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NN vs Erik Fossan
Right (1991)
Russian Game: Damiano Variation (C42)  ·  1-0


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Apr-29-06  SJP: The Damiano is still playable. I've found a game I played a while back against this opening:

Div 1 Match, Birmingham 2004
Russian Game, Damiano

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 d5 5. d3 Bf5 6. dxe4 dxe4 7. Qb5+ c6 8. Qxb7 Qa5+ 9. Nd2 Qxe5 10. Nc4 Qf6 11. Qxa8 Bb4+ 12. c3 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 Qxc3+ 14. Nd2 0-0 15. Rb1 e3 16. Qxb8 Bxb1 17. Qxb1 exd2+ 18. Bxd2 Qe5+ 19. Be2 Rb8 20. Qc2 c5 21. Bc3 Qf4 22. 0-0 Re8 23. Rd1 Qh4 24. Qf5 Qe7 25. Rd7 Qe6 26. Qg5 Qg6 27. Rd8 f6 28. Rxe8+ Qxe6 29. Bxf6 Qd7 30. Bc4+ Kf8 31. Qxc5+ Ke8 32. Qe5+ Kf8 33. Qb8+ Qe8 34. Qb4+ Qe7 35. Qxe7# 1-0

It can lead to quite exciting chess.

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  alexmagnus: The Damiano Variation. Poor Damiano:two opening named by him, both are bad.
Dec-13-06  Hot Logic: Not named by him, named after him. The first, the Damiano defense, was first analysed by him in a published medium a few hundred years ago. His conclusion was that the Damiano defense was BAD. Someone's obviously seen the parallel between that poor defense and the weak nature of 3.Nxe4
Mar-05-07  SirBruce: The Greco defense is also similarly bad, and Greco never played it. It illustrates the tendancy of weak opponents to expose their queen too early.
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  alexmagnus: <SirBruce> 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qf6? At least it doesn't lose material... And - check games of Bernard Parham for a player who in 99% of his games exposes his queen before the move 5.....
Apr-01-07  aazqua: There is absolutely no excuse for this pathetic play. Fossan deserves to be tarred and feathered.
Apr-01-07  Interbond: I doubt this game has been played with Fossan as black.
Jun-06-07  jellyace: A master falling for this trap at year 1991? And why ... Nxe4? He's not excused, unless this is a blindfold simultaneous while high on caffeine.
Aug-09-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: i've pulled this off five or six times so far,on yahoo and's hard to believe that a 2300+ player would fall for this,even stone drunk....smmfh@fossan
Aug-09-07  Tomlinsky: <PAWNTOEFOUR: i've pulled this off five or six times so far,on yahoo and's hard to believe that a 2300+ player would fall for this,even stone drunk>

Here's another one for the toolbox if you haven't seen it already...

A Zapata vs Anand, 1988

Sep-24-07  centercounter: <DeepBlade: This is the shortest trap I've ever seen in my life!>

I won one with 1. f4 e5 2. fe d6 3. ed Bxd6 4. Nf3 g5 5. h3?? Bg3 mate. This was against a 1400 who had just beaten an 1800.

Sep-24-07  Resignation Trap: <centercounter> Im my second-shortest game I had a very similar trap: 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Ng5 Nf6 4.d3 h6? 5.Nxe4 Nxe4?? 6.Qh5+ 1-0.
Sep-24-07  centercounter: In a U.S. Open first round, I had another short game. It wasn't a mate, but still book trap. 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. Bf4 cd 4. Nxd4?? e5 and I'll leave the rest to your imagination. My 1600 rated opponent didn't force me to prove it once I took his piece.

I was actually fighting through the crowds who were trying to see on the pairing sheet who they were playing in order to mark my result.

The full story is that the U.S. Open used to force you to turn in a copy of your game score in order to mark a result, and I wanted to save my opponent the possible embarrassment of being published. It turned out that he submitted the game and it showed up in the next bulletin, with, mercifully, Jerry Hanken marking him as NN. How appropriate for this chat!

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  DarthStapler: My dad would always fall for this, we played this exact same game over and over dozens of times. He never learned.
Apr-13-08  D.Observer: What a trap!!! How come Black can't defend?!
Jun-12-08  ravel5184: This game and all similar games should be taken off the database! A complete waste of valuable time!


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Jun-15-08  ravel5184: How come this game hasn't been erased from the database yet?


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Jun-15-08  jrlepage: ravel5184,

I think this sort of games should remain in the database, on the basis that it serves the purpose of teaching amateur players - which there are plenty on this site, mind you - such opening traps as this one, and helps said amateurs avoid falling into them.



Aug-14-08  just a kid: You'd think NN would fall into this trap.
Sep-12-08  Manoloo: If Anand did learn from this, maybe the rest can lear something too.

A Zapata vs Anand, 1988

Nov-22-08  thebribri8: How did Fossan fall for this?!
Nov-28-08  MoonlitKnight: I'm not sure if this game is real, if the names should have been reversed or if the year is wrong. Fossan is an IM and came second in the Norwegian championship in 1996.
Jan-21-09  MaczynskiPratten: Come on Chessgames, this must be wrong - as <MoonlitKnight> says. Venue, description etc all look bogus. Is this someone playing a nasty trick on Fossan's reputation? If it's genuine, let's have some evidence .. but I doubt it. At best it is names reversed. I learnt this trap when I was a kid and caught many players with it between ages 8 and 10 - no way would any experienced IM-level player not know it.
Mar-17-09  WhiteRook48: outrageous!
Jun-09-10  hankm: He lost to one of the oldest opening tricks in the book! Rule number one on playing the Russian/Petrov defense: if you don't know this trap, you shouldn't play the defense.
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