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Oleg Romanishin vs Karsten Mueller
"Romanishin the Stone" (game of the day Jan-18-2008)
Altensteig (1992), Altensteig GER, rd 2, Jul-??
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-08  chessdude2: So much for castling into the line of fire. A good old-fashioned beatdown by White.
Jan-18-08  tommy boy: great game
Jan-18-08  totalnewbie: It's kind of ridiculous how quickly and naturally white's pieces suddenly rush over to the queenside.
Jan-18-08  Karnatakiaditya: ya.... the rush to queenside is quite unnerving to see... this could be a very good puzzle.
Jan-18-08  kellmano: Oh I do enjoy seeing the French defence mauled in such a manner.
Jan-18-08  Gilmoy: Any two of c4, Qb6, and Na5 might be OK together, but all 3 of them is asking for some grief. Qb6 prevents b5, and Black can't close the Q-side. Na5 becomes a target for b4, essentially forcing Black to half-open b. Black bet the farm on Nb3-Ba4? Seems like Black miscounted by 1, as White always had equal numbers.
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Jan-18-08  Alphastar: After 22. ..Bxc6 we have an elementary example of a good knight vs a bad bishop. The c6-bishop is passive, blocked in by his own pawns, while the c5-knight dominates the scene.
Jan-18-08  JG27Pyth: Would 26...a6 (preventing white from pushing his pawn to a6, and with an eventual Bb5 blocking the B file long enough for black to try to generate some counterplay on the kingside) have improved black's defense?

I really liked black's game until move 12.b4! White offers a pawn to en passant in order to pry black open like an oyster along the now contested b file. The queenside turns dynamic and white has seized the initiative -- and, um, black curls into a fetal position whimpering, "leave me alone, why won't you leave me alone?!?"

Jan-18-08  JG27Pyth: I just ran these moves thru chessbase's online database. It seems this line is well-known thru 7... but by 10.a4 it had been played just once before, in a game that ended in a draw, with white never playing b4 and all the remaining action on the kingside.

Since Romanshin v. Mueller, this line thru 11 has been revived three times in the 90s. In two of these games, after 10. a4 black maneuvers on the kingside, and white responds on the kingside, leaving the b4 bullet unfired. Both end 1/2-1/2 by agreement without reaching the endgame. In one other game, Panagopoulos v. Spirakopoulos 1999 white finds 12. b4! ... the Queenside opens up, and the result is 1-0.

Jan-18-08  kevin86: Nice cutoff by the rooks. Black's rook is prevented from guarding a7 and if yje white rook is taken or not,black is mated.
Jan-18-08  ruyfanatic: Why doesn't black play 31.qg8? I saves the rook and the game.
Jan-19-08  groobs168: 31 ...Qg8 leads to 32. Rxh7 Qxh7 33. Qxc8#.
Jan-19-08  kevin86: <ruyfanatic,groobs> In reply to 31...♕g8,white continues with 32 ♕xa7#
Jan-23-08  ruyfanatic: <groobs168> Good point.
Nov-11-21  duchampion: Came here reading Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis. Very interesting game. Thanks!.

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