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Chito Garma vs Pankaj Joshi
"Good Garma" (game of the day Jun-03-2020)
12th Goodricke Open (2001), Calcutta IND, rd 4, Feb-09
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1-0

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Jun-01-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Worthy of a puzzle, or a GoTD.

Good Garma?
Pankaj Flattened?

I'll go with the former, because Garma was a foreigner playing in a tournament in India, which is surely the part of the world where the concept of "karma" was formulated.

Jun-03-20  Steve.Patzer: 22....fxe6 should draw.
Jun-03-20
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 22...Rg5 forced White to play the winning 23.Qe3. After 22...fxe6 gives White play for the Exchange, but does he have a quick win? Maybe: is 23.Qg6,Qd7; 24.Qh7+,Kf7; 25.Bg6+ decisive?
Jun-03-20
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  al wazir: Where's the win?

24...Kh8 25. Qe4 (25. Bb3 Be7) Kg8 26. Qh7+ Kf7.

Now what?

Jun-03-20  Honey Blend: <Where's the win?>

24. ... ♔h8 25. ♕xh6+ wins the rook.

Jun-03-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine agrees that the simple 22 ... fxe6 draws.
Jun-03-20  spingo: <Cheapo by the Dozen: Worthy of a puzzle, or a GoTD. Good Garma?>

Trouble is, is this a pun on "Good Karma" or on that perennial yelp by the winner, "Good Game!! LOL GG"?

Good Garma - Good Game - Good Garma - Good Game - Good Garma - Good Game - Good Garma - Good Game... It doesn't sound right so I'll go for the Good Karma option.

Jun-03-20  jith1207: Perplexing, anyone has an idea why Black didn't take 22..fxe6?

Is it just that Black tried to be smart in attacking the Queen before taking the Rook and realized it too late?

Maybe, didn't see the 25.Qxh6?

I would've preferred some other interesting game, Good Karma is something earned by good values, similarly the winner of the game could've earned the result because of an interesting tactics or positional Brilliance.

This game sounds like bad karma for the loser, for not calculating few moves ahead, especially when not taking an exchange and forcing the opponent, as <An Englishman> said, to the line that lost the equality.

Jun-03-20  Brenin: 20 ... Rxd4, with Rb8 and Bf6 to follow, would have set White some defensive problems.
Jun-03-20  jith1207: <20 ... Rxd4, with Rb8 and Bf6 to follow>

It's a nice idea, but Bf6 would allow 23.Rb4 spoiling the plan while also attacking the b8 Rook decisively. Especially b4 square was previously guarded by the DSB that vacated to f6.

Without Bf6, I think tension is still kept enough to keep the game in balance.

Jun-03-20  Brenin: <jith1207>: After 20 ... Rxd4 21 Rxd4 Rb8, e.g. 22 Re2, Black could try 22 ... a5, guarding b4, before playing ... Bf6. It's not ideal, but it's better than what happened in the game.
Jun-03-20  jith1207: That sounds good, thanks.
Jun-03-20  Momentum Man: I like “Dangerously Cheesy”
Jun-03-20  evilkenevil: Chito Garma - the Philippine blitz king in the 80's and 90's and former Olympiad player representing Philippines on many occasions. In blitz play he was unstoppable during his prime...'Truman' can attest this being the heir of the crown..
Jun-03-20  Granny O Doul: I think I remember Garma from Washington Square Park, though he seemed to go by "Raul" at that time. He was good, but as far as Philippine blitz king goes, Chris Ramayrat and Reylan Magbanua might have had something to say.
Jun-03-20
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  al wazir: <Honey Blend: 24. ... ♔h8 25. ♕xh6+ wins the rook.> Thanks.

I have a blind spot for that particular configuration: a ♙ seemingly "defending" a piece but in fact pinned against the ♔ and therefore unable to recapture.

I've been caught by that before, and probably will be again.

Jun-03-20  jith1207: Also, the pawn supporting the pawn guarding the Rook gets pinned against the King, thereby not being able to hold on to the pawn guarding the Rook anymore. Both the pawn supporting the Rook and the Rook fall, due to the pin, with an extra check.

I too didn't see it in the first glance, only saw it on second take.

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