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Anthony Santasiere vs Sven Elias Almgren
"Santa's Folly" (game of the day Dec-24-2007)
Casenovia (1942)
Zukertort Opening: Santasiere's Folly (A06)  ·  1-0

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Dec-24-07  andymac: A game that shows the value of exchanging down to a won endgame even when you've got a reasonable attack going. As always in chess, it's about knowing when to do what...

Merry Christmas from the UK (and it will be Singapore in the New Year!)

Dec-24-07  Harpenden woodpusher: Small point but 41Qxg6 seems fractionally better (but position clearly won either way).
Dec-24-07  Ruy Lopez: I dont get the title. Santasiere won. what folly?
Dec-24-07
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  Chessmensch: In the early part of the midgame, black seemed to have a good thing (kingside attack) going but he let it get away from him.
Dec-24-07  CapablancaFan: <andymac: A game that shows the value of exchanging down to a won endgame even when you've got a reasonable attack going.> Yeah, Capa seemed to have that tactic down to a science. I mean, if Nimzowitsch can be credited with block and restrain theory, why not Capa? I think the powers that be, in the chess world, should dubb this method the "Capablanca exchange system".
Dec-24-07
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  Phony Benoni: <Ruy Lopez> The opening system with 1.Nf3 and 2.b4 was dubbed "Santasiere's Folly" by Santasiere himself.
Dec-24-07
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  playground player: Gee, this looks like a sneaky way of playing the Polish Opening.
Dec-24-07
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  Phony Benoni: <playground player> Sneaky? Maybe, but there's reason to the Folly.

Santasiere did play 1.b4, but found that 1...e5 was too strong a reply for his taste. Hence, he came up with 1.Nf3 to stop that move.

There are similar ideas in more mainstream openings. If you look at a lot of Queen's Gambit Declined games from the 1920s and 1930s, you'll see them transpose from 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3. This was done to avoid lines like the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5), or Albin Counter Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5).

Dec-24-07  apple pi: Black should have tried 3...♗g4, threatening ...e5.
Dec-24-07  slowcrawl: <Ruy Lopez: I dont get the title. Santasiere won. what folly?>

The Opening is called Santasiere's Folly, that is why the title is like that.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Dec-24-07  xrt999: after move 9, one look at white's position and you can see that this is no laughing matter. Black is in for a rough time.

21.Nxe6, white laid a beautiful trap which black falls right into. 22...Rxe6 is a blunder.

Somehow, black also made the move 17.Ng4, whereupon the knight continued to occupy the g4 square, doing absolutely nothing, until move 44, when it was captured. Its as if the knight did not exist at all....

Dec-26-07
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  kevin86: Shat a comeback for Santa-after the slow start!

Black looked like he would pick up the exchange,but the mate threats left the rook capture impossible,so he fell short a piece.

Sep-17-09
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  whiteshark: In 1966 Santasiere published a booklet on this opening called <Santasiere's folly, or The opening with a future.>
Aug-04-16  Alpinemaster: <slowcrawl> Nope - you should have read the article you are referencing! <phony Benoni> isn't quite correct here, either. In his booklet Santa stated that it is called Santasiere's Folly because he meant to grab the c-pawn and play an English...instead, he got called on an accidental touch-move when he grabbed the b-pawn without looking. In other words, he never liked the Polish until he named a variation of it after himself.

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