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Arno Nickel vs Peter Dahms
"A Fast Nickel Beats a Slow Dahm" (game of the day Nov-12-2020)
Schleswig Holstein-chG 44th (1989), rd 8
English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  1-0

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Nov-12-20
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  al wazir: Dahms was slow indeed. After 14 moves black had only two pieces developed.
Nov-12-20  V Geriakov: Dahms seems to have taken a fancy to developing his knights to the rim, but I guess it is the eccentrically original opening play by black which loses to white's powerful no-nonsense method that justifies making this not quite brilliant game the GOTD.
Nov-12-20  V Geriakov: And I think 10...exd6 would have prevented the rout which happened in the actual game. For example 11.Re1+ Kf8 and nothing immediately decisive for white is apparent.
Nov-12-20
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  OhioChessFan: Black needed to do <something> with the e Pawn.
Nov-12-20  Brenin: After 10 ... exd6 11 d5, followed perhaps by Ne2 and Nf4, Black's position looks very uncomfortable. Perhaps 10 ... Nxd6 is the best (or least worse) of the three possible recaptures, after Black's exotic opening play.
Nov-12-20
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  perfidious: Recall seeing a work on the Leningrad Dutch which featured one of Basman's typically outre opening ideas, with ....Nh6-f7.

As suggested by <Brenin>, the alternative recapture 10....Nxd6 may well be best, when White keeps some advantage; in the game continuation, as the position opened out, Nickel gained far too much activity.

Nov-12-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Brilliant pun! I didn't know the idiom until I looked it up, but it's real. And the pun fits the game.
Nov-12-20  unrepentant: DAAAYYUuuum. This is one of the ugliest black treatments of an opening I think I've ever seen. What was he thinking??
Nov-12-20
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  AylerKupp: <unrepentant> I agree. "Bizarre" is the word that came to mind about Black's moves when first playing over the game.
Nov-12-20
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  scutigera: "That is the trouble with many esoteric ideas; they fail against the moves a well-instructed child would pick." -- Reuben Fine
Nov-12-20  thegoldenband: Great pun, among the best I've ever seen on the site, and well-suited to the game.

As for Black's play, well, there are plenty of people who found the play of Miles, Suttles, et al. aesthetically unappealing, but promptly got their backsides handed to them. If it works, you're a genius; if it doesn't, every 1500 player has an opinion about how you clearly don't understand the most basic principles!

Nov-12-20
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  perfidious: <thegoldenband....If (hypermodern play) works, you're a genius; if it doesn't, every 1500 player has an opinion about how you clearly don't understand the most basic principles!>

We are so fortunate as to have a Reinfeld manque on site who lectures all and sundry for free, yet whose most rudimentary analyses very often come a cropper.

Nov-12-20  thegoldenband: <perfidious: We are so fortunate as to have a Reinfeld manque on site who lectures all and sundry for free, yet whose most rudimentary analyses very often come a cropper.>

If you're referring to the person to whom I think you're referring, has he even been around lately? I thought he vanished a while back.

Like so many in the chess world, he definitely had an opinion-to-ability ratio that fell short, and...well, let's put it this way: Ben Finegold may have a mouth on him (and proudly so), but he can back it up!

Nov-12-20
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  Messiah: Terrible!

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