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Eric Schiller vs Elliot Temple
"Surely Temple" (game of the day Jan-14-2006)
Stamer Memorial (2000), San Francisco, rd 4, Jun-11
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  1-0



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  Eric Schiller: <yourang>The Archbishop spent most of the day at home and then came out to chase the rook from the Temple!?
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  Sneaky: Elliot Mess
Jan-14-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: 31. ♘xb4! Did that move come naturally,or did you need a good think?A very brave move indeed.Bueatiful work with the minor pieces.
Jan-14-06  JohnBoy: Eric - how does white proceed after 16...b5? I like 17.d5 Bxd5 ba 19.Qxa4 better than 17.cb Bxb5 18.Bxb5 Rxb5, but either leaves white with more space. Is there a clear plan for white to get the d pawn? Or is there another plan for white that I am missing?
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  Sneaky: Tim, not to take anything away from Dr. Schiller's play, it wasn't bravery that led him to do it--he had no choice. What else can he do? If he moves the rook the knight falls. I agree, the way he handled the minors was cool. I've always liked the ♘♗vs♖ struggle, I think it's one of the interesting facets of chess.
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  Eric Schiller: <johnboy> I'd play it your way, with d5, I think.

<Timothy> It was forced, but I had anticipated it a few moves back. Two minors and a flying passed pawn against a rook is just a matter of technique. Black gave me a free hand on the queenside, and never mounted anything serious on the kingside.

Jan-14-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Thanks for the reply,just moving the Rook looks like a draw to me.
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  Richard Taylor: Good game Eric - the ending is won I think with extra passed pawn. It is hard for Black.
Jan-14-06  Ludamad: nice game, a lot of horse manuevers there eh?
Jan-14-06  itz2000: hey guys... can someone explain if there's something wrong with 28 .. Nd7
Jan-14-06  Cogano: Hi <itz2000>. You ask why is 28... Nd7 bad? Look at the actual position. White played 28.Nc6, if Black plays 28...Nd7, as you suggest, White will then capture the rook on b8 for nothing. If the capture cannot be prevented, then at least there must be a price paid for it! I hope that helps. But, to be fair, I must point out that I haven't had much practice (haven't played much: clubs are too expensive & haven't figured out my way around a chess playing site, pre
-ferrably one I liked, yet!) nor have I read that much into game theory etc. (I guess you can blame that on laziness. Because while I did try & get whatever I could find at my local bookstore, I haven't yet visited, but should visit, a chess bookstore!)! Take care and have a good day. Cheers!
Jan-14-06  Cogano: Hi Eric. I just wanted to commend you on a great game. Granted, Black gave you "a free hand on the queen-side, and never mounted anything serious on the kingside," as you said. But you still did display brilliance, in my humble opinion. So kudos sir. Take care and have a great day! Cheers!
Jan-14-06  dakgootje: <itz2000> Well what would black gain with 28. ...♘d7, as thats i tihnk the first thing you have to think about. As far as i can see there follows 28. ...♘d7 29. ♘xb8 ♘xb8 30. ♗b5 followed by 31. ♖e8 winning the knight, so i dont really think 28. ...♘d7 is a good move.
Jan-14-06  dakgootje: for the game itself: No offence ment, but it looked all pretty simple, though i had to look at some opening moves twice before understanding then, as i almost never open with d4...mainly because i never studied any opening which begin with d4 =)
Jan-14-06  morpstau: This was a good game but in my thought not a game of the day.
Jan-14-06  HighlyOriginal: "Schiller Temple" would have been a better pun, surely?

Good game. 28...Bd2?? was a blunder that led to a lively finish.

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  Eric Schiller: <coqano>This is a rather unusual approach to the King's Indian. I don't like to put my pawn at e4, because it is the target of much pressure, often on the e-file. So I set up a solid center and kingside, and concentrate on the queenside. Black can equalize if familiar with the theory, but it isn't easy to find the right moves at the board. My opponent is one of the talented young local players in the Bay Area, and he had already earned my respect in other games.

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Jan-14-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Great original pun for today's GOTD. :)

My favorite move: 21.Qxh6!

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  kevin86: Nice attack by Schiller:Black's goof allowed Schiller to gain a piece after white had sac-ed the exchange earlier. Black's rook is helpless vs the minor pieces.
Jan-14-06  itz2000: oops... I ment 29 .. Nd7
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  Eric Schiller: <itz2000> If 29...Nd7, then 30.Rd5.
Jan-14-06  sciacca khan: Eric, I agree with you about 15...Rb8, I immediately thought Rc8 would be better, aiming to do something on a semi-open file which offers more hope for the a-rook.
Jan-15-06  Cogano: Hi <Eric>. Thank you so much for the prompt reply. Thank you more still for the explanation, tips & advice etc. I could always use more of those, considering how inexper-ienced & insufficiently read chess player I am. I'll surely check out the sites you've so kindly provided. Thanks so much again. Take care and have a great day. Cheers!
Jan-15-06  itz2000: <eric> ohhhh .... lOl!! thanks!
Feb-11-14  RedShield: RIP beautiful child:

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