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Valery Atlas vs Vasileios Aristotelous
"Strength over Philosophy" (game of the day Jan-25-2010)
European Team Championship (2007), Heraklion GRE, rd 5, Nov-01
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-10  think: Atlas vs. Aristotle - pure brains vs. brawn. The confusing part is that brawn wins in this game.
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  Phony Benoni: So what was the first cause of Black's defeat?
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  tpstar: *shrugs*
Jan-25-10  RandomVisitor: 16...f5 was the beginning of the end...
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  gawain: 24...h6 was a poor move, creating a weakness at g6. White exploited that weakness skillfully

Very nice <tpstar>: "Atlas shrugs!" Ha.

Jan-25-10  crwynn: <Phony Benoni: So what was the first cause of Black's defeat?>

Isn't it obvious? White was the first mover.

Jan-25-10  newzild: <Phony Benoni: So what was the first cause of Black's defeat?>

Maybe the 500 point rating difference

Jan-25-10  ounos: Haha, nice pun! I wonder what team Black played for, certainly not for the Greek one (perhaps Cyprus was participating, I can't really remember).
Jan-25-10  Bonifratz: <crwynn: Isn't it obvious? White was the first mover.>


Jan-25-10  goodevans: <tpstar: *shrugs*>

"Atlas Shrugged" was the pun for the GOTD for 16 Feb 2009: Valeri Atlas vs Ye Jiangchuan.

One of the most offensive and unpleasant books I've ever read (I gave up a third of the way through - maybe it got better after that!).

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  kevin86: The pawn sets up a big attack by queen and others.
Jan-25-10  ILikeFruits: tomorrow...
mass effect...
2 will...
come out...
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  whiteshark: <the real atlas>

Girl, you gonna carry that weight,
carry that weight a long time ... :D

Jan-25-10  Justawoodpusher: I don't know something about the Pirc as I do not play it, but in the sicilian with e5 you better fight for the the d5 square as black. I think black allowed here white to conquer this square without much costs, contributing probably to blacks loss of the game.
Jan-25-10  Amarande: As the resignation is not entirely obvious to the beginner:

If -

a) 33 ... Kf8 34 Qh6+ Ke8 (not Kg8 35 Ne7+ winning the Queen) 35 Qh8+ Kd7 36 Qg7 Qxg7 (forced, for Ke8 37 Bxg6 wins the Queen, and if Ke6 37 Nf4+ does likewise) 37 fxg7 and the Pawn queens.

b) 33 ... Kh8 34 Qh6+ Qh7 (again, Kg8 35 Ne7+) 35 Qxh7+ Kxh7 36 gxh5 followed by 37 hxg6 and White will soon queen.

c) 33 ... Kh7 34 gxh5 and again Black's g-pawn is doomed, after which the passed Pawn phalanx on the sixth rank is again decisive.

d) 33 ... Kg8 34 Qh6 Qd7 (the only apparent defense to Ne7+, for after 34 ... Qh7 35 Ne7+ the Queen is still lost, while after 34 ... Qe8 or Qe6 35 Qg7 is mate) 35 Ne7+ Kf7 36 Bxg6+ Ke6 37 Bf5+ Nxf5 38 gxf5+ Ke5 (if Kf7 39 Qg7+ and 40 Qg8 mate) 39 f7 and the Pawn still queens.

Jan-25-10  zb2cr: <Amarande>,

In your line (a), even simpler is 35. Bxg6 winning the Black Queen, two moves earlier than you give it.

Jan-25-10  Sydro: Strength beyond strength.
Jan-25-10  TheChessGuy: This is one of the best puns I've seen in awhile for a Game of the Day. Keep it up!
Jan-25-10  randomsac: A great pun. I actually laughed when I saw it.
Jan-25-10  WhiteRook48: horrible pun
Jan-25-10  Laocoon: ... Kakotelous
Jan-25-10  pulsar: The pun made me smile today! :)
Jan-26-10  MarbleSkull: Is 32. Qe3 necessary? It seems like he could go f6 a full move earlier.
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  tpstar: <goodevans> "South Park" had a hilarious episode called "Chickenlover" where town policeman Officer Barbrady finally learns to read (!?) but then makes a huge mistake by bringing home "Atlas Shrugged" which was so bad that he swore off reading for good. ;>D

<MarbleSkull> 32. Qe3 avoids 32 ... Ne2+ ideas, as in 32. f6+!? Qxf6! 33. Nxf6 Ne2+ & 34 ... Nxc1 and Black has great drawing chances.

Jan-26-10  MarbleSkull: Ah, thanks tpstar.
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