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Wang Zili vs Rui Damaso
"Zili Putty" (game of the day Jul-02-2020)
POR-CHN (1996), Macau, rd 7
Scandinavian Defense: Portuguese Variation (B01)  ·  0-1



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Apr-05-05  Theoryhack: The portugese was a lot of fun to play back in the 90s. White is comming to grips with it now. 3 Nf3! is a handy way of avoiding it. (3...Bg4 4 Bb5! Nbd7 5 h3)
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  FSR: Damaso had smashed another Chinese GM, Ye Jiangchuan, with the Center Counter in Round 3, underpromoting to a knight and mating on move 29. This game, in Round 7, came after the Chinese players had prepared against his Brand X opening. They were ready for him this time! You see the result: this time Damaso mated Wang Zili on move 13!
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  FSR: The story behind this game is one of the greatest in chess history. In 1996, a match-tournament was held in Macau between the best Chinese and Portuguese players. In Round 3 one of the Chinese grandmasters, Ye Jiangchuan (2560), had White against Rui Damaso (2415), a little-known Portuguese IM. Damaso played a very rarely seen "Brand X" opening, 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4!? Ye, who had probably never seen this before, reacted with the quiet 4.Be2, not trying to refute the line. Damaso castled queenside, launched a furious attack against Ye's king, and checkmated him on move 29. A very flashy game - Damaso even underpromoted to a knight! J Ye vs R M D P de Almeida, 1996

Stung by this defeat, the Chinese prepared assiduously for Damaso's garbage opening. If he dared to play this trash again, they would punish him! The Chinese got their chance in Round 7. Another of their GMs, Wang Zili (2540), was White against IM Damaso. Sure enough, Damaso played the same goofy line again. Wang Zili rolled out what he and his teammates had prepared. The result, which you see here, was indeed brutal. Damaso checkmated his second Chinese GM, this time in 13 moves!!

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  OhioChessFan: 12. g3 would have held out longer.


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  FSR: <OCF> I guess losing the queen is better than losing the king . . . .
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  perfidious: Ruination was White's lot here.

At the time, I played the Scandinavian on several occasions in hopes of inveigling unwary opponents in this morass, but never quite got there: one of my spoilsport opponents went in for 4.Be2, as Ye had in the game mentioned by <FSR>. Do not recall how the others went, but managed to win them all anyway.

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  FSR: Zili Putty.
Jul-02-20  areknames: Thanks <FSR> for relaying the great story behind this shellacking. Good pun too which actually shows admirable restraint, a punster with more juvenile tendencies might not have been able to avoid using the first player's other name in some capacity.
Jul-02-20  TheBish: White needed to play 12. Ke2!, when the engine says White is equal after 12...Nd4+ 13. Bxd4 Qxd4 14. Qb3 (but not 14. Rd1? Qe5+ 15. Ne4 Bxe4 16. Qxb4 Bc2+) 14...Bc5 15. Nh3 Qe3+ 16. Kd1 Bxh3 17. exf7 Be6 18. Bc4 Bxf7 19. Re1 Qd4+ 20. Kc2 Bg6+ 21. Ne4, when White has a pawn as compensation for his uncomfortable king position (and maybe he can eventually wriggle out with Rad1 and Kc1).
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  al wazir: Hard to believe that a 2500+ player could get into so much trouble so fast.

If 13. Kc1, then 23...Qe1+ 14. Nd1 Rxd1+ 15. Qxd1 Qxe3+ 16. Qd2 Qxd2#.

Why did white pussy-foot around? Why not just play 7. exf7+ ?

Jul-02-20  Brenin: Thank you, <FSR>, for this splendid story. I've had a few successes against much stronger players with the Scandinavian, though never as quick and spectacular as this. Usually they get the better of the opening, and then become complacent in the middle game, overlooking counter-attacking possibilities.
Jul-02-20  jith1207: Thanks for the story, <FSR>.

How does the Chinese preparation go wrong the second time as well? But, that's understandable, I guess, in 1996 without heavy machine support against someone with a pet line.

What does this pun refer to?

Jul-02-20  catlover: I believe the pun refers to "Silly Putty" a product sold as a toy back in the 60s. What I remember about it was a putty you could roll into a ball but if you dropped it, it would bounce like rubber.
Jul-02-20  petemccabe: Silly Putty is still available. At least in America.
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  AylerKupp: <<al wazir> Why did white pussy-foot around? Why not just play 7. exf7+ ?>

I thought the same thing. Then I started to think, usually a bad thing. After 7.exf7+ Kxf7

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White is two pawns up but has not developed a single piece. Black has 3 developed and well placed pieces, 4 if you count the king. The latter is no joke, with ...Bb4+ and ...Re1(+) Black will quickly bring 2 additional pieces into the game while White is only staring to develop. So the answer as to what is White's best move might not be that obvious. It certainly wasn't to me after a little bit of thought.

So, WWSS (What Would Stockfish Say) after 6...Nc6?

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At d=40 it considered both 7.Be3 and 7.Nf3 which it evaluated at [+1.69] and [+1.32] respectively to be better moves than 7.exf7+ which it evaluated at "only" [+0.93]. So yes, 7.exf7 does keep some advantage for White but not, at least according to Stockfish 11 at this search depth, as much as 7.Be3 as actually played.

Here are Stockfish 11's 3 top lines without review and (thankfully!) no comments from me since I'm very busy with other things at the moment. So I'll let you and But I just couldn't resist.

1, [+1.69]: 7.Be3 fxe6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Nf3 0-0 10.h3 Qe8 11.Bd3 Rd8 12.0-0 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxd3 14.Nxe6 Bxf1 15.Qxf1 Qc6 16.Nxf8 Kxf8 17.Rd1 Rxd1 18.Nxd1 Kf7 19.Qd3 Bc5 20.Bf4 Bd6 21.Bxd6 Qxd6 22.Qxd6 cxd6 23.Ne3 Ke6 24.f4 d5 25.cxd5+ Nxd5 26.f5+ Ke5 27.Nxd5 Kxd5 28.Kf2 Ke5 29.g4 h5 30.Kf3 b5 31.a3 a6 32.b4 h4 33.Ke3 Kf6 34.Ke4

2. [+1.32]: 7.Nf3 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Ne4 9.Bd2 fxe6 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 Nxd2 12.Qxd2 e5 13.a3 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Qxd4 15.Qxd4 exd4 16.axb4 dxc3 17.bxc3 Rfe8 18.Ra2 Be6 19.Re1 Bf7 20.Rea1 g6 21.Rb2 a6 22.c5 Rad8 23.g3 Kg7 24.h4 c6 25.Kf1 Be6 26.f3 h6 27.Kf2 Kf6 28.Rd1 Ra8 29.Bd3 a5 30.bxa5 Rxa5 31.Rxb7 Rxc5

3. [+0.93]: 7.exf7+ Kxf7 8.Be3 Nb4 9.Na3 c5 10.Be2 cxd4 11.Qxd4 Qa5 12.Kf1 Nc6 13.Qd1 Bc5 14.Qb3 Bxe3 15.c5+ Be6 16.Qxe3 Rhe8 17.Nb5 Kf8 18.Qc3 Qxc3 19.Nxc3 Rad8 20.Nf3 Nd4 21.Nxd4 Rxd4 22.Rd1 Rxd1+ 23.Bxd1 Bc4+ 24.Be2 Ne4 25.Nxe4 Rxe4 26.Bxc4 Rxc4 27.Ke2 Rc2+ 28.Kf3 Rxb2 29.Rd1 Ke8 30.a4 Rb3+ 31.Kg4 Rb4+ 32.f4 g6 33.g3 Rxa4 34.Rb1 b6 35.cxb6 axb6 36.Rxb6

Jul-02-20  jith1207: <Aylerkupp>: if you go to recent kibitzing and check for your latest comment shown for this game (well, it wouldn't work now after my comment, so I'm pasting it below), it cuts off after 4 or 5 words.

<<<<<<<W Zili vs R M D P de Almeida, 1996 AylerKupp: <<al wazir> Why did white ... >>>>>>

Is that because <CG> is designed to show that way for <Aylerkupp> comments or is it because of the word that follows <pussy>? :)

Or is it just the way it has always worked in preview section for huge comments....

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Jul-02-20  dhotts: R M D P really has played some great games, he loves the attack!

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