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Arthur Bisguier vs Anthony Saidy
"Saidy Hawkin'" (game of the day Sep-03-2005)
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-16
Sicilian Defense: Boleslavsky Variation (B59)  ·  0-1



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Sep-03-05  dac1990: Amusing, but I don't get the pun.
Sep-03-05  Shrivel Up DEVO: <dac1990> Its a bit of americana. A Sadie Hawkins dance is a dance where the girls ask the boys to dance. I guess its a saidy type move because black gets the initiative?

Geez, even the puns have to be difficult on Fridays..

Sep-03-05  patzer2: Black's deflection 21...g5! removes the guard and enables Saidy to win an entire piece, as opposed to just settling for the win of the exchange after 21...Bxf2 .
Sep-03-05  patzer2: Saidy's 13...d5! is a strong positional sacrifice, giving up a Knight for a strong central pawn fork and attack. This appears to be turning point in the game, with Black taking the initiative and a near decisive advantage.
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  kevin86: It looked like black did a great deal of planning,while white seemed to think from move to move;in chess,the former almost always wins.
Sep-03-05  KampongBoy: Sadie Hawkins Dances were an invention of cartoonist Al Capp, the creator of The Li'l Abner strip. On that day, in early November, there was a race through Dogpatch (the local community). The race comprised of batchelors, getting the head start and then followed shortly by the single 'gals", if a girl caught a boy and dragged him over the finish line, then he would have to marry her. This evolved into annual high school dances where girls were expected to take the initiative and ask the boy out, much less common back in the 50's!
Sep-03-05  JohnBoy: What was the point of 23...h6?
Sep-03-05  sharkbenjamin: I do not know the point of 23...h6. I had the same question. Maybe we can post GM Arthur Bisguier and ask him why.
Sep-03-05  sharkbenjamin: Or ask Dr. Anthony Saidy.
Sep-03-05  diablotins: <What was the point of 23...h6?> just an idea, but maybe to gain space on the king side and to be abe to put the Bc5 on g5. 24. Qxh4 Be3 (protecting h6) if 25. Qxh5 Bxd2, if not Qxh5 (ex. Nb3) 25...Bg5
Sep-03-05  patzer2: IMHO, I don't see anything particularly disturbing about Dr. Saidy's 23...h6!? Objectively, 23...Be7! 24. Qf2 Nf4 25. Nb1 Rc5 may be a slightly stronger alternative. However, there is nothing wrong with 23...h6!? 24. Qxh4 Nf4 25. Nb1 Rxd3 26. cxd3 Bd4 27. Ra4 Kh7 , when Black is just about as well off as any other continuation.

Saidy didn't have an immediate combination, so he simply held his won position with the quiet move 23...h6!?, waiting for Bisguier to make a weakening move. It's not exactly a zugzwang move, but it shares a key idea (waiting for your opponent to weaken the position when he has no good moves).

Sep-03-05  suenteus po 147: That was fast! I just submitted the PGN for this game yesterday.
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  Sneaky: Is this the good doctor? User Profile: saidy
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  Eric Schiller: <From Tony Saidy> I can't get him to join our community yet (he mostly blogs on politics through extensive mailing lists) but he asked me to pass this along:

After one of his favorite opening lines, Bisguier is hard to recognize in this middle game. I had lulled him into complacency by having lost our previous five encounters, one dull example of which he would choose for his otherwise entertaining 2003 book, "The Art of Bisguier." I psyched myself up for revenge in this game, which headed me toward the top echelon of US chess & a berth on the next olympic team. Both of us were typical American examples of untutored, raw, half-fulfilled talent. Later we became friends, and in 2002 I at last equalized our lifetime score. - AF Saidy

Sep-03-05  patzer2: Perhaps Saidy's comment about Bisguier having beaten him five times previously explains why Bisguier played the unusual but weak 12. Rf2?! which Saidy effectively exploited with 12...Nb4! and 13...d5!

The fact that this was Saidy's first victory over Bisquier in six tries also makes the Sadie Hawkins pun all the more appropriate, as Saidy was no longer "always a bridesmaid but never a bride" now that he scored his first win against the former U.S. Champion.

<Eric Schiller> Tell Dr. Saidy we wish him luck playing in the 90-year-old World Chess Championship in 2027. With Korchnoi playing so well, he may have to wait that long to win on the senior chess circuit. Seriously, though, I would like to see a senior Chess tournament circuit, much like we see in Golf. The recent games between Spassky, Karpov, Korchnoi and Unzicker were fascinating, and it would be great to see more such matches.

Sep-03-05  aw1988: This game judging by the kibitzing above I think is under-rated. It's a fabulous collection of subtle moves, tactical knowhow and positional cunning... very nice!
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  samvega: <aw1988> I agree, I liked this game very much. <s.po 147> Thanks for submitting this. <patzer2> Thanks for the analysis and insights.
Sep-03-05  chrismiceli: what happens if 18...Bxf2+?
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  samvega: <chrismiceli> 18..Bxf2+ wins the exchange for black, so it's an ok move. The point is that the rook is pinned, so black doesn't have to capture it right away, he can make white sweat a little.

As <patzer2> explains above, black later wins whole piece, not just the exchange, using the deflection 21..g5.

Aug-16-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: I love how IM Saidy uses a Zwischenzug to fork the
B and N with the pawn,then holds the pin on the rook and king with the bishop, and builds tactics around it.
Jan-27-14  jerseybob: The move f3 is a pet move of Bisguier's, and in the Najdorf it can be quite effective(see Bisguier-Gligoric, Zagreb 1955 in this database), but here against the Boleslavsky line, with the knight at c6 and able to play to b4, it's maybe not as good. Bisguier gets preoccupied with subtle piece maneuvers(Nd2 and Rf2), while Saidy comes charging in with blood in his eye, willing to give up material.

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