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Wang Zili vs Rui Miguel Damaso Pereira de Almeida
POR-CHN (1996), Macau, rd 7
Scandinavian Defense: Portuguese Variation (B01)  ·  0-1


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Apr-05-05  Theoryhack: The portugese was a lot of fun to play back in the 90s. White is comming to grips with it now. 3 Nf3! is a handy way of avoiding it. (3...Bg4 4 Bb5! Nbd7 5 h3)
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  FSR: Damaso had smashed another Chinese GM, Ye Jiangchuan, with the Center Counter in Round 3, underpromoting to a knight and mating on move 29. This game, in Round 7, came after the Chinese players had prepared against his Brand X opening. They were ready for him this time! You see the result: this time Damaso mated Wang Zili on move 13!
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  FSR: The story behind this game is one of the greatest in chess history. In 1996, a match-tournament was held in Macau between the best Chinese and Portuguese players. In Round 3 one of the Chinese grandmasters, Ye Jiangchuan (2560), had White against Rui Damaso (2415), a little-known Portuguese IM. Damaso played a very rarely seen "Brand X" opening, 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4!? Ye, who had probably never seen this before, reacted with the quiet 4.Be2, not trying to refute the line. Damaso castled queenside, launched a furious attack against Ye's king, and checkmated him on move 29. A very flashy game - Damaso even underpromoted to a knight! J Ye vs R M D P de Almeida, 1996

Stung by this defeat, the Chinese prepared assiduously for Damaso's garbage opening. If he dared to play this trash again, they would punish him! The Chinese got their chance in Round 7. Another of their GMs, Wang Zili (2540), was White against IM Damaso. Sure enough, Damaso played the same goofy line again. Wang Zili rolled out what he and his teammates had prepared. The result, which you see here, was indeed brutal. Damaso checkmated his second Chinese GM, this time in 13 moves!!

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  OhioChessFan: 12. g3 would have held out longer.


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  FSR: <OCF> I guess losing the queen is better than losing the king . . . .
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  perfidious: Ruination was White's lot here.

At the time, I played the Scandinavian on several occasions in hopes of inveigling unwary opponents in this morass, but never quite got there: one of my spoilsport opponents went in for 4.Be2, as Ye had in the game mentioned by <FSR>. Do not recall how the others went, but managed to win them all anyway.

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