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Bjarne Light vs Henrik Danielsen
"Festival of Light's" (game of the day Nov-03-2013)
DEN-ch int U18 (1982), Soro DEN, rd 3
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  1-0


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  sfm: Anything wrong with 11.-,Be7 ? E.g. 12.Bg5,Rd8 13.Re1,0-0 ? One would think that there must be since Black instead prefers 11.-,Bb4 12.Re1+,Kf8, yikes!
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  al wazir: <sfm>: I think black is OK after 11...Be7. Passive, cramped, on the defensive, but able to survive. The continuation might be 12. Bg5 O-O 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nxd5 Bxd4.
Dec-16-06  Minty: <Jackz: Why did Black resign? He was only down a pawn and I don't see any winning combinations for White. Surely he could have continued to put up a fight?>

Material doesn't really have anything to do with it; Black has just been positionally crushed. He has no play whatsoever, and no way of acheiving any. White will just dominate the seventh rank, and his position will practically play itself. In such positions, it really isn't worth playing on against a strong player.

Dec-16-06  Rubenus: Perhaps Black's time was up so he lost on time. Indeed, this is not worth to be a game of the day.
Dec-16-06  ganstaman: <Sneaky: <Why didn't white check on 14. Ng6+ ? winning queen?> Believe it or not, I think the continuation is even stronger>

Actually, it's not that hard to believe. Black loses his queen, but gets a knight and a rook in return. And then it's also black and not white who controls the e-file with a rook.

Also, after 14. Qxb7, the whole sequence is a real threat, as white can then get the knight on c6 once the black queen is removed.

You probably knew these things since you said the game's continuation was stronger, but I wanted to add in why I thought it was so.

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  Sneaky: This has happened to me many times:

I'm up two good pawns and it's an easy win for me. My position is great, and then I spot a tactic where I can net his queen for only a rook and a bishop. I go for that, thinking "now I'm REALLY winning!"

All of a sudden I find myself in a situation where he's got two rooks doubled up, and a bishop that isn't going anywhere, and I've got a queen and a rook. I can't capture any of his pieces, unless it's a sacrifice! And his darn rooks are like pawn-sucking hoover vacuums. The next thing you know I'm using my queen just to DRAW the game, forget about winning it!

The moral is: when you're winning, be very careful about exchanging a rook and a minor piece for your opponent's queen. He *wants* you to unbalance the position!

Dec-16-06  NBZ: The first Black move that I don't quite like was 6. ... exd5. 6. ... Nxd5 is the natural decision; and the problem with 6. ... exd5 is that it creates an open, symmetrical position where white's first move advantage actually counts for something.

The first real error though is 7. ... Bd7. The next is 11. ... Bb4 which exposes the king as well as the bishop itself to removal of the guard tactics. After 11. ... Be7, White is still not exactly winning- if 12. Ne5 Qc7 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. Qxd5 Rd8 seems to hold (though 13. Bf4 might be better).

Dec-16-06  Stellar King: J'aime Bobby Fischer mais la jeu ne pas!
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  kevin86: I know that this game was picked for the name. It's too bad there couldn't have been a more BRILLIANT game.
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  whiteshark: Itīs better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
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  offramp: This masterpiece is GoTD again; same pun, of course, celebrating Diwali.
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  Garech: God, how has nobody pointed out the grammatical mistake in the pun?

This has ruined my breakfast.


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  FSR: B Light vs G Fornari, 1991 would have been a slightly more exciting game for this pun.
Nov-03-13  morfishine: There are so many points for improvement for Black, its incomprehensible that a GM would pass on all of them. Perhaps he had an early flight to catch and was out of the money


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  offramp: <Garech: God, how has nobody pointed out the grammatical mistake in the pun? This has ruined my breakfast.>

Carry on with your kedgeree; there is no mistake. Diwali is indeed the <Festival of Lights> but THIS game is a Festival belonging to Light.

I admit it seems like a double possessive - but one would normally say, "Have you read that book of Kasparov's" rather than "Have you read that book of Kasparov".

Nov-03-13  goodevans: <Garech: God, how has nobody pointed out the grammatical mistake in the pun?>

I wish you hadn't pointed that out. Now I'm annoyed too.

I think some folk have a bucketful of apostrophes they just want to use up at every opportunity, correct or not. Incidentally, see how I've used three from mine, all quite legitimately!

Nov-03-13  goodevans: <offramp> Utter tosh!
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  offramp: See also this recent GoTD:
Rohde vs W Martz, 1977
<"Colossus of Rohde's">.

There is this scholastic paper:

Nov-03-13  celtrusco: I learn from these games more than with the bright, which I enjoy. The brilliance is not learned.
How many times has happened to me as the black? Playing two or three weak moves, while the other does just solid, usually the reason a hopelessly lost game, quietly. Thank you guys.
Nov-03-13  DrChopper: What about 8.Qa5 for black?
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  Garech: <offramp>

You have a point! Thank you.

Still, it is not 100% correct, and slightly irksome - bad english, but not bad grammar.

In 5 days time game 1 will be finished/concluding!!


Nov-03-13  waustad: Considering the players, perhaps Dec 13 is a better time for this. Someone mentioned that black is a GM, but I'd like to mention that this is a U18 event and he got that title at age 30.
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  kevin86: ok,but not the best use of Light.
Nov-04-13  Bob Loblaw: The pun is not grammatically incorrect and therefore not an example of poor English. The festival belonged to Mr. Light, therefore the apostrophe placement is correct.
Nov-07-13  Kikoman: position after 17. Rb1

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