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Tony Palmer vs Ramon Mateo
Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Championship (1986), Providence, RI USA, rd 1, Dec-26
Sicilian Defense: Closed. Chameleon Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: There is freedom within (1. e4 c5), there is freedom without (2. Nc3 Nc6)/Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup (3. Nge2 d6)/There's a battle ahead (4. g3) [last book move], many battles are lost (4 ... h5)/But you'll never see the end of the road (5. d4 cd) while you're traveling with me (6. Nxd4 h4)/Hey now (7. Bg2 Bd7), hey now (8. Be3 Nf6), don't dream it's over (9. f4 g6)/We know they won't win (10. Qd2 Na5)/Now I'm towing my car (11. b3 Ng4), there's a hole in the roof (12. Bg1 h3)/My possessions are causing me suspicion (13. Bf3 Rc8) but there's no proof (14. Nd5 Bg7)/In the paper today (15. Rd1 0-0), tales of war and of waste (16. c4 Nc6)/But you turn right over to the TV page (17. Nxc6 bxc6)/Hey now (18. Ne3 Nxe3), hey now (19. Bxe3 Be6), don't dream it's over (20. 0-0 Qd7)/We know they won't win [20. Bxa7? c5 21. f5 gf ]/Now I'm walking again (21. c5 Rfd8) to the beat of a drum (22. cd ed)/And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart (23. Qf2 c5)/Only shadows ahead [23. Bd4 f6 ] barely clearing the roof (24. e5 Qc7)/Get to know the feeling of liberation and relief (25. ed Rxd6)/Hey now (26. Rxd6 Qxd6), hey now (27. Rd1 Qe7), don't dream it's over (28. Rc1)/Hey now [28. Be2 a5 =], hey now (28 ... Bf8), when the world comes in [28 ... c4!? =]/They come (29. g4 a5), they come (30. Be2 Bd5), to build a wall between us (31. Bf1 Qe4)/We know they won't win [31 ... Qe4 32. Qg3 Re8 ]/Don't ever let them win (0-1) - Crowded House + Fritz 7, "Don't Dream It's Over"
Mar-20-07  dzechiel: Looking at the position after 28...Bf8 it seems that black will try to weaken white's queen side pawns and get the c-pawn rolling.

29 g4 made me blink. I suppose the move is playable, but it's not what I would have considered.

This looks like one of those positions where the only way to lose it is to try and win it. Was white playing for a win here? If not, were there better moves to try and get the half point?

Jul-15-09  schroedingers cat: Is there a chance that this Ramon Mateo is the user Mateo?
Jul-15-09  visayanbraindoctor: <schroedingers cat: Is there a chance that this Ramon Mateo is the user Mateo?>

Yes. That's GM Mateo I believe. I always read his excellent analysis if I have time when he happens to be kibitzing.

Sep-13-09  Formula7: 31.Qg3 would've saved the game...
Jan-07-17  User not found: <Formula7: 31.Qg3 would've saved the game..>

Yes i agree. Probably could have scraped a draw but 31.Bf1?? was an atrocious blunder. I don't know what white was thinking but if 31.Qg3 instead and black <then> played Qe4, white had kf2 (avoiding blacks threat of Qh1#) and coulda held on for the draw.

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