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Shams: Looks like I got taken in on Israeli nukes and the CIA: Mea culpa. ----- <WannaBe> I'm jealous of countries that have more than one flag.
   Mar-27-15 H Spangenberg vs Tkachiev, 1997
Shams: <centralfiles> Thought you were asking for solution. I agree, good early week puzzle.
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Shams: <FSR> I hit you back, thanks.
   Mar-23-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Shams: This player made IM last year. Can someone update his bio? Michael Lee
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Shams: How often do you end up in a French Defense, a la this game? Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924
   Mar-18-15 S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 (replies)
Shams: <Alex> Below the game board there are links to view, download or print the PGN.
   Mar-17-15 D Naroditsky vs Gao Rui, 2015 (replies)
Shams: Ok, maybe I should read this little @#$%'s book after all.
   Mar-16-15 S Khademalsharieh vs S Brunello, 2015 (replies)
Shams: On 39.Rxd4 Rxd4 40.Nxd4 the position is winnable against Crafty.
   Mar-16-15 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
Shams: <ljfyffe> <A good puzzle, but you gave the impression that the bulk of the set was given.> This was a failing on my part. Sorry.
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  Shams: <Everett> Is ...Nd4 just obviously bad to you? (I haven't engine-checked this.) I've won a couple nice games with ...Nd4 but I'm not sure it's sound.
Mar-10-15  Everett: The opening discussion here is right up my alley.

Nothing wrong with the Franco-Benoni. If White plays Nf3 early, Black plays ..Bg4xf3 and plays according to the minors. If White delays K-side development, say with Nc3 first, then Black has time for ..Ne7-Ng6 and ..Be7. This free up an early ..f5 and general aggression.

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  Shams: <perfidious> Further thoughts

1. He's not a blocking TE so that's a surprise

2. Probably will mean a lot of two tight end sets next year

3. They need a blocking TE, so either he is already on the roster (Gary Gilliam?) or they'll pick one up in the draft.

4. I look it this as two trades.

5. First, Unger (plus his salary) for a 4th. This is a good trade; he's starting to break down. Wish him well though. Saints have to think they can fix whatever causes his issues with snapping from shotgun last season.

6. Second, 'hawks trade the 31st overall for a player they clearly think is better than anyone they can find at that spot. Given that the Saints are on the hook for what, half of the $27m due Graham over the next three years, that sounds like a good deal to me.

Mar-10-15  Everett: <Shams> your ..Nd4 reminds me of my own analysis of Black's 10th here Filip vs Petrosian, 1965

Also, the best players always played ..Nd4 vs Seirawan's pet-KID line. I need to look at it. It is always good to look at the minors first..

Mar-10-15  Pulo y Gata: <Shams> Again, butting in, but, first, good day to you!

On the diagram you have posted, I actually first analyzed 1...Nd4 with my main line going 2.Bxd4 exd4 3.a3 bxc3 4.axb4 cxb2 5.Qxb2 d6( I thought the line with cxb2 must be prioritized to insert this move, otherwise white's central hold might just be too much. But even so, here, after Nh3 for example, I'd take White for his preponderance of pawns in the center and better placed pieces. So I rejected 1...Nd4.

But I haven't really looked at other lines.

Maybe 1...Ne7 is playable? Just thinking out loud: 2.a3 Bd6 and Black is not in an immediate danger. Perhaps he could play c6 somewhere; there's also g5-Ng6 with a pawn stream ala KID.

Also there's 1...Bxc3+ 2.bxc3 Nb8 followed by d6-Nd7-Qe7 with a close structure that doesn't look so bad and resembles a Nimzo or some QID structure. Here black could land the nd7 to c5 because the b4 push is no longer possible; he could also relocated the bishop to c8, depending on the situation. But White can play 3.d6 here.

I agree with Everett's assessment of black's lsb, but will go farther and say that black's setup looks dubious to me.

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  moronovich: At first glance Black looks dubious to mee,but -Nd4(!),BxN.exB,a3 the key is now Ba5! as after b4,dxN,bxBa5,d6! Black has a firm grip on e5/c5 after the knight goes to d7.To boot Whites pawnstructure is ruined on the Queenside and Black is momentarily a pawn up.In this perhaps forced line I would take Black anytime.

If this holds water it is surprising and could tell us about "it is not what is on the surface that counts,but what is beneath it"

I just made this quote up for todays theme...;)

Mar-11-15  Pulo y Gata: <At first glance Black looks dubious to mee,but -Nd4(!),BxN.exB,a3 the key is now Ba5! as after b4,dxN,bxBa5,d6! Black has a firm grip on e5/c5 after the knight goes to d7.>

How firm is black's stake at the center?

<1...Nd4 2.Bxd4 exd4 3.a3 Ba5 4.b4 dxc3 5.bxa5 d6>

6.Nh3 and f-pawn is falling and there's a hole at e6. White clearly is on top here.

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  moronovich: Pulo y Gata: <At first glance Black looks dubious to mee,but -Nd4(!),BxN.exB,a3 the key is now Ba5! as after b4,dxN,bxBa5,d6! Black has a firm grip on e5/c5 after the knight goes to d7.> How firm is black's stake at the center?

<<1...Nd4 2.Bxd4 exd4 3.a3 Ba5 4.b4 dxc3 5.bxa5 d6>

6.Nh3 and f-pawn is falling and there's a hole at e6. White clearly is on top here.>

After 6.- Nh5 I would still prefer
Black.But perhaps 5.-Nh5 is stronger.

Mar-11-15  Pulo y Gata: <moronovich> Thanks, and I prefer White in all these lines. :)
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  moronovich: Then we are all happy ;)

Cheers,mate !

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  Shams: I'm pleased that people are finding the position I posted of interest. The opening moves were: <1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd3 f5 6.Qe2 Nf6 7.f3 Nc6 8.Be3 f4!? 9.Bf2 e5> and now 10.d5 is our position above-- but I can't find any master games with it. Here are the only games in this variation in the database; in neither game did White push.

S Bercys vs Z Rahman, 2004
A B Vaidya vs Z Rahman, 2000

To me the whole game revolves around how bad White's LSB is.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Shams> Here's one game in which a similar position was reached by transposition... the slight difference is that here Bxd4 would lose a tempo, but Stockfish never liked it anyway. Probably a good example of how not to follow up with Black:

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2013.03.24"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "Quylthulg"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1934"]
[BlackElo "1988"]
[ECO "A40"]
[TimeControl "180"]

1. d4 b6 2. c4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. e4 Bb4 5. Bd3 f5 6. Qe2 Nf6 7. f3 Nc6 8. Be3 e5 9. d5 Nd4 10. Qd2 f4 11. Bf2 O-O 12. Nge2 Nxe2 13. Bxe2 Bc5 14. Bxc5 bxc5 15. O-O d6 16. a3 g5 17. b4 cxb4 18. axb4 Qd7 19. c5 Qg7 20. h3 h5 21. cxd6 cxd6 22. Nb5 Rfd8 23. Nxa7 g4 24. h4 Ne8 25. Nc6 Rdc8 26. Rxa8 Rxa8 27. fxg4 hxg4 28. g3 f3 29. Bc4 Nf6 30. Qe3 Nh5 31. Kh2 Ba6 32. b5 Nf4 33. gxf4 g3+ 34. Kg1 exf4 35. Qxf4 f2+ {Quylthulg resigns} 1-0

I think the whole ...f4 idea is somewhat suspect; Black may have some chances, but 8...e5 (with 10...fxe4 instead of 10...f4) and 8...fxe4 9.fxe4 e5 should both be better.

Mar-11-15  Pulo y Gata: <Shams> I think I once encountered that line in a tournament game. I'll try to find the game sheet.
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  Shams: Stumper solution: all names in the set can be played as Scrabble words in the English (TWL) dictionary.
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  Shams: I just had my first bishop and knight mate. Satisfying to nail it; it's been a year or so since I refreshed my knowledge of that ending and fifteen years since I first studied it. Finally I can check this rare bird off my list.

I basically moved on my ten-second increment and got it done in 34 moves from the final pawn capture-- or 45 moves from this position where White is about to take on h5 and make me prove it:

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Behold my halfway-decent technique:

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  OhioChessFan: Nice. 20...Nxe5 was a cheeky move. I wonder if he reached to make the capture. Your Bd6 just dominated his Queen side Pawns.
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  Colonel Mortimer: 44.Ne5+ looks interesting..
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  perfidious: <Shams> An article on Seahawks and what they might do to improve in the wake of Unger's departure; for Russell Wilson could use <some> help in front of him:

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  WannaBe: Felix Unger left them Seahawks??
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  perfidious: <WannaBe> Yup, went to visit cousin Stuey for poker lessons.
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  Shams: I wrote about the trade from a Seattle perspective already, but as for the Saints I hope they get the player they're hoping to get in Max Unger (I say that even though I'd be fine with the team falling off a cliff forever). They sure paid a lot for him in the form of Jimmy Graham.

Seems like the Saints are attempting to rebuild on the fly, which reminds me of this still frame from a video I saw last week:

My concern for Unger is injury, of course. His body seems like it might be breaking down. And his shotgun snaps were kinda feeble last year-- isn't that kind of a problem for Drew Brees?

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  cro777: At the ongoing FIDE Women's World Chess Championship, WGM Deimante Daulyte in a decisive game tried 9.Nb3!?, an interesting idea in the "Universal System" of the French Tarrasch:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 a6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. O-O g5 9. Nb3

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At the very end of the game, Daulyte in time trouble missed mate in 1 (!) and even lost the game.

Position after 56...Ka7

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Here, instead of 57.b6# Daulyte played 57.Qa5+?? ... and resigned.

She needed a draw to qualify to next round and she "saw" a perpetual?!

D Daulyte vs M Socko, 2015

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  FSR: <cro777> A tragic finish.
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  FSR: <Shams> I sent you a couple of e-mails. Let me know if you want me to forward it to you. And cool that you were able to get that ending, and win it. I've only had it once, and on the losing side - but my opponent had no idea how to win it, and offered a draw after about 35 moves of futility.
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  Shams: <FSR> I hit you back, thanks.
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