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Lawrence Day vs Bryon Nickoloff
"Carpe Diem" (game of the day Feb-02-2018)
Toronto ch (1977)
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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  eternaloptimist: Carpe Diem
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  eternaloptimist: Nickoloff showed good presence of mind when he played ...♙h5 & ...♙h4 early in this game. Day played 6.♘h3 which blocked his h♙ from moving forward to stymie Nickoloff's attack. Right after 11.♘g5, Nickoloff played 11...♙h4 to ensure getting a semi-open file. He also had good piece coordination in his attack on Day's ♔side!
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  Phony Benoni: Most people see the light. Nickoloff sees the Day.
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  areknames: As in most gotd's, the pun is more interesting than this poor quality game. 6.Nh3 is suspect, then Day castles into danger and pretty soon every single one of Nickoloff's pieces is converging on an exposed king. Nice attack though.
Feb-02-18  UR IV: I don't understand why black doesn't play Nh3+ after white's 22.Qxh2. Is there something I don't see?
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  morfishine: Typical of Day's high risk style of play: Live by the sword, die by the sword
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  rodchuck: <UR IV>After 22....Nh3+ 23.Qxh3 Bxh3 24. Be6+ with equality or if 22...Ne2+ 23. Qxe2 Bxe2 24 Be6+ with equality (thanks to Stockfish, because your suggestion seemed really reasonable!)
Feb-02-18  UR IV: <rodchuck> what do you mean "equality"? Damn I really don't see it :-)
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  rodchuck: <UR IV>after 24 Be6+ if ...Kc6 25 Bd5+ Kd7 (with repetition), and if 24...Ke8 25. Bf7+ Kd7 (Kf8 or Kd8 loses to Ne6+ (or 24 ...Kd8?? Rxe5 25 Qxe5 26 Nf7+ forking)
Feb-02-18  UR IV: <rodchuck> But if after 24 Be6+ if...Kd8, how do you win? Since Ne6+ is not possible in that case
Feb-02-18  ChessHigherCat: Very entertaining game. I'm not pretentious enough to proclaim whether every move was optimal and I don't run everything through an engine like some crazed uranium prospector looking for tiny radioactive flaws. Lighten up people, chess is a game, believe it or not.

As to the pun, it would have been excellent if Day had lost. In this case, "Blinded by the light of Day" might be better.

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  eternaloptimist: <areknames> I'm surprised that you don't find this game interesting. I'm well aware that it wasn't Day's day (pun intended) when he played this game. Although this game is very interesting & unique IMHO! I also like to submit games that are instructive so people can learn tactical themes, strategies etc. from them. In this game as I pointed out in my previous kibitz, Day blocked his h♙ from moving for defensive purposes after he played ♘h3. ♘ickoloff took advantage of this by playing ...♙h5 -> ...♙h4 etc.. This teaches people that they can use this themselves in their own games. I think that he implemented a brilliant attack & his piece coordination was superb! I can tell from your kibitz that you agree w/ me on that. It's easy for people like you to criticize things. Although if you think you can do a better job of submitting puns & games than I can, then start doing it yourself & we'll see how well that turns out. You will find out very quickly that's it's not easy.

<morf> That's very true indeed!

<ChessHigherCat> Very well said! Although actually Day did lose & my pun fits the game b/c carpe diem means "seize the day". Nickoloff seized Day's position. I like the pun that you came up w/. You should submit a game for GOTD w/ it!

Feb-02-18  ChessHigherCat: <eternal optimist> That was silly of me, excellent pun then!
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  eternaloptimist: <CHC> It's no big deal b/c we humans make mistakes sometimes. Thx for the complement!
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  OhioChessFan: <eo: I also like to submit games that are instructive so people can learn tactical themes, strategies etc. from them. >

I agree. One theme so far uncommented on, although it's often in conjunction with White's Nh3 as in this game, is for Black to attack with his h Pawn if he's uncastled and White already has.

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  eternaloptimist: <OCF> That's an excellent point! Thx for pointing that out. I think I'll start doing that in my own games!
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  morfishine: Not 21.Rae1 but <21.Nce4>

<eternaloptimist> I wish I had your username


Feb-02-18  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine: Not 21.Rae1 but <21.Nce4>

Are you sure about that? I found this Armageddon variation, but as usual I'm not sure it's really sound:

21. Nce4 Ne2+ 22. Kh1 (Kg2 Rxh2#) Rxh2+ 23. Qxh2 Bxh2 24. Be6+ Kc6 25. Bxf5 Bxf5 26. Rxf5 Ng3+ 27. Nxg3 Bxg3

At first I thought you meant 21. Nd5 and came up with this other crazy variation:

21. Nd5 Qxc5 22. Qxc5 Bd4+ 23. Qxd4 Nxd4 24. Rxf4 Ne2+ 25. Kh1 Nxf4 26. Nxf4

Feb-02-18  ChessHigherCat: <eternaloptimist: Thx <morf>! You have my approval to change your username to eternaloptimist2!! Although you don't seem optimistic when it comes to some of the puns & games that are used for GOTD!!>

He has morfed into a punster in the last few weeks, and a pretty good one, too (a sure sign of the end of the world)

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  eternaloptimist: Thx <morf>! Many people over the years on CG & hv complemented (or at least come up w/ humorous comments) on my username. That would be cool if you were eternaloptimist2!! Although you don't seem optimistic when it comes to some of the puns & games that are used for GOTD!! 😃, 😃...😃
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  eternaloptimist: <CHC> LOL 😃 indeed he is a punster & some of the puns & games that he has submitted for GOTD hv been chosen for it. I deleted my comment & resubmitted it b/c I wanted to add something to it.
Feb-03-18  ajile: 15.Be3 is suboptimal according to my Rybka3.

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. = (0.21): 15.Re1 b6 16.Nd5 Ne6 17.Ne3 Nxg5 18.Nxg4 Ne6 19.a4 d5 20.Kg1 Qd7 21.h3 Rc8 22.a5

2. = (0.03): 15.Nce4 d5 16.Nc3 e6 17.Kg1 f6 18.exf6 Bxf6 19.Be3 Rf8 20.Nh7 Bh4 21.Qd2 Rh8 22.Ng5 Qb6 23.Rab1 Nf6 24.h3 Bh5

And after 15.Be3:

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. (-0.64): 15...dxe5 16.fxe5 Bf5 17.e6 Nxe6 18.Rae1 Nxg5 19.Bxg5 Bd4 20.Qf3 f6 21.Bh4 Qd6 22.Nb5 Qb6 23.Nxd4 cxd4 24.Qd5 Rc8 25.Re2 Rc7 26.b3

2. (-0.54): 15...Nf5 16.Rfe1 dxe5 17.Bxc5 e6 18.Bxa7 exf4 19.Nge4 Bd4 20.Bxd4 Qxd4 21.Kg1 Ne3 22.Rac1 Rd8 23.a4 Ke7 24.b3 Nf6 25.Nb5 Nxe4 26.Bxe4 Qe5 27.Bxb7 Kf6

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