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Gert Timmerman vs Mikhail Umansky
"Are Umansky 'Nough?" (game of the day Jun-09-2008)
WebChess Gambit Match, games 1 & 2 (2005) (correspondence), ICCF, Jul-10
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bogoljubow Variation (C33)  ·  0-1



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  whiteshark: It looks to me that <5. Nf3> but than <6. Nd5?!> are misarrangements. Thereafter <Timmerman> is already fighting with his back up against a wall. Strong play by <Umansky>!
Aug-06-07  cotdt: incredible game! mikhail umansky's positional play is the wave of the future!
May-23-08  RandomVisitor: 10...Bb7 11.d4 cxd5 12.Bd3 Bd6 13.g3 leads to good play for black.
Jun-09-08  Jedithious: Magnificent! That rook sacrifice is awesome! The Kings Gambit opening leads to the most exciting games.
Jun-09-08  DeltaHawk: Very deep game.
Jun-09-08  sallom89: wow a very nice game, worth being game of the day!
Jun-09-08  Nikita Smirnov: Talking about funny things the word um in russian means smartness.
Jun-09-08  psmith: 5. e5 seems to me to be worth a try. Looking at it with Old Fritz (=fritz 5.32) it seems to be good for White.
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  whiteshark: <psmith: <Old Fritz (=fritz 5.32)>> Analog, comparable with old windows 3.11 or the like ?
Jun-09-08  Vollmer: A Rook sac seems to be one of the most psychologically damaging moves in chess (Queen sacs almost always lead to a pretty mate) . In my first tourney game , a Queen's Indian , facing a 1700 rated player I offered to sac a Rook for the f3 pawn early in the game . A Q+B battery on the h1-a8 diagonal would have ended the game quickly if the Rook was accepted . The poor guy thought for a while , declined the Rook and maneuvered his now exposed King to the Queenside . The rest of the game was a technical exercise in playing for mate and at the end of the game all of the other players were watching us . After the mating move Boris Men nodded to me and said "Well done" in a thick Russian accent . My opponent went 0-4 in the tourney while I went on to lose to a 2200 master from Cleveland (who said that I should have the Brilliancy Prize in the bag for the previous game) , drew a 2050 , and crushed a 1500 in a short Sicilian to win the reserve section . I have won almost every game that I have been able to maneuver for a (sound) Rook sac .
Jun-09-08  jeeky1996: Nice! Let's call it "Umansky's Immortal"!
Jun-09-08  Chessmensch: And Black's bishop just sits on b8 from move 15 to the end!
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  kevin86: Black gives up a rook for a piece but he has those beautiful pawns!! Eventually,they will come home to roost-lol.
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  whiteshark: <14.Bxf4 Ne7 15.Bg5 Bxc4 16.Bxc4 Rxc4 17.Qb3 d5 18.Rac1 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 leads to equality by exchanges. (van Reek)>

van Reek missed <14...Nxd4!> which leads to a superior position for black after e.g. <15.Nxd4 Qf6 16.Kg3 Bxc4! >

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Jun-09-08  Waitaka: Since this is correspondence chess, a computer analysis is worth:

Analysis of the game final position with Deep Shredder 11, depth 18:

1. (-8.74) 43.Rd3 Rh2 44.Ke1 Kg2 45.Kd1 f2 46.Re1 fxe1Q+ 47.Kxe1 Rh1+ 48.Kd2 Kf2 49.Kc2 f4 50.Rd8

2. (-9.38) 43.Re3 Rh2 44.Kg1 Bc7 45.a5 Bxa5 46.Rd6 Bb6 47.Rxb6 axb6 48.Rd3 Rc2 49.Rd1 Rg2+ 50.Kf1 Rh2

3. (-13.24) 43.Red7 Rh2 44.Ke1 Rh1+ 45.Kd2 f2 46.Kc2 f1Q

4. (-13.59) 43.Re8 Rh2 44.Ke1 f2+ 45.Ke2 Rh1 46.Rd1 Rxd1 47.Re3+ Kg2 48.Kxd1

5. (-14.09) 43.b6 Rh2 44.Ke1 f2+ 45.Ke2 Rh1 46.Rd1 Rxd1 47.Re3+ Kg2 48.Kxd1 f1Q+ 49.Kc2 axb6 50.Re7 Kf3 51.Rd7 Qf2+

I believe this shows that GMT is a hard resigner... ;)

Jun-09-08  pacorrum: I am extremely impressed by this game, this is indeed chess of the future
Jun-09-08  Vollmer: ...and of the past , my dear pacorrum . All that is good is not new and all that is new is not good . The King's Gambit bites both ways as a good sword should .
Jun-10-08  pacorrum: But the rook sacrifice is an astounding conception! (to me, actually unfanthomable)
Jun-29-08  ajile: Why not 23..Rxd5?
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  whiteshark: <ajile: <Why not 23..Rxd5?>>

My guess is for the same reason as stated in the comment on 25th move: <The rook on the second rank restrains the white pieces.>

After <23...Rxd5 24.Ke2 Rf5 25.Rad1> white's rooks are connected and active and white's king is freed.

Feb-04-09  m0nkee1: Am not clever enough to comment really... but Umansky is artful here, seems to combine tactics and posistion perfectly... on move 15 white looks dominant... but black peaces hold together in a perfect tactical sequence. It's not like normal posistional play...

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