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Joshua Waitzkin vs Aviv Friedman
"You Must Be Joshing" (game of the day Aug-18-07)
New York (USA) (1993)  ·  French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Variation (C01)  ·  1-0
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Mar-05-06  zev22407: If 27)f6+ N:f6 and the Q is protected.
Mar-06-06  ichessu: yes ofcourse. DOH
Mar-07-06
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  RookFile: One of the revelations of the last ten 15 years or so is that you can play the French Exchange variation as white for a WIN, not as an attempt to draw. At the IM level this scores well.
Aug-18-07  Bobsterman3000: <Yes. One amazing game. Josh actually describe this game in CM 9000. Pretty nice stuff in there.>

I had that CD also. Josh gives a pretty decent audio explanation of the game by move. He gave a lot of credit to Maurice Ashley for working with him on the f4-f5 maneuver, which is he describes as "locking in" the black light squared bishop.

Aug-18-07  think: Holy Cow! Startling exchange sac! I like the romantic style of play.
Aug-18-07  unluckythirtyfive: Oh, look at me.. I'm Josh Waitzkin, the Tai Chi Champion.. blah blah blah..
Aug-18-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Man gets Fried :)
Aug-18-07
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  RandomVisitor: 23.Nh5! would have won much easier for white.

Black's last chance to hold was apparently 27...Qxf5 28.Qxf5 Bxf5 29.Bxe5+ Kf8.

Aug-18-07  dabearsrock1010: brilliant game...i did really like his analysis on chessmaster too...Re5 is an attractive move somewhat reminiscient (although surely not as important or as brilliant) as what occurs in Anand vs Kasparov, 1995
Aug-18-07
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  outplayer: I'll make it a try on this variation. It seems difficult for black to defend.
Aug-18-07  psmith: <RandomVisitor>
23. Nh5 is pretty complicated. Can you give some analysis?

In your holding line, I think 29... Kg6 is even better for Black.

Aug-18-07  realbrob: <outplayer> I also think I'm going to play this variation against the French, it must be quite surprising to face.
Aug-18-07
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  kevin86: What a wild game! Pieces are hanging everywhere.At move thirty,white is attacking the queen in two ways and can't take it. So Josh finds a better move.
Aug-18-07  argishti: OMG!! what a coincidence. I was just analyzing this game yesterday. actually, it was on Chessmaster 10th edition. And Josh was explaining his game. man, this is soo random.

anyways, Josh said, he made one impatient move here, and that was 24. Qg4. he said, 24. Bd4, was the correct and patient move. But he was only 16 at the time, and very impatient.

27. Re8?? Josh marked this as the mistake of the game for his opponent. He said, 27.Qxf5 would have saved the game, Josh being a pawn down, but still having the superior position.

Also note that 19. Re5 was well worth playing for, and started up a good attack for Josh.

Aug-18-07
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  Chessmensch: I'd welcome some advice from one of you more experienced than I. It's clear that white is ahead but I don't see an easy mate. I recently got Deep Fritz 10 and did a Mate Search and a Deep Position Analysis with it. I acknowledge I don't know how to use this program optimally but it didn't find a mate. Deep Position Analysis shows white at more than +6 but no mate (so far--it's been running for a couple of hours). Is this really this situation or am I all messed up due to inexperience. Thanks.
Aug-18-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Chessmensch: I'd welcome some advice from one of you more experienced than I. It's clear that white is ahead but I don't see an easy mate. *** >

White is about to gain a piece (33. ... ♔g8 [33. ... ♘e7 34. ♖xe7 is no better] 34. ♖xb1), after which he will have an extra Rook for one or two pawns. Since none of Black's pawns is an advanced passed pawn, the endgame will be an easy win for White. Checkmate is probably at least 20 to 30 moves away, but Black was not interested in suffering through playing out a hopeless ending, so he resigned.

Aug-18-07
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  Chessmensch: <Peligroso Patzer> Thank you. It's good to see you agree that while white is well ahead the mate is not easy. I'm glad I didn't miss anything obvious (and neither did Fritz :-) ).
Aug-18-07  D4n: "Make your move Josh Waitzkin"
Jun-16-08  ravel5184: That must be the WORST PUN EVER!
Jun-16-08
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  whiteshark: <22.e6! > would have been my choice.


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- 22...fxe6 23.fxe6 Qd8 24.Qf7+ Kh8 25.Bd4 Rg8 26.Nh5 Qf8 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.Bb3 Ne7 29.Bc5

- 22...Qc7 23.exf7+ Kxf7 24.Nh5 Nf6 25.Bb3+ Ned5 26.Nxd5 Rxe1+ 27.Bxe1 cxd5 28.Bxd5+

May-25-10  SirChrislov: <29.Nd6> "The most beautiful position of my career." --J.Waitzkin
Jan-07-12
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  berbanz: Junior players John Paul Aquino of Mataas na Paaralang Gonzales and Jolina Saltorio played the French Exchange in the Dr Jose Rizal Cup 2011 in Meralco, Pasig City, Phl.
Jun-06-15  ToTheDeath: Probably Josh's best game. Awesome attacking play and disregard for material.
Apr-25-16
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  Domdaniel: It *is* difficult for Black to defend. As a French player, I've lost a couple of games in the Monte Carlo in the past year or two. Though I've also won a couple.
Apr-25-16
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  perfidious: <Dom> The loser of this game took up the cudgels for the Exchange in A Friedman vs Hebert, 1994, though displaying no particular ambition against one of my toughest foes on numerous visits to Montreal in those days.
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