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Julio Kaplan vs Jan Timman
"Boy's Life" (game of the day Aug-24-2013)
Wch U20 fin-A (1967), Jerusalem, rd 1, Aug-??
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation Moscow Variation (C17)  ·  1-0



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Sep-18-03  somethingstrong: my initial thoughts were Bxh6, because in the line played, black can still be stubborn with 18...Bxf2+
Sep-18-03  somethingstrong: upon further inspection, 16 Bxh6 fizzles out when 16...Nxe5 instead of 16...gxh6? also, 18...Bxf2+ just delays mate after 19 Rxf2 Qxa1+ 20 Rf1.
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  crafty: 16. ♗xh6 ♘xe5 17. ♗f4 ♘xf3+ 18. ♕xf3 ♗e6 19. ♘c7 ♖ad8 =   (eval 0.13; depth 12 ply; 500M nodes)
Dec-13-03  technical draw: Julio Kaplan went on to win that tournament and the world jr. championship. When he returned to Puerto Rico (where he was living at the time from his native Argentina) he was "Crowned". Somebody threw a rock in his direction as he was walking down the street and hit him right on his head! He actually required stitches. Maybe it was a fan of Timman?
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  patzer2: Polgar features move 16. Nf6! in his big book of combinations as number 4467, under the theme sacrifice on f3/f6. Alhough it is a simple example, it is instructive. So, I've added it to my "demolition of pawn strucure" game collections.

If 16...Kh8, then 17. Bxh6! . In the final position, the threat 19. Ng5+ is decisive. If 18...Rg8, then 19. Qxf7+ .

Aug-25-04  ForeverYoung: This game made it into Fischer's "Checkmate" column in Boys Life magazine in'67 or '68.
May-02-08  JimmyVermeer: patzer2, it's game 4497, not 4467. 4467 is Karsens vs. Ullrich.

If Black hadn't resigned, the game might have ended as follows:

18 Qh5 Bxf2+ 19 Rxf2 Qxa1+ 20 Rf1 Qd4+ 21 Kh1 Qe3 22 Ng5+ Qxg5 23 Bxg5 f6 24 Qxh6+ Kg8 25 Qg6+ Kh8 26 Bxf6+ Rxf6 27 exf6 a6 28 Qg7#

Dec-04-08  withingrace: or 18. Qh5 Rg8 19. Ng5+ Rxg5 20. Bxg5 Bg8 21. Qxf7+ Kh8 22. Bf6+ Bg7 23.Qxg7# although i doubt this line would be played...
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  TheFocus: This game was analyzed by Bobby Fischer in his CHECKMATE column in Boys' Life, April 1968.
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  Phony Benoni: And you can read it here:
Aug-29-10  Lil Swine: notice the comic at the bottom
Aug-29-10  Lil Swine: i read Phony Benoni's bio and just for the record would like to say i've also pulled off a smothermate
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  offramp: That looks like a very good magazine. All I read when I was young was Whizzer & Chips. Sadly, it did not have a chess column.
Aug-24-13  waustad: OK, I wondered if the pun had something to do with "me and Julio down by the school yard".
Aug-24-13  waustad: I seem to remember something called "Boys Life," but I don't remember much about it. My exposure to it certainly predates '67, when I was entering my senior year in high school. I don't remember ever studying any written chess material until the Fischer vs Spassky match, when I was already in my 20s.
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  offramp: I'm pretty sure the mag Boy's Life makes a special guest appearance in the kinematographic film Airplane! A nun is reading Boy's Life and a boy is reading Nun's Life.

It's funnier on screen.

Aug-24-13  Abdel Irada: <A nun is reading Boy's Life and a boy is reading Nun's Life.>

Meanwhile, Leslie Nielsen is reading Nun Yabidness.

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  playground player: <The Focus> I have to admit I am awed that you should know that. But then there are a lot of folks here who really know their chess. I can't hope to match it, but I can sit back and enjoy it.
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  kevin86: black is left with a pawn to hold up his king against attack...he failed.

Nun's life,boy's life...heck Kareem was flying the plane...too bad the airline wasn't Air Jordan.

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  eternaloptimist: Timman (1 of my favorite chess players) played horribly in this game, & Kaplan took full advantage of it. This game reminded me of a tactic called alekhine's block b/c of the move 16.♘f6. I haven't thought about it until now in years. I bought the book called "alekhine's block" by victor charushkin b/c it sounded like it would be a good book. In reality it had interesting games but there wasn't much text explaining the moves at all. Therefore I don't think it's that good of a book. It's senseless to write a book on an advanced tactic if u aren't going to explain the moves. Also I didn't see any reviews on the book back then that mentioned the lack of explanatory text. Now I read reviews before buying books since reviews are much more plentiful now than back then. Anyway if any of u advanced players are looking for a new tactic to employ, u should google "alekhine's block" & read up on it. This explains what it is.:
Aug-24-13  mrsaturdaypants: Were they really using algebraic notation in Boys Life in 1968? I'm just so used to reading Fischer with the descriptive notation (P-K4).
May-10-15  zanzibar: This shows up as game #21 in Lombardy's <Modern Chess Opening Traps>. It's funny that Fischer gives a question mark to 5.Qg4?, but I guess he wanted to give the "tired and true" general advice to his audience.

And here's a clip from a big fan of the Marlin 99c LR

PS- <MillBase> wrongly gives White as <L. Pera> instead of <J. Pera>.

Actually I think <CG> wrongly gives his name as well:

The player himself (and FIDE) uses this name <Julio P. Kaplan>, see Julio Argentino Kaplan Pera (kibitz #15)

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