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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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  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
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  piltdown man: A beautiful final move!
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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.

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  FSR: Vaganian dominated the tournament with a phenomenal 11-2 score. Gurevich and Short both finished with 6-7.
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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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<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

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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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<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

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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).

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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.
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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...
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  FSR: What is going on with the multiple-day puns?
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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.

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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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<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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