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Virgil Aluyen vs Ernesto L Malazarte
"Texas Twister" (game of the day Jun-19-2011)
MHCC (2009), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 3
Bird Opening: From Gambit (A02)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: <Oceanlake> John A Curdo has been known to use this line, though there are no games with it in this DB. The time Curdo played it against me, he got a KGD where he'd already liquidated the centre and I obtained easy equality.

It seems to me that I read about a GM who put out a DVD on this, though I could easily be wrong.

Jun-19-11  detritus: Given the way the game started, I'm a little surprised it made it all the way to move 70. Also feel like Black could have resigned a good 10-15 moves earlier, no?
Jun-19-11  hedgeh0g: 6...Nge7?! already looks a little suspect to me. I don't think the pin after 6...Nf6 7.Bg5 is anything to be afraid of.
Jun-19-11  kakashi767: i like white's 21st through 23rd moves... the king just shuffles over to dispatch the knight
Jun-19-11  pulsar: 6...Nge7 looks like bad move.

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Black was probably afraid of Bg5, but Nf6 is clearly better than the text move. Now f7 becomes a natural target.


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The sequence is forced as there's no other way to cover the Queen on h3. Black has an important decision to make.

11...Nd4 (Another bad move, I think. 11...Qd7 is an option, then 12.Nxc5 Qxh3 14. Nxb7+ Bxb7 15.gxh3 and White is a pawn-up but it is doubled.)

After 13...Kc6

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14.Nxc5 is simpler and should also win.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This should probably be classified as a rare line of the King's Gambit Declined, 1.e4,e5; 2.f4,Bc5; 3.Nf3,d6; 4.fxe4!?,dxe4.
Jun-19-11  JohnBoy: <detritus: (I) feel like Black could have resigned a good 10-15 moves earlier, no?> Black had this one drawing hope - the h pawn queens on a dark square and cannot be supported by the white bishop. I would have played on too.
Jun-19-11  DiscoJew: Lots of twists and turns in this epic struggle!
Jun-19-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: i dont think there is any twist or TURN white always holds winning advantage throughout the game.
Jun-19-11  pulsar: The movements of the pieces were twists and turns to me.
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  wordfunph: watta game by our good friend Virgil Aluyen aka <bubuli55>..

terrific 8.Qh5+! 9.Bf7+ wheww!

Jun-19-11  Gogia: I could have constructed the endgame like this. I am 1650
Jun-19-11  WhiteRook48: some weird endgame play
Jun-19-11  Sho: Anyone else get a '19th Century feel' about this game: wild attacks springing from the opening, a quick assault on the king, sacrificing of queens? I'm sure I'm wrong on a lot, but it does feel 'swashbuckling.'

I wonder how the chess gurus of 150 years ago would comment on it.

Jun-19-11  psmith: <pulsar>: Re your last comment -- Things are not so clear after 14. Nxc5 Bxg2.
Jun-19-11  NewLine: Does anyone understands why did black just keep giving his pawns to white one by one and then lost? Was there some kind of a hidden wisdom or plain stupidity?
Jun-19-11  pulsar: <psmith: <pulsar>: Re your last comment -- Things are not so clear after 14. Nxc5 Bxg2.>

Silly me, I saw that but didn't analyze further. Let's take a look: 14.Nxc5 Bxg2 15.Rg1 Nf3+ 16.Kf2 Nxg1

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I'd be happy to play White here, but, I agree, it's not so clear.

<NewLine> After 29.Nf3

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Black is losing one of his pawns anyway.

After 39. d4 Rg7 is a bad move, but Black is losing here already.

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Jun-19-11  Lil Swine:

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Weaver Adams: White to play and win.

Jun-19-11  Magic Castle: I wonder why white did not move 29. Ne6+ forking the Rook and King. Although he loses a pawn by 30....Rd3 the game is basically won with a piece up.
Jun-20-11  LIFE Master AJ: Nuts.
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  kevin86: a little scary at the end:rook pawn with the wrong bishop,but white gets king to g7 and wins!
Oct-05-14  gokusano: Bravo Virgil! What a scary game you have played.
Oct-16-15  happyjuggler0: John Curdo has a game in this database with a similar opening.

J Tempesta vs J Curdo, 2004

Oct-23-15  epistle: <LIFE Master AJ: Nuts.>

Not only the nuts. White, a Bird expert, was holding his bird all throughout this game.

Oct-23-15  TheFocus: Very nice game. White had a winning advantage throughout.
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