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Nicolas Arsenault vs Gerard Welling
"Weapons Arsenault" (game of the day Oct-25-2011)
Gibraltar Masters (2005), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 6, Jan-30
Owen Defense: General (B00)  ·  0-1


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Jan-02-06  Treadhead57: After 40...Qc8, black's knight is hanging. Why doesn't white capture it? What am I missing?
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  tpstar: <Treadhead57> Black sets the trap 40 ... Qc8! 41. Qxe7?! Qc3 threatening mate on b2 so the only defense is 42. Bd4 (42. Bc1? Qxb3+ mates) Bxd4 43. Qe2 Qxb3+ 44. Kc1 Be3+ wins, or else 42. Qf6?! Bxf6 43. gxf6 Qxe3 wins. A clever idea, especially since that was probably the last move before time control.
Oct-25-11  sevenseaman: Gawky play by White!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is actually a Hippopotamus Defense after 9...Ne7.
Oct-25-11  Oceanlake: 10 g5 is premature. White may have been trying for a draw.
Oct-25-11  abuzic: <37.dxc6> the best defence is attack but in the right direction: 37.f5

<40.Qa7?> 40.Bd2

<40...Qc8! 41.Bd4> already white is under attack, black threatens ...Qg4, ...Qf5+, ...Qc3, white cannot take the night 41.Qxe7 due to 41...Qc3. 41.Qa2 or 41.Bd2 are better defences.

<41...Bxd4> white had stronger attack with 42...Qf5+!, now

if 43.Kc2, Kb2 or Ka1 then 43...Nc8;

if 43.Ka2 Qc2+ 44.Ka3 <44.Ka1 Qc1+ 45.Ka3 Qd2+ 46.Bxd4 and mate cannot be prevented> 44...Nc8 wins.

Oct-25-11  Elrathia Kingi: After 13...e5, I'm not sure why white was trying to hard to make something happen on the kingside. Black's dark square bishop was locked away, and the center and kingside were both blocked.
Oct-25-11  abuzic: <abuzic: <37.dxc6> the best defence is attack but in the right direction: 37.f5>......

Must correct the whole post, the numbers are horribly incorrect!

The correct version:

<37.dxc6> the best defence is attack but in the right direction: 37.f5

<40.Qa7?> 40.Bd2

<40...Qc8! 41.Bd4> already white is under attack, black threatens ...Qg4, ...Qf5+, ...Qc3, white cannot take the night 41.Qxe7 due to 41...Qc3. 41.Qa2 or 41.Bd2 are better defences.

<41...Bxd4> Black had stronger attack with 41...Qf5+!, now

if 42.Kc2, Kb2 or Ka1 then 42...Nc8 wins the B on d4;

if 42.Ka2 then 42....Qc2+ 43.Ka3 <43.Ka1 Qd1+ 44.Ka2 (or Kb2) Bxd4 and mate cannot be prevented> 43...Nc8 wins.

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  gofer: What's so wrong with <17 f4>? If black tries to open the a1-h8 diagonal white can still close it with Bd4 (i.e. <17 ...exf4 18 Nxf4 a4 19 Bxd7+ Nxd7 20 Bd4>). If black doesn't open it white can shut it completely by playing <18 f5>...

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Oct-25-11  rapidcitychess: White seemed to have passively locked his kingside play with 10.g5 I believe that to be the first steer into the wrong direction. It's almost like playing into the Dragon and then locking your kingside up.
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  kevin86: Put a fork in it! The bishop must fall!
Oct-25-11  Memethecat: being a bit of a newbie to theory this is the 1st time I've seen this defense, it seems very claustrophobic & I think you have to be pretty confident & patient to play it. The game looked like it was heading for a draw, white must have been kicking himself for the novice error Ka2 but it looked like black was just starting to get control anyway. I suppose for me its yet another good lesson in patience & control as opposed to galloping after mate all the time, a lesson I'm finding difficult to learn.
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  playground player: <Memethecat> You have to put up with a lot of fannying about, it seems.
Oct-25-11  haydn20: Black plays an inferior opening and White develops "naturally". Then for no apparent reason White turns down the win of a pawn with 19. Qb4 followed by 20. Nc3. Though the Nh1-f2-d3 plan is too slow, at least White is still equal. The horrible 40 Qa7 must be from time trouble.
Oct-25-11  haydn20: <abuzic> 37. f5 gxf5 38. Ne2! and Black is in trouble.
Oct-25-11  abuzic: <haydn20>
In this variation white takes advantage of the space on the king side without exposing his king. Following with f6, Ne2, Qd8, and at some point Nd5 give him the initiative. The black h pawn may become isolated and weak. Your 37...gxf6 seems the best defence here, then 38.Ne2 gives white strong initiative. Some intersting continuations after 37.f5:

37...Bxc3? 38.Qd8+ Kh7 39.f6 and black loses material heavily to avoid mate.

37...f6? 38.Qd8+ Bf8 <38...Kf7 (or ...Kh7) 39.fxg6+ Kxg6 40.Ne2> 39.gxf6.

Oct-25-11  knighterrant999: Nicolas' arsenal. Another case of weapons of mass destruction?!
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