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Werner Hug vs Stelios Halkias
"Bare Hug" (game of the day Aug-31-2005)
15th European Team Championship (2005), rd 6, Aug-04
Torre Attack: Classical Defense. Nimzowitsch Variation (A46)  ·  0-1


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Aug-31-05  dac1990: Good game. Worthy of the Game of the Day.
Aug-31-05  Peter Yang: Good positional by Black!
Aug-31-05  SneechLatke: WOW. Black's position seems suspect, but he proves that objectively, there is no reason to doubt his play. After building up a flexible and weakness free position, black breaks through with some strong tactical shots (30...Rhe8! and 33...Bf3! particularly stand out in my mind). A very well played game, and as dac says, worthy of the Game of the Day Title.

Oh yeah. 3rd! :)

Aug-31-05  teme: Wow blacks pawns are crazy.
Aug-31-05  EmperorAtahualpa: An interesting Game of the Day.

I think White's 26th move was important in this game. I believe 26.Nd4 was supposed to prepare for the forking move 27.Qd3! which endangers both the d-pawn and the f-pawn. However, the problem is that 26.Nd4 allows 26...Be4 (which prevents 27.Qd3 and starts the pawn advance threatening White's Knight). Better would have been to play directly 26.Qd3.

I believe this seemingly small mistake was quite pivotal in turning this game around.

What do you guys think?

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  benveniste: <EmperorAtahualpa>To my eye, the error came two moves earlier. Hug wasted a tempo with 24. ♖ae1 instead of exf5.
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  kevin86: Great game! I enjoyed the amazing trip of black's light colored bishop:{e4,f3,e2,c4,e2,d1) in five consecutive moves!! Then the queen and rook force mate on the second row.44♕d5 is met by ♖h1+ and 45 ♕xf1#
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  YouRang: 34... Be2! How many of us would just win the B for R exchange, and not seen the skewer that wins a knight?

But why white didn't try to save his d1 rook after 36... Be2, perhaps with 37. Rc1? Was it to prevent the ... d3 pawn advance?

Aug-31-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <benveniste> Perhaps.... or...24.Qd3 :)

Now that I have another look at the game, 30.Kh1 also looks fishy...what about 30.Bxe4?

But actually 33.Nc4 is the biggest mistake! The only right move there can be 33.Nc2.

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  patzer2: Black's 29...d4! is a double attack (threatening the win of a pawn or a piece), which effectively exploits Black's advantage in space and development.

The followup 30...Rhe8! invites White's pin 31. Bb5 in order to prepare 32...Rxe8!, which prepares to win back the exchange with near decisive advantage after the discovered attack 33...Bf3!

After 34. Qd3?! and the skewer 34...Be2!, Black's win is just a matter of excellent technique.

From the perspective of effectively combining positional play and tactics, this is a very instructive game.

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  patzer2: Black's 39...d3! offers White a bit of poison, which leads to a mating attack after White grabs the "free" pawn. Of course declining the offer a piece down didn't offer White much chance either.
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  BishopofBlunder: I think both times white played Nc4, it was a mistake. The first time, it allowed black to block the open e-file, which white controlled (with Be4). The second time, it allowed black to skewer the queen and rook, capture the knight, re-open and take control of the e-file, and chase the queen away from the defense (with Bf3, and so on).

Of course, I have the luxury of hindsight. And I don't have an alternate suggestion either.

Sep-02-05  Chess Addict: Isn't Black playing the Hedgehog?
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  Annie K.: Guess he always wanted to Hedgehog a Hug...
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