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David Howell vs Lawrence Day
Staunton Memorial (2005), London, rd 9, Aug-26
Pterodactyl Defense: Eastern. Rhamporhynchus (B06)  ·  0-1


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  refutor: the position after 5.bxc3 is one of my favorites, where White is saddled with the "Irish pawns". the first time i had seen the position was in B Pel vs L Day, 2001 although i'm sure it's been played much earlier than that (probably by IM day much earlier as well)
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  IMlday: Hertan-Day, Toronto, Pugi Memorial, 1985 was my first try with this move order: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.dxc5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Qa5 6.Bd3 Qxc3+ 7.Bd2 Qxc5 8.Nf3 d6 9.0-0 Nf6 10.Bh6 Ng4 11.Bg7 Rg8 12.Bd4 (White's moves had been recommended by GM Robert Byrne in his New York Times column) Qc7 13.h3 Ne5 14.c4 Nbc6 15.Be3 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Bd7 17.Rfc1 Ne5 18.Qe2 Bc6 19.c5 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 dxc5 21.Rxc5 (Black is slightly better. With the opposite-coloured B's the extra pawn isn't too important.) Qd7 22.Qc2 Qe6 23.e5 Rd8 24.Qc3 g5 25.Qc2 Rg6 26.Rc1 a6 27.a3 Rd5 28.Qc3 h6 29.f3 Rxc5 30.Qxc5 h5 31.Rd1 g4 32.Qa7 Qc8 33.hxg4 hxg4 34.f4 g3 35.Qd4 Qd7 36.f5 Rg8 37.f6 Qxd4 38.Bxd4 exf6 39.exf6 Kd7 40.Re1 Bd5 41.Re3 Kd6 42.Be5+ Kc5 43.Rxg3 Rxg3 44.Bxg3 Kc4 45.Bd6 b5 46.Kf2 a5 47.Ke2 Kb3 48.Kd2 Kb2 49.g4 -

But after 5..Qa5 6.Qd4! Nf6 7.Qb4! White consolidates. Black's best is 7..Nc6! aiming to draw, but if a draw is the objective why play so sharply? In the game 6.Qd4!? is the novelty. It's interesting but I think Black has plenty of compensation for his pawn. 18..Ra5!? is a radical move since 18..f7-f5 gives a big bind with little counterplay. 27..Qa8! is simpler than 27..Qa7 since White could try 28.Rc6!? to relieve the blockade. An unusual game!

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: "Eastern. Rhamporhynchus"--what the heck is that? The game itself is even more interesting than the name.
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  IMlday: Dr. Shiller has labeled the various Pterodactyl sub-species paleoentologically for easy reference. :-|
May-09-06  Mendrys: Nice game. I probably would have been panicked by white's attack but IM Day deftly swats it aside and just continues his own plans on the queenside. I wonder when white realized he was busted and started hoping for a blunder that never came. I would have thought 28. Be3? a cute move until 28...Rd1+....
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  IMlday: He burnt up almost all his remaining time on 24.a4 which suggests that he knew he was dead. Worrying about 18..f5 and then facing 18..Ra5 instead also consumed lots of time. IM Zugic in Chess Canada annotations suggested that 11.f4 may have been the overplay, the less ambitious 11.Nf3 being preferable. Not bad for an extinct Rhamporhynchus eh
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  Jim Bartle: Black castles on move 33. Probably not a record, but still must be one of the latest 0-0s played in a master level game. Or not?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Easy reference." Dost thou pulleth my leg, sir?

As for White's attack after 24.a4, I must admit that I'm rather impressed. To devise such threats with no time on the clock does Mr. Howell credit. I also like the continual harassment of White's pieces as the primary means of defense. For example, moves 28, 35 and 37.

May-10-06  gus inn: A tremendous game by Lawrence Day !
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  IMlday: <Jim Bartle> My record 'slow castling' is move 43 in D Norwood vs L Day, 1989

<Englishman> Perhaps, but Dr. Schiller has sorted out the wiggly, highly transposable variations into a useful database. Informant code doesn't do that.

<qus inn> Thank you, I enjoyed it. Since he had blown up his GM-norm chances already, my playing with motivation didn't seem out of place.

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  Jim Bartle: Thank you.
May-14-06  Open Defence: Pterodactyl Defense: Eastern. Rhamporhynchus ? LOL .. <Mr Day> I stumbled on this game when I was looking at 1.d4 g6 2.c4 ♗g7 3.♘c3 c5 4.d5 ♗xc3+!? and was searching through the possible transpositions.. I came accross 1.d4 g6 2.e4 ♗g7 3.♘c3 c5 4.dxc5 ♗xc3+ 5.bxc3 ♘f6 a sequence which I believe can also transpose to a Sicilian Accelerated Dragon ... I am interested in your assessment of this line .. do you think it has serious potential? playable in important games ?
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  PhilFeeley: What a great game! White's first a rook down, then a second queen down and still keeps attacking. He must have thought he might as well play it out.

Love the opening name. I think it's called "Accelerated Dragon" now.

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