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Bjorn Gamback vs Risto Nevanlinna
"The Immortal Pin Game" (game of the day Aug-14-2009)
Heart of Finland Open (2001), Jyvaskyla FIN, rd 3, Jul-19
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  0-1



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Aug-14-09  LaFreak III: What a pinful game. Guess Bjorn Gamback needs a pin reliever.
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  whiteshark: After some 4.5 years this game comes out of the woodwork. Well done!
Aug-14-09  mike1: yes, good to see it in the open.
I think that White's real mistake is 24- Qg4 which does not protect the second rank. After 24.Qb2 it is much harder to find something for black. White is just about to castle. 24. Bxe2 25.Rxe2 Qb4+ 26.Kf1 is better for Black but...
Aug-14-09  muradov: Beautiful game! 24..h4 is a very nice move.
Aug-14-09  mack: I'd be happier calling this an immortal game if white's opening play weren't so insipid.
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  Once: More than a hint of Morphy in this game. Black conducts a masterly attack against an uncastled king, where every piece plays its part.

thanks for making this GOTD!

Aug-14-09  cyclon: Is this Chess anymore? From pin to pin to pin etc. and finally Mate in the end of the road. Anyway, well preserved pins by Black.
Aug-14-09  eaglewing: <Marco65> and <drunkenknight> regarding 23.Qe3: How about 23...Qb4+ 24.Qd2 Qg4 with Ba6 as a followup?
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  kevin86: This game reminds me of the story of the TAR BABY;the harder Brer Rabbit tried to get loose,the worse he got stuck.
Aug-14-09  Big Easy: Wow. White gets into a real pinch here. I love games like this. Black takes the initiative and keeps the pressure on for the last half of the game. White's choices are very limited.

For White, is 19.0-0-0 a better choice than the move played? I didn't analyze it deeply but it does get the king out of that awful pin situation.

Aug-14-09  Samagonka: It could have all turned out well for white had he castled around the 17th move.
Aug-14-09  Jack Kerouac: That Risto is a real pin head.
Aug-14-09  randomsac: Great stuff. I can see how this game got its name.
Aug-14-09  JonathanJ: I would say they're in the Heart of Pinland.
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  Once: <Samagonka: It could have all turned out well for white had he castled around the 17th move.>

Agreed. This is what Fritzie finds:

17...d4 isn't the best continuation for black. Fritzie reckons that this throws away much of black's advantage - from a pawn and a half to less than one pawn. Instead he prefers 17...Bf6.

18. Rd1 is the decisive mistake when the eval falls from -0.7 to over -3. Instead, white would have kept himself in the game with 19. 0-0-0.

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Black is still ahead with -0.7, but at least white has saved himself from being on the receiving end of a brilliancy.

Aug-14-09  shakespeare: nice game - very complicated to play with guess the move - so much pins Gamback surely felt like a fakir after this game

not the best game of white^^
if he wants to go 9.Qf3 - why not first a little step Qh4 first, inducing a little pawn weakness then he gives his lovely white bishop to save the c pawn only to play shortly after c5 and loose a few moves later his complete pawn center. I guess a continuation with c3 nge2 0-0 - or maybe even a continuation with an IQP would have been much less pinfull :-)

Aug-14-09  AnalyzeThis: This game was a good old fashioned butt whoopin'.
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  sleepyirv: I believe I suggested this name for the puns contest. I found the contest a great opportunity to show some games that I felt needed more attention. A nice early present for my Birthday!
Premium Chessgames Member <sleepyirv> You certainly did suggest the name for this game and deserve credit. But the most credit goes to Gamback and Nevanlinna for producing this beautiful gem.

We even did research to learn that there is no single game that has been dubbed "The Immortal Pin Game", by any author that we know of. Everybody knows about the Immortal Zugzwang Game, and the Immortal Draw, even an Immortal Losing Game, but no immortal pins?

As of this day, we hereby decree that this is the original "Immortal Pin Game." Chessgames invites the world to join us in this opinion.

Aug-14-09  WhiteRook48: great exploitations
Aug-15-09  David2009: <JonathanJ: I would say they're in the Heart of Pinland.> Brilliant!!
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  Penguincw: Awesome game. I like all the pins with was put in.
Dec-15-11  indoknight: what is the difference between 24.Qxh5 and 24.Qf3?
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  Messiah: Amazing game.
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  GrahamClayton: Poor Gamback - he finished 4th last out of 173 players, and will be probably only be remembered in the future for this loss.
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