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David Moody vs Hikaru Nakamura
100th US Open (1999), Reno, NV USA, rd 2, Aug-11
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)  ·  0-1



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Dec-14-10  Shams: I play the ...a6 and ...b5 scheme against the SMG and I really think white should throw in a prophylactic a2-a4.
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  Phony Benoni: I should point out that Nakamura was "only" 2300 at the time. However, there is little else I should point out about this game.

This was my last US Open. I figured if I was getting demolished by 11-year-old kids it was time to quit.

Dec-14-10  Marmot PFL: Reno must be like Vegas, roll the dice and see what happens.
Dec-14-10  myschkin: . . .

First Choice - Hold your horses (12' mix)

Dec-14-10  transpo: After 9...Nc6 see Moore vs D Flournoy, 6/1/1984. Moore vs D Flournoy, 1984
Dec-15-10  transpo: <Phony Benoni> Judging by the Moore vs.D Flournoy[(Bobby G. Moore Jr.)a.k.a. <Gambitier> on] you could have beat up on an 11yr. old Nakamura(oops that sounds wrong!) and staked your claim to fame forever.
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  Phony Benoni: <transpo> Only two problems with that theory: (1) I ain't Bobby G. Moore; (2) with all due respect, Flournoy ain't Nakamura. After 10.Bg5, the result no doubt would have been the same.
Apr-21-11  avidfan:

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With a somewhat open board, bishop pair, rook already behind the passed a-pawn, connected with b2, I would have pushed the pawns to promotion with 14.a4 while Black was still not yet fully developed.

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  Phony Benoni: <avidfan> That seems pretty optimistic. Black might play 14...Qa8 as in the game, threatening 15...Ba6. If White tried 15.Rfc1, then 15...Bd8 stops the pawn dead and 16...Nge7 supports the knight while preparing to castle. And note how 14.a4 takes the square from the bishop.

It just doesn't seem likely White can push the pawn very far. 14.Ba4 was my plan before sacrificing the knight, so I didn't consider 14.a4 much if at all.

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  FSR: You do realize that it's traditional, upon losing to Nakamura, to baselessly claim that he cheated? See Nakamura vs A J Goldsby, 2003.

As Frank Sinatra would sing of the variation chosen by Nakamura, "Chicago is, my kind of defense to the Smith-Morra."

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  FSR: Moody Blues.
Apr-01-14  Refused: Though a bit belated, but in this position against an eleven year old kid with a rating of 2.300, I probably wouldn't have picked the Morra gambit. I think something more static like the alapin would have been a bit wiser, preferably some line with with very little theory. Just to reduce two risks, getting out-calculated becomes a bit less likely in dry and static positions, and you really do not want to engage into a battle, of who has memorized the lines better.
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  Phony Benoni: <Refused> No doubt you are right, except for the detail that I don't play static positiions well at all. For me, the better chance was to come out with fists flying and hope for a luchy punch, rather than face inevitable slow death. The only thing worse than losing to an 11-year-old kid tacticlly is losing to one positionally.

I was playing the Morra regularly at that time, so it wasn't like I prepared it escpecially for Nakamura.

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  perfidious: Better, in my opinion, to play the types of position to which one is accustomed. From what I have seen of <PB>'s games, this meant mixing it up as here.
Apr-02-14  RookFile: Fischer played the Smith Morra against Korchnoi, so it's not like it loses by force. If you like it and are comfortable with it, why not play it? Here Nakamura gave a chess lesson. Not a bad way to spend a day.
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  Domdaniel: < Not a bad way to spend a day.> Excellent point, <RookFile>. All woodpushers should keep it in mind...
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  thegoodanarchist: < Marmot PFL: Reno must be like Vegas, roll the dice and see what happens.>

I have been to Reno and Vegas multiple times. Reno is a low-rent version of Vegas.

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  WannaBe: <thegoodanarchist> Exactly, Reno reminds me so much of old Vegas, much more affordable, too.

Table limits are lower, rooms are cheaper (I don't really go for the shows or the dance DJ/venues) and so are the food.

Hence, since I moved from SoCal to NorCal, Reno have been my place of visit 3 times a year.

It used to be, when I go to Vegas, I'd stay at friend's house off the strip, I have no way of paying the prices those hotels ask.

Now, I can go to Reno, 3 days, 2 nights, and pay $110. =)

Only problem is, during winter time and the snow on I-80, so I take the Greyhound bus.

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, yes, I remember Reno well. Very nice library just a few blocks from the casino.
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  northernfox: <WB> Have Reno casinos kept traditional odds of paying 3 to 2 for blackjack (as compared to Vegas where they screwed down the odds to 6 to 5 for tables below a certain minimum)?
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  WannaBe: <northernfox> Yep, single deck, mid-deck entry, $5 min tables still exist!
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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe: <thegoodanarchist> Exactly, Reno reminds me so much of old Vegas, much more affordable, too.

Table limits are lower, rooms are cheaper (I don't really go for the shows or the dance DJ/venues) and so are the food.>

The Sands in Reno had $2 tables as recently as 2009, but I don't go there anymore after almost being robbed in their elevator.

The Cal-Nev has a $3.99 steak & eggs breakfast (or is it $2.99?), and Harrah's has all-you-can-eat sushi.

The craps tables are usually $5 tables, but in Vegas it is hard to find a $5 craps table on the strip anymore.

The Strip also got rid of paying 3:1 on 12 in the field after allowing higher odds bets. I don't like that at all. One can still find 3:1 on 12 in the field in Reno IIRC.

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  WannaBe: <thegoodanarchist> I always stay at Harrah's and walk across to play Pai Gow at Cal-Neva with cheap food.

With my players member card, I usually have enough to eat on comps during my stay. Otherwise there's that Pho place across the other street.

3.99 breakfast steak & eggs, 4.99 lunch steak and fries, 5.99 dinner prime rib + cup soup, (about 1/8 inch thick).

Just like ol' time Vegas, <BABY>!! (But no .99 shrimp cocktails)

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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe: <thegoodanarchist> I always stay at Harrah's and walk across to play Pai Gow at Cal-Neva with cheap food.>

I used to stay at Harrah's and play craps there. Well, the night cocktail waiter that they always assign to the craps tables is gay.

I am single, well-dressed and reasonably good looking, and I got sick of him trying to flirt with me. So I started staying at the El Dorado.

The El Dorado has a really hot cocktail waitress, probably in her late thirties to early forties, but still hot. She flirts with me too, but I don't mind when she does it.

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  WannaBe: Well, I don't have that problem, too ugly. No one will even talk to me, get no respect. That's why I post on-line at =))
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