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Smudo vs Rene Gralla
Interview for Neues Deutschland (2004), Hamburg GER, May-27
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Nightsurfer: This game here <Smudo vs Rene Gralla (2004)> was played during an interview for the German daily <"neues deutschland">. And that event has been covered by other chess media too, just have a look at ..., with the headliner of <Smudo>'s great definition for blitz chess: "Blitz chess ist like fast dirty sex!" :-D
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  Nightsurfer: Maybe it is a collective craze, that knack of amateur players who want to find out whether it is supposed to be a "bargain" or not, that almost lethal "trading in" of one precious Bishop plus one precious Knight versus one Rook plus one Pawn on the ominous <corner f7> of Black's Castle, please compare <7.Bxf7+?!?!? ... pp.> in this game here <Smudo vs Rene Gralla (2003)> with the corresponding <7.Bxf7+?!?!? ... pp.> in Roman vs E Schiller, 1970 and the similar <7.Bxf7+?!?!? ... pp.> in Ulrich Lang vs R Gralla, 2003 ... :-D ... :-D ... ;-D ... !!!
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  Nightsurfer: It is a silly goof, that Black blunder <16. ... Be6???> - with the consequence of <17.Qxb7 ...> and <18.Qxc6 ...> - , but at least Black can try to explain that: Black player Rene Gralla had to coordinate two things at once, namely realizing an interview with his White opponent Smudo plus playing that very game against the frontman of German Hip-Hop, therefore that was quite obviously too much for the leader of Black army ... :-D ...!
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  Nightsurfer: After the horrible blackout that had resulted in <16. ... Be6???>, Black player Rene Gralla tries a desperate Swindle-style attack, just have a look at <23. ... Rf6> and <24. ... Rg6>, after White player Smudo has (unwillingly) "invited" him to do so ... with the blunder <21.f3?? ...> ... it ain't over 'till it's over ... :-D ... !
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  Nightsurfer: ... and the Swindle will pay off ... Black player Rene Gralla gets the chance to sacrifice his Bishop right in the center of the wall of White Castle <27. ... Bxg2!>, thus realizing a last-minute draw (because of perpetual check) after <28.Rxg2 Qe1+ pp.> ... a funny outcome of a crazy game!
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  tpstar: <"Blitz chess ist like fast dirty sex!"> Great quote! ;>D

<silly goof> Doesn't 17 ... Qe8 hold both pieces?

<"trading in" of one precious Bishop plus one precious Knight versus one Rook plus one Pawn> Juniors often go for this idea on f7 or f2 to get a check in (supposedly scoring points somehow) but also to open lines against the enemy King. Classical teaching says the two pieces are more useful in the middlegame, then the Rook and Pawn are better in the endgame.

I think they distracted you with the interview on purpose. :P

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  ChessHigherCat: <"Blitz chess ist like fast dirty sex!">

Black and white to mate in 10 minutes.

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