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Glicksteen vs E Lawrence
Columbus (1971), Columbus, OH USA
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Lasker Variation (A02)  ·  0-1



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  al wazir: <Madman99X: After 8. Nc3 Qxh2?? 9. Rxh2 gxh2 10. Ke3! h1=Q, and white comes back with 11. Bb5+ foiling the combo with 12. Qxh1 to follow.> That's almost as elegant as the original combination, but white isn't quite out of the woods. After 10. Ke3 black can play 10...h5. Then if 11. Bb5+ c6 12. Be2 (best, I think) Nf6 13. Qh1 Ng5+ 14. Kf3 (if 14. Kd3 then 14...Nf2+; if 14. Bxg4 then 14...hxg4 15. Nce2 g3 16. Kf3 Rg8, and white's queen is stuck in the corner doing guard duty) 14...Ne5+ 15. Kf2 Ng4+ 16. Kf1 (16. Ke1? Bg3+ wins the queen) Bg3 17. Nd1 Nd7 18. Nf3, and white finally eliminates the pesky pawn on h2.
Sep-12-05  awfulhangover: Very, very easy. White must have been a newbie. Only 5.h3 Bg3# would have been even "funnier".
Sep-12-05  EmperorAtahualpa: nice Monday puzzle! Ofcourse 5.e4 and 8.d3 are both awful moves.
Sep-12-05  aw1988: I looked at Bg4+ and Qg4+ but dismissed those in an instant. Then I remember a Bird game with Qxh2 and... well, that's a rap, folks.
Sep-12-05  ianD: White must be a <1400 player. Could you really play any worse moves? Total Patzer!
Sep-12-05  ThomYorke: There´s a problem with this kind of sacrifice in my opinion. White sacrifices a queen to win a rook and then promotes another queen. But maybe the king, who is married with the queen, loved the sacrificed queen. And now, he will be an unhappy King with his new wife.

CONCLUSION: I think the best chess players are those who know the feelings of their pieces.

Sep-12-05  ianD: Pehap we should analize:
1.f4 e6
2.g4 Qh4#

Please limit analasis to <10,000 words

Sep-12-05  notsodeepthought: <ThomYorke> Nah, she just married him for his money and power, and he knew that.
Sep-12-05  ianD: Mayfield vs Trinks, 1959
Sep-12-05  zb2cr: From's gambit is a branch of Bird's opening, but it's initiated by Black.

After 1. f4, 1. ... e5 initiates From's
gambit. AFAIK, no other variations of
Bird's opening have specific names.

Sep-12-05  starscream74: If this were the game of the day it would be titled "Opening Glitck"
Sep-12-05  I Pawn You: I liked the pawn sac in the beginning.
Sep-12-05  MoonlitKnight: I find it amusing that white players often get confused in their own opening here. After 4...g5 the right move is 5.g3 (or 5.d4). In the 4...Bg4 variation however, the move 5.e4 is mandatory, since g3 is easily punished with 5...h5! For instance, I met a player in an international tournament who has played only 1.f4 for years, and after 4...Bg4, she played g3 after a long think.
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  kevin86: Boy,I blew this one-I was looking for a skewer or a checkmate-not the loan of a queen at shark rates.
Sep-12-05  snowie1: I thought black was brave to sac his Q, but it's mostly because of my appetite for luscious Qs (8.d4..Bg4+), I played it out to 9.Ke1..Bxd1 10.Kxd1..Nf6..anyway, black wins with the combo of Q & N and picks up the R for his trouble.
Sep-12-05  YouRang: Easy (as it should be for Monday), yet unusual to see a promotion tactic so early in a game. Good puzzle.
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  Gypsy: <Sneaky: ... it's a bit sneaky for a monday I think! This is going to fool a lot of people. > A well stated expert opinion!

<ThomYorke: ... But maybe the king, who is married with the queen, loved the sacrificed queen. And now, he will be an unhappy King with his new wife. ... I think the best chess players are those who know the feelings of their pieces. > Bronstein also recommends to listen to your piecess whispers.

Sep-12-05  Castle In The Sky: A challenging Monday's puzzle this took longer than the usual Monday (30 seconds or less) :)
Sep-12-05  patzer2: <White must be a <1400 player. Could you really play any worse moves? Total Patzer> any worse moves? Total Patzer> Well in G Natapov vs Radobarin, 1969 a player who later became a Russian Master (rating around 2257 in 2000 if is correct) lost in this identical opening line. Now his rating in 1969 may have been much lower than his 2257 rating in 2000, but apparently he learned from this instructive sequence and used it to improve his play.

Perhaps includes easy puzzles early in the week to help those lower rated players improve. However, they get much more difficult as the end of the week approaches. So, if you think the games and puzzles are too easy on Monday, just wait until Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Sep-12-05  Caissanist: Sneaky sure called this one right, at least for me. I finally did get 8...Qxh2, but only after spending an embarrassing amount of time analyzing 8...Bg4+, Bc5, Qh5+, Qf6, gxh2, Nf6, Bh3, and probably other moves. "I was following a Nowhere Hunch, A real dumb thing to do! Everybody sometimes does it. Even me. And even you."
Sep-12-05  franksp: Tartakower used to delite in playing against the From Gambit with the white pieces.

Tartakower-Spielmann 1913
Tartakower-Prins 1936
Tartakower-Winter 1936

The game against Prins prompted Winter to challenge Tartakower to play Bird's Opening against him in the Nottingham Tournament, saying he had an infallible means of beating him in the From Gambit. Tartakower gave him the opportunity to prove his point, according to My Best Games of Chess 1931-1954 by Tartakower.

Sep-12-05  fgh: 0.9 seconds. Just too easy.
Sep-12-05  OneArmedScissor: 8. ...Qxh2 was my first idea, but after exploring the other ideas, I realized it's the one!
Sep-13-05  danlajerik1: According to my Shredder 8. -Bg4+ 9. Nf3 Qxh2 (-4.55) is slighty better than the immediate capture on h2 (-3.79). I think the reason is that this allows black to develop his white bishop with tempo, and this way he can castle on the long side much faster.
Nov-27-05  Chopin: White got killed!
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