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Nick de Firmian vs Perry Youngworth
Lone Pine (1980), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 8, Mar-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0

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Jun-27-06  blingice: Quite an amazing game. Here's some of my comments:

Youngworth breaks from book moves on his 17th move: Opening Explorer. However, before that, he was sticking to some of the most common moves of theory.

20. Rg7!!: Black can't move 20..Bxg7 because the follow up is 21. fxg7 Rg8 22. Qxh7 and the rook will be lost.

21. Nf5!!: black can't move 21..exf5 because white responds 22. exf5 and the e file is open for white's rook.

22. e5!: remove's the protection of white's queen from the 7th rank. If black didn't take the e pawn, then DeFirmian could possibly play a very invasive knight move like Nd6. (I may be incorrect about that plan.)

25..Rxb2+!!: white can't accept because the queen can get perpetual check. (Am I correct about that?)

36..Ke4: 36..Kxf6?? is bad because it becomes 37. Qf8+ Kg5 38. Qg7+ and then white's rook may come to help with checkmate.

Apr-28-09  YoungEd: Edward Winter excoriates DeFirmian for including this game in the revised version of Capablanca's "Chess Fundamentals." It is a nice game, with a pretty finish--but I think I agree with Winter that Capablanca's games should have all been left in instead.
Apr-28-09  mosluk: 33. Nc6+!!!, Qxc6 34. Qe7#
Apr-29-09  YoungEd: Nice catch, <mosluk>! I missed that, but you're absolutely right!
Apr-15-16  Howard: When Defirmian was starting to get noticed in the United States--roughly around 1980--he had developed a reputation as being a very tactical-oriented player.

This game reflects that quite nicely.

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