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Carsten Hoi vs Boris Gulko
"Høi Ploy" (game of the day Apr-21-2007)
Chess Olympiad (1988), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 4, Nov-16
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0

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Jan-15-07
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  kevin86: A very exciting game with sacs and a great mate-an unorthodox form of epaulette mate. Here,the defending king is flanked by two knights instead of two rooks!
Apr-21-07
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Guess-the-Move: Hoi vs Gulko, 1988

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Apr-21-07  Sularus: Hoi Ploy = hoi polloi, the masses..
Apr-21-07  Themofro: A stunningily beautiful mating attack to culminate a brilliant game by Hoi.
Apr-21-07
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  kevin86: A brilliant attack! A nice way to finish: a queen sac into an epaulette mate!
Apr-22-07  ChessStar99: I don't understand why Black can't use knight to take queen. I know I'm not seeing something, can any of you guys point it out to me?
Apr-22-07
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  keypusher: 21...Nxh7 22. Rg6 is checkmate -- an epaulette mate as an earlier kibitzer put it. Beautiful, not the sort of thing you expect to find in a real game!
May-23-07  jmrulez2004: next time when you make a mate as beautiful and sexy as thisd...say this" I pulled a Hoi!":D
Jun-29-08  Jim Bartle: Seirawan jokingly blamed his draw on the adjacent board because he tried to guess Hoi's moves more than his opponent's...
Jul-06-08  cyruslaihy: i suspect the attack is entirely speculative, even i would choose to attack if my K side is shattered like that. white just gotta attack and finish the game before he goes into an inferior endgame. anyway, the mate is nice, and i don't see why everything should be flawless in over the board play.
Jul-21-08  arsen387: what an incredible mating attack! Rxg7, Bxh6, Nxd6 and Qh7 are really moves from puzzles. Hoi must be proud for such an outstanding game. I think it reqiured strong nerves to play Bxh6, as the black K can't be allowed to e7 where it looks pretty safe.
Nov-27-08  ppeti84: WOW...what a game!!
Dec-11-08  Poisonpawns: This game was given the "Best Combination " Prize in the 1988 Chess Olympiad.
Jul-25-10  dcazden: Wow...managed to score 64 on guess the move, but I play qp openings. I didn't see the epaulet mate and missed Nd6 even though I was looking at it on a previous move. Beautiful attacking game.
Aug-03-10  sevenseaman: Excellent Q gambit. It locks all doors.
Aug-29-10  nvrennvren: this is completely a trap..
Aug-04-11  50movesaheadofyou: I love the maneuverings that lead to the attack. <21.h4!> to open the file. it's how ya do it son.
Dec-13-12
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  Fusilli: What a stunning attack.
Dec-14-12  Shams: <Fusilli> Yes, an amazing game. A la Morphy at the Opera House, the queen is the final piece sacrificed to achieve a mate with rook and bishop only left on the board.
Dec-14-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<fusilli> and <shams>

we have a little joke in Denmark that Carsten has been dining out on that one ever since!

But why not? Gulko is, as many might recall, a man who had Kasparov's number around that time (similar to Korchnoi with Tal and Geller with Fischer), a phenomenally strong Soviet GM and champ before leaving for the USA.

Carsten is also a past master of these Queen Pawn Openings. He has won countless attacking games in Danish championships and League chess.

Dec-14-12  Shams: <SimonWebbsTiger> <a phenomenally strong Soviet GM and champ before leaving for the USA.>

Whereupon Gulko also won the US Championship-- the only player to win both. Between that and his plus score against Kasparov, Gulko's c.v. is impressive indeed, so he makes a great trophy for Hi's wall.

Jan-16-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Bravo Carsten !!
Feb-24-14  Morphized: one of my favorite games ever. Qh7# was just incredibly pretty! Makes me think of a Morphy game. Cheers!
Feb-03-17
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  20MovesAhead: Carsten shows that he is not one of the hoi polloi
Feb-27-19  Caleb554: <<cyruslaihy: i suspect the attack is entirely speculative, even i would choose to attack if my K side is shattered like that. white just gotta attack and finish the game before he goes into an inferior endgame. anyway, the mate is nice, and i don't see why everything should be flawless in over the board play.>>

While not a perfect game by white, I think starting at move 24 white gained a winning advantage. Black queen and two rooks have no time to participate in defense at all. White uses Open file and diagonals with decisive effect. Even a intuitive exchange sac with no calculation can be lethal in such positions. White is effectively playing without 3 major pieces with two knights barely helping out with defense. Even after sacing exchange and a piece for a pawn every single white piece contributes in the attack. That's what makes such a pretty mate possible.

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