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Malcolm Pein vs Viswanathan Anand
"Quick and Dirty" (game of the day Sep-17-2009)
Lugano op (1988), Lugano SUI, Mar-??
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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Sep-17-09  abstract: what a poor quality chess by a 20 years old playa
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  whiteshark: What's the better move instead of <5...Nc6<?!>> then?
Sep-17-09  dTal: Very well played by Malcolm, but what poor play by Anand. Its almost as if he thinks he can win by playing any old rubbish. If so he was soon disillusioned!
Sep-17-09  johnlspouge: < <whiteshark: What's the better move instead of <5...Nc6<?!>> then? >

Hi, <whiteshark>. You ask a reasonable question. At 15 plies, Toga evaluates 5...Nc6 at +0.25 P, 5...e6 (its initial preference after 5.dxc5) at +0.23 P.

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  Phony Benoni: It's interesting how 2...a6 is not met by some slam-dunk TN straight from the burning bush, but by "boring" play. Pein simply tries to reach a position where 2...a6 will be a wasted move rather than try to blow it off the board.

For example, see his note that the players have reached a reversed Queen's Gambit Accepted where Black needs to play ...a5, but will lose a tempo by so doing.

Very often, chess is a matter of common sense rather than number crunching.

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  kevin86: The future champion was whacked by a hatchet 42 times!!!
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  whiteshark: <johnlspouge> Fritz gives following lines at 17 ply:

1) 5...Nc6 6.Nbd2 e6 7.Nb3 Ne4 8.Bd3 Nxc5 9.0–0 Nxd3 10.Qxd3 Qf6 11.Rab1 Be7 12.Bg5 Qg6 13.Bxe7 +0.50

2) 5...e6 6.b4 Nc6 7.c3 a5 8.Qa4 Bd7 9.b5 Na7 10.Nbd2 Bxc5 11.Bd3 0–0 12.0–0 +0.70

3) 5...Bg4 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 e5 8.cxd5 exf4 9.dxc6 Qxd1+ 10.Rxd1 bxc6 11.exf4 Bxc5 12.Be2 Rb8 +0.74

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  whiteshark: After <1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. e3 > there are 8 games in the Opening Explorer with <4...e6>. This c5 preparing move looks quite plausible to me.
Sep-17-09  Chessmensch: Does anyone have current info re Malcolm Pein? His daily (and rather good) chess column suddenly disappeared from the Telegraph (UK) last October and my inquiries to the paper went unanswered. I see there is no bio text for him in Chessgames.
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  Phony Benoni: <whiteshark> <4...e6> to prepare ...c5 is probably a good idea, and doubtless Anand would have played it had he given more thought to the position. Pein mentions Anand's rapid play at the beginning of his notes.

In a more usual sequence such as <1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4>, 3...c5 is perfectly good. A case in point to show the value of not playing an early ...a6: C Crouch vs Y Yakovich, 2001

Sep-17-09  Stoned Knight: It looks to me that Vishi could have had a better game by launching a king side attack after 14. ... Nxf4. Now my question is: why is the game named quick and dirty? Was it dirty?
Sep-17-09  ChessValley: No pein, no gain
Sep-17-09  YouRang: <Phony Benoni><Pein simply tries to reach a position where 2...a6 will be a wasted move rather than try to blow it off the board.>

Good observation. It's certainly appears to be the right way to handle the situation.

Sep-17-09  WhiteRook48: 2...a6?!
Sep-17-09  YouRang: <Stoned Knight><Now my question is: why is the game named quick and dirty? Was it dirty?>

Good question.

We know from the first annotation that Anand was the quick one. So, it follows that Pein himself must have been the dirty one. Perhaps he hadn't bathed in a while?

Hey, maybe that explains why Anand was playing quickly! ;-)

Sep-17-09  WarmasterKron: Perhaps Malcolm Pein is dirty because he writes for the Daily Telegraph.
Sep-17-09  ycbaywtb: seriously, who hasn't lost a minor piece on the edge to a pawn push?
Sep-17-09  ROO.BOOKAROO: In the final position, what is White's line of attack to demonstrate his winning position, and validate Black's resignation?
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  Phony Benoni: For those still puzzled by the pun, "Quick and dirty" is an American idiom meaning, roughly, "uncomplicated". For example, <The Quick and Dirty Guide to Your Computer> would give short, simple instructions for using your computer without a lot of technical detail explaining exactly how everything works.
Sep-17-09  Jim Bartle: I don't know if this is where it started, but the first time I heard the phrase "quick and dirty" was about the US effort to put its first man in space. The proper scientific thing to do would have been to work toward being able to put a capsule in orbit around the earth. But that would take too long, and the US just had to get somebody up there right away (after Gagurin), so they just shot Alan Shepherd straight up and down. Quick and dirty. (From Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff")
Sep-18-09  dTal: I would have preferred a pun like: "Peinful defeat"
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  whiteshark: <Phony Benoni> Thank you! :D
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  HeMateMe: Hey, the London TD beats one of the favorites!
Aug-17-14  ColeTrane: the pun also translates to more than just a how to guide...come on ........
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  MissScarlett: Anand didn't resign at move 22. Pein's notes in <Kingpin>, #14, Winter 1988/89, p.13, reveal that <all my attempts to mess this up failed. 1:0 at the time control.>
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