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David Anton Guijarro vs David Howell
"Howell I Know Unless I c4 Myself?" (game of the day Sep-15-2021)
European Championship (2017), Minsk BLR, rd 8, Jun-07
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1



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Jun-07-17  luzhin: After 22.Bf4 or 22.Qg3 White would have had a slight edge wirh the two Bs. But 21.Qf4? walked into the brilliant 21...Bc4!! after which Howell had a raging intiative. Playing on increment from move 29, the Englishman kept up the pressure superbly--30...Rf6! was terrifically strong.
Jun-07-17  luzhin: Sorry, that should be 22.Qf4? and 22...Bc4!!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Nice find, <luzhin>. I also like the two pawn sacrifices at moves 9 and 25.
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  wtpy: Great game by Howell.
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  GrahamClayton: Excellent endgame play by Howell, driving the white bishop away from defending the c3-pawn.
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  OhioChessFan: Two puns in one day. We really got our money's worth.
Sep-15-21  goodevans: Howell showing himself to be both a good tactician and adept at converting an endgame advantage. But we'll played by Guijarro too who didn't make many mistakes and put up quite a fight.
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  Teyss: Re. the pun: 22...Bc4 is a key move as noted by < luzhin>. Note it doesn't work a move earlier: 21...Bc4? 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Bxc4 Re1+ 24.Bf1 and White wins.
So Black first pushed the WQ away with 21...h6 hoping for 22.Qf4?! which is what happened. Now if 23.Rxe8+?! Rxe8 24.Bxc4? Re1+ 25.Bf1 Qxf4 26.Bxf4 Rxa1 wins.

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Another vicious move was 25...Re6: "Go ahead, think you're smart winning a Pawn." After 28.Qxa7 the WQ is far to protect the Kside and the e6 R is well-placed for Rf6 or Rg6.
29.d5 was not the best defending move (SF says Bf4, didn't find it) but White's position is already difficult.

In the end the c3 P will fall and black will push the c4 P (54.Bd2 Re2 55.Bc1 Rc2). Excellent middle and endgame by <Howell I saw that.>

Sep-15-21  Ironmanth: Great maneuvering game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today.
Sep-15-21  TheTamale: A very enjoyable game, and a pun so silly that it's good.
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  Messiah: Terrible pun.
Sep-15-21  Brenin: A magnificently awful pun.
Sep-15-21  Captain Hindsight: A punishable offense
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  Dionysius1: It would have been brilliant if we hadn't had to wait until 42...c4 to find a reference to the second part of the pun. Good stuff anyway.
Sep-15-21  Brenin: <Dionysius1>: 22 ... Bc4 is a key move in this game: after that, Black is in control. Unfortunately, "Bc4" doesn't fit the pun as well as "c4". Had Black been an earlier British GM we could have had "I can c4 Miles".

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