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Dawid Daniuszewski vs Anatoly Alekseevich Chepurnov
"The Dark Knight Rises" (game of the day Aug-04-2014)
All Russian Amateur (1909), St Petersburg RUE, rd 13, Mar-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line (D55)  ·  0-1



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Oct-19-06  Whitehat1963: Great little puzzle after 24...a4!
Oct-19-06  TrueFiendish: You'd have to say white was a bit of a duffer.
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  Phony Benoni: A very amusing finish after <24.a4>:

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Your radar might be suspicious of this move, as the White queen is quite short of squares. And, indeed, she might well have been trapped within a few moves had White cared to play on. But would you care to guess which Black piece administers the fatal attack?

<24...Ng3+! 25.Ke1> (Taking the knight allows mate, and none of the other king moves do much better.) <25...Nf5 26.Kd2 Nxe3!>

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Bingo! If the knight is taken, 27...Qh3+ follows with mayhem and mate, and otherwise 27...Nc4(+) will do in White's queen.

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  perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Very nice indeed. The position from your first diagram is more than PotD-worthy.
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  Once: Some very fancy stepping by the black knight - and a good pun.

Nice spot from Phony. Fritzie points out that from the first diagram, black has an even stronger move in 24...Nxf4!

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Apparently it's mate in 14. The knight can't be taken due to Qh3+ when black wins the house.

I actually turned on Fritz to try to understand why white played 20. g4...

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This turns a small white edge into a lost game. It gifts black a pawn and a free avenue of attack leading straight to the white king.

Surely white didn't overlook 20...Bxg4 or think that 21. Qxg4 Rg8 22. Qxg8 Qxg8 was worth playing?

Nope. Fritz doesn't understand it either. If white had something clever in mind, I can't find it.

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  al wazir: How could they be playing the "modern" variation of the QGD in 1909?
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  morfishine: Beautiful and Brutal finish
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  Once: <al wazir: How could they be playing the "modern" variation of the QGD in 1909?>

Two thoughts ...

1. The CG software automatically names openings by comparing the moves against other games in its database. This means that a game can start with a named opening that was not known at the time that the game was played.

For example this is Greco facing the Philidor defence - some 100 years before Philidor was born:

Greco vs NN, 1620

2. They had "modern" things back in 1909. Or at least, things that they considered to be modern. In the same way, we have things that we call "modern" but that future generations will consider to be very old fashioned.

Mind you, the term that always tickles me is "hypermodern" which was popular in the 1920s.

Aug-04-14  MelvinDoucet: Honestly I thought White would win until the mysterious 20. g4??
Aug-04-14  BOSTER: I like the idea to push "g4", but this move better to play move 17., when black bishop was closed.
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  kevin86: White can take the knight but then falls to a delayed- action pawn sac of rook and king.
Aug-04-14  AvidChessMan: I don't see 11. Ne5 as being a very good move for white. The exchange of the white bishop and knight for the black rook and two pawns was not worth it for white. It opened the f and g file for attack, plus white made the mistake of castling king-side.
Aug-04-14  mruknowwho: I know that people are going to highlight 20. g4?? as the official downfall for White, and rightfully so. But regarding a move that happened earlier in the game, I think it would have been interesting, if on the 13th move, White would have played Nxg6 instead of Bxg6. It costs a point of material, but after 13. Nxg6 hxg6 14. Bxg6, White gains a tempo and Black's king looks somewhat vulnerable.
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