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Adrian Hollis vs Bengt Hammar
"If I Had a Hammar" (game of the day Apr-16-2008)
olm8 fin B2 corr (1977) (correspondence), ICCF corr
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  1-0



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Apr-16-08  Funicular: 24... Qxh4 25 Rxh4 and then black plays a rather defensive move with Re8 or Rf8.

Here white is an exchange and a piece up. The final position is not as overwhelming as i thought it did at first.

Black plays Nxe5 and white rook is inactive for a tempi or two. Don't get me wrong, it IS a "resignable" position, but just not a clear and immediate endgame advantage (though at this level you only need an pawn or a better position and that's it :P)

Apr-16-08  arsen387: white's e4 pawn is very weak and seems like black could win it with 16..h6 and after white N retreats, 17..Nxe4 snatches a pawn. Though after h6 17.Nxf7 looks strong but I can't see a winning line here. I'm sure white had a plan for that h6 move. Does someone see it?
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  WannaBe: "If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters All over this land" =)

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  whiteshark: <WannaBe> For noise protection reasons I hope you never get hold of a hammer. :D
Apr-16-08  xrt999: is 3...e6 an acceptable move here?

Apr-16-08  mjk: Not 16...h6 17.fxg6 hxg5 18.gxf7+ ♔xf7 19.♕h5+
Apr-16-08  faroiden: -16..h6. 17.fxg6 hxg5 18.gxf7+ Kxf7 19.Qh5+ Ke7 20.Qxg5 Rf8 21.e5 dxe5 22.Qxe5 Kd7 23.Qe6+ Kc7 24.Nb5+ Kb8 25.Qe5+ Kb7 26.Nd6+ Kb8 27.Ne8+ Kb7 28.Nxf6...
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  kevin86: I really like the song-"If I had a hammer." However,I think it would be very destructive if one would take it literally.

Just about everyone can get their hands on a hammer somehow-and that the obsessive use, as in the song, would be quite destructive (and noisy) for the rest of us.

As for the game,the lesson is that an attack on one file can be contained but on two files,the attack can be irresistable.

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  Sneaky: <xrt999: is 3...e6 an acceptable move here?> Sure, that's totally theory. Maybe you're thinking that 4.d6 would make Black cramped, but after ...Ne4 or ...Qb6 White simply loses a pawn for nothing.

The move that is a little unusual here is 9.Be2. Much more common is 9.a4 which I've read in an opening manual as an almost forced move, declaring (bombastically) "analysis indicates that White cannot gain an opening advantage against the Benoni without a4." While I think that's overstating the case, I do appreciate that you can't let Black play ...a6 and ...b5 in the Benoni, otherwise Black's opening plan comes to fruition. I don't think there is anything wrong with 9.Be2 and the Opening Explorer shows great results for White, as is the case in most of these Benoni Taimanov lines.

For the truly daring, 8...Nbd7 dares White to play 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nh5 11.e6 winning a piece, but Black gets big compensation after 11...Qh4+ 12.g3 Nxg3. See P Littlewood vs D Norwood, 1985 for an amazing game in that variation.

<'If I Had a Hammer' must have been written for people without hammers. Because before I had a hammer, I thought: if I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening, I'd hammer all over this land, if I had a hammer. But once you have a hammer, you find you don't hammer as much as you think you would."> Ellen Degeneres

Apr-16-08  A.G. Argent: <Sneaky> Thanks for the Littlewood v Norwood link. That indeed is an amazing game. Loved Norwoods play. And no matter what is said about talkshow girl Ellen Degeneres, she's still awfully damned funny.
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  Jimfromprovidence: A playable position for black is 21...Qf8, as an alternative to 21...Qe7.

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Now, if play continues as in the text with 22 Qh4, then 22..Qg7. If 23 Rh3, then 23...Rf8.

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It’s a very cramped but probably defendable position for black.

Apr-16-08  Pianoplayer: 20...a6? is very dumb and just wastes time if black didn't play a6 he could have played something like 20..Qe7-Pianoplayer
Apr-16-08  crawfb5: If I had a hammer, there'd be no more folk songs... :-)

Mostly because when you have a new hammer, every problem looks like a nail... :-)

I guess it's the pawn that stands out that gets hammered down... :-)

Apr-16-08  PinnedPiece: I don't understand the purpose of 22 .. Rd8. Is there a way that it makes sense? Would 22.. Kg7 have made more sense?
Apr-16-08  GreenArrow: 9.Be2 looks weaker than 9.a4, which is played in view of the threat of ...a6 and ...b5 (unless white gives up the light bishop for the knight, which is incorrect). Black probably deploys all the pieces incorrectly though. I would play 9...Qh4+ although after 9...0-0 10.Nf3, Na6 is almost certainly the best way to proceed, as other things like like ...Nb6 are clearly artificial and the black pieces will end up on awful squares. After the incorrect ...b6 and ...Ba6, the game is basically over. If people don't know these important benoni ideas then they will get hammered in the 'flick knife' attack, which does seems to happen rather a lot.
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  whiteshark: <crawfb5> Tkx for quoting this aphorism, that I knew in two versions:

<He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.>


<If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.>

Now I'll have a thought about their difference. :D

Apr-17-08  Ziggurat: <I need a hammer - a hammer - a hammer - a hammer To hammer them down!>

(Bob Marley - "Hammer")

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  GrahamClayton: <PinnedPiece>
Would 22.. ♔g7 have made more sense?

22...♔g7 23. ♕h7+ ♘xh7 24. ♖xf7+ ♕xf7 25. ♖xf7+ ♔h6 26. ♘xh7 ♘b8 27. ♘f6 - does White have enough compensation for the exchange? I think so - Black will find it difficult to untangle the rook and knight, and White may be able to constrict a mating net around the Black king.

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