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Yasas Lamawansa vs Zhi Rong Benjamin Foo
"Foo Fighter" (game of the day Feb-17-2019)
Chess Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 11, Sep-13
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Hastings Defense Main Line (A64)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: SL v SIN. Elos: 2052 - 2233.

White is on the receiving end of a bit of a typhoon here. His opponent seems to know the opening much better and Black soon has huge activity! He plays with great verve and imagination.

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20...b5 21. axb5 axb5 22. Naxb5 c4 23. Qxc4

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23...Qb6 24. hxg4 Nf6 25. Na3 Rbc8 26. Qa2 Nxg4+ 27. Kh3 Nf2+ 28. Kh2 Ng4+ 29. Kh3 Qd4 30. Bf3 Qf2!

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31. Rh1 Nge5 32. Nd1 Ng5+

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33. fxg5 f4+ 34.Kh4 Qxg3+ 35. Kh5 Bg4+ 36. Bxg4 Qxg4#

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Hurricane Foo has struck again!

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  perfidious: <offramp....White is on the receiving end of a bit of a typhoon here. His opponent seems to know the opening much better and Black soon has huge activity!>

This is all standard stuff, though White's fifteenth move is far less commonly seen than 15.e4, but Black has scored well in either case.

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  OhioChessFan: "Foo Fighter"
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  FSR: If only this guy played Thomas or Fred Kung, the game would be <Kung Foo Fighting>.
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  HeMateMe: "I pity the Foo!"
Feb-17-19  landshark: Somehow the ideas behind the moves when the players are strong but not GM's makes all the difference in my being able to comprehend what's going on - Foo's attack kept surprising me, but I could quickly grasp his thinking with just a little rewinding. Did that several times with this game - very enjoyable!
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  al wazir: Or 35...Nxf3, and the next move mates with the ♕ on b4, b5, or h5.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: So much going on here. 20...b5 and 22...c4, a double pawn sacrifice to enable the Queen to attack the King side via the b6 square, shows great imagination, but my favorite move was 31...Nge5, which I would never solve as a Sunday puzzle, partly because I can't quite figure out how to continue after 32.fxe5,Bxe5; 33.Bf4. 33...Ng5+, perhaps? Was 32...Bxe5 even the correct continuation?
Feb-17-19  thisisasign: 31...Ng5+ or Rxe2 also leads to mate.
Feb-17-19  erixn: @An Englishman: I believe that on 32.fxe5 the best response is 32.-f4+ discovering check as well as threatening Qxg3mate.
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  morfishine: White played like had a foo too many
Feb-17-19  Ironmanth: Good game for Benoni lovers. Thanks, chessgames!
Feb-17-19  ajile: Danny from chessbrah WHERE AEE YOU??
Please enlighten us as to why this opening is garbage.

Hello? Anyone there??

Daniel Rensch

Feb-17-19  ChessHigherCat: Look, B. Foo, you reap!

<Ironmanth>: Good game for Benoni lovers. Thanks, chessgames!

<ajile>: Danny from chessbrah WHERE AEE YOU?? Please enlighten us as to why this opening is garbage.?

I remember GM Jakob Murey recommended the Benoni to me in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris and, having watched him play a million times, I'm ready to believe anything he says. Some French guy told me he was just "un petit grand-maître" but he was Korchnoi's second in the WCC against Karpov and he blitzed like a demon.

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  perfidious: <CHC>, to this nameless Frenchman, Murey may have been nothing special, but I know from experience that he could play a little.

It is risible when people who couldn't touch GMs on the best day of their lives maunder on regarding the alleged lack of prowess of this strong player or that one. More'n likely, they have never actually sat across the board from one. (laughs)

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