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Luke McShane vs Ahmed Khairat
"Use the f4, Luke" (game of the day Jun-26-2019)
World Blitz Championship (2017) (blitz), Riyadh KSA, rd 18, Dec-30
King's Gambit: Accepted. Mason-Keres Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0


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Oct-31-18  TheaN: Don't know if McShane was in time trouble after move 23 but it looks to me that Black doesn't have <any> decent compensation for the two pieces here? Bit odd Black played on.
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  Count Wedgemore: "Use the f4, Luke".
Jun-22-19  areknames: <TheaN> Well in Black's defence it was blitz after all, you're always in a sort of time trouble. Having said that, it's probably a bit rude to make a GM demonstrate his technique like this, in the final position he is down 2 knights and a rook (!) with mate on its way. What's also weird is a King's Gambit Accepted where White has a brand new f4 pawn on move 12!
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  diceman: <Count Wedgemore:

"Use the f4, Luke".>

Shame, on move 33 white's rook moved to the knight file. If it went to the queen file, I could have said: "R2-D2"

Jun-26-19  Ironmanth: Interesting game!
Jun-26-19  JohnBoy: After 12...Bg7 black looks busted. Not much of a game.
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  mike1: not much of a game at all- not even for blitz (let alone a world championship).
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  sfm: 10.-,Nc6, allows his two K-side pawn to be picked up for free, giving White a tremendous center. Instead 10.-,gxh+ 11.RxP,Qg5 (must cover b5) seems better, but White has a dangerous lead.
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  sfm: I recall some friends back in the 80's playing blitz for money. Old danish players will remember the long closed "Capablanca Club", AFAIK the only club where playing for money was the order of the day, except of course for tournament prizes.

Before moving you could say "Double!" to double the stakes. The opponent had to accept or resign. (You could then not double again until your opponent had called a double himself).

The largest amount of doublings I recall in one game was 8. People played for what was the equivalent of 3 USDs/game, so it ended up with 3*256 USD, a substantial sum at the time and especially for the losing guy. It was paid, eventually, over 6 months.

Anyway, what I came to think of was that if White had said "Double!" some time after move 17 it would back then have halted the game instantly.

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  Count Wedgemore: This is a great pun for GOTD. Must have been provided by one of the Elite Punsters.
Jun-26-19  paavoh: <This is a great pun for GOTD. Must have been provided by one of the Elite Punsters.>

You seem to know what you are talking about: <Jun-21-19 Count Wedgemore: "Use the f4, Luke".>

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  Count Wedgemore: <paavoh> So I was right! :)
Jun-26-19  Ilkka Salonen: Do you mean to deprive Ahmed of any rational alternative and turn him into an extreme islamist with subsidizes too?
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