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NN vs Bruce Pandolfini
New York (1967), New York, NY USA
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Normal System Kan Line (B28)  ·  0-1

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Apr-30-04  Vischer: I play my teacher at queen handicap, and against the kan I always play Bf4, one, to get the bishop out, and two, to say haha you don't have a queen! lol
Jun-11-04  aboynamedgeorge: You should really be comparing Alexandre Lesiege and Josh Waitzkin. Alexandre is the same age as Josh (+/- a year probably), and played in all the same (International) Junior events he did. And crushed him most of the time.
Jul-28-04  chess4games: NN resignes too early. Pandolfini is a good player and a good teacher. That kind of trap was good. Interesting game.
Jul-29-04  chess4games: Bruce beat NN in just 5 moves. And who the hell is NN? I clicked on it it and it was a guy with "?" mark on it. Dose anybody know?
Sep-02-04  Knight13: This game is defeated beautifuly by 5. e5 Bxe5??
Sep-03-04
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  tpstar: Incorrect. The blunder is 5. Bf4?? refuted by 5 ... e5! and White loses a piece regardless. So 6. Bxe5 is as good (or as bad) as 6. Be3 or other moves. Then White resigned on the spot (less likely) or else the gamescore was truncated to create a miniature (more likely). Cute trap.
Dec-25-04  chesswhizkid: NN= no name
Dec-25-04  chesswhizkid: Heres what I could dig up on Sarwer.
http://www.uschess.org/msa/MbrDtlMa...
And speaking of opening traps, Josh lost the nationals to David Arnett when he was 8 years old when he fell for a cheap trick.
Dec-25-04  aw1988: Wouldn't Qh4+ accomplish the same winning of a piece a move later?
Dec-26-04  aw1988: Ah, no... Qh4+? g3 Qxe4 Qe2.
Dec-26-04
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  tpstar: <aw1988> I'm confused by your line since there is no possible ... Qh4+ with the Pawn still on f2. Are you talking about a different trap?
Dec-26-04  aw1988: <slaps self> DUH. Thanks tpstar.
Feb-04-05  Knight13: Good Opening Trap!
Nov-11-05  raydot: It looks nasty, but I don't think it's winning. It's a check, sure, but white's got more pieces developed and there are a lot of ways out...
Nov-11-05  aw1988: <raydot> White is losing the bishop...
Feb-18-06  raydot: <aw1988>LOL, of course he is! Well obviously I would have missed this trap.

I've met Bruce Pandolfini and I have to say he's nothing like the Ben Kingsley character in the movie. I mean absolutely nothing like him. Kingsley amped him up a little. I was almost scared of him initially but he's just a nice guy from Brooklyn, not at all flamboyant or intense. Bashing the pieces across the room, I don't believe he would have done that.

Feb-18-06  syracrophy: the sicilian is not an opening for the weaks
Feb-18-06  raydot: <syrakrofy>Could you explain what you mean by that? There are a lot of theoretical lines but the basic positional understanding is not that tough, and playing 2...c5 is far from an automatic win.
Mar-18-06  McCool: <<raydot:> It looks nasty,>That's not the only thing that looks nasty, take a look at your display picture.
Nov-18-06  Mocafi: White should try 7.Qd2-Qxe5 8.Nc3 followed by 9.0-0-0, and he has better development a castled king and a pawn for the bishop.This can't be less playable then the Chicago gambit or Halloween gambit,can it?
Nov-18-06  Mocafi: Also if 8.Nc3-Bb4 9.0-0-0,(Bxc3 10.bxc3-Qxe4? doesn't gain the pawn back for black because of 11.Re1 winning the Queen.
Aug-20-07  beenthere240: I suspect that anyone who could confidently give knight odds in a casual game would actually win the position described by Mocafi. However, I also suspect that anyone who drops his bishop on move 6 is not going to play the rest of the game very well either. ;-)
Oct-29-07  baseballplayer: I like the fork trick with the pawn here, but it seems a little impractical.
Oct-08-08  YoungEd: Well, White can take some comfort in the fact that for the first four moves, he played as well as anyone could have!
Aug-19-09  WhiteRook48: 5 Bf4?
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