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Julian Michael Hodgson vs Yasser Seirawan
"Emperor Julian" (game of the day Dec-07-2016)
Hoogovens (1986), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-26
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Feb-21-09  KERESOV: Now that's a very nice King's Indian Attack game by the highly original Trompowsky Archpriest GM Julian Hodgson ... surprisingly it's not even included in one of the KIA books. The move 10. a3 and 11. exd5 is worth studying ...
Jun-18-11  DrMAL: Agreed, Hodgson's games tend to involve originality and this early one is brilliant especially since Seirawan is at his peak.

Play is creative from the start. Hodgson has amazing talent for spotting nice sacs on the move that they become feasible. This is the case here with first mistake 16...Bd8 (instead of Bf8).

The 17...Kxg7 line plays out (an alternate starts with 17...Nf3+) to a winning position with black's king exposed and the knight on e5 in a double pin, which black then plays to get out of.

In doing so, black loses further ground. 21...Qd7 to immediately unpin instead of 21.Nxe3 was a second mistake in allowing 22.Nxg4 and one of several finishing combinations depending on how black chooses to lose.

Apr-08-12  Everett: Seirawan gives up the f5 square and then castles short, asking to receive a withering attack. Hodgson obliges.
Sep-20-15  ToTheDeath: Great stuff! Nxg7 was inspired as was the rest of the attack.
Nov-08-16  paavoh: Should be a GOTD someday. I know a pun was submitted way back, obviously a better one is needed.
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  offramp: <paavoh: Should be a GOTD someday. I know a pun was submitted way back, obviously a better one is needed.>

And one was found. Today's pun is "Emperor Julian". He was the Roman emperor who revised the rubbishy old calendar invented by his predecessor Julius Caesar. His new calendar allowed chess players to have 10 more rest days.

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  ajile: This looks like a good solution to annoy your local French opening player.
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  offramp: <ajile: This looks like a good solution to annoy your local French opening player.>

Yes. Fischer, who did not get on well against the standard French, played this. Mainly when he was young, but also when he was ascending Rum-Doodle: Fischer vs Panno, 1970

Dec-07-16  Ironmanth: I'm not a great enough player to provide cogent analysis, at least without more time over morning coffee, though it seemed to me on first play-through that Black's Qd7 somehow looked wrong; the queen ends up dying there. Great attack by Julian!
Dec-07-16  ossipossi: <offramp> well well well, not actually. The Julian Calendar takes its name from Rome dictator Julius Caesar himself (46 BCE), it was revised by Papa Gregorius XIII (1582 CE). As regards Imperator (et philosophus) Flavius Claudius Julianus (330-363 CE),he was the last pagan emperor. If we can use expressions like "CE" and "BCE", we owe in part to him.
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  Honza Cervenka: Instead of 16...Bd8 it was better to play 16...Bf8. Then 17.d4 Nh5! or 17.Nxh6+ gxh6 18.Qxf6 Nxd3 19.Rxe8 Rxe8 20.Bxh6 Bxh6 21.Qxh6 d4! gives black playable game.
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  catlover: <offramp> This emperor came to be known as "Julian the Apostate" because he eventually gave up chess and took up checkers.
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  kevin86: Nice game knight seems to point everywhere.
Dec-07-16  JSYantiss: Am I missing something? What's the follow-up for 27...Kf8...
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  Sally Simpson: Hi JSYantiss,

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27...Kf8 28.Re7 Qxe7 29.Nxe7 Kxe7 and under normal circumstances Black has enough for the Queen to fight on but then White has the Queen fork 30.Qh7 hitting the now unprotected g7 Bishop and the d3 Knight. That looks terminal.

27...Kf8 28.Rh6 also looks like a shot but no need to go there, 28.Re7 is good enough, that looks all forced.

Dec-07-16  JSYantiss: Thank you, <Sally Simpson>. Guess I need more practice if I missed that one.
Dec-07-16  newzild: <JSYantiss> <Sally Simpson>

White also has the simple 27. Rxb6, leaving him up by an exchange and two pawns.

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