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Kaj Funck vs Bragi Halldorsson
"Play that Funcky Music White Boy" (game of the day Mar-03-2015)
Reykjavik, ISL (1971), Reykjavik ISL, Aug-??
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Lasker Variation (A02)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Tremendous fight that reflects well upon both players. I wonder why White didn't play 23.Qxb7, threatening the g2 pawn (more important than the Rook a8). It does amaze how Black always seemed to have a useful check when he needed it.
Mar-03-15  rollingrook5: The From's Gambit is always an entertaining game.
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  HeMateMe: My, but they were both swinging for the fences here, weren't they?
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  gofer: I am wondering whether <22 Qxc7+> was a better option for white.

22 Qxc7+ Nd7
23 Qd6+ Kd8/Ke8
24 e6

"Yes" we lose Nd2 but we gain Nd7, black is left trying to promote Pg2 while white has a serious attack on black's king...

Mar-03-15  kamagong24: awesome game!!!
Mar-03-15  morfishine: In the excitement, White misses <24.Qxc7+> keeping the initiative; I don't see a good plan by Black to stop the momentum. For example, after 24...Nd7 25.Qd6+ Ke8 26.e6

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White regains the piece, but more importantly, Bb5 is looming

<gofer> Beat me to it! :)


Mar-03-15  Vermit: More details about Kaj Funck here:

Mar-03-15  scormus: Amazing battle, a veritable streetfight! It's not often you see a game with both Ks getting hunted.
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  The HeavenSmile: Surely 'slam dunk da funck' would be a better pun
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  Once: That was fun. Two massive king hunts and then the game is decided by the humble g pawn.

That's like watching the Jedi and the Sith dook it out with Death Stars and Rebel X-wing fighters ... only to find that R2D2 was really the chosen one after all.

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  Bubo bubo: Funny game indeed!
I know next to nothing about From's gambit: how much of the opening here (in particular the ♘-sac on move 9) is a theoretical line?
Mar-03-15  avenant69: This game was played in the Nordic Countries Championship (Reykjavik, August 1971), category A. Masters.
White is Kaj Funck (Finland) - black Bragi Halldorsson (Iceland), who is already in the database.
B. Halldorsson also won the overall Blitz tournement.
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  FSR: Very fun(c)ky game. Crazy stuff.
Mar-03-15  Strelets: Steubenville, Ohio's own Wild Cherry!
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  kevin86: A real fiery game with sacrifices both ways.
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  Gilmoy: The game fits the pun!
Mar-03-15  ajile: An extremely tricky gambit by Black that should not be underestimated. I studied this line back in the 80's when I played the Bird. The critical line though IMO is:

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.g3 instead of 5.d4. Here is a sample game in the database:

T Rendle vs Kotronias, 2005

But Black seriously erred in this game when he took the poisoned (a2) pawn.

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.g3 g4 6.Nh4 Ne7 7.d4 Nbc6 8.c3 Ng6 9.Nxg6 hxg6 10.Qd3 Bf5 11.e4 Qe7 12.Bg2 O-O-O 13.Be3 Be6 14.Bf2 f5 15.Nd2 Qf7 16.O-O-O

16..Bxa2? However White did not find the right move to answer which is 17.e5!

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. (1.60): 17.e5 Bxe5 18.Bxc6 Bf6 19.Bg2 Kb8 20.Qb5 Bd5 21.Bxd5 Rxd5 22.Qa4 Rdd8 23.Qc4 Qd7 24.Rde1 Bg5 25.Be3 b5 26.Qd3

2. (0.48): 17.Rdf1 Bf8 18.exf5 Qxf5

The point of this gambit is that Black gets tactical chances against black squares on White's kingside. The Bd6 can combine with the Rh8 to pressure the h2 and g3 squares.

Note that in the above game if White plays accurately he gets a clear extra pawn and a solid pawn center that is not easily breached. Pretty much a nightmare for the Black player hoping for a tactical crazy battle.

In a game I played in a tournament I actually walked my king to c2 with a solid position. However I ended up losing the game because of a later error.

We didn't have computers like today so I'm going to analyze this game more deeply now. Instead of 16..Bxa2 Black can play 16..Bf8 or 16..fxe4 giving White a lower more moderate advantage of (.66). (current eval at low ply)

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  Travis Bickle: circa 1971 - Well... back to the drawing board.

Present Day - Back to the database. ; P

Mar-03-15  morfishine: <ajile> Very interesting. Any comments on White's oversight playing 24.d5?? which if nothing else, gives the Black Queen <b6>; Clearly better as mentioned earlier by <gofer> and myself is the direct <24.Qxc7+>; Also better but trickier is the straightforward <24.Qxb7> threatening both 25.Rxf2 & 24.Qxa8

IMHO 24.d5 was a humongous Blooper with a capital 'B'

And of course, as usual, the so-called "pun", is actually a non-pun that only reaches the unflattering level of being yet another baseless, shallow play on word, and is best flushed down the toilet...


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  Mating Net: A very worthy GOTD and a great pun.

I always thought it was Wild Cherry who sang the song.

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  WannaBe: <Mating Net> nah, that was "Play That Funky Music Chess Players".
Mar-04-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: And when it came to defense, not a single funk was given.
Mar-04-15  Eusebius: Crazy game
Mar-04-15  ajile: <morfishine: <ajile> Very interesting. Any comments on White's oversight playing 24.d5?? which if nothing else, gives the Black Queen>

No comments really because I wouldn't go into this line. I would prefer to first counter all of Black's tactical threats and then slowly build a solid center with an extra pawn. This is the way to truly make a From Gambit Black player suffer the most.


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  GrahamClayton: Would 19...♗f2 be an improvement for Black, forcing White to sacrifice the rook for the g2-pawn? 20. ♖xg2 ♕xg2, and the Black queen covers the b7-square. 21. ♕xc7+ ♘d7, and I don't see how White can defend against a discovered check from the f2-bishop.
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