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Neil R McDonald vs Russell John Dive
It cat.3 (1994), London ENG, rd 7
King's Gambit: Accepted. King's Knight Gambit (C34)  ·  1-0


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Jul-23-06  KingG: One of the most bizarre defences to the King's Gambit i have ever seen. And this guy is rated 2300+?
Sep-14-06  mack: Believe me, it's scary to face over the board, as I did tonight.
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  Domdaniel: Not just any 2300+ guy, either. Chess Magazine (UK) did a feature on Russell Dive titled 'Dive Bomber' - I think it was a couple of years after this game.
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  Benzol: Russell can be a bit erratic at times. He suffered a couple of disasters at the Queenstown Classic earlier this year but he can do well against GM opposition. Witness Gufeld vs R J Dive, 1986
Anyone can have a bad day at the office.
Sep-27-06  Whitehat1963: I think black simply took a dive.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol>, that Gufeld win was in a simul. Dive was one of the few to beat him in Wellington.

It does seem like a most unusual way to defend the King's Gambit as Black. Actually I can't recall many games where Dive faced that.

Apr-26-07  chessamateur: I've never seen 5... h4 played before.
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  Richard Taylor: I beat Russell Dive in two correspondence games - he just seemed to fade; I dont think he was puttng much effort into either game - they were interesting but not up to his standard - I think he has these moments when he crashes.

We all have those - often it is fatigue - the Black Defence does look bizzarre. but once in the NZ Corres. CC I blundered a rook and it was mate next v Glenn Turner! So I cant talk.

But Dive is a strong player.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Dive is especially strong with White. As for fading, what happened in the last Champs where he lost his last two games?

Even 3...h5 looks very weakening. Compare that move in the Kieseritzky Gambit, which is of low repute.

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  Richard Taylor: Yes - he is maybe past his peak - but who knows!

The NZ Champion Puchen Wang (who is 16) plays so quickly it is unnerving I believe. I played Puchen Wang in an interclub game and he simply outplayed me and got a grip on my e4 square and from there it was good night nurse...I also think as well as caculating wlel he has good opening knowledge.

Russell Dive won the Waitemata weekend tournament in 2004.

We have to accept that NZ is not a strong chess playing country.

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  whiteshark: <3...h5> is called 'Wagenbach-Defense'

Upto now there are only two games in the OE:
this game, showing very instructive the danger for black and

J Lyth vs J Tait, 1992, where black played the better with <6...d6.>

Well, we'll c ... :D

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  jahhaj: Many more games and analysis of the <Wagenbach variation> can be found here

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