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Lawrence Day vs David A Berry
Lone Pine (1975), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 3, Apr-15
French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  1-0



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  IMlday: Black wasn't the British Columbian who became a correspondence GM and IA, but rather a U.S. junior (Steve Berry?). The big time scramble was quite aesthetic; control at move 45. 33.d5! was the monster move.
Sep-19-05  bumpmobile: Being very new to even thinking about opening theory, 2. Qe2 seems to be an odd opening move. If you don't mind humoring me, what is the reason behind such an early queen move? Also, does that opening have a name (beyond just "French Defense")? According the the opening explorer, Chigorin had very good luck with it.
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  IMlday: Russian theory calls 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 Chigorin's Opening. Unlike a normal French Defence, White's p/e4 is not tradable or forced forward; hence it is a 'strong-point' system similar to 2.d3 which Fischer often played and which can also be called a King's Indian Attack. After e4 e6 d3 d5 nd2 blocks the B/c1 while e4 e6 qe2 blocks the B/f1 but these are temporary concessions. I prefer the flexibility of being able to play Na3 or Nc3 while most likely the B/f1 is destined for g2 in either case. Chigorin admitted that 2.Qe2 occurred to him first as a joke, but that the more he looked at it, the more he thought it was actually the best move. In a normal French Black hammers away at the e4-pawn: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 is typical~~the p/e4 cannot be maintained there. By 2.Qe2 White assures that the e4-square will remain in his possession (if he wants it); or that Black will make concessions, like getting his Q kicked around in this game, if he insists. In practice it also takes Black out of his 'book' very quickly which puts his clock management to the test. Spending an hour on the first ten moves will have repercussions later, as in this game.
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  Gypsy: This could have easily started as a Sicilian Chigorin, b3-Sicilian, or Nimzo-Larsen, right?
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  IMlday: <Gypsy> Agreed, but after a few years of over-the-board experimentation I concluded that 3.f4 was a stronger move order, delaying b3 until Black plays Ng8-e7.
Sep-19-05  Averageguy: Shouldn't that read 43.Bc5# ?
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  Gypsy: That's good to know. In fact, that seems to make the transpositions with Nimzo-Larsen and b3-Sicilian go more along the standard lines.
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  IMlday: I've also played 1.e4 c5 2.b3 but the formation with e6, Ne7, g6, 0-0 seems to make it particularly strong. Black's King-side is hard to develop.
Sep-19-05  bumpmobile: <IMlday> Thanks!
Jan-20-06  madness: Black's first name was David. Burger's notes in the tournament book give 8. Nb5 as strong for White, which seems right. Exciting game, up and down and fun throughout.

There's a fair amount of material on the Chigorin in Mr. Day's Big Clamp pamphlet, but I gather he's got an unpublished opus somewhere;-)

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  IMlday: <madness> Thanks for the correct name! 8.♘b5? was a tempting trap, but
♘b4! looks like a winning counter-attack for Black.
Jan-22-06  madness: <IMlday>
8.b5? was a tempting trap, but
b4! looks like a winning counter-attack for Black.

OK. I'd thought both players grab the rook and then White's development lets him get out, but I haven't looked at this in ages.

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  IMlday: Mysterious game indeed! If someone with a Grandmonster program can explain it, I'd be interested. :-) After 8.Nb5 Nb4 9.Nc7+ Kd8 10.Nxa8 Nxc2+ 11.Kd1 Nxa1 12.Qe5! (also 12.d3 or Qd3 are possibilities)Qb1+ 13.Ke2 Bb5+ 14.Ke3 Nc2+ 15.Kf4 Bxf1 16.Qc7+ Ke8 17.Ne5 does look like White mates first despite his crazy King at f4! David Berry had thought 45 minutes on 7..Qf5 so I presumed he was hoping for 8.Nb5. Perhaps 8.Nb5 Qxc2 was the intention? Maybe it's laziness, or fuzzy analytic powers, but I'd rather have the hour lead on the clock than the possible mating attack with 10-move variations to calculate. However if 8.Nb5 actually is a theoretical win, then congratulations to Burger and Acers for their punctuation.
Jun-08-09  Jonathan Berry: Black was David Berry (of Los Angeles), not me. I played in Lone Pine 1974. David Berry played in 75. I never met him. Steve Barry (of New York) ... yeah, I *did* play him, at Boston US Open 1970!
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