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Tony Palmer vs William Surlow
US Amateur Championship Playoff (1998), Internet, rd 1, Jun-13
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: Happy days (1. e4) are here again (1 ... e6)/The time is right (2. d4) for making friends (2 ... d5)/Let's get together (3. Nd2) how 'bout a quarter to ten (3 ... Nf6)/Come tomorrow (4. e5), let's all do it again (4 ... Nfd7)/Boys will be boys (5. Bd3), better let them have their toys (5 ... c5)/Girls will be girls (6. c3), cute ponytails and curls (6 ... Nc6)/Must put an end (7. Ne2) to this stress and strife (7 ... Qb6)/I think I want to live the sporting life (8. Nf3) [last book move]/A rumor has it that (8 ... f6) it's getting late (9. Nf4 fe)/Time marches on (10. Nxe6), just can't wait [10. de!? c4 11. Bc2 ]/The clock keeps turning (10 ... cd), why hesitate (11. cd)/You silly fool [11. Nfg5 Nf6 0-0], you can't change your fate (11 ... Bb4+)/Let's cut the rug (12. Kf1), a little jive and jitterbug (12 ... Nf6)/We want the best (13. Nxg7+) [ ], we won't settle for less (13 ... Kf7)/Don't be a drag (14. Nh5), participate (14 ... e4)/Clams on the half shell [14 ... Nxh5!? 15. Ng5+ Ke7 16. Qxh5 Qxd4 ], and rollerskates (15. Ng5+) rollerskates (15 ... Ke7)/Good times (16. Nxf6), these are the good times (16 ... Kxf6?)/Leave your cares behind [16 ... Qxd4 17. Ngxe4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Ne5 19. Bg5+ Kf8 ]/These are the good times (17. Qh5)/ Good times (17 ... Qc7), these are the good times (18. Qh6+)/Our new state of mind (18 ... Kf5)/These are the good times (19. g4+! 1-0) - Chic + Fritz 7, "Good Times"
Mar-09-06  Cyphelium: <tpstar> The last few moves must have felt very good for you! Just playing 17. ♕h5 and there you go black, solve your problems now while I go for another cup of coffee.

Concerning the slithering out of e5-e4 mentioned back at Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner, 1891, I do wonder what you had in mind after 11.- e4? Perhaps 12. ♗f4, but then the strange-looking 12.- ♘de5 looks better for black; indeed 13. ♘xg7+ ♗xg7 14. ♘xe5 0-0 even seems . Better is 13. ♘xe5 ♗b4+ 14. ♔f1 ♗xe6 15. ♘xc6 bxc6 (15.- ♕xc6!?) 16. ♗e2/c2 0-0, but it doesn't look too good either. Maybe there something better on move 12?

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  Benzol: Tony, if this was played in the US Amateur play-off where did you place in it?
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  FSR: The Palmer Method.

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