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Andrew Karklins vs Alex Dunne
"Dunne In" (game of the day Feb-11-2013)
32nd World Open (2004), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 8, Jul-05
Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B00)  ·  0-1
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Feb-11-13
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Nimzowitsch used to be an occasional weapon of mine, partly because of the sheer weirdness of some of the variations. These gents are off-book as early as move 3 (!) with Karklins' 3.Bb5.

Black's seemingly bizarre ...f7-f5 is typical of this bizarre defense: you will see it after 3.Nc3,dxe4; 4.d5,Ne5; 5.Bf4,Ng6; 6.Bg3,f5. Whatever happen in Nimzo's pet defense to 1.e4, both player need to assume that they will not play a normal game.

Feb-11-13
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  FSR: Yes, Black is the "Check is in the Mail" columnist.
Feb-11-13  Old King Cole: Why not 29. cxb5? (Pardon my stupidity.)
Feb-11-13  andr: Think 3 times before making 3 'O's, especially if it move 13th.
Feb-11-13  Moszkowski012273: Do believe white has drawing chances with 19.Bb3...
Feb-11-13  xeneizexxx: <Old King Cole: Why not 29. cxb5? (Pardon my stupidity.)> I think because 29...fxg2 attacks Rh1 and Kh3
Feb-11-13
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  morfishine: With Black's Bishop already on b4, and in fact having just moved there 12...Bb4, 13.O-O-O seems suicidal, an example of 'castling into it' (despite White's ingenious squirming to avoid mate)

<13.O-O> must be better (though White is hardly out of the woods)

<Phony Benoni> I guess you 'Been there, Dunne that'

Feb-11-13  gars: <Phony Benony>: Andrew Karklins is he editor of "Tal's Masterpieces and other Selected Games, 1960-1975",(Chicago Chess Books, 1976), a very good book.
Feb-11-13
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  Phony Benoni: <gars> Another book by Karklins, "Modern grandmaster chess, as exemplified in the 1964 USSR Zonal Tournament", is in my opinion one of the unknown masterpieces.
Feb-11-13
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> I agree - an excellent, and unfortunately obscure, book. Karklins' deep study of the games in that book helped him get much stronger. He played in two U.S. championships, finishing with an even score in the first as I recall. Not too shabby. I always thought he should have made it to GM, or IM at least. He only got to FM, and today is only rated 2200-something. His vision is very bad, which may be complications from diabetes. His father is Erik Karklins, who is still a strong expert who will be 98 next month.
Feb-11-13
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  Phony Benoni: Karklins played several tournaments in Michigan, and one performance showed me why I'd never be a strong player.

It was a Masters/Experts event, four rounds over Saturday and Sunday with a relatively slow time limit and no sudden death finishes. His two games on Sunday both went over 100 moves, finishing around 5:00 AM. He won both games to win the tournament, drove back to Chicago--and went straight to work.

I could never do that.

Feb-11-13
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  kevin86: Good Queenside attack!
Feb-11-13
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Yeah, weekend swisses are brutal.
Feb-11-13
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  perfidious: Another GOTD featuring two opponents from my chequered past.
Feb-11-13
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  OhioChessFan: Too bad they weren't in your chess past.
Feb-11-13
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  perfidious: <OCF> Indeed-back in 1976, I got Dunne over by Alex in a tournament at Burlington, Vermont. Good old KID Saemisch bash, where he broke through against my rampart of pawns, is all I remember at the moment.

The game with Karklins was of a more prosaic nature; we met in the last round at Foxwoods 1999 in a Nimzo-Indian with 4.e3. He got an advantage in the middlegame after some inaccurate play by me and won.

Feb-11-13  gars: <Phony Benoni>: Thanks for your comment. I'll look for the Karklins book you mention.
Feb-11-13
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  TheFocus: I had the pleasure of having some nice conversations with both Erik and Andrew Karklins. Two exceptionally nice gentlemen.

Karklins also did a nice book on the 1971 Candidates Matches (you know, those Fischer ones). He did the translations from Latvian sources.

Feb-11-13
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  OhioChessFan: <perfidious> If I have to explain it, it wasn't good I guess. I was trying to make a pun per your reference to "chequered" (checkers) and chess.
Feb-11-13
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  perfidious: <OCF> Maybe the fault lies with the reader in this instance-I was more than a mite slow on that one! On seeing your comment, it was embarrassingly obvious, but those things sometimes pass over my head, to put it mildly.
Feb-11-13  vajeer: Wouldn't 29.g3 be better?
Feb-12-13  Old King Cole: Xen ... I think you're right.
Feb-12-13  Moszkowski012273: g3 IS better (only still losing)
Jun-11-19
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  dorsnikov: I'm not saying Dunne is not a very good player by any means. But I just went though all of his wins,losses and draws and the only opponent of any repute was Maurice Ashley. The others seem to be "also rans."
Jun-11-19  sakredkow: What a cool game! I enjoyed that.
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