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Francois Catheley vs Mirsad Hadzikaric
Cannes op-C (1995), Cannes FRA, rd 9
English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This must rank with Nezhmetdinov-Ujtelky as one of the strangest games in the database.

And why is this Jaenisch Gambit when the earliest known game in the database came in 1959?

Sep-29-05  Monoceros: *stares, like Krusty the Klown after watching an incomprehensible cartoon* What the hell was that?

Centre? What centre? I like how Black doesn't move a centre pawn until his eighteenth move (and then it's only to give his King an escape square); White pushes out his KP in order to develop his KB, where it stays for the rest of the game. And then there's Black's passed pawn at move 13...maybe I should try this "creeping round the edges" approach myself!

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Halibut Gambit?!" Why that name? Did Black played these moves for the halibut?
Apr-01-06  SniperOnG7: White is literally outflanked!
Oct-01-06  MUG: So is this a Jaenisch Gambit or a Halibut Gambit??
Jul-08-08  wouldpusher: In this game, the central squares d4, e5 and d5 remained untouched for the entire game, and the e4 square was occupied only once with 15. ... ♘e4. Totally bizarre game. Might make a nice GoTD too.
May-15-09  Trigonometrist: The first time I've ever seen the "Halibut Gambit"....
May-15-09  I Like Fish: from now on...
teh halibut gambit
will be...
my favourite opening...
Aug-28-10  sevenseaman: My conception of chess as a methodical game has taken a bruised beating. I can no more distinguish what is bad from what is good.
Aug-28-10  sevenseaman: Still, there is surgical precision about Hadzikaric's procedure; the patient can only feel the pain later.
May-28-12  stanleys: Don't know a lot about Mirsad - have read in French chess revues that he is a painter from Bosna,living in Saint-Tropez.

His playing style was described as "incredible" - the game seems to confirm it :)

May-28-12  stanleys: I discovered an article about him (in French)

His favourite opening seems to be 1.f3 followed by 2.Kf2 and 3.Kg3!

Dec-21-12  dario.drz: I lived in St Tropez for some months of my life during 2012, and played all the summer with Mirsad. Now I can say I know him very well. For me, being young, he has become a good friend indeed and probably the greatest and most uncommon person I ever meet. This game is just a reflection of his personality. Some people would tell you chess is science, some that is a sport, and some, like Mirsad and me, that is art. I suggest to all good chess players who want to reflect deep in life, to have a trip to the south of France and go look for him. 1. g4!
Mar-22-13  Abdel Irada: After this game, White must have kicked himself all the way to Chartres Cathedral.

Black's opening play is distinctly reminiscent of Steve Sullivan's "Global Opening," although the latter incorporates an early a3/...a6 to support the b-pawn thrust.

Still, it's rather remarkable that White lost after winning the bishop on h8 with check and exchanging queens. One would think he could hardly fail to win from such a position, but such are the vagaries....

May-04-14  GumboGambit: With nothing in the center, Id refer to this as a donut game.
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  GrahamClayton: IMHO, this game along with Guimard vs L Piazzini, 1937 are the two most unusual and bizarre games in the database.
Feb-15-17  ChessHigherCat: Great game. To add to the spirit of "bizarrerie", Black could have played 31. ...Rxg8 (threatening Bf3#) and if 32. g6 fxg6#.
Mar-18-18  Saniyat24: Deep Fried Halibut...
Jan-10-21  ZoneChess: Treacherous territory. Unfortunately for white he moved the king where it could be in sight for the black rook. Had he stayed on the backrank with Kf1, white would have retained a winning position by far.
Mar-20-22  Bellingsworth: This game is quite inspiring!

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