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Gerry McCarthy vs A Hameed Khonji
IRL ch (2007), Dublin IRL, rd 3, Jul-02
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0

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Feb-16-11
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  jessicafischerqueen: Very nice!

You saw the "one two punch" there, and he didn't see it-after <Nxe6> he loses two pawns for no compensation in all variations.

Ireland 1 Bahrain 0

Feb-16-11
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  chancho: For some reason this game reminded me of this one:

Alekhine vs E Eliskases, 1936

Feb-16-11
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  Domdaniel: It would be pretty equal if Black had played ...Rc8 instead of ...h6, which obviously turned out to be an error.

I think 9.Bf4 has a much better track record than 9.dxc5, but that would have been a different type of game.

As it is, it's poised right on the border between a Tarrasch and a Catalan. I'd seen the combination before he played ...h6: one of those times when you just know a move is coming.

The combo isn't hard, but it's a case of what David Le Moir calls 'the double whammy'. The second blow often induces resignation, even when it 'only' nets a couple of pawns.

But it's much more aesthetic as a miniature, not a tedious grind. I'd lost in the same number of moves two rounds earlier, so I was just atoning for idiocies past.

Not that anyone ever atones completely.

Feb-16-11
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  Domdaniel: <chancho> Very flattering, thank you. Of course Alekhine and Eliskases lost me with those *mysterious pawn moves* 1.e4 e5 and the strange 'Spanish' stuff that followed.

But I understand the finish. As George Dubya said about the mind, a Queen is a terrible thing to lose.

Feb-18-11
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  Open Defence: nice one... the rain in Bahrain is mainly plain...
Feb-19-11
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  Domdaniel: It's strange, but even in a 16-move win that finished with a small combination, I can find things to regret. I'm not sure if I've ever played a game that was satisfactory from start to finish.

Neither 9.dxc5 nor 10.Nd4 were objectively best, even though they did cue up everything that followed.

Or maybe I'm just hard to please. In the anhedonic sense, natch.

Jun-14-11
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  tamar: Same captures/ Bxf6/ Nxe6/ Nxd5! as in Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911 although not in the same order.
Jun-25-11
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  Domdaniel: <tamar> Thanks, that's a fascinating game. At least I didn't have to find a move like 17.Qc1! and then grind out an endgame win.
Dec-23-13
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  Richard Taylor: The old one two!

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