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Pieter Hopman vs Ian Rogers
"Jolly Rogers" (game of the day Apr-14-2013)
Leiden Open (1996), Leiden, The Netherlands
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Pawn Return Variation (A57)  ·  0-1



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Apr-14-13  jackmandoo: The Benko Gambit always leads so some unusual play. This game was weird.
Apr-14-13  C4gambit: What a finish !!
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  Gilmoy: Black's Q moves exactly twice :)

Hence all those extra tempi for the attack ...

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  FSR: The insouciant 24...Bd7?! is an amazing move, though Houdini much prefers both 24...Rxg3 (-3.37) and 24...Rf2 (-2.28). After 24...Bd7, it says White should have played 25.a3! Rh2+ Kg1 26.Rxg4! Rh8 27.Rc4 Rb8, when Black has a large advantage (-0.74) but White is alive.
Apr-14-13  vsiva1: all the entries of white queen are designed and blocked carefully in the previous moves by both black white pawn(s) to have a checkmate by rook(s)
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  morfishine: <FSR> Yes, 24...Bd7 is terrific. I was wondering, in your line a move is missing & the sequence is askew (Black move 26 is missing, which means Rxg4 is move 27). Would you be able to send the corrected line over? I'm very much interested.

(I'm guessing Black could play 26...Qxf4 wrecking the White Kingside & undermining 27.Rxg4)

Thanks, Morf

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  Richard Taylor: Rogers has played some brilliant games including this one!
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  Richard Taylor: 26...Qxf4 without analysis looks the ticket. Unfortunately <FSR> missed out some moves but Black looks winning for sure.
Apr-14-13  Abdel Irada: White also seems to be left with a slight disadvantage after 25. Rxg4, Qxg4, although this would be better than what happened to him in the game.

Mr. MacGregor would doubtless approve.

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  offramp: The B+k is such a good gambit that I'm amazed white players ever accept it. That is one stinky old pawn!
Apr-14-13  Ratt Boy: Looks to me like 28.♘e6 is a bit of a stinker, presumably because Hopman has no idea of the surprise that awaits him. What about 28.♖g1? 28♘f2+ doesn't seem to get Black anywhere, nor do I see a good continuation after 28♘e3 29.♕d2.
Apr-14-13  Abdel Irada: <offramp: The B+k is such a good gambit that I'm amazed white players ever accept it. That is one stinky old pawn!>

An old opponent of mine who played the Benko in dangerous fashion had me convinced of the same thing. Then I watched him play IMs and simply get mercilessly ground to nothing in Benko after Benko.

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: I once played ...0-0-0 in a Benko Gambit Accepted with 5.bxa6,Bxa6. Castling was so strong it forced my opponent's resignation a few moves later, but Mr. Rogers certainly topped me in spectacular fashion!
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  thegoodanarchist: Truly worthy of GOTD!! What a pleasure to look over this gem.
Apr-14-13  TechnoGuyRob: What if 28. Rg1?
Apr-14-13  TechnoGuyRob: Oh, I see now. Half an hour's analysis shows:

28. Rg1 b3!

Now if

29. Qc4 bxa2 30. Ra1 Ne3 31. Qd3 (31. Qc3 e5!! 32. Nf3 (32. dxe6?? Bc6+ Kh2 Nf1+) Ke7) Nf1 32. Qc4 Rxg5 (32.. O-O-O?? Qa6+)

And if

29. Qd2 bxa2 30. Ra1 O-O-O

With no way to stop the threat of Rh8+. So we must try

29. axb3 Re3 30. b4 O-O-O!! (30. Ne6?? Rh3+ Kg2 Ne3+) 31. bxc5 Rh8+ 32. Kg2 Rh2+ 33. Kf1 Bb5! (33.. Rf2+ fizzles out as far as I've seen) 34. cxd6+ Kb7 35. Qc7+ Ka6 36. Qc8+ Ka5 37. Qa8+ Kb4 38. Rg2 Rh1+ (38. Nf3? Rhxe2 with mate on f2 or e1 to follow) 39. Rg1 Bxe2+ (39.. Rxe2+? 40. Qa3+) 40. Ke1 Bc4+ 41. Kd2 Rd3+ 42. Kc2 Ne3+)

The black king can escape the queen's assault in all other variations of this line. Thus 28. Rg1 fails.

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  FSR: <morfishine><Richard Taylor> Sorry about that. After 24...Bd7?!, Houdini says White should have responded with 25.a3! Rh2+ 26.Kg1 Qb6 27.Rxg4! Rh8 28.Rc4 Rb8, when Black has a large advantage (-0.74) but White is alive. But if I let it analyze a bit longer, it endorses <Richard Taylor>'s 26...Qxf4! as best, giving 27.gxf4 f5! as -1.09 (27...0-0-0?! 28.Qd3! Rh1+ 29.Kg2 Rxc1 30.Qa6+ draws by perpetual).
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  morfishine: <FSR> NP; I could guesstimate what your idea/move was, for example 26...Qxf4 (which <RT> noted too), but wanted to confirm what you were driving at. Thanks for the follow up
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  kevin86: The surprise mate will come express from the castling ROOK.

The simple king move from the back row was impossible-castling WAS a necessity.

Apr-17-13  The Last Straw: The castling of black is amazing!
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