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Oliver Frackowiak vs Christian Hess Jr.
"If You Must Play C Hess" (game of the day Jul-08-2020)
GER-chT U20 (2000), Neumuenster, rd 2
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Declined Scandinavian Formation (B21)  ·  1-0



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Dec-14-09  Dr. ADHAM: 18. ..Kxe7 19.Bb4+ Ke8 20.Bb5+ Bd7 21.Bxd7+ Kd8 22.Be6+ then 23.Bxa2.
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  FSR: If You Must Play C Hess.
Jul-08-20  jith1207: Good derivation of pun from

Christian Hess Sr. (kibitz #1)

Denker vs D MacMurray, 1932 (kibitz #3)

Jul-08-20  Ironmanth: WOW! Never have seen this one; thanks chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there in chess world.
Jul-08-20  malt: Don't think I've come across 3...d5 in the Morra 4.e5 or 4.Bb5+ maybe ?.

Alternative for 16...Kf8
16...Nc6 17.Q:b7 N:d4 18.Q:a8+ Ke7 19.Qb7+ Kd8 20.B:d4 Qd5 21.Qb8+ Bc8

But a Lovely finish ! Q:e7+

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  keypusher: <Don't think I've come across 3...d5 in the Morra 4.e5 or 4.Bb5+ maybe ?.>

Looks like a way to get to a c3 Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5). But maybe not the best way, since Black has committed himself to ...cxd4, a move that is generally worth delaying. Anyway, I think 4.exd5 is better than either 4.e5 or 4.Bb5+.

<FSR> Wonderful game and pun!

Jul-08-20  Andrew Chapman: I thought it was Qxc8+ not seeing that black has (after Nxc8, B4+,) Nd6. But then after Rxd6, black can't save his queen, and white wins.

Or after Ke8, Bb5+, Bd7, Bxd7+, Kd8 white again wins the black queen with Be6+.

Jul-08-20  goodevans: Can't help feeling that 15...Qxa2 was reckless at this level. White's next two moves were pretty predicable and really mess up the black position. Even if Hess hadn't seen the lovely 18.Qxe7+!, white could still get a big plus with something as routine as 18.Bb5 or, as <Andrew¬†Chapman> points out, 18.Qxc8+.
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  FSR: <keypusher> Glad you liked the game and pun! I was very excited to learn that there was a Christian Hess Sr. and a Christian Hess Jr. And when I saw this spectacular game I knew that it was the perfect vehicle for a pun.

As for 3...d5, I am not enthusiastic about it for the reason you note. One doesn't want to play ...cxd4 so early, exposing the queen to Nc3. If you must decline the gambit, 3...Nf6 is a better way. That said, I saw the line Black played here (through 11...Ne7) recommended in a book on the Anti-Sicilians some years ago. But I think the engines have basically busted it since then. Stockfish and Komodo both give White a large advantage after 12.Qe2, as Frackowiak played. Opening Explorer shows White scoring heavily with that move, even better than he does with the more popular 12.Qa4+ and 12.Be2.

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