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Yakov Estrin vs Rune Strand
"Stranded" (game of the day Sep-22-2007)
corr-1 (1966)
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Suhle Defense (C59)  ·  0-1


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Jul-03-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Black clearly demolished white. But is there a direct way to mate or "just" a gain of huge material advantage?
May-19-07  BadTemper: Come see the magical square e2. Where you can hang pieces over and over again.

Hilarious and beautiful game.

Sep-22-07  lopium: Beautiful end. In the opening, I prefer 11.d5, maybe this way the King is not that exposed.
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  syracrophy: Losing for white from move 18. This opening's clearly bad for White. No good benefit on the pawn of advantage
Sep-22-07  King mega: That is why i never play guioco!
Sep-22-07  dabearsrock1010: the discovered check theme kept haunting white really cool game
Sep-22-07  Avarus: I'd have nightmares of that e2 if I had been white here.
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  whiteshark: Yudovich said <18. a3!>
Sep-22-07  Cactus: <Auto> White has to lose his queen. After 32. Qe2, 32...Nf2+ is crushing.
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  Domdaniel: Amazing to see Estrin battered like this -- he won the World correspondence championship a few years later ('72-'76) and literally wrote the book on the Two Knights Defence.

Beautiful game, though. White scrambling desperately to untangle his pieces while Black calmly builds up towards the finale is reminiscent of the famous Karpov-Kasparov 16th game, 2nd match, Kasparov-Dely gambit.

And yes, the repeated use of e2 is amusing. At the end, White 'only' has to lose his Queen.

In another corr game around this time, Hans Berliner beat Estrin with the alternative line 5...b5 6.Bf1 Nd4 7.c3 Nxd5 8.Ne4 Qh4 -- the Berliner Variation. And yet Estrin kept going back to try to repair the opening.

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  Domdaniel: This -- Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 -- is the other Estrin loss. A very, um, interesting debate in the kibitzing.
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  playground player: Why is the Polerio Defense not better known? Heck, it's a counter to the Fried Liver Attack! You'd think that'd make Polerio a very popular guy.
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  whiteshark: The beginning of defeat was not playing <25.a4>, forcing Rb5 to move and not giving up the squares, covered by Nf3! Thereafter rapid delopment of Bc1 and about equal play....

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e.g. <25... Rh5 26. Bf4!> or <25... Rd5/Ra5/Rf5 26.Be3!> or <25... Rb8 26.Nf2>

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  fm avari viraf: It is surprising to see a player like Estrin being outplayed in a corr. game where all his pieces were stranded with the beautifull tactical play by R. Strand. Maybe, "Polerio like Fried Liver for his breakfast."
Sep-22-07  belgradegambit: For Estrin this was definitely a knightmare.
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  kevin86: This game had a circus of threats by black-namely mate,sactifices leading to discovered check with attack on the queen. The final move is a REAL threatening move. Black rmploys a pin and a direct attack on the queen. Either she moves far away and white is mated,or she stays nearby but is gobbled up after she is forced to capture the knight at f2.
Apr-03-08  computer chess guy: Very subtle game. Computers don't like the initial sac, and then keep wanting to play Bxf1 right away. But Strand delayed it and built up a decisive attack.
Apr-03-08  aragorn69: Great great game by Black! All initiative and piece power play.
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  notyetagm: <BadTemper: Come see the magical square e2. Where you can hang pieces over and over again.

Hilarious and beautiful game.>


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  notyetagm: This is how you play the Two Knights Defense as Black.
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  offramp: Chess buccaneer Parimarjan Negi has been wandering around in a distorted space-time continuum and has become <Lost In Space>.

He has become STRANDED somewhere on this page! Can you find him before his oxygen runs out?

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