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Gerard Welling vs H Engberts
Utrecht open (1988), ?
Saragossa Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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  Gypsy: Wow, an absolute diagonal!! If the queen moves, then 26.Qc3 and curtains for the king.

Jun-23-07  Pawsome: An uneven game. Welling voluntarily opens up a gaping wound on his king's side with 12.g3? when there was no reason to do so. Engberts could have promptly shown Welling the error of his ways with: 12...dxe4! 13. dxe4 Bh3 14. Rfd1 Qg4 giving him a withering initiative, if not a won game. Later Engberts plays the awkward 14....Ne7? when 14. ... d4 would have left him behind the wheel. A move later he plays 15... dxe4?, which should have gone down in flames to 16. Nxe5! (eg.) 16... Be5 17. Bg4 Qd3 18. Bh5 Qxc2 19. Nxc2 winning. Then, on his 18th move Engberts voluntarily wrecks his King's side with 18. ... g6 when sound moves like Qd6 were looking him the eye. Two moves later he plays the feeble (and losing) Qc7?? when Qe6 would have kept him in play.
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  Gejewe: <Pawsome> Unfortunately it does not seem to be so easy. White can play 12.Rfe1 Nf4 13.Bf1 but I did not see what is wrong with 12.g3 as white is still able to protect his white squares without many problems. Your line 12..dxe4 13.dxe4 Bh3 14.Rfd1 (14.Rfe1!?) 14..Qg4 is far from winning. Suppose 15.Kh1 Nf4 (otherwise ..Qg4 makes no sense) 16.Bf1 Bxf1 17.Rxf1 which is rocksolid and maybe roughly equal, although I still have a preference for white. The move 14..d4 leaves not black, but white in charge in my opinion, for example after 15.cxd4 (15.c4!? is possible as well) 15..exd4 16.N1d2 the Knight is effectively rerouted (Nb3.. or maybe Nc4.. in the air) Engberts 15..dxe4 loses to 16.Nxe5!, I agree, but even after the automatic 16.dxe4 white is clearly better. You are a bit harsh on black , with black's Kings bishop still on the board, 18..g6 does not "wreck" the King's side allthough black later loses because of the weakness of this diagonal. White has a big advantage anyway and the suggested 18..Dd6 - I do not see the purpose of this move - does not help much after f.e. 15.Rad1 You are right that 20..Dc7 is feeble, but black position is also completely lost after 20..Qe6 although in that case he can hold out for some time (for what it's worth) In my opinion black did not play the openingstages very well (5..a5 or 11..Rad8 are two suggested improvements) and in spite of white's rather slow buildup had to fight for equality after that. Further imprecisions and two tactical mistakes lead to this quick loss. At the time Hans Engberts owned a bookshop which regularly had interesting antiquarian chess books. That is why I knew him quite well. Do not judge him on this clumsy game, as he was a promising player in his junior days but did not play up to his usual standard here. Which is understandable, considering this was the first round of a weekend swiss after a hard day's work !
Jun-26-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

G Welling vs H Engberts, 1988.
Your score: 51 (par = 48)


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