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Timo Juhani Pirttimaki vs Valery A Chekhov
Lvov (1983), Jun-??
Alekhine Defense: Normal Variation (B03)  ·  0-1


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Jul-15-04  samuliviitanen: What a pathetic game!!! I hope Pirttimaki isn't from Finland as the name sounds quite Finnish. I'll be embarassed for my country if he is... Haven't seen such a poor game for a long time. It goes all wrong for white - I think all the following moves would have been better: 4.c4, 5.c4, 6.Nf3, 7.dxe5, 8.Ne2, 9.d5... Especially bad moves are 5.f4, 7.c4 and 8.Na3. Even black seems to make a mistake even though he can afford it - should have moved 8... Qxd4
Jul-16-04  Lawrence: So who doesn't make a mistake now and again? <Timo Pirttimaki> beat <G. Andruet>, a good player. Timo Pirttimaki

<samuliviitanen>, we Canadians hold Finland in high esteem, you probably know why. (Hint: WWI debt)

Jul-16-04  seoulmama: Lawrence, I am Finnish too, and I must say that Viitanen's comments are far too harsh - Pirttimäki is simply very erratic as a player.
Jul-18-04  samuliviitanen: Ok, maybe I was a bit too harsh to Pirttimäki. Still, he makes a lot of simple errors in this particular game. Or then he had some plan that I fail to spot.

On the other hand it is refreshing to see games that don't follow the standard patterns. Have to examine the other games of Pirttimaki too.

Aug-01-04  Bad Star: <Lawrence> I'm from Finland but I have no idea what this WWI debt you are referring to is. Care to explain?
Aug-01-04  Lawrence: <Bad Star>, during WWI Canada lent money to Finland but later proposed that these war debts didn't need to be paid off. The Finns, strong people that they are, said "No way, you lent us the money, you're getting it back." So for years afterwards Finland kept paying back its war debt.
Aug-07-04  Bad Star: <Lawrence> Ah, I see. Thanks.
Sep-24-04  Strategic Joker: Excuse me , but could anyone explain the mistake ???
Sep-24-04  Catfriend: No tactic immediate loss in the final position if that what you're looking for, but of course white's dead! He finished the first 9 moves with 2 pawns less with no advantage for that.
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  Honza Cervenka: I think that Pirttimaki playing 7.c4 planned 7...Nxf4 8.g3 and only too late he noticed 8...Nd3+! 9.Qxd3 Bxc1.
Feb-29-08  jovack: sure white is down a bit, but there's no reason in resigning so early

sometimes you start playing your best chess when you get that "im losing" feeling and recover the game -- not always, but why get so emotional and quit on move 9

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