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Larry Mark Christiansen vs Joerg Hickl
"Hickl in a Pickle" (game of the day Jun-19-2006)
XI Carlos Torre Mem (1998), Merida MEX, rd 5, Dec-19
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack (B09)  ·  1-0


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  khense: To N30: Yes 100% win for white. White wipes out all of black's king side pawns with check, then brings in his heavy machinery (the other rook).
Jun-19-06  FrenchFrog: 6...e6. Is this a sound way to play the Pirc? I'm not sure.
Jun-19-06  RookFile: I don't think it's that's good. It's not so different than what Judge Meek used to do against Morphy, and we all know how those games ended.
Jun-19-06  blingice: <FrenchFrog: 6...e6. Is this a sound way to play the Pirc? I'm not sure.>

Well, considering it's the only time to ever have been played in this entire database (Opening Explorer), I'd guess probably not...

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  xenophon: why not 25...Qxd4
Jun-19-06  Seraphina: <Frenchfrog> It's not really what the Pirc is about. A counter thrust on the Qside is more in spirit with the opening, I'd say: c5. Hickl in fact played the whole opening passively (b6 is also kind of a waste), and invites the full attack with 12...dxe5, freeing the e3 bishop.
Jun-19-06  PaulLovric: eigth
Jun-19-06  FrenchFrog: <why not 25...Qxd4> Well, it seems that, after 26 Qxd5 Rxd5. 27 Re7 Rh8 (forced), 28.Rc7 gives White an easy win...
Jun-19-06  FrenchFrog: I don't like 13...f6. Why not Ne7, preparing c7-c5. You must push that c-pawn to get some counterplay.
Jun-19-06  lentil: no no no!
"hickle me pickle me tickle me too"
anyone with kids knows this silverstein poem...
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  xenophon: <frenchfrog>thanks for that,thought the rook could drop back to d7 but of course the bishop's pinned
Jun-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Perhaps Black's odd move 6...e6?! was due to to White's uncommon move 6.Be2.

The most common move for White here is 6.Bd3.

Jun-19-06  itz2000: can u show me the way for a win?
1. ... Kh6
2. Qg5+ Kh7
3. Qxh5+ Kg8
4. Qg6+ Kh8
5. Qh6+ Kg8
6. Qg5+ Kh7
7. Qf5+ Kg8
8. Qg6+ Kh8
9. Qh6+ Kg8


Jun-19-06  JSYantiss: What about 4. Re5 instead of Qg6+ ??
Jun-19-06  borisbadenoff: <itz2000: can u show me the way for a win? 1. ... Kh6
2. Qg5+ Kh7
3. Qxh5+ Kg8
4. Qg6+ Kh8
5. Qh6+ Kg8
6. Qg5+ Kh7
7. Qf5+ Kg8
8. Qg6+ Kh8
9. Qh6+ Kg8

Well 29. .. Kh6 is already a pretty bad idea in my opinion as it simplifys whites job. You don'teven bother to take the pawn. And why should you go for repeating checks??

30. Qg5+ Kh7 31. Rf1!! Now different mating nets in about 5 moves are waiting if black doesn't play Qd7. Mainly over the Rf6->h6 idea or Qxh5 and then in addition with checks and the rook.

31. .. Qd7 32. Nf8+! Rxf8 33. Rxf8 and now you will see that black is lost. My engine here already sees a mate in 10.

Jun-19-06  itz2000: I wouldn't quit in move 29 just to see him mating me in 10 lol!
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  YouRang: <itz2000: can u show me the way for a win? 1. ... Kh6
2. Qg5+ Kh7
3. Qxh5+ Kg8
4. Qg6+ Kh8>

Suppose White now plays:
5. Kf6+ Kg8
6. Re5 (threaten Rg5+/mate to follow)

Black has to give up the queen to thwart this attack. This plus Black's badly exposed king, Whites connected passed g&h pawns are more than enough reason for Black to resign.

Jun-19-06  FrenchFrog: Black is dead as a dodo after 29.Qxf5; if you don't want to resign, you'll show that you're a very boring player. If 29..Kh6. 30. Qf6 and then 31 Re5. And now Black must give the queen. Anything else?
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  kevin86: The end is near:white will be ahead with a knight and three pawns vs a rook.In addition,black is hopelessly cramped and will probably lose more.
Jun-19-06  apawnandafool: <FoulAgent83 - The story goes that his Mamma was illegible!> what!? that's crazy talk!

i think what you meant to write is dirigible. if you mean george hickle's mamma couldn't spell her son's name on the birth certificate, cause she was dirigible.

they both sound the same, but only one means you don't know how to spell.

Jun-19-06  dakgootje: <anyone with kids knows this silverstein poem...> Under the condition your english , as im sure there are some people deep in the undiscovered parts of africa (we only think we discovered everything ;-), who might have not heard of the poem...
Jun-19-06  The17thPawn: <apawnandafool> - Are you certain about dirigible? This means capable of being steared as an adjective and refers to the old air ships as a noun. Illiterete or unlettered are the words that come to mind for someone who is unable to write.
Jun-19-06  apawnandafool: ah! so it is. my mistake. thank you! response should read:

<george hickle's mamma couldn't spell her son's name on the birth certificate, cause she was illiterete or unlettered.>

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  plang: 6 Be2 is rarely played as it allows the immediate 6..c5. Hickl avoided the main line giving Christiansen firm control of the center. After 21..h5? 22 h4 Black was lost; better would have been 21..Kg8 22 g4..Bxg4 23 Ne4..Qd8 24 Rxf8+..Qxf8 25 Qd4..Qg7 26 Qxc4..Kh8 27 Ng5 though White is still clearly better.
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  perfidious: <plang> The line with 6....e6 smacks of the very early days of the Pirc (1950s or so), and I am more than slightly curious why Hickl avoided the normal 6....c5.

For some years, 6.Be2 was indeed a rara avis after White's smashing defeat in the celebrated game Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962, but underwent a revival in the 1980s. John Nunn spoke well of it in his writings late in the decade.

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