldin's Pawn" has to get the brilliancy prize for a pun.
Mar-01-06  MoranCho: A bad game in which 17...Nf5??
(over the obvious 17...exd5, preventing the threat of Nde4 that was the purpose of 17...Nf5??) is simply an example of old age.
Apr-17-07  nimzo knight: Is this a repeat game of the day. Nothing great about this game. It looked after opposite side castling, both players were moving wood. Whts on CG
Apr-17-07  cyruslaihy: <Clock1913> same phenomenon to me too, wonder why young players like 1 e4 more than 1 d4, more blood shed, and quicker , i suppose
Apr-17-07  Draw Odds: Fabulous game IMHO. I think 16...Nd4 was the beginning of the end, but it sure looks like an obvious move to try. In retrospect I'm not sure where Black went wrong, but I think it was an opening gone sour.

About 11...Rfc8, doesn't 11...Rac8 seem more logical? Black had the old problem of not being able to get his rooks where they were needed. White's central pressure was just too much. It's easy to sympathize with that problem, it happens to the best of us, even Geller.

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  Oxford: I recently saw "On Golden Pond," and it wasn't as great as I thought it would be. Henry Fonda is a very good actor though.
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  kevin86: Strange-this game isn't getting much business today. Black's pieces are so tied up that he is a sitting duck with no relief in sight. In the fullness of time,white will force a breakthrough and win.
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  Chessmensch: Anyone care to comment on the best way to mate from this position? Thanks.
Apr-17-07  outplayer: <Goldin1913> I used to play 1.e4 some time ago. Now I prefer 1.d4 and slav games. I cannot afford to pay fo a GM class. So I study the games of a certain variation for myself. I've heard that Rafael Leitão charges 50 bucks an hour on ICC. How much Goldin charges?
Apr-17-07  outplayer: I prefer 3...Bb4.
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  artemis: chessmensch: the esential idea is to push the kingside pawns. In this position, black looks pretty solid, but if you look closely, you will notice that the solidity in his position radiates from his f7 pawn. Therefore, he must first deal with the threat of h5 and g6. He also must deal with Nd4 Ne6 threat. The combination of these two threats seems impossible to meet. Using these two ideas will show you the hopelessness of black's position (particularly considering the fact that after a potential Ne7+ Kh8, Nd5 threatens to win the f7 pawn with threat of back rank mate and winning the b6 pawn, giving white, ontop of everything else, a passed pawn). That said, I dont see any forcing line.
Apr-17-07  dbquintillion: Excellent pun.
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  fm avari viraf: I think instead of 17...Nf5? Geller should have considered some other alternatives which would have given some equal chances. "On Goldin's Pawn" Very appropriate pun.
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  Chessmensch: Artemis: Thank you. Directionally, but not as explicity, I saw it as you do. I was concerned that I missed a forcing line but you confirm it doesn't seem to be there--at least it's not evident. I saw your bio and largely concur with your favorites. It's a shame, though, what Hydra did to Adams.
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  artemis: Chessmench: I think Adams is either on his way out or having a midlife crisis of sorts. Hopefully he can pull it back together and begin winning again.
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  fm avari viraf: I think instead of 17...Nf5 Geller should have considered some other alternatives which would have given him some equal chances. An appropriate pun "On Goldin's Pawn" & a brilliant game too.
Apr-13-08  wanabe2000: Any win over Geller is to be celebrated.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Credit where credit is due--"On Goldin's Pawn" is magnificent.
May-20-09  Aniara: On Golden Pond is a rather slow movie, I think.
May-20-09  newzild: It's hard to meet the threat of 33.Nd4 and 34.Ne6, when black's kingside collapses.
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  kevin86: Is the pawn mightier than the sword? We'll soon find out...
May-20-09  David2009: Does 24...Bxc3 immediately hold out any hope? Black is too weak on the back rank to snatch Pawns.
May-20-09  WhiteRook48: I used to play 1. d4, but now I surprise people with 1. e4 (well, only against computers)
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