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Joel Benjamin vs Eduard Gufeld
Las Vegas, NV USA (2000), op, rd 6
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Two Knights System (B08)  ·  0-1


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Dec-19-10  alexrawlings: What a finish! This could make a nice Wed or Thu puzzle with Black to move at move 35.

I understand this was the game to determine the winner of this tournament and that Gufeld danced around the table after the end of the game!

Mar-14-11  SirChrislov: Sir<alexrawlings> Yes, that's how it happend.

Gufeld's beloved dark squared bishop brought him this moment of glory.

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  FSR: This win gave Gufeld part of a 13-way tie for first with 5-1,, an apparent world record,
May-16-12  BlackSheep: You gotta love Goofy Eddie .
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  wordfunph: <alexrawlings: and that Gufeld danced around the table after the end of the game!>

hahaha! go Edik!

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  plang: The response to 8 Bc4+ would have been 8..Kh8 since 7..d5 could have been answered by 8 Nxd5! (if 8..e6 9 Nf4). Gufeld's unconventional play with 6..Ng4, 7..f6 and 8..Bh6 (a new move) led to a complicated, double-edged game. Byrne recommended 14 h3..g5 15 Bg3..e5 16 dxe..fxe 17 Qd2..g4 with an unclear position; Benjamin's 14 d5?! seems illogical blocking his strong c4-bishop. Gufeld thought that 22 g4 was necessary to defend. At move 23 Benjamin was down to 11 minutes on his clock. 29..Bh4 exchanging the defensive bishop would have been an improvement for Black. Byrne thought White could have defended with 33 Bh4..Bxh3 (Black could also play 33..Rh5 34 Bf2 aiming to first exchange bishops with ..Bg5 and..Qf6) 34 Bxg5..Qxg5 35 g4 but Gufeld pointed out that after 35..fxg+ 36 Rxg3..Qxg3+ 37 Qxg3..Rxg3 38 Bxh3..Rxf3 Black is still better. 35 Rd3 would have avoided the pretty queen trap but after 35..Rxg3 36 Bxg3..Bg5 37 Rb3..Qf7 38 Rxb7..Bf4 39 Bxf4..Qxf4+ 40 Kh1..Qxf3+ 41 Kh2..Bb5 Black is winning.
Mar-19-16  Granny O Doul: Why not 26...Bh3(?)
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