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Alexander Huzman vs Alexander Yuryevich (Nenashev) Graf
"I Saw My Castles Fall Today" (game of the day Sep-05-2019)
Junior Teams Event (1982), USSR
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Farago Defense (E12)  ·  1-0


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  Benzol: A great game in which both players sacrifice both rooks, surely a rarity. It's pity one of them had to loose.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Have never seen anything like this. Amazing fight. Incidentally, the inspired title for today's game derives its inspiration from "I Saw My Castles Fall Today," a song by Ray Price. Might rank among the best Game of the Day titles.
Sep-05-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: My first ever accepted submission. :)
Sep-05-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine thinks 22 Ne5+ wasn't needed, because 22 Qxe5 instead is mightily strong. But I'm glad White made that error, as otherwise the sacrifice of the h1 rook probably wouldn't have happened.
Sep-05-19  Ironmanth: This is an unknown classic, IMHO! Thanks, chessgames!
Sep-05-19  faulty: the pun is even stronger if we consider that in Russian (presumably, the native tongue of Mr. Graf), the word "graf" means a count (a title, like Count Isouard). A strong candidate for the best pun of the year IMO
Sep-05-19  GraberChess: Can somebody explain some of the complicated tactics in this game and give some analysis?
Sep-05-19  petemccabe: This is my explanation:

White: Attack!
Black: Attack!
White: ATTACK!
Black: ATTACK!

That's all I have so far.

Sep-05-19  petemccabe: But seriously, Black needed to play 16. ... Be6. This is not great analysis, but even as a 1500 or so player, I saw that right away, and the Engine agrees.
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  wtpy: I like both the game and pun as well. And while it is not terribly well known song it makes me wonder if Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix) may not be a good candidate for some Ruy Lopez tussle.
Sep-05-19  GraberChess: @petemccabe, lol I like that explanation.
Sep-05-19  RandomVisitor: 13...c4 is a bit too aggressive. Maybe 13...Be7 or 13...Na5 instead.
Sep-05-19  ajile: 4.a3 is the modern approach against the QID.White loses a tempo but stops most of Black's fun.
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