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Yehuda Gruenfeld vs Andrew Soltis
Lone Pine (1979), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 8, Apr-03
Modern Defense: Two Knights Variation (B06)  ·  1-0



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Dec-17-04  ruylopez900: That's great. White has the option of winning back the queen or mating.

19...Kf6 20.Bh4++ OR
19...Kf8 20.Ne8++

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  tpstar: <ruylopez900> Sparkling miniature! After 17. Nxg6! Kxg6 18. Bh5+! Kf6 (18 ... Kxf5/Kh7 19. Qxf5#; 18 ... Kg5 19. Bh4+! Kxh4 20. Qxf5 mates) 19. Bh4+ Ke6 20. g4 and Black's King gets pulverized in the middle of the board (20 ... e4 21. gf+ Kxf5 22. Qh3+ Ke5 23. Rad1! closing the net or 23. Bg3+ winning the Queen).
Dec-18-04  ruylopez900: Does anyone know if the Yehuda Gruenfeld who brilliantly sacced his queen here is the same as the one of Gruenfeld Defense fame?
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  vonKrolock: <ruylopez900> No, they are different green fields, the other was an Austrian player from the first half of xxth Century Ernst Gruenfeld
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  IMlday: Whoa! Is this score sheet correct? Why doesn't Black take the scary e-pawn at move 7? Yehuda Grunfeld was certifiably deaf; he played his chess in absolute silence, a magician. We contestants in the Edward Lasker Memorial, NY, 1981 were astonished by his heroic play. He won easily. His playing career was brief, but proved that 'deafness' is no handicap at chess.
Dec-18-04  ruylopez900: <IMlday> 7...Bxe4 8.Nxe4 maybe? unless there was a typo.

<von Krolock> Thanks for the clarification.

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  IMlday: 7..b4-->idea, deep, ..Bxe4? munch?
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  vonKrolock: <IMlday> Liberzon in Informant gives to 7.Bg5 an <!?> interesting mark, and 7...Nd7 pass whithout comment - 7...b4 8.Nd5 h6!? etc - another idea?!

<14...f6> The decisive mistake

<18.Bh5> Threats mate or black Queen whith a discovery check - <ruy>, i dont call this a "Queen Sac"!

Dec-20-04  hkannan2000: <vonkrolock> Are u sure it is not Isidor Gruenfeld and not Ernst Gruenfeld?
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  vonKrolock: <hkannan2000>: Read a very interesting article in archives about Ernst Grünfeld in the link posted in his page - <Isidor> Maybe You're recalling Isidor Gunsberg ?!
Dec-21-04  hkannan2000: <vonKrolock> Well, u are right, I was mistaken, tx.
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  perfidious: Grunfeld once lost a game to Korchnoi after 'refusing' a draw offer- it turned out that he hadn't any idea Korchnoi had proposed peace and he would have accepted.
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  perfidious: <hkannan2000> This is, as stated, Yehuda Gruenfeld; Ernst passed on in the early 1960s and defeated Alekhine in the maiden voyage of the defence which bears his name, in the Vienna 1922 tourney.
Jun-30-09  WhiteRook48: great game
Mar-10-11  TheTamale: No disrespect intended against Soltis, but he must be insane to play this way against a great master like Gruenfeld. The "Modern" Defense is bad enough, but 4) ...a6 and the double-fianchetto? To quote Warren Beatty from "Istar": "He must just want to die."
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  FSR: Gorgeous game!
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  FSR: <TheTamale> Soltis desperately needed points. Had he won this penultimate round game and his last round game, he would have finished with 6 points, which probably would have been a half-point out of first. Lone Pine (1979) So he played a risky opening. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Here, it didn't.
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  FSR: Soltis often played the Robatsch. For example, in the same year he played it four times at the U.S. Open, scoring +3 -1. He tied for third at that tournament with 9.5 out of 12. The present game is his most disastrous outing with the Robatsch.
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  HeMateMe: <To quote Warren Beatty from "Istar": "He must just want to die.">

First time Ishtar has ever been referenced in a game, on this site? That's why I love ChessGames!

Soltis played like it was a simul and he got sliced and diced.

Sep-06-18  Howard: If I remember correctly, the late John Grefe's article on the 1977 US championship mentioned Soltis' propensity to play offbeat openings, albeit with limited success.

And Soltis didn't do very well in that championship.

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