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Tony Palmer vs Kevin Noren
Michigan Open (1990), Detroit, MI USA, rd 2, Sep-01
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: It was a night like this (1. e4 e6), 40 million years ago (2. d4 d5)/I lit a cigarette (3. Nd2 Nf6), picked up a monkey skull to go (4. e5 Nfd7)/The sun was spitting fire (5. Bd3 c5), the sky was blue as ice (6. c3 Nc6)/I felt a little tired (7. Ne2 cd), so I watched "Miami Vice" (8. cd Qb6)/I WALKED THE DINOSAUR (9. Nf3 f6)/I met you in a cave (10. Nf4 fe), you were painting buffalo (11. de Bb4+)/I said I'd be your slave (12. Kf1 Ndxe5), follow wherever you go (13. Nxe5 Nxe5)/That night we split a rattlesnake [last book move] and danced beneath the stars (14. Qh5+ Nf7)/You fell asleep (15. h4), I stayed awake [15. Be3 d4 16. Qb5+ Ke7 17. Qxb6 axb6 ], and watched the passing cars! (15 ... g6)/I WALKED THE DINOSAUR (16. Qe2 0-0)/A shadow from the sky (17. h5 g5), much too big to be a bird (18. Bxh7+ Kxh7)/A screaming crashing noise (19. Qd3+ Kg8?), louder than I've ever heard! [19 ... Kh8 20. Ng6+ Kg8 =]/It looked like two big silver trees (20. Qg6+ Kh8) that somehow learned to soar (21. Qf6+ Kh7)/Suddenly (22. Qg6+ Kh8) a summer breeze (23. Qf6+ Kh7) and a mighty lion's roar! (24. h6)/I KILLED THE DINOSAUR (24 ... Rg8)/Open the door (25. Qxf7+), get on the floor (25 ... Kh8)/Everybody kill the dinosaur (26. h7 1-0) - Was Not Was + Fritz 7, "Walk the Dinosaur"


Jul-27-09  returnoftheking: I am not sure if Nf4 is theory. It's not in The Book of Fritz but ok according to the engine. h4 is (maybe)?! but works out very well when black plays g6 and 0-0

Some notes: 11. Nxe6 is also an option according to the engines. It is even messier than the game continuation, f.e: e4 12. Bf4 exf3 13. Nc7+ Kd8 14.O-O fxg2 15.0-0 In this position black has several options:

A funny line starts with 14..Be7 when there is a forced mate:

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Instead of Be7, Bb4 or any other move is better; but Nf6 is maybe best. The knight on a8 can land in trouble some day-but the computer is not convinced and blacks king is only protected by the d pawn. Black can also give the queen on c7 when he has 3 pieces for the queen. Looks like a fun opening to play.

In the game 18. Be3 looks like an improvement, instead of the direct sac on h7. 18..d4(18... Qc7 19. Bxh7+ Kxh7 20. Qd3+ Kh8 21. Ng6+ Kg8 22. Rc1 Qd7 23. h6) (18... Qd6 probably blacks best bet) 19. Bxh7+ Kxh7 20. Qd3+ Kh8 21. Bxd4+ this move being the point of inserting Be3.

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However, Be3 is possible on almost every after Bh7 too: 18. Bxh7 Kxh7 19. Be3 (or even one move later after Qd3) so the move order of Be3 and Bh7 is probably not important.

In the game Be3 was not played at all because black erred with 19..Kg8 ?

19... Kh8 is an improvement for black but it still looks deadly after 20. Be3 Qd6 21. Ng6+ Kg8 22. h6 Bd7 23. a3 Ba5 24. Ne7+ Kh8 25. Qg6

Question..Is 16.0-0 the losing move?

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