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Thomas Luther vs Marco Thinius
"Diamond Knights" (game of the day Feb-19-2011)
75th German Championship (2004), Hoeckendorf GER, rd 1, Jan-30
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Feb-14-04  Benjamin Lau: Thanks Benzol, some of these are pretty cool. I'm not too sure myself what the criteria would be, why don't you take a quick look at the ones I already have?
Feb-14-04
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  Benzol: Wow Ben, you have been busy :)
Feb-14-04  Benjamin Lau: Lol, thanks for the help Benzol! :)
Jan-07-09  WhiteRook48: wow. What a knight game! Both players must have had only cavalry on their minds.
Feb-22-09  WhiteRook48: crazy knights
Feb-19-11
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  Phony Benoni: Not a very inspiring game, unless you find positional Ruy Lopezes/Spanishes fascinating. I don't, which probably explains why I've never been a Master.

If the whole point of the pun was the formation of the knights, well, that can't be too uncommon. Sort of picturesque to have it keep repeating at the end of the game, but I'm just not excited about this one.

Feb-19-11
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  al wazir: This is the game of the the day? I wish someone would point out what made it outstanding. It was almost drawn by repetition twice, on move 44 and move 47; finally the players got over their problem and did it.
Feb-19-11  rilkefan: I'm guessing this is book to move 30 or so leading to a clearly drawn position, and the pattern is the only interest?
Feb-19-11  kellmano: Any Englishman will of course be instantly reminded of the Hoddle and Waddle classic 'Diamond Lights'
Feb-19-11  KingV93: While I also found the game a bit dry, (truly an exhibition of why I'll never be a chessmaster; I simply do not have the patience to play these kinds of things out as shown, not yet anyway) The final position was amusing.
Feb-19-11  newzild: I agree with some of the other posters who say that this game is only mildly interesting. However, 17. b4! is instructive. For those folks unfamiliar with the arcane strategies of the Spanish, the idea is to restrict the mobility of the black knight (by covering the c5 square). Of course, Black can't capture on b4 because his rook is hanging.

<Benzol> Me too! I recently dug all my old games out of a draw and have been painstakingly typing them into Notepad files. I always seem to mistype two or three moves, causing the game to crap out when launched in a GUI.

Feb-19-11  scormus: My reward for playing this through - I at last got the pun
Feb-19-11
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  kevin86: I love the "diamond" shape of the knights.

There is a game where all of the knights are in a diagonal row and suddenly become a square and ALL help in a checkmate.

Feb-19-11  Ratt Boy: Most picturesque positions seem to involve knights. They truly are unique pieces in the arsenal.
Feb-19-11  JohnBoy: Why can't black grab the h pawn at move 34?
Feb-19-11
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  Phony Benoni: <kevin86> You may be thinking of Clemens vs Eisenschmidt, 1890, mentioned above by <Benzol>.

Position after <22...Nd8>:


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And the game concluded <23.Qf7+ Nxf7 24.Ne6#>


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Feb-19-11
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  Sastre: <JohnBoy: Why can't black grab the h pawn at move 34?> 34...Nxh3+ 35.Bxh3 Bxh3 36.g4 h5 37.f3 hxg4 38.fxg4 Na6 39.Kh2 Bxg4 40.Kxg4 Nxb4 41.Ne3 gives White a small advantage, although I don't know if he has realistic winning chances.
Feb-19-11
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  chrisowen: <kevin86> watch b1 you see rickets rodney donkey drawing near. Little plonky orb read.
Feb-19-11
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  chrisowen: Big city dig co-operating geezers lets Luther off hook. It is deep pan apol. I tease xtra pep.

See hes cross late arriving leaning tower exchange pieces. Knight adder action free free for one day night?

Feb-19-11  zahbaz: <Sastre> Continuing on your line...

34...Nxh3+ 35.Bxh3 Bxh3 36.g4 h5 37.f3 hxg4 38.fxg4 Na6 39.Kh2 Bxg4 40.Nxg4 Nxb4 41.Ne3

41...Nxd5 would thereby force a draw. White's got nothing with only two knights.

Feb-19-11  weisyschwarz: "Knights Are Forever" would have been my pun.
Feb-19-11  ROO.BOOKAROO: It is unclear why not 34...Nxh3 or 34...Bxh3? Nobody's commented on that.
Feb-19-11
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  Phony Benoni: <ROO.BOOKAROO: It is unclear why not 34...Nxh3 or 34...Bxh3? Nobody's commented on that.>


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Well, obviously not 34...Bxh3 as the knight on f4 is hanging. And after 34...Nxh3+ 35.Bxh3 Bxh3 36.g4 h5 37.f3, it looks like the bishop is trapped and will be lost after 38.Kh2.

Feb-22-11  JohnBoy: Actually, <ROO> - there was a line of discussion precisely on 34...Nxh3+ just preceding your query. Take a look.
Sep-24-14  Stjef: What a wonderful collection!
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