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Iver Poulsen vs Arne Christiansen
Easter Tournament (1981), Arhus, Denmark
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Reversed Dragon (A22)  ·  0-1



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Dec-10-03  talchess2003: Christiansen is really reaching his peak. Plus, I know this guy :P
Dec-10-03  talchess2003: On 26.. hxg3 27. Nf4+

both capturing the knight and not capturing it leads to an easy black win.White will have to end up giving up his queen...

Dec-10-03  Shadout Mapes: I thought it was 30....Rh5 31.Qc2 Ng4
Dec-10-03  Nova1990: <On 26.. hxg3 27. Nf4+> What are you talking about, talchess?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Nova1990> I guess it should be 27.hxg3 Nf4+
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  MoonlitKnight: The same mating theme occurs in Jon Ludvig Hammer vs M Carlsen, 2003 Anyone know what it is called?
Dec-10-03  Nova1990: <Honza <27.hxg3 Nf4+>> That makes more sense. So what does Black do after 28. Kg1?
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  Honza Cervenka: <what does Black do after 28. Kg1?> I don't see any immediate win now, but 28...Qh3 looks to be very promising.
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  Honza Cervenka: I think I have got it: 27.hxg3 Nf4+ 28.Kg1 Qh3 29.Nh4 Re5 30.e3 Rh5 31.exf4 Rxh4
Dec-10-03  Nova1990: <Honza> That is very convincing :-) Excellent analysis, as usual.
Dec-10-03  LeiWlong03: Who is this A. Christiansen? Is this a typo? Is this supposed to be Larry Christiansen? How does this game confirm that he's reaching his peak, talchess -- this game is from 1981.
Dec-10-03  patzer2: <Honza Cervenka> Wow! I'm impressed. Fritz 8 confirms your analysis as best play in the line 27.hxg3 Nf4+!! 28.Kg1 Qh3 29.Nh4 Re5! (Fritz varies at move 30. but the difference is inconsequential) Of course you also had to visualize the six to eight move mates that follows after 28. gxf4 and either 28...Rg6+! or 28...Qg4+! Your strength in analysis and history as a correspondence master leads me to believe you are capable of beating some of the very strongest players over the board. Just curious, what is the highest rated player you've defeated or drawn, either in correspondence play or over the board?
Dec-10-03  patzer2: Interesting that today's puzzle follows (via transposition) the first eight moves of P Kotsur vs Morozevich, 2003 which I cited in yesterday's puzzle Miles vs J Garcia-Padron, 1977 as an example of the good play black might get after 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 or 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6.

In this game, after 9. Be3, Black equalized with 9...f4 and soon outplayed his opponent. However, 9...Be6 may have been a slightly better alternative, developing a piece and giving Black a slight advantage per Fritz 8. Other good equalizing Black options here worth considering were 9...Re8, 9...Bg4 and 9...Bf5.

If a super GM of Morozevich's caliber is willing to play this line (i.e. first eight moves) in 2003, then it would appear to be worthy of exploring for use in tournament play.

Dec-10-03  talchess2003: <Patzer> Nf4+ was my find actually.... Not Honza Cervenka's....Please direct your compliments towards me :P
Dec-10-03  patzer2: <talchess2003> Tip of the hat to you for finding the winning line with 27...Nf4, in the event white plays 27. hxg3!
Dec-10-03  talchess2003: :P Thanks. Sorry if I came on strong, it was hard to suppress my annoyance when I saw another guy being complimented for my move. After all, I am only 14, so technically I am still in my maturation stage :P BTW, Nova, that is why I corrected you when you said "there are children and beginners at this site" ... associating children to beginners was offensive.
Dec-10-03  Nova1990: <talchess> I'm 13, but I don't consider myself a child. I meant kids who were under 9.

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