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Felix Manuel Gomez Fontal vs Yuri Gonzalez Vidal
"Felix the Cat" (game of the day Jun-17-2011)
XXXVI Capablanca Mem Premier II (2001), Havana CUB, rd 11, May-17
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: An old cartoon and animated television program from the U.S, where it is a compulsory culutral reference whenever the name "Felix" appears, whether appropriate or not.

"Felix the Cat,
The Wonderful Wonderful Cat,
Whenever he gets in a fix
He reaches into his bag of tricks.

Felix the Cat,
The Wonderful Wonderful Cat,
You'll laugh so hard
Your sides will ache
Your heart will go pitter-pat
Watching Felix the Wonderful Cat."

Rightie-O. I suppose that 35.Qxg7 came out of the bag of tricks, but it never seemed like White was in a fix. He just kept going until Black hit rock bottom.

Jun-17-11  PaulLovric: second
Jun-17-11  bundet111: the h7 square for the white queen, Rf4, and white's Bb2 threatens to take the pawn on f6 makes black's king position very vulnerable.
Jun-17-11  hstevens129: What is the response to 36...Kd7?
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  Phony Benoni: After <36...Kd7>:

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White has several good ideas. For instance, 37.Rg6 and 37.Rd1 both seize lines leading straight to Black's king, and even 37.Rgxe4 is possible since 37...dxe4 38.Rd1+ leads to mate. One possibility is 37.Rd1 Rc5 38.Rg6, threatening 39.Qd6+ or 39.Qe6+ for starters.

Queens and rooks are wonderful attacking pieces, especially when there are a lot of open lines around an exposed king. They can be clumsy defenders when separated and unable to coordinate their actions.

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  kevin86: Feliz means happy as well as the cat reference. 35 ♕xg7 is a move that makes me happy,or catlike,I'm not sure which.
Jun-17-11  CapablancaFan122: Ahh.. I remember having the desktop application for Felix the Cat. You can see it here:

Jun-17-11  mojonera: felix gomez un talentoso jugador , llego a 2400 estudiando con libros viejos de palau y grau , nada de computadoras ni informadores .
Jun-17-11  pericles of athens: 34. Qh8!!
Jun-17-11  Vibishana: Forgive my lack of perception...what's wrong with 34. Rxe5, intending 35. Qh8#? After 34...Rc1+, could not White play 35.Kg2 d4+ 36. Re4? I'm not sure how Black can wriggle out. Maybe instead 35 ...Rxf2+ 36.Kxf2 Qb6+ 37.Rd3 Rf1+ 38. Kxf1 Qxd3 39.Rf4+. Perhaps that's actually more troublesome than the game, but still seems lost. Is there something else I've overlooked?
Jun-18-11  Lil Swine: I remember watching Felix the Cat when I was in my younger years. It was all black and white, but really clear, not grainy like other shows.
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