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Mark Ginsburg vs Gregory Kaidanov
Manhattan CC International (1990), Manhattan CC NYC
Semi-Slav Defense: Normal Variation (D45)  ·  0-1

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Jul-18-06  nezhmet: First of all, this game was played in 1990 not 2000.

This was a horrible loss. I was pushing the strong GM around in his favorite Slav and reached a totally dominating position. For no particular reason (can I blame the 9-5 payroll programming job I had at the time; this game was played after work?), and with plenty of time left, I missed win after win. For example, 30 Be4 is crushing. My 30th was fine though, because on move 34 I had the nice 34. Bc2! also winning. (34...Bd8 35. Re8, 34...Ra7 35. Re8).

Then on move 35 I commit the horrible 35. Re8??? blunder (impossible to explain what I was thinking) when I have yet another easy win with 35. Qd6! (obvious) 35...Qg5 36. Re8 and wins. What happens then? I lose an agonizing ending and get to go back to the boring job the next day and yes, play another strong player in the evening in this Manhattan CC Category IX event.

Jul-19-06
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  IMlday: Indeed 30.Bf5 sucks since 30.Be4 was so Capa clear.
35.Re8? was ridiculous, presumably time-trouble.
But there were no difficult decisions; the game was easy, so why time-trouble?
In those days were you an adrenalin junkie?
Jul-19-06  nezhmet: This game presented difficulties because I was pretending to know the Semi-Slav. I knew nothing and then realized my opponent was a big expert on the line. I fabricated out of thin air 6. a3 to "avoid what he knows". So far so good. The real time and energy consumption went into the simple looking white 15th through 18th moves. I will revert to blaming my payroll job for 35. Re8.
Jul-19-06
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  IMlday: Ok, so tanking on 6.a3 made sense. But what about 15.Qc3. It would be easy to waste lots of time on fantastic 15..Bb4 16.axb4 axb4 17.Rxa8 variations. But of course this is nonsense since 17.Qd3 threatening mate wins the house. With 16.Bf4! you've completely refuted this super-GM in his specialized line! 16.Bf4 is excellent, though 16.Be3 had some points too so some thinking was required. 17.Be5 is a mangler's move, especially with 18.h3! In retrospect I'll bet you'd have rather played these 15-18 moves fairly quickly. Black isn't going to survive on the board position, so your clock became his only hope, and 35.Re8? payed him off. The day job may well have been a factor but managing the clock also is a factor. This game is so superficially simple that I expect many CGers can learn lots from it.
Jul-22-06  nezhmet: Looking at it again, I am guessing that Kaidonov might have felt his position OK after black's 21st move. However, the unusual "pawn roller" (white moves 22 through 24) really did a lot of damage, especially opening up uncontested bishop pair diagonals for white. This might have been a case of white not expecting such rapid gains.
Jul-23-06
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  IMlday: Sharks and eagles never have this artistic dillema. It's all eat it or not.

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