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Peter Hulshof vs Erwin L'Ami
"Fixed Bayonet" (game of the day Mar-09-2022)
Essent Open (2003), Hoogeveen NED, rd 1, Oct-10
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Bayonet Attack (B12)  ·  0-1



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Feb-25-07  MarkThornton: 17. Qxa8! is the best try for White, in a difficult position, when the following might happen:

17...Bh4 18. Qxb7+ Nc7 19. Kg1 f2+
20. Kg2 Rh2+ 21. Kxh2 f1 = Q

Now Black threatens 22...Qf2+ 23. Kh1 Bg3 and mates. White has two serious tries to prevent this:

Feb-25-07  MarkThornton: a) 22. Qb3? Qxc1!

Black is now only the exchange down, and White's QR + QN are paralysed for a long time. The White Queen has to defend alone against threats to b2, d4 and her King, the two main ones being 23...Bf2 and 23...Nb5, e.g.

i) 23. Kg2 Nb5 24. c3 Qg5+ and mates
ii) 23. a4 Bf2 24. c3 Qg1+ and mates

So instead, White must try

Feb-25-07  MarkThornton: (b) 22. Be3! g5 (threatening g4-g3+)
23. Nc3!! Qxa1 (23...Qf3? 24. Nxd5!! cxd5 25. Qb3 and White survives) 24. Na4 Qf1 25. Nc5+ Ke8 26. Qxc6+ Kf7
27. Qxc7+ Kg6 28. Nd3 Qe2+ 29. Bf2 Bxf2 30. Nxf2 Qxf2+ 31. Kh3 Qxd4

Black has a very good Q+P endgame, but White is still on the board.

Oct-18-07  Ziggurat: Stunning.
Oct-18-07  whiteshark: <MarkThornton: <It rehabilitates 8...h5xg4, and may put 8. Nf4 out of action.>> I'm not so shure about that. After <11.fxg4 Rxh4 12.Bh3> it's another game where imo white is not bad.

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Apr-12-08  MarkThornton: I have composed a game to show some of the fantastic possibilities that could have occured after <17. Qxa8!>. Here it is:

[White "Van de Loo, Christophe (NLD)"]
[Black "Hesseling, M (GER)"]
[Event "Shackwick-on-sea Open"]
[Site "England"]
[Date "2008.??.??"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.g4 Be4 5.f3 Bg6 6.h4 h5 7.Ne2 e6 8.Nf4 hxg4 9.Nxg6 fxg6 10.Qd3 Kd7 11.Qxg6 gxf3 12.Bh3 Qxh4+ 13.Kf1 Qxh3+ 14.Rxh3 Rxh3 15.Qf7+ Be7 16.Qxg8 Na6 17.Qxa8 Bh4 18.Qxb7+ Nc7 19.Kg1 f2+ 20.Kg2 Rh2+ 21.Kxh2 f1=Q 22.Be3 g5 23.Nc3 Qxa1 24.Na4 Qf1 25.Nc5+ Ke8 26.Qxc6+ Kf7 27.Qxc7+ Kg6 28.Nd3 Qe2+ 29.Kh1 Qf3+ 30.Kh2 Qg3+ 31.Kh1 Qh3+ 32.Kg1 Qxe3+ 33.Kf1 Qf3+ 34.Kg1 Qd1+ 35.Kg2 Qe2+ 36.Kg1 Kf5 37.Qf7+ Kg4 38.Qf1 Qxc2 39.Qg2+ Qxg2+ 40.Kxg2 Kf5 41.Kf3 g4+ 42.Ke3 Bg5+ 43.Ke2 Be7 44.Ke3 a5 45.Ne1 Bg5+ 46.Ke2 Ke4 47.Nc2 Bd8 48.a4 Bb6 49.b4 axb4 50.Nxb4 Bxd4 51.Nc6 Bc5 52.a5 g3 53.a6 g2 54.a7 Bxa7 0-1

These two particpants have played a composed game once before: C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983. My game evens the score between these two rivals.

Apr-14-08  MarkThornton: <whiteshark: <MarkThornton: <It rehabilitates 8...h5xg4, and may put 8. Nf4 out of action.>> I'm not so shure about that. After <11.fxg4 Rxh4 12.Bh3> it's another game where imo white is not bad.>

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My gut instinct is that the combination of Pg4 and Bh3 looks clumsy. As a result, my hunch is that Black is at least equal. However, the position is unusual and both kings are a bit unsafe, so general assessments need to be backed up by concrete analysis.

IMO, Black's two best moves are <12...Na6> and <12...Nh6>.

<12...Na6> develops a piece, threatens a later ...Nb4, and prepares a safe retreat for the Black King (...Rc8, ...Kc7, ...Kb8).

<12...Nh6> defends the sensitive f7 square, and threatens the g4 pawn. If <13. g5> then <13...Nf5> is good for Black.

In an OTB game, I think I would play <12...Na6>, as it looks safer. In a correspondence game, I might try the sharper <12...Nh6>.

Apr-14-08  whiteshark: <MarkThornton: <<12...Na6> develops a piece, threatens a later ...Nb4, and prepares a safe retreat for the Black King (...Rc8, ...Kc7, ...Kb8).>>

After <12...Na6> the answer is <13.Nd2> and if <13...Qb6/Rh8/c5> than <14.Nf3>.

Playing directly <13...Nb4> than <14.Qc3>.

May-11-09  MarkThornton: The full beauty of Erwin l'Ami's novelty, <16...Na6!!>, was eventually revealed in this game:

C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 2008

Jan-28-10  Sularus: <MarkThornton: The full beauty of Erwin l'Ami's novelty, <16...Na6!!>, was eventually revealed in this game:

C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 2008>

How is this a novelty if it has been played before?

Feb-01-10  patzer3844: sularus look a the dates of the games
Mar-30-14  MarkThornton: I have discovered that Erwin l'Ami has annotated this game on his personal website: Unfortunately, the annotations are in Dutch, which will be a barrier for some people.
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  scutigera: has evolved enough to cook up a surprisingly idiomatic version of the Dutch annotations; there are glitches, but they're pretty easy to spot for the most part. It helps that Dutch and English are similar enough that the original text can often help you figure out where the machine translation went wrong.
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  Phony Benoni: Durn Bayonet didn't fix nothing.
Mar-09-22  areknames: Really good pun and spectacular game. As <MarkThornton> points out, 17.Qxa8 is White's best try and should draw.
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  ajk68: 17. Qxa8! leads to a draw.

1) =0.00 (31 ply) 17...Bh4 18.Kg1 f2+ 19.Kg2 Rh2+ 20.Kxh2 f1=Q 21.Nd2 Qf2+ 22.Kh1 Qe1+ 23.Kg2 Qf2+ 24.Kh1

Black has to keep the checks going or white can get the queen back into play with a material advantage.

Mar-09-22  nalinw: Great game and good pun - though I presume "bayonet" refers to White's attach .....
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  MissScarlett: <Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Bayonet Attack (B12)>
Mar-09-22  goodevans: Super game.

<ajk68: 17. Qxa8! leads to a draw. [...] Black has to keep the checks going or white can get the queen back into play with a material advantage.>

The fact that White's Q-side is totally undeveloped gives Black the option to live with that material disadvantage for a while in order to play for a win.

<MarkThornton>'s analysis, published as the ficticious game C van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 2008, shows what might happen if Black does this. At one point White is up a whole Rook and his Queen has been reactivated but Black still manages to achieve an equal position in a game that has plenty of life left in it.

This really illustrates the potency of <16...Na6!>.

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  piltdown man: A beautiful game.
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  Sally Simpson: Good choice of GOTD.

I played this off and on v the Kann (e5 and g4) but played 4.Nc3 before 4.g4. see G Chandler vs R Kynoch, 1981 which was another good choice of GOTD :)

3.e5 4.g4. 5.f3.6.h4....Too many pawns moves in the opening for the Tarrasch in me to play that line.

I would love to have played Black in that one.

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  perfidious: <Geoff>, I was known to play the v d Wiel line in eighties--with both colours. One win with Black is here at cg, but there was a huge hole in the game which both of us overlooked, only pointed out by esteemed contributor <Honza Cervenka>.
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  scormus: I tend to agree with <MarkThornton>'s gut feeling about g4 and Bh3 looking clumsy.

Playing it through without looking at the comments I felt instinctively that 12 Bh3 was wrong, it invited .... Qxa4+ which SF rates as leading to a near winning advantage to B.

At the time I wondered why not 12 Bg5 expecting something ike .... Ne7 13 Qc7 Qe8 14 Qxe8 Kxe8 15 Bh3 looking like a modest advantage for W. (Although SF gives 12 Nd2 as clearly better)

All in all, a fascinating game and well worthy of the pun which suggests a fierce battle with blows delivered at close (bayonet distance) quarters

Mar-09-22  AlicesKnight: No friend of Hulshof ... intriguing game.
Mar-09-22  Saniyat24: Off you go...what a beautiful final position...!
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