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John A Barlow vs Joop van Oosterom
WC15 Final (1996) (correspondence), ICCF, Nov-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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Mar-12-05  DanielBryant: 16.Rxf6???
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  samvega: White may have erred earlier than that with 14.Bh4 instead of 14.Bd2, where the bishop would have defended c3 and attacked h6. And the queen would be better on f3 than e1.

White was concerned about 16..Bxc3 17.bc Rc8, when the pawn at c3 will drop, and the pawn at e4 will be a nuissance to defend ....

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  samvega: 16.Nxb5 Bxe1 17.Nxc7 Bxh4 18.Nxa8 Rxa8 19.Rad1 would probably be ok for white.

However, black might instead play 16..axb5 17.Qxb4 Ra4 18.Qe1 Bxe4, when 19.Bxb5 Bxg2+ 20.Kxg2 Qb7+ would give black the initiative.

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  samvega: Not so sure now about my analysis of 16.Nxb5. Crafty?
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  nasmichael: Correspondence chess games can be played more boldly, as there is no opponent to glare you into distraction. You can sweat in the comfort of your own space, and take the time to determine whether you should be sweating or not. CC games make for sharper play; whom among you wants to be in a losing position for months at a stretch against a player versed enough to keep it that way? CC players play to win from the first move.
Apr-27-05  Shams: <samvega> good analysis. I hate playing moves like 14.Bd2 which look passive against the sicilian, but you are right-- it's better. I think white traded pawns on e5 too early.

good lines with 16.Nxb5, although your first one looks to me to favor black. white has the exchange and a pawn for the piece, but black has the bishop pair and more targets.

your second line (16...axb5 17.Qxb4 etc.) looks convincing.

chessgames, can I second the call for crafty's thoughts on the position?

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  samvega: "Shams" -- your real name (if you don't mind me asking), or a reference to Rumi? If the latter, am I right in guessing your avatar is also an allusion?
Apr-27-05  Shams: <samvega> it's not my real name, which is too dorky (WASPy) to use as a nickname. Yup, you got the reference. First person to, as far as I know. The donkey, though, I chose just because I think he was hilarious in the Shrek movies. You probably know more than I do about Rumi, but wouldn't a lion have been a better choice? Does Rumi also speak of donkeys? I like Rumi, but I picked "Shams" primarily because I like the name.

Probably not true, but Shams was also said to be Francis of Assisi's teacher.

your pig is a clear reference to -- oh, never mind. Where are you from, if you don't mind my asking?

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  samvega: I don't know much about Rumi or Sufism, but donkeys have a certain mythological "resonance" (as, for example, their occurence in fables), and they have some significance in the New Testament, so I just thought your avatar might be connected with your handle.

I'm from Canada.

Apr-27-05  Abaduba: I think I recall Rumi referring to a donkey once, but I don't remember the exact quote. It was quoted to my Islam class as an example of how Rumi found spirituality in images we would consider vulgar.
Apr-27-05  Shams: here is Coleman Barks (prominent Rumi translator) on Rumi and donkeys. Below that is a sample from Rumi's "Mathnawi". And no more from me on the subject, I promise.

"Consider the characteristics of the donkey: It's transportation for the poor. It can carry large loads up a narrow path. It has a modest, steadfast, calm nature. Of even energy, patient, surefooted, not easily spooked. Not noble, not splendid, not high-strung, not used for war, and generally unimpressed with human authority, the donkey is more known for what it is not, than for what it is. The thin donkey gives many clues for the uses of controlled energy."

Don't feed both sides of yourself equally.
The spirit and the body carry different loads
and require different attentions.
Too often we put saddle bags on Jesus and let the donkey
run loose in the pasture.
Don't make the body do
what the Spirit does best, and don't put a big load
on the Spirit that the body could carry easily. (pp.71-2)

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  samvega: That was good. If you like poetry, G K Chesterton wrote an excellent poem The Donkey.
Apr-27-05  Shams: When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil's walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

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  samvega: Yes, that one. The rhyme & meter are a little heavy-handed, but the final verse gives me shivers even though I'm not religious.

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