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Waserski vs Godes
"Godes Must be Crazy" (game of the day Dec-11-2006)
Swerdlowsk (1975)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-06  syracrophy: <10.Ne6!!> A crushing sacrifice. Here are the variants:

<A)> 10...Qc8(there's no difference on 10...Qa5 and 10...Qb8) 11.Ndc7+ Qxc7 12.Nxc7+ Kd8 13.Nxa8 with an easy win

<B)>10...fxe6 11.Bh5+ Nxh5 12.Qxh5+ g6 13.Qxg6++

Dec-11-06  mynameisrandy: Great pun today.

This game is a good example of a player losing because he is not cautious about mate threats because it is the opening, even though he has taken away his king's escape squares.

Dec-11-06  nimzo knight: 9..Nxe4 10. Nc6! I guess black had feeling for its queen being smoothered but forgot about the king. 9.. NxN is perhaps only reasonable move.
Dec-11-06  Craigokat: Seems that black is often blown out in the Najdorf when he plays an early ..Nbd7 Wasn't there a famous victory by Keres against Kotov ?
Dec-11-06  think: I don't get the pun :(
Cute combination.
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  dzechiel: <think> About 20 years ago there was a popular motion picture entitled "The Gods Must Be Crazy!" (It was a pretty good film).
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  al wazir: <syracrophy: 10...Qa5+ 11. b4 Bxd5 12. bxa5 Bxe6>. As black, even I would resign.
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  Sneaky: There was an artsy movie from the 1980's called "The Gods Must be Crazy" about some African bushmen who got their hands on an empty Coca Cola bottle (one of those glass long-neck types), and placed great importance in the item. Since the world of the African Bushman contains no objects harder than rocks, this object seemed to them to be some kind of icon of perfection. And the Gods, flying overhead in their giant shiny birds, tossed this object away as if it was garbage. Garbage?! They must be crazy!!

A delightful movie; if you ever get a chance to see it, by all means do.

Dec-11-06  medjutim: Beautiful and brilliant.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Craigokat: Seems that black is often blown out in the Najdorf when he plays an early ..Nbd7 Wasn't there a famous victory by Keres against Kotov?> Not sure about a game that precisely meets that description, but here is a short Sicilian (Keres vs. Kotov, 1-0) that bears some resemblance to today's GOTD. It concludes with a tactical shot from White's Knight that wins the Black Queen or forces mate. It is not a ... Nbd7 Najdorf, but Keres played 2. Ne2 in this Sicilan miniature:

Keres vs Kotov, 1947

Dec-11-06  Craigokat: The game I was trying to remember is Keres vs Kotov, Budapest 1950. Wasn't there also a Fischer vs Tal Game ?
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  kevin86: Black has a grim choice of having the queen taken at home or being forced to sac itself to save the king from a two knight mate. Of course 10...♕a5+ 11 b4 ♕a4 12 ♘dc7#
Dec-11-06  greatdane: Thanks especially to <syracrophy> for describing the possible variations from the situation at move 10. I could see that it was hopeless, since blacks position clearly points at a smothered mate, but I couldn't quite figure out how. I suppose that it is quite unsual that players of a certain level must give up only 10 moves into the game. But I don't know the players Waserski and Godes. Are they GM's ? This is the only game played by either of them in the database.
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  Phony Benoni: <syracrophy> Just to be picky, 10...Qa5 is check and must be answered by 11.b4.
Dec-11-06  SCapp123: I, too, recall that movie "The gods must be crazy!" as having some charming elements. However, an academic colleague who had taught some years ago as a visitor in Botswana told me that many !Kung (Bushmen) people there dislike it intensely for it having portrayed them as too ignorant to know what a soda bottle is.
Dec-11-06  YouRang: I pretty funny movie. For some reason, I like the rhino that puts out fires.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Craigokat: The game I was trying to remember is Keres vs Kotov, Budapest 1950.> Yes. I found it somewhast belatedly earlier today: Keres vs Kotov, 1950
Jan-03-07  Themofro: The Gods Must Be Crazy was indeed a delightfull film, and one that everyone is garunteed to enjoy no matter their age. Has anyone else seen the sequel The Gods Must Be Crazy 2?
Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: what a pun!!
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  Bubo bubo: The final position looks somehow like a more elaborate version of the alleged "shortest master game" A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924.
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