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Hugo Spangenberg vs Loek van Wely
"Victor Hugo" (game of the day Jul-31-2015)
Capablanca mem-A (1994), Matanzas CUB, rd 5, May-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0

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Apr-07-04  ConLaMismaMano: Beautiful attacking game, here Spangenberg gives up a pawn in the opening for development of his pieces and creates an open file to attack a possible castling by black in the king side. Then 21.Be5!!
May-29-11  ToTheDeath: Great attack.
Jul-31-15
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is the only example in the database that I could find where Black accepts the gambit pawn offered with 8.h4!? Game must have scared a lot of folks because everyone else plays 8...Be7.
Jul-31-15
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  offramp: What a shame. I was hoping that today's game of the day would have been another gem from the famous Australian Championship (1887).
Jul-31-15
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  Once: 33. Bc2+ was a slightly odd decision. It wins and black resigns immediately, but I would have thought that 33. Qh4+ followed by Qxg3+ would be a cleaner kill.

21. Be5 is a good move. It doesn't win decisively but it sets Black enormous problems about finding safe havens for his king and queen.

Jul-31-15
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  Phony Benoni: <Request to GOTD followers>

It looks as though I will be without Internet access this weekend, and unable to update my collections. If someone could leave a quick kibitz in my forum referencing the games used, I'll appreciate it.

Thanks.

Jul-31-15
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  Stonehenge: <Phony>

clicking on <game of the day> leads to Game of the Day Archive.

Jul-31-15  sercarp: What happen after 33...Kg8? If 34.Qf5 Rg1+ and Rg2+...
Jul-31-15
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  LionHeart40: 12... Bc6 is too slow. Queenside operations need to begin.
Jul-31-15
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  kevin86: Neat bishop sac set up the winning of the queen!
Jul-31-15  morfishine: <offramp What a shame. I was hoping that today's game of the day would have been another gem from the famous Australian Championship (1887)> I share your sentiments. Using yesterdays game as a benchmark for quality H Hookham vs J G Witton, 1887

One could merely peruse the games of the loser Joseph George Witton and find a treasure trove of shorties:

J G Witton vs F K Esling, 1887

J G Witton vs D Heiman, 1887

G B Hall vs J G Witton, 1887

Witton finished all three of these games in a total of 65 moves, surely some sort of record for brevity :)

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Jul-31-15  poachedeggs: 30. Qf6 is so killer.

"I've trapped the king...now my Bishop will administer the coup de grace."

Jul-31-15  dfcx: <Once: 33. Bc2+ was a slightly odd decision. It wins and black resigns immediately, but I would have thought that 33. Qh4+ followed by Qxg3+ would be a cleaner kill.>

Agree. White wins after
33Bc2+ Kg8 34.Bh7+ Kxh7 35.Qh4+ Kg8 36.Qxg3 without the bishop.

Jul-31-15
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  Annie K.: OK, this pun? I'm jealous. ;p

Who's responsible? :)

Jul-31-15
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  offramp: <morfishine:...I share your sentiments...>

The games you gave are good fun to play through. Thanks. "Chess is a struggle".

Jul-31-15  morfishine: <offramp> Yes, these games are fun to play through despite unfortunate Witton

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Aug-01-15  vanderyacht: Did black make a mistake by not castling 5 to 7 moves earlier?
Nov-30-19  jith1207: <dfcx: <Once: 33. Bc2+ was a slightly odd decision. It wins and black resigns immediately, but I would have thought that 33. Qh4+ followed by Qxg3+ would be a cleaner kill.> Agree. White wins after
33Bc2+ Kg8 34.Bh7+ Kxh7 35.Qh4+ Kg8 36.Qxg3 without the bishop.>

Agreed, the earlier check also leads to a quicker mate.

It's like handicapping yourselves because your opponent is doomed before having fight again to win.

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