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Nigel Short vs Jeroen Piket
"Piket Fences" (game of the day Aug-28-2015)
Korchnoi Birthday Gp A (2001) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 4, Apr-28
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)  ·  0-1



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  samvega: Whose stupid idea was it that you have to develop your pieces?
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  offramp: A weird one. Black seems to break a load of opening rules but white has no killer blow. I can't see where Short went wrong - except 31.Ng5 (obviously a bunder). One move that looks suspicious is 18.Rae1, as it fairly soon lost the exchange. Perhaps Qb4, threatening mate, was better.
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  samvega: As far as I can see, white is already (strangely) in a spot by move 18, as black threatens to win a piece with ..Qxc3. You may be right that 18.Qb4 is an improvement, play perhaps continuing 18..Nh3+ 19.gxh3 c5. 18.Rc1 would of course lose the exchange in the same manner as the game.
Aug-13-05  sneaky pete: There is no reason or justification for white to sacrifice a second pawn on move 14 (he might play 14.Qd3 .. with 15.Nc3 ..). After that, Short's desperate attempts to avoid the exchange of Queens only make matters worse, so I think after 14... Qxd5 he is already lost. 17.Nxd5 Nxe2+ 18.Kh1 .. is relatively best. 20... Nd3 allows 21.Qe2 ..; black should have played 20... Bd4.

I suppose this is a rapid game, but still it's embarrassing to see how little modern masters understand of the venerable Evans gambit. Morphy would have cleaned out the entire Linares/Dortmund-gang in one (blindfold) simul.

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  Phony Benoni: That's what you get for playing the Evans Gambit at a tournament honoring Viktor Korchnoi.
Aug-28-15  RookFile: Great game by Piket. I think his play honored Korchnoi because he calculated concretely at each turn. As Korchnoi would sometimes do, he would let white at first taste the joy of the initiative, but then strike back with a counterattack.
Aug-28-15  morfishine: My vote for silliest game of the year. One would hope the GOTD would feature either a great game or a clever, we get neither
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  keypusher: <RookFile> Well said. A blunter way to put it is that he honored Korchnoi by being <greedy>.

As for my favorite opening, it's another entry in the <They Stopped Playing It for a Reason> file.

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  Richard Taylor: <samvega: Whose stupid idea was it that you have to develop your pieces?>!!

You should see the really strange positions Tchigorin got into against Steinitz in their matches, when Tchigorin kept playing the Evans and even blowing won positions, and Steinitz, quite obviously retreating and sometimes 'undeveloping' his pieces. Those matches are quite interesting.

It seems that the line 5. c3 Bd6 is one of the best for Black as he can develop his B on c8 on b7. Black seems to keep a small advantage.

However Piket won in any case. So I would say that Short wasn't wrong to give the Evans Gambit a whirl.

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  Richard Taylor: I mean that, for example if Short hadn't played 14 d5 (I think <sneaky pete> is right that that is a serious error) or things had gone differently, there are practical chances for both sides. (Maybe not in GM chess unless you are Kasparov or Fischer playing the aged Rueben Fine)...

I have to admit an embarrassing loss in 1961 when one Chris Evans (like me from the Auckland-Waikato region) played - of course - the Evans Gambit against me and won when I declined it, he moved up his a pawn, and I forgot he was threatening to trap my Bishop! He then proceeded to win the NZ School Pupils (NZ Junior) championship. I was third tier so to speak so I didn't do so badly overall.

It was only yesterday!

Aug-28-15  Abdel Irada: Yesterday!

Seems to me I've heard a song on that subject.... :-D

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  keypusher: <Only Yesterday>, a great pop history of the Roaring Twenties.

Aug-28-15  Ferro: 12. absurda!
Aug-28-15  Ferro: 12. absurda! 12. d5
Aug-28-15  Ferro: perdon, Short
Aug-28-15  SugarDom: Finally after 3(?) years, my pun was game of the day.

Piket literally fences with his pawns here.

Aug-28-15  SugarDom: And of course it's a pun of "Picket Fences".

I'm brilliant.

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  kevin86: an unusual way to win a queen!

Also, the pun fit the game as the seven black pawns lined up like a picket fence for most of the game- with the gate being the opening at e7.

Nov-09-19  SugarDom: Piket has a fence of pawns literally till move 27!

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