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Anish Gandhi vs William Fisher
"Nonviolent Resistance" (game of the day Aug-25-2016)
World Junior Championship (2014), Pune IND, rd 10, Oct-16
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: In case you're wonder, at move 17:

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Black can't get away with <17...Bxg3>. He would have lots of play against the exposed White king if it takes the knight, but <18.Nc6> simply wins a

I wonder if Billy Fisher was planning 17...Bxg3, but saw the flaw at the last moment. That sort of thing can ruin your day, and he certainly seemed frustrated afterward.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: On those rare occasions when I felt like winning a dull, boring game, the Catalan would become my weapon of choice. The beauty of the opening is that when Black has equalized, White is still slightly better (!) and can keep squeezing for a long time in relative safety.
Aug-25-16  RookFile: I'm sure it's all sound, and I know Nigel Short did something like this once - but I don't usually march my king towards the other guy's army with heavy pieces on the board. I find that aspect of this game pretty remarkable.
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  perfidious: <RookFile> See Short vs Timman, 1991 for the march of the intrepid king.
Aug-25-16  lost in space: Well, at least Black managed to equalize fully. Here the position after white’s move 24 were the chances are equal (my point of view)

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After 24...Nd7 25. Rac1 Qb6 26. f4 Nxc5 27. Rxc5 is see no significant white advantage.

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  HeMateMe: He wasn't Gandhi, and HE wasn't Fischer!
Aug-25-16  offramp: <HeMateMe: He wasn't Gandhi, and HE wasn't Fischer!>

...But he was So Like Gandhi.

Aug-25-16  AlicesKnight: At the river Issus (333 BCE) Alexander the Great personally led the Greeks from the right flank before charging the Persian king Darius directly himself. Some similarity here perhaps (admittedly the Black Q "encouraged" the manoeuvre)?

<Rookfile> Indeed. The editors of Fischer's games refer to Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 as "an interesting King walk, with heavy pieces on the board".

Aug-25-16  ventricule: Is <38. Kxh5> losing?
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  kevin86: The game looked FISHY. Black forced white's king to mate him! Not really, just close.
Aug-25-16  AlicesKnight: Not that I can see, <ventricule>, unless White is careless (.....Qh3+; 39.Kg5?? Qh6). But it decoys the White Q from the f-file attack and slows things down.
Aug-25-16  ajile: I think Black needed to figure a way to play ..c5 at some point.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <lost in space>, I agree that Black seems to equalize in your line, but that's the funny thing about the Catalan--White almost *never* gets more than "no significant advantage," yet keeps on winning anyway. Most of my Catalans ended in victories, but most of the time I couldn't figure out how that happened.

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