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Joel Benjamin vs Eduard Gufeld
"Hawaiian Punch" (game of the day Jan-02-2021)
99th US Open (1998), Kailua-Kona, HI USA, rd 8, Aug-08
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1-0



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  saffuna: Benjamin despised Gufeld, and especially after his mate-in-one loss earlier, treasured this win.

Says he showed it over and over to juniors in the hospitality room, called it the Mona Lisa.

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  HeMateMe: Didn't Gufeld write a chess book with "mona Lisa" in the title? I think I read parts of his chess/auto bio. A Russian who left the cold and gloom of the USSR to live in Los Angeles, just like Bobby Fischer and Ringo Starr did.

Terrific game, fun tactics.

Why would Benjamin "despise" Gufeld?

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  perfidious: <HMM>, never heard of any book by Gufeld being titled thus, but he referred to Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 by the name.
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  saffuna: Gufeld called his game with Bagirov in 1973 the Mona Lisa. That's what Benjamin was making fun of.
Mar-16-17  ChessHigherCat: <HeMateMe: A Russian who left the cold and gloom of the USSR to live in Los Angeles, just like Bobby Fischer and Ringo Starr did.>

Yes, few people are aware of Ringo's early childhood years in Beatlegrad before emigrating to Liverpool and thence to Los Angeles.

That really was a great game, especially Qxh6.

I'm never surprised when any grandmasters hate each other, they tend to be real prima donnas in my limited experience. They only compliment dead chessplayers, and then just as a way of denigrating their living rivals. (Novelists do exactly the same thing, with the rare exceptions of Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens and Ian MacEwan, who actually managed to stay friends)

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  FSR: Hawaiian Punch.
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  FSR: A gorgeous game. Most people will never play a game this pretty in their entire lives. I never have.
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  perfidious: <FSR>, neither did I, actually--not even close.

In our three encounters, (one each in classical, rapid and blitz), Benjamin always ground me down, despatching me with professional aplomb rather than any such display of pyrotechnics. Of course, if one's opponent does not allow such brilliance....

Oct-23-20  schnarre: ...In every game of JB's that I've gone over, he usually brutalizes his opponents (even in game that he's lost). I am pleased that this one is no exception!
Jan-02-21  andrewjsacks: This terrific game should be better known.
Jan-02-21  Brenin: Great game! Is a Hawaiian punch a drink, or something less friendly, like a Glasgow kiss?
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  perfidious: <Brenin>, 'Hawaiian Punch' is a fruit drink which became popular here in the States during the 1960s and 1970s and is still on the market.
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  offramp: <perfidious: <Brenin>, 'Hawaiian Punch' is a fruit drink which became popular here in the States during the 1960s and 1970s and is still on the market.>

I am going to stick my neck out here and guess that it contains pineapple.

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  OhioChessFan: Pretty nice pun. A rollicking fun game
Jan-02-21  carpovius: <FSR> Nice pun. Beautiful game.
Jan-02-21  Whitehat1963: What a devastating sequence to end the game! Brilliantly calculated!
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  Messiah: Terrible pun!
Jan-02-21  Ironmanth: Great game from a lovely location - Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii; sacred spot. The start and finish of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Aloha and mahalo, chessgames! Happy New Year to all; stay safe!
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  FSR: <offramp> <Hawaiian Punch is made with natural fruit juices and flavors, including such tropical favorites as pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, and guava.>
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  scutigera: <Brenin etc.> Hawaiian Punch is, by its own admission, only 5% juice, and top the list on that 5% is apple. The first two ingredients are water and high fructose corn syrup.

Of course, botanically, corn kernels are fruit.

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  Check It Out: What a fun game. The Queen and knight position remind me of the queen and bishop position in the recent Dubov/Karjakin game.

From memory, Hawaiian Punch is a red liquid with very little to do with pineapples. Gross stuff really, but when you are 12 it tastes great.

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  AylerKupp: <<Whitehat1963> What a devastating sequence to end the game!>

Yes, brilliantly calculated. I don't know about you but it reminds me of the finish of this recent game, D Dubov vs Karjakin, 2020. Similar queen sac by White on his 19th move and after the capture, a similar entry with White's rook supported by the LSB threatening a discovered check. Maybe Dubov was inspired by this game, assuming that he was familiar with it, which is a mighty big IF.

Or maybe Dubov was inspired by this game, Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966, a White queen's sac followed by a penetration of White LSB on the a2-g8 diagonal, supported by the White Rd5 and with the Rf1 setting up a discovered check on Black's king and a mate shortly thereafter.

After to see enough of these attack motifs you start looking for them.

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  perfidious: <offramp>, in its early days (the 1930s), that was true, but not for long after WWII.
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  Knighthawkmiller: A comment related to the game, if black takes the queen with 32. gxh6, then 33.Nf7+ Kg8 34.Nxh6#
Jan-04-21  Whitehat1963: <AylerKupp>, yes, very similar!
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