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Daniel Rotman vs Gilbert Bornarel
Bern Open (1992), Bern SUI
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-05  Mating Net: Yet another game that shows the folly on Black's part of playing 3...Bg4 in the Philidor Defense. The pin can be very inconvenient at times, but not in this line. This game is quite similar to the all time Morphy classic

Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858

I'm sure White was very familiar with that game prior to playing this sweet little miniature.

Dec-06-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I wonder what Black was thinking when moving 7...Qd4?? (if anything).

Not to mention 6...f6?? and 8...Ke7??

Dec-06-05  Mating Net: Taking my q from your bio, which I happen to agree with BTW, I'll take a stab at your questions, <EmperorAtahualpa> 6...f6 is a solid way of defending the e5 pawn in many lines for Black, especially in the Ruy Lopez exchange lines. It does however, contribute in a negative way to Black's lag in development in this game. With 7...Qd4 Black was probably intending ...Bc5 with an attack on White's f pawn. As far as ...Ke7?? goes, it was a blunder.

I think that after 7.Qb3, White has such a better game, it's not even funny. All of this stemming from a very premature ...Bg4?

Dec-06-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <Mating Net> Good evening!

I agree with your remark concerning 6...f6 that it results in a slow development. That is, in fact, precisely the reason why I didn't like this move!

Concerning 7...Qd4, I agree that it is not a REALLY bad move, but the f-pawn can easily be defended with O-O or Be3. Also, if 8...Qxe4, there is the possibility 9.Bd5 followed by Bxg7.

And concerning 8...Ke7, there is not much to debate I guess. :)

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  tpstar: tpstar-FWYF (FICS 4/22/06): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. de Bxf3 5. Qxf3 de 6. Bc4 f6? 7. Qb3 Ne7? 8. Bf7+ Kd7 9. Qe6# 1-0.
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  Penguincw: <tpstar>

I just played an online game with the exact same moves. :p

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  tpstar: <Penguincw> Maybe it was the same person. :P

<the folly of 3 ... Bg4 in the Philidor> Opening Explorer

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  GrahamClayton: <Penguincw>I just played an online game with the exact same moves.

I just played a game on the ICCF webserver with the exact same moves as well.

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