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Richard N Bauer vs Benjamin Finegold
"24 Karat Fine Gold" (game of the day Dec-15-2009)
Foxwoods Open (2001), Connecticut USA, rd 2, Apr-13
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel> how did you solve it? Did you get that it was karat?

I didn't even see this clue - the last a couple of these have kept me up a bit so I have decided to leave it this year and just read the answers... I didn't know what it was last year..i didn't know what everyone was talking about!

But that Donkey one threw me even to Don Quixote and also I even thought it might be another ref to Borges - his story of the rewriring of Don Quixote (Don Key O T !! lol) - also Austrailia - "down under" and a whole lot of other stuff...but I might have found it if I had googled Donkey or looked it up in one of my ref books - say Brewster's Book of Phrase and fable...

Such is life! Congratulations!

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  Domdaniel: <Richard> I got it by accident -- looking for games by Bauer (from the TV series '24') rather than Finegold.

Keep trying. Serendipity works, sometimes.

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  cu8sfan: <Domdaniel: <Richard> I got it by accident -- looking for games by Bauer (from the TV series '24') rather than Finegold. Keep trying. Serendipity works, sometimes.> Hilarious!
Dec-15-09  SPINK: yay go finegold!
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  kevin86: The queen must stay on the long diagonal,but soon to be chased from it.
Dec-15-09  DarthStapler: Richard Bauer is a member of the chess club I go to
Dec-15-09  rodantero: I guess 23.Qf3 is followed by Rf8, and 23.Qd3 by Qh3 with (at least) heavy material losses.
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  Once: Now that is a delicious attack to exploit the long diagonal. <DarthStapler> - can you please pass on my compliments to Richard for an excellently played game?

There is something about the move f3 for white or f6 for black that just seems so wrong. Shades of damiano's so-called defence. The f pawn should stay at home or jump straight to f4/f5. The square f3/f6 surely belongs to a knight (or in some rare cases a pseudo-fianchetto'd bishop.

Maybe that explains why I could never get to like the fantasy variation of the Caro-Kann?

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  Domdaniel: <Once> I agree about f3: I now open with 1.Nf3 to avoid temptation. At one point, looking for a good line against the King's Indian, I tried playing the Samisch with f3. Disaster: I lost every game. Never again.
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  Once: <Domdaniel> There's a lovely quote from Edward Gufeld about f3 in the Samisch: "Ask the knight on g1 what he thinks of the move f3."

It makes me smile to think about someone actually trying to do this, and what the knight might say in response.

Dec-15-09  Marmot PFL: <Domdaniel> Good assessment, white's play is objectively bad (poor understanding of the variation), yet many amateurs play like this and it's instructive to see a GM handle the other side.
Dec-15-09  drpoundsign: But how would Black have finished it??
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  Domdaniel: <Once> Yes, Fast Eddie 'The Hooligan' Gufeld had a nice turn of phrase - I have a couple of his books, including one on the KID.

These days, I mostly play g3 and enter the Fianchetto Variation. White doesn't get much, but neither does Black -- the reason that Gufeld (and others) said it was the most atypical of KID lines.

Dec-15-09  Marmot PFL: The problem in the fianchetto is if black plays c6 and d5, what does white do?
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  Domdaniel: <Marmot> - <...c6 & ...d5> In that case, it's technically a Fianchetto Grunfeld or Neo-Grunfeld. With the pawn on c6, some call it a Slav-Grunfeld. It has a very dull reputation.

Despite its dull rep, there have been some nice wins by white. Karpov won a few, using his usual technique. Baburin beat Nunn brilliantly in this line (ECO D78-79), twice, with a 10-year-interval.

One idea for white is Ne5 and f4, with fxe5 if black takes it. The trouble is black can chase the knight away with ...f6, and block the centre with a later ...f5. But I think White has an edge, and I'm willing to play such positions.

Dec-15-09  WhiteRook48: if 25 QxQ then ...BxPch and black can say, "you're dead"
Dec-15-09  Marmot PFL: may give that line a try. Have not looked at it much since the KvK matches where it seemed to lead to long maneuvering draws.
Dec-15-09  310metaltrader: why cant the black queen goes back to e4 or f4?
Dec-15-09  310metaltrader: never mind, the queen can be harassed by rook and pawn and it will finally be eliminated and mate ensues.
Dec-15-09  Tifeon: Exchanging important Bishop on move 4 without provocation and with more pawns coming to Black's gargantuan center - this rarely ends well. Strange Knight trip from one spot to the other one won't help as well. The game is basically over when our restless traveller takes a break by being exchanged for a static piece.
Dec-16-10  elohah: What happens after 20 Kg1 ?
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  Phony Benoni: <elohah: What happens after 20.Kg1?>

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My guess would be 20...Qh4, when the threat of 21...Qg4+ is difficult to counter. For instance, 21.Re2 Qg4+ 22.Rg2 Rf1+ 23.Kxf1 Qxg2+ 24.Ke1 Rf8, forcing White to give up his queen with 25.Qxf8+.

Dec-21-10  elohah: Thanx.
Mar-17-17  zdwalsh: Have to love games like this. That g6 rook is a monster.
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  perfidious: Clever finish, though I do not recall this game, which was played during my last OTB event.
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