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Vasilios Kotronias vs Rune Djurhuus
"Greeks Bearing Gifts" (game of the day Sep-09-2005)
Gausdal International (1995), Gausdal NOR, rd 8, Aug-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0



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Sep-09-05  notsodeepthought: Hey, hey, that's my pun - dating back to M Makropoulou vs V Papadopoulou, 2004. But then again, who am I kidding, it dates back way before then...
Sep-09-05  lopium: I think white missed another ways to win, from move 26, maybe Qh6, Ke5, Qe3, etc... unless Kf6 again... but I'm sure there's another to win here.
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  WannaBe: Where're the gifts? Did I get pony?? A nice big pretty one? :-)
Sep-09-05  EmperorAtahualpa: What a great game! Love White's queen moves in the end!
Sep-09-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Nice pun too!
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  patzer2: White's 18. Bd3! makes a positional sacrifice offer of the Knight on d4. At first glance, it looks like Black can get away with snatching the Knight (i.e. 18. Bxd4?). However, as the game progresses, and the "game of the day" pun "Greeks Bearing Gifts" would suggest, it becomes apparent that this was an offer Black should have declined. However, there is apparently only one way for Black to "refuse the gift" and survive.

Fritz 8 at 16 depth indicates 18...fxe6 allows Black to make a fight of it, while 18. Bxd? and other moves lose outright:

1. (0.62): 18...fxe6 19.Nxe6 Bxe6 20.dxe6 Be5 21.Qh3 g6 22.Be4 Rac8 23.Rhf1 b4 24.Qd3 Rxf1

2. (1.56): 18...Bxd4 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Rxd4 Kg8 21.Rh4 fxe6 22.Qh3 Rf5 23.Rh8+ Kf7 24.Rf1 Qc5 25.dxe6+ Bxe6 26.Rxa8 Rxf1+

3. (2.28): 18...Be5 19.Nc6 fxe6 20.Bxh7+ Kxh7 21.Qxf8 Bb7 22.Qf3 exd5 23.Qh3+ Kg8 24.Nxe5 dxe5 25.Qe6+ Qf7 26.Qxe5 Re8 27.Qd4

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  patzer2: <lopium: I think white missed another ways to win, from move 26> If you're speaking strictly of move 26, then there is not a clear winning alternative. Apparently 26. Rg1! is the only clear and strong winning move at this juncture. However, the followup 27. Qc3+! offers a fascinating option for scoring the full point:

27. Qc3+! e5 (27... Qe5 28. Qc7! Rg5 29. Qd8+ Kg6 30. Rg8+ Kf5 31. R8xg5+ ) 28. Qh3! Bb7 29. Rh6+ Kf7 30. Rh7+ Kf6 31. Rxb7 (+4.94 @ 12 depth per Fritz 8).

Sep-09-05  bridgepro: This a game worth close student for 'Najdorfians'. Where did black go wrong::--))
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  kevin86: "Greeks bearing gifts?" I think that goes back to the Trojan War-about 1200BC----but in the case of the Trojan Horse-it was gifts bearing Greeks--old pun,it is.

White is able to gain the exchange-then force the wxchange of queens-to gain an easy win.

Sep-09-05  farrooj: timeo danaos es dona ferentes :)
Sep-09-05  I Pawn You: You guys are all "What a nice pun" and all, but really, without even being pedantic, this is not a pun. A pun is a play on words. Like say...yesterday's GotD...Broken Helmut was it? Something like that. THAT'S a pun. That's just a funny expression (Whether it's funny or not is arguable). Unless of course, I'm missing something, or am blatantly wrong.
Sep-09-05  I Pawn You: Chessgames?
Sep-09-05  Brian Watson: There's an expression "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts". The stock Bxh7+ is commonly refered to as the Greek sacrifice -- for the reasons already explained. The player of the white pieces is evidently Greek.

Verdict: pedantic + missing something + blatantly wrong.

Sep-09-05  Brian Watson: (That was a joke).
Sep-09-05  BishopofBlunder: "Geeks bearing gifts" would have been a pun.
Sep-09-05  BishopofBlunder: or perhaps "Rune Awakening"
Sep-09-05  I Pawn You: Eggzectly!

Sep-10-05  lopium: That's in such moments that you realize that you don't know English. I kept saying I don't know English well, and here again but worstly I can see it. I'm glad of that, it miss me many things to learn on this language. What a nice thing! ahahaz!! In that case, I'm "learning" or maybe learning, only by guessing.

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