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James S Ellis vs Dean Arond
42nd North Central Open (1995), West Allis, WI USA, rd 2, Nov-24
Russian Game: Damiano Variation. Kholmov Gambit (C42)  ·  0-1



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  FSR: A nice example of one of Dean's favorite openings, the "Daring Damiano" (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4!?, not to be confused with the misnamed "Damiano's Defense," 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6?). In the final position, unless White sacs his queen with 20.Qxb4, going into a dead-lost ending, Black's pawn on g3 will take on h2, followed by h1(Q).
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  perfidious: <FSR> Charles Hertan, one of the good guys in New England chess, was known to employ this: Waitzkin vs C Hertan, 1989.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Yes, Hertan was the one who coined the term "the Daring Damiano" which he used in an article in <Chess Life> magazine. Incidentally, the trick with ...f5! (exploiting the pin along the e-file) followed by ...f4 trapping the bishop is a typical trap in the DD, which occurs in several different contexts.
Jul-02-16  offramp: White might have been annoyed at the end of this game.

After 2...Nf6 he might have been expecting a fairly sedate Petrov opening. Instead he was forced to calculate right from the get-go, and his opponent played superb chess, putting problem after problem to White.

A fascinating game that almost makes me want to try out the Petrov Damiano Variation. Not quite, though.

Sep-24-16  deanman58: offramp: Thanks!!
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  FSR: Ellis in Wonderland.

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