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Zohaib Hassan Muhammad Syed vs Slim Bouaziz
"You Don't Mess With the Zohaib" (game of the day Nov-29-2008)
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 11, Jun-02
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-29-08  psmith: First!
But seriously, I don't think I understand this game.
Nov-29-08  zooter: But I do understand the pun...!
Nov-29-08  holland oats: Great game highlighted by some great play with the knights. 34...Rd7? looks like the losing move as it sets up jeopardy with Qxe5! and Nf6+.
Nov-29-08  Gilmoy: White castles long, and suddenly Black's KID looks like a Sicilian Wyrmling (weak dragon). Both sides are "missing" their LSBs, but Black doesn't have Qc7/Qa5 nor half-open c for counterplay. White launches a Yugoslav-like attack: sac, sac, but probably overpays to open g -- Black hangs by a thread, but White has no win by force, and insufficient compensation for the N. Then Black stumbles into a tactic, and White's K dominates the pawn race.
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  Bishoprick: Nice analysis, Gilmoy. I agree.
Nov-29-08  DarthStapler: I don't understand the pun
Nov-29-08  kellmano: I understand neither the game nor the pun. most enjoyable to flick through the moves. Hard to believe white is winning for a good long time.
Nov-29-08  whiteshark: <YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN> is a recent movie. The story is about an agent Zohan Dvir, who fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist....
Nov-29-08  arnaud1959: Black really did a great job by losing this game! I think he missed several opportunities.

Instead of 34.-♖d7 he could have tried ♖f3+ 35.♔a2 ♖d3 with the same idea and now 36.♕xe5 doesn't work because there's no fork anymore.

Several years ago Bouaziz was Tunisia's best player. Now he's 58 years old.

Nov-29-08  number 23 NBer: How on Earth did Black lose this? (Not to say that I haven't done more ridiculous things in the past. Just that I expect better of 2300 players. Though I suppose anyone can have a bad game.)
Nov-29-08  Travis Bickle: I would pay to see Fischer or Tal with the BLK pieces in this game. Im sure they would come up with some moves that would make us wonder!
Nov-29-08  Ladolcevita: 35Rd7
a decisive blunder,or black has a clear winning advantage.
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  kevin86: A odd way to exchange pieces!(on moves 36 and 47)

White must watch himself-as the pawn ending can be drawn without his best effort.

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  playground player: Slim pickin's?
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  Once: Now here's an interesting thought. We normally say that castling on opposite sides leads to a bloodthirsty middle-game with a race to get your attack in first.

But the other thing about opposite sides castling is that it can have a bearing on an endgame. If all the pawns are exchanged on one side of the board, then one side will find that their king is a long way from the action.

Here white gained an advantage because he castled queenside and all the kingside pawns are exchanged. That means that the white king can take a hand in queening the pawns, unopposed by the black king. And the white pieces can gain time by harassing the naked black king.

So that gives us a possible strategy. If we find ourselves in a game with opposite castling and the usual plan of frantic attacks doesn't work, look to exchange all of pawns on the flank furthest away from the king and head for an endgame.

Nov-29-08  psmith: 35... ♖d7 may not be the losing move, since after White's combination Black may still be able to hold with 38... ♔g7 rather than weakening the Q-side unnecessarily with 38...b6. (the point seems to be to prevent a white King invasion into b6, but after for example 38...♔g7 39. ♖e6 ♘d3 40. a5 ♘f4 41. ♖d6 ♖e7 42. ♘c5 ♔f7 43. ♔b4 ♘e6 44. ♘xe6 ♖xe6 45. ♖xe6 ♔xe6 46. ♔c5 ♔d7 47. ♔b6 ♔c8 Black holds.


Nov-29-08  psmith: Earlier, Black had an easy advantage with 16... ♘fg4 17. ♔b1 ♖f8 18. ♕d2 ♗e6.
Nov-29-08  hedgeh0g: I don't think this game deserves to be associated with a god-awful film...
Nov-29-08  ChessNe1: part of the pun rests on the old Jim Croce tune, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", where in the song Jim is the antagonist, the bad guy, and the protagonist turns out to be a guy named Slim.
Nov-29-08  ILikeFruits: i mess with zohan...
but why u care...
long live...
leet world...
Nov-29-08  johnlspouge: The lemon is 35...Rd7.
Dec-02-08  psmith: There are two lemons.

35...Rd7 throws away the win.

38...b6 throws away a possible draw.

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