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Koneru Humpy vs Dinesh Sharma
"Don't Squeeze the Sharma" (game of the day Sep-13-12)
43rd Indian Championship (2006)  ·  Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0
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Apr-09-06  hitman84: perfect example of suicide chess.

there was no need for those pawn sacs

Apr-12-06  shaikh123: you r 100% right.
Apr-12-06
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  keypusher: But what would you play instead? 39...Qb8 40 Rd4 Qd8 41 Rd5 Qb8 42 Rxb5 Qxd6 43 Qxd6 Rxd6 44 Rb4 Rd2 45 Rxa4 Rxg2 46 Rxc4 looks better for White. White can also play more slowly with h4-h5. Black, meanwhile, can do nothing but wait.
Jan-09-07  dramas79: I have never seen anyone else castle queen side so much playing the queen's gambit. In the recent past Koneru does it in almost every other game.
Jan-09-07  Blackreptile: Evidently Black does not like rook endings; Was it so bad to change queens and the rook ending is inferior? if anybody can explain me I should learn something!
May-18-12
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  FSR: Please don't squeeze the Sharma.
Sep-13-12
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  FSR: I guess I'll give myself credit for another GOTD, although my submission had "Please" at the beginning. (For those who don't get the joke, it's a reference to an old Charmin toilet paper commercial. Supposedly Charmin felt so nice that all the customers had a Charmin fetish and squeezed it in the grocery store when they thought no one was looking. Mr. Whipple, the store manager, chided them, "Please don't squeeze the Charmin!," but was later caught surreptitiously squeezing it himself.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Wh...
Sep-13-12
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  Infohunter: I remember those commercials. I found them entertaining, but they never did succeed in getting me to buy their product.
Sep-13-12
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  xthred: Why not 35...Qxc4?
Sep-13-12
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  Abdel Irada: <FSR>: Aha! So *you* are responsible for that atrocious pun. Tusk tusk!
Sep-13-12
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  Abdel Irada: I wonder: If this game had gone the other way, would the pun have been "Humpy Dumpy sat on a wall..."?
Sep-13-12
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  Abdel Irada: What was Black thinking on his 39th, 40th and 41st moves? To jettison two pawns as a means of opening lines may be a desperate ploy, but then to concede the open lines as well — without putting up a fight — is certainly no more than despair made manifest. He might as well resign and save himself the bother.
Sep-13-12  rilkefan: 21...Rfe8 looks like a mistake to me, just strengthening white's center and getting f2 off the diagonal of the c5 bishop. I would have considered ...Qb6 or ...Rfd8 or ...Rad8.

Ok, stockfish says 21...R(either)d8 is about +0.00, while ...Qb6 about 0.4. The main line after 21...Rfd8 is 22.Bxc5 Qxc5 and, well, white goes for a perpetual playing the knight from a2 to c3 and back. Enlightening.

It says 38...Qxe4 was dead even after fx f6 - it had been wanting to play ...f6 for a while anyway, e.g. on move 34. As per usual, I suspect black burned up his clock getting to the time control against a much higher rated opponent.

Sep-13-12  newzild: Why is this game of the day? There is nothing especially interesting about the game. White instituted a blockade on the queenside and obtained a passed pawn in the centre. Black committed suicide rather than face a long defensive chore. Standard stuff, apart from the suicide.
Sep-13-12
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  FSR: <<Abdel Irada: <FSR>: Aha! So *you* are responsible for that atrocious pun. Tusk tusk!>

Abdel Irada: I wonder: If this game had gone the other way, would the pun have been "Humpy Dumpy sat on a wall..."?>

You evidently understand the way I think. (Frightening thought, I know.) I previously nominated Zhao Xue vs Koneru, 2006 for GOTD under the title "Humpy Had a Great Fall."

Sep-13-12  vinidivici: All sacrifices the a and b pawns are futile.
Sep-13-12  Tired Tim: < FSR: I previously nominated Zhao Xue vs Koneru, 2006 for GOTD under the title "Humpy Had a Great Fall.">

You pun like a stoned cowboy, Rhine.

Sep-13-12
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  Once: Well, what was black thinking about with the pawn sacrifices? Here's the position just before 39...b4:


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White has just played Qe4-Qe5 attacking the b5 pawn.

My guess is that black was in time pressure and couldn't see a way to save that pawn. White has the chance to play Rd5 and double pieces along the fifth rank. For example, 39...Qb8 40. Rd5


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This may initially look scary, especially when the clock is ticking on a time control at move 40 and your opponent has a much higher grade than you do. That could explain why black voluntarily gave up that pawn (and its two neighbours). If it's doomed anyway, why not give it up for counterplay?

You could argue that white's attack on the b5 pawn is something of an illusion. If he tries to grab it, he loses his own d6 pawn. But it's not so easy to be level-headed in a time scramble.

Just a theory.

Sep-13-12  Expendable Asset: It is generally a good idea to trade Queens in this type of ending (e.g. 31... Qxb4), as having a Queen is usually favorable to the side with a passed pawn in a RQ vs RQ ending. Black was already in a difficult situation--why make it worse?
Sep-13-12
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  kevin86: Why did black give up the pawns? I guess,he wanted to lose gracefully.
Sep-13-12  bengalcat47: Poor Sharma. Obviously he is not lucky enough to be leading a "sharmed" life!
Sep-13-12  doubledrooks: Great pun.
Sep-13-12
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  FSR: <Tired Tim: < FSR: I previously nominated Zhao Xue vs Koneru, 2006 for GOTD under the title "Humpy Had a Great Fall.">

You pun like a stoned cowboy, Rhine.>

Say, that reminds me of the GOTD I submitted for my own game: K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 ("Like a Rhinestone Cowboy").

Sep-14-12  Tired Tim: Well it does seem that you get cards and letters from people you don't even know. Perhaps even offers over the phone.
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