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Arnold Denker vs Israel Albert Horowitz
"Minority Report" (game of the day Jan-03-2005)
Olympic Selection Tournament (1933), New York, NY USA, rd 4, May-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  1-0



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Jul-08-03  fred lennox: A nice imagery. Nice too is is the Chigorin-touch in handling the knight vrs. bishop. The KN did a remarkable adventure
Jan-03-05  Milo: 19. g3. Talk about cool under fire... I wonder why horowitz didn't try and push his h-pawn though, eg. 21...g6 22.% h5.

A wonderful attack by GM Denker.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Don't be fooled--chess is not this easy. Well, maybe it is for players of Denker's level. Milo might be onto something with ...h5, but I have slightly different move order in mind. Since 19...h5 simply drops the h-pawn, how about first playing 19...f6? Not only does this allow the Bishop to support the pawn advance, it also opens the g6 square for that same Bishop. White's best reply might be 20.Bd3, when Black can play ...g6, followed by ...Bf7 protecting the d-pawn. White should still have some edge due to Black's earlier passive play, but it might improve on the game.
Jan-03-05  karlzen: 28...Bxd3 seems like the decisive mistake. Black probably has some improvements later on as well but I can't see much more than just a slight advantage for white after say 28...Be4!?. 27.b5 could thus be a better try for white and black in turn could probably improve playing something else on move 26 (or possibly on mvoe 24 since the plan Rd8-d6-d8 doesn't accomplish much!).

Black should probably have played c6-c5 somewhere in the opening stage but he might've been too afraid of the rook at c1.

<An Englishman>, 19...f6 20.Bd3 (Bg4) 20...g6 (followed by Bf7 as you say) and now black won't be able to get active with h7-h5 since he has already weakened himself so much on the kingside. <Milo>, on 19...g6 20.Bf3 h5 21.Qb2 Qe7 22.Rfe1 h4 23.e4! white has a dangerous initiative as is the case after instead (19-21 as in the game): 21...g6 22.Bf3 h5 23.e4!. A flank attack is usually best countered with play in the centre. :)

Jan-03-05  panigma: I have so many questions about the names of openings. For example, why is this opening called Queen's Gambit DECLINED? The gambit is accepted on move 7! Who cares if it was not accepted immediately on move 2?
Jan-03-05  duckets: <panigma> Don't get hung up on it. Openings have names just to differentiate particular sequences of moves. In fact, I believe to be incorrect in its illustration of the Queen's Gambit declined opening. Any move other than 2...dxc4 should be dubbed a Queen's Gambit declined. The movement of any other pieces is irrelevant.
Jan-03-05  acirce: <I believe to be incorrect in its illustration of the Queen's Gambit declined opening. Any move other than 2...dxc4 should be dubbed a Queen's Gambit declined. The movement of any other pieces is irrelevant.>

So how are they wrong then?
Queen's Gambit Declined (D30)
Queen's Gambit Declined Slav (D10)
Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense (D07)
Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit (D08)

Jan-03-05  duckets: Pardon me, you are correct. I am relatively new to this site, and I am not yet familiar with the Opening Explorer. I did not realize that had differentiated the Queen's Gambit Declined openings as such. My apologies. Maybe next time I will try to do a little research before making uninformed comments.
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  kevin86: The minority attack-as illustrated here,is a variation to the logical idea that a superior force is needed for an invasion. The idea here,of course,to create weakness-and in fact it ends with a pawn plus for white.
Jan-03-05  Republic of Texas: Arnold Denker 1914-2005 [RIP]

Born on 20 Feb 1914, he died after a brief illness on 2 Jan 2005, according to his son Mitchell.

Jan-03-05  OzDrifter: <panigma> In many lines of the QGD the white c pawn is taken at an early point with the black d pawn.If white has not yet defended the c pawn then it may transpose onto a QGA.In this case the c pawn was defended by 2 pieces when it was taken so is no longer a gambit.I suggest u study transposition. For example 1.c4 e6 2.d4 d5 is not the english opening even though the first move is c4. It has reached a Queens gambit through transposition. May I add that this game is thoroughly boring.Im glad players at my lower level have some courage.Id be ashamed 2 win in such a manner with white pieces.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: karlzen, I agree that my suggested line is passive for Black and White remains better, as I stated. I feel that Black doesn't have much choice at this point except defensive play. My idea might offer a better chance at holding the line, but yes, Black can't realistically play for more than a draw at this point.
Jan-04-05  northernsoul: Am I the only person seeing this as Game of the Day for the 2nd day in succession? I write at 8.30am GMT on Jan 4
Jan-04-05  Skylark: OzDrifter: In nearly all Queen's Gambit positions, Accepted, Declined, Slav, whatever; black uses the move dxc4 to free his position and to prevent receiving an isolated pawn. The move order is essential; do you know of anyone that plays 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c6?! I doubt it. Transposition is only transposition when the position is a certain position regardless of the move order. In this case, it is not a transposition into the Queens Gambit, Accepted, it is a line in the Slav, where black frees his position and opens a centre file for his rooks (12. ... Rd8).

Heh, a little overreactive, but I'm a very stubborn Queen's Gambit player. :P

Jan-04-05  free4ever: [northernsoul]
Me too, for the second day.
Jan-04-05  meloncio: <northernsoul><free4ever><Game of the Day for the 2nd day in succession?> Great! We have a day off :-D
Jan-04-05  weev: really like the way the black queen is shunted away, it become useless after 42..Qf8
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  patzer2: While 28...Bxd3? may well have been the decisive mistake, as <Karlzen> indicates, Denker's 30. b5! initiates a nice attack to take advantage of Black's weak backward pawns.
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  patzer2: <Republic of Texas> Thanks for letting us know. Arnold Denker's contributions to Chess and humankind are indeed worth remembering.

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Apr-04-07  gambitfan: Minority Attack!
Aug-05-07  micartouse: This Cambridge Springs Variation is very similar to the classic game Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927, except here Black doesn't play ... b6 which allows White to probe with 16. Na5.

It's a tradeoff. Alekhine played ... b6 which then somewhat weakens the c6 square.

Jul-07-12  bystander: 13...c5 (I) and 14 ...c5 (II) looks better for black. With 14...c5 he also avoids the minority attack.

I)13...c5 14 ♘b5 ♕b8 15 dc5x ♗c5x 16 ♖fd1 ♖d1x 17 ♖d1x ♗d7 or 13...c5 14 dc5x ♕c5x 15 ♘e4 ♘e4x 16 ♕e4x ♕f5.

II) 14..c5 15 dc5x ♕c5x 16 b4 ♕c7.

Jul-07-12  bystander: The purpose of 22..g6 is not clear to me. What about 22..b6 23 ♘d3 ♗f5 24 b5 c5?
Jul-07-12  RookFile: I think Horowitz should have chopped that knight off (BxN) as soon as it got to c5.
Mar-08-15  Peachcroft: Why not 9 . . . Qg5 to make White's castling a little troublesome?
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