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Emory Tate vs Manfred Herfel
Giessen op (1991), rd 7
Alekhine Defense: Two Pawn Attack (B02)  ·  1-0


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  GrahamClayton: 4... d5 5. c5 ♘6d7 6. d4 e6 7. b4 with a large space advantage.
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  Garech: Crazy game! 5.Ra3! I mean, I've heard of developing knights before bishops, but...rooks!?


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  Phony Benoni: <Garech> Actually, Tate's record is <4.Ra3>:

E Tate vs P Waldowski, 1989

But he lost that game, so it must have been premature.

The all-time record, never to be broken except if someone gives odds of the a-pawn, is <2.Ra3>:

A Smirnov vs V Shepelev, 2005

One suspects that might not have been a serious game.

The original pioneer, of course, was Bird:

Bird vs J W Shaw, 1877

I have trouble of thinking of anything else to say about that game. It is ... er, unique.

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