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Roman Bar vs Ephraim Carmel
"Chess Candy" (game of the day Apr-29-2006)
16th Maccabia IM (2001), Tel Aviv ISR, rd 9, Jul-23
Spanish Game: Exchange. Bronstein Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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Mar-20-06  Whitehat1963: I'm hungry.
Apr-21-06  Whitehat1963: I've seen pawn centers before, but nothing like what you get at the end of this game. Amazing how white, despite being hampered by three sets of doubled pawns, easily pulls off the win.
Apr-21-06  acirce: A pendant to Malevich's "Black Square"?
Apr-29-06  Confuse: i myself have always been a fan of caramel, despite what it does to your teeth. delicious!

that little square at the end even looks like a candy bar ^_^

Apr-29-06  technical draw: White plays a crunchy game, while black's game just melts in his hand.
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  khense: Gee - Black can move around quite a while before giving up.
Apr-29-06  itz2000: haha! very funny game...

what was white point of Na3? I thought it's basically not considered a good position for Knights...

Apr-29-06  cuendillar: Probably to follow it up with Nc4, but it never got there and ended up passive.
Apr-29-06  ajile: 5...Qd6 looks bad to me. Seems like the K-bishop is better placed here. Also White develops with threats to play d4 and open the d file on the Black Queen. The Queen gets chased around too much. This shows the difference between a master and an expert. The expert trades down into a lost ending thinking White will have significant pawn weaknesses. But White's pawn mass at e4,f4,e5,f5 will decide the game. Black's Knight on g8 is not in a good spot. "Baby Ruth" Roman definately hit one out of the park on this one.
Apr-29-06  ajile: By the way 10....BxNf3 was probably the right move for Black in this game instead of Bh5 since elimination of the NF3 makes d4 much harder for White. See this game for details:

A Markarov vs E Ambrus, 2001

After White plays d3 Black already has a minor moral victory.

Apr-29-06  spudhead: What was the point of 15..Bxa3? As already pointed out the white knight was badly placed on a3, why exchange a bishop for it? Was there nothing better for black to do?
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  kevin86: Another pun for this position would be "triple double".

It takes a little imagine,but after the mention of candy,don't the four pawns in the center look like kisses?

The win is easy: white is two pawns to the good and black's knight is in prison.

Apr-29-06  thathwamasi: Oh wow..I havent seen any other game which has three sets of doubled pawns...and white still won...can any one suggest some other games.. <Benjaminlau> a nice addition to the picturesque position...
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  patzer2: The central mass of four White doubled pawns reminds me of the borg cube in the star trek TV series as seen at

I can hear White's four pawns announcing to Black, accompanied by that awful and constant pounding beat, "we will assimilate you."

Apr-29-06  weisyschwarz: What a strange game. I too am puzzled by 5...Qd6 and bt 6.Na3. I guess 10...Bh5 allowed for a catapult force 11...Bxf3. It was funny watching a big piece of rock candy move up the e and f files at the end.
Apr-29-06  ice lemon tea: 3 sets of doubled pawns and still wins??!!....unbelieveable!
Apr-29-06  weisyschwarz: On the other hand, Chess Openings Explorer reveals that 5...Qd6 and 6.Na3 are normal moves in the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation. Go figure.
Apr-29-06  dakgootje: Also the first time for me to see such a position.
Apr-29-06  CapablancaFan: The end position is hopeless for black. 31.f6 traps the knight.(If 30...f6 31.e6 creates a passed pawn.)
Apr-23-07  ChessStar99: How do we know that white wins?
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