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John A Curdo vs Danny Kopec
Salem op (1969), Salem, NH USA
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: An odd finish. 29.Ne7+ seems unnecessary, and 28...Rf8 has no purpose at all. Could the move have been 28...R-QB1 rather than 28...R-KB1? It still loses, but it would at least try to meet White's threat and explain 29.Ne7+
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  chancho: <Phony Benoni> According to Kopec's book: Practical Middlegame Techniques, the move was 28...R-KB1.
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  Phony Benoni: <chancho> Thanks. I guess that settles that.
Apr-09-08  Granny O Doul: Undoubtedly 28 ...Rec8 is what was played, whatever the book says.
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  chancho: 28...Rec8 allows the Knight fork 29.Ne7+ winning the exchange and besides, if Kopec who played the game wrote 28...Rf8, then why doubt it?
Apr-09-08  Granny O Doul: <chancho> Because I know that typos happen. And, as PB explained, ...Rec8 is an attempt to defend White's threat though it allows White to win (a whole rook, btw, not just the exchange) in a new way. ...Rf8, on the other hand, is a move that Kopec would not have considered in a million years
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  chancho: <Granny O Doul> Typos happen, indeed they do. But unless there's any proof other than pure speculation, there's no way to know for sure. It would be nice if Kopec himself would clarify this...
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  chancho: The gamescore to this very game (and other Curdo games) is in this chesscafe link by Larry Eldridge:

Incidentally, the same gamescore is in Curdo's book: Forty Years At The Top.

(a hard to find book unfortunately)

Feb-09-14  Bob Loblaw: <Phoneybenoni> Kopec probably played Rf8 out disgust. After 27 ... ♖a8?? 28. ♕e3! he was hopelessly lost in any case. Yes, ♘e7 was superfluous since ♕c5 followed by ♖a5 wins a bishop straight away.
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  keypusher: Position after 27.Rfa1:

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27....Ra8 speeded things up, but Black was lost anyway: 27....Bb6 28.Qf3 Qd4 (28....Rb8 29.Rxb4 with lots of winning continuations; 30.Kg2 to be followed by 31.Ra6 is one of them) 29.Rd1 Qc5 30.Rxb4 Rb8 31.Ra1 and if ...Rb7, then 32.Rxb6! Rxb6 33.Ra7 Rf8 (either ...f6 or ...f5 will be answered by N[x]f6+) 34.Ne7+ Kh8 (34....Kh7 35.Qf5+ g6 36.Nxg6) 35.Ng6+.

Not surprising that Kopec missed 28.Qe3! trading off the queen that was holding Black together.

Players at my level would probably do better to study Curdo than Kasparov or Carlsen.

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