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Gerry McCarthy vs John Joyce
Cork masters open (2010), Cork IRL, rd 3, Mar-27
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Nov-25-10  Sacrificial King: Nice game Dom.
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  Domdaniel: Apparently this transposes into a Latvian Gambit -- usually reached via 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 -- at some point. I'm not sure exactly where.

It's the second time this has happened to me -- the other case was sometime in the 1980s, also against quite a good player, and began 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 e5. I won that one in 17 or 18 moves.

This means I've scored 100% in open games (both sides) - as I've never consciously played 1.e4 or replied to it with 1...e5, apart from a couple of long-lost Scotch games in my schooldays.

Maybe I should reconsider that policy. The Reti-Lisitsyn and Neo-Lisitsyn/King's Indian Attack systems aren't scoring quite as well.

Do I dare to eat a peach?

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  Domdaniel: Instead of resigning, Black could have played 24...Rf6!

White is still winning, but with much more difficulty than either of us saw at the time.

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  WannaBe: Dang, I thought he played James!
Feb-17-12  waustad: I was thinking of another Joyce instead of John when I saw this, though the dates really didn't work. <dom> No wonder your posts are more literate than most. I've never been to your island, but among my drinking buddies, hibernians are well represented.
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  perfidious: <Dom> Seems to me the transposition takes place at move three: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d3.

The position Black reached should be good for him, as this reversed King's Gambit Declined leaves the light-squared bishop blocked in, rather than developed at c4 or b5. Don't think White's extra tempo is worth much as his opponent has free development.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> By and large, I agree with you. I reckon Joyce erred slightly by playing to win a pawn, allowing me to come up with a gambit, 9.Ng5, which gave me some activity and reasonable compensation.
Nov-17-15  NeverAgain: That's a very nice game, Dom. And what an upset - 400-point difference!

True, Black gets quite a playable position out of the opening and, no doubt lulled by White's modest developing moves and probably rating too, opens the center with the incautious 8...fxe4. It's remarkable how the white pieces unhurriedly proceed to converge on the center and then the opponent with a series of inoffensive-looking moves. Around move 20 Black must have suddenly realized that he was quite lost!

Well done.

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  Domdaniel: <NeverAgain> Thanks. I had wins against a few higher-rated opponents in the 1980s, when I was around 2000 myself, but I think Joyce is my highest-rated victim in recent years.
May-13-16  Captain Hindsight: <23... Bf5!> would have been the best bet to save the position, eg <24. Rxf5 Rxf5 25. Bxf5 Qxf5 =>.

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