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Richard Almond vs Timothy Spanton
"Almond Joy" (game of the day Feb-10-2005)
Guernsey Open (2001), Guernsey GCI, rd 3, Oct-23
Tarrasch Defense: Schara Gambit (D32)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's too bad that the von Hennig-Schara Gambit (4...cxd4) is unsound. However, I don't like White's Qb3 (instead of the usual Qd1). I think Black doesn't sacrifice enough pawns in response--instead of 12...Kb8, he should try 12...g5!?; 13.Nxg5!?,Rhg8; 14.Nxf7?,Rdf8; 15.Nh6,Rg6!?; 16.e4,Nxe4. Obviously, 13.0-0 is a *much* better choice for White, but at least Black has some kind of attack.
Feb-10-05  Drifter: it says these guys are rated 2136 and 2039 respectivally. Is this Elo, FIDE,USCF or something else? am i correct in my belief that they would be classified as experts?
Feb-10-05  Granite: I don't get the pun. Anyone fill me in on the phrase 'Almond Joy'?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Where I hail from in the U.S., it's a candy bar made with chocolate, coconut, and almond.
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  Sneaky: Sometimes you feel like a nut...
Feb-10-05  Granite: Ah ok, some American thing. :p
Feb-10-05  JSYantiss: .....sometimes you don't! :)
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  Annie K.: Well, most puns are culturally based, and our hosts *are* American, so we'll just have to live with it. ;)
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  kevin86: A very determined white finally nets a black queen. The constant gyrations of pieces and pawn in this hunt is hilarious.Too bad black cannot play b5 as it is pinned-of course,black can approach,but also ♖xa4 still pins the queen.♗lack can play ♔b8,but ♖xa4 leaves white a rook up with mate threats.
Feb-10-05  patzer2: <an Englishman> <It's too bad that the von Hennig-Schara Gambit (4...cxd4) is unsound> Indeed, Black should play the mainline 4...exd5 as in Ivanchuk vs Grischuk, 2002

Black has to struggle with the isolated pawn in the Tarrasch, but I'm glad to see that one super GM is still willing to give it a try.

Feb-10-05  patzer2: "Almond Joy" is really an appropriate pun for this well played game. Almond's 17. b4! and 20. Na4! are strong and probably decisive positional deflection moves, helping set up the decisive deflection and pin combination starting with 22. Nb6+!!
Feb-10-05  patzer2: <An Englishman> I think 12...g5 works only if White immediately tries to snatch the pawn. After 12...g5!? 13. Na4! White has a strong position.

Play might continue 12...g5 13.Na4! (13.Nxg5?! Rhg8 14.h4 h6 15.Nxf7 Be6 16.Nxd8 Bxb3 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.axb3 Rxg2 19.Bf3 Rg8 20.Bxc6 Qe6 21.Bf3±) 13...Bd6 (13...g4?? 14.Nxc5 ) 14.Nxg5 Rhg8 15.Nxf7 Be6 16.Nxd6+ Qxd6 17.Qc2 Rxg2 18.Bf3 Rg6 19.0–0–0 Qc7 20.Bc3 Nd5 21.Be4 Rg5 22.Nc5 Bg4 23.Rxd5 Rgxd5 24.Bxd5 Rxd5 25.Qe4

Feb-10-05  patzer2: An old Almond Joy commercial jingle can be found at

A picture of some older Almond Joy and Mounds bars can be found at +Mounds+%26+Almond+Joy">

Feb-10-05  Shah Mat: hey <an englishman> do you ever post in the morning, or afternoon? how about around brunch?

tell me truly, is "good evening<colon>" just part of your schtick, or do you always post in the evening?

Feb-10-05  Saruman: <Shah Mat> I think that in <An Englishman>'s case its more like
Feb-10-05  vyas95: how do you play online
Feb-10-05  vyas95: hello there
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  beatgiant: <vyas95: how do you play online>

See question 4 on the help page: Help

Feb-10-05  bumpmobile: What's wrong with 30. Rc8, winning the Rook or picking up another Queen?
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  beatgiant: <bumpmobile>
30. Rc8 Rxc8 31. dxc8(Q) Bxc8. Still good for White, but not winning a rook or picking up another queen.
Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: Almond's joy is taking advantage of pins
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  FSR: Dammit - this is the second game I've seen today where the pun I wanted to submit has already been done. The other was "Frankenstein's Monster." OK, they were pretty obvious puns . . . .

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