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Loek van Wely vs Erwin L'Ami
"L'Aminated" (game of the day Oct-17-2011)
Dutch Championship (2004), Leeuwarden NED, rd 2, Jul-01
Gruenfeld Defense: Flohr Variation (D90)  ·  0-1

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Jul-31-04
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  jaime gallegos: this game deserve to be comment ! LŽAmi made a beatiful miniature playing blacks ...
Jul-31-04  sneaky pete: Seems more like a desperate swindle that completely discombobulated Van Wely.
Jul-31-04  azaris: Well, Chess is above all a mental struggle. After 25...Nb4 White is winning, but the threat of mate on c2 is still looming, he's playing against an opponent who's thrown everything and the kitchen sink at his king and there's probably time pressure. Why not guard the a2 square with the queen? So: "26. Qb3 and... oh, I'll get my coat". It's still not as bad as the recent mishap by Sune Berg Hansen.
Jul-31-04  Keshishian: <Azaris>
<After 25...Nb4 white is winning> How did you figure this? White is threating mate with his knight on a2+.

If 26. axb4 then black's 26...axb4 ends the game since it can mate white with the rook to a1# and the queen to c2#. White's only move is 26. Bxb4 and black's attack is very fierce. Also at some point can threaten f6 winning a knight if mate does not follow.

Aug-01-04  azaris: Let's see:

26. axb4 axb4 27. ♖dh1! and it's White who threatens mate. Black must respond by guarding h8 so plays 27...♕f6. White interposes with the bishop on a6 and next the Black knight must either retreat or be captured. The mating net falls apart, Black is down two minor pieces plus two pawns and loses.

26. ♗xe3 ♖xe3 then again 27. ♖dh1! and if rook takes bishop or the queen wanders off there's no defense against ♖h8+ ♔g7 ♖1h7+ ♔f6 ♖xf7# after the checks run out. No bishop, no mating net, Black loses.

Aug-01-04  sneaky pete: Even after Keshishian's "only move" 26.Bxb4 axb4 27.Rdh1 .. is an easy win. Van Wely in his urge to play it "safe" found the only way to lose, so I call 25... Nb4 a (wonderful! masterful! glorious! victorious!) swindle
Aug-02-04  themindset: total swindle
Aug-07-04
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  patzer2: After the interesting 15...Qf6!?, why doesn't White snatch the "free piece" with 16. Bxg4?

Well for one thing Black's "enprise Knight" is a bit poisoned, and as such is not exactly "free for the taking." After the dubious 16. Bxg4!? (capturing the "poisoned" piece), Black gains a small but clear advantage after 16...Bxc3! Play might continue 17. Kf1 Bxb2 18. Bxb2 Qxb2 19. Qd1 Nxd5 20. Qc1 Rab8.

Now Black doesn't have a forced win in this position, but certainly has a small advantage with winning chances and the initiative (certainly no less than excellent drawing chances) against a higher rated opponent in this position.

Aug-07-04
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  patzer2: It appears Black was going for the "swindle" early with 16...Qf5?!, as this risky move actually "loses" with "best play."

Of course, as this game indicates, having a "won game" doesn't mean you can't lose it with less than "best play". As <Azaris> and <sneaky pete> observed, Black's 25...Nb4!? is purely a swindle attempt in an otherwise lost position, as White had two excellent winning plans at his disposal, including 26. Bxe3! or 26. axb4!

After 26. Bxe3! Rxe3 27. Rxf7 Qc5+ 28. Kb1 Rxe2 29. axb4 Qc4 30. Rfd7 Rae8 31. R7d4 Qc2+ 32. Qxc2 Rxc2 33. Kxc2 , White wins.

After 26. axb4! axb4 27. Rdh1! Qf6 (not 27...Rxa4 28. Rh8+ Kg7 29. R1h7+ Kf6 30. Rxf7#) 28. Rh8+ Qxh8 29. Rxh8+ Kxh8 30. Ba6! Nf5 31. Qc6 White has a decisive advantage.

Oct-17-11  sevenseaman: Last two Black moves shake up one's chessy imagination!
Oct-17-11
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  whiteshark: <"L'Aminated"> Nice! :D
Oct-17-11
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  Check It Out: Indeed!
Oct-17-11
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  al wazir: 26. axb4 axb4 27. Qxe8+ Rxe8 28. Bxe3. (28...Rxe3?? 29. Rd8+). White has ♖+♗+♗+♘ vs. ♕+♙+♙.
Oct-17-11
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  profK: Most of us can point to an undeserved glorious swindle in our careers..but they taste so good !!
Oct-17-11
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  kevin86: White queen decoyed,the black queen mates.
Oct-17-11  erniecohen: why is this GOTD? It's not very well played, and only a so-so swindle.
Oct-17-11  waustad: Typical van Wely, whoever mates first wins. That's why I'm glad to see him playing now. I hope he's back in Wijk an Zee this year because he goes for it. My own style is much more timid so I love to see his level of aggression/rashness.
Oct-17-11  zdigyigy: Time pressure?
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