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NN vs Bruce Pandolfini
New York (1967), New York, NY USA
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Normal System Kan Line (B28)  ·  0-1


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Dec-25-04  chesswhizkid: NN= no name
Dec-25-04  chesswhizkid: Heres what I could dig up on Sarwer.
And speaking of opening traps, Josh lost the nationals to David Arnett when he was 8 years old when he fell for a cheap trick.
Dec-25-04  aw1988: Wouldn't Qh4+ accomplish the same winning of a piece a move later?
Dec-26-04  aw1988: Ah, no... Qh4+? g3 Qxe4 Qe2.
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  tpstar: <aw1988> I'm confused by your line since there is no possible ... Qh4+ with the Pawn still on f2. Are you talking about a different trap?
Dec-26-04  aw1988: <slaps self> DUH. Thanks tpstar.
Feb-04-05  Knight13: Good Opening Trap!
Nov-11-05  raydot: It looks nasty, but I don't think it's winning. It's a check, sure, but white's got more pieces developed and there are a lot of ways out...
Nov-11-05  aw1988: <raydot> White is losing the bishop...
Feb-18-06  raydot: <aw1988>LOL, of course he is! Well obviously I would have missed this trap.

I've met Bruce Pandolfini and I have to say he's nothing like the Ben Kingsley character in the movie. I mean absolutely nothing like him. Kingsley amped him up a little. I was almost scared of him initially but he's just a nice guy from Brooklyn, not at all flamboyant or intense. Bashing the pieces across the room, I don't believe he would have done that.

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  syracrophy: the sicilian is not an opening for the weaks
Feb-18-06  raydot: <syrakrofy>Could you explain what you mean by that? There are a lot of theoretical lines but the basic positional understanding is not that tough, and playing 2...c5 is far from an automatic win.
Mar-18-06  McCool: <<raydot:> It looks nasty,>That's not the only thing that looks nasty, take a look at your display picture.
Nov-18-06  Mocafi: White should try 7.Qd2-Qxe5 8.Nc3 followed by 9.0-0-0, and he has better development a castled king and a pawn for the bishop.This can't be less playable then the Chicago gambit or Halloween gambit,can it?
Nov-18-06  Mocafi: Also if 8.Nc3-Bb4 9.0-0-0,(Bxc3 10.bxc3-Qxe4? doesn't gain the pawn back for black because of 11.Re1 winning the Queen.
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  beenthere240: I suspect that anyone who could confidently give knight odds in a casual game would actually win the position described by Mocafi. However, I also suspect that anyone who drops his bishop on move 6 is not going to play the rest of the game very well either. ;-)
Oct-29-07  baseballplayer: I like the fork trick with the pawn here, but it seems a little impractical.
Oct-08-08  YoungEd: Well, White can take some comfort in the fact that for the first four moves, he played as well as anyone could have!
Aug-19-09  WhiteRook48: 5 Bf4?
Feb-19-10  Bobwhoosta: <YoungEd>

I take a certain amount of satisfaction in the fact that sometimes for the first 10-14 moves of the game I am playing like the world's best.

I take more satisfaction in being out of book since move 4 or 5 and still doing that, although that is FAR more rare!!!

Feb-06-11  falso contacto: natalia natalia (police slang)
Nov-03-12  William Eversley: Nomen Nescio always makes me laugh
Nov-19-12  Sem: NN vs CN (Cosa Nostra)?
Jul-06-15  RookFile: One of those traps worth knowing. 5. Bf4 has a lot going for it strategically. It just has a little tactical flaw...
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  Sally Simpson: These six moves hide a lesson.

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First of all I have 14 White's playing these exact same moves in OTB play (one was 1800+) and 3 Black's failing to play 5...e5.

When starting out you lean very heavily on common rules of thumb you pick up in your first book or overhear in conversations.

"doubled pawns are weak", "castle as soon as possible", "Knights on the rim are dim."

White on the surface has actually done nothing wrong, he is developing and keeping an eye on the centre, that is why some players as White stumble into this position.

It is actually Black who violates the 'Rules' by first of all neglecting development and moving a pawn twice in the opening and then by bringing out the Queen too early.

It's this failure to think outside the 'rules' is why some Black's missed the trick.

The first rule of thumb - there are no rules of thumb.

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