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Lembit Antsovich Oll vs Mikhail Vitalyevich Ulibin
"Oll's Well That Ends Well" (game of the day Dec-20-2008)
Tbilisi (1989), rd 14
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0

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Dec-20-08
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  Chessmensch: I wonder if that's something like Lorenzo's Oll.
Dec-20-08  tivrfoa: why not 24 ... Kf7?
Dec-20-08
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  Chessmensch: I didn't try to analyze it, but it seems that white could have gotten this over sooner. Anyone agree or any comments?

By the way, it was Jimmy Carter who said, "we should oll use less oll."

Dec-20-08  TheChessGuy: Nice quotes by the Nittany Lion!
Dec-20-08
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  Albertan: <Richard Taylor: I don't know what was troubling Oll (if anything)>

According to what I have read about Oll's life, it was the fact that Oll's wife decided to leave him that caused Oll too much stress and worry. The loss of her in his life was too much for him to bear <:(

Dec-20-08  xrt999: one-third of all black's moves are either Kg8 or Kh8, and one-third of all white's moves are either Qg6+ or Qh6+.

I think that is why this game is the game of the day, because they pretty much just moved their pieces back and forth for one-third of the game.

Dec-21-08
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  Richard Taylor: <Albertan>

Thanks. When my wife left me I came close to suicide so I can understand.

I also knew a few other (NZ) chess players - quite talented - who committed suicide.

One I think was a potential master or GM - that was Rodney Philips who was NZ Champion at the age of 15.

I don't think though that suicide is greater amongst chess players it's just that we are aware of it as we follow chess.

But coincidentally I was just on King Crusher's U-Tube site and he was talking about Bardeleben who committed suicide! (Hence, as Nabokov knew him, he became the subject of Nabokov's novel The Defence (or perhaps it was (Luhzin's Defence) - which I read years ago...

Dec-22-08  siimens: actually hard to say which one's the cause and which is the aftermath as it was the matter of schizofrenia,

as they they that's the case with half of the people with absolute memory

Dec-29-08  YJGYJ: I read the summary of the book The Defense and it sounds interesting, anyone actually read it through?
Dec-29-08  Ziggurat: <I read the summary of the book The Defense and it sounds interesting, anyone actually read it through?> I have. Have to say I did not find it very good, at least compared to the three or four other Nabokov books I've read.
Jan-12-09  WhiteRook48: and why the resignation?
Feb-11-09  ex0duz: Black is going to lose his Knight or Rook..
Apr-24-09  m0nkee1: Black looks dead after 0-0 ... castles straight into checkmate.
Aug-14-10  sevenseaman: cg.com are inveterate punsters!
Aug-18-10  Cercatore: Qh4???
Oct-08-10  kellmano: Great game. My only complaint - white did not insert 26. Qh6+, 27. Qg6+

<Cercatore> it's the only way to stop mate and prolong the game.

Dec-30-11
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  Sneaky: I love this game so much.
Apr-23-12  JohnTal: The worst punishment ever inflicted against the Winawer - or am I missing a more crushing example? From move 14, Oll inflicts constant pressure against Mikhail and even offers 2 rook sacrifices to boot. The final position is a whimsical, rickety structure permanently demolished by Oll's masterful 34th move ensuring that our POTD's material advantage > 1 rook. With more goodies for Lembit's plate, Mikhail was right to resign - my only Q, MU after tossing your Queen overboard, did you think LO would blunder and allow you back into the game?
Apr-24-12  pawn to QB4: <The worst punishment ever inflicted against the Winawer - or am I missing a more crushing example?>

I suppose this is a contender if only for the importance of the occasion, one commentator saying that <almost more painful for Botvinnik than the nought itself, was the fact that> your relative <found an hour and half sufficient time for thought and demolished him summarily in 32 moves>.

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960

Aug-10-14  Tigranny: What's with all the hatred against the French Defense in general, and especially the Winawer, my favorite opening as Black? This game was devastating for Ulibin, but simply using it as a source of inspiration to play against the French and bash on the Winawer as an unsound opening to me is wrong (and I love to play the 7...0-0 line all the time nowadays).

The opening was not the reason Ulibin lost; it was his choice of moves that helped lead up to Oll's attack, in the form of 8...Nbc6 (I prefer 8...c4 to kick the bishop off the b1-h7 diagonal) and 9...h6 (just asking Oll to sacrifice the bishop).

I don't get why everybody praises the repetition of checks simply to gain time on the clock; rather, I think it is quite overrated, makes the game dull, and extends it for too many moves. Why sacrifice a bishop if most of the time spent is for repetitive checks and not thinking over the proper combo to play out?

JMO. :/

Aug-10-14  FredGambit: <What's with all the hatred against the French Defense in general, and especially the Winawer, my favorite opening as Black?>

Speaking only for myself, I do get a bit annoyed when I play against the French. Just not my kind of chess. Which is, of course, why you and other French players love it - you frustrate people like me!

This makes me kind of a hypocrite, in that my favored Sicilians are of the 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 variety; I took my biggest scalp OTB with it at this year's US Open (although that one went 1 e4 c5 2 Qe2!? e6).

Aug-10-14  Tigranny: <FredGambit> I understand what you mean. I was just contemplating why other openings such as the Sicilian, which is the most popular choice for Black, is not as feared or annoying to play against as White.
Apr-05-16  posoo: now dis - DIS - is a REAL booming in da posooian stile! Some communtators have speculated dat OLL was moving da rook around for time reasons.

BUT DA POSOO KNOWS

Oll was just doing it to LAUGH. Sadly dis was da last time he had a chance to do dat.

Jan-03-18  Howard: One particular thing about this game was that Oll's TN of 10.Bxh6 took first place by a wide margin in the "best TN's" list in the Informant.

More specifically, it got 81 points out of 100 among the judges.

Jan-03-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: SF gives 13... Qe7
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