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Dmitry Gurevich vs Nigel Short
"Demolition of Hastings" (game of the day Feb-04-2021)
Hastings (1982/83), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Jan-??
Benoni Defense: Old Benoni. Russian Variation (A44)  ·  1-0

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Feb-04-21
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  FSR: Sweet game. I assumed White was Mikhail Gurevich (the loser in M Gurevich vs Short, 1990), but it is Chicago's own Dmitry Gurevich.
Feb-04-21  morfishine: Like an otter cracking open a clam
Feb-04-21
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  piltdown man: A beautiful final move!
Feb-04-21
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  chancho: 27.Qh4+ Qh6 28.Nf7+ wins the Queen, sure, but black gets white's Knight.

Whereas Gurevich's 27.d6 blocks the black Queen from interposing on h6, forces it to take the pawn, the Nf7+ fork is still on, only without the loss of the Knight.

Master move.

Feb-04-21
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  FSR: Vaganian dominated the tournament with a phenomenal 11-2 score. Gurevich and Short both finished with 6-7. https://www.365chess.com/tournament...
Feb-04-21  Ironmanth: Sweet game! Dmitry was for a time in the US
(early eighties) perhaps the most feared player, IMHO. A tenacious player. Y'all stay safe out there today.
Feb-04-21
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  MissScarlett: <Demolition of Hastings>

I suspect reduced staffing levels means the puns are now being selected at random. I don't know what this one means; I don't want to know, either.

Feb-04-21
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  keypusher: For what it's worth, the trusty computer informs us that 27.Qh4+ and 27.d6 are both mate in 9.

<MissS> "Demolition" instead of "Battle," ha ha.

Feb-04-21  goodevans: <keypusher> I think you'll find it's actually a reference to <Captain Hastings>, companion of Hercule Poirot, who was floored on every occasion by the amazing logic of the esteemed Belgian sleuth.

<MissScarlett> did, of course, know this but just didn’t want to admit to the pun's utter brilliance.

Feb-04-21
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  keypusher: < goodevans: <keypusher> I think you'll find it's actually a reference to <Captain Hastings>, companion of Hercule Poirot, who was floored on every occasion by the amazing logic of the esteemed Belgian sleuth.>

Hmm, does every genius detective get a straight man? I suppose it's a useful device, allows Sherlock or whoever to explain his thinking. But it seems like Agatha Christie should have paid royalties to Arthur Conan Doyle.

Feb-04-21
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  playground player: Watson was a great deal smarter than Hastings.
Feb-04-21  RandomVisitor: "Short end of the stick"
Feb-04-21  RandomVisitor: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Surprises throughout starting with 4.f4!?, which looked terribly weakening.> ...especially since white already has a strong position:


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Stockfish_21013116_x64_modern:

<41/52 05:37 +1.62 4.Ne2 Be7 5.Nec3> Nf6 6.Bb5+ Nbd7 7.a4 0-0 8.Na3 Ne8 9.Bd3 Rb8 10.Nc4 Bg5 11.Bxg5 Qxg5 12.Ne3 Qd8 13.f3 Nc7 14.Qe2 a6

Feb-04-21
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  perfidious: Bit hard to credit White with a near-winning advantage after 4.Ne2 in the subvariation listed by <RV>.
Feb-04-21  RandomVisitor: A deeper look after 3...d6:


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Stockfish_21013116_x64_modern:

<52/69 1:33:44 +1.60 4.a4 Nf6 5.Nd2 Be7 6.Bd3> 0-0 7.Ne2 Ne8 8.h3 Bg5 9.g4 Nd7 10.Nc4 Bxc1 11.Qxc1 Nb6 12.Ne3 Bd7 13.b3 Nc8 14.h4 Ne7

Feb-05-21
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  keypusher: <Random V.> <perfidious> I play this kind of junk, and it's notable that SF consistently finds the ...Be7-Bg5 maneuver getting rid of the bad bishop, but evidently doesn't find that to be much of an accomplishment. Also it really likes to get a knight to e3.

Of course an engine tends to evaluate all lines in this opening pretty badly for Black, including 4.f4 (which as the game shows, definitely has its points).

Feb-05-21
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  perfidious: This manoeuvre reminds me of a last-round game I witnessed long ago: Hebert vs B Ivanovic, 1984, in which the GM playing Black managed to rid himself of that same bugbear, but not other problems.
Feb-05-21
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  SkySports: <MissScarlet: I suspect reduced staffing levels means the puns are now being selected at random> It seems they also stay more than one day...
Feb-05-21
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  FSR: What is going on with the multiple-day puns?
Feb-05-21
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  MissScarlett: As Rome burned, people wondered why Nero kept playing the same tune.
Feb-05-21  Brenin: Maybe this Hastings is the lord whose ghost came back to haunt Richard III in Act V, after being beheaded in Act III: "Bloody and guilty, guiltily awake, and in a bloody battle end thy days!".
Feb-05-21  morfishine: Rome was sacked 6 or 7 times, Hastings was demolished multiple times over the centuries
Feb-05-21  sfm: <chancho: 27.Qh4+ Qh6 28.Nf7+ wins the Queen, sure, but black gets white's Knight. Whereas Gurevich's 27.d6 ...>

<piltdown man: A beautiful final move!>

I laughed over that move. Probably the players did too.

Feb-05-21
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  perfidious: <morf>, and today, once more....
Feb-05-21  RandomVisitor: An even deeper look after 3...d6:


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Stockfish_21013116_x64_modern:

<61/79 15:17:30 +1.52 4.Nd2 Be7 5.a4 Nf6 6.Bd3 0-0 7.Ne2> Ne8 8.h3 Bg5 9.Nc4 f5 10.exf5 Bxc1 11.Qxc1 Bxf5 12.Bxf5 Rxf5 13.0-0 Nd7 14.f4 exf4

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