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Woody Harrelson vs Garry Kasparov
"Cheers!" (game of the day May-06-2007)
Consultation (1999), Prague CZE, Jul-12
King Pawn Game: Parham Attack (C20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-06-07  EmperorAtahualpa: <mikee> Check out this collection:

Game Collection: Famous people's games

And I'm sure there are more games by celebrities to be found in the database than just these!

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  Benzol: <mikee> Another collection to have a look at is Game Collection: Games by Famous People
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  kevin86: Could Kasparov have taken an Alekhine trip during this game?
May-17-07  Helios727: <RookFile: Why did Kasparov play 6...h6?> Maybe he didn't want doubled pawns on the f-file.
Jul-26-07  Morphyisgod: i didnt kno this opening had a name lol
Feb-09-08  asiduodiego: Hahahahahaha!. Funny!. I prefer, anyway 3. ..., g6.
Feb-09-08  Fourpointo: <<Why do we say "cheers!",when we drink booze?> In ye olden days, one would have given "three cheers to..." whoever had bought the latest round of drinks. It has become merely "cheers" over the years.>

<<kevin86>, why do we say "cheers" before having a drink? Because it's shorter than saying "All in the family.">

It's a joke. (Booze, "boo"s; cheers, booze/boos; get it?)

Feb-09-08  sallom89: i seen a picture of Arnold playing against Kasparov(on his site i think, been a while), i wonder if that game is out to public :p
Mar-11-09  Dredge Rivers: Woody plays like he's been smoking something!
Mar-14-09  Augalv: <i didnt kno this opening had a name lol>

LOL. Me neither. First game I've played over with this opening.

<Woody plays like he's been smoking something!>

I think he wanted to surprise Kasparov.

Mar-23-09  Dredge Rivers: <Augalv>

Oh, I'm sure Kasparov was surprised, all right! He was surprised at what a crappy player he was facing! :)

Apr-27-09  Dredge Rivers: Kasparov did to Woody what Woody does to papparazi. i.e. beat him like a drum!
Aug-02-09  WhiteRook48: 2 Qh5, 3
Bc4, ha!
Jan-16-10  rich187113: How the hell did he manage to draw with Kasparov??
Mar-16-10  JohnstownChess: @ rich187113 he hadthe help of a grandmaster and Kasparov was taking it easy.
Feb-15-11  Raisin Death Ray: I've never heard of either of them!:)
Apr-01-11  jbtigerwolf: Having looked at just about every mainstream opening, at least for 1.e4, I really can't find anything to refute 2.Qh5. It looks terrible, but it doesn't appear to have any major drawbacks.

What I am trying to say, is that I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner, but at the same time when facing it as Black I cannot refute it totally... it's not a loss; indeed, I feel under pressure to win after this.

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  FSR: Grandmaster Hans Ree called 2.Qh5 a "provocative but quite sensible move." In the same article, he noted that Vladimir Kramnik (!!) had prepared the opening for use against Kasparov in blitz games, and considered the position after 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 g6 4.Qf3 Nf6 5.Ne2 equal. For more on the opening, see the Wikipedia article started and largely written by me,
Oct-20-13  Bob Loblaw: Excellent article FSR but it could use more information on Parham.
May-01-14  GumboGambit: Laugh if you must, but Woody was one move from checkmating Kasparov. There are a lot of GMs that cannot say that.
Apr-01-15  kamagong24: i choose this as my april fools game of the day!!!
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  JointheArmy: White men can't jump, but they can play chess...
Oct-23-17  RookFile: 7. Bg5 was possible. Equal game, I guess.
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  perfidious: <Bob Loblaw: Excellent article FSR but it could use more information on Parham.>


Oh, you mean the self-styled Gavinator.

Oct-31-22  Ninas Husband: I'm surprised Woody didn't use the Bongcloud Opening!
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