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M Mitso vs Tamaz Gelashvili
Halkida op 4th (2000), rd 1, Aug-11
Van't Kruijs Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1

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Jul-06-06  EmperorAtahualpa: http://www.greekchess.com/hstands.htm

I just found out on the above page that Mitso's first name is Metsi. So that makes Metsi Mitso. Sounds pretty Albanian. So that seems to confirm my expectations that he's an Albanian Greek.

Jul-06-06  thatsmate: heh- I just assumed white would resign after the queen fork, so I didn't go on from there. Still, I think it counts if I saw it that far.

I like the checkmate though- original!

Jul-06-06  xKinGKooLx: I think that white's second move 2. ♕e2 is already weak because it blocks in the bishop for no reason. As for the puzzle, I got it within 10 seconds - it was an easy puzzle.
Jul-06-06  RandomVisitor: <EmperorAtahualpa>on this page, http://www.greekchess.com/halkida/
which is the tournament which took place 1 year after your link, we see an Albanian Mitso Meci.
Jul-06-06  zb2cr: Got it. For some reason, I blocked yesterday, but today's seemed easier.
Jul-06-06  c o r e: Today the game played itself. Tomorrow we will suffer for saying so. :)
Jul-06-06  dakgootje: found it after thinking for quite a long time... but missed yesterday's (will do it in a while), thus wasnt totally prerared ;-)
Jul-06-06  joe barnett: awww yes,, i got all the moves up to 18,, and in the right order for once!!
Jul-06-06  YouRang: Rats -- I did figure out the 'easy' part: 14...Bxc2 15. Kxc2 Nb4 16. Kc1, but for some reason, I failed to see that the black rook could now be brought into play.

Of course, the rook forces the white bishop to block at c4, and the pinned bishop is no longer a defense against the queen-winning knight fork.

Great combination, but one wonders why white bothered to play on.

Jul-06-06
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  kevin86: I got the first four moves of this one. The mate is pretty and unexpected-could we call it a cockeyed epaulette mate?
Jul-06-06  YouRang: <cjrubiks: I get the impression that Gelashvili simply had no respect for Mitso's playing ability: what else can explain a 2500+ player moving 1.e3, 2.Qe2 and then not bother resigning after losing a queen for a bishop with no positional compensation? Good grief.>

Methinks you got your players reversed. Mitzo (white) played 1. e3 2. Qe2. Gelashvili (black) is the 2500+ player who made <Mitzo soup>, heh, heh.

(I know, <WannaBe> was too ashamed to use that pun. Evidently, I'm shameless enough to not only use a bad pun, but to use a STOLEN bad pun).

Jul-06-06
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  keypusher: I think this opening is about as close to the Wannabe Gambit as we are going to get in a serious game.
Jul-06-06
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, the decoy sham sacrifice 14...Bxc2+! sets up a winning Knight Fork after a couple of fairly obvious deflections.
Jul-06-06  dycotiles: I liked this puzzled.
Jul-06-06  Whitehat1963: A gorgeous combination, and no, of course I couldn't figure it out!
Jul-06-06
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  thegoodanarchist: Mitso should have resigned after Black's 16th move. God, chess players are such babies sometimes... He had to get past 20 moves so he wouldn't be "miniatured." I'm glad he got mated for his insolence.
Jul-06-06  chessism: I got it in no time :)
Jul-06-06  Larsker: First time I see this opening for White but I can't say I feel tempted to start using it myself.
Jul-06-06  LIFE Master AJ: I got the first move pretty rapidly, its a nice sack to expose the White King.

I am at a loss to explain why White would continue after losing his Queen ... according to ChessBase, Gelashvili (http://www.fide.com/ratings/card.ph...) was rated 2519 at the time that this game was played. (Today this player is rated 2575 ... and is also a GM.)

Jul-06-06
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  Mendrys: Insolence? True enough he was thouroughly beaten well before he was mated but this is a lesser player playing a GM. You take what you can get in these games and rarely is it of any value to resign as soon as the GM's advantage gets decisive. It can be instructive to see how a GM can demolish a lesser player (even if that player is youself!). I just can't image Gelashvili thinking to himself "Such insolence! Does he not realize that he is playing the mighty Gelashvili!"
Jul-06-06  LIFE Master AJ: M. Mitso has no rating ... on any of the rating lists that I could find. (FIDE has not normally kept track of players rated below 2000, preferring that the individual national member chess federations do this task.)
Jul-06-06  kennel46: curiosity may kill the cat but it can be instructive to other cats.
Jul-06-06  babakova: I got it... Calculating is one of my biggest weaknesses, but when straightforward like this... Even I cannot fail.
Jul-06-06  filipecea: <kennel46> Yes. And judging from your nickname I think you know very well what fate awaits for the curious cats..
Dec-09-13
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  thegoodanarchist: <Mendrys: Insolence? .... It can be instructive to see how a GM can demolish a lesser player (even if that player is youself!). I just can't image Gelashvili thinking to himself "Such insolence! Does he not realize that he is playing the mighty Gelashvili!">

OK, point well taken! And I laughed so hard I started coughing.

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