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Nigel Short vs Erwin L'Ami
"Silence of the L'ami" (game of the day Jan-23-2008)
Corus Group B (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-13
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Anderssen Variation Cordel Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-08  NakoSonorense: What? Evans Gambit in 2008?
Jan-13-08  pawnofdoom: This is the variation of the Evans Gambit that I play (♗e7!?

Never seen players this good play it.

Jan-13-08  Jim Bartle: I believe Anand played Be7 against Kasparov in 1995, shortly before their WC match.
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  keypusher: <Jim Bartle> Yup. Kasparov vs Anand, 1995

5....Be7 is always tempting for Black, because it sidesteps most of the sharp lines. But it allows White to regain his pawn, as here. There is also Kasparov's line and 6. Qb3. In my experience, there aren't many lines in this opening where White has three good choices!

Jan-13-08  Ezzy: Nice win by Nigel. He plays a lot of rarer openings and rare sidelines lately. I don't think he seems to spend as much time keeping up with up to date main line theory.

Hope he has a good tournament. He had a dreadful 2007. Hopefully he will gain a few rating points back.

Interesting that he asked the organisers to invite him to the B group, who accepted him with open arms.

Just shows how he must love the Corus event, and rightly so. It is the cream of all chess festivals.

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  WannaBe: Don't get the pun, maybe a bottle of Chianti, some fava beans, and my girlfriend Clarice can explain this to me.
Jan-23-08  ThorMars: About game of the day, it is worse having a look at the Topalov Kramnik game (A group). As far as I can judge, it was absolutely crazy... Topalov's game was looking like a chef d'oeuvre from Tal!!!
Jan-23-08  jovack: black was pure shut down
Jan-23-08  cyruslaihy: l'ami means friend in french
Jan-23-08  Alphastar: I think the pun refers to the film "Silence of the lambs".
Jan-23-08  arnaud1959: You can see here why Short is a top grandmaster. He just sees the position and then he plays without calculating too much for he already knows which position to reach. He even exchanges the minor pieces. After 36.-♔g6 black needs too much time for the saving manouver f5,♔f6,g6,♔e6 etc.
Jan-23-08  euripides: After move 9 the pawn structure looks very like the main line of the Petroff. Black has two bishops and his lag in development looks marginal. It's interesting that White seems to get good chances.
Jan-23-08  sanyas: <Alphastar> And Wannabe was quoting Hannibal Lecter, of that film.
Jan-23-08  kevin86: IMHO,Se7en was far better than Silence of the Lambs. Also,I think that the Red Dragon was better than SOTL.

It looks like white will just march his king up to d7 and win black's rook.

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  Jimfromprovidence: 21...c6 instead of Qd7 looks like it would have been OK for black.

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Jan-23-08  whiteshark:
<L'Amibal: <First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?>>

Clarice: He plays chess...

<L'Amibal: <No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by playing chess?>>

Clarice: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir...

<L'Amibal: <No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.>>

Clarice: No. We just...

<L'Amibal: <No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your board, Clarice? And don't your eyes seek out the combinations you want? >>

Jan-23-08  DarthStapler: It seems that since both today's puzzle and the game of the day featured the Evans Gambit, it would also be today's opening
Jan-23-08  ruyfanatic: The Evans Gambit is a very solid opening.
Jan-24-08  DarthStapler: I know, I play it
Jan-24-08  LivBlockade: What was Black's idea behind 20...f6?
Jan-24-08  ruyfanatic: <LivBlockade: What was Black's idea behind 20...f6?> To create an open file for the rook, and to prepare a possible kingside attack.
Jan-24-08  LivBlockade: <ruyfanatic> I'm not sure what file you mean, but thanks for taking the time to reply.

After another look, I think Black's 20...f6 must be to keep the White Knight out of the e5 square. If Black allows Ne5 and then answers ...f6, White's c5+ could be uncomfortable for Black.

Jun-01-08  midknightblue: cool game. 7.Nxe5 was the old way of playing this line, where as Kasparov Anand was the newer idea with B retreat to e2.
Jul-21-08  midknightblue: oops i mean Q to e2
Jul-21-08  euripides: <jim> 21...c6 is complex. 22.d6 seems to work against 22...Qxd6+ 23.c5+ Qe6 24.Rxe4 Qxb3 25.Rxe8+ but perhaps not against 22...c6. But 22.Nxe5 seems to force the exchange of Black's active knight e.g. 22...Nd2 23.Qd3. If White can keep the d5 pawn he looks better to me.
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