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Gavin Wall vs Russell Granat
"I am the Wall, Russ" (game of the day May-12-2008)
BCF-chT2 0607 (4NCL) (2006), Sunningdale, rd 9, Sep-16
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0

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May-12-08  Jackz: If 33...dxe6,
34.Qd8+ Kf7
35.Qf6+ Ke8 with
36.Rd8# next turn.
May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Worst Pun Ever!!
May-12-08  think: Why not 9. cxd4? Unless I am missing some obvious tactics, the best I can see for Black is 9. cxd4 d5 10. exd5 exd5 11. Bb3 where White is up a pawn.
May-12-08  Lutwidge: I'm guessing 9. cxd4 d5 10. exd5 exd5 11. Bb3 is OK for black. White's extra pawn is almost useless, and Black has comfortable development.

Shrug. :)

May-12-08  Lutwidge: Oh, and yeah, awful pun. :)
May-12-08  Erten: I think 28. .. h5 is a total mess for black. 28. .. Bb6 is much better protecting the bishop from the tactical shot and also protecting d8 squrae against white queen attack. This was the move leading to the blacks loss.
May-12-08  andymac: Best. Pun. Ever.
May-12-08  gtgloner: I am the egg man
I am the walrus
koo koo koo too
May-12-08  RandomVisitor: 29...axb4?

better and perhaps equal is 29...Bb6.

May-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Hope you haven't just eaten but whenever "I Am The Walrus" comes to mind I can't help but think of the verse that goes

"Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dogs eye".

Thinks to self. <Benzol> you might need professional help!?

May-12-08  RandomVisitor: perhaps 22...Rc1 is an improvement, with a black advantage.
May-12-08  PinnedPiece: Is there a relationship between Game Title and what happens in the game? If so, where is the wall, around the white king?

First time in a long time I lol at a game name.

May-12-08  PinnedPiece: And why the resignation...is it because of the resulting pawn inequality after the exchanges?
May-12-08
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  kevin86: After the exchange maximus at d7,white will be left with an easy-to-win emdimg.
May-12-08  A.G. Argent: <Wannabe: Worst pun ever!!> Yeah, but worst is what you want from a pun, you know, the ones called groaners etc. or the ones that get tagged with words like "awful" but it's gotta be clever, which this one is. Quite funny, CG boys. If it ain't the best it's one of your best. Bet you thought for a second what could be done with Granat and Wall.
May-12-08  D4n: While on the topic of the pun, I was half way assuming it would be a Pink Floyd pun...
May-12-08  zb2cr: < <kevin86> : After the exchange maximus at d7,white will be left with an easy-to-win emdimg.>

Hilarious way of putting it. "exchange maximus" indeed!

To be more explicit, for the sake of the novices, after 36. ... Bxd7; 37. Bxd7, Rxd7; 38. Qxd7+, Qxd7; 39. Rxd7+, Kxd7; 40. Kh3 we have reached a King and Pawns endgame. White is two moves away from taking Black's Pawn at h5, while Black's King is 3 moves away from protecting it. Goodbye Pawn, which leaves White 3 Pawns up.

Simple counting also shows that White is 7 moves away from Queening his front Pawn on the g-file, while Black is 10 moves away from being able to Queen his Pawn on the b-file.

Conclusion: dead flat loss for Black.

Q.E.D.

May-12-08  refutor: i'm with wannabe...that was a terrible pun
May-12-08  mindkontrolle: goo goo goo joob, everybody smoke pot, everybody smoke pot, goo goo goo joob.... sorry.
May-12-08  RandomVisitor: After 9.cxd4

1: Gavin Wall - Russell Granat, BCF-chT2 0607 (4NCL) 2006


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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 22-ply

1. (0.66): 9...d5 10.exd5 exd5 11.Bb3 Be6 12.Nc3 Be7 13.Qf3 0-0 14.Be3 Qa5 15.Rac1 Rfe8 16.h3

2. (0.69): 9...Nxe4 10.Bxe6 dxe6 11.dxe4 b5 12.Be3 Be7 13.Qg4 g6 14.Rc1 Qd8 15.e5 0-0 16.Nd2

(, 12.05.2008)

May-14-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Wannabe: Worst pun ever!!> Mission 'improvements impossible'? A likely story!
May-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: Two easy combinations to gain a pawn facilitate White's win in this game. The discovered attack 29. Nxd4! wins a pawn in the game continuation. Then the threat of a mate-in-three enables the win of a second pawn after 33. Bxe6!, as the Bishop is poison and Black's pawn on d7 is pinned because of the possibility 33...dxe6? 34. Qd8+ Kf7 35. Qf6+ Ke8 36. Rd8#.

Jul-13-12  gilbav: I love this pun.
Jul-13-12
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  OhioChessFan: <Erten: I think 28. .. h5 is a total mess for black. 28. .. Bb6 is much better protecting the bishop from the tactical shot and also protecting d8 squrae against white queen attack. This was the move leading to the blacks loss.>

When I played this through quickly, I saw 28...h5 was just awful. White had played a pretty good game to that point, so missing the simple combination to follow is surprising. 28...Ba7 might be even better than Bb6, with ideas of Qb6 to defend d8 and a serious threat on g1, but both are far superior to the pointless h5.

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