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Adlane Arab vs Slim Belkhodja
zt 4.1 (2005), Taza MAR, rd 5, Jun-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-21-11  Rob Morrison: This game makes no sense. There must be a typo no later than white's 3rd. Interesting puzzle to try to reconstruct what the first three moves must have been so that the rest of the game makes sense. I can't figure it out.
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  Phony Benoni: <Rob Morrison> My guess was that Black's first move was 1...d6, and that White, unable to play 3.cxd5, played d5 instead. That would leave this score and final position:

<1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 f5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.e4 Nf6 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.Nge2 0-0 8.Ng3 Bg6 9.Bd3 Qe8 10.Qc2 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 Nbd7 12.0-0 Nc5 13.Qc2 h5>

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This seems sensible enough, but the end is still puzzling. Usually when you have very short games which include an early typo, the game score is stopped because the source includes an "impossible" move which was played in the real position. For example, if White could put a piece on d4 here, the computer would see that as an impossible move (because it thinks White has a pawn on d4), and would truncate the rest of the score believing it to be indecipherable from this point.

Thing is, White has no legal "impossible" moves, nothing he could play in the reconstructed score which we couldn't play in the incorrect score. The only thing I can deduce is that the game actually did end at a draw at this point. Games in Zonals are not always hard fought.

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