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Luke McShane vs Vlastimil Jansa
12th European Individual Championship (2011), Aix-les-Bains FRA, rd 6, Mar-27
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0
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Mar-27-11  Bratek: I am impressed with McShane.He shows that you can play quite new opening moves and reach a good,playable position!
Mar-27-11  rummywork: What's wrong with Jansa's 7...Nxg4.
Mar-27-11
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  luzhin: I imagine Jansa must have been sorely tempted to play 6...Nxg4. At the end 37...Nxg6 would be met with 38.Rxg6 fxg6 39.Ng5 and mate is unavoidable.
Mar-27-11
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  luzhin: Rummywork, you must mean 6...Nxg4 -- by the time White has played 7.Nc3-e2 he can answer any Qh4+ with Ng3. I think that after 6...Nxg4 White would play 7.Bb5+ and after 7...c6 8.fxg4 Qh4+ 9.Kf1 Bxg4 10.Be2 it's not clear if Black has full compensation for the piece.
Mar-27-11
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  ray keene: nimzowitsch wd have loved this game-its a bit reminiscent of a game nimzo won v grunfeld-play on both wings-nailing the black king-no castling by white and in one of Nimzos favourite openings-great!!
Mar-27-11
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  ray keene: Nimzowitsch vs Gruenfeld, 1925 this is the nimzo win v gruenfeld which i had in mind-it even features the thrust g6!!
Mar-28-11  SvetlanaBabe: If Jansa did play 6...Ng4!? he would have won quickly. McShane's style is one of a gutless pawn pusher (albeit very good at it) Dime a dozen, really. Any coffee house tactician would have played this and probably won.
Mar-28-11
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  FSR: A "gutless pawn pusher" probably would not have played 1.b3, nor 6.g4.
Mar-28-11  pawn to QB4: Ah well, at least Svetlana let Luke off more lightly than poor old Angelo Tsagarakis <'Slag-arakis'the most obese chessplayer in Australian history. Probably best known for running the Melbourne Chess Club into the ground. A truly ugly person in every way.> Given the accuracy of the comment on McShane, Tsagarakis is probably slim, handsome and a brilliant organiser.
Mar-28-11
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  FSR: She's a real ray of sunshine all right.
Mar-28-11
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  perfidious: <SvetlanaBabe: If Jansa did play 6...Ng4!? he would have won quickly. McShane's style is one of a gutless pawn pusher (albeit very good at it) Dime a dozen, really. Any coffee house tactician would have played this and probably won.>

Come again?

This bit of arrant nonsense is almost as funny as some of the flights of fancy indulged in by a particularly notorious kibitzer on this site, who likely would have destroyed McShane in short order for his impudence in the opening phase.

Pity that He Who Sees All won't read this, being as I am on his immensely long ignore-list.

I have little doubt that Svetlana will soon be giving simultaneous displays vs 2650+ GMs and rolling them up with contemptuous ease, making the likes of Fischer, Kasparov and Lasker look like mere woodpushers.

Mar-30-11  Nezhmetdinov: Mcshane!! Mcshane!! I always knew he'd come good. 1.b3! A stalemated black Queen (in true counterpoint to white's irrepressible madam)! A pawn provides the denouement! This is a win to warm the cockles of even the most curmudgeonly... eh? Oh...
Mar-30-11
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  keypusher: What an opening! What a game!
Mar-31-11  Atking: <rummywork: What's wrong with Jansa's 7...Nxg4.> I should miss something obvious 8.fxN Qh4+ 9.Ke2 Bxg4 10.Nf3 and 10...e5 11.d3, or 10...Nc6 11.Bg2 then? I like too McShane philosophy... A flexible mind made 6.g4 working to the final touch 37.g6!
Mar-31-11  OrigamiArtist: <Atking> just to clarify, <luzhin> already refuted 6...Nxg4? with 7.Bb5+! Check his post; it is pretty obvious that after those moves white is on the path to victory.
Mar-31-11  Atking: Ok <OrigamiArtist> I simply didn't get the point of <rummywork>. Maybe there is not.
Apr-02-11  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 4...e6 is 4...f6 supporting the advance ....e5.

On 6...Nxg4 7 fxg4 Qh4+ 8 Ke2 Bxg4+ 9 Nf3 e5 threatens ...e4

Apr-03-11  Ulhumbrus: On 6...Nxg4 7 Bb5+ Nc6 8 fxg4 Qh4+ 9 Kf1 Bxg4 10 Be2 Bh3+ 11 Nxh3 Qxh3+ 12 Kf2 0-0-0 Black has two pawns and the safer King in return for a piece.
Apr-03-11  goldenbear: I'll agree with <SvetlanaBabe> but add that I wish I were as fine a "gutless pawn pusher" as McShane. Just because she's out of line and borderline offensive doesn't make her wrong. Nxg4 gives good practical chances whatever the "real" evaluation and Bg6 gives excellent chances of a prolonged and tedious defence.
Apr-03-11  goldenbear: Also, if Black didn't like Nxg4, I think a more practical reply to Nce2 would have been the immediate 7.h5 and if 8.g5, then 8.Ng8! 8.Nd7 is more awkward from a practical point of view. If White replies 8.Nf4!?, then hxg4 9.Nxg6 fxg6 10.Bd3 Nh5! 11.Bxg6+ Kd7 leads to a fascinating situation.
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