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Stefan Blaas vs Paul Pancras
"Blaas Off" (game of the day Oct-23-2016)
AKN (1996), Haarlem NED, rd 2, Jun-29
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bogoljubow Variation (C58)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: Black totally lucked out here, losing two Pawns in the opening and losing the exchange in the middlegame only to win a lost endgame. After the ugly 9. Bd3, 9 ... h6 10. Ne4 Nd5 is correct, but the Ne4 prevents Bd6 or Bc5, so 11 ... g6 & 12 ... Bg7 is Black's best plan, then later f5 & h5-h4 storming the Kingside. The Queen exchange only works with 14 ... f6, because 14 ... f5? 15. Bxe5 hit the Rb8. White should have played 19. Ke2 protecting d3 instead of 19. 0-0. 25 ... Nd6? was a huge mistake, trapping the Rook in the center of the board, then the R&N vs. B&N endgame should have been an easy win, especially because 34. Ng3+ Kf4 (34 ... Kd3?? 35. Rc6) 35. Rd5 wins the Pd4. 40. Rxa7 was correct, because 40 ... Kc6? 41. Rxa6+ and the Rook gets back in time with 42. Ra4 & 43. Rc4, otherwise 41. Rc7 and the Pawn is stymied. Same comment after 42 ... Kc2 43. Rxa7 because Black needs three moves to Queen, but 43. Ke1? lost time and left the a7 Pawn on the board. It's amazing how Black should win a Pawn down K&P endgame, but that is the case here due to superior King position plus the base of the Pawn chain being farther away (h6 vs. g2). Dreadful endgame by White.
Oct-10-06  euripides: 46.b4 still seems to win: 46...c1=Q+ 47.Rxc1 Kxc1 48.a4 Kb2 49.b5 Kb3 50.a5 Kb4 51.b6 and a pawn gets through.
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  FSR: 36.Nxd4! Kxd4 37.Rc6 won, as did 38.Rxh6 in the game continuation -- and, as euripides points out, even 46.b4! White really had to screw up to lose the ending, though Black's ...Nc3!? was an ingenious idea to be sure.
May-26-07  Achilles87: Would it be fair to say that whites endgame ability isn't the best?
Feb-08-12  soberknight: Oh, this is painful to watch.
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  kevin86: White's name seems shocking close to "Steve Blass",the Pittsburgh pitcher who won a world series,but lost his control overnight and soon was out of baseball.
Oct-13-14  sfm: <euripides: 46.b4 still seems to win> Right, so as late as 46.Ke2?? came the last blunder, turning a win to defeat.

Sly Black with 38.-,Nc3(!!)

Converts a hopeless position to an equally hopeless position, but with chances for the opponent to go wrong. Quite a bit of help was needed - but sometimes it comes.

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  Phony Benoni: This would have been a reasonable GOTD for Halloween.
Oct-23-16  morfishine: Blaas wasn't "off"

This is his normal play: awful


Oct-23-16  Eusebius: What a wild game. Try and error like,
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  thegoodanarchist: Blaas Off is better than some Pancreas joke for GOTD title.
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  Lattas: How can I watch this game without Java?
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  thegoodanarchist: <Lattas: How can I watch this game without Java?>

Download the PGN file and play it on a chess engine.

Or, set up a boar an play it on the board

Oct-23-16  Needle: Lattas: try changing the default pgn viewer just above kibitzing. Pgn4web doesn't seem to require java.
Oct-23-16  AlicesKnight: Was 50.b5 the ultimate error? - instead of perhaps Kc4 - the move seems to overlook ....Kb3 (expecting ...Ka3 maybe) which blocks the white K from the P. Guidance, someone...(no engine here).
Oct-23-16  ajile: After 46.b4! Black is losing by force as previously mentioned. We reach the following position with Black to move if Black tries to promote the c pawn:

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. (11.70): 48...Kb2 49.b5
2. (11.32): 48...Kc2 49.b5

Even if Black was able to round up the q-side pawns, (not actually possible here) in the meantime White would win all of Black's k-side pawns.

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  Benzol: I'm afraid I don't understand the pun here.

Did White contrive to lose or did Black just railroad his opponent.


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  kevin86: Oops, black groke a blass!
Nov-28-17  Cibator: <sfm: <euripides: 46.b4 still seems to win> Right, so as late as 46.Ke2?? came the last blunder, turning a win to defeat. Sly Black with 38.-,Nc3(!!)

Converts a hopeless position to an equally hopeless position, but with chances for the opponent to go wrong. Quite a bit of help was needed - but sometimes it comes.>

Yes, Pancras stationed his knight very well there, didn't he?

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