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David Bronstein vs Vladas Mikenas
"Mikenas Nervous" (game of the day Feb-01-2018)
Ch URS (1/2 final) (1941), Rostov on Don, Jun-23
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bronstein Attack (C40)  ·  1-0

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Apr-05-16  Jacob Sasportas: This was the first game I ever reenacted from a chess book, 53 years ago. It definitely did not make me into a second Bronstein but it made me love chess for my life. (The book was the classical "Lehrbuch des Schachspiels" by Dufresne and Mieses, updated in the early 1960s by Rudolf Teschner).
Dec-10-16
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  whiteshark: Had a similar # in a league game last weekend. Unfortunately I was on the receiving end... :(
Dec-11-16  JimNorCal: I guess the GOTD Name is supposed to make us think "making us nervous".
Feb-01-18  schnarre: ...Great pun.
Feb-01-18
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  morfishine: Nobody plays chess like this, nobody!

Wait, Bronstein does or did

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Feb-01-18  N0B0DY: <<N0B0DY> plays chess like this, <N0B0DY!>>

I have no doubt whatsoever!

Feb-01-18  Ironmanth: Fantastic attack! Dubious but fun opening for Black when played with skill and abandon! Thanks for this one.
Feb-01-18
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  morfishine: <NOBODY> I had a hunch you are a strong player!
Feb-01-18  RookFile: 6....Qd8 is a solid option for black. He does have to catch up in development but he should be able to do that. I've heard it mentioned a few times that black's army is actually not badly placed as it originally stands, and this takes advantage of that. The Be2 may have to move again later and therefore black would recoup this loss of tempo.
Feb-01-18  Ilkka Salonen: I am just making this comment to create a link to my own profile, because it looks like chessgames.com took away games of Jorma Äijälä, possibly due to my speculation of infanticide among ambulance drives and US air force.
Feb-01-18
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  morfishine: <Ilkka Salonen> Jorma Aijala

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Feb-01-18  ajile: I remember playing these types of early ..f5 openings back in the 80's at the coffee house and I had a chess book on the Latvian which I studied. The positions were incredibly varied and complex with both sides sometimes forgoing castling and kings all over the place. OBIT above is correct that this opening strives to confuse White and make him/her try to obtain the advantage. But there are 2 other early ..f5 vs. 1.e4 openings that deserve attention also. The PCG Philidor Counter Gambit and the more popular Jaenisch Gambit, sometimes called the Schliemann Defence.

Latvian Defense
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5


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Philidor Counter Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5


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Schliemann Defence
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5


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To this date the best and most reliable at top levels appears to be the Schliemann defense with White players usually choosing between 2 seemingly mild replies 4.d3 and 4.Nc3. Why this opening isn't used more frequently is beyond me.

Feb-01-18  ChessHigherCat: Now there's a GOTD, and a pretty funny pun, too. I wonder how many total exclamation points there are in the score? How could anyone ever find 21. Bxc6 and 22 Nb5+?
Feb-01-18
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  morfishine: <ajile> Good to see you old friend! I like the Schliemann Defense, along with the Falkbeer counter-gambit and other chancy openings

Enterprising chess is the most fun, even if one meets with disaster from time-to-time

I'd rather go down swinging

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Feb-01-18  ChessHigherCat: <Ajile: To this date the best and most reliable at top levels appears to be the Schliemann defense with White players usually choosing between 2 seemingly mild replies 4.d3 and 4.Nc3. Why this opening isn't used more frequently is beyond me.>

Arena plays the Latvian gambit and I sometimes beat it in blitz with 4. d3, but I didn't know it was called the Schliemann Defense, thanks!

Feb-01-18
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  morfishine: <ChessHigherCat> The Schliemann defense has been around awhile. As <ajile> states, its a wonder its not played more often, I remember in the 80's, there were a number of Schliemann games annotated in Chess Life magazine

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Feb-01-18  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine:> As I said, I didn't know what it was called, but I used to blitz with some French guy who always played the Latvian and knew all the complications, so e3 was about the only way to avoid being eaten alive.
Feb-01-18  drpoundsign: I didn't get the pun.
Feb-01-18  ChessHigherCat: <drpoundsign: I didn't get the pun.> Makin' us nervous
Feb-01-18
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  brankat: Apparently this game was played on June-23-1941. No mention in which city of the USSR. Germany attacked Soviet Union on June-22.
Feb-01-18  zanzibar: <brankat> RUSbase gives it as

<
Bronstein David I (RUS) -- Mikenas Vladas (LTU)
1-0 (25) C40 1941
Rostov on Don (Russia): Ch URS (1/2 final) (?)
>

Feb-01-18  hemy: Semi-finals (4 tournaments) of USSR championship 1941 were held in Rostov-on-Don.

Results of unfinished tournaments:
http://al20102007.narod.ru/ch_urs/1...

Feb-02-18  ajile: <morfishine:> Thanks good to see you too.
:o)

<ChessHigherCat:
Arena plays the Latvian gambit and I sometimes beat it in blitz with 4. d3, but I didn't know it was called the Schliemann Defense, thanks!>

Thanks. You do realize the Latvian and Schliemann are not the same correct? The Schliemann is much more conservative and less risky for Black since Black is waiting longer to weaken his kingside with ..f5.

Feb-02-18  ChessHigherCat: <aijile> Sorry, I don't know theory at all but this is what I often end up playing with Arena when I play e4 as white:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. d3 fxe4 4. dxe4 Nf6 5. Bc4

No idea what to call it, maybe Latvian Gambit declined?

Feb-02-18  ajile: <ChessHigherCat: <aijile> Sorry, I don't know theory at all but this is what I often end up playing with Arena when I play e4 as white: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. d3 fxe4 4. dxe4 Nf6 5. Bc4

No idea what to call it, maybe Latvian Gambit declined?>

Yes this is a Latvian Gambit which transposes into a different opening after 3.d3.

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