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Marc Esserman vs David Moody
US Open (1997), Kissimmee, FL USA, rd 10, Aug-13
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Traditional Line (E99)  ·  0-1



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  FSR: <Kinghunt: This is a King's Indian Defence - black is always objectively lost until suddenly black wins.>
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  Alex Schindler: Impressive win. You undersell your playing strength on your page, beating an IM this strong!

Esserman played easily my favorite Smith - morra in the annals of Smith morras, M Esserman vs Van Wely, 2011

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  perfidious: Even four years on, when we met at the board, Esserman was not yet IM level.
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  keypusher: Wonderful! I sure liked 46....Bc2. I was thinking, if only he could get his QB into the game somehow...turns out there was a way. 53....Qxd5+ instead of taking the rook at once was a little sadistic. :-)

David, do you remember if this game was adjourned? And were you short on time at the end? White could have resigned a bit sooner.

Mar-25-15  Jim Bartle: 53. Qxd5 seems to say "Isn't it time to resign?"
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  Phony Benoni: <Alex Schindler> Esserman was only 14 and rated 1725 at the time, though clearly promising. Perhaps the game should not have been submitted to <cg>, but I thought it was well enough played.

<keypusher> Time control was 50/2 1/2 hours. I never had an adjourned game at the US Open. I think Esserman's inexperience explains his playing on, and I believe he may have been angry with himself.

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  keypusher: <Jim Bartle: 53. Qxd5 seems to say "Isn't it time to resign?">

"Hmm, maybe Moody didn't see that the rook was hanging! I'm not dead yet!"

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  Phony Benoni: <keypusher> Yeah, maybe 53...Qxd5+ was a bit sadistic, but I saw I could get away with it. The Younger Generation had been giving me a lot of trouble in the tournament, and I wasn't in the mood to concede anything to them.
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  perfidious: <PB> As John A Curdo has long said, 'Get 'em while they're young!'.

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