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Raymond Keene vs B Armstrong
"Stretch Armstrong" (game of the day Feb-09-2019)
Alexander Cup final (1965), ?, Apr-02
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Full line (A74)  ·  1-0


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  offramp: Today's pun is "Stretch Armstrong" and in this game Mr Armstrong does indeed become a wee bit over-stretched, especially on the a1-h8 diagonal. It is a very Petrosian-like game from GM Keene, especially the exchange sacrifice.

I never had a "Stretch Armstrong". I never wanted one because I thought the whole idea was garbage. For a start, the most famous of all stretchy people was Dr Reed Richards from the Fantastic 4.

Why was HE not being used for this stretchy character? Probably Nabisco didn't want to pay the license money.

And then the mechanics of the whole thing: how do the anatomies of stretchy people work?

It is best not to think about it too deeply.

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  Honza Cervenka: <exchange sacrifice> I don't see an exchange sacrifice here, I see black giving up two minors for Rook and Pawn, which was a consequence of weak 13...Nh5 followed by 14.f4! with threat 15.Bxh5 gxh5 16.Qxh5. 17...Bxc3? was a positional suicide.
Feb-09-19  Ironmanth: Wow. This Benoni got murdered! Sad effort I believe. Sigh.
Feb-09-19  cormier: 1) +0.27 (36 ply) 13...g5 14.f4 gxf4 15.Rxf4 Nfd7 16.Rf2 Qh4 17.Qf1 Qe7 18.Qe1 Qh4 19.a5 Nf6 20.Rf1 Qxe1 21.Rxe1 Nfd7 22.Rf1 b5 23.axb6 Nxb6 24.Nf3 Ng6 25.Ra3 Rb8 26.Rb3 Bd7 27.Bxa6 f5 28.exf5 Bxf5 29.Ra3 Rf8 30.Ng5 Bd7 31.Rxf8+ Rxf8 32.Ne6 Bd4+ 33.Kh1

25.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9

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