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Ingvar Thor Johannesson vs Snorri Bergsson
"Snorri of My Life" (game of the day Mar-29-2014)
ch-ISL (2007), Reykjavik ISL, rd 4, Aug-31
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-29-14  Castleinthesky: All the riches, but none of the gold.
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  offramp: White gave away a huge amount of material following his faulty e5 move. He must have been very relieved when his one mobile bishop, assisted by two minor colleagues, found a perpetual check. Three minor pieces against a full black army!
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  Phony Benoni: Now that made me laugh. It also reminded me of this endgame study:

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Composed by F. M. Simkovitsch, this is #132 in Irving Chernev's "Chessboard Magic". White to play and draw.

<1.Bf7+ Kd7 2.Be6+ Kd6 3.Bf4+ Kc5 4.Be3+ Kb4 5.Bd2+ Ka3>

A temporary refuge at last, so White prepares to continue checking.

<6.Kb1! Qxa8!>

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Not so much to win material as to gain a refuge for the king. If White starts checking, we get 7.Bc1+ Kb4 8.Bd2+ Kc5 9.Be3+ Kd6 10.Bf4+ Ke7 11.Bg5+ Ke8 12.Bf7+ Kd7 13.Be6+ Kc7, and Black escapes via the b7 square. But if White doesn't check, there's nothing left to do. So White does it!


The point is that White just keeps moving his king between a1 and b1 as long as the Black queen moves around the a8-b7-a6 triangle. If she goes to a dark square, White starts checking and will either win the queen or achieve a perpetual check. Any bishop move blocks the king's backward flight and allows a perpetual check, and playing ...b4 at any time allows Bc1#. It's a draw!

Chernev records that Isaac Kashdan remarked, "I still don't believe it!"

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: OK, I feel reasonably astounded. Anyone else? When I see a shocker like this game, I can't help but wonder if the players worked out the moves beforehand.
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  al wazir: What happens after 17. h3+ Qxh3 (17...Kh5 18. g4#) 18. gxh3+ Kxh3 (18...Kh5 19. Ne2, with 20. Ng3# to follow) 19. Bf5+ Kh2 20. Bh4 ?

The threat is 21. Bg3+ Kh1 22. Be4#. Black can try 20....Nc5 (20...Nxe5 21. Bg3+ Kh2 22. Be4+ Nf3 23. Bxf3#) 21. Bg3+ Kh1 22. Be4+ Nxe4 23. Nxe4, and now 24. Ng3# looks unstoppable. Am I missing something?

Mar-29-14  morfishine: <al wazir> after 21.Bg3+ Kh1 22.Be4+ Nxe4+ 23.Nxe4 White cannot play 24.Ng3# since his Bishop is on <g3>; but this continuation should be looked at more in depth, very good! I've tried a few continuations, but nothing ironed out yet
Mar-29-14  mrsaturdaypants: If 17 h3+ Qxh3 18 gxh3, then simply Kf5 and white has nothing better than the same perpetual as before.

(I had to stare at this for a while to see that black's king didn't have to take on h3.)

Mar-29-14  Sho: What fun! Ten cheeky ways of saying "check."
Mar-29-14  mrknightly: I think a better pun, more in line with the game, would have been, "Ingvar a penny, ingvar a pound."
Mar-29-14  TheTamale: <mrknightly> Yes, better and more appropriate than the one used.
Mar-29-14  kevin86: The game reminds me of the immortal draw. Maybe this can be a sequel to that one- the jury is out.
Mar-29-14  mrknightly: <TheTamale> Thanks. By the way, love your handle. Any particular reason for using it? However, you know the singular is "tamal," not "tamale." "Tamale" is an American back formation from the plural, "tamales."
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  al wazir: <morfishine: White cannot play 24.Ng3# since his Bishop is on <g3>>. Yeah, I realized that after it was too late to delete. Thanks.
Mar-31-14  TheTamale: <mrknightly> Did not know that about tamales, although it makes perfect sense. I just used it as a Yahoo handle many years ago, trying for something stupid, and I liked it enough that I used it here and on Sherdog (MMA site) as well.

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