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Lothar Nikolaiczuk vs Vasily Smyslov
"Reversal of Fortune" (game of the day Jun-18-2005)
Dortmund (1986), rd 8
Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation. Pseudo-Catalan (D02)  ·  0-1



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Mar-09-04  Dillinger: no, really.. you go first.
Dec-28-04  buscher07: Wow. Where to start? :)
Jun-18-05  dbquintillion: 1. d3
2. d4

clearly deserves more theoretical study than it has received.

Jun-18-05  kevinatcausa: The opening is clearly a sign that Nikolaiczuk prefers the black pieces to the white. Thus he cleverly transposes into a situation where he can exploit his strengths.
Jun-18-05  farrooj: well.... first things first, What kind of opening is that?? Second, can't he take that h pawn before it promotes?
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  Chessical: <50.Rf2> appears to lose, the K has to shelter at <h3> instead.
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  kevin86: Nico wanted to show his "negritude" by playing like he was black-although he had the white pieces.

White let the g pawn get away-washing the game down the toilet

Jun-18-05  blackjacki2: Where is the "reversal of fortune"
Jun-18-05  Rocafella: 2...d4 by white is pretty pathetic. You aren't supposed to move the same piece twice in an opening unless it's threatened...
Jun-18-05  sitzkrieg: But a pawn is not a piece..
Jun-18-05  ThomYorke: I don´t know, but I think 15.♗a6 and 19.♖ac1 are really weak moves. Trading the light squared bishop White became things easier for Black.
Jun-18-05  Rocafella: <sitzkrieg> What is a pawn then?
Jun-18-05  sitzkrieg: uhmm. I'm not sure..a pawn is a pawn (moves 1 step forward or on occasion 2 and hits diagonal:) ). I thougt only knights bisshops and rooks were called pieces. Maybe I m wrong..
Jun-18-05  catlover: Nikolaiczuk should have stuck with 1.d4. Why give up the initiative in return for nothing?

To be fair to Niko, though, Smyslov would have been tough to play no matter what the opening.

Jun-18-05  ajile: kevinatcausa "The opening is clearly a sign that Nikolaiczuk prefers the black pieces to the white. Thus he cleverly transposes into a situation where he can exploit his strengths."


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  khense: Considering his gift of a tempo on the second move, white put up a really good fight against Smyslov.
Jun-18-05  MatrixManNe0: <Rocafella> True, we are tought not to move a piece twice in the opening, however some openings don't operate that way (Alekhine's Defense where black actually provokes white to move his pawns out).
Jun-20-05  Rocafella: <MatrixManNe0> Yeh but here I thought it was totally unecessary. Being white is an advantage you shouldn't thorw away... BTW This is my 200th Post!!!!
Jun-20-05  who: Nikolaiczuk takes Fischer's belief that opening with d4 as white actually is a mistake to the extreme.
Jan-21-08  Cactus: I understand Nikolaiczuk. I want to be black too! :)
Jan-31-08  sitzkrieg: All the same Niko got a full half point out of 11 games this tournament. Not bad, not bad..
Jan-31-08  sitzkrieg: Unfortunately for N. the draw is not included in the database and he therefore has currently 0 out of 10. Nikolaiczuk wrote over 20 titles on chess.. The guy that uploaded his games must be a real fan!
Dec-27-08  WhiteRook48: 1. d3? is a novelty for beginners. I played against a computer set at beginner level once. I was Black and the comp. played 1. d3?
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  whiteshark: <Q: What is the most memorable game you’ve ever played?>

Lothar Nikolaiczuk: "In 1986 I qualified for a grandmaster tournament where one of my opponents was Vassily Smyslov, a world champion at the time I was born. I outplayed him, but somehow couldn?t find a way to win. My advantage vanished, I tortured myself with self reproaches, lost my concentration and in the end lost the game. Afterwards Smyslov admitted that at one point he was just about to stretch out his hand to resign, but that my hand moved quicker to make a weak move instead of the winning one which was so simple that any of my students would have found it within seconds. For consolation the chess legend gave me a wonderful compliment, <“You play highly cultivated chess.“>"

Nov-25-18  alshatranji: Pure speculation: Niko touched the d pawn and had to move it. Nothing to support this theory, but it makes more sense than assuming he just decided to play d4 after d3.

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