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Yasas Lamawansa vs Benjamin Foo
"Foo Fighter" (game of the day Feb-17-2019)
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 11, Sep-13
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Hastings Defense Main Line (A64)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: SL v SIN. Elos: 2052 - 2233.

White is on the receiving end of a bit of a typhoon here. His opponent seems to know the opening much better and Black soon has huge activity! He plays with great verve and imagination.

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20...b5 21. axb5 axb5 22. Naxb5 c4 23. Qxc4

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23...Qb6 24. hxg4 Nf6 25. Na3 Rbc8 26. Qa2 Nxg4+ 27. Kh3 Nf2+ 28. Kh2 Ng4+ 29. Kh3 Qd4 30. Bf3 Qf2!

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31. Rh1 Nge5 32. Nd1 Ng5+

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33. fxg5 f4+ 34.Kh4 Qxg3+ 35. Kh5 Bg4+ 36. Bxg4 Qxg4#

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Hurricane Foo has struck again!

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  perfidious: <offramp....White is on the receiving end of a bit of a typhoon here. His opponent seems to know the opening much better and Black soon has huge activity!>

This is all standard stuff, though White's fifteenth move is far less commonly seen than 15.e4, but Black has scored well in either case.

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  OhioChessFan: "Foo Fighter"
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  FSR: If only this guy played Thomas or Fred Kung, the game would be <Kung Foo Fighting>.
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  HeMateMe: "I pity the Foo!"
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  landshark: Somehow the ideas behind the moves when the players are strong but not GM's makes all the difference in my being able to comprehend what's going on - Foo's attack kept surprising me, but I could quickly grasp his thinking with just a little rewinding. Did that several times with this game - very enjoyable!
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  al wazir: Or 35...Nxf3, and the next move mates with the ♕ on b4, b5, or h5.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: So much going on here. 20...b5 and 22...c4, a double pawn sacrifice to enable the Queen to attack the King side via the b6 square, shows great imagination, but my favorite move was 31...Nge5, which I would never solve as a Sunday puzzle, partly because I can't quite figure out how to continue after 32.fxe5,Bxe5; 33.Bf4. 33...Ng5+, perhaps? Was 32...Bxe5 even the correct continuation?
Feb-17-19  thisisasign: 31...Ng5+ or Rxe2 also leads to mate.
Feb-17-19  erixn: @An Englishman: I believe that on 32.fxe5 the best response is 32.-f4+ discovering check as well as threatening Qxg3mate.
Feb-17-19  morfishine: White played like had a foo too many
Feb-17-19  Ironmanth: Good game for Benoni lovers. Thanks, chessgames!
Feb-17-19  ajile: Danny from chessbrah WHERE AEE YOU??
Please enlighten us as to why this opening is garbage.

Hello? Anyone there??

Daniel Rensch

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  ChessHigherCat: Look, B. Foo, you reap!

<Ironmanth>: Good game for Benoni lovers. Thanks, chessgames!

<ajile>: Danny from chessbrah WHERE AEE YOU?? Please enlighten us as to why this opening is garbage.?

I remember GM Jakob Murey recommended the Benoni to me in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris and, having watched him play a million times, I'm ready to believe anything he says. Some French guy told me he was just "un petit grand-maître" but he was Korchnoi's second in the WCC against Karpov and he blitzed like a demon.

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