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Dirk Daniel van Geet vs Versnel
corr (1950) (correspondence)
Van Geet (Dunst) Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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Aug-24-06  Leviathan: A very beatiful and interesting miniature. Just like in a reversed Alekhine's defense white invites black to overextend, i.e. to push his pawns too far.

The situation after 7.♘e5 shows how black has neglected his own development for the sake of an apparently magnificent pawn center. This doesn't pass unpunished - one small tactical slip (the passive-looking 8. .. ♔f8 was the only way to avoid irreversible mayhem) and white can deliver a winning combo: 9.♕h5+ and 11.♘xf5! after which black's position is mortally struck (2 pawns down, chaotic development).

Black then takes the hanging queen, (maybe even on purpose since it was corr?) kindly allowing the coup de grāce: a pretty mate in one that is at least much more pleasing to the eye than a pointless agonizing defense like 11... Qb6 that after a few N-checks would have quickly led to the decimation of black's forces on the k-side.

I think this interesting opening (meaning moves 1-3) deserves a few words : it looks playable enough and gives white good practical chances to launch a deadly attack if black focuses too much on establishing a mighty pawn center.

I'll definitely try it sooner or later :P

Oct-09-06  RookFile: Beautiful game!
Dec-21-07  Alphastar: It's black knight's tango with reversed colors because white has lost a tempo with 3. a3.

11. ..Bf8 may be best now, but it runs into 12. Qh6! Rg8 13. Nxf8 Rxf8 and white is simply two pawns up.

Jan-03-09  WhiteRook48: ...Nxh5?? what an error
Sep-09-09  WhiteRook48: although there aren't great alternatives
Dec-24-10  Whitehat1963: Love this one!
Dec-24-10  sevenseaman: The pleasure of bagging the opponent's Q can at times be so intoxicating that one forgets the game is being played to checkmate the K.
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  GrahamClayton: A picturesque mating position with the two knights mating the Black king.
Jun-23-11  Whitehat1963: I've played this game on Guess the Move twice now. First time I scored an embarrassing 1! (Not sure what that was about!) Today I scored 18. Better, but still not up to par. Interesting and unusual game.
Aug-09-11  Xeroxx: good one
Aug-19-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

D D Van Geet vs Versnel, 1950.
Your score: 28 (par = 23)


Jan-09-15  schnarre: ...A Classic!
Jan-09-15  john barleycorn: <schnarre> thanks for pointing to this beauty.
Jan-10-15  schnarre: <john barleycorn> My pleasure.
Sep-07-16  dehanne: After 2...Nf6, 2...c5 is most annoying for 1.Nc3 players.

More usual than 3.a3 is 3.e4 which leads to a normal variation of the Dunst opening after 3...d5 and 4.Nce2 but black can play h5 after the knight gets to g3, giving him the advantage.

There's also 2.d4 which Morozevich once tried against Kasparov. It transposed into a Trompowsky attack because Kasparov didn't know the refutation.

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  sea7kenp: Awesome Queen Sacrifice!
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Odd to think such an error allowing mate on the move should be made in a correspondence game where you have a day or two make a move. Though once in an international snail mail international tournament my opponent resigned against me is a won position! He saw only my threats without looking at what he could do.

Here Black's position prior to grabbing the Queen is pretty grim. Maybe he was just saving stamp money or, living up to his name, spent 5 seconds looking at each move before sending a reply. 'Versnel' is Dutch for 'Speed up'.


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