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Patrick Wolff vs Ivan Sokolov
"Wolff Blitzer" (game of the day Mar-24-2019)
Wch U20 (1987), Baguio City PHI, rd 8, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0
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Sep-06-08  Manic: Wolff misses a much faster win with 29.Qxg7+!
Sep-06-08
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  Once: <manic> Good call! Fritz 11 confirms that it is mate in 8 after 29. Qxg7+

29. Qxg7+ Kxg7 30. Rg1+ Qg5 31. Rxg5+ Kf8 32. Rh8#

Black prolongs the struggle by throwing material, but it's only delaying the inevitable. Some typical computer moves as Fritz tries to hang on for as long as possible.

29 Qxg7 Ke8 30. Rh8+ Kd7 31. Rxd8+ Kxd8 32. Qf8+ Kd7 33. Qxf7+ Kd8 34. Rg1 Re1+ 35. Rxe1 Bxd5 36. Re8#

But I guess we shouldn't be too tough on Wolff. 29. f6 wins the exchange and eventually the game. OTB and without silicon assistance, I'd take the easy to calculate win every time!

Dec-21-11
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: The faster win was still there a move later: 30.Qh6+ Bg7 31.Qxg7+ etc.
Mar-18-12
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  wordfunph: "This was my best game, a real slashing attacking feast! I won the prize in the Informant for the eighth most important novelty of that issue, although to be fair it was really GM Andrew Soltis' idea - I was just the first one who got to use it."

- GM Patrick Wolff

Source: The American Grandmaster Series - Wolff! by Patrick Wolff

Mar-24-19  rcs784: From the pun, I thought this would be a blitz game.
Mar-24-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Tripled, isolated f-pawns? Of course White was going to win. Seriously, though, have played through a few other Velimirovic Attacks where White sacrifices a Knight on f5. He's down a whole piece, and yet that f5 pawn combined with the Nd5 really clamps down on Black's position.
Mar-24-19
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  offramp: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Tripled, isolated f-pawns?>

I think that's a tautology. All tripled pawns are isolated: it is part of their culture.

Mar-24-19  Ilkka Salonen: Tripled pawns very likely are isolated. Of course it is possible for for example the c pawn to make it to e file, where it could be part of tripled pawns and enabling them to not be isolated ones due to pawn in f file. I'm not sure how to evaluate likelihood of that. Binomal theorem might be one starting point. But a computer checking a large number of games shouldn't be impossible either.
Mar-24-19  Ilkka Salonen: I suppose it is fair to assume that a pawn capture in certain file increases likelihood of another pawn capture on that file or files next to it, due to this phenomenon of lines starting to crumble down.
Mar-24-19
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  catlover: I remember a GOTD in which GM Wolff won a simul game against Kasparov back in 1998. In this game and that one, Wolff shows himself to be talented in conducting attacks.

According to his bio, he eventually left professional chess and went to managing hedge funds.

Mar-24-19  Ironmanth: Patrick, you are missed, my man, in the hallowed halls of US Chess.
Mar-24-19
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  SatelliteDan: What does Alphazero say
Mar-24-19
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  offramp: <Ilkka Salonen>, you are right!

Bird vs V Hruby, 1883


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Mar-24-19
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  vonKrolock: <29.f6> was a good move, Black could resign thereafter without regret. But 29.♕xg7+ would be even more convincing... And it's not a difficult combination: if takes the Queen, an easy mate in 3 with check, check and mate; if refuses the Queen, then Rook check in h8 is simply devastating.
Mar-24-19
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  offramp: Patrick Wolff likes this game, as <wordfunph>'s kibitz shows:

<"This was my best game, a real slashing attacking feast!>

So imagine his thoughts when, sometime in 2010, he comes to this site to see if anyone has made a comment about his <immortal>.

"Hmm," he thinks, "only one comment. By a guy named <Manic>. So what has <Manic> got to say?"

His eyes move along the line of text. What has User: Manic got to say about <Wolff's Swashbuckling Feast>?

Letter by letter and word by word his eyes move from left to right...

With slow burning rage and indignation he reads the comment:

<Wolff misses a much faster win with 29.Qxg7+!>

Salty tears wash over his 28-inch monitor.

Why had he bothered? What was the point of playing chess? What was the point of living?

Mar-24-19
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  HeMateMe: <From the pun, I thought this would be a blitz game.>

Everyone's a critic...

Mar-24-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.53): 19...Bf6> 20.Bxf6 Rxe2 21.Bxd8 Bb7 22.Ba5 Rc8 23.Nc7 Rxh2 24.Rge1 h5 25.gxh6 Nf6 26.hxg7 Be4 27.Rd2 Rxd2 28.Kxd2 Kxg7 29.c4 bxc3+ 30.bxc3 Bxf5 31.c4 Ne4+ 32.Kd3 Nc5+ 33.Kc3 Ne4+ 34.Kb4 Rb8+ 35.Ka3 f6 36.Ne6+ Kf7 37.Nd4 Bh7 38.Rh1 Bg8 39.Rh6 Rc8 40.f5 Rc5 41.Bb6 Re5 42.Kb4 Kg7 43.Rh4 Nc5 44.Rg4+ Kf7

and d 23 dpa 2. + - (1.63): 19...Nc5 20.Rge1 Ne6 21.Bb6 Qd7 22.fxe6 fxe6 23.Nc7 Rb8 24.Ba5 Rf8 25.Qxe6+ Qxe6 26.Nxe6 Bxe6 27.Rxe6 Bd8 28.Bxd8 Rbxd8 29.Re4 a5 30.Rd5 Rde8 31.Rxe8 Rxe8 32.Rxa5 g6 33.f5 gxf5 34.Rxf5 Re1+ 35.Kd2 Re4 36.Rf6 Rg4 37.Rxd6 Rxg5 38.h4 Rg4 39.h5 Rh4 40.h6 Kf7 41.Rb6 Rh2+ 42.Kd3 Rh3+ 43.Kc4 Rh2 44.c3

Mar-24-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.39): 18...Bb7> 19.f6 Bxd5 20.fxe7 Qxe7 21.Rxd5 Nc5 22.Re1 Rac8 23.Qc4 a5 24.Bd2 Qd7 25.Kb1 g6 26.f5 Rfe8 27.Rxe8+ Qxe8 28.f6 Qe6 29.Rd4 Qf5 30.Be3 Nb7 31.Qd3 Qh3 32.Rc4 Nc5 33.Bxc5 Qxd3 34.cxd3 Rxc5 35.d4 Rxc4 36.bxc4 Kf8 37.Kc2 Ke8 38.Kd3 Kd7 39.Ke4 Kc6

2. + / = (0.53): 18...Re8 19.Bd4 Bf6 20.Bxf6 Rxe2 21.Bxd8 Bb7 22.Ba5 Rc8 23.Nc7 Rxh2 24.Rge1 h5 25.gxh6 Nf6 26.hxg7 Be4 27.Rd2 Rxd2 28.Kxd2 Kxg7 29.c4 bxc3+ 30.bxc3 Bxf5 31.c4 Ne4+ 32.Kd3 Nc5+ 33.Kc3 Ne4+ 34.Kb4 Rb8+ 35.Ka3 f6 36.Ne6+ Kf7 37.Nd4 Bh7 38.Rh1 Bg8 39.Rh6 Rc8 40.f5 Rc5 41.Bb6 Re5 42.Kb4 Nc5 43.Bc7 Ne4

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