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Joel Benjamin vs Emory Tate
28th World Open (2000), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 7, Jul-03
French Defense: King's Indian Attack (C00)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Benjamin destroys Tate with a Tate-like tactical blitzkrieg.
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  fredthebear: Premature aggression by Black here. The charging Black pawns are match, wood, and oxygen for the fire - Tate burns his own castle to the ground!

Black's queenside minor pieces are not fully operable after ten moves (as is often the case in French miniatures, the problem French Bc8 never gets involved); his firemen cannot get to the scene in time.

After 12.exf5 exf5, it looks like Black will have some operational space for his minor pieces to get moving. Then 13.0-0-0 f4? opens the b1-h7 diagonal for the White queen to blow in. White follows with 14.h4, willing to gambit his dark-squared bishop in order to open the h-file ASAP, which happens a few moves later.

After 19...Be3+ (practically a spite check at that point), White rejects the routine capture of Black's dark-squared bishop to pour gasoline on the fire. Unusual to see each side beg to be rid of their dark-squared bishops.

There's something attractive about watching 25.Nf3# a knight retreat give mate, perhaps by association with other king hunts w/knight finales.

Instead, it looks like 10...e5 was needed for Black so that Qc7 could be played with an eye toward eventually connecting his rooks. It was a strange sort of KIA by White, easy to misconstrue.

Dec-06-19  Carrots and Pizza: Crazy game, looks like blitz chess!

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