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Vasile Sanduleac vs Constantin Paun
"Take the C Paun" (game of the day Apr-06-2013)
PAB Romania Open (2012), Arad ROU, rd 1, Jul-27
French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  1-0

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Apr-03-13  ChessYouGood: Surely this has to be game of the day under "Take the C Paun".
Apr-06-13  kolty1: 6....Nf6! has definitely to be considered.(Houdini)
Apr-06-13  ajax333221: engines suggest 8...Qc5 as far better move

I think because it would allow the queen to e7, and then we can block the dangerous diagonal with pawn e5

Apr-06-13
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  morfishine: Nice pun!

*I'm guessing the Romanian Open doesn't have groupings, what with the 650 point rating differential; Either that or Black decided to 'play up'...which backfired entirely...

Apr-06-13  Calar: Great pun :)

To the game - Black makes far too many mistakes and oversights for such a short game, especially considering his rating is not-noobish 1852:

3...d5 seems pointless, since whole point of 2.Qe2 is to stop Black from playing d5. 3...e5 looks as an improvement - even though Black lost a tempo, White queen suddenly finds herself misplaced on e2 in this position.

5...Qd8 - why so passive? After bringing his queen out with 4...Qxd5, Black should try to put her in active square, not ruturn it home. 5...Qh5, for example, looks to be better.

Still, Black's postion is still relatively fine and quite solid, albeit somewhat passive. Real mistake comes in the next move:

6...Nxd4 - Even if he couldn't calculate next few moves or failed to see 9.Qe5, Black should know that this pawn-grabbing is quite committal and requires very careful play from him, since White may get great lead in development attacking the queen in next few moves. 6...Nf6 is more cautious and much better.

From move 9 onwards, Black's position looks completely lost, since he seems to lose at least an exchange in all variations (and that is if he manages to capture stranded white knight on a8). 11.Be3! is nice deflection deflacting Black bishop from d6.

Apr-06-13
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  morfishine: I wonder if Black was worried about the mate threat at f7 and saw this continuation: 12...Qxd6 13.Qxd6 Bg5 14.Bb5+ Kf7 15.Qc7+ Kg6 16.h4 Bh6 17.h5+ Kf5 18.Bd3+ Kg4 19.Qg3#
Apr-06-13
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  FSR: Great pun!
Apr-06-13
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  kevin86: mate will come or the queen will go.
Apr-06-13  ChessYouGood: Another possible title for this game is "Q: What's a beach if sand u leac? A: The C".
Aug-22-19
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  sea7kenp: <kevin86> Indeed! If 12 ... Kf8, 13 Qf7#. Alternatively, 12 ... Qxd6, giving up the Queen for a Knight.
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