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Gerry McCarthy vs Ciaran O'Hare
Dundrum (1976), Dublin, Ireland, rd 6
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: This was played in the Dundrum (Dublin) minor/junior event in 1976: my opponent (Ciaran O'Hare, later to become a correspondence IM) and I were both unrated. After this and other events, we both got initial ratings in the 1600s, quickly rising to 18-1900 (in my case) and 1900-2000 (in his).

In this event, I actually won all of my games but one: in round 3, I think, I had a draw in an Advance French. I finished on 6.5/7 -- but there were so many contestants that I never got to play the winner, who was on 7/7. One more round would have done it. In reality, there was one player on 7/7, me on 6.5/7, and another 6 players on 6/7.

Nigel Short meanwhile, aged 11 or so, scored 3.5/7 in the top section.

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  Domdaniel: White has an advantage after 16.Qh7 -- but after 16...Nf5 17.Bc5! is a win.
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  Domdaniel: White has several ways to win in the final position, of which the best is 19.Qxf7+ with mate in 3.
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  whiteshark: <<If you chase after tw o'hares, you will not even catch one> Clearly not a chess proverb.>

- Mark Dvoretsky (on the double attack)

* typos are mine

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