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Rudolph Smirka vs Anthony Santasiere
"Rudolph and Santa" (game of the day Dec-25-2006)
Dimock theme (1924), Marshall Chess Club, New York, rd 12
Bishop's Opening: Urusov Gambit (C24)  ·  0-1



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Dec-25-06  Confuse: I guess since Santa won that makes him the boss eh? Merry Christmas everyone
Dec-25-06  THE pawn: Merry Christmas to all chess fans!
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  Moondoll: White's poor Rook never moved. Kind of like a Christmas present I guess.
Dec-25-06  simontemplar44: I really enjoy these games with extra Queens on the board.
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  al wazir: As black I would have been tempted to play 20...Re5. How does white prevent Re2 and then Re1 ?
Dec-25-06  Rubenus: Very nice game. And merry Christmas!
Dec-25-06  Haeron: Great game, love the extra Queens.

Also, anybody notice Santasiere is in both the GOTD and the Puzzle today?

Merry Christmas to all!

Dec-25-06  Silverstrike: <Haeron> Yeah, I thought that was kind of odd as well. Well he won one, and lost one, so it seams fair.

<THE pawn> So what about the many million NON-chess fans? ;)

Dec-25-06  greatdane: No boring poitional, defensive play here. Both White and Black ready to attack from the outset to end of the game. Both playing lively, entertaining, action packed chess. And of course with the right end: Santa showing Rudolp who holds the reins! Thanks for making this an even better Christmas morning. And happy hollidays to all.
Dec-25-06  Brettwith2ts: Merry Christmas to all who believe! And to all, here's happy king hunting, whatever you believe! :)
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  Peligroso Patzer: <simontemplar44: I really enjoy these games with extra Queens on the board.>

Here is a fascinating game where White (a former world champion) lost notwithstanding having two Queens on the board during the final dozen moves. Interestingly, it seems that his last chance to draw would have been to under-promote to a Knight on move 61:

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994

Dec-25-06  mrkangaroo: white should play 40.Qxf3+ followed by Qf2+ to win black's queen ... although by this stage the game's over any way.
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  kevin86: Christmas chess-Rudolph vs Santa and a queen is born.Too bad the game wasn't played in Bethlehem-but then, the hotels were full and only barn space was available.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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  technical draw: "Rudolph with your smirk so bright, why don't you resign tonight?"
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  Peligroso Patzer: It appears that Santasiere could have played much more convincingly at move 20 with either 20. … Re5! Or 20. … Nh1+. Here are some variations:

(A) 20...Re5! (best) 21.f4 (or 21.Nc3 Nh1+ 22.Kg1 Re1+ 23.Qf1 Rxf1+ 24.Kxf1 –+) 21...Re2+ 22.Kf3 f5 23.b4 Qe8 24.Qxf5+ Nxf5 25.g3 Nxg3 26.bxc5 Qh5#

(B) 20...Nh1+ 21.Kg1 Qe1+ 22.Qf1 Bh2+ 23.Kxh2 Qxf1 –+.

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  Phony Benoni: More information than you ever wanted to know about the tournament this game came from:
Dec-25-06  soberknight: Santasiere in the game and problem because of Santa...that's so stupid (laughs at funny pun).
Dec-28-06  THE pawn: <silverstrike> Everybody in the world loves chess. Some people are just to scared to admit it.
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  Penguincw: 4...c5. Black getting greedy and trying to hang onto that pawn plus.

But white, trying to hang onto their pawn (or else be down a pawn), plays 11.Qf3 and loses castling rights too.

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