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Jacek Stopa vs Davorin Kuljasevic
"Show Stopa" (game of the day Nov-27-12)
UTD GM Invitational (2007)  ·  Benoni Defense: Modern. Snake Variation (A60)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-09-09  IT4L1CO: Great...
Jan-24-09  blacksburg: omg, this game is bananas. i'm so confused now.
Apr-10-10
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  Domdaniel: After his imaginative Queen sac, White's big threat is a discovered check with Ne5+ followed by Nxg6#. So Black must keep checking, and get his Queen to c5 with tempo to attack White's Bd5.

For a moment I thought Be3 might win, but no. Black can hold the balance. In a sense, the whole combination has 'draw' written on it: but I'd have played it anyway in White's position. That's if I'd seen any of it, sufficiently far in advance.

It has the delicate brilliance of a Fischer-Tal draw.

Apr-10-10
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  Domdaniel: Did somebody mention Ouroboros?
Nov-27-12
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  Phony Benoni: OK, I'll offer just one little nibble of analysis. After <22.Bxd5>:


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If Black tries 22...Be7, then 23.Ne5+ Kf8 24.Ne6+ Ke8 25.Nxg7+ (Oh, why not?] Kf8/d8 26.Ne6+ Ke8 27.Nxc7+ Rxc7 28.Kxe2 dxe5 29.fxe5


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And I think White's a piece ahead. As for the rest ... I don't care if it's a Benoni. I want no part of it.

Nov-27-12
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  Abdel Irada: "Snake" Variation? Is this opening line for real?

I'd have thought Black would play to win back the pinned piece, but apparently he sought deeper-hidden compensation ... and to the extent that he was willing to accept it in the form of a draw, he got it.

Nov-27-12  vardeep: why not f5 after 9.Qe2??
Nov-27-12
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  Abdel Irada: <vardeep>: At a glance, I'd say it was because after 9. ...f5?!; 10. Nxd6, Rxe2; 11. Bxe2, White ends up with a rook and two minor pieces for his queen, and is moreover ahead in development.
Nov-27-12
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Incredibly, it's all book through 10.g4--and drawish! +1 =3 -1. It does not seem possible that Black's pin down the e-file compensates for the piece sacrifice, but who can argue with 50% success? Aside from the silicon monsters, of course.
Nov-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Abdel>

oh heck yeah, the Snake is real. It's one of those things you will find in Dangerous Weapons or Secrets of Opening Surprises books!

Avrukh, true to methodical form, covers it in Vol.2 of his 1.d4, although there he (as with just about everything Black plays) gives a set up with a king side fianchettoe.

Nov-27-12
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> The Snake first appeared in the mid 1980s, then vanished for no particular reason that I remember.
Nov-27-12  rilkefan: It seems to have done not so well after Nf3 and Bg5 per the opening explorer. If the main line is really 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6 6.Nf3 Bc7 I have no idea what black is thinking.

Gelfand vs V Gashimov, 2011 is a recent rapid example at the top level.

Nov-27-12
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  Abdel Irada: <An Englishman: It does not seem possible that Black's pin down the e-file compensates for the piece sacrifice, but who can argue with 50% success? Aside from the silicon monsters, of course.>

Perhaps it's time to put the question:

<Once>: What *does* Fritz say about this variation?

Nov-27-12  shubhamkuse: very unorthodox game!!
perfectly defensive moves after
19.Nxf7! Qc7?!
(to remove the dreaded knight)
20.g6!
(attacking kingside pawn as well as defending the knight) 20..hxg6
21.Neg5!!
(setting a beautiful perpetual check that followed!)
Nov-27-12
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  Annie K.: My pun - thanks to <Switch>, whose collection brought this game to my attention. :)
Nov-27-12
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  kevin86: White looks horribly lost...until he is able to manage a perpetual check. A fine finish-and fine pun!
Nov-27-12  inmate5: <Phony Benoni: I don't care if it's a Benoni. I want no part of it.> Excuse me, but wouldn't "Phony Benoni" be an effective pun here? Either that, or the opening should be renamed the "Phony Benoni" ;)
Nov-27-12
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  FSR: <perfidious: <Abdel Irada> The Snake first appeared in the mid 1980s, then vanished for no particular reason that I remember.>

Maybe because it's grotesquely antipositional and sucks massively?

Nov-27-12
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  perfidious: <FSR> Maybe so, though I don't remember any direct refutation in those long-lost days of youth. 'Course, I don't recall what I ate for dinner, but that's another story for another day.
Nov-27-12
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  Shams: Why <13.Kf2> instead of castling?
Nov-27-12
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  johnlspouge: I recognize that I am wading in way beyond my pay grade, but 5...Bd6 does fairly well in practice:

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Nov-27-12
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  johnlspouge: < <Shams> wrote: Why <13.Kf2> instead of castling? >

Good call. Toga prefers castling to <13.Kf2> (about +1.5P to +1P).

Nov-27-12
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  perfidious: <Shams> White may have been afear'd of his exposed king after 13.0-0, but I see nothing concrete after that. Black has two pawns and play for the piece, but probably not enough. This is good old positional feel talking-I'm afraid I haven't got an engine to split hairs on such matters as +0.98 vs +1.42 and so forth.
Nov-29-12
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  FSR: <perfidious: <FSR> Maybe so, though I don't remember any direct refutation in those long-lost days of youth.>

Apparently not. As I recall, Watson and Schiller trashed it, but I'm not at home, so don't have their provocatively named "The Big Book of Busts" at hand.

<johnlspouge: I recognize that I am wading in way beyond my pay grade, but 5...Bd6 does fairly well in practice:

Opening Explorer>

I did discover that surprising (to me) fact before I posted. I still think it <deserves> to be annihilated, but perhaps it's not as bad as it looks. Stranger things have happened, I suppose.

Dec-01-12
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  johnlspouge: < <FSR> wrote: [snip] I still think it <deserves> to be annihilated, but perhaps it's not as bad as it looks. >

Coming out from behind the software and databases, I think the important Benoni Bd6 badly misplaced off the a1-h8 diagonal, and prematurely vulnerable to being exchanged for a N. I find the Snake positionally repellent, too.

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