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Myers vs Henry R Meifert
Racine (1955)
Van Geet (Dunst) Opening: Gruenfeld Defense (A00)  ·  1-0

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Jun-01-03  Rookpawn: In retrospect, 7... Nf6 would have served Black much better.
Mar-28-04
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  tpstar: Let's dissect this disaster. The plausible 2 ... de 3. Nxe4 e5!? worked great for White, because after 4. Nf3 how does Black defend the Pe5? If 4 ... Nbd7 5. Bc4 Ngf6 6. Neg5 and f7 is an immediate problem. If 4 ... f6 5. d4 with a free hand. There's the ugly 4 ... Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd6 (5 ... Qd5 6. Nc3 & 7. 0-0) 6. d4 ed 7. Qxd4 Nf6 8. Bg5 Be7 and Black might get two sets of doubled Pawns. So if Black desired ... e5, perhaps 2 ... d4 3. Nce2 e5 was the ideal route, also this closes the center. Black's solution of 4 ... Bg4 protected e5 but created new problems on b7. 5. Bc4 is tempting (threat 6. Bxf7+! Kxf7 7. Nxe5 & 8. Nxg4), but with 5 ... Nf6 the Ne4 hangs at the end, so 5. h3 was best. After 6. Qxf3 c6 protects b7 - 7. Bc4 Nf6 8. Qb3 Qd7 - although Black gets doubled Pawns on f6. Instead 6 ... Be7 7. Bc4 and if 7 ... Nf6 8. Nxf6+ & 9. Qxb7 wins a Pawn, but Black can play on. After 7 ... Nh6 8. d3 Black had to accept 8 ... 0-0 9. Bxh6 gxh6 with a bad game, instead of 8 ... g5? 9. Qh5 with no defense (9 ... Bf8 10. Bxg5). Therefore 3 ... e5!? was overly ambitious.
May-08-10
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  FSR: 3...e5 is perfectly playable. Note that after 4.Nf3 White isn't really attacking the e-pawn, e.g. 4...Be6 5.Nxe5?? Qd4, winning. 4...Nf6 is fine for Black, and 4...f5!? is also possible, when 5.Nxe5? is refuted by 5...Qd4! 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Nxg6 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Nf6. Harald Keilhack, "Knight on the Left: 1.Nc3", p. 135. Usually White plays 4.Bc4, setting the trap 4...Be7? 5.Qh5! . Instead, 4...Nc6! is correct.
May-08-10
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  wordfunph: Myers-Meifert


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8...g5 is like giving up the game, better is 8...castle

May-10-10
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  FSR: <wordfunph> Yes. My guess is that Meifert saw that 8...0-0 9.Qh5! (attacking e5 and h6; weaker is 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Qh5 Bg5!) wins a pawn. But the "cure" was much worse than the disease, since as you say 9.Qh5 completely crushes 8...g5??
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