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Alexander Goldin vs Alexander Stripunsky
Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004), San Diego, CA USA, rd 9, Dec-04
Scandinavian Defense: Bronstein Variation (B01)  ·  0-1



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  IMlday: $1000 Brilliancy prize for this nice attacking game.
Dec-07-04  Lawrence: <Junior 8> suggests that White missed 40.Nxg7 eval +1.97
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  IMlday: Yeah there was big timescramble. 33..Qh4?! seems to let White back into the game. The initial gambit was pretty impressive. The audience got their money's worth! :-)
Dec-08-04  Poisonpawns: It was a great game to see live! Goldin put up a good defense but time scambles are a killer
Dec-08-04  whiskeyrebel: It's encouraging to see such hard fought chess at a high level. This game was more enjoyable for me to watch live than most I've followed this year. I kept bouncing back and forth between the Nakamura endgame and Stripunsky's brave attack. Goldin of course almost managed to pull his chestnuts out of the was a great game. I expect a Scandanavian defense fad to follow here in the US at the amateur level I play at.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <Lawrence> Good catch. 40.Nxg7!
Dec-30-04  aw1988: The knight sacrifice is sound and leads to equality.
Apr-01-05  trogdor: NO, 40.Nxg7! wins
So does 31.hxg4!

For Black better was
33..Qh5! and

Apr-01-05  aw1988: I believe both Nxg7 and hxg4 lead to equality.
Apr-01-05  aw1988: Actually, Nxg7 wins, but hxg4 is even.
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  wordfunph: quote of the game..

"Intuition let me down that day."

- GM Alexander Goldin

May-09-12  Shams: Poor Stripunsky, his howler at Round 1 of the US Championships yesterday sticking out like the sorest of thumbs: Stripunsky vs Onischuk, 2012

Here he is in much better form, playing with great energy to wrest the initiative from White right out of the opening. This must be among his finest games.

Goldin's post-game comment that his “intuition let [him] down” quoted by <wordfunph> seems a bit perverse. While White could have ensured a tiny edge immediately after Black's exchange sacrifice with 24.Rd3 [+0.72 13/13], playing against Black's ominous bishops looks very tricky. It’s no surprise that White committed an inaccuracy right after grabbing material, and Stripunsky immediately pounced. If anything failed Goldin, it wasn't his intuition so much as his inability to walk a knife-edge of complications as well as that Baryshnikov, Shredder.

<IMlday>'s 2004 comment that <33..Qh4?! seems to let White back into the game> is at first borne out by Shredder, but after a minute or it kick's Black edge back up to around three pawns. Chess engines, you’ve come a long way, baby.

Stripunsky's only misstep was <37...Bc8?> [ -0.66 10/36] squandering the bulk of Black's huge edge. Alexander must have been in horrific time trouble. Instead most DSB retreats preserve the win, but best is the triumphant 37...Bb8! heralding a feast on the dark-squared diagonals pointing at White's king: [ 7.36 13/42]

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The Bb7 cannot be taken due to 38...Qh2+ and 39...Qh3+ forcing White's king on to the e-file.

Aug-18-14  ColeTrane: trying to make a beer pun from Red Stripe and Golden Monkey Ale....

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