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David Howell vs Peter Heine Nielsen
"Perfect Square" (game of the day Aug-23-2010)
Rising Stars - Experience (2010), Amsterdam NED, rd 9, Aug-21
Spanish Game: Exchange. Normal Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Thanks <Phony Benoni>! How did you find them? Some secret database SQLs?

Kind of center phalanx (depth = 2). United we stand! Pawn Power...

Aug-23-10  kellmano: There is a great vid here:

in which Howell gives his thoughts on the match. Very interesting to see his thinking.

Aug-23-10  Libispusher: White’s pawn center on steroids raring to muscle its way through.
Aug-23-10  bambino3: perfect square also in fischer- pachman game
Aug-23-10  chukcha96: Nielsen's mistakes (in my opinion)
1)14...f4 (14...Bb7! 15.f3 Qg5=)
2)20...Qf5 (20...Qe7!?)
3)21...Bxf1 (21...Rad8 22.Nxd3 Qxd3)
4)22...Rad8 (22...Qc2)
5)23...Rfe8 (23...c6)
6)24...Qxe4 (24...Qf7)
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  Check It Out: <Shams> That video explains it perfectly.

<Once> Former dancer, or just full of information for such an occasion?

Aug-23-10  jussu: From some boring old textbook: In the opening, one should try to occupy the centre with his pawns. It was a long opening, but the task was fulfilled with ruthless perfection by white, and black resigned.
Aug-23-10  C4gambit: 4 white pawns in 4 central squares! Now that's something you don't see everyday.

<Once> <White simply ignores the attack on his Rf1 and develops another piece. And it is this sort of appreciation that grandmasters do so easily and the rest of us find so hard.>

Like all beginners learning to move chess pieces around, I loved to move the queen cause it can go everywhere, but didn't quite mind to exchange a rook with a knight or bishop, until I read in a book that bishop and knights are lower in point than the rooks. And now I have to think a thousand times before I can decide to give up a rook for a minor piece.

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  Phony Benoni: <Shams> <whiteshark> SQL? No way am I that sophisticated! I've downloaded the database into my copy of ChessBase, which allows position searches.
Aug-23-10  Whitehat1963: Yeah, that's a pretty powerful pawn center!
Aug-23-10  Everett: Something slightly different after 31..Ne4

Gelfand vs Karpov, 1995

Aug-23-10  Whitehat1963: See J F van der Hoeven vs F Lucas, 1989
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  kevin86: The pawns on the four center squares make a pretty picture. And a STRONG one...
Aug-23-10  Fenario: What's wrong with 23. N-e6?
Aug-23-10  rapidcitychess: The center. They all say it is important. Why is the question. We all know that pieces work to a better mobility in the center. But why is a pawn center so great? Play the Alekhine for a week and you will quickly figure out. It is hard to play on the flanks in a open position. Very, very hard.

But observe that position, right after 25.fxe5. Do you see how the center chokes the life out of black? It is truly amazing. It's amazing though white is a pawn up. Seeing a super center unfold is always phenomenal.

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  Once: <Check It Out: Former dancer?>

Happily no. I have two left feet and far too much respect for my fellow man (and laydeez) to inflict either my dancing or my singing on this world.

Aug-23-10  desiobu: <Fenario> I don't think white's in a hurry to regain the exchange since he has material equality (or more), and the pawn center is pretty strong.

The plan is probably as simple as picking up the a or c pawn and bringing in one of the several passed connected pawns.

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  playground player: <Once> How often does the topic of morris dancing come up?
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  chrisowen: Mates i'll confide in flaky bishop move 16..Bf5 allows Nxc5 gaining the pawn centre. Caballero stars in twice nice little minigame. Chess is zero sum so minus e5 one pawn down black looses opening battle cooking advance middling Peter kneels on hacked sac exchange. Whites quad equal David earn victory table it under signs of art.
Aug-23-10  edbermac: And here is a perfect diamond.

Fischer vs S Hamann, 1968

Aug-23-10  YetAnotherAmateur: I quite like 11. b3, where white casually offers up his rooks in exchange for black's queen and a buildup to his strike at the center. If black chooses to capture, play might continue: <11. ... Qxa1 12. Nc3 c4 13. bxc4 Be6 14. Ba3 Qxf1+ 15. Kxf1 Nc6>, and while I think white's a bit better it's a lot less clear than the final position of this game.
Aug-23-10  Riverbeast: The pawn box formation, and the pawn diamond formation, always win
Aug-24-10  mortigi tempo: Howell's Moving Castle.
Aug-24-10  mrriddler: lol, you think this is what masters mean when they talk about controlling the center with pawns?
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  GrahamClayton: I wonder what name Hans Kmoch would have given to the White square?

Black should have attacked the square with his knights - the chess version of the Battle of Waterloo!

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