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Alfred Beni vs Ioannis Anagnostou
"Beni and the Jets" (game of the day Jun-20-2011)
Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-A (1954), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Sep-04
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Early deviations (B75)  ·  1-0



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  Once: Yet again we have the conundrum that is the sicilian defence. When it works for black, it works really well. Open the c file, sac something on c3 and rip the 0-0-0 king to pieces.

But when it goes wrong, white gets to launch a vicious kingside assault that makes it look as if the sicilian just loses by force. Nothing gets sacked on c3, the white king is perfectly safe and all the bloodshed happens on g7 and the h file.

It's a shame that black didn't play on. Then we might have seen this:

21. Rh8+ Kf7 22. gxf8=Q+ Ke6 23. Rh6+ Nf6 24. Ng7#

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I have absolutely no idea what that mating pattern is called.

Jun-20-11  shivasuri4: <Once>,there is an alternative mate here. 23.Qg8+ Kf6 24.Rh6#.I guess your mate is prettier,especially since the knight delivers it and the queen is en-prise.There is no name for that kind of mate though.
Jun-20-11  abuzic: What about 22. Rxf8+ Ke6 23. g8=Q or g8=B# (22...Kg6 23. g8=Q+ Ng7 24. Qxg7#)
Jun-20-11  abuzic: Another alternative mate, after N sac: 22. gxf8=Q+ Ke6 23. Ng7+ Nxg7 24. Rh6#
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  piltdown man: Drat!
Jun-20-11  scormus: <I have absolutely no idea what that mating pattern is called.>

Once in a lifetime?

Any way, a very pretty # pattern.

Not the best way for B to play against the Yogoslav. 11 ... Nc4 was a profilgate waste of tempi while the WB was still on f1. 16 ... 0-0 just as W's attack was getting some real momentum.

Jun-20-11  Sem: Why does White play 15. e5? What is the use of this move? Can anyone shed some light? Thanks.
Jun-20-11  DWINS: <Sem>, <Why does White play 15. e5? What is the use of this move?>

15. e5 forces Black to play 15...dxe5 (all other moves are much worse). This allows White to play 16. Nf5 and now Black can't capture the knight because of 17. Qxd8#

Jun-20-11  nonox: I think that 15. e5 is to open the d file and pin light square black's bishop
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  TheTamale: <sevenseaman: Can't make head or tail of the pun but a good, neat finish.>

"Benny and the Jets," an old Elton John hit. Probably just chosen here for no other reason than the first player's name. (Also it's a rather fast win, I guess.)

Jun-20-11  AGOJ: Hi <chessaddict25>, I don't understand, why would the sequence 20.Qg5 Bxf5 be illegal? Am I missing something? The Black King is not in check, and the Bishop in d7 can take on f5, right?


Jun-20-11  chessaddict25: <Agoj> You mean Qg6 not Qg5 of course!!!Cheers pal....
Jun-20-11  AGOJ: <chessaddict25> Sorry, mild dyslexia. 20.Qg6, you are right. Cheers,
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  kevin86: Mate to come quickly...and painfully.
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  Gilmoy: It's a passive variant of the swinging gate mate. Here, White lets the Q drop to get the g7-tempo, rather than sacking her actively <on> g7 for a double-check.

All the other elements are present. If Black's K was on h8, then 20.Qxg7+ would be canonical (so we could achieve this with a silly move-pair like 20.a3 Kh8 21.Qxg7+). Push that P to 6 or 3!!

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  Once: Yup, there is something intensely satisfying about mating with a lowly piece like a knight or a pawn. It's a bit like that sci-fi movie with Vin Diesel where he kills someone with a coffee cup. Or the Joker making a pencil disappear.

Okay, on second thoughts maybe it's nothing like either of those two films. But it's fun anyway.

Maybe <Gilmoy> has nailed it by saying: "It's a passive variant of the swinging gate mate." That just has to be the quote of the day. The challenge for all of us is to incorporate that sentence into a conversation within the next 24 hours.

Jun-20-11  goodevans: <sevenseaman: Can't make head or tail of the pun but a good, neat finish.>

She's got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine

A reminder that there was once a time when Elton John was quite good:

Jun-20-11  castledweller: Here's another way:

21: Rh8+, Kf7
22: gxf8Q+, Ke6
23: Qg8+, Kf6
24: Nd5# (mate)

Jun-20-11  castledweller: Here's a lyric that should put a swing in yer gate, mate:

Hey kids, shake it loose together
The spotlight's hittin something that's been known to change the weather . . .

Jun-20-11  castledweller: that was for <gilmoy/once>
Jun-20-11  castledweller: gate/gait
Jun-20-11  WhiteRook48: that's a nice attack
Jun-20-11  belgradegambit: I hate seeing the dragon beat up like this. 8...Bd7? If you play play Bd7 you can't play Nc4 with white's bishop still on f1 as you are then 2 tempos behind on the main line (where white plays Bc4-Bb3).
Jun-21-11  zdigyigy: IM demolishes expert, not the first time its happened.
Jun-21-11  Sem: <DWINS> Thanks, your plies go deeper than mine.
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