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Edward W Formanek vs Frank Metz
68th US Open (1967), Atlanta, GA USA, rd 6, Aug-18
Philidor Defense: Hanham Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: What a Metz!
Jun-24-13  jerseybob: The cliched comment here would be "black falls into a known trap", but it's obviously NOT known by a lot of people who fall into it! Including an I.M. in the 1974 BCF Playoff game Hartston-Basman(not in this database, but in the BCM). So if you're gonna play a weird sideline like 4..h6, you should that after, the only move is 5..Ne5.
Jun-25-13  jerseybob: Correction! That doesn't work either, so 4..h6 is just a lemon, period. My memory of Hartston-Basman may be faulty: h6 may have occurred on the fifth move of that game, although white did pull a similar Bf7ch sacrifice. I'll have to find the old BCM Annual.
Jun-25-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Funnily enough, Polugayevsky in ECO C (2nd ed.) only gave 8. Qd5 winning. However, 8...Qe8 unclear was suggested by Rashkovsky and Skatchkov.

8. Nc3 wins and was also played in Skatchkov-Krovelschikov, Tomsk 2001. That saw 8...Bb4 9. Qd4, White mating on move 14. Rather weird since Black was rated 2253 at the time! All of this is given in ECO C (5th ed.) and in Khalifman's vol. 2 on Anand.

5...Qe7 is "the best" of a bad job.

4...c6 is forced.

Jun-27-13  jerseybob: Well, this shows the fallibility of human memory. Going through my BCMs, I find no record(so far)of a Hartston-Basman Philidor, though I'm certain I did see such a game(with h6 punished by a white Bf7ch) in the BCM. But who played it and when...?

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