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Patrick Wolff vs Boris Gulko
"Howlin' Wolff" (game of the day Sep-24-2006)
USA-ch / Zonal (1992), Durango, CO USA, rd 10, Dec-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  0-1


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May-11-06  Open Defence: 44..♖xc4 interesting
Sep-24-06  syracrophy: 20...Rd1!! reminds me of another game:

Belenky-Pirogov (Moscow,1975)

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1...Re1!! <2.Rxe1 Qg2#; 2.Qxe1 Qh5#; 2.Qg4 Qh1+!! 3.Rxh1 Rxh1#>

Sep-24-06  think: The rest of the game could go 54. e7 Ka2 55. Kf6 b1=Q 56. Rxb1 Kxb1 57. Kf7 Bb5 and the a-pawn will queen.
Sep-24-06  EinZweiDrei: Even if only Gulko got the point, both players deserve a gold star for this game.
Sep-24-06  Ashram64: great game for both player.. expecially 20.. Rd1 and somehow wolff found a way out to recapture the rook. It's pretty impressive
Sep-24-06  RookFile: In the 1990's, Patrick Wolff with the white pieces was capable of beating any player in the world. This was a really impressive win by Gulko.
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  kevin86: A brilliant game,especially by black! The sac was very fine also,it gave him a winning pawn ending in exchange for "the exchange"
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  wordfunph: Gulko on 44...♖xc4!..

"In such positions, the bishop is often better than the rook because it can attack on one flank and simultaneously defend of the other. After the exchange sacrifice, black has a winning position....This game received the prize for the best game of the tournament."

- from the book "Lessons with a Grandmaster" by Gulko and Sneed

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  perfidious: After this defeat in a then-topical line, Wolff stood on 6/10, but finished with a burst of 4.5/5 to win this US Championship by one-half point over Gulko and Sherzer, all qualifying for the 1993 Interzonal at Biel.
Jun-18-14  Howard: Yes, Inside Chess did an excellent issue devoted to that event.
Aug-18-18  Howard: According to Inside Chess, this game followed a line which was believed to be advantageous to White, so Patrick "should have smelled a rat".

Sure enough, Gulko's 15...Rd8! was a prepared improvement.

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  wtpy: Howard, Yeah but seems white is still better after 16 Bh6+.
Aug-18-18  Howard: What about 16...Bf4 ?
Aug-19-18  Howard: Turns out this game is in the Informant, too.
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