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Petr Mach vs Andras Flumbort
"The Speed Of Sound" (game of the day Jul-01-2020)
Wch U14 (1998), Oropesa del Mar, rd 7, Nov-02
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jul-01-20  SeanAzarin: Black's Q is trapped in the corner and utterly useless. The last time I saw a Q so badly stuck was in this game:

Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922

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  Phony Benoni: My apologies -- I should not have submitted this game. I liked the play, and took the players' word for it that Black was lost in the final position -- which he certainly is not.

If the Powers That Be wish to take this down and substitute a better game, I have no objection.

Jul-01-20  KevinDenelsbeck: Yeah, Stockfish has Black slightly ahead.
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  thegoodanarchist: I fondly recall the days when I sped along at the speed of Flumbort One, in my Sopwith Camel.
Jul-01-20  Brenin: Did Black lose on time? Just play the R to f8 (or even e8 or h8), and Black is doing fine, once the Q comes out to play.
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  OhioChessFan: I don't see any reason for Black to resign.

I'm not sure why <Phony> is concerned about the game result per the pun. Nice pun either way.

Jul-01-20  mrknightly: Mach Won?
Jul-01-20  Swedish Logician: <SeanAzarin>, if you want to see a truly useless queen have a look at Pretrosian's - yes PETROSIAN!! - after Gligoric's move 19 in Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1970 . A classic position!
Jul-01-20  Ironmanth: Great game! Thanks chessgames. Stay safe, everyone.
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  Phony Benoni: <Swedish Logician> I've always had a soft spot for Blck's queen int he final position of Tarrasch vs Burn, 1907.
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  Oginschile: It's funny how conditioned I am.. when i first played through this game i accepted that white was building up to a win and when i saw the final position i concurred.

For fun i just started playing through some moves and found i was finding favorable continuations for black...

I decided I'd run it through the Engine.. and finally saw the comments above...

To be honest.. I actually enjoyed the process. While the game itself may not be a conventional idea of a game of the day... it was beneficial for me.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Certainly appears that Black lost on time. Interesting complications after 26.Bxc8,Bxc8; 27.Ne6 (any other move seems to lose the Queen).
Jul-01-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Either Black lost on time or, which is less common, he resigned too soon.

In one theory he was too slow and in the other he was too fast. Either way, that improves the pun. :)

Jul-02-20  TheBish: <mrknightly: Mach Won?>

I prefer that to the actual game title, considering that Black lost (whether on time or by resignation) in a slightly superior position.

<SeanAzarin: Black's Q is trapped in the corner and utterly useless.>

But it will take only two or three moves to bring it to a more active square! After 30...Rf8 31. Rh4 Bd5, Black can play a future ...Qb7 for example. It's not as bad as a knight on a8 (which would still only take two moves to bring it to a central square) or a bishop stuck on a permanently bad square (often referred to as a "big pawn").

I have seen several games where the battery of Bb7 and Qa8 (often with a Rc8) has been a powerful tool which led to a win of material and ultimately the game for Black.

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