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Alex Dunne vs Kiven Plesset
"Plesset Surprise" (game of the day Sep-03-2020)
New York State Championship (1976), Albany, NY USA
French Defense: Two Knights Variation (C00)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: Position after 21.Bf8:

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It looks like Plesset cannot stop 22. Bh6#, but the problem like 21...Qe1!! saves the day, eg 22. Bh6+ Qxe1 or 22. Rxe1 Kxf8.

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  perfidious: This line was then a speciality of Dunne against the French; some weeks before this was played, he lost another short, sharp game in this variation in a tournament at Burlington, Vermont to James E Thibault which was annotated in <Chess Horizons>.
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  OhioChessFan: "Plesset Surprise"
Sep-03-20  nalinw: "Unplesset Surprise"?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Forgot to check who won before playing through the game, which had an interesting effect--11...Qxb2 looked suicidal, and after 12.Nxd5, the game reminded me of Reshevsky's famous victory against Vasconcellos. Black's final move, therefore, came as quite the jolt.

Still, can't help but wonder--did White miss a win somewhere?

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  perfidious: Another GOTD in which I faced both players; the previous spring, I had, as <nalinw> termed it, received an 'Unplesset Surprise' at the 1976 Yale Open from the victor here.
Sep-03-20  Granny O Doul: This game, with notes by the winner, appeared in "Readers' Showcase" in Chess Life, in the 80s, I think. The feature had been suspended with the death of Robertson Sillars in the late 70s, but eventually Larry Evans took it over. Plesset related the embarrassing detail that White summoned some friends to look at the position immediately before he was forced to resign.

@ <An Englishman> above, Plesset also reported Dunne's opinion that the position cried for 12.Nxd5 and his disbelief that it didn't work.

Sep-03-20  Brenin: 17 Rab1 may be better than Ng5+, but after 18 Rxb7+ Bxb7 18 Qe6+ I doubt whether either player has anything better than a draw by repetition with 18 ... Kf8 19 Bd6+ Bxd6 20 Qxd6+ Kf7 21 Qe6+ Kf8.
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  FSR: Ice cold defense!
Sep-03-20  Ironmanth: Cool and unexpected finish. Y'all stay safe out there, today!
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  OhioChessFan: Decent pun, fits the game, great game, terrific final move...and not a peep from the chronic pun complainers. Just sayin'...
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  eternaloptimist: <OCF> I must say job well done my friend! It’s an action packed game that shows just b/c u hv a great attack going doesn’t mean u can’t lose if u let ur guard down. Dunne has a good column in “Chess Life” magazine called “The Check is in the Mail” which was originally about correspondence chess which people played by mailing their next move to their opponent. Those guys had a lot of patience & actually believe it or not there r still some players who play it that way. Although obviously the extreme vast majority of players play it on a website & hv a deadline to meet. It might b a day & I’ve also seen time controls as long as 2 weeks!! There r also some players who play it by email. He’s had this column in Chess Life for a long time & I think it’s existed since sometime in the 90s
Sep-03-20  woodpusher24: Like the 86 Chicago Bears, the best offense is a killer defense...
Sep-03-20  jith1207: But, just like '86 Bears defense, that happens once in a generation ;)
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  perfidious: That '85 Bears defence was great, as it was the following season--difference was, their offence in '86 could not get the job done as they had in 1985.
Sep-03-20  jith1207: <..and not a peep from the chronic pun complainers. Just sayin'...>

Is it like complaining about complainers? :)

I thought <nalinw> said it all perfectly.

Sep-03-20  jith1207: Anyway, as <Annie K> didn't reply requests, it's clear that's all the interest that's there from the Admins when things aren't well in GOTD, so it gets nowhere.

<perfidious>: I guess Vikings have had numerous great defenses, but have never won anything so I'm of the opinion that while having a great defense is definitely a great offense weapon, you just can't rely on them for scoring or stopping the opponents to score or rely on your kicker to win the playoff game or all the time, when it comes to football.

Similarly, in Chess as well, as in this game, a perfect defense can win one the game or two, but one cannot just rely on defense all the time without making any effort or plan on offense.

It's good to say defense wins games, but it seems like an emotional quote to me.

It does look great when a perfect defense wins a game like this just by inducing the opponent to try and fail.

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  perfidious: <jith1207>, the Purple People Eaters--whom I remember at the tail end, in the early and mid 1970s--were a ferocious lot, but ran into some strong teams and never quite got there in the big one.
Sep-04-20  jith1207: Vikings offense scored 7, 7, 6, and 14 in their Super Bowls, there's not much a defense could do with that, I guess.
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  OhioChessFan: <jith: Anyway, as <Annie K> didn't reply requests, it's clear that's all the interest that's there from the Admins when things aren't well in GOTD, so it gets nowhere.>

Ahem. Told ya so.

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