|Dec-30-05|| ||seadumps: Oh maaaan...! If that isn't the type
of defeat that sticks in your craw
for later games with the same opponent! A FAMILY fork!
|Nov-03-06|| ||Eggman: It ticks me off when someone plays a move and then resigns.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||think: Attention all chess players: you can be a pawn grabber and still win!|
|Nov-03-06|| ||jahhaj: Do chessgames.com choose the game of the day because of the quality of the game or the quality of the pun? Discuss, with examples.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||kellmano: <jahhaj> i think you make a legitimate point, but i wonder why you raise it now. This is an excellent game and a mint pun.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||dakgootje: Whats the idea behind 26. h4?|
|Nov-03-06|| ||JohnBoy: <dak> - I imagine the idea behind 26.h4 is to play g3 trapping the knight. I am not quite sure what exactly white missed ... it turns bad real fast.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||kevin86: This is a fine game and one that fits with the pun in both ways-the name and the game. I do have a slight objection to calling black's 40th move a queen sac. The queen is quickly recovered and a rook is gained at the expense of a knight. It is more like a short-term loan at shark rates.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||lvlaple: Black's Queen was a monster. It went everywhere, avoiding attacks, taking loose pawns, and finally single handedly took down two rooks and the queen.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||jcb: It seems to me that White goes off the track with 19. Rab1. The one obvious advantage that White has at that point is the open a-file. So why abandon it for no reason?|
Without going through all the calculations, it seems that White is much better with 19. c4. If 19. . . bxc4, then Bxc4 protects the b-pawn, freezes the queen side other than the open a-file that White controls, and places the bishop in a strong position pointing at f7. White follows with g3 driving out the knight, doubles the rooks on the a-file and maneuvers the queen to h5. With the black king still in the center, f7 is vulnerable.
If, instead, black plays 19. . . b4, then the queenside is closed and white continues with the plan to drive out the knight with g3, moves the bishop f1 with an eye toward exchanging white bishops, doubles the rooks, and again heads to h5 with the queen.
I don't see the value of the line White actually played. What am I missing?
|Nov-03-06|| ||syracrophy: JA! Nice pun! :-)
40...Qxb2!! A beautiful fork!
|Nov-03-06|| ||Kriegspiel: <think> I wouldn't call Black's play "pawn grabbing". Black's pieces are fully developed and his king safely castled before Black's queen captures its first pawn. There is no positional principle which says that, once the basics are taken care of, a player may not go after stray pawns.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||syracrophy: <Kriegspiel> I agree. In fact, the theory says "go for development, instead of go hunting pawns or material". But when you're already developed, there's no problem on going behind some delicious pawns for dinner.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||keypusher: Pawn-grabbing, like treason, never succeeds, and for the same reason.|
|Nov-03-06|| ||Kriegspiel: <keypusher> Because the hair always grows back? (Oops -- thought you wrote tweezin'.)|
|Nov-03-06|| ||keypusher: Treason never prospers
Here's the reason:
If it doth,
None dare call it treason.