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Aleksey Smelov vs Vladimir Ivanovich Ivanov
"Sweet Smelov Success" (game of the day May-23-2014)
Chigorin Memorial op (2000), St. Petersburg RUS, rd 9, Nov-10
Zukertort Opening: Lisitsyn Gambit (A04)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Being Roman 7 didn't help Black, initially.

The finish brought to mind Marshall vs Burn, 1900, the famous Pipe Game.

May-23-14  Jamboree: Didn't white miss an even earlier win on move 6 after 5. ...g6? with 6. Nxh7! Rxh7 7. Bxg6+ Rf7 and black is tied in horrible knots, even though the material is technically speaking even.

In fact, among many other strategies at that point (quick development and dominating the middle game, or going on an early vicious king hunt), white can even simply try the ultra-obvious h4-h5-h6-h7 over the next four moves, and it's surprisingly difficult for black to do anything to stop it.

May-23-14  pedro99: Black had too much vodka. This is a good line to get away from the usual Dutch black strategy provided you wise up on it in advance. I've played it (including the 6.Nh7: line- it works!)
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  offramp: The pun is based on Tony Curtis's best film. He didn't get an Oscar nomination for it, though. And Schwartz didn't get much here, either.
May-23-14  TrueFiendish: And nor did Bernard...
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  Once: Uggh. Just uggh. As a player of the Dutch myself, I can't help feeling a lot of sympathy for black here. White gets far too much fun busting up the black kingside. Admittedly, black does rather help him by gobbling up all the offered pawns and then castling into the attack.
May-23-14  hedgeh0g: I'm not very familiar with this line, but it does look quite dangerous - a sort of From's Gambit with colours reversed.
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  perfidious: <hedgeh0g> This gambit is usually declined, and with good reason, as seen in this slaughter.

Here is a wild affair in the gambit declined: J Dunning vs J Curdo, 1979.

May-23-14  Conrad93: Another GOTD featuring a weak gambit.


May-23-14  Conrad93: <<hedgeh0g> This gambit is usually declined, and with good reason, as seen in this slaughter. Here is a wild affair in the gambit declined: J Dunning vs J Curdo, 1979.>

Another clueless comment by Perfidious...

May-23-14  N0B0DY: Wasn't it the holy Therese of Lisitsyn who wrote:

<When I shall be dead I won't remain in paradise, but I shall descend; for I want to remain with the people.> ?

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  Domdaniel: I've played the Lisitsyn Gambit many times -- both the original version, as here, and the modern line with 2.d3 -- but after 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Ng5 Nf6 4.d3 *nobody* has ever played 4...exd3 against me. It may not be a blunder, but it's an obvious and well known mistake. A key idea in this opening is that the White Knight on g5 is extremely strong. It's also hard to dislodge, as ...h6 creates terminal weaknesses on the light squares. Similarly, allowing the bishop to d3 is asking for trouble. Nor do I have much sympathy for Black, though I also play the Dutch. I think that 1...f5 is not the best way into the Dutch: it's a little too obvious, and allows White a choice of aggressive anti-Dutch systems. But simply playing 1...e6 or 1...g6 and then 2...f5 bypasses many of these.
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  Domdaniel: <Conrad93> The Lisitsyn is not a weak gambit: if Black plays well, he can reach rough equality in a sharp position. If not, he gets crunched.

And <perfidious> is perfectly correct to say that the gambit is usually declined. Strictly speaking, the gambit comes in two parts: the first part, 2.e4, is usually accepted with 2...fxe4 (though 2...e5 is a valid alternative). It is the second part, 4.d3, that is usually declined.

May-23-14  psmith: Rybka thinks 13...Qg6 is an improvement. Not clear how White proceeds then.
May-23-14  psmith: <Domdaniel> DNFTT.
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  kevin86: Funny, this is the second game that had a similar finish as the Amos Burn Pipe Game. Are the GOTD being chosen from a "smoke-filled room" this week?-lol/
May-23-14  Moszkowski012273: 9.Ng5... was incorrect much better being Bg6+ followed by Bg5. Actually by 12...Qf6 black had more than equalized.
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