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Lawrence Day vs Ognjen Cvitan
Moscow Olympiad (1994), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Dec-02
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Sep-19-05  tldr3: The dance of the white knights in this game is awesome! Chigorin would be proud! Well done against a GM. Is there a IM Day story to go along with this game?
Sep-20-05  who: I don't understand why black offers the exchange sac on move 34. What was he hoping for. Anyway it seems to have lost.
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  IMlday: I suspect 34..re3 is a bit of advance desperation because he couldn't see a method of dealing with the plan R/a1-a2-f2, forcing ..gxf5 when gxf5 is going to toast his King. White has quite a grip on the light squares. He was over 2600 at the time so I quite enjoyed the win.
Sep-20-05  Runemaster: <all> Have a look at the Cvitan page. There's a very enjoyable story pasted there by <vonKrolock>; apparently Cvitan holds the record (in the face of strong competition) for having played the identical short draw the most times (22 times in his career and counting, it seems).

My post is not an entry in the (by now boring) category of "GMs shouldn't make short draws", but I supose if you're going to make short draws, you could at least make them original!

Sep-20-05  who: <IMlday> couldn't he just play 34...Be5 35...Bf4 36...g5 when the whole king side gets locked down.
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  IMlday: <who> After 34..Be5 35.Ra2 Bf4 36.Rf1 g5 37.f6 Re1 38.Raf2 h6 guarding against Rxf4 might have been possible. Instead 38.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 39.Kg2 may be scarier with R/a2-b2-b7-d7 as well as mates for Black to worry about.

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