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George Grasser vs Louis Winokur
"The Grasser Always Greener" (game of the day Jul-02-2017)
Suffern 4 Stars (2014), Suffern, NY, rd 4, Jun-18
Queen Pawn Game: Torre Attack (D03)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: <time for checkmate: Absolutely Brilliant. Never in a million years would I have found Whites 27th move.>

I only saw it because you gave me the hint that there was something special to find! It's a superb move. Well done User: grasser.

May-16-15  grasser: Thank you offramp. To-date this has been my best and most memorable game.
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  OhioChessFan: White's 27th move should be a Saturday Puzzle of the Day sometime. 27. Qxg6 is brilliant.

The primary alternative for Black is 30...Bf4 31. Rf7+ Kg8 32. Nf6+ Qxf6 33. exf6 and White is back to material equality with an overwhelming position.

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Apr-22-17  chessperson2222222: Beautiful game. Lou actually held a player nearly 600 points higher rated than him to draw last month.
May-18-17  grasser: <chessperson222222> Lou has beaten me a few times. I can only imagine what he could have become in Chess had he not needed to work a real job. In Chess when you play with the Black pieces you really do start off on the backfoot and have to fight for equality most of the time.
Jun-28-17  chessperson2222222: [Event "BCM George Miller Swiss"]
[Site "Ridgewood, NJ"]
[Date "2017.04.03"]
[White "Louis Winokur"]
[Black "Boris Privman"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "1706"]
[BlackElo "2301"]
[Plycount "97"]
[Variant "Standard"]
[TimeControl "-"]
[ECO "A04"]
[Opening "Reti Opening #2"]
[Termination "Unterminated"]
[Annotator ""]
[Round "3"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 A04 ♖eti Opening #2 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.O-O g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Nbd2 O-O 7.e4 d6 8.Re1 e5 9.c3 c5 10.Nc4 Nc6 11.Ne3 Qd7 12.a3 Rad8 13.c4 Nd4 14.Bd2 Bc6 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 Bb7 18.b4 f5 19.Rb1 Rde8 20.Qb3 f4 21.c5 fxg3 22.fxg3 Bc8 23.c6 Qg4 24.Qd1 Qf5 25.Qe2 Qf7 26.Rf1 Qe7 27.Rxf8+ Rxf8 28.Rf1 b5 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Qf1+ Qf6 31.Qxf6+ Bxf6 32.Kf2 Ke8 33.Bf3 h5 34.Be4 Kf7 35.Kg2 Bd8 36.h4 Bb6 37.Bg5 a5 38.Bd2 a4 39.Kf2 Bg4 40.Bg5 Bc7 41.Bh6 Bf5 42.Kf3 Ke8 43.Bg5 Bb6 44.Bd2 Kd8 45.Bg5+ Kc8 46.Bd2 Bd8 47.Bc1 Kc7 48.Bd2 Bf6 49.Bc1 Game was soon drawn. 1/2-1/2

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  Phony Benoni: I wonder if White calculate 27.Qxg6+ down to the last detail. It's the sort of move you want so much to work that it's hard to resist playing it. If Black finds a defense, well, more power to him and you learn something.

Yes, I've done that sort of thing more than once.

Of course White has several good, riskless alternatives at move 27. But the lure of the Shower of Gold is powerful.

Jul-02-17  Amarande: Of course, if 34 ... Qxc3 then simply 35 Rf7+ Kg8 (Ke8 36 Ng7#) 36 bxc3, and Black is in soon to be zugzwang in addition to being a piece down.
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  offramp: GoTD coincidentally 3 years exactly since <time for checkmate> first mentioned this game.

It looks to me as if Louis Winokur, like other famous beaten opponents, decided to play right through to mate as a salute to a well-played game.

I had a different pun for this game:
<Suffern Suckerpunch>.

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  al wazir: 25...exf5 looks better than 25...Bg5.

26. Rxf5 gxf5 27. Qxf5+ Kg8 doesn't seem to go anywhere. If 26. gxf5 Rg8 27. f6 Bf8, I wouldn't care to defend black's position, but I don't see a win.

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  offramp: I heard a rumour that the move 27. Qxg6+ made the Undertaker from WWE appear.
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  thegoodanarchist: The pun is based on a famous Irma Bombeck novel:

<The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank>

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  FSR: Long before Irma there was the expression "The grass is always greener on the other side."
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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: Long before Irma there was the expression "The grass is always greener on the other side.">

Actually, I think the saying is "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."

And yes, I know of that saying. I was trying to be funny. I guess I failed.

Jul-02-17  Moszkowski012273: 21.Nxg5... or 21.Nxe5... are both a bit stronger.
Jul-02-17  schnarre: ...That Queen sac seems to have had considerable shock value: Black never recovered, & was ground underfoot.
Jul-02-17  jurado96: brilliant, you didnt let him go
Jul-02-17  RandomVisitor: After 18.Rg3 white is just beginning to set up a kingside attack so black must play precisely. Perhaps better is:

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<+0.18/48 18...Bh4 19.Rf3 b4> 20.g3 Be7 21.h4 Bb5 22.h5 Qd7 23.hxg6 fxg6 24.Rxf8 Rxf8 25.Bd3 Bg5 26.f4 Bd8 27.g4 Bc4 28.b3 Bxd3 29.Qxd3 a5 30.Kh2 Be7 31.Kg2 Bd8 32.Qh3 Qf7 33.Kg3 Qd7 34.Rh1 Rh8 35.Rc1 Rf8 36.Kg2 Qb5 37.Kf2 Qd7 38.Rf1 Qf7 39.Kg2 Qd7 40.Rh1 Rh8 41.f5 Bg5 42.Rf1 Rc8 43.fxg6 Rc2 44.Rf2 Qe8

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  OhioChessFan: Hmmm, 2 years ago I posted a diagram without a White Pawn on h2 which made the position materially equal, when in fact White was a Pawn up. Regardless, White is winning that position.
Jul-03-17  grasser: Game of the day July 2nd, 2017. Thank you for this Honor Chessgames . com. I can die with a joyful heart now.
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  kevin86: Congrasser-lation to the author of this fine ending.
Jul-03-17  grasser: Thank you, kevin86.
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  OhioChessFan: Just idling around the site and ended up back here. Very impressive game by a member. I'd still like to see White's 27th as a POTD on some Saturday.
Mar-26-18  morfishine: Stunning combination, no matter how many times I go over it :)
Dec-04-18  chessperson2222222: Here is a much sloppier win over the same opponent:[Event "BCM Club Championship"] [Site "Ridgewood"]
[Date "2018.06.04"]
[Round "2"]
[White "William Guskind"]
[Black "Louis Winokur"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1812"]
[BlackElo "1691"]
[TimeControl "-"]
[ECO "D02"]
[Opening "Queen's Pawn Game: London System"]
[Termination "Unterminated"]
[Annotator ""]
[CurrentPosition "

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1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 Bf5 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 Bd6 7.Bg3 O-O 8.O-O c5 9.c3 Nc6 10.Nbd2 c4 This is already dubious, in my opinion. Shutting the queenside down gives me an easier kingside attack. 11.Qc2 Qc7 12.e4 Standard and thematic in these position. 12...Bxg3 13.hxg3 b5 14.a3 a5 15.e5 Ne8?! The knight is too passive here. 16.Ng5 g6 17.f4 Ng7 18.g4 h6 19.Ngf3 b4 20.Kf2 bxc3 21.bxc3 Rab8? ♘ot doing anything about his kingside 22.Rh1 h5 23.gxh5 Nxh5 24.g3?? ( 24.Rxh5 gxh5 25.Ng5 f6 26.Nxe6 $18 ) 24...Kg7 25.Ng5 Rh8 26.Nh3 Δ g4 26...Kg8? ( 26...Qe7! 27.g4 Qh4+ $19 ) 27.g4 Ng7 28.Rag1 Kf8 29.Ng5 Ke7 30.a4 Qa7 31.Qa2 ♗lack's position is failing. 31...Qb7?? Missing the best chance for counterplay. ( 31...Nxd4 32.cxd4 ( 32.Qa3+ Rb4!! I think my opponent and I both missed this move. ) 32...Qxd4+ ) 32.Qa3+ Nb4 A ▢ piece sacrifice, but white can control the passed pawns. 33.cxb4 axb4 34.Qa1 Qa6 35.Rb1 Rxh1 36.Rxh1 c3 37.Nb3 Qc4? ( 37...Qd3 May have offered a little more resistance. ) 38.Qa2 Rc8?? 39.Qc2 ♘ow his pawns are firmly blockaded. 39...Ra8? 40.Rh7 Rg8 41.a5 f5? Complete desperation, but black is almost in zugzwang here. 42.exf6+ Kxf6 43.Rh6 Ne8 44.Nxe6? ( 44.Nf3 Wins much faster ) 44...Nd6 45.g5+?? Throwing away everything. ( 45.Nec5 ) 45...Ke7?? ( 45...Kxe6 46.Rxg6+ Rxg6 47.Qxg6+ Kd7 48.Nc5+ Kc6 49.Qg7 Ne4+ 50.Nxe4 dxe4 51.a6 Qxa6 52.Qg6+ Kb5 A queen endgame where neither king is safe- this is only a draw if I play correctly. Theres no way for me to win this anymore. ) 46.Nec5 Rf8 47.Rh7+ Kd8 48.Ne6+ Kc8 49.Rc7+ Kb8 My opponent forgot about his queen 50.Rxc4 dxc4 51.Nxf8 cxb3 52.Qxb3 Ne4+ 53.Ke3 ♗lack resigns- as I did not play ♔f3 or ♔f1. 1-0

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