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Benjamin Finegold vs Gregory Kaidanov
12th Chicago Open (2003), Oak Brook, IL USA, rd 4, May-25
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1

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Oct-20-04  stormflyer: 54. Be4?? was just horrible. Am I not seeing something, or is 54. Kxg3 a simple draw? White's bishop can just stay on the a4-e8 diagonal and take the Black pawn if it comes to a4. How could Finegold, an IM, make such a terrible mistake?
Oct-20-04  mack: 54...Kxg3 is indeed a certain draw.
Oct-20-04
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  chessgames.com: It's such a horrible blunder that I would suspect that the score might be wrong. Even in incredible time pressure I couldn't imagine a GM playing a move like that.
Oct-20-04  pawn52: 54...Be4 should have three queston marks, not just two. Thanks to that blunder, Black's a-pawn has just become a passed pawn with nothing to stop it from promoting.
Oct-20-04  Zaius: How can white not get a draw from here? 55.Bg2, blocking the g pawn and keeping the a8 square covered. This lets the white king take the g pawn, and allows a pawn for bishop exchange at a8 for a king vs. king draw?

I am sure I am wrong since you are certain this is a blunder, but could you tell me how?

Oct-20-04  suenteus po 147: <Zaius> The black a-pawn is heading to a1, not a8.
Oct-20-04  Zaius: Goes to show you. When you think you've made the worst possible blunder imaginable, there will always be someone somewhere out there ready to make a worst blunder (such as not knowing the pawns' direction).
Jan-16-05  DutchDunce: <such as not knowing the pawns' direction> I've done this in a real game before. Sort of like running the wrong way on a football field (which I believe happened once professionally). Where did the brain go?
Jun-30-05  ben2600: Hello.

This is Ben Finegold. The game score is indeed incorrect.

Jun-30-05
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  tpstar: Hello Ben, this is Tony Palmer

If you click on your name up top, that takes you right to your page with all of your games (for this database). It's great to have titled players here commenting on your games, so nice to see you!

Jun-30-05  aw1988: Welcome to the site. Are you by any chance related to Mark Finegold?
Jul-06-05  ben2600: Mark is my brother
Jul-06-05  aw1988: Aha. Thanks.
Jun-28-07  pocketkings: roflmao....
Jun-28-07
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  WannaBe: <mack> Ben Finegold is <ben2600>
Jun-29-07  mack: Thanks,<Wannabe>. God, they never stop...
Nov-26-07  centercounter: Mac, he didn't play Kxg3 because he was playing for the win... :P
Jun-19-20
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  Jambow: Interesting I was at this tournament remember seeing Ben Finegold and his then wife I think her name was Kelly? Kelly was playing across from someone and had her distractors fully employed... Anything for a win lol.

Ben was still an I'M then. I think Kaidanov was not fully versed in his English as he had recently immigrated to the USA. I also think had just been mugged too as he recounted it.

Jun-19-20
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  beatgiant: Finegold himself kibitzed above that the game score here is wrong, and as given here 53...Kxc4? and 54. Be4? are bad blunders (53...a4 wins; 54. Kxg3 draws). Does anyone know the correct score?

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