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Nick de Firmian vs Boris Gulko
Pan Pacific International (1995), San Francisco, CA USA, rd 9, Mar-02
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: So Aron Nimzowitsch comes back to life in San Francisco one fine day in 1995. Hearing there's a chess tournament in town, he heads on over and takes a gander at this game after <13.g3>:

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While watching, he muses on what may have happened in chess in the 60 years after his passing. Are his ideas completely spurned and laughed at, if they're remembered at all? Or did he leave a permanent impact on the game?

Then suddenly this happens: <13...Kd7! 14.Ng2 Qg8!! 15.Nf4 Qh7!!!>

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And Mr. N smiles in delight. "Somebody listened!"

It probably didn't even bother him that this ingenious method of attacking the c2 pawn didn't work out. As far as he knows, chess players today are nothing but a bunch of Systemssons. But, dagnabit, at least they don't play like Tarrasch!

Jan-29-11  I play the Fred: My book is in storage, but I believe this is the game about which deFirmian wrote in his notes (I paraphrase) "a curious position - black has several advantages [in the given position] but white is better!"
May-25-18  Saniyat24: ha ha where has de Firmian's King ended up...!
May-25-18  Saniyat24: ...and de Firmian's Queen played an active role by sitting on d1 square...!
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  Honza Cervenka: 35....Rh8 is no option here for 36.Bg5. After 46...Qd2 white seems to be in troubles but 47.Qc8+! is elegant solution. Very cool game by Nick de Firmian.

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Round 9
from Pan Pacific International, San Francisco, 1995 by Phony Benoni
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