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Jan Gustafsson vs The Anh Duong
"One Night in Bangkok" (game of the day Apr-16-2019)
19th Bangkok Chess Club Open (2019), Bangkok, Thailand, rd 8, Apr-13
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1-0



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  Sargon: <FSR: "This game gave Jan Gustafsson the lead in the Bangkok Chess Club Open with one round left to play.">
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  OrangeTulip: Gustafson must have seen far ahead when he played 13.Nxe6. Audacious combination.
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  OhioChessFan: I'd have bet on 25. e6+.
Apr-16-19  Violin sonata: Is there no link that can be accessed for this tournament?
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  whiteshark: chess24 report on Jan's victory:

<Violin sonata> Here you are:

Apr-16-19  YoungEd: 17. Nxd5 is a pretty move. If Black takes the knight, 18. e6 threatens mate and recaptures the piece at least with a much better position.
Apr-16-19  TheTamale: Hey, YoungEd! You're back!

Thanks for the Premium Membership. One thing I've learned: I suck at "Guess the Move"!

Apr-16-19  Violin sonata: Thanks <whiteshark>, but I wonder why CG doesn't provide the tournament link
Apr-16-19  cormier: New Tournaments
Apr-16-19  Ironmanth: Well done, Radio Jan! Great game, brother.
Apr-16-19  offramp: The name Anh looks like the derived SI unit of chess failure.
Apr-16-19  harpendenwoodpusher: If 25 e6+ then 25...Ke7 seems to force 26 Qa8 although it will break out from there soon enough with the aid of the rooks.
Apr-16-19  harpendenwoodpusher: Scrub that! Qb8 is better. So much for my first post in years.
Apr-16-19  Andrew Chapman: 10..Nc5 was odd.
Apr-16-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. = (0.19): 5...d4 6.exf6 dxc3 7.dxc3 Qxf6 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.Nf3 Bf5 10.Bxf5 Qxf5 11.0-0 Be7 12.Be3 0-0 13.Qb1 Qxb1 14.Raxb1 Bd6 15.Rfe1 Rfe8 16.g3 b6 17.Kg2 f6 18.Rbd1 Rad8 19.b4 Kf7 20.Nd4 Nxd4 21.Rxd4

2. = (0.24): 5...Ne4 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bb5 Be7 8.d4 0-0 9.0-0 Bf5 10.Bd3 h6 11.Qe2 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Qd7 14.Rb1 Rab8 15.h3 b6 16.Re1 Qe6 17.Rd1 Rfe8 18.Rb3 Rbd8 19.Rb5

Apr-17-19  OldGeez76: Black is certainly in trouble but has he no counter-play? How about B-K7?
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  FSR: Jan discusses his games at the tournament:
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  Sally Simpson: ***


Thanks for the link.

Why was Jan in such a hurry to post this on youtube. By his own admission he was very tired and he looked and sounded like it.

I'm OK with the presenter showing himself but the continuous hair ruffling and nose tugging does make it off putting.

(I notice one poster on youtube asked him what was wrong with his nose.)

He also warned us due to his tiredness he may 'ramble on' and in some cases he did, he also appeared to go into a trance round about 26 minutes in.

However in between the 'ramblings' there are some excellent moments where he explains his thought process and choices.

This is what he is very good at. Explaining his own games and if he makes an error or misjudges the position he admits it without an excuse.

For instance in this game (1 hour and 15 minutes into the video.) he does not like his move

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13.Nxe6 and chastises himself for chasing a desire to finish the game quickly.

(he says, correctly, the simple 13.a3 or 13.Rb1 with b4 ideas was better.)

He admits he moved too fast with 15. Qg4 when 15.Qh3 was better which he saw right away after 15...h5.

He then adds how one feels during a game, for although White is still good you get things into your head that you are not playing well, missing things and self doubt creeps in.

Knowing this happens and how to recover OTB is an important skill.

The commentary to the Nigel Short game (1 hour in.) is good and revealing.

The last game mentions something I've said about last round quick draws.

The player wanting the draw to seal the tournament (in this case Jan) gets the offer in quick so he can adjust himself for a battle if it is knocked back.

One thing I noticed. The series is called 'Jan's Opening Clinic' but at least twice he looks at different positions in analysis and tells us he won't reveal what he has planned just yet because he wants to keep the idea for himself.

Fair enough. Of course he may be bluffing and wants to lead future opponents us a blind alley.

Looks like a review so I'll sum up.

He is good at what he does, one of the best due to his honesty and ability to put across his thoughts and ideas with touches of humour.

As usual with his games there is loads of good stuff but this was done too soon. He look liked he had just crawled out of train wreck.

Would have been better delayed till he had recovered from jet lag and then splitting games into separate vids.


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  PawnSac: < OrangeTulip: Gustafson must have seen far ahead when he played 13.Nxe6. Audacious combination. >

[ 13. _?_ ]

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Stockfish evaluates 13.a3! as much stronger than 13.Nxd6!?

The complete lines are given below, but it runs like this...

13.a3 (threat = 14.b4 fork)

..Qc7 (forced, the only square available!)

14.Rc1! (strong move adding pressure to the pin on c6 while also targeting the Nc5. White still threatens b4 driving the Nc5 away and overloading the pin.)

13...h6 ( black would prefer another square for the Q, like maybe d8, since on c7 the Rc1 pins against the Q while the Bc5 pins against the K! A very crippling double pin.)

15.Be3 (adding pressure to c5)

15..a6 (desperate to break the pin, but the defense is not adequate.)

16.Bxc6+ bxc6 17.b4 ..and so on.

Actually, Gustafson did not have to see far ahead when he played 13.Nxe6 . It's a very typical "human" move that is positionally motivated and justified. The d5 pawn is very weak. If black recaptures with f7xe6 then as seen in the game the backward e6 pawn is then very weak and lines are opened for a direct assault on the K. The goal is to expose the K, prevent castling, and nail the black monarch down in the center of the board! This is a routine type of strategy.

Notice also that in the Stockfish line black plays ..Nxe6 and gives up the d pawn rather than face the assault! Jan understands this and would justify Nxe6 like.. "Hey it wins a pawn and white is in no danger! And if black tries to capture my E pawn, i move my rook to e1 and then I'll have some fun! So how could it be bad?" And it isn't. It's probably still sufficient for a win, its just that 13.a3 was stronger.


40/61 6:44:04 3,480,134k 144k +5.24 13.a3 Qc7 14.Rc1 h6 15.Be3 a6 16.Bxc6+ bxc6 17.b4 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Rxc6 Qb7 20.Rxe6+ fxe6 21.Nxe6 Qd7 22.Qb3 Qc6 23.Bc5 Bxc5 24.bxc5 Ke7 25.Nxg7 Rh7 26.Nf5+ Kf8 27.Nd6 Qxc5 28.Qe6 Rb8 29.Qf5+ Kg7 30.Nxe4 Qe7 31.Nf6 Kh8 32.Nxh7 Qxh7 33.Qe6 Qg7 34.Rd1 a5 35.g3 Qf8 36.Qd6 Qxd6 37.exd6 Kg7 38.d7 Rd8 39.Rd6 a4 40.Kg2

40/61 42:49 842,925k 328k -1.59 13. ... Nxe6 14.Qxd5 Bb4 15.Be3 a6 16.Bxc6+ Rxc6 17.Rad1 0-0 18.Ne4 Qxd5 19.Rxd5 Re8 20.Rd7 Re7 21.Rfd1 Nf8 22.Rxe7 Bxe7 23.f4 Rc2 24.Rd2 Rxd2 25.Bxd2 f5 26.exf6 Bxf6 27.Nxf6+ gxf6 28.Kf2 f5 29.Kf3 h5 30.h3 Kf7 31.g4 hxg4+ 32.hxg4 fxg4+ 33.Kxg4 Ng6 34.Kf5 Nh4+ 35.Ke4 Ke6 36.b3 Nf5

46/69 2:38:10 2,876,084k 303k -1.45 13. ... Nxe6 14.Qxd5 Bb4 15.Be3 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Qxc3 17.Rac1 Qa3 18.Bxc6+ bxc6 19.Rxc6 0-0 20.Rfc1 Rxc6 21.Rxc6 h5 22.h3 Rb8 23.Rd6 a6 24.Rd7 Qb2 25.Kh2 Qb5 26.g3 Rf8 27.Rd6 Qa4 28.h4 Rb8 29.Rd7 Qb5 30.Kg2 Rf8 31.Qxb5 axb5 32.Ra7 Rd8 33.Kf3 g6 34.Ke4 b4 35.Rb7 Ra8 36.Rxb4 Rxa2 37.Rb7 Kg7 38.Kd5 Ra5+ 39.Kd6

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  PawnSac: Ahhhh! AFTER i post i now see that FSR and Sally Simpson beat me to the punch! lol good one guys. Now I'll go watch Jan's discussion! thanks FSR
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  PawnSac: Good discussion! Jan is always fun to watch. Generally very sensible and honest about his play. His candid style is easy listening, while he occasionally mentions something i had not considered, so learning something new makes it a worthwhile lesson! Even more fun is when he teams up with Peter Svidler. They make a good commentary team. My favorites.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi PawnSac,

Jan was disappointed with himself for playing 13.Nxe6. it was a sit on your hands moment.

(wish I could, I rub my hands like a looney when I see good moves. Recently watched a vid of myself playing chess, I did not know I was being filmed and I do look strange. Must an OCD thing. Since that vid I have been making a conscious effort to stop it and it has worked in the last few games I played. Probably more of habit than OCD but I was bit shocked.)

Back to Jan.

Not too keen on his live stuff and Svidler's deep, gruff one monotone voice puts right me off. (along with my OCD I probably have SSSS - 'selective sound sensitivity syndrome' because his is not the only voice or noise I cannot stand. I'm a total wreck.)

To be honest I do not watch much of the live stuff. Prefer here and although I enjoy the mid-match banter, once or twice every time anyone else has appeared with a comment I've put them on ignore so I get the whole live game to myself. Then spend a good few minutes unignoring everyone.

To recap: I have OCD, SSSS and S.I.K. (Selctive Ignoring of Kibitizers.) along with a whole host of other things I am what you might call a psychiatrists wet dream.


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