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Gordon Broomes vs Nazim Khan
"Khan Artist" (game of the day Feb-06-2008)
Novag Commonwealth ch (1983), Melbourne AUS, Jan-??
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  0-1


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Feb-06-08  think: Why not 18. Qxh4?

Black's attack is beautiful. I especially like 15. ... f5! clearing the diagonal so that another sacrifice, 16. ... Ne5! works correctly.

Feb-06-08  tatarch: Very pretty attack-- always entertaining to see someone rip open lines against the enemy king like that.

Think: I had the same thought at first, why not 18.Qxh4? I think it's because of the response 18...Nf4, winning the queen. The queen can't take the knight or move away from h3 because of 19...Rxh3#. Of course, the line played in the game is just as brutal, so white went wrong before move 18.

Feb-06-08  Sailfish: I am wondering the same thing. Why not 18. Qxh4?
Feb-06-08  wouldpusher: 18. ♕xh4 does not lose immediately. However, 18. ♕xh4 ♘f4! 19. ♕xf4?? loses because of 19. ... ♖xh3+ 20. ♕h2 ♖dh8 21. ♗f4 ♕e3!, which soon leads to mate. If instead of ♕xf4??, 19. ♖xf4 ♖xh4 20. ♖xh4 ♕f2 21. ♖g4 exf5 22. ♗xf5 ♕e1+

Hence, it is not a really good move.

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  bumpmobile: <Why not 18. Qxh4?> I think the far more important question is why on earth wouldn't use "The Wrath of Khan" as the pun for this game?
Feb-06-08  anandamide: <I think the far more important question is why on earth wouldn't use "The Wrath of Khan" as the pun for this game?>

Sultan Khan vs Capablanca, 1930

Feb-06-08  drpoundsign: white messed up with king protection
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  Jimfromprovidence: White could have hung in there with 19 Kh2!

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If 19...Nxf1+ 20 Bxf1 Qf2 21 Qf4 exf5 22 Qxf2 Bxf2.

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Now white is just down a rook vs. knight and pawn exchange.

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  kevin86: While black's pieces were very active,white's queen side pieces decided to "sit this one out". I guess white was so enamered with pawn pushing that he forgot about them.

In short,it was a clean sweep for white.

(alternate pun:Broomes swept away)

Feb-06-08  xrt999: I play 2.f4 against the Sicilian quite often and feel it has good prospects.

I dont think 8.Qe1 and 9.Qg3 are really consistent with 2.f4 though, considering that in this opening black usually gains the open g1-a7 diagonal for counterplay, which is difficult for white to control.

(In this game after 6...b5 you can see this is black's idea).

Feb-06-08  xrt999: L Day vs A Kuligowski, 1981

I did a search for 2.f4 and no suprise to see Day's name pop up.

Day is not ceding the diagonal, and finally black gives up and plays 15...c4, and tries unsuccesfully to come up with another plan.

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  DarthStapler: khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!!
Feb-06-08  arifattar: Black has a small biography as well on his page. Is he one amongst us?
Feb-06-08  stupidiot21: any more games from khan?
Feb-06-08  safar: "arifattar: Black has a small biography as well on his page. Is he one amongst us?"

Hi All. I am very much obliged to Chessgames for putting my game online and making it the game of the day. This game was played in the inaugural commonwealth championships in Melbourne in 1983, and I was the unknown player. I must have been particularly inspired that day!

My game was published around the world in columns, magazines, websites, puzzle pages and even made the informator in 1983! This was one of the games to win the prize for the best game for the tournament. The other was Stephen Solomon vs Paul Garmett. S J Solomon vs P Garbett, 1983.

Nazim Khan.

Feb-06-08  Capthahn86: This game is a paradigm of what will happen if you violate fundamentals rules in chess! i.e. bring out your Queen too early and don't develop your pieces.
Feb-06-08  cionics: King Khan?
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  Benzol: This winner of this game and Stephen Solomon (in S J Solomon vs P Garbett, 1983 ) shared the prize for the best attack played in the Commonwealth Championship.
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