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Jon Ludvig Hammer vs Vahap Sanal
"Sanal What?" (game of the day Jun-04-2018)
13th Dubai Open (2011), Dubai UAE, rd 1, Apr-10
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  0-1



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Apr-16-11  wordfunph: what do you expect when a 2606 GM plays a 2200 player? 1-0 of course but this game may be one of the greatest upsets in chess history..

0-1 by Sanal against GM Hammer!

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  FSR: <wordfunph: ... this game may be one of the greatest upsets in chess history..>

Don't forget Fischer vs C Munoz, 1960. In a tournament I directed about 30 years ago, there were a much bigger upset (about 1000 points difference) Mario Spinosa (1298)-Ove Kroll (about 2300), 1-0.

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  FSR: I was thinking that White should have played 39.Rxb2, but then I saw 39...Ne4! Ouch.
Apr-17-11  pulsar: A huge upset, it's not everyday a GM of Hammer's caliber gets totally outplayed like this. And Sanal is just 12 years old! (
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  FSR: <pulsar> These prodigies never cease to amaze me. And make me feel kind of stupid, too. Here I'm four times this kid's age, and he could probably mop the floor with me.
Apr-18-11  pulsar: <FSR> I share the feeling, we're not alone. If that's any relief.
May-10-11  ReikiMaster: 23.Rb1 looks equal but that of course was not what JL wanted...
Sep-14-11  Whitehat1963: Wow! Huge upset for my collection!
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  OhioChessFan: "Sanal What?"
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  al wazir: It seems to me that black had an easier way to win: 29...a5.

What can white do? After 30. Bg5 a4 31. Nf4 a3, it's all over.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 9...Bg7?!, White has to play either 10.d6 or 10.e5,Nxd5; 11.Qe4,Nc7; 12.Bg5 or 10.e5,Ng4; 11.Qe4 or d5-d6. Even if those moves are unsound. Seriously. Because those are the sort of unsound moves that provoke even more unsound replies. Just ask some of the players who got run over by Mikhail Tal in games he should have lost. 9...d6 would have avoided these complications.
Jun-04-18  Ironmanth: Hmmm. Was wondering why White allowed the Black knight to plunk down on d3; that piece ruled the roost for many moves. Thanks for this game.
Jun-04-18  TheTamale: Can someone please enlighten me as to what "Sanal What?" is even regarding?
Jun-04-18  Scuvy: Perhaps a word play on "So now what?"
Jun-04-18  Scuvy: The domination of d3 by Black's Knights is reminiscent of "The Brisbane Bombshell" (Karpov-Kasparov, game 16, 1985 WCH).
Jun-04-18  offramp: <Scuvy: Perhaps a word play on "So now what?">

I think it is. It is an anagram as well as a pun.

Jun-04-18  TheTamale: I think you all are correct about the pun. I was reading surname as SA-nal instead of sa-NAL.
Jun-04-18  erdogankilic: TheTamale:Vahap Sanal,Turkish player.And Sanal means virtual,imaginary.Maybe San Al=Gain Fame
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  Breunor: Al wazir,

Stockfish views the game move slightly better than 29 a5:

29 .... a5:

1) -2.40 (24 ply) 30.Bxd6 a4 31.Bxc5 Nxc5 32.e5 a3 33.Nc3 a2 34.Nxa2 Qxa2 35.Qxb2 Qc4+ 36.Qe2 Nd3 37.e6 fxe6 38.dxe6 Qxc6 39.Qxd3 Qxe6 40.Qb3 Qxb3 41.Rxb3 Ra7 42.Rd3 Kf7 43.Rd2 Bc3 44.Re2 Bf6 45.f4 Ra3 46.Kg2

Actual game Nb3:

1) -3.32 (30 ply) 30.Bg5 Nbc5 31.Be3 Qa4 32.Ned4 f5 33.Ke2 fxe4 34.fxe4 Qxc2+ 35.Nxc2 Re8 36.Bxc5 Nxc5 37.e5 Bxe5 38.Nxe5 Rxe5+ 39.Kd2 Rxd5+ 40.Kc3 Rh5 41.Kxb2 Rxh2 42.Rd1 Ne4 43.g4 Kf7 44.Ra1 Nc5 45.Kc3 Rg2 46.Rh1 Ne4+ 47.Kd4 Nf6 48.Kc3 Rxg4 49.Ra1 h5 50.Rxa6 Rg3+ 51.Kd4

Things go from bad to wrose with 23 Bg5:

1) -1.99 (34 ply) 23...Rfb8 24.Rb1 c3 25.Be7 Be5 26.Nc6 Rb2 27.Rxb2 cxb2 28.Rb1 Re8 29.h4 Nb4 30.Nxb4 Qxb4 31.Bxd6 Bxd6 32.Rxb2 Qa3 33.Qd2 Rb8 34.Rc2 Kg7 35.h5 f6 36.hxg6 hxg6 37.Qc1 Qxc1 38.Nxc1 a5 39.Ne2 Kf7 40.Nd4 Rb1 41.Re2 Rd1 42.Nc6 a4 43.f4 Bc7 44.Kf3 Rd3+ 45.Kf2

Best was Bd2 (I guess guarding c3):

1) -0.43 (21 ply) 23...Rae8 24.Qxc4 f5 25.Bc1 Nxc1 26.Qxc1 Qxc1 27.Rxc1 fxe4 28.f4 Rb8 29.Rb1 Nd3 30.a4 Rb4 31.Rxb4 Nxb4 32.Rc1 Nxd5 33.Rc6 Ne3+ 34.Kf2 Ng4+ 35.Kg2 Rb8 36.Rxd6 Rb4 37.a5 Rc4 38.Rd7 Bf6

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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: <Scuvy: Perhaps a word play on "So now what?"> I think it is. It is an anagram as well as a pun.>

More disinformation, unless the anagram of "Sanal what?" is the new laxative "anal thaws"

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  OhioChessFan: I certainly meant "Sanal What" as "So Now What?" Alas, Sanal's career hasn't yet followed the upward trajectory this game portended. I didn't know that they acutally used the Pun Submission page, but I've had some quickly make the cut in the last month.
Jun-04-18  TheTamale: <ChessHigherCat> Actually, Anal Thaws laxative is a top seller in the arctic.
Jun-04-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
14.Bxe5 Bxe5 15.Nxe5 dxe5 16.Rhf1 a6 17.f4 Qd6 18.fxe5 Qxe5 19.d6 Nc6 20.Qd2 b5 21.Qd5 Qxd5 22.Nxd5 c4 23.Nc7 Rad8 24.Rf2 Ne5 25.Re2 Nd3 26.e5 Rd7 27.Rf1 a5 28.Nd5 Kg7 29.Nf6 Rdd8 30.h4 h5 31.Kh3 + / - (0.87) Depth: 24

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