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Arno Nickel vs Bernard Leiber
"Wouldn't Nickel?" (game of the day Feb-16-2007)
50 Years BdF Jubilee Invitational (1996), ?
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1-0



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Feb-16-07  Mac3: Games like this are a dime a dozen. Arno (I know) because black was Bernd (burned) ;-)
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  ganstaman: Amazing game. I'd love to know what Nickel was thinking.

I think this game should be pointed out: Kramnik vs Anand, 1994

Played two years earlier, black deviated on the 17th move. 11...b4 still looks spectacular, but it's good to see both games. Do you think black either didn't know of it or thought he could improve on move 17? Or are there many more games like this that simply doesn't have?

Feb-16-07  CapablancaFan: 11.b4! was an excellent move. Hard to see with the naked eye. After 12.Nxb5 Bernd suddendly realizes what he's gotten himself into. Nickle was threatening 13.c5 after which black would be forced to return the piece. The proof? If 13.c5 was allowed...

13...Qd8? 14.Qa7 loses the rook.

13...Qa6? 14.Nc7+ loses the queen.

13...Bxc5? to return the piece? 14.bxc5 Qxc5 15.Ba3! also loses for black!

Ever heard of a poisned knight? LOL!

In light of the previous continuations 12...d5 was quite understandable! When your king is already fighting for itself by move 13 you know something has gone horribly wrong with your opening. Good game by Mr.Nickle.

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  al wazir: Why did black play 25...Bxd6 instead of Bd7 ? How much worse could that have been?
Feb-16-07  goldfarbdj: al wazir: 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Bh5+ Kd8 28. Qc7+ Qxc7 29. dxc7+ Kc8 30. cxb8Q+ looks pretty convincing to me.
Feb-16-07  thesonicvision: exactly does white win in
the final position?


28.Qe5 Ra7
29.Rc2!? Kf7

Feb-16-07  melv: I think Arno learned all those moves from the computer. Brilliant!!
Feb-16-07  psmith: <thesonicvision>
28.Qe5 Ra7
29. Bh5+ is better.

29... Nxh5 30. Qxh5+ g6 31. Qh6 Qxd6 (else Rf8+) 32. Rxc8 wins.

29... g6 30. Qxf6

29... Kd8 30. Rxf6

(from Fritz)

Feb-16-07  sandmanbrig: What if 12... Kd8 ?
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  al wazir: <goldfarbdj>: 26. Bxf6 Kf7, and material is even. If 27. Qc7, then 27...Qxc7 28. Rxc7 (28. dxc7 Rc8) Kxf6. Granted, black's position is terrible, but I think he lasts longer that way.
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  kevin86: Don't take any wooden nickels! At one time,there actually was a wooden nickel coin. Now,of course,a wooden nickel is phony-an item meant to fool another person. Here,black was burnt by a wooden nickel (Is that a mixed metaphor or what?)
Feb-16-07  bougre: What about 14... Bd7 ?
The white queen has to move then.
Feb-16-07  Akuni: 14...Bd7 loses a piece to 15. Qxd7+ Nxd7 16. cxb6
Feb-16-07  chesstoplay: A world class game from a world class player...

It makes you think again about how well the CG World Team did against this masterful player!

Great play by GMAN.

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