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David Moody vs James Franklin Allen
"White or Wheat" (game of the day Jan-03-2007)
USA-op (1994), Chicago, IL USA, rd 9, Aug-16
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  0-1
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Jan-03-07
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  WannaBe: Actually I prefer sourdough bread.
Jan-03-07  Haeron: Wow. This is truly telling of how badly the game can go if you play inactively on the first side of a Winawer.

(Lots of White's opening play looks weak and passive to me.)

Jan-03-07  Silverstrike: <Wannabe> Spelt is also good.
Jan-03-07  coolthing76: I think White was just in a bad Mode ;)
Jan-03-07  aldehyde: i think, 26. Bc1 is the move from where it all began. i would have prefered Qc1. You see, the poor bishop hasnt moved from there for 14 moves after it. and it caused all the white pieces strangled down, waiting for the black butcher to sharpen his knife and hunt the whity king down. white was left with no pawns to fight with, in the end.
Jan-03-07  aldehyde: i also think that white should have seen the bishop coming and shoud have prefered 28. Re3 instead of Re7. that could have been helpful too.
Jan-03-07
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  Phony Benoni: I was definitely toast in this game.

Probably the one weird idea in the opening was 10.Bb5. After years of never being able to activate that bishop and getting murdered by Black's knights, I decided to take direct action by engineering a trade.

I had been playing this for about 10 years with reasonable results. One of my wins over a master contained a combination that actually made #2 in a Soltis quiz, though it wouldn't be much more than a Monday puzzler here.

This was one of the games that made me give up on the Bb5 idea. And looking back now, I can see that many of my positive results in this line were sheer swindles.

I don't recall much about the game (it was the last round and I was ready to go home), but it looks like Black played thematically and I played suicidally. Why was I opening lines for his pieces? And I certainly didn't see 28...Bh3 coming.

I'm glad someone uploaded this game. I had submitted three of my victories recently, and my winning percentage was getting too high.

Jan-03-07  The17thPawn: <Phony Benoni> - Enjoyed your commentary and self depricating remarks. Incidentally, what variation are you playing against the Winawer now?
Jan-03-07
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  kevin86: Despite opposite color bishops,white has a hopeless position. He is not only three pawns down,but also faces mate after a threatened 41...♖f3+ 42 ♔g4 h5+ 43 ♔h4 ♗f5 and mate at h3 is inescapable.
Jan-03-07
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  Phony Benoni: <The17thPawn> After a brief flirtation with the Advance Variation (3.e5), I'm back to the Poison Pawn line these days (8.Qg4).

In my youth, I played the 3.Be3 gambit on occasion. I liked to call it the Hamlet Gambit: "To Be3, or not to Be3?"

It's not that horrible; I once beat Benjamin Finegold with it (OK, OK, he was a eleven-year-old Class B player at the time).

Jan-03-07  Resignation Trap: <Phony Benoni> I remember making an unexpected visit to this tournament. I went over to your game, and after you completed your move, you looked to one side and my presence nearly jolted you out of your seat. It wasn't during this game, was it? (If so, you can blame me for your loss!)

It seems to me that you were playing the White side of a Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit that round.

Jan-03-07
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  Phony Benoni: <Resignation Trap> Actually, I wasn't shocked by your appearance so much as the fact that you were actually looking at a Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit.

I played it twice; a win vs. Yakowenko (round 6, Friday) and a loss to Dean Ippolito (round 8, Monday). Can't remember when you showed up.

Jan-03-07  DutchDunce: Nice loaf of French bread. If I had kept my premium account I could have made corn bread...but that honor now belongs to a Mr. <kevin86>.
Jan-03-07  The17thPawn: <Kevin 86> - 42.Kg4 in your line is not obligatory. The king can go to e5 as well. Of course this does not save White but its better than mate in three.
Jul-20-08  The Ninth Pawn: <The17thPawn> I see you have wound up with a similar "The Nth Pawn" username!
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