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Gordon Morrell vs Daniel Hanwen Gong
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" (game of the day Jan-14-2014)
New Zealand Championship (2014), Auckland, rd 1, Jan-04
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Jan-14-14  PaulLovric: first
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  Phony Benoni: A little suspicious of this one. At White's 30th move:

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I suppose he avoided the immediate 30.Rxf7 because of 30...Qe5+, and it looks a bit complicated. But does Black have to take the rook? And after 30...gxf5 31.Rg1 Qxg1+ 32.Qxg1+, what about 32...Ng7? Black seems somewhat worse, but he's not losing a piece.

Note at the end that an exchange is lost: 47...Rh5 48.Nxd6+ Kg7 49.Nf5+.

The pun is better left undiscussed.

Jan-14-14  unionruler: Isn't 30.Rf5 a blunder to begin with?

30. ... Qg3+! 31. Qxg3 (31. Kh1 Qxh3+ 32. Kg1 Qg3+ simply dropps another pawn) Nxg3 32. Rxf7 Nxf1+ 33. Rxf1 Rf8

White can try for the e4 pawn but a3 will drop too. I hope I'm not missing something.

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  Richard Taylor: 3Rqn/1PPpP3/P2P3P/3N1Q1K/5R2 b - -

Daniel missed 30 ... Qxg3+ and also he might have played

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  Richard Taylor: The position didn't come up:

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I think that 30. ... Qg3+ should win for Black or at least he keeps the exchange.

Re the pun I was at the ACC and Daniel was getting some coaching and I said, "Ah, Daniel Gong, that name rings a gong."

But I was severely frowned at by his coach! I think Daniel was the youngest player in the tournament.

The phrase comes from Donne but was used by Hemingway whose book I read when I was 16 or so. It is set in the Spanish Civil War. There is also quite a good film of it.

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  Richard Taylor: Seems that Qg3+ is only slightly better for black or unclear, so Rf5 was an interesting move.
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  Richard Taylor: It seems that 28. fxg6 is premature and the preparatory 28. Kh1 is better. I think White is better here and probably should win eventually.
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  Richard Taylor: Daniel beat me in a game this year when I blundered in an unclear position but he is pretty sharp for sure.

I have to admit I underestimated him and played a rather dubious attack...

Jan-14-14  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> An interesting game with some subtle finesses. Nice post
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  kevin86: Whites pawns will win this one in the end.

This was not THE GONG SHOW.

Jan-14-14  Castleinthesky: Going, going, gong?
Jan-14-14  the.raven: Make his fight on the hill in the early day, constant chill deep inside ! Shouting gun on their run through the endless grey, on their fight, are they right, yes, but who's to say ?
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  Benzol: Quoth <the.raven>, Nevermore.


Jan-14-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Second straight Stonewall Game of the Day.

I used to open that way when I was young, before I learned any theory.

Jan-14-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: The move that tempts me is sacrificing the White knight via 23 fg. For example,

23 fg dxc3
24 Qh6 fxg6
25 Rf7

looks like it wins big. And I don't see how Black defends without just letting his own knight hang for the taking, and letting White retain an attack.

Jan-14-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: @ <Richard Taylor>

Clever defense, but I think White will have 2 pawns for the Exchange in a hurry, specifically the g pawn immediately after it captures his rook, and one of the d pawns soon afterwards.

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  Richard Taylor: <Cheapo by the Dozen> Yes, it's not clear as I said. He wont get any more pawns. I think white played f5 too soon. But the position is a bit chaotic. Neither player has their pieces in ideal positions.

But all this is said from the "sidelines" so to speak. The main point of this game I think was the Black players second name. Many Chinese names don't "translate" too well.

It's important to realise he is young fellow (he wont care about jokes about his name, unless they go on ad aeternum). Given I think he was the youngest player he played well.

Jan-14-14  RandomVisitor: Perhaps 29.Kh1! avoids all the Qe5+ mess complications.
Jan-14-14  RandomVisitor: After 21...Bd4 strong is 22.fxg6
Jan-17-14  gomorrell: I can confirm that my Rf5 was a mistake that left Black a way forward on the good side of a likely draw. Black's earlier Bd4 was a bad blunder that I did not punish -b4 and a quick Qh6 would have ended the game quickly before move 30 . I was a little tired from jet lag and did not keep things in focus as the game went on. My f5 seems will timed when you see the sacrifice of the c3 knight.

Kh1 was of course a good idea-Black was rather fortunate to have an out of Qg3 on my mistake, but he will continue to improve no doubt.

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  OhioChessFan: <PaulLovric: first>

Really? Congratulations.

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  Richard Taylor: I had to lower my security settings on Java to the minimum to get the games to work. F that Java. I downloaded a new version but F knows where it went...
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  Richard Taylor: Yes b4 after Bd4 looks strong. Well played overall though.

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