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Gianfranco Gandolfi vs Len Hackett
"Pure Wizardry" (game of the day Oct-10-2005)
E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005), Cork IRL, rd 2, Mar-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1-0


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Oct-10-05  chessfreako: lol being a fan of Lord of the Rings I like the pun :)
Oct-10-05  rya: ouch, nice 5 move combo to grab the queen!
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  WannaBe: Len just couldn't Hackett...
Oct-10-05  mjk: And 17...♕xd4+ getting off the fifth rank fails to ...?
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  khense: Amazing that 16...Qxd4+ or 17...Qxd4+ doesn't seem to do black any good, as his queen can't handle all the problems on the back rank afterward.
Oct-10-05  benigno: What about the following: 17... Qxd4+ 18. Kh1 Nf6 19. Bxf7+ Kxf7 20. Qh5+ Kf8 21. exf6 gxf6 22. Nd5 Kg7 23. Nxf6 Qxf6 24. Rxf6 Kxf6 25. Qh6+ Ke5 26. Qxh7 Nc6 27. Qh5+ Kd6 etc with more checks to follow... but can white make real progress?
Oct-10-05  AlexanderMorphy: Good game, i like the najdorf but i hate the B97 line!
Oct-10-05  EmperorAtahualpa: A pretty nice game of the day...can someone get hold of a chess engine and see what happens after 17...Qxd4+?
Oct-10-05  sleepkid: well, 17. ...Qxd4+ 18. Kh1 Nxe5 looks pretty good except for the following:

19. Rxf7 Nxf7 20. Qe7! which should settle the matter.

...that's my guess on that...

Oct-10-05  sleepkid: ...and alternately 17. ...Qxd4+ 18.Kh1 Nf6 falls to the simple 19. Rxf7 threatening to set up mate via the discovered check. (i.e. 19. ...Qxe5 20. Rxg7+ Kf8 21. Rf7+ Ke8 22. Qg8+ Nf8 23. Qxf8# or something like that)

...please forgive me if I make a mistake in analysis. I don't have a board or an engine, so I just run these through my head.

Oct-10-05  dakgootje: first didnt seem to become a very interesting game so i lazy clicked through it...Didnt seem any extraordinary moves...*comes to move 13. ♗xe6...frowns...imagines that in some way this could be a more or less common variation...* *comes to move 16* *supresses a scream...eyes wide open, mouth falls open too...finds himself half a minute later stunned behind his desk looking at the game*...*when he gets hold of himself again hurries to write it down here with as least spelling-mistakes as possible in this situation...* well thats how i went through the game...
Oct-10-05  backyard pawn: White's knight on d4 is pinned on 15...,Qc5 and is left hanging for four moves while White pursues his attack. Very beautiful.
Oct-10-05  Marvol: This is how black SHOULD have played... like noone other than RJF :-) :

I Bilek vs Fischer, 1962

Oct-10-05  technical draw: After black played 20. Nbd7 he looked at the board and said , Hey! Where's my queen? Then he resigned.
Oct-10-05  Marvol: According to Fritz, the main errors are:
15...Qc5? allowing white to play as in the game (Fischer's 15...h6 is good).

17. Rf1? allowing black to play 17...Qxd4+ 18.Kh1 Nf6 19.Bxf7 Kxf7 20.Rxf6 gxf6 21. Qxf6 Kg8 with perpetual but nothing more for white.

Instead black played
17...Nf6? which loses.

Well played by white to keep the pressure on black all the time (finding Qxd4 and everything following may be quite difficult OTB).

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  kevin86: Bobby Fischer could play the poisoned pawn varation,but even he lost at times. Some people can juggle chainsaws,but I don't suggest that,either.

Mr Marvol gave an example of how to play this game--guess what? it was Fischer who was the example!

Oct-10-05  Knight13: Poinsoned Pawn variation! YEAH! White's got the power of the Wizard. Played pretty good in this game. Nice....
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