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Michal Vladimirovich Krasenkow vs Alexei Iljushin
"Crazy Krasen" (game of the day Feb-13-2014)
Moscow Open (2014), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Feb-08
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation. Advance System (D15)  ·  1-0

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Feb-13-14
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  Phony Benoni: The pun is based on show business personality Casey Kasem, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasey_....

As for the game ... well, crazy fits. White might not win any awards for Top 40 Pawn Structure, but it worked.

Feb-13-14
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  offramp: ...And black would've gotten away with it if it hadn't been for those pesky pawns.
Feb-13-14  morfishine: Nice positional game: White's fractured pawn structure are offset by the lines opened up. Sort of reminds me of Carlsen
Feb-13-14  Sho: Every time I open with a knight, develop queen early, don't castle, and triple my pawns, I lose.
Feb-13-14  Al Copawn: I had to take time to appreciate the depth of 22. Bd2. Nice.
Feb-13-14
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  kevin86: White will win the exchange after black takes the pawn d7-He will be ahead two pawns + a rook vs a knight.
Feb-13-14
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  Domdaniel: Once White achieves the Irish Pawn Centre -- pawns on c4, c5, c6 -- it's as good as over.
Feb-13-14
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  Richard Taylor: White had a clear advantage in the opening and then set the trap of allowing Nf4+ and then proceeds to push his past pawns. Well played by K.
Feb-13-14
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  Richard Taylor: < Al Copawn: I had to take time to appreciate the depth of 22. Bd2. Nice. >

Was 22. Be3 as good?

Feb-13-14
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  Domdaniel: <Richard> Are "past pawns" the pawns that you have lost earlier in the game? I often think they have a kind of ghostly power...
Feb-13-14
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  maxi: <Domdaniel> Any particular reason to call that structure the "Irish Pawn Center"...? (Other than the Irish are traditionally associated with sui generis behavior, especially by the English.)
Feb-14-14
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  Domdaniel: <maxi> It was a term coined by the late Tony Miles, after he'd seen tripled pawns in a game by the Irish player Keogh.
Feb-14-14
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  Domdaniel: ... and then Miles beat Keogh - Miles vs E Keogh, 1978 - with tripled pawns in the final position.
Feb-16-14
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  maxi: Yes, I see, thanks, <Domdaniel>.
Feb-16-14
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  Domdaniel: Another view: http://www.gmsquare.com/Baburin/new...
Feb-20-14  Al Copawn: Feb-13-14
< Richard Taylor:
Was 22. Be3 as good?>
. On first going over the game I questioned why GM K chose d2 over e3. As game progresses the Bishop is able to take advantage of long diagonal.
Feb-21-14
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  Richard Taylor: < Domdaniel: <Richard> Are "past pawns" the pawns that you have lost earlier in the game? I often think they have a kind of ghostly power... >

Very good! Did I type "past"...interesting...

Feb-21-14
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  Richard Taylor: < Al Copawn: Feb-13-14
< Richard Taylor:
Was 22. Be3 as good?>
. On first going over the game I questioned why GM K chose d2 over e3. As game progresses the Bishop is able to take advantage of long diagonal.>
>

But is the difference significant and did Krasenkow actually think of that idea? I suppose there is that reason the possibility of relocating to c3 but e3 might come up as just as good on a computer. That said it is good to have at least one reason to favour a move.

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