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Thomas Broek vs Peter van Diepen
Alkmaar op (1982), Alkmaar NED
French Defense: Winawer. Fingerslip Variation Kunin Double Gambit (C15)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Monday, when the servers are heavily overloaded ...
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  Oxspawn: Fingerslip variation? Sounds like my level of play... but where is the finger slip in this opening?
Sep-07-15  disasterion: <Oxspawn> The name comes from Alekhine vs Flohr, 1936, where Alekhine intended 4.e5 followed by 5.Bd2 but played the moves in the wrong order.
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  Oxspawn: Thanks <disasterion>. Would not dream of dissing Alekhine, but "my fingers slipped" sounds ultra weak. I play "the dog ate my homework" variation and it always ends badly.
Sep-07-15  patzer2: Interesting interplay of three tactical themes in the mate combination 14. Rd8+ Qxd8 15. Qxf7#.

It combines the decoy (forcing a piece to a specific square), the deflection (forcing a piece away from a specific square) and the overworked piece (exploiting the weakness of a piece attempting to guard two squares at the same time) tactical themes into one simple two-move mate.

Sep-07-15  Est2002: Rd8 ! But it's not obvious at first glance. You just have to draw the queen away from protecting the f7 square.
Sep-07-15  LeilaDog: I think black could have turned around the balance of this game early on with the rather uninspiring 8..h4.
Sep-07-15  patzer2: <LeilaDog> Don't know how inspiring 8...h4 is but the computers indicate it gives Black a clear advantage, and in the opening explorer data base Black won all three games with it in L Ljungquist vs Uhlmann, 1961, J Aijala vs C B Wood, 1964 and Vakulenko vs Gastgofer, 1992.

One interesting possibility after 8...h4 9. Rxd4 hxg3 10. Bxd6 cxd6 11. Rxd6?? (better is 11. Nxe4 Rxh2 ) is

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11...Rxh2! .

P.S.: In the Fingerslip variation with Alekhine's 4. Bd2!?, the best reply is 5. Qg4 as in this game.

The best recent test of the Fingerslip appears to be 5...Nf6! as in A Muzychuk vs I Krush, 2014.

Sep-07-15  dfcx: queen sac not working? try rook first.
Sep-07-15  wooden nickel: <Alekhine: 4. Bd2 is a "lapsus manus". I intended to play 4. e5 and f4 as, for instance against Nimzovitch at San Remo 1930, but instead I made the move with the bishop first.> Good thing, that inspired this variation in which Black has to be careful not making a "lapsus manus" himself like here by slipping up on 8... Bxf4+? Eric Schiller plays this opening with White

FWIW ... That once happened to me with 4.Qg4?! instead of first playing 4.e5, at least it's playable!

Sep-07-15  mikealando: My Oh My. Great sac
Sep-07-15  morfishine: <Once> Very rarely do I disagree with you, but here I have to since, at least to me, there's hardly anything I find that is "delicious" about this game what with Black's play being so weak and unappetizing in the extreme...but maybe there is something instructive here; if so, give the instructions to Van Diepen! He has two games in the database, the other being a win, also noted for brevity and errors: F Nijsen vs P Van Diepen, 1973


Sep-07-15  Lighthorse: < PhilFeeley: Answered my own question. Qf7+ doesn't work as well. ...Qxf7 2. Rd8+ Ke7, and black escapes.>

Yeah, I spent too long looking at that line before deciding it didn't work, and when I finaaly gave that up I instantly noticed that 14. Rd8+ does it.

Sep-07-15  mikealando: True. Poor play by black
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  whiteshark: Those who do remember it will find new ways to screw it up. --> Game Collection: 97d_French Disasters -Teh Dark Side of Chess
Sep-07-15  LeilaDog: Very interesting <patzer2>. Perhaps, to avoid that rxh2 horribleness, white needs to dance its queen out of the exchange, e.g. 9.. Qg4 Nf6
10.. Qg5 Bxf4+
11.. Qxf4

Your Vakulenko chap nearly tried this, but managed to dance her into death.

I have to say however that after h4, things don't look brilliant for white. But, when things are not looking brilliant, I prefer to still have my queen.

Sep-07-15  BOSTER: If you like to drink Cognac, you prefer at least 3 star.

If you want to book a hotel, you prefer 5 star (if you can afford it) and so on.

But why only <one star CG puzzle> (Monday) captivated and still fascinates more audience than <4 star>.

May be <playing> the Monday puzzle we have no the "fear factor", and this is a great credit to the puzzle.

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  gawain: Took me longer than the usual Monday puzzle. After a couple of minutes trying other moves I saw the deflection 14 Rd8+. Whew.
Sep-07-15  stacase:   Blamo! 14. Rd8 Problemo Solvo!
Sep-07-15  JimNorCal: Embarrassing, but I literally could not solve this till I noticed it was Monday.
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  Once: <Morf> One man's delicious is another man's TV dinner, but this is what I enjoyed:

6. 0-0-0 I always enjoy castling long and plonking a rook on an open or half open d file. Especially if the enemy queen is on the same file. You simultaneously whisky your king to safety and start firing a rook up the board. Yeehah!

11. Bb5+ developing another piece with gain of time, and giving black five unattractive blocks and one unattractive king shuffle.

12. Ng3 coolly bringing another piece into the attack and connecting the rooks.

13. Ne5 ignoring the attack on his bishop and grabbing more space.

A very economical attack by white where every single move achieves something. He made it look easy, but moves like 13. Ne5 aren't obvious. And let's not forget that white was two pawns down and could not afford to let black consolidate.

Sep-07-15  zb2cr: 14. Rd8+ does it. If 14. ... Qxd8, f7 is now uncovered, so 15. Qxf7#. If 14. ... Qe8, White can choose between 15. Qxf7# or 15. Rxe8#.
Sep-07-15  The Kings Domain: Black tried to go unorthodox, and paid dearly. It's nice to see quick mates in master play, as they're as rare as rain in the Middle East.
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  kevin86: The rook can be sac-ed so that the queen mate in 2 or the queen be sac-ed so that the rook can mate in three.
Sep-08-15  morfishine: <Once> No offense, I enjoy "delicious" games too...but this one had too many bad moves by Black that left a bad taste in my mouth
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