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Wang Hao vs Susanto Megaranto
"Mega Man" (game of the day Nov-16-12)
Asian Individual Championship (2007)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1
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Sep-23-07  Elxiddicus: This game is pretty spectacular. I wonder if white could have done a better job defending his kingside after that knight sacrifice, or if it was hopeless for him.
Sep-23-07  lechonpaksiw: The White Queen on D1 was such a pitiful sight. The whole duration of the game it didnt even move a single time. It was just there watching the whole ongoing action LOL!
Sep-24-07  mang00neg: awesome. i cant remember seeing a caro-kann like this.
Sep-27-07  neill: chinese demolition by an indon!
Oct-01-07  Valiantangel: 5...Ne7 6.0-0 Black seems to be doing well.Move 9 is the end of opening theory.Even Kasparov drew in this position in 2003. 11.h3 was a waste of tempo!It only help Black to break open White K-side later on. After 13...O-O-O you can see that Nb3 is displaced.c4 could hav been played to get some attack going. 15...h5!!! simply magnificent.A sac to break open White K-side. 19...Nf6? 20.Nc5! Nxg4 21.Nxg4

Great game by the Caro Kann

Aug-08-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Mega Man


Nov-16-12  vinidivici: wow 24...Be3 is the move to watch!!!
If white takes then h2 square will be unprotected.
So good the little trick there.
Nov-16-12  The Last Straw: 3 cheers! We've got another winnin' pun by <LoveThatJoker>.

Black correctly coordinated his rooks and queen, seized the open file, and blew hard with a strong and hard attack on the white king.

I wonder if <notyetagm> has collections on this kinda thing. Lemme check.

Nov-16-12  The Last Straw: It looks like Susanto Megaranto was an Indonesian person. The picture of her looks kinda different compared to an American, British person, or an Australian person (I'm mentioning all three so nobody'll get offended.).

I have an Indonesian friend who doesn't portray that type of look, either. :-)

Nov-16-12  Shams: <The Last Straw> If you click on Megaranto's page which you yourself linked to, you will find that Megaranto is indeed Indonesian. You will also find he's a man.
Nov-16-12  LoveThatJoker: <The Last Straw> Thanks kindly for the support, man! I appreciate the fact that you're glad that one of my puns was selected today.

I think this game is simply exceptional as a display of GM Megaranto's resourcefulness and style.

This is my fourth pun selected. Good show and thank you <CG>!



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  Abdel Irada: Somehow, Black's name puts me in mind of the heavy metal band Styx. I half expect lyrics: <Domo ariganto, Susanto Megaranto.>

(Yes, I know that's an atrocious mangling of both the real "Mr. Roboto" lyrics and a Japanese expression of gratitude — not to mention a grandmaster's name. I can't help that; it entered my mind, and there you have it.

It's terrible, but it's catchy.

Or is that "catching"?)

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  Abdel Irada: Astounding that after Megaranto castled queenside, Wang never did get in the almost-reflexive c4. Instead, he chose to try to drive off the knight on f5 and got comprehensively obliterated.
Nov-16-12  erniecohen: 23. ♗xg4 hxg4 24. ♔g2 g3 25. fxg3 ♗xg3 26. ♗xg3 and Black has no more than a draw.
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  Castleinthesky: This style of game, which I like to call "Storm the Ramparts," is one of my favorites. Black methodically breaks down White's king side and has a clear strategy for attack. Nice GOD.
Nov-16-12  fokers13: <erniecohen> why should black capture with the pawn?Rxg4 seems much better.
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  kevin86: The black attack will lead to mate-soon.
Nov-16-12  erniecohen: <<fokers13>: <erniecohen> why should black capture with the pawn?Rxg4 seems much better.> 23. ♗xg4 ♖xg4 24. ♗e3 f5 25. exf6 ♕xf6 26. ♕f3 ♕g6 27. ♖g1 ♗d8 28. ♖g2 ♖g8 29. ♖xg4 hxg4 30. ♕g2. Black's attack is not going anywhere, and White's material advantage should eventually win out.
Nov-16-12  goodevans: Perhaps after <23.Bxg4> black doesn't capture it immediately at all. <23...Bxf2> looks like an interesting alternative.
Nov-16-12  erniecohen: <<goodevans>: Perhaps after <23.Bxg4> black doesn't capture it immediately at all. <23...Bxf2> looks like an interesting alternative.>

Black's attack peters out before it gets anywhere, e.g. 24. ♗f3 ♕h4+ 25. ♗h2 ♖g3 26. ♗g2 ♖hg8 27. ♘f3 ♕g4 28. ♗xg3 ♕xg3 29. ♖g1 ♖g4 30. ♕f1, leaving White with a winning material advantage.

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  Felipe38: I like black position. If 23-Bxg4...I think 23-...Bxf2 looks very strong moves for black ...I didn't analyzed with my computer this move. It was my own tactic ideas. After that move the white king will be in big trouble.
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