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Lawrence Day vs Jovanka Houska
"Memorial Day" (game of the day May-29-2017)
Staunton Memorial (2005), London, rd 10, Aug-30
Zukertort Opening: Old Indian Attack (A06)  ·  1-0


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  who: I guess IMlday didn't want the brilliancy prize to be a shoe-in so he put up some competition. Beautiful game!
Aug-30-05  Norman Glaides: Cor!!
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  notsodeepthought: What? Nobody going "Blimey!" or "Odds bodkins" after this game? I mean, I realize Day is Canadian (not British), but this was the Staunton Memorial after all.
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  refutor: wonderful game by day
Aug-31-05  Badmojo: I like this Day... he either wins or loses.

Too bad he didn't do more of the former in this tournament.

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  IMlday: Some background: At Grand Manan in the mid-80's the US GM's Serawan and Lein both met 1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 with Denker's 3..Qc7!? and reached easy draws. Grefe-Denker from a Lone Pine tournament had seen the pugilistic 4.f4!?--a weird gambit, but successful over the board. Doubting its soundness I reverted to 3.e5 systems. In the move order in this game 3..Qc7 stops Bf4, sensible, but with ..Nf6 allows White a good riff on Advance French variations. 10.0-0 was a tough choice since 10.b2-b4 also had strong points. 12..Ba6? is the strategic blunder. Stabilizing the light squares by ..cxd4 first was necessary, with black only slightly worse. After 14.c4! Black is in the soup. 20.Rxf6! just wins, Tal-style, the Black King has no haven.
Sep-20-05  shortsight: Could 20.. Bxf6 end up better than the 20.. gxf6? Seems very complicated.
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  IMlday: On 20..Bxf6 21.Re1+ Be7 22.Bd6 Ra7 23.Bxc5 is manglers. I'd analysed that, but over the board might have looked at 22.Ng5 which also wins since 22..Nd8 23.Qxb7 Nxb7 24.Nd5 collects the B/e7 and 22..Qd7 23.Qf7+ Kd8 24.Qxg7 Re8 25.Ne6+ Kc8 26.Nxc5 Bxc5 27.Rxe8+ forces 27..Nd8 with a pawn more and Black's King still exposed (even 28.Rxd8+ is possible). Still, since 20..gxf6 got mated, 20..Bxf6 hoping for a lost endgame would technically be an improvement.
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  ChessHigherCat: Very interesting style. I didn't get the point of 12. Bf4 until I saw the light of Day with 14. c4! and 15. d5! Who would have thunk it?
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  offramp: It's good to have the thoughts of the winner Lawrence Day here. The opening moves are a bit strange, but he gives an explanation of them.
May-29-17  TimeOnTarget: Indeed, it is GREAT to have the thoughts and comments of IM Day. A excellent and very unique player.
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  thegoodanarchist: Odds bodkins, what a game!
May-29-17  ferrabraz: I like 17. e6 Qf4 (17... Nf6 18. Qg5) 18. Qd7 Kf8 19. Qc8 and 20. Qa6.
May-29-17  lentil: The only 'problem' with using Mr Day as the source of the "Memorial Day" pun is that he is Canadian; we have our equivalent "Remembrance Day" on Nov 11.... Maybe try it again, then?
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  thegoodanarchist: < lentil:

we have our equivalent "Remembrance Day" on Nov 11.... Maybe try it again, then?>

He was going to, but then he forgot.

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  offramp: <lentil: The only 'problem' with using Mr Day as the source of the "Memorial Day" pun is that he is Canadian; we have our equivalent "Remembrance Day" on Nov 11.... Maybe try it again, then?>

Until you said that I thought Americans also observed 11/11. But I now see that that might clash with Thanksgiving weekend.

It is odd that I should have lived 67 long years without knowing that.

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  thegoodanarchist: <I thought Americans also observed 11/11. But I now see that that might clash with Thanksgiving weekend.>

Only on the Julian calendar!

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  morfishine: Nov 11 is a holiday noting the end of World War I (Armistice Day) observed by numerous countries. In the US, its tagged 'Veteran's Day'.
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