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Conrad Holt vs Lev Milman
"Con Game" (game of the day Mar-20-2016)
Berkeley International (2011), Berkeley, CA USA, rd 4, Jan-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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Jun-06-11  DanielBryant: A beautiful game with an original finish - White does not often play Bg8 as a launching point for a mating attack.
Jun-23-11  dale2222222: GOTD pun: "C Holt!"
Mar-19-12  Llawdogg: Spectacular rook sacrifice. In fact, the last nine moves are amazing. After twenty moves, it didn't look like a mate in nine was coming.
Mar-19-12  pawnofdeath: 20. Be2 Qh3
21. Qh7#
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  Sastre: <pawnofdeath: 20. Be2 Qh3
21. Qh7#>

Instead of 20...Qh3, Black can play 20...Qg6 21.Bd3 Qh5.

Dec-09-12  LucB: This is SUCH a cool mate! Wow! I would be over the moon spotting this OTB!
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  Fusilli: <LucB: This is SUCH a cool mate!>


Dec-10-12  lorker: was white in this game User: <Conrad93> ?
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  perfidious: <lorker> If this were one of <conrad>'s games, it would be one of his worst. It took White almost thirty moves to win, after all!

Pretty attack by the youngster here.

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  Fusilli: <lorker> <perfidious> Well, on the one hand if Conrad is the real name of <Conrad93> and the 93 does refer to his year of birth, both things match, and how many Conrads do you have, born in 1993, who like chess? Who knows, but probably not dozens.

On the other hand, I've seen Conrad Holt in open tournaments and, though I never spoke to him, he appears to be quite a quiet and unassuming kid.

In the end, I think that if a user wants to remain anonymous, it is their choice after all.

Dec-10-12  TheFocus: If your name wasn't Conrad, and you were trying to choose a name for use in <CG>, don't you think you could find a better name to adopt?

And how many Conrads do you know?

Me - none.

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  perfidious: <TheFocus> Knew one in my youth and did not like him, either.
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  eternaloptimist: Radical Mate
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  eternaloptimist: I would have to call this the most aestetically pleasing mate that I have ever seen...that I can remember anyway. :D
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  piltdown man: Wow, what a beautiful finish. I agree with <eternaloptimist>!
Mar-20-16  morfishine: Very nice finish, but it wasn't forced as Black could play <23...Rxf7> prolonging the game but not changing the result
Mar-20-16  The Kings Domain: Nice attacking game by white. I like the knight-bishop play at black's back rank.
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  eternaloptimist: <piltdown man> Thx! Holt conducted a great attack & as I mentioned in a previous kibitz, it's an aesthetically pleasing mate. I was hoping my pun "Radical Mate" would get picked for this game but at least the game got picked for GOTD. I'm glad the CG kibitzers will get to see this game! <morf> That's true that Milman could've prolonged the struggle.
Mar-20-16  thegoodanarchist: Once again I am humbled and honored to have my pun & game selected for GOTD.

Thanks to and anyone who voted for it.

Mar-20-16  Ayaend: Waw, very cool mate ! Great combination mister Hold
Mar-20-16  Rookiepawn: <And how many Conrads do you know?>

Maybe a Joseph Conrad fan?

Mar-20-16  notatiger54: Beautiful combination. Regarding the name, I recall playing in a high-stakes blitz event ("Miami Qualifier") on ICC in 2008 or thereabouts. Ray Robson (untitled at that point, I think) was in it, and used his name as his handle. But when someone using the handle "Darnoc" beat the top seed, GM Ronan Har-Tzvi, a few d-bags who'd been watching online displayed typical internet behavior, kibitzing things like "Comp" and "cheater". It was obvious to me that "Darnoc" (Conrad spelled backwards) must have been Holt, who at that point had recently won the US Junior Closed Championship.
Mar-20-16  schnarre: ...White's use of the light-squared bishop was very effective--effectively defending & attacking simultaneously, as well as being the anchor for a mating attack.
Mar-20-16  RandomVisitor: After 19...Bd7 white apparently has nothing

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0.00/30 20.Be2 Qg6 21.Bd3 Qh5

0.00/30 20.Bxh7+ Kh8 21.f3 Ba4 22.Qf2 f5 23.exf6 Rxf6 24.g4 Qe8 25.Bc2 Kg8 26.Bh7+ Kf8 27.Rde1 Nxc4 28.Bc1 Bxc1 29.Rxc1 g6 30.Ka1 e5 31.Qc5+ Kg7 32.h4 b6 33.Qf2 Rf8 34.h5 Qe7 35.Qh4 Qa3 36.Qf2 Qe7

-0.80/30 20.Rde1 Ba4 21.Qe2 Qxe2 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Rxe2 Rac8 24.Bd3 Nxc4 25.Bc1 Be7 26.Nf3 Na3+ 27.Kb2 Bb5 28.Rd1 Rc7 29.Bg5 Bc5 30.h4 Rfc8 31.h5 Bxd3 32.Rxd3 Nc4+ 33.Ka1 b5 34.g4 Kg8 35.Bf4 a5 36.Nd4 b4 37.Nb3 Bb6 38.cxb4 axb4 39.Rc2

Mar-22-16  kevin86: White rounds up the black opening the files.
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