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Darryl K Johansen vs Richard Valenti
"Blunder Down Under" (game of the day Jan-26-2006)
Australian Masters (2001), Melbourne AUS, rd 2, Jul-08
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation (E70)  ·  1-0


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  Richard Taylor: I think Black need to play 12. ... Bb7 and try to get Nc5 in - White gets a strong bind - I met Johansen in Auckland -or saw him play (and talked with him and a few others after the tournament in the lounge bar) - at the Zonal in January 2005. One of his games I noticed was long and convoluted like this one - he played this game very well.

When Black blundered I think he was lost.

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  OhioChessFan: The doubling of Rooks on the c file was pointless. Nxc5 rendered the whole series of moves a waste of time.
Jan-26-06  dakgootje: *Applauds for both* for white because he played black just off the board and for black because hes the first one in ages ive seen to allow a mate, HATE it when there is like a forced mate in 2 and he one who is about to lose resigns...
Jan-26-06  PaulLovric: thanks for this aussie game <> on australia day
Jan-26-06  cavaleiro: <PaulLovric> That's because Valenti is tough!!!

Lot's of blunders, but 39...hxg4 was crucial.

(valente/valiente means tough in portuguese/spanish)

Jan-26-06  PaulLovric: <cavaleiro> huh? i do not understand you mate. ru brazilian?
Jan-26-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Very funny pun for today's GOTD. :) I guess it is referring to 39...hxg4??

By the way, what is Australia Day? (hey, that rhymed) :)

Jan-26-06  dakgootje: <EmperorAtahualpa>If its not true what follows then no offence meant, but i thought it was something like a day for the aussies to be happy to be aussie etcetera. I saw tennis on television today, Australian Open, i think the quarterfinales or something and one of the players was pretty distracted by the fireworks lol
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  Jack Kerouac: I love Australian Day.A toast to the Aussies all day long! Neal agrees with me.
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  kevin86: Happy Australia Day,mate(s)! Is it no accident that the game ends in a mate? lol.
Jan-26-06  PaulLovric: <kevin86>lol thanks mate <Jack Kerouac> a toast to you too pull up a banana loung and have a beer and some lamb from the barbie. <EmperorAtahualpa> australia day is thw 26 0f jan.
Jan-26-06  apawnandafool: <dakgootje: HATE it when there is like a forced mate in 2 and he one who is about to lose resigns...> I HATE THIS TOO!!!!
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  twinlark: <EmperorAtahualpa> It may refer to .39..hxg4, but Black is thoroughly stuffed and mounted by this time anyway. White is threatening 40.gxf7 and gxh5.
Jan-26-06  jefipius: <cavaleiro:
Lot's of blunders, but 39...hxg4 was crucial.>

I'm not sure that in such a position I'd call it a blunder. Isn't black hosed no matter what he does? He's looking at 40. gxh which opens up the king side and spells doom - albeit a slightly slower one. At least 39...hxg4 required a nice piece sacrifice by white.

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  twinlark: <EmperorAtahualpa> Australia Day celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove with its boat load of convicts, soldiers, ships crews and officers. There may have even been a handful of free settlers. It marks the beginning of British settlement and what was to become New South Wales and eventually Australia.

Jan-26-06  jackmandoo: Very interesting position after 42.Qxg7, The king cannot capture the queen and it has no square to go to escape the check.
Jan-26-06  MoonlitKnight: It's not as much a blunder as needing an excuse to use this fantastic pun!
Jan-26-06  Kola: Total domination. Nice!
Feb-10-06  MorphyMatt: 39... hxg4?????? it just makes no sense, opening up the h-file for white
Feb-10-06  devilwolfdog: I agree with jackmandoo...after 42 Qxg7, black's position is almost hopeless
Feb-15-06  MorphyMatt: <devilwolfdog> I beg to differ. After 42. Qxg7, black's position is mated.
Mar-01-06  Averageguy: I believe that 40.Qh6 also forces mate.
Dec-06-07  aazqua: Oh snap. Watch Daryl Johnson pound this clown into submission just like when he was lead blocking for the cowboys. Who says football players are all meatheads?
Aug-11-09  RVALENTI: Just subscribing today to this site and surprised to see this game played 8 years ago. Im just an amateur playing and losing against a grandmaster 400 fide points higher. Why someone called me a clown is just beyond my imagination.
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  piltdown man: Who's Daryl Johnson?
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