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Lawrence Day vs Glenn Johnstone
Casa Loma rapid (1994) (rapid), Toronto CAN, rd 1, Jan-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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Sep-29-03  mack: I have no idea how white won this one after that awful opening
Sep-29-03  refutor: you say that a lot in lawrence day's games ;) (just joking lawrence if you ever read this)
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  IMlday: Yeah, I like openings that look way worse than they are. The early h2-h4 is timed so Black doesn't have time to play ..Bg7 and support p/g5 by ..h7-h6 and thereby defend his extra pawn at f4 with a pawn.

The downside is the time-consuming Ng1-f3-g1, but then the Black f4 pawn is very hard (and/or impossible) to defend; pawn defence has been removed from the equation; and as it goes in the game Black simply has a horrible position with no central control from pawns and a grotesque backward pawn on the weak weak f-file.

Therefore Black usually plays 7..Qf6.
(which has a lot of theory now).

Aside from this Active (30-minute) game against Glen Johnstone, the only other time that I remember the move 7..Nf6?! was as played by IM Igor Ivanov in a quick game on a rolly ferry going to the Grand Manan Island tourney circa 1985. Aside from a chess set, the ferry bar had Moosehead beer. The boat was rolling about 3-5 degrees left and right. Ivanov played 8..Nh5?? losing instantly to the fork 9.Qb5+ picking up the ambitious Knight. So I got a free (and unnecessary) New Brunswick beer. 8..Nc6 improves, but Black's case seems, to me, lost anyway.

These are really, really hard variations to understand; so young players shouldn't get discouraged when complications abound.

Yes, it is complex, but in chess,
logic always prevails.. always!

Jun-25-04  refutor: mr. day, i may be moving to toronto in the near you have any students? and would you be possibly interested in one? ;)
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  IMlday: Send me an email after you're settled in. Addy=
Aug-15-04  patzer2: IMlday, just curious, why did you chose 15 exd5 over 15. Bxe7 ?
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  IMlday: Winning with a Q against 2 Knights may be more difficult than simply being a Bishop up and with his King exposed..a matter of taste.
Aug-15-04  mack: <(just joking lawrence if you ever read this)>

Bet neither of us ever expected that, eh, refutor?

Nov-04-05  aw1988: <Yeah, I like openings that look way worse than they are.>

And when your assumption is correct?!

Nov-04-05  Koster: the king's gambit is a great surprise weapon against a player expecting the Ruy. I lost a bad game once on the white side of this variation however and gave it up against prepared opponents. According to Finegold white doesn't get enough for the pawn after 7...Qf6.
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  IMlday: Does Finegold give any variations?
May-19-07  Helios727: So this is how you play against the "Fischer Defense" to the KG.

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