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Lembit Oll vs Alexei Barsov
"Superb Oll" (game of the day Feb-02-2014)
Agzamov Memorial (1986), Tashkent URS, rd 1, Dec-??
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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Jan-26-06  Granite: Really enjoyed this game for the obvious reasons.
Jan-26-06  MUG: Well found. A Great ending. Whites Rook, knight, king and pawns advanced forward together as one, like some strange, lumbering, all-powerful mega-piece!
Jan-26-06  Whitehat1963: Proving the value of the point system when applied by skilled players. Love the unbalanced ending.
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  GrahamClayton: Amazing final position - the Black King and Queen pinned on the back rank, and helpless against the White pawns, pieces and active King.
Apr-27-10  kellmano: I like the way that around move 50 white regroups his pieces before edging up the board.

Nice description from <MUG> re the megapiece

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  Phony Benoni: Such games are no fun to play for the losing side. You know the position is going to be lost eventually, but it's not quite bad enough to resign with dignity. But all you can do is make pointless checks and threats as the Clump slowly lumbers forward.

So give Black some credit. There's even a trap on the final move:

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103.f7?? Qg6+!

Oct-12-12  Shams: <Phony Benoni>

It's clump, it's clump
It's in your head
It's clump, it's clump, it's clump
You might be dead..

♬ ♬

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  Phony Benoni: Just to get the pun out of the way, it's a play on <Super Bowl>.

That takes care of the pregame show. Now you can concentrate on the game.

Feb-02-14  offramp: Very good pun! I believe a game of American Football is due to be played today somewhere in the USA called "the Superbowl". I cannot enlighten you as to which teams are playing. That information may be available elsewhere on the internet.
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  Sneaky: <some strange, lumbering, all-powerful mega-piece!> Sort of like this?
Feb-02-14  offramp: Handy hint: a knight placed on the adjacent square orthogonally to its king gives maximum protection from queen checks.
Feb-02-14  Tim Delaney: One interesting point is that the remote passed pawn at a2 plays no role in the winning procedure, even though that pawn can easily be protected. Generally speaking, a securely protected remote passed pawn is a major advantage in the endgame, but here White willingly allows its demise in exchange for practically nothing.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The position after 52...Qe4 shows a large material advantage for White, but his pieces are completely tied up. I like how he slowly frees himself starting with the humble h2-h3 and eventually rolls (rOlls?) down the King side like a glacier.
Feb-02-14  morfishine: If this is considered a masterpiece by White, would that make it an Oll painting?
Feb-02-14  Garech: Great play by Oll indeed!

If the Superbowl is even half as good, I'll be happy!


Feb-02-14  offramp: <MUG:...Whites Rook, knight, king and pawns advanced forward together as one, like some strange, lumbering, all-powerful mega-piece!>

Brilliant. The pieces, sellotaped together, creep up the board very like The Blob chasing Steve McQueen.

McQueen is the King.

Feb-02-14  Francio: This is not Oll's minor pieces vs queen only game. here is another: Oll vs Y Kruppa, 1987
Feb-02-14  sfm: <Phony Benoni: Just to get the pun out of the way, it's a play on "Super Bowl"> Yes, that was understood. Good one!
Feb-02-14  PJs Studio: What beautiful patience exhibited by Oll!

Hope the SuperBowl is this good :P

Feb-02-14  Howard: Too bad about Oll's tragic death, about 15 years ago, in which he committed suicide.

New in Chess had a good article about him a few years ago.

Feb-02-14  MountainMatt: All I can do is second, third, fourth, etc. all such comments as "very enjoyable game", "great endgame technique", "incredible patience" and so on. I suppose I can add, "very instructive".

And, "Go Seahawks!!!"

Feb-02-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <morfishine>,

It's not just any Oll painting -- it's an Oll Master!

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  kevin86: Black queened first,but it looks like white will queen last,and have the last laugh also.

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