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David Howell vs Maximilian Meinhardt
"Howellin' Wolf" (game of the day Feb-11-2015)
European Individual Championship (2007), Dresden GER, rd 8, Apr-11
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  1-0


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  Gilmoy: Soooo ... <14..c5 15..Qc6> was not the best outpost. All credit to Howell for shifting the attack without respite.

The two tempi on <3.Nd2 6.Nb3> weren't wasted -- they're opening theory, and lulled Black into <being willing to> weaken b5. <17.Nd2! 18.Nb1!!> :) <21.Na3 22.Nb5> is no worse a (new) tour than Nf5 in Ruy, or maybe Kasparov's Na5.

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  morfishine: Gotta love the way White's Knights choke off the dark squares, crippling Black's mobility before participating in the final attack. Exquisite!


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  Richard Taylor: 6. c3 is just as good as 6. Nb3 as I play this opening but this is a good example of how to play white against the Guimard, which can be a tricky line to face as white for sure.

Nice game by Howell!

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  Richard Taylor: White manoeuvred his Ns well for sure. Maybe black should have played 15. ... c4 blocking the position and intending to push on the Q-side.
Feb-11-15  mrknightly: "Mein Hardt is Broken." Additionally, can someone show me the ending? Danke.
Feb-11-15  moodini: <mrknightly> here is my attempt... the threat is Rh8#, if 39.. Kg8 then 40. Ne7+ forking king and queen.

So black plays 39. Ke8 then white could play Rxp+ and then Ng7+ to be two pawns up. Or white could play 40. Nfd6+ Nxd6 41. Nxd6+ Rxd6 42. exd6 when white can double rooks on the 6th and munch pawns.

Perhaps there is something better and I will end up looking silly.

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  OhioChessFan: <mrk> White threatens Rh8#. Black has no plausibile options. He can create a flight square on e7 by 39...exf5 40. Rxc6 and lose by material. He can try to run with 39...Ke8 but then 40. Rh7 and Black is crushed by the dual threats of Ng7+ or Nd6+. Or he can try to defend h8 with the King. 39...Kg8 when 40. Ne7+ kills Black.
Feb-11-15  Castleinthesky: A great game. I thought 8. h4 followed by 11. h5 was a nice way of keeping White's black bishop in play and preventing a fork between the knight and the bishop. White also did a fine job of "sealing" in black's pieces on the queen side leaving the king exposed.
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  AvidChessMan: I love whites pawn play and structure at the end - that diagonal of 4 pawns. 12. Kf1 puzzled me at first, but then I saw how it led towards the opening of the h file and the ensuing attack by the white rook and queen.
Feb-11-15  coolconundrum: Wonderful game. Howell has won me over.
Feb-11-15  kamagong24: whoa!
Feb-11-15  waustad: With Howell a natural question is, "How much of this attack happened on increment?" Time management issues seem to be one of his biggest problems. Some outstanding players have had the same problem, but it may put a lid on how far he progresses. Time will tell. He's already very good.
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