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Grigor Minchev vs Orlando Santana Otero
"Salt and Battery" (game of the day May-16-2019)
? (1987)
Sodium Attack: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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  chancho: I played Santana twice. (Don't ask how I did)
Jul-20-07  The Chess Express: White should be able to attack g7 twice with ♔ & ♕.
Jul-20-07  CapablancaFan: The Sodium attack? 1.Na3? Is that right?
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  WannaBe: Pun potential... "O. Santana, don't you cry for me."
Jul-20-07  The Chess Express: I'm not sure that's a pun. It sounds more like a rhyme to me.
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  kevin86: How about calling this opening "the Nadia attack"-since Nadia begins with Na also?

Also,in a lot of cases,the result has been a perfect 10 for white.

(frankly,in this game,the two connected pawns in the ending are far more a reason for the win as is the first move-but don't let it get around,lol)

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  kevin86: Note:rechecked the database---1 Na3!!!!!!!!!!

Six victories in six games!

Oct-20-08  flapjack: This was a great fight! More proof that the best opening for winning % is Na3. ;D
Dec-27-08  WhiteRook48: 1. Na3!! that is the ultimate move. Seriously....
Dec-27-08  arctic tern: <The symbol for Sodium is Na :)>

Oooooh, that's why it's called the sodium attack... shame on me for not seeing that!

Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: 1. Na3!! wins every time
Nov-11-09  The Chess Express: heh heh, objectively speaking black gains easy equality out of the opening. 1. Na3 is simply a way to avoid theory.
Dec-29-13  fishcat: Yep, it's a fortress. White can even take the h-pawn with 76...Rh6 77. Qe8 but then it's a tablebase draw.

Stockfish+syzygy insists it's +5.43 until the halfmove clock runs out or it enters tablebases.

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  perfidious: Been around and seen a lot, but had never heard of the Sodium Attack till this moment.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 1.Na3 is not that ridiculous a move (if 1...d5; 2.c4), but still a tame one. 5...d6 will suffice for equality but even after 10.0-0 the position is equal; 10...f5; 11.exf5,Bxf5; 12.e4,Be6; 13.Qd2,Qe7; 14.Ng5?!,Bd7 and White still has nothing but a bad Bishop.
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  OrangeTulip: White magic woman
May-16-19  lentil: So as the name for 1 Nh3 i nominate "the ammonia attack".
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  Infohunter: When I was young this was known as the "Durkin Attack". When did the change take effect? I do appreciate that "Sodium Attack" is a clever play on words or, more strictly speaking, symbols.
May-16-19  Ironmanth: Entertaining game!
May-16-19  rcs784: <lentil> Perhaps the Nihonium Attack? It's certainly artificial, and I've heard it can lead to unstable positions. ;)
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  AylerKupp: Yes, the final position is a theoretical draw according to the Lomonosov tablebases. I say "theoretical", as I always do, because this is a game between two human players and I suspect that even a small inaccuracy, particularly by Black, would change that theoretical outcome. And I suspect that Black was tired and did not relish a long and difficult struggle to try and hold the draw.
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  fredthebear: Here's another pinch of salt from the Pro Chess League:

Carlsen vs S Grover, 2018

May-16-19  Cibator: <lentil: So as the name for 1 Nh3 i nominate "the ammonia attack".> I like this idea. But by the same token, 1.Nf3 could then become the "Nitrogen Trifluoride Attack". Too much of a mouthful. Let's stick to "Reti". Actually, let's go further and get the chemists to call that compound "reti".

On a less frivolous note: <FSR>'s comment from nearly 12 years ago prompts me to make my usual suggestion; that official notation should include a "T" to indicate a forfeiture on time. Thus here, if applicable, 1-0T.

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  fredthebear: <Cibator> Agreed. Let's also include rule violation disqualifications, 1-0DQ.
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  diceman: <Infohunter:

When I was young this was known as the "Durkin Attack". When did the change take effect?>

When they realized, "Durkin and Battery"
was a lousy pun.

(Maybe, "Durken and Disorderly")

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