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Farai Mandizha vs Daud Amini
"African Queen" (game of the day Dec-04-2005)
African Individual Championship (2005), ?, rd 1, Nov-05
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Gunderam Attack (B13)  ·  0-1



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Dec-04-05  makaveli52: great game, i really did not expect that final ending
Dec-04-05  blackjacki2: What's the pun?
Dec-04-05  notsodeepthought: <blackjacki2> Presumably it refers to the fact that this was played in the African Championship 2005. The alternative pun "No Daud about it" was probably considered too much of a stretch.
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  Sneaky: "African Queen" is the title of a Humphrey Bogart movie.
Dec-04-05  greyfox: brave white to continue the game even though he's down in material..
Dec-04-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I'm proud to say that I submitted this game (along with the other games of the African Indiviual Championship 2005) only a few days ago to <>! Nice work to make this game the GOTD so soon!

The game itself is also spectacular with a closer finish than many would have expected after move 38 or so.

Dec-04-05  euripides: Interesting game. 5 c5 is unusual, but White looks OK at least until move 19. There 19 Qe2 Nf4 20 Qxc4 Qg5 looks good for Black, but 19 Ne4 looks possible. Even after that White doesn't look worse, but 20...Qd7 is a nice offer of the exchange exploiting the vulnerable White b and d pawns.

Is there a better way for Black to exploit 5 c5 ?

Dec-04-05  BadTemper: 34 Rxc2 should draw i think.
Dec-04-05  euripides: <Bad 34 Rxc2 should draw i think.> maybe, though I fancy Black here.

34 Rxc2 Qxc2. Then 35 Qxb5 loses to 35...Qb1+ 36 Qf1 (Kh2 Be5+) Qxf1+ 37 Kxf1 Bd4 38 c6 Bb6.

35 c6 looks better. One option for Black is 35...Bd4. Then 36 c7 loses to 36...Qxf2+ 37 Kh2 Be5+ 38 Kh1 Qe1 mate, but 36 Qb8+ is unclear. Other possiblities are 35...Be5, followed by saving the b pawn, or Qc1+.

35 Qb8+ Kg7 doesn't seem to help.

Dec-04-05  ajile: I'd like to thank Chessgames for putting up some Black wins for these games.


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  kevin86: I think the title pun fits perfectly;the next part of the game will be dominated by the coming black (African) queen-and that there were two previous black queens in this game.

The pawn ending is elementary:black must gain the opposition-and get his king to f3 and then either g2 or e2. Then the pawn can be ushered through.

Dec-05-05  EmperorAtahualpa: LOL <ajile>, yeah now that I think of it, you could consider it discriminatory that White always begins first!

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