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Lawrence Day vs Jean-Luc Costa
Manila Olympiad (1992), Manila PHI, rd 14, Jun-24
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation Rubinstein Countergambit (C30)  ·  0-1

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Oct-20-04
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  cu8sfan: This game is analyzed in GM Neil McDonald's book "The King's Gambit". <IMlday> Can you tell me something about it? When did you feel like you had lost the plot? Were you considering 15.♘xc7 over 15.♖xc7 as advised by McDonald? Thanks for your input!
Oct-20-04
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  IMlday: I was seeing fuzzy throughout this 1992 Manila Olympiad for a simple reason~~my eyesight had deteriorated and my old glasses prescription needed updating. Everything was fuzzy; not just chess!

Nevertheless I obtained an overwhelming position early against this dubious but tricky KGD variation. With GM Korchnoy possibly 'booking' him for the Swiss team, I figured to avoid the old main lines.

15.Nxc7 is winning but I thought 15.Rxc7 was even better. After 19.Bc4 I expected resignation; or after 19..Nc5 20.Qb4 with the Black Queen as well as the newly pinned N in the soup. I simply overlooked Black's anomalous defensive resource 20..Kd8!! which is worthy of a study theme. If I take his Queen he gets mine with Nd3+; if I take his Knight with Qxc5 he gets mine with ..Qxc7. Alexander Kotov, in "Think Like a Grandmaster" categorized such errors as 15.Rxc7? as 'Dizziness Due to Success'~~easy to lose concentration when many moves appear to lead to victory.

Oct-20-04  clocked: 15.Rxc7 (? if WAY too harsh, if not completely wrong) The blunder was 20.Qb4? allowing the forking resource. 20.Qb5 an white is still better. Also, 18.Qd4! justifies 15.Rxc7!
Oct-20-04
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  cu8sfan: Thanks for your explanations, <IMlday>! "Dizziness Due to Success" reminds me of the quote that the hardest games to win are those that you've already won, something like that. I think it's by Tartakower.

McDonald gives 20.♕b5! instead of 20.♕b4? as a winning move and analyzes "20....♖xc7 21.♗xf7 ♔xf7 22.♘xg6 hxg6 23.♕c4+ ♔g7 24.♕d4 etc."

About your eyesight: Do you think that concentrating hard on a chessboard for hours, months and years has something to do with it? I wonder if there exist any medical studies.

Oct-20-04
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  IMlday: Certainly 20.Qb5! was much better. After 20..Rxc7 there are a few technical problems remaining but winning would still be normal. I was impatient, and to be honest, a bit bored after easily refuting his prepared variation. I played 15.Rxc7 too quickly even if it was sound. I hadn't searched for hidden defensive resources. Most any GM would probably have collected the point without difficulty. A weird game, as instructive psychologically as tactically!

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