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Fred Reinfeld vs Arnold Denker
"Grateful Fred" (game of the day Nov-24-2017)
Syracuse (1934), Syracuse, NY USA, rd 4, Aug-15
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-11  YoungEd: Interesting game. I don't really understand White's maneuvers with the King's ♘ early on; I don't get the point of exchanging it for Black's Q-♘. I think Black's mistake was allowing the exchange of the dark-square ♗s; after that his ♔ was a bit loose. The end is a "pin and win" for White.
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  Phony Benoni: Reinfeld & Chernev annotate this game in their book "Fireside Book of Chess", in the chapter <Positional Masterpieces>. It's a good book, so we'll let that pass.

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The point of 12.Nb3 was to trade off a strong Black piece. White's ♘d4 didn't really have a strong square to go to yet.

Secondarily, the trade brought White's queen to b3, setting up additional threats on the a2-g8 diagonal. Black felt compelled to stop the advance with 13...d6, but now the hole on e6 was wide open.

As for the exchange of dark-squared bishops, let's glance at the position following 14.Nb5:

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White's plan is obvious: Nb5-d4-e6, and Black decides his best counter is to bring the other knight to c5. This exposes the bishop to exchange, but seems necessary. After 15.Bd4, Black's alternative to the exchange is 15...Bh6, which just puts the bishop out of play.

Black missed his DSB, which might have afforded some counter chances, but the basic cause of his downfall was the weak light squares.

Apr-01-11  YoungEd: Thanks, <Phony Benoni>. Your comments helped my understanding a lot. I used to have that book, but it got lost in a move some years ago, I think. I should try to pick it up again somewhere.
Jul-08-13  jerseybob: Denker is done in here by over-ambition: he wants a Queen's Indian on the Queenside AND a Leningrad on the King's, a Leningrad minus the backward e7 no less, which is why he plays 5..e6. But there's no time for all that, and Reinfeld hits him right in the kisser with 8.d5! Maybe black should have settled for a Stonewall setup starting with 6..d5.
Jul-09-13  RookFile: It is a truism that black often does better simply to leave the bishop on c8 until he's absolutely sure where it should go. Modern GM's often defer development of that bishop for quite some time.
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  plang: Suspect opening setup for Black but the punishment is nice.
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  offramp: Today's pun, <"Grateful Fred">, is a pun on the name of an association of people who appeared before audiences between the years of 1965 and about 15 minutes ago.

They occasionally ventured indoors where they recorded 13 studio albums. But they are most famous for their legacy of 179,309,529 hours of live music.

I know, because I have their entire oeuvre on an 8Gb SDMC card about the size and weight of an LSD tab.

Nov-24-17  petemccabe: offramp: Is it Owsley LSD?
Nov-24-17  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: ....

I know, because I have their entire <<<oeuvre>>> on an 8Gb SDMC card about the size and weight of an LSD tab.>

Well done!

I cannot even pronounce the word <oeuvre>

Nov-24-17  4tmac: 23 N - K6ch !! A surprise stroke which gains time to develop his Queen Rook with decisive effect.
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  offramp: I understand the Thanksgiving sequence now.

Wednesday it was
Rybka vs Fruit, 2008
Followed by
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
And today is a memorial to those poor unpardoned turkeys who were grateful that death came unto them.

Death freed them from their hideous but interesting lives.

Nov-24-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: This game does a great job of exemplifying principles found in "The Complete Chess Course".


Nov-24-17  ajile: Once Black allows White to get the strong pawn on d5 the game is totally miserable for Black. Maybe Black spent too much time with developing the K-bishop to g7.
Nov-24-17  Huddsblue: Masterful positional play by Reinfeld. Clear and concise.
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  Sneaky: I read that the Grateful Dead are about to release a gigantic 60 CD master collection of live music for the true fans.

What song it will be has not yet been announced.

Nov-27-17  kevin86: White picks up castle in the corner.
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  Messiah: This game is a fantastic example of why the opening preparation is very important, in every single cases. The pun is terrible.
Jul-18-22  stone free or die: <<Sneaky> I read that the Grateful Dead are about to release a gigantic 60 CD master collection of live music for the true fans.

What song it will be has not yet been announced.>

Ha ha, a sneaky joke.

<Messiah> superfluous complaint about the pun had its uses.

(<Grateful Fred> being pretty typical for a <CG> pun)

FWIW - Daniel, aka <sneaky>, seems to have been a bona fide Dead Head. Wonder how many shows he took in?


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