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Gawain Jones vs Loek van Wely
"Gawain's World" (game of the day Jun-28-2012)
Staunton Memorial (2007), rd 10, Aug-17
Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack (B23)  ·  1-0

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Aug-19-07  Caissanist: <A 2400 beat a 2700 like this?> Jones' current FIDE rating is 2526, not 2410 as given on his Chessgames page. Still an upset, but not quite as surprising.
Aug-19-07  Bobsterman3000: Game of the day: "Gawain and the Grim Knight"
Aug-20-07  watergun7: Is this going into your book Gawain?
Aug-20-07  aragorn69: 12.-Bxb2 already looks like a big pawngrabbin' mistake...
Aug-23-07  TommyC: Game of the tournament for me, this one.
Aug-27-07
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  Chessmensch: Kavalek discusses this game well in his August 27, 2007 Washington Post chess column. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...
Oct-26-07  Ragh: 18.Bxf6! Brilliant attack by Jones to upstage a strong GM.
Aug-14-08  myschkin: . . .

<8.Nxd4>
Swapping off Black’s best developed piece and forcing Black to make a decision.

<10.e5!>
Trapping the bishop in on d4, and threatening both Ne2 and Be4.

<10...Ra7?!>
Black continues with his ultra-aggressive plan but he really needed to develop his kingside. In the post-mortem we looked at 10...Bxc3, but came to the conclusion that White still has the advantage. 11 dxc3 c4 (if 11...Nh6 either 12 a4 Qb6 13 Qe2 c4 14 Be4 or just 12 c4 is good for White) 12 Be2 Nh6 13 Bf3!, swapping off lack’s strong light-squared bishop.

<12...Bxb2?!>
Again Loek plays far too ambitiously. However, 12..Rxb7 13 dxc3 is also very unpleasant for Black, as 13...Nh6? runs into 14 f5! Nxf5 15 g4! Nh4 16 Bg5 and the knight is trapped.

<15...Qb6?>
Black’s final mistake and a fatal one. 15...Qc7 is forced, with the subtle idea that after 16 e6 f6 17 fxg6 hxg6 18 Bxf6 exf6 19 Qxf6 Qxh2+!! is playable swapping off queens after 20 Kxh2 Ng4+ 21 Kg3 Nxf6 22 Rxf6, though White still retains all the winning chances here. Otherwise White can try 17 exd7+ Qxd7 18 fxg6 hxg6 19 Rae1 or 16 e6 f6 17 d4 with good compensation for the pawn in either case.

<16.e6!>
Crashing through.

("Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon" by Andrew Greet)

Apr-10-11  takchess: There a potential puzzle of the day in here.
Jun-28-12  sevenseaman: After 21. Qg5 Gawain is implacable.
Jun-28-12  Tired Tim: Tuesday puzzle - 25?
Jun-28-12  beonlychampion: y not 21 Rh7
Jun-28-12  NewLine: Back to the fundamentals: Don't leave your 3 central pawns on their initial position and let your enemy occupy the center, while your king hangs in there!
Jun-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Awesome game!

Yet another worthy GOTD - CG is on a hot streak for finding gems at present.

Keep it up!

LTJ

Jun-28-12  rogl: This is the position after 21. ♕g5


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Black's knight is threatened and got nowhere to go since 21...♘f5 is of course met with 22.♖xf5. In the game Loek played 21...♖e7. Why didn't he try to guard the knight with the rook: 21...♖h7 ?


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The answer is that after this white has a killer response. Can you see it?

Jun-28-12
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  FSR: <rogl> 22.Rf7! is murderous.
Jun-28-12
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  FSR: For those of us who play the Black side of this opening and want to avoid suffering this sort of debacle ourselves, GM Kavalek's column - mentioned by <Chessmensch> - is a good place to start. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...
Jun-28-12  pedro123: 22.Rf7 winds it up. 22..Nf7: 23ef7:dbl ch 23...Kf7: 24.qe7 mate

otherwise white threatens QE7 mate

Jun-28-12  Eisenheim: I love this attack from start to finish
Jun-28-12
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  kevin86: The queen sac forces mate by the two castles.
Jun-28-12  Klopstix: chop chop
Jun-28-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<klopstix>

I prefer "nom, nom" ;-)

Jun-28-12  SimonWebbsTiger: The Grand Prix Attack, still going strong since Larsen experimented with it and it really took off in the British weekend Swiss circuit some 30 years ago.

Another bone crusher
McShane vs I Cheparinov, 2009

Jun-28-12  Mudphudder: I personally love playing the Grand Prix attack. I don't know why so many masters have ragged on this version of the closed sicilian.
Jun-28-12  scormus: <SWT> I remember I schoolmate of mine more than 40 years ago. I never really rated him as a player, but he was a wizard with the Grand Prix. I never figured out how he did it. Since then I always gave it a healthy respect.
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