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Grigor Minchev vs Simeon Simeonov
TCh-BUL (1994), Svishtov BUL, Oct-27
Four Knights Game: Halloween Gambit (C46)  ·  1-0


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Oct-31-03  Sarimanok: I would rather play the sicilian or the Carokann than e5. This game is to complicated and stressfull :) for my taste. Very entertaining though.
Oct-31-03  Open Defence: Hmmm I always play 1..e5 to 1.e4 .. i found some interesting games I think for blitz the best variation for Black is 5..Ng6 and 6..Qe7 in response to 6.e5 here are some games, one was drawn and black won the other.. G Minchev vs P Popovic, 1995
J L Moeckel vs F Harms, 1998

positionally i have to say that if white gets a good pawn front on d6 he can really prevent the black pieces from taking good defensive posts (e7 is critical i think) so even returining the piece in such positions may not help

Oct-31-03  refutor: where do you play blitz open defence? i am "threeminutewarnin" on FICS, although i am likely to weak for you ;)

sarimanok, i agree...1.e4 e5 is very stressful..the problem is that white has all the choices (lopez/giucio/scotch/etc.) and has a serious gambit line in every line no matter what bad?! move he makes ;) for those same reasons, i love to face 1.e4 e5 as white ;)

Oct-31-03  Open Defence: refutor- I dont play .. i just kibitz hahahhahaha but seriously i play on yahoo .. I prefer live games to net games, and i usually avoid blitz if i can .. i prefer standard time chess :-)
Oct-31-03  Diggitydawg: <Open Defence> You play on Yahoo? I know this will be an incredible coincidence, but is your first name Priya, by any chance?
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  kevin86: The opening is also called the Irish Gambit;pmaybe we can combine the two and call it the SAMHEIN GAMBIT-Samhein is the Celtic word for the Lord of the Dead--the original HALLOWEEN.Happy Halloween!!

PS-the world forever changed on 10/31/1517-look it up!

Oct-31-03  northernsoul: that's a fascinating gambit - really unexpected and all the more devastating for it
Nov-01-03  Open Defence: No diggitydawg its Sangeeta hehehe .. whose Priya (*wink*)
Nov-01-03  Diggitydawg: <Open Defence> Oh, that was someone I played on Yahoo. I guess it would be incredibly improbable. BTW, Sangeeta is a good name; it "sounds" ;-D nice.
Nov-02-03  Open Defence: Thanks diggitydawg .. you seem to know a lot of Indians (and your hindi isn't too bad either) are you of indian origin by any chance ?
Nov-15-03  Diggitydawg: Open Defence, I'm sorry for not having responded to you on this thread, I only saw your response today. No, I'm not Indian (as you've already surmised by my lack of geographical knowledge). I know some Hindi because of my friends. My favorite Indian movies are the Apu trilogy (by S. Ray), Monsoon Wedding, and Dil Chahta Hai (with Amir Khan).
Nov-15-03  Open Defence: hehehe no problem diggitydawg, that's alright (lack of geographical knowledge) you must see the movie Lagaan if you like Indian movies.. btw has anyone seen the movie Innocent moves about Josh Waitzkin the chess player ?
Nov-15-03  Diggitydawg: I've seen Lagaan; my friend Arun let me borrow the DVD. We saw a cricket match over satellite awhile back, too. I can't believe how long those matches last. It makes a baseball game at Dodger Stadium seem short. Arun tells me that Amir Khan is one of the only Bollywood actors who really can act :-) I saw Innocent Moves back in the early nineties. In the US, the film is called Searching for Bobby Fischer. I bought the book, too. Fred Waitzkin is a good writer. There are some differences between the book and the movie. The book goes more into chess, but the movie does a good job of capturing the relationship between father and son and their relationship with chess.
Nov-15-03  Open Defence: Right on Diggitydawg, Bollywood is like those 80's hollywood action films hehehehe, stick to the formula, rake in the cash, I haven't read the book, I only saw the film... I like cricket too, there is an important match today.. but I think that explains why most of my American friends like blitz chess, hehehe I don't mind long drawn out games, I play better when I have time to think, that's why openings like the one in this game may be very good against players like me in blitz hehehehehe, I blunder!!!
Nov-15-03  Diggitydawg: Since your goal is to become an IM, blitz is bad for you anyways. You've got to develop your thinking skills to reach that level. Maybe a good compromise between you and your American friends is to play rapid.
Nov-20-03  Open Defence: Thanks for the tip diggitydawg, yes I play 15 min games now...lets see, Jan 2004 is the new season hope I do well :-)
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  jaime gallegos: Halloween Attack is good playing blitz
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  Sneaky: It's good for correspondence, too.
Apr-17-04  Brian Watson: On this database Grigor Minchev has 23 wins and one draw with C46, and skimming through them most of them are the Halloween Attack. Amazing stuff.
Apr-19-04  iron maiden: The Halloween attack isn't really sound, is it?
Apr-19-04  DWINS: No, it's not sound but it is extremely unlikely that someone facing it for the first time will find the best defense.

I've had excellent results playing it on the internet. One guy even accused me of using Fritz 8 after I crushed him even though there weren't any deep combinations involved. He just happend to play one of the poorest defenses. I tried to tell him that this was a real opening but he said I was full of sh-t and logged off. Apparently, I not only beat him in chess but also crushed him psychologically. Fischer would be proud!

Dec-08-05  aw1988: <iron maiden> If the Halloween attack isn't sound, then neither is the Cochrane.
Dec-08-05  Saruman: <DWINS> the same happened to me at First there were the usual "you were lucky" and then some insults before he logged off.
Oct-05-09  WhiteRook48: and if the Cochrane isn't sound, neither is the Fried Liver
Mar-30-11  theodor: 19. Re1!
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