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Benjamin Finegold vs Joel Benjamin
"All About the Benjamins" (game of the day Mar-14-2011)
US Championship (2010), St Louis, MO USA, rd 6, May-19
Torre Attack: Classical Defense. Nimzowitsch Variation (A46)  ·  1-0

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Mar-14-11
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  al wazir: 19...Nxc8 would have been a stronger defense.
Mar-14-11  KingV93: I like the play by Finegold here. Create an imbalance, take the initiative and make something happen. I love the way he chucks the pawns forward and is on the front foot early in this game and it really works for him, he finds some tactics and out thinks his opponent.

I guess I have to root for Finegold as well as he lives about ten minutes west of me in Ann Arbor MI (last time I checked) and has actually played a buddy of mine who said he was a genuine and cheerful fellow who didn't mind playing chess against college patzers and giving encouragement and free advice. That's always appreciated.

Mar-14-11  azax: Benjamin had no chance against is highly-skilled opponent.
Mar-14-11
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  HeMateMe: "BEN-HURt"
Mar-14-11
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  paavoh: @rilkefan: <Would 15...f6 really have been worse?> I suppose the Black Bishops had no future in a blocked position resulting from 15.- f6, but I agree, it would have prevented such a quick collapse.
Mar-14-11  redcircle: interesting pawn sac by White with 15.g6 who seemed to see more far than Black did...of course 17..Rf8 is just a blunder.strange to see a blunder like this by a gm on move 17 because it did not have to do with time trouble.he just missed 19.Qxh6 if 18..Rxf3

as for 15..f6 i believe it would be a good idea and it is the first thing that came to my mind when i saw the position.the reason being that Black blocks Whites counterplay on the kingside and continues his queenside play after he moves the king to a safer place(Kd8-c7-b8-a8).of course Black cannot play for a win because white has outposts on e6 and f5 but the position looks drawish

Mar-14-11
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  Penguincw: I wonder if Benjamin Franklin has ever played chess.
Mar-14-11  mjfitch3141: To <Penguincw>, Benjamin Franklin wrote a book about chess (1820), which you can find on Google books...and possibly other places too.
Mar-14-11
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  sfm: Why 16.-,Be7? Just continue the attack with 16.-,Rb8. Black's K-side pieces are not impressive, but they still defend over there. White's attack is a bit behind. Anyone with a computer?
Mar-14-11  Marmot PFL: <I guess I have to root for Finegold as well as he lives about ten minutes west of me in Ann Arbor MI (last time I checked) and has actually played a buddy of mine who said he was a genuine and cheerful fellow who didn't mind playing chess against college patzers and giving encouragement and free advice. That's always appreciated.>

I believe Ben moved to St. Louis about a year ago. http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/...

Mar-14-11
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  kevin86: Hey,I crookd your rook!

Zen look at Benjamins: C the note,be the note.

Mar-14-11
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  Penguincw: White's 22nd move might be a good Wednesday/Thursday puzzle.
Mar-14-11  shishio71: Wow, Benjamin got ripped apart...
Mar-14-11
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  HeMateMe: He told Benjamin to "Go fly a kite!"
Mar-14-11
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  Penguincw: < mjfitch3141: To <Penguincw>, Benjamin Franklin wrote a book about chess (1820), which you can find on Google books...and possibly other places too. >

Ok.

Mar-14-11  Llawdogg: Very nice game from GM Ben Finegold. His is an interesting story. He spent approximately two decades as an IM and became a GM at age 40! It's good to see that he's now the GM in residence at the big, new chess club in St Louis.
Mar-14-11  WhiteRook48: 24 Qxf6 owned
Mar-14-11  KingV93: <Marmot PFL> Thanks for the update! Yet another talented person leaving the great state of Michigan tsk tsk...A net chessic loss for the Mitten State.
Mar-14-11
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  Phony Benoni: <penguincw> The Franklin "book" was an essay titled <The Morals of Chess>. Here's one copy from Google Books. However, if you are outside the U.S., you may not be able to read it due to copyright complications:

http://books.google.com/books?id=RP...

Mar-14-11  Marmot PFL: <KingV93> I still see Ronald Finegold once in a while along with his friend Wesley Burgar. Both are doing well for "old guys".
Mar-14-11  mrsaturdaypants: There are some great Ben Franklin chess stories, which I think I read in a Chess Life compendium. My favorite involved Franklin, as ambassador to France, playing a noble and getting in a strong position, albeit one in which his own king was in grave danger. At the crucial moment he simply removed his king from the board, declaring that he chose to continue on as a Republic.

(This probably doesn't seem witty in the 21st century, but I laughed when I read it way back in the 20th.)

Mar-14-11
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  Penguincw: < Phony Benoni: <penguincw> The Franklin "book" was an essay titled <The Morals of Chess>. Here's one copy from Google Books. However, if you are outside the U.S., you may not be able to read it due to copyright complications: http://books.google.com/books?id=RP... >

I'm outside the U.S. but I can read it.Thanks for the link.

Mar-15-11  BwanaVa: Ben Franklin did likely write on chess, but it would have had to be long before 1820. Mr. Franklin died in 1790.
Sep-11-11
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  perfidious: <Marmot PFL: <KingV93> I still see Ronald Finegold once in a while along with his friend Wesley Burgar. Both are doing well for "old guys".>

Burgar's another fellow American master whom I played only once, ironically, outside USA, in the 1984 Toronto International. I was Black in a 5....gxf6 Caro-Kann; he never got any advantage and we agreed a draw in thirty-odd moves.

This was a tough pair of Benjamins: I went 0-4 against them in my career, though I had White in all four games.

Aug-13-16  chessperson2222222: Talk about pure murder on the chessboard!

17..Rf8?? ...surprised a player of Joel's caliber blunders like that.

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