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Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Jeroen Piket
"Piket's Charge" (game of the day Aug-13-2004)
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 11, Nov-04
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Zviagintsev-Krasenkov Attack (A18)  ·  1-0


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Aug-13-04  iron maiden: Hilarious choice of title, chessgames, especially since Pickett lost the famous charge. The whole thing was a blunder.
Aug-13-04  Eatman: That was some insane opening by Zvjaginstev. Pushing pawns with such reckless abandon. In the end black's position is uncomfortable as b5 winning a knight because of c7 mate is a threat. Probably something ugly as Nf8 is indicated.
Aug-13-04  notsodeepthought: I agree, 25 ...Nf8 seems to be the only way to prevent white from crossing the Piket line (yep, that was dreadful, but expect more bad puns, black's name is just too inviting).
Aug-13-04  Cadaques: <notsodeep> It's time for Jeroen to piket up his pieces and go home. :)
Aug-13-04  Tennyson: The opening seems reminiscent of the anti-meran variation (7. g4!?) of the Semi-Slav. Even the resulting attack looks similar.
Aug-13-04  jmcd2002: After 25....Nf8, it seems white still wins easily with 26. Nb6+ cxb6 27. Rd8+ Kc7 (the c6 knight is now pinned) 28. Qxe6, since recapturing with the f8 knight loses the g8 rook. Unless I missed something...
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  tpstar: Sorry gang, I'm confused by the suggestions. After 25. Qc4! White has the crude threat of 26. b5 Nany 27. Qxc7++. That explains 25 ... a6?? which lost to the Discovery 26. Nb6+ 1-0. On 25 ... Nf8?! 26. Nb6+?? axb6 wins for Black because the Nc6 covers d8, but that allows 26. b5 winning = 26 ... Na5 27. Nb6+! axb6/Qxb6 28. Rd8++, or 27 ... Kb8 28. Rd8+ Qc8 29. Rxc8++, so Black has nothing better than 26 ... Nd4 27. cxd4 & 28. Ne3 and White wins. Also 25 ... Ndb8?? 26. Nb6+ again, or 25 ... Rg6 26. b5 again. Therefore 25 ... Kb8 is forced, leading to 26. b5 winning decisive material = 26 ... Na5 27. Qxc7+ Ka8 28. Qxa5; 26 ... Nd8 27. Qxc7+ Ka8 28. Bxd8; 26 ... Nb6 27. Nxb6 Qxc4 28. Nxc4; 26 ... Nf6 27. bxc6 bc 28. Ne3. If there's any better defense, please post it. Of course in chess, you have to piket your spots.
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  kevin86: With all of these corny puns,I may be forced to take to the streets to "piket".

Pickett's Charge was not a blunder. It was a desperate attempt to win an unwinnable campaign.

Aug-13-04  myratingstinks: Ok, when I see Qc4 I immediately start thinking of the unsupported black queen if the knight puts the king in check. And I know I am not the sharpest chess player. Am I?? I am thinking of changing my moniker to myratingisntthatbad, lol
Aug-13-04  artemis: <kevin86> I love puns, and make them all of the time, although rarley in my kibitzing. Puns are generally made for the amusement of the person making them. If other people laugh, that is just an added bonus, if they groan, then it is even more amusing. If you like puns, read callahan Chronicles, which is a great read after you picket of the shelf.
Aug-13-04  iron maiden: <Pickett's Charge was not a blunder. It was a desperate attempt to win an unwinnable campaign.> Not true. There was a much better chance of a Confederate victory at Gettysburg if--as Longstreet suggested--they had taken those fifteen thousand men and flanked the Union on the southern side.
Sep-24-04  morphy234: Hilarious game name !!!
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  plang: 4 g4!? was first played in Krasenkov-Garcia Groningen 1997 (game 1 of their 2 game match in the WC tournament; White won). The move has attained some popularity and has scored well for White. In the original game White played 6 Qa4+; 6 h4 was new. Subsequent analysis showed that White can maintain a normal White advantage by 8 d3..Nxc3 9 bxc..Bd6 10 cxd..exd 11 Bg2. Perhaps White should have played 12 cxd before castling. Zvjagincev cited 20..Nc5?! as an inaccuracy; 20..Rg6 would have been equal. After 22..Qf5? 23 e4 Black was worse; instead 22..Nb6 23 Nf6..Rg6 24 Ne4 would have been unclear. Again 24..Kb8 would have been better defending against the double threat that quickly ended the game.
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