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Brian Wall vs Orest Popovych
29th World Open (2001), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 4, Jul-06
Sicilian Defense: Brick Variation (B20)  ·  0-1


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Apr-27-04  clocked: 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 is Jack Young's "Brick" or "Anchor Punch" opening.
Apr-27-04  Resignation Trap: The "point" of this opening is a trap:
1. e4 c5 2. Nh3 d6 3. g4 Nf6 4. g5 Nxe4? 5. d3.

There is also the Nibla Gambit: 1. e4 c5 2. Nh3 d5 3. d4!?

May-12-04  jesterco12: How is that a trap? After 5...Bxh3, black can hold on to any lost material.
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  tpstar: <jesterco12> Resignation Trap is correct; on 5 ... Bxh3 6. Bxh3 and the Ne4 has no retreat squares, so Black loses a piece, although for 2 Pawns after 6 ... Nxf2 or 6 ... Nxg5. Either way, White is winning, therefore it's really 4 ... Nxe4?? instead. Note that this line is RARELY seen (in the OE, 1 out of 48,000), because it's silly to play 2. Nh3!?, but even sillier to expect serious players to fall into traps like this.
Jun-03-04  clocked: In blitz, titled players have fallen for it many times. Also, the trap is not the only "point" of this opening. This can be a very positional opening. Kingside expansion with g4 and f4 are often seen. 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.g4
Oct-21-04  InspiredByMorphy: Whites reply to the Sicilian is interesting to say the least.
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  whiteshark: <<Resignation Trap> There is also the Nibla Gambit: 1. e4 c5 2. Nh3 d5 3. d4!?>

Here it is called <Albin-Gambit in der Vorhand [forehand]>. Nibla-Albin like Grob-Borg looks like an abstract in lieu thereof .

1.e4 c5 2.Nh3 d5 3.d4!? Bxh3 4.gxh3 dxe4 5.d5 Nf6 6.Nc3 (6...e6? 7.Bb5+ Nbd7 8.Bg5 given by Young) g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.00 00 9.f3 exf3 10.Qxf3....

Feb-04-09  sandmanbrig: why is this called the brick variation?
Apr-29-09  BrianWall: Paul Godin showed this line to Jack Young who showed it to me. Many blitz players fell into 1 e4 c5 2 Nh3 The Brick or Anchor Punch, meaning a boxer with one big punch. d5 3 d4 de 4 d5 e6
5 Bb5+ Bd7
7 de!! B:b5 8 ef+!! Ke7
9 fg(N)+!!! winning including 2300 Brian McCarthy. In blitz Jennifer Shahade and John Fedorowicz and many others fell into 1. e4 c5 2. Nh3 d6 3. g4 Nf6 4. g5 Nxe4? 5. d3. Later I got more positional with maybe 1 e4 c5 2 Nh3 g3, Bg2 and even b3, Bb2 and also a lot of Ng1-h3-f4 stuff.

Brian Wall

May-04-09  David2009: 36 c3 turned out badly, but by then it is difficult to find a plan for White. E.g 36 Qg2 Qd2 37 Qxg7? Qxe2 38 h6 Qxc2 and Black's attack gets there first.
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  Richard Taylor: Well he's outlasted Fischer...
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