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Konstantin Landa vs Daniele Vocaturo
"Landa the Free" (game of the day May-11-2016)
Reggio Emilia (2010), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 6, Jan-03
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0



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Jan-04-10  OneArmedScissor: Wow... what a game.
One of the weirdest Sicilian Dragons I have seen.
Jan-06-10  belgradegambit: Actually its all known theory (the odd looking 11 e5 and the counter 11...Nf5 have been around for over a decade. 17 f4 may be the first new move. Dearing notes that 15...Be6 for Black as perhaps a better try. This avoids later back rank threats
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  Phony Benoni: After some skirmishing, it's Q+R vs. R+3 minor pieces, with pawns even numerically but qualitatively in White's favor since Black's kingside majority is crippled.

Black's problem is that his queenside pieces are a bit tied up. To get out this, he winds up giving up another queenside pawn, giving White a 3-1 majority (though no passed pawn).

Rulewise, Black could claim that 41...Kg8 woul produce a triple repetition (same position after B37, B39, B41). But he plays on instead for whatever reason, advancing wildly on the kingside in an attempt to get a passed pawn of his own.

This may not the best strategy when opposing a queen with bits and pieces; often, it will be better to shrink the playing field and take away some of her advantage in mobility. Soon White has two passers on the kingside of all places, and is cheerfully able to give his brave queen an early night off to set up the ironic finish.

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  HeMateMe: this pun is a 9 on the drollo-meter.
May-11-16  Moszkowski012273: Another not as cool but still pretty cool line comes from 10.Nxc6,bxc6 11.exd5,cxd5 12.Nxd5,Nxd5 13.Qxd5,Qc7
May-11-16  AlicesKnight: The position after Black's 63rd move is striking - none of Black's pieces can do anything about the two White pawns. Note the strange cage of White Q-side pawns on the black-square B. Light pieces have to co-ordinate against the Q and here they signally fail to do so. 35.....Bxh2 (and again later) fails against 36.Qe1.
May-11-16  thegoodanarchist: And tomorrow's GOTD will surely be a Seth Homa game entitled "Homa the Brave
May-11-16  kevin86: White gains a queen for three pieces...then gives up the queen for two connecters on the 7th.
May-11-16  AvidChessMan: 34...Bg1 was a bad move, followed by a good move 35.Qd1. At first, I did not see this. If 35...Bxh2, then 36. Qe1 traps the bishop and the following Qf2 will yield a bishop for two pawns exchange.
May-11-16  ajile: Black can also play 11..Nxf3 12.gxf3 Nh5

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. ² (0.37): 12...Nh5 13.Qxd5 Qc7 14.f4 Bg4 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Nxe2 Rfd8 17.Qf3 a6 18.Ng3 Nxg3 19.hxg3 Rac8 20.c3 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Qxd8 23.Kc2 Qd7

2. ² (0.65): 12...Nd7 13.Nxd5 Bxe5 14.Bh6 e6 15.Bxf8 Qxf8 16.Nc3 Qg7 17.f4 Bxc3 18.Qxc3 Qxc3 19.bxc3 Kg7 20.Bg2 e5 21.fxe5 Nxe5 22.Rd8 Rb8

May-11-16  CheckAndMate: Wow, what an interesting game! Both had their bad and good moves. I am not as experienced as you guys but I can still see there's some silly moves and good moves.
May-11-16  julillo: Kung Fu Landa :)
May-11-16  morfishine: <CheckAndMate> I echo your comments about this being an interesting game. An excellent example of what can happen OTB when opposing thought processes clash

Who cares about engine analysis


May-11-16  eaglewing: I think 26. ... a6 should preserve the 2nd black queenside pawn. Then, there should be no danger of a loss for black compared to the game with 3 vs 1 queenside pawns.
May-11-16  newhampshireboy: This certainly was an interesting game! I have never seen a game like this with a queen against 3 minor pieces but I am sure others have and, if so, where could I find more? Is it a given that the queen is always superior? I think the three minor pieces can have immense flexibility when played properly. Since I am only an amateur I leave it to the masters to enlighten me further if anyone wants to. Thanks!
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  WannaBe: Queen equals 3 minors, or 2 rooks, one queen is 9 pts, minor are 3 points, rook is 5. Based on pawn equals 1 point system...
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  Phony Benoni: <newhampshireboy> <> user often compile game collections devoted to specific topics. If you look down the page, you'll find a list of collections this game has been added to.

Unfortunately, I don't see any extensive collections devoted to queen vs. three minor pieces, so I'll start one. Just a list; no analysis.

Game Collection: Queen vs. 3 Minor Pieces

May-12-16  ASchultz: It took me a bit to see the point of Qd1! but I like it a lot. We all know the bishop can be trapped, but that's a neat unusual one...

Phony Benoni, thanks for the link. That's an imbalance I always found interesting.

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