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Raul Schmidt vs Joseph G Gallagher
European Individual Championship (2007), Dresden GER, rd 1, Apr-03
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  1-0


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Apr-05-07  KingG: Wow! An under 2000 player beating a famous GM! And what a game to win.
Apr-05-07  Tomlinsky: Despite sloppy play in the opening by Gallagher he was on the ascendancy through innacuracies he could reasonably have expected from his opponent. Maybe the reason for the sloppy play? But then comes the awful move 25...Qxe1+?? and he is totally lost. A miscalculation that 28.Bb2 has to be played when in fact after 28.Ka1 Qc3+ 29.Bb2 he can resign (the threat of Qf6 and mate looms large).

White missed this as well but dug his heels in and went on to win a fine victory in any case. Well played that man and welcome to the CG database with your first game entry.

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  whiteshark: The player*s name is Raul Schmidt,
a Romanian, born 1982, with a best rating of over 2200 ELO, in 2005. see

He is accused by many organizers to hold his ELO number intentionally less than 2000 to collect the prize money with weekend tournaments in the B group. Revolting !!

Apr-08-07  Raskolnikov: <whiteshark:He is accused by many organizers to hold his ELO number intentionally less than 2000 to collect the prize money with weekend tournaments in the B group. Revolting !! >
If I am not mistaken, it is the same player who won B-Group in Deizisau-Open 2005, see The 1st prize is about 1,000 Euro, thus it is not suprising that some players use some tricks to get it.
Apr-08-07  Tomlinsky: I'd put the result of this game down more to abysmal play by Gallagher than anything else personally.
Apr-16-07  sandmanbrig: 29 Qf6 is simply brilliant. Quite amazing.
Apr-16-07  cionics: Sandmanbrig, agreed. 29 Qf6. Oh yeah, baby!
Sep-20-13  ajile: Either 2..Nc6 or 3..Nc6 probably would have been much better for Black.

4..Nd7 with this move order just seems bad for Black.

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