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Bobby Fijlstra vs Harmen Jonkman
Soest op (2000), rd 1, Jun-02
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Traxler Counterattack Bishop sac line (C57)  ·  0-1


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Apr-26-07  Trimagna: BLACK
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Bxf7+ Kf8 !!

6. Bb3 2 h6 7 7. Nf3 3 Bxf2+ 22 8. Kxf2 2 Nxe4+ 2 9. Ke3 14 d5 23 10. d4 12 Bg4 88 11. Rf1 6 Ke8 22 12. Nxe5 2 Qg5+ 16 13. Kd3 88} ♘b4# 25 0-1

Apr-26-07  Trimagna: Good for WHITE
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. d4 !!
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  Phony Benoni: Ah, yes. The Traxler (or Wilkes-Barre to you U.S.-centric folks).

I faced it once. My opponent was rated 1309, and I remember staring at the board and asking myself if he actually knew the opening or had simply blundered.

Finally, I decided the latter was more likely, and played 5.Nxf7. I knew that 5.Bxf7+ was the better move, but I was going for a quick win.

I was right. The game ended in a quick win. He played 4...Bxf2+ and wiped me out in under 20 moves and in fewer minutes.

Turns out that the Traxler/Wilkes-Barre was the only opening he knew. He was a master in that line, but had a playing strength under 1000 in any other opening.

Play the board!

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Well, that's one more good reason to play 1.b3 :)
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