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Andrei Kharlov vs Christian Hafner
"Huge Hafner" (game of the day Feb-03-2006)
Berliner Sommer 15th (1997), Berlin GER, rd 1, Aug-09
Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation (D02)  ·  0-1



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Feb-03-06  buRnINGbeNd: What defines a "blitz-type combo"? As far as I'm concerned, 28. ...Bxa2 is a good move starting the demolition of White's pawn structure. Nothing cute about it, just solid attacking play by Black.
Feb-03-06  HannibalSchlecter: white did too much pussyfooting around, allowing black to strike first.
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  Sneaky: I liked White at the start of the game but it's ghastly how his game fell apart. It seems to me that after 25...Be6 Black is a LOT better, as ...d4 can't be stopped and neither can the sacrifices on the queenside.

Suggested improvement --

19.g4 Nxd2 20.Rxd2 a5 21.Nxf7!? Rxf7 22.g5 and I think White has a good attack.

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A crazy example: 22...Nh5 23.gxh6 Rxf3 24.Rg2 Bh3 25.Rxg7+! Nxg7 26.Bh7+ Kh8 27.hxg7+ Kxg7 28.Qg6+ Kh8 29.Qh5!

Feb-03-06  MarvinTsai: Apparently white had not even thought of 27.. d4. In fact, I don't think with a blunder like this could have it made the game of the day.
Feb-03-06  mack: Not sure what's so special about this game really. 4.Qb3 is just painful to the eyes.
Feb-03-06  rya: on both sides.


Decent knight sac offer, too much bsing around blacks lame pawn attack. White snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in this one.

Feb-03-06  PaulLovric: eighth
Feb-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: LOL, amazing pun. Since this is a chess site for all ages, let me not bother to explain it. :)

38.Re3?? ouch..

Feb-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <4.Qb3 is just painful to the eyes.>

<mack> Looking at the opening explorer, it actually gives White reasonable prospects.

Check out this link: Opening Explorer

Feb-03-06  dakgootje: "Anmerkungen zum Schachduell": White looked better at the opening and just after that, however black got the initiative back after some moves and i think after around the 25th move black's position increased dramaticly...and then white just made this blunder and resigned well...cant really say its a wonderfull game...Maybe chosen after they were looking for reasoneble games with punaable names?
Feb-03-06  Jack Kerouac: Seahawks win via en passant of Steelers blitz; 27-24.
Feb-03-06  sfm: <HannibalSchlecter: white did too much pussyfooting around, allowing black to strike first.> I had the same impression. Especially I don't like 19.Nh7, losing a tempi to exchange knights) How about 21.g4 ? Ideas like Nxf7 followed by g5 springs to mind. Also 21.Bc1 appeals more, keeping his black-squared bishop where it both attacks and defend. Of course 26.Rg1? (26.Rg2 was better) 27.f4? and 28.f5?? is killing white off. At least that is how I see it until enlightened... ;-)
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  kevin86: Was Christian Hafner more of a Christian or more of a playboy? lol

White's attack runs out of steam while black's gets stronger. A good trap at the end!

Just think! Rosa Parks passed away just about the time of the 50th anniversary of her historic "bus ride" in 1955. She later moved to Detroit----the birthplace of Jerome Bettis-known as the BUS. Mr.Bettis' career will most likely end Sunday-in Detroit.

I've got to pick the Steelers 31-19,a total of fifty points.

Feb-03-06  Castle In The Sky: <Chessgames> It seems like a "left handed" compliment to present someone as the player of the day and show him in losing in the game of the day!
Feb-03-06  DeepBlade: The pun is about Hugh Heffner, the owner of the Playboy mansion, also created the Playboy magazine.

Feb-03-06  chessic eric: <mack> I agree, ugly moves from both sides in this one. 4.Qb3,Qb6 and 6.Qc2,Qc7 ?? Eeewwww...

The use of the white bishop on a2/b3 to demolish white's pawn structure is similar to Anand's brilliant opening victory at Corus, although here it is far more obvious than Anand's ...Bb3!!

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  Moondoll: <DeepBlade> Thanks for the link. Any Topalov fans should check it out.
Feb-03-06  Brown: <Sneaky> How do you get the position to pop up like that? Thanks in advance.

Feb-03-06  dakgootje: <Brown> FEN Help Page
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  al wazir: No one who moves his ♕ three times in the first ten moves (ending on d8, its initial square) deserves to win.

White's 19. Nh7 was pointless. Black can't play hxg5 because then white opens the h file with hxg5 and gets a powerful attack.

Feb-03-06  dakgootje: <al wazir> O i thought those were the best, most instructive and master-looking moves of the whole game! ;-)
Feb-03-06  DeepBlade: 29. Qxe3 Ra3+
<White loses his Queen by a skewer>
Feb-03-06  ajile: Symmetrical Q-Pawn game? Looks like a Queen's Gambit to me.
Feb-03-06  blackjacki2: Is that a trap at the end or a huge blunder?
Feb-04-06  dakgootje: <blackjacki2> thats a trap where white blunderd into ;-)
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