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Stefani Dian Cheri vs Youmna Makhlouf
36th Olympiad, Women (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 7, Oct-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  1-0


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Jan-17-05  kingkill: damn down a piece.. maybe it helps to loose another one!
Jan-18-05  Saruman: <Kingkill> youre right Qb5+ picking up Nd5 is very humiliating!
Apr-30-05  Whitehat1963: What not to do in the Opening of the Day.
Mar-12-06  notyetagm: Damn, I play chess better than this and I am not on any Olympiad team.

Like Dr. Nunn wrote in his beginner's book on chess: <If your king is exposed to check, then you need only one loose piece to lose material to a double attack>.

Black seems to be totally unaware of this principle. First she plays 5 ... ♗b4??, creating a <loose (undefended) piece>, which togther with her exposed e8-king gives White the simple <double attack with check> 6 ♕a4+, winning a whole piece. The usual defense to this type of double threat is 6 ... ♘c6 but that fails here due to the White d5-pawn controlling the c6-square.

But wait, has Black learned her lesson? Shockingly the answer is no, for she repeats the exact same mistake just three moves later! With 8 ... ♘xd5??, Black makes another <loose (1 attacker, 1 defender) piece>, which together with her still exposed king gives the White queen yet another <double attack with check> 9 ♕b5+, losing yet another loose piece (d5-knight) to the exact same tactic (<queen fork>) that lost the first loose piece (b4-bishop). The usual defense to this type of double threat would be 9 ... c6 but that is not possible here since Black no longer possesses a c-pawn.

Hopefully after this game Black has learned that, in the immortal words of Dr. Nunn, <Loose Pieces Drop Off (LPDO)>.

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  Jim Bartle: This is really quite extraordinary. Black makes the exact same mistake twice in five moves.
Mar-12-06  notyetagm: <Jim Bartle> And this was an Olympiad game, a classical chess game!

Nakamura would never in a million years make either of these elementary blunders in bullet games (1 0) on ICC.

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  tpstar: <notyetagm> I hold the archaic (even antiquated) view that every database game has educational value. Your lucid explanation of the major errors in this game sets a fine example for future students. The other teaching point would be the priority of check, so we all need to constantly beware Queen checks forking our loose pieces. Oh yes, everyone make blunders, just like Nakamura did when he was under 2000.

Surely some Olympiad players (especially women) are hugely inexperienced, so she'll do much better as she learns and improves. And at least she resigned in a timely fashion. =)

Mar-12-06  notyetagm: <tpstar: ... Your lucid explanation of the major errors in this game sets a fine example for future students.>


Games like this reinforce just how dangerous it is when your king is exposed. <An exposed king is a serious weakness!> If you treat it lightly, then you will suffer from LPDO just like Makhlouf does in this game.

Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: Wow... what do you do when you blunder away a piece? Sac another one! This game is horribly played by Black.
Jun-06-10  siggemannen: 5...b5 looks better in my eyes
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  OhioChessFan: "Makhlouf, Not War"
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