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Dan Hansson vs Ralf Akesson
4th Gudmundur Arason (1998), Hafnarfjordur ISL, rd 7, Dec-20
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50)  ·  0-1



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Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <Once: And I don't know what to get you. What do you give the man who has everything? Penicillin.>

Won't work. By definition, "everything" includes an allergy to penicillin.

Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <To denote this heightened state of tension, I recommend that you stand on your chair. Yup, climb up high. This has several effects. First it will intimidate your bemused opponent (and may therefore cause him to lose on time). Secondly it will give you a helicopter view of the battlefield. Thirdly, it will remind you that you are now at chesscon 2.>

Fourthly, it'll attract the disapproving attention of the tournament director, who will presumably advise you, "Chesscon 2 or no chesscon 2, if you don't sit down, you're forfeited."

<At this point, you should remove an item of underwear and place it on your head. Moving to chesscon 1. Now you should examine every threatening move, no matter how silly it looks. It's okay to dream about that queen sac you always wanted to play.>

Unfortunately, you will probably have to do this from somewhere outside the tournament hall. If you're unlucky, you may have to do it from a holding cell, under psychiatric evaluation. If you're *really* unlucky, you may find it harder to do because of the side-effects from the anti-psychotic medication administered during your stay.

Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: D--- your eyes, <gars>! You out-typed me.
Dec-31-12  Kikoman: <Qxd4> and that's it! :D


Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <Kikoman: <Qxd4> and that's it! :D>

On behalf of my client, <whiteshark>, I hereby advise you to <cease and desist> to avoid prosecution for copyright infringement under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

This is the only notice you will receive.

Dec-31-12  morfishine: <Once> That was priceless! Thanks for the gift!

Your story reminds me of another funny story regarding my brother. (Why do funny things happen to him at tournaments?)

My game ended early, so I was looking forward to a Bar-B-Q, football on the telly, beer and chess. I headed over to his board and saw he was also finished and was packing up.

"How'd you do?" I asked. He responded "I won", but with not too much enthusiasm. "You don't look too happy?" I said, and he replied, "He threw the board at me" "What?!" is all I could utter when he added "And the pieces" "Right in the middle of the playing hall?" "Yes" he said.

I said "Show me the game", so we went to a side room and set up the pieces. While we were setting up the board he elaborated, "This guy was weird. He had a fat pencil with a strip of white gauze tape wrapped around the end. Printed on the tape, in large red letters, was the word 'WAR'. After each move was recorded, he would carefully position the pencil so I could see the word 'WAR'". I replied "You're kidding me...what a nut job"

In any case, the game was an exciting affair. My brother's style is to fling all the pieces out quickly before any captures are considered. The opponents style was much the same. By move 15 or so, the board was a maze of complications. My brother struck first, sacrificing on <f7>; He followed up with an ingenious Bishop check on <e8> forcing the Black King to <f6>. Black then returned the piece and achieved some stability.

But, my brother cooly and calmly walked his d & e pawns straight up the middle of the board, both arriving side by side on the 7th rank.

I then asked "Tell me what happened when he threw the board at you"

He said "Well, once my pawns got to the 7th rank, he just stared down at the board...everything stopped...He didn't move, just stared...and so I stared too...and so we both sat staring for quite awhile"

Now, I'm on the edge of my seat asking excitedly "So, when did he throw the board at you?"

He said "I looked up and he wasn't too happy looking. Slowly he grabbed each end of the board and flung it upwards, pieces flying...a rook hit me in the forehead"

"Good god, right in the middle of the playing hall?" It was surreal, hard to believe

"Yeah, right in the hall" he said and added "The funniest part was we both came out blitzing and slamming our clocks. (Time limit was 40/2hr)

I had to laugh at the contrast of 150 serious chess players calmly and quietly moving in the opening, and over here these two guys blitzing and slamming away from the get go.

"Well, that was a great attack, I want to see the game again when we get back...lets go get some chicken and beer and fire up the grill...the Dolphins are playing today"

Dec-31-12  LoveThatJoker: 40...QxN 41. QxQ N-B6+


Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <LTJ>: Long time, no see.

How are things with you?

Dec-31-12  LoveThatJoker: <Abdel Irada> I'm good, man - thank you for asking!

I see that you are a Premium Member now. Cool stuff! I haven't forgotten about my Rinus Award promise to you: I look forward to the polls opening for that.

Speaking of the Rinus Award, I remember <FSR> mentioning during the Anand-Gelfand WCC match that he was going to vote for <tpstar> for best post. Trust me, man: That post is funny as hell! Definitely, "Best Post of the Year" material.

I will look for it later on tonight and post it along with my solution to tomorrow's puzzle.


Dec-31-12  The Last Straw: <LTJ>Abdel Irada got a premium membership from the Santa Claus page, BTW. It only lasts for one year.
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  Oxspawn: Can't see a sudden mate for black but
40 ......Qxd4
41. Qxd4 Nf3+

Wins the queen and knight for the queen and then black can soon force white to sacrifice the bishop for the a pawn.

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  chrisowen: Is this the dodo 40...Qxd4 doddle as i castigate lion jump into the fray it elastic one band i sac hmmm i bow to you sir my cap doff find 41.Qxd4 the ordain lazer a4 hook in dread it ok in adventure orse 41...nf3+ Hansson free-some gack cough up a hair-ball see at sigh sac fig. ie it is hardball to white changed up in good hat approach d4 queen flog him in severly engage nf3+ key it fob off in-to wolf at the door spin a yarn blew in piece up one f3+ d4 queen cadenced in came knight split made in heaven!
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  kevin86: Black sacs his queen and regains the queen with a knight fork.

Typical Monday...

Happy 2013!

Dec-31-12  snakebyt: You guys are all so good. It's so informative to read your posts. I'm wondering why the game ends when there are obviously remaining moves for White after Nf3? I see that Wht. King would be running all over the place with no out and down a piece after Nf3xQ.
Dec-31-12  Patriot: <snakebyt> If the players were low rated or very low time was involved you would be right. But black is 2500+ and it's likely time was not an issue, so playing on in that position would serve no purpose except waste time that could be spent relaxing (or restroom break, lunch break, etc) before the next round. I'm sure white was also very frustrated for missing such an easy tactic at his level.
Dec-31-12  LoveThatJoker: <The Last Straw> I see. Well that's great for <Abdel Irada>!


Dec-31-12  MountainMatt: A sac is a sac is a sac...except when, as in this case, it really isn't a sac. 40. Qxd4 wins knight and game. Happy New Year and God Bless you all!
Dec-31-12  BOSTER: In this pos. white to play move 31.

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I guess, white should play 31.Qe8+, and if Bf8 the black has to give up the long diagonal, and bishop's mobility will be limited. But if Kh7 32.Qxf7 and white has winning game.

Happy New Year!

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  Phony Benoni: <BOSTER> 31.Qe8+ has its points, and doesn't seem any worse than the game. My only thought is that White thought his queen would be better placed on c7. And as the game proceded, he was doing well enough. In fact, after <36...Qd1>:

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I see no reason why 37.Qxf7 cannot be played. The whole sequence looks like it could be a mild time scramble.

<Once> A tournament I played in had an unexpectedly large turnout, which led to a shortage in chairs. Before it was resolved, several contestants had to play their first round game standing up.

Which led one wag (alas, not myself) to remark: "How can anybody stand to play chess?"

Dec-31-12  Amarande: Let's see ...

Monday. Quickly available mate? Nope. Quickly available simple tactic? Yup, the Knight can fork d4 and the White King, and we can replace the Knight with the Queen first.

Qxd4, and out.

Dec-31-12  snakebyt: <Patriot> Of course. I understand. Thanks!
Dec-31-12  BOSTER: <Phony Benoni>
<"How can anybody stand to play chess?">.

I sometimes play blitz in the garden (really this is not a kindergarden). This garden is very famous who likes to play blitz.

I saw many times how one guy, he is very tall, played blitz standing. What is more interesting that he overplayed many strong players, and they had to give the place for next player. Sometimes I think that in such position (<standing>) when you move the pieces, they have more energy.

Another reason that your opponent has to look up-to keep an eye on you, because contact is necessary to read your thoughts, and he spends a lot of time. This is why some players are wearing sunny glass during the game.

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  LIFE Master AJ: 40...QxN/d4 followed ny the Knight fork on f3.
Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <The Last Straw: <LTJ>Abdel Irada got a premium membership from the Santa Claus page, BTW.>

Yes, I was very lucky, and am very thankful.

Good thing Santa gave me another chance, because I got skunked on the Holiday Clues contest. :-S

Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <Sometimes I think that in such position (<standing>) when you move the pieces, they have more energy.>

Unfortunately, this lasts only until your legs begin to tire. Then you wish you could sit down.

Doesn't work well when you're giving a simul, though.

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