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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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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.

Jan-27-20  Gaito: One of the most brilliant attacking games I've ever seen. A jewel of a game!
Jan-28-20
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  moronovich: This game was rewarded first price in the Olympics.

The only time I met Hi over the board was figuring the same opening,I had the white pieces and let him off the hook.Draw. And curiously enough one of the most famous games in Denmark,Enevoldsen-Niemzowitsch was also a Colle.Enevoldsen won a famous game.

They are now buried in the same place.

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