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Daniel Abraham Yanofsky vs Raymond Keene
Nice Olympiad qual-2 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 5, Jun-11
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1



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  ray keene: to ruy lopez 900-you shd take this game out of your canadian triumphs collection-i was black and i won-yanofsky resigned when he was a piece down-just look at the final position!
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  Benzol: <> Not quite, Black's promotion at move 48 was to a Bishop. Ask <ray keene> yourselves.
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  ray keene: absolutely correct-underpromotion to a bishop is right. may i ask benzol to do the honours of a formal correction notification since he alertly spotted it!!-i only noticed the result being wrong and missed looking at the second page!!
Premium Chessgames Member We fixed it, thanks Benzol, thanks Ray.
Dec-09-04  kostich in time: a keen win by should do a collection of underpromotions.
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  ray keene: as far as i can see the moves of this game have vanished!!
Dec-09-04  e4Newman: Would the a-pawn promotion to B have accomplished the same thing as a Q? Is this a psych trick or am I missing something?
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  IMlday: I sat beside this game, playing Penrose. My allegiances were totally divided! Theoretically I loved Black's opening; but 'patriotically' of course I hoped for Yanofsky.

The Canadian 'team selector', IM Zvonko Vranesic, had actually picked young prodigy Kevin Spraggett over veteran Yanofsky for the team spot, but was over-ruled by chess politicians. Hence there is no Spraggett-Keene, Nice, 1974 game to compare, but I doubt Kevin would have been so timid in the opening!

The underpromotion is magnificently theoretical and poetic, if irrelevent since either way wins.

That preliminary group showed French sense-of-humour with English-speaking USA, Canada, England, Australia, Rhodesia all in the same qualifier. FIDE switched to Swiss to avoid such shenanigans in 1976.

Dec-10-04  euripides: After about 13 moves, the players have found their way to something very like a Boleslavsky or Opocensky in the Sicilian, with a quite useful fianchetto for the Black K-side bishop - very good for Black. 16...bx a4 is preumably played to avoid 16...b4 Nb5 - otherwise 16...b4 would be positionally excellent for Black. If this kind of position is guaranteed, I shall take the Pirc up.
Dec-10-04  weary willy: <I sat beside this game, playing Penrose> A tenacious draw, Mr Day.

I just checked Olimbase; Penrose played in few Olympiads and he under-performed in this one. Playing in an Olympiad must be a great experience.

Also forgotten that England played Peter Markland on bottom board - another "whatever happend to him?" player!

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  IMlday: <ww> I put that Penrose game in the upload file. He was very strong in understanding but regularly mismanaged the clock. Moves 27-40 were all played with the flags hanging. Of course since I was objectively lost this suited me fine: a random element favours lost causes. Note at move 35 he could win my Queen with the elementary Nh6+, instead he went for a pawn up endgame and 30 moves, two adjournments later I miraculously survived. Penrose went on to spectacular postal results where nerves aren't such a factor.

We considered ourselves favourites in the match with England. They hadn't made the A-final since 1960 while we had in 1968 and 1970 where we beat them 3-1 in the prelims. Also we had 2 GM's and they had none (since Hartston had spurned his). We started the Nice prelim holding USA 2-2. Things looked good but after losing 1-3 to England we lost .5-3.5 to Denmark and almosst ended up in the C-group. The whole prelim system was prone to rigging as the groups varied widely in strength. In the prelim 1 group Wales and Scotland fought it out to qualify to the A-final. In our group 2 of USA, Canada, England, Denmark and Australia etc two teams were going to be happy in A but which of the other 3 belongs in the C-group? I played 13 Olympiads between 1968 and 1998, some were more fun than others. Of the changes, going from 4/2.5 to 40/2 was positive; using the Swiss format was positive; doing away with adjournments was positive; the increment time control was negative. My personal highlights: upsetting Holland to make the A-final in 1968; beating France 4-0 to face the Soviets in Rd 12 at Buenos Aires, 1978; drawing Timman in 1978 and 1980;
beating England 2.5-1.5 due to a Mestel-Day Pterodactyl--the game which Ray put in his column earlier this year--at Lucerne 1982; bronze 3rd board medal at Dubai, 1986;
upsetting Cvitan at Moscow, 1994.

Low points: playing with bronchitis at Skopje, 1972 as my elo base; the pandemic flu at Malta 1980; a Communist regime, Skopje, 1972; a Fascist regime, Buenos Aires, 1978; needing new glasses, Manila, 1992--I didn't win a game, couldn't see a thing that wasn't fuzzy!

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  keypusher: Wow, <IMlday>, beating Mestel in 25 moves is pretty impressive. After nine moves I think black's position looks horrible! Is the Pterodactyl just too deep for me?

(Here is the game if anyone is curious to see what I mean.)

A J Mestel vs L Day, 1982

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  IMlday: We sneakily juggled our line-up; so Jon had prepared mostly for some one else, and had just briefly checked out the 'book' bust of the Pterodactyl, which he played. But the first 9 moves sat on my kitchen table for a couple of monthes circa 1978, and it was difficult to find clear White edge if Black was simply phlegmatic. White has major development edge, but the rushed-out pieces have no coordination; they verge on over-extention. The chess of mystery! :-)
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: a1B!! what a move, I wonder why this was played
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  ray keene: JUST SPOTTED THIS QUERY-THE WHOLE GAME IS A HOMAGE TO DARK SQUARED BISHOPS-35...Nh5 nails whites dark squared bishop and wrecks his position finally-after a bit of earlier hesitation-and under promotion to a second dark squared black bishop underscores the dark square strategy -having two dark squared bishops in a rat defence appealed to my sense of humour.
Jul-08-15  Albion 1959: Move 48 a1 = B !? A little bit of mischief from RDK ? He refers to this move in a book that he co-wrote with David Levy - Chess Olympiad Nice 1974. This was game number 16, page 31. The move itself is a neat little decoy or deflection tactic to draw the white queen away from the d2 square and then utilise the pin against the knight on e5 along the a1-h8 diagonal to win the hapless steed !!
Jul-12-15  Albion 1959: 42. Rxg2+ is not really a sacrifice at all, it another decoy tactic that brings about an exchange of rooks to simplify the position. Even I managed to spot this one !!

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