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Yasser Seirawan vs Gerardo Barbero
Wch U20 (1979), Skien NOR, rd 8, Aug-04
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  1-0

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May-30-04  fred lennox: This youthful game shows the strategy of encirclement as purely as any by Seirawan. His fondness for the English is not just due to flexibility, but also due to his fondness for rapid and aggressive queenside pawn moves. The idea is to gain space and mobility on the queenside, then go for the back rank or kingside or both. After this, grab the center for the "kill". Naturally, this strategy gets modified and diversified from. Still, it is a basic modus-operandi for Seirawan.
May-31-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Seriwan's play in this game is both dynamic and attractive. The <22.Rg7!!> sacrifice is particularly deadly.

The opening is sharp, an alternative would be: <12...fxg2> 13.cxd7+ Qxd7 14.Bxg2 Qd3 15.Qe5+ Be6 16.Bf1 Qb1 =

<17...Nf6> 18.Rg1 Qh6 19.Qa5 d6 20.Qxc7 Qxh2 looks a safer option for black.

26.Be5 Qg2 <27.Bxc7> with an inevitable mate to follow

Jul-12-04  Dudley: I really like to go over talented jr. games like this one-you get to see some actual tactics over the board instead of in the notes. The opening was kind of wild in this one but Seirawan had it all under control, I suspect. Black's O-O seems like a mistake, but maybe there was no good alternative since his center was pretty open too.
Jul-12-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: i invented this variation in keene -tisdall orense 1977-its in the database. it was good to see yasser taking up my idea.
Jul-12-04  vonKrolock: <ray keene> do You mean 8.b4, i suppose - my off-line database (a weak half-million cd) shows Goodman-Popovych, Dortmund, 1977; Suba-Grigorian, Erevan 1980 and Agdestein-Adams, Hastings 1991 as others examples of use of this idea - off course that a walk in the mega-bases will reveal more...
Jul-12-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: <von k> i invented 8b4 and was the first to play it

david goodman was my pupil i taught him the line
i married his sister in 1974

i also taught goodman the qf5 english with which he beat dr nunn in a brilliant game its on the website i urge you to look at it
do you know van riemsdyk?

Jul-12-04  vonKrolock: <ray keene> i shall see the Goodman-Nunn game! About the 8.b4 idea - i knew already the Agdestein-Adams from Hastings 91, is a very lively game whith a series of vicissitudes finishing in a perpetual (all a similarity whith todays game...) the Keene-Tisdall from Orense 77 is not in that ungratefull cd, so its for me a privilégio to know it straight from the variant's creator... re: van Riemsdyk brothers - Herman Claudius is an outstanding personality in brazilian Chess, and his brother Dirk Dagobert also is a strong player - i'll contact them - HC published some of my rewarded Chess compositions in his weekly section in "O Estado de São Paulo" two or three years ago...
Jul-16-04  vonKrolock: chessgames.com and L. Day (in Teichmann Schlechter 1904) reminds me that the correct form to write his name is: Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk
May-20-05  sharkbenjamin: An Excellent Game. I thought Black had the advantage. I LOVE THE WAY YASSER PLAYS!
Jul-28-05  Helios727: Why didn't black play 10...Nxb4 ?
Aug-05-05  Averageguy: Blacks play is not to be taken as model. He just forgets to let his light squared bishop have anything to do with the game. Still, that doesn't take away any of the quality of this game.
Apr-02-07  Helios727: Too bad this seems to be the only game in the database (for Yasser) from the 1979 World Junior Championship. A tournament which Yasser won.
Feb-27-09  WhiteRook48: a win against a Barber
Mar-28-09  WhiteRook48: Seirawan totally crushes Barbero!
Aug-04-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  PawnSac: <ray keene: i invented this variation in keene -tisdall orense 1977-its in the database. it was good to see yasser taking up my idea.>

For the reader's convenience, here is the link:

Keene vs Tisdall, 1977

Aug-04-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: There was a horse running today called Yasser, I put money on it because I talking about him a few days being mentioned in Ray's book. USSR vs. Rest of the World (1984) (kibitz #22)

It came in first at 11-1. I'm quids in.

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