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Tony Miles vs Anatoly Vaisser
"None the Vaisser" (game of the day Sep-22-2013)
Elista Olympiad (1998), Elista RUS, rd 10, Oct-09
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-16-05  euripides: After 13 moves it's obvious White's quite an adventurous player.
May-04-05  Shokwave: That is hilarious! Looks like an internet blitz game between 1000 players, not a GM game. Wonder what the time controls were?
May-04-05  azaris: Had this been played by anyone else than Miles it would have reeked of a prearranged draw. Hard to believe Black has nothing better than the forced draw.

The time control was classical of course, this was in the Chess Olympiad!

May-04-05  aw1988: <Had this been played by anyone else than Miles it would have reeked of a prearranged draw.> Who sais it wasn't?
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  OlimpBase: Few Olympic games are as exotic as this one. Other must-see draws:

M T Mora Iturralde vs Suttles, 1964 from Tel Aviv Olympiad in 1964

O'Kelly vs J Penrose, 1962 from Varna Olympiad in 1962

Sep-10-07  Karpova: <Shokwave: Wonder what the time controls were?> 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves then 10 minutes for the rest of the game. Extra 30 seconds added after each move.
Aug-13-08  myschkin: . . .

There is no turning back now. White wins a pawn, but at the cost of rather a lot of tempi, and having to keep a straight face while playing a sequence of ridiculous-looking moves.

At this point both players at last began to think. Afterwards Vaisser told me he had looked at the line briefly ten years ago and concluded that Black had plenty of play for the pawn. That was pretty much the same as my preparation which concluded that I had a pawn for a bit of play. I suspect we both also imagined that if we ever reached this position it would not be against a terribly serious opponent. Perhaps this assessment too was not entirely inaccurate.

Aesthetically forced, but also quite sensible. If White can play Nd2-f3 Black will not have much. Vaisser thought for a long time and found a neat response.

Trapping the errant rook?

(aka Tony Miles)

Apr-08-09  WhiteRook48: how bizarre
Dec-31-09  POUDRETANG: Vaisser said this game was one of the best he played...these two players are full of new ideas...They understood ( better than other GM ) that chess is not only a game for computers but an art...and that you can always think by yourself and create this kind of game...I miss Tony Miles...
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  plang: The Dutch is an opening where there are almost limitless opportunities for innovation. 3..exd does not have a good reputation; 3..Bd6 is an alternative. 7..Rxh7 was new; 7..Be6 was played by Shabalov in his loss to Atalik at Chicago 1997. Vander Weil suggests 10..Be6 as an improvement. Note that 12 Nc3 would have lost to 12..Rd4! and 12 e3..f4 would have been favorable for Black but Miles could have tried 13 c3..Nd5 14 g3 when 14..f4 15 Bg2..Bg4 16 Bxe4..Qxe4 17 0-0..Bxe2 18 f3! would have backfired for Black.
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  GrahamClayton: Miles rejected 18...♗h3, due to 19.cxd4 ♗xg2 20.♘f3 ♗xf3 21.exf3 g2+ 22.♔e2 gxh1=♕ 23.♕xh1, when White has an extra pawn.
Jul-08-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Vaiss Squad


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  FSR: Miles analyzed this bizarre game in New in Chess Yearbook 50 (1999), p. 161.
Sep-22-13  morfishine: White violates classical opening rules, like moving his pawns and Queen around before finishing development (which he never really gets in to)

Assuming White was playing to win, <12.Na3> was an alternative to 12.Qd1, since with <c2> now protected, 12...Rd4 doesn't work


Sep-22-13  pericles of athens: After move 12, White has zero developed pieces or pawns:

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  kevin86: it looks like an internet goof game.The moves are bizarre-at best.
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  offramp: One of my favorite games. Who can't like Tony Miles's chess?
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  MissScarlett: A short list, indeed.

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