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Michael Adams vs Throstur Thorhallsson
EU-ch U20 (1988), Arnhem NED, rd 7, Dec-26
Scandinavian Defense: Icelandic-Palme Gambit (B01)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: The Christmas Swindle Game:

tpstar-azaris (GameKnot 12/24/04): 1. e4 d5 2. ed Nf6 3. c4 e6!? 4. de Bxe6 5. d4?! (5. Be2) Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 Qe7 8. Qe2 Nc6 9. Nf3 0-0-0 10. d5 Rhe8! 11. Nc3 Bxd5! 12. cxd5 Qb4 13. 0-0-0 (too late I saw 13. dxc6? Qxb2! = L McLaren vs Puchen Wang, 2004) Rxe2 14. Bxe2 Ne7 15. Rd4 Qc5 16. Kb1 Nexd5 17. Na4 Qe7 18. Bc4 c6 19. Re1 Qc7 20. a3 b5!? (turning on the heat) 21. Bxd5 Rxd5 22. Rxd5 Nxd5 23. Nc5 Qd6 24. Ne4 Qg6 25. Ne5 Qxg2 (25 ... Qf5 26. Nxf7!) 26. Nxc6 Kb7 27. Nd8+ Kc7 28. Nxf7 Nf6 29. Ned6 (here it comes) Kb8!? 30. Rc1 a6 31. Ne5 Qxh2 32. Rc8+ Ka7 33. Rc7+ Kb6 1/2-1/2 (34. Rc6+ Ka7; 34 ... Ka5? 35. Nb7+ Ka4 36. Rxa6+ Kb3 37. Nc5#!).

Thanks to azaris for schooling me on this line. Black gets awesome play for the Pawn, so White needs to clamp down for the opening like Adams did. At the end, 24. Bf4! keeps the exchange.

Dec-24-04  azaris: <tpstar> You're not the first one to have trouble in the Icelandic Gambit: Zsofia Polgar vs Olaffson David (ISL), 1988.

I think 8.Qe3 is better though. Then there's the cute trap 8. Qe3 Nc6 9. d5 O-O-O 10. dxc6 Rhe8! 11. Qxa7? (as if) Bxc4+ 12. Ne2 Qxe2+! 13. Bxe2 Rxe2+ 14. Ke1 Rd1#

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  tpstar: Something in the moonlight catches my eye (1. e4 d5)/The shadow of a lover goes dancing by (2. ed Nf6)/Looking for a little bit of love to grow (3. c4 e6!?)/So give me love (4. de Bxe6), give me heart and soul (5. d4?! Bb4+)/You never let me cross to the other side now (6. Bd2 Bxd2+)/I'm tied to the hope that you will somehow (7. Qxd2 Qe7)/Hard on the heels of something more (8. Qe2 Nc6)/But I lost your love (9. Nf3 0-0-0!), heart and soul (10. d5 Rhe8)/The tear in my heart as you walk on by (11. Nc3 Bxd5!)/I feel so low (12. cxd5) and your head is high (12 ... Qb4)/Everything you do convinces me more (13. 0-0-0 Rxe2)/Please give me love (14. Bxe2 Ne7), give me heart and soul (15. Rd4 Qc5)/Looking to the day when I saw your face (16. Kb1 Nexd5)/I wasn't in the running (17. Na4 Qe7), I wasn't in the race (18. Bc4 c6)/You moved in a way that I'd known before (19. Re1 Qc7)/Now I want your love (20. a3 b5!?), heart and soul (21. Bxd5 Rxd5)/Tired eyes (22. Rxd5 Nxd5), tears that dried (23. Nc5 Qd6)/On the bed (24. Ne4 Qg6), on the pillow (25. Ne5 Qxg2) where the love has died (26. Nxc6 Kb7)/A turn of the key (27. Nd8+ Kc7) through the door you go (28. Nxf7 Nf6?!)/Don't look back (29. Ned6) to hurt me more (29 ... Kb8?)/Everything you said was to the point (30. Rc1)/Can't you - try to (30 ... a6)

Give a little bit of heart and soul/Give a little bit of love to grow/Give a little bit of heart and soul/And don't you make me beg for more/Give a sign, I need to know/A little bit of heart and soul

Somehow (31. Ne5), I lost my way (31 ... Qxh2?)/Looking to see something in your eyes (32. Rc8+ Ka7)/But love will never compromise (33. Rc7+ Kb6)/Now this is the politics of life! (1/2-1/2) - T'Pau, "Heart and Soul"

Jan-26-05  Saruman: <tpstar> lol
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  tpstar: tpstar-NLFX (FICS 3/1/06): 1. e4 d5 2. ed Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e5!? 5. de Bxe6 6. d3 Nbd7 7. Nf3 Bb4 8. Bd2 Nc5 9. d4 Bxc3 10. Bxc3 Nce4 11. Bd3 (11. Be2) 0-0 12. 0-0 Bg4 13. h3 Bh5 14. Be2 Re8 15. Ne5!? (15. Be1 & 16. Ne5) Bxe2 16. Qxe2 Nxc3 17. bxc3 Qc7!? (17 ... Nd7 18. Qb2; 18. f4? f6) 18. Qb2 Rad8 19. Rab1 b6 20. Rfe1 Nh5 21. Nd3 and White won (1-0).
Mar-02-06  azaris: After 4...e5!?, I think the pawn must be taken. There is the interesting 5.d4, but if White tries to hang on to his pawn and play something like 6...exd4 6. Qxd4 Be7 7. Bg5 O-O 8. O-O-O he is more likely to get slaughtered than not. Not contesting Pe5 is not an option. So we play 5.dxe6 e.p. Bxe6.

6.d3 is very solid, and I can't find much wrong with it. The bishop will go on e2 anyway and, as noted in previous analysis, the early d2-d4 might be too risky in this gambit. Then 6...Bc5 (I'm not sure what is going on in the game continuation 6...Nbd7) 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Be2 Nbd7 9. O-O Re8 10. a3 Qe7 11. d4 Bb6 12. Re1 and White has no trouble.

I think 6.Nf3 is the main continuation, however. You want the king out of the center before Black's development edge shows itself. It looks like after 6...Bb4 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O Nbd7 9. d4 Black can just start begging for a draw.

Black counterplay, where art thou?

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