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Michel Abbink vs Rob Witt
"Outwitted" (game of the day May-04-2011)
NED tt (1996), Netherlands, rd 8
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense Modern Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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  GrahamClayton: Inspired Queen sacrifice by Abbink with 25.♘xg8!, exploiting the tactics of the discovered check from the b2-bishop and the threat of mare along the h-file.
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  Phony Benoni: I am reminded of a <Twilight Zone> episode where a guy gets hit by a car and wakes up in a plain room where his every need is fulfilled by beautiful attendants. Well, almost, every need; this was the 50s, remember.

Eventually he gets bored, and complains that if Heaven is like this, he'd rather be in Hell. To which an attendant replies, "Where do you think you are?"

Surely Black's pieces had that feeling every time they wound up on h2.

I wonder, too, if Black thought he was winning all the way and White was playing on out of desperation. Indeed, Black seems to be prolonging the end out of sheer disbelief that this is actually happening.

The silicon will hum this day, but I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the view. Humor in chess!

May-04-11  Jim Bartle: I remember that episode. Sebastian Cabot played God/Satan. The guy was a gambler who always had to live on the edge, and got really bored because he was winning every bet in "heaven."
May-04-11  sevenseaman: A good game but gets decided by a faux pas by Black.
May-04-11  kungfufighter888: wa chaa, anybody need a kung fu pose?
May-04-11  kellmano: Super game, slightly marred by black playing on a bit to long. That is not a moral critcism of course, just an aesthetic one.
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  Morten: Very entertaining. White seemed to be walking a very tight rope to victory for 20 moves or so.
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  Once: Not too convinced by 25. Nxg8. Okay, it wins, but 25. Qxf7 would have been stronger.

26...Be5 also keeps black in the game a little longer by contesting the long diagonal.

Still, the game was won when white stole the Nf6 - the rest was a massacre.

May-04-11  SBarrett449: Was this perhaps a speed game to not see 31 and 42?
May-04-11  kellmano: <SBarrett> Not much could be done about 31, and that is the beauty of the combination.

Don't know about 42, but the game was effectively over long before this blunder.

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  HeMateMe: "In ABBINK of an eye"
May-04-11  kapitanevans: 15.. Bxh2+ proved to be loss of tempo and
made a highway for deadly attack.Excelent play by white
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  kevin86: is this one for real? And it looks like black committed suicide with the last move.
May-04-11  sshhhh: I like Abbink's record on 42 games, no draws.
May-04-11  erniecohen: 21...Ng4 22. Ra1d1 Bxc6 23. Qxc6 Ba7 24. Rd2 Ra8e8 25. Qf3 e4 26. Bxe4 Rd8 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Qh3 Bxf2+ 29. Kf1 Qxh3 30. gxh3 Bxe1 should win for black.
May-04-11  erniecohen: <<Once> Still, the game was won when white stole the Nf6 - the rest was a massacre. >

Actually, I think 25...Qh1+ 26. Ke2 Qh5+ 27. f3 exd3+ 28. cxd3 gxf6 29. Nxf6 exd3+ 30. cxd3 Qa5 holds the draw for black

May-04-11  SBarrett449: <kellmano> Yes but a number of moves leading up to 31, it could have been foreseen. Losing the queen was not forced.
May-04-11  nolanryan: the pun is beyond me...
anyone care to explain?
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  Phony Benoni: <nolanryan> When a person is outwitted, they have been outsmarted, In this game, "Witt" got "outWITTed".
May-04-11  Lil Swine: its people like Abbink who make chess look easy. but of course, looks can be deceiving.
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  OhioChessFan: My carbon analysis has to agree with <ernie> that 21...Ng4 looks much better for Black. And it seems very obvious. Either Black or I am missing something.

Okay, will toss it in Fritz.....and he says...
21...Ng4 (-1.56)
21...e4 (0.00)

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  OhioChessFan: <ernie: Actually, I think 25...Qh1+ 26. Ke2 Qh5+ 27. f3 exd3+ 28. cxd3 gxf6 29. Nxf6 exd3+ 30. cxd3 Qa5 holds the draw for black>

Where did you get that extra Pawn on e3?

May-14-11  erniecohen: Oops, make that 25...♕h1+ 26. ♔e2 ♕h5+ 27. f3 exd3+ 28. cxd3 gxf6 29. ♘xf6 ♕a5 holds.
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  sfm: <erniecohen: Oops, make that 25...Qh1+ 26. Ke2 Qh5+ 27. f3 exd3+ 28. cxd3 gxf6 29. Nxf6 Qa5 holds.> But White plays 27.Kd2, and it is hard.
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