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Egor Pavlov vs Johannes Sucher
"Sucher Punch" (game of the day Oct-29-2020)
11th Open A (2008), Voesendorf AUT, rd 3, May-23
Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation (B07)  ·  0-1

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Oct-21-20
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  FSR: Sucher Punch.
Oct-29-20
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  Phony Benoni: The winning combination looks like a conditioned reflex. Something must have rung a bell.
Oct-29-20  nalinw: Ha ha PB .... also good pun

Pavlov's sacrifice? Only he lost here ....

Pavlov's selfmate?

Oct-29-20  goodevans: Black's build up with 17...Rb8 and 19...Rfc8 was hardly subtle so how could white be so oblivious to the danger?

As for the pun, given the international nature of chess it's surprising that chess sites don't provide pronunciation guides to players' names (at least none that I can find). Is 'Sucher' really pronounced like 'sucker'?

Oct-29-20
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  Stonehenge: <Is 'Sucher' really pronounced like 'sucker'?>

I hope not:

H U Kock vs J Sucher, 1992

Oct-29-20
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  Messiah: What a totally unoriginal, dull pun for a game that's the textbook definition of boredom! Shocking!
Oct-29-20  Brenin: <goodevans>: In German, "Sucher" is pronounced like "zoo her", with a thick guttural h like "loch" in Scotland. It means searcher, seeker or viewfinder.
Oct-29-20  V Geriakov: Black's 2nd move reminiscent of the famous Reti-Alekhine game. Only here, "Reti" won in Alekhine's style!
Oct-29-20  goodevans: <Brenin> Just about close enough then, I guess.

<Messiah> The game isn't exactly wonderful but at least the last move would make a decent midweek puzzle.

<Stonehenge> l see FSR has already contemplated that one! ;o)

Oct-29-20
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  Check It Out: <nalinw> How about Pavlov's Dog.

Great pressure on the dark squares led to that obvious sac. Not sure where white went wrong, but 20.h4 was awfully cavalier.

Oct-29-20
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  Phony Benoni: Maybe it doesn't lose, but moves llike <16.Bxa6> need careful consideration. It's not trading bishop for knight that's so bad, but the opening of the b-file when Black's bishop has a clear line of fire on the queenside -- where the ing is castled, no less.

As for Black's "weak" pawns ... well, this idea comes up often in the Benoni, so naturally I have a collection about it Game Collection: DIRP!

Oct-29-20  goodevans: <Check It Out: [...] Not sure where white went wrong...>

Just his last move really. Defending either b2 or c3 with the R seem OK (if rather passive) whilst blocking the diagonal with 20.Nd4 would have given him a perfectly good game.

Oct-29-20
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  Tal Apprentice: 21. Qb2 22. Bc3 Rh2 23. Rb8 Kb1 24, Bb2 Rb2 25. Rb2 Kb2 seems to hold the position with advantage for Black.
Oct-29-20
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  HeMateMe: This was no Pavlov's dog, people!

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