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Arnold Denker vs Harold Feit
"Counter Feit" (game of the day Apr-07-2010)
Interborough High school Chess League (1929), New York, NY USA
Dutch Defense: General (A80)  ·  1-0



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May-26-04  Benjamin Lau: Your welcome.

To elaborate my earlier statement, this is Denker's favorite game.

Some annotations by Alburt and Parr:

7. Nc3 d6

"White's strategy will be to bottle up Black's Queen Bishop with a timely d4-d5 and to aim a knight at the e6-square. Logical- and what Denker has called a "minor miracle" of reasoning because he had never seen the Dutch Defense before!" [Editor's note: this game was in the New York Interscholastics, Denker was relatively new on the scene, which explains his lack of familiarity with opening theory. Despite this, his superb insight inspires him to fianchetto his king bishop, which is really what White normally does to combat the Dutch.]

9. Ng5 Bc8

"White executes the plan to occupy d5 and attack e6. Black must retreat his fianchettoed Bishop to stop Ne6 and Nxg7+. This game has a wonderful positional flow, and Denker's grand combination featuers numerous tactical themes."

10. e4!

"White opens lines [...] a good idea because of Black's poor development. If 10...h6, White has 11. Ne6 Bxe6 12. dxe6 fxe4 13. Nxe4, threatening 14. Nxf6+ and 15. Qh5+, with mate in the offing. Black defends by 10...o-o, and White thrusts forward another pawn with 11. f4."


"Black liquidates pawns in the center, a decision that opens up the position for White's better developed forces."


"The second player is temporarily up a piece and expected 14. Nxe4, when he may have a playable game. But..."

14. Bxe4

"...the sacrifices begin. If 14...h6, then 15. Qh5, intending 16. Qg6 and 17. Qh7+. On 14...g6, White plays 15. Nxh7 Kxh7 16. Qh5+, forcing mate. Black takes the dangerous Knight with 14...Bxg5, and White sweeps his queen forward with 15. Qh5."


"Black's queenside forces are buried deeply in the left corner pocket, while White has a Queen and two Bishops trained against the King."


"White is two pieces in deficit, though another way to think about the position is that Black is down four useless queenside pieces. Denker finds a filigree-like attacking threat, 18. Rxf4+ Bxf4 19. Qh4+, but he appears to be running out of pieces for hunting the Black King."


"Black relieves the check and may have been wondering whether White forgot that after 20. Rf1+, he can play 20...Kxg6."

20. Qe4!

"But the beautiful quiet move disabuses him. The threat is 21. Rf1+, with mate in the wings. Black must perish despite his material riches."


"Hoping for 21. Qxe3 Kxg6"

21. Kh1

"White daintily sidesteps the check."


"Black guards against [Rf1+]. White plays 22. Rf1+ anyway. Denker's lovely point is that 22...Bxf1 is answered by 23. Qf5+ Ke7 24. Qf7 mate."



23. Bh7!!

"Vacating the g6 square. Black resigns because there is no defense against either Qg6 mate or Qh4 mate."

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  Benzol: <Ben> Did you ever finish (start?) compiling those Stats?
May-26-04  Benjamin Lau: I'm too exhausted to do it. I assume you're referring to the stats of the games of the "styles" of each player that were discussed several months back. I've been too busy at work and also here defending myself from lunatics like Lifemaster AJ who enjoy making fabrications about me.
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  Benzol: <Ben> Yes those were the stats I was referring to.
Oct-19-04  fasting: nice shot, compensation to the last pieces!
Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: why this game? And I usually can't get why someone resigns...
Dec-24-08  Ychromosome: If 22...Bxf1 23.Qf5+ Ke7 24.Qf7#

<WhiteRook48> black resigns b/c there is no way to defend g6

Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: don't you mean 23. Qf5+ Kh6 24. Qg6#?
Dec-24-08  Ychromosome: <WhiteRook48> if black captures the rook, his king remains on f6, so it has no access to h6.
Dec-31-08  WhiteRook48: hasn't been kibitzing for 4 years from fasting's (Oct-19-04) and mine on Christmas Eve of this year. Too bad <Ben Lau> left the site.
Apr-07-10  SpiritedReposte: Wow! Feit fought with some valiant defense too.
Apr-07-10  newzild: Very cool game.
Apr-07-10  ajile: Black's bad mistake was combining the 3..b6 4..Bb7 idea with the innocent looking 7..d6. Bad strategy since these moves severely weaken Black's e6 square. White takes advantage of this move order and wins the game. A better way to handle this opening is here:

M Mozny vs Blatny, 2005

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  kevin86: A funny game;the king is first cut off and later to be cut up.
Apr-07-10  desiobu: The lack of development on the queen-side was decisive; the extra material was useless.

After 15. Qh5 I played through it a couple times and didn't find any improvements for black. I'll have to run it through the computer.

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  benveniste: <desiobu>, if Black is willing to give back the piece with 15. ... ♗f5, there are still some drawing chances.
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  fm avari viraf: Absolutely thrilling & beautiful! I have two puns: 1.Feit is unfit. 2.Feit gets fit.
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  Domdaniel: "So you Denk you can Feit?"
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  patzer2: I like "giving Feit fits."

It would appear 8...d6? gives White a decisive grip on the position after 9. d5! to .

After 14. Bxe4! White has a winning pursuit (King Hunt) combination.

Apr-01-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Arnold Denker was only 15 yrs old.
Feb-21-13  Eduardo Bermudez: I meet Mr. Denker in Jacksonville, US chess Open,1990 we were talking about chess books. Afterward we meet in Miami Beach, march,1991 and continuing talking about literature and chess, especially he focusing on how learned from classic short stories for writing on chess.
May-11-16  posoo: Where did dis MOMO benjamin LAU go!!!

Who on EARTH is EXHOSTED by a CHESS site?! Chess is for fun and for SMASHING. COM BAK benjamin loo!

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  thegoodanarchist: Feit clubbed.
May-03-20  wordfunph: "I have played a number of brilliant games, but none of them, it seems to me, can compare with this one for absolute purity and charm".

- GM Arnold Denker

Source: Chess Life 2005 March

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  fredthebear: <wordfunph> That's a sizeable quote coming from GM Arnold Denker, a US Champion and the "Dean of American Chess."
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