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A J Goldsby vs Vladislav Tkachiev
New York Open (1995), Newark, NJ USA, rd 1, Apr-12
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1



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Mar-08-12  King Death: < Colonel Mortimer: If <strong players disregard the IM title completely> is it logical to assume that weak players vaunt the LM pseudo title absolutely?>

A long time ago I was over 2300 and never even got this Life Master (or maybe I should spell it LIFE Master) title. That must make me a terrible player.

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  FSR: <JoergWalter: LIFE Master is not simply a title - it is a sacrosanct status.>

Much like "the Dalai Lama," a revered wise man. And when you combine that with "American Jesus" . . .

Mar-08-12  hedgeh0g: A couple more wins against Class G lobotomy patients and the exalted TIME AND SPACE Master title will be his.
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  LIFE Master AJ: I will agree with the critics here, I did not play great chess here. (The other side of the coin is that my opponent did play well!)

My use of the K-side attack (h2-h4!?) did not work out ... at least, not in this game. However, Spassky's games make a very convincing argument for the whole concept involving the early thrust of White's KRP.

Mar-08-12  Nemesistic: Hey <FSR>, can i post my very own "Immortal" game in your forum for you to give me some feedback??

It has to be the best game iv'e played in many years, and i'm really proud of it considering my opponent was Shredder on a 60 min setting! It even took 32 of its 60 minutes on one move, its a Kings Gambit and its a mini, and in my opinion it's better than any LMAJ effort in this DB.. I'll let others be the judge of that though..

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  FSR: <Nemesistic> Sure, go ahead.
Mar-08-12  JoergWalter: <FSR: White had no business playing 3.h4 unless he intended to follow up with h5.>

right, just 3.h4 does not set up a K-side attack. If not rigorously followed up by h5 etc. it is just a waste. No guts no glory.

Mar-08-12  King Death: <brankat: Unlike some of LM's other games, this one has not been analyzed enough yet. Only 4 pages of kibitzing.>

I'm still trying to understand 3.h4, when I learned to play chess back in 1962 the books didn't have moves like that. If I had a clue what was happening maybe I'd jack up the page count some.

Mar-09-12  hedgeh0g: <King Death> I think it's quite a modern treatment. As FSR said, however, the move doesn't make as much sense if not followed up by h5 and possibly h6. 6.h5, for instance, would have been more consistent.

I recall seeing a recent Kasparov simul game where he played an early h4 against the Modern, so it can't be THAT bad! ;)

Mar-09-12  cro777: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 <3.h4> d5 4.e5 c5 5.c3 Nc6

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The same position can be reached via the Sicilian Alapin Variation:

1.e4 c5 2.c3 g6 <3.h4> d5 4.e5 Bg7 5.d4 Nc6

In the game Mestrovic - Ribicic at the Goodbye Summer Open 2006 in Omis (Croatia) White opted for <6.h5> (which is more usual continuation):

6. h5 Nh6 7. Bb5 Qb6

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Here, the Chess Openings Encyclopedia 2011 recommends 8.a4 (Mestrovic played 8.Bxc6) c4 with a small plus for Black (-0.11).

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We may compare this position with the position after 8...Rxh6 in the game Goldsby - Tkachiev

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Here, after 9. Nd2 Qb6 10. Qa4 (a pawn sacrifice was not unsound) Bd7 11. Nb3 cxd4 12. cxd4 Nxe5 13. Bxd7+ Nxd7 14.Rc1 a6 15. O-O e6 16. Nc5 Qc6 17. Qb3 Qb5 18. Qf3 Rd8

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instead of <19.b3?>, as he pointed in his analysis, Goldsby should have played <19.Nc3> followed by <20.Nxd5>.

19. Nc3 Qc6 20. Nxd5 Qxd5 21. Qxd5 exd5 22. Rfe1+ Kf8 23. Nxd7+ Kg8 24. Ne5

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  FSR: <King Death: <brankat: Unlike some of LM's other games, this one has not been analyzed enough yet. Only 4 pages of kibitzing.>

I'm still trying to understand 3.h4, when I learned to play chess back in 1962 the books didn't have moves like that.>

<JoergWalter> pointed out Spassky vs Ufimtsev, 1958 (1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.h4!?). I remember it from Andrew Soltis' book on Spassky's best games. Perhaps that was A.J.'s inspiration here. Similarly, Spassky played 1.e4 g6 2.h4!? in Spassky vs J Gonzalez, 1986, with an eventual transposition to a Saemisch King's Indian (!). I remember that Fischer in an article in Chess Life around 1964 mentioned 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 (he called this "the Rat," a label usually applied to 1...g6 today) 4.h4!? That move has been played very rarely. Opening Explorer For a recent example of an early h4, see R Hess vs A Ivanov, 2008.

Mar-09-12  brankat: Actually, it is good to see we are getting some fine chess analysis here.
Mar-09-12  Rob Lob Law: How pathetic to see someone play for 25 moves after it was clear the game was lost. FAIL
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  FSR: Very interesting analysis by <cro777>. Black would have been in <very> bad shape in his final position.
Mar-10-12  brankat: <FSR> <Black would have been in <very> bad shape in his final position.>

Black was fortunate he had had White for the opponent :-)

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  FSR: <brankat> You are mean. Any of us could say that if only we played great moves almost all the time, we'd be grandmasters.
Mar-10-12  brankat: <FSR> <You are mean. Any of us could say that if only we played great moves almost all the time, we'd be grandmasters.>

You are right, of course. I didn't intend to be mean, just funny. I suppose sometimes the fine line could be blurred.

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  FSR: <brankat> On the meanness scale, your remark was very tame, so I wouldn't worry about it <too> much.
Mar-10-12  cro777: This game is very instructive. In an off-beat variation of the Modern Defense, Goldsby played very well until move 19.

In the position after 18...Rd8 Goldsby stands slightly better.

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White has compensation for the sacrificed pawn (activity is a major part of position evaluation). The move-choice algorithm for a position with advantage in activity is obvious: we first look for an attack and positional sacrifice possibilities.

That's why the right move here is <19.Nc3>.

Here are some possible continuations:

<19...Qc6> 20. Nxd5 Qxd5 21. Qxd5 exd5 22. Rfe1+ Kf8 23. Nxd7+ Kg8 24. Ne5

<19...Qb6> 20.N3a4 Qb4 21.Nxd7 Qxa4 22.Nf6+ Kf8 23.Rc7

<19...Ne5> 20.Qf4 Qb4 21.Rfe1 Qxd4 22.Qxd4 Nf3+ 23.gxf3 Bxd4 24.N3a4

<19...Qxb2> 20.Rb1 Qc2 21.Nxd7 Bxd4 22.Nxd5 Ne5 23.Qf6 Nf3+ 24.Qxf3 Rxd5 25.Qf4

Mar-11-12  shivasuri4: <cro777>, your last line is incorrect after white's 22nd move.Black no longer has a knight.
Mar-11-12  cro777: Thanks <shivasuri4>, a typo. The move 21 is Nxb7.

The line corrected:

<19...Qxb2> 20.Rb1 Qc2 21.Nxb7 Bxd4 22.Nxd5 Ne5 23.Qf6 Nf3+ 24.Qxf3 Rxd5 25.Qf4

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  LIFE Master AJ: <cro777> Thanks for awesome notes!
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  LIFE Master AJ: I am sure that you went through a lot of trouble to make those.
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  Colonel Mortimer: <LIFE Master AJ:> Don't forget to apologise to <JB>. And remember to read posting threads thoroughly before you engage in emotive and insulting posting rampages.
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  Colonel Mortimer: D.) Don't forget to apologise.
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