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Arno Nickel vs Joop van Oosterom
"Change for a Nickel" (game of the day Jun-07-2008)
21st Correspondence World Championship (2005) (correspondence), ICCF, rd 10, Aug-01
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation Ponomariov Gambit (B48)  ·  1-0



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Apr-21-07  whiteshark: Acc. to GMAN <14. Qh4> is a novelity. This inconspicious sidestep toward a black square reminds me about our <18. Qd2> ! Hmm...

Dear Chess Diary: Should do a systematic research for similar moves.

Apr-28-07  Archives: Nice game by GMAN!

Here is some analysis after the novelty <14.Qh4> (copied from GMANs page)

14...Kf8 15.f4 Kg7 16.Bd3 d5 17.e5 f6 18.0-0 Bd7 19.a4 fxe5 20.fxe5 Nxe5 21.Bc2 = (-0.19) Depth: 25

Toga II
14... Bd8 15. Qg3 Nf6 16. Bd3 e5 17. O-O d6 18. a4 Be6 19. b4 O-O 20. a5 Be7 21. Rfd1 Nh5 22. Qf3 Bb3 23. Rd2 Bg5 24. Rb2 Be6 (eval: +0.64 @ depth 21)

Fruit 2.2.1
14...Bd8 15.Qf4 Nf6 16.Bb5 O-O 17.f3 e5 18.Qd2 Bc7 19.h4 h5 20.Bc4 (eval = +1.02)

Apr-30-07  capablancakarpov: This game is impressive. To defeat perhaps the best CC player of all time, undefeated in the present World Championship, and the first man in history who will be two times World CC Champion ( despite of this loss is win is almost guaranteed ), is really an impressive feat. Congratulations Arno!
May-07-07  mang00neg: amazing game
May-07-07  whiteshark: <capablancakarpov> Re. CC WCh.: You should check here: Tonu Oim
Jun-14-07  whatthefat: White's regrouping of the major pieces from moves 20-22 seemed to be very effective in maintaining pressure on the centre, while keeping an eye on Black's weak queenside. The position after 38...f3 is rather picturesque, and from there on the queen totally dominated the game. A good illustration of the power of a queen supporting passed pawns.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This game hurts my brain. Congratulations to GM Nickel for seeing his way through the madness.
Jun-07-08  Buddy Revell: What a sad LSB after 30.c5.
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  Once: I must confess that I struggle to understand correspondence chess at this level. Even the final position needs some explanation.

At first glance, white has little more than a perpetual. In puzzle mode I looked at 45. ... Kg6 46. Qxf6+ Kxf6 47. a7 but this loses to Bxc5+ and the a7 pawn is skewered.

So the winning continuation is presumably 45. ... Kg6 46. Qg8+ Kh6 47. Qc4. This attacks the bishop, defends the c5 pawn and keeps an eye on the passed black kingside pawns.

Jun-07-08  Nikita Smirnov: The Ponomariov Gambit looks a bit mad...
But this is complete madness!Against the law of chess.A better name would be "I fought the law and I won".
Jun-07-08  deadlysin: how come joops rating is so high?
Jun-07-08  aragorn69: Great, great game by two great champions!
Jun-07-08  MyDoeki: <deadlysin: how come joops rating is so high? > I think this rating is an error...
Jun-07-08  Tartalacreme: That is his ICCF rating.

ICCF = International Correspondence Chess Federation

Jun-07-08  kb1agd: 21th?
Jun-07-08  classF: Current ICCF ratings are

Oosterom 2741 (1st)

Nickel 2614 (55th)

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  kevin86: I wisg,at least one day in my life,could I have made the pieces fly like these two. First white gives up three pieces to take the queen;then he gives up both rooks to smash black's attack. After a few forks later,white's sole pawn decides it.
Jun-07-08  ajile: This opening looks bad for Black. What is the justification to lose the queen and pawn for only a Knight and Bishop?? All White has to do is consolidate his material advantage. Black would be very lucky to draw. See below also:

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Jun-07-08  ajile: <Once>

Black can't stop the a pawn.


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  Jimfromprovidence: <Once> <So the winning continuation is presumably 45. ... Kg6 46. Qg8+ Kh6 47. Qc4. This attacks the bishop, defends the c5 pawn and keeps an eye on the passed black kingside pawns. >

You are on the correct path. Here’s the position after 47 Qc4.

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What can black now do? If he moves the bishop to avoid capture, white follows with a7. If he does not move the bishop, and plays for example, f4, he loses the bishop next move.

Let’s assume black moves the bishop and plays 47… Bc1. Then white wins with 48 a7 Bf2+ 49 Kg2 Rf8 50 Qe6+ Kg7 51 Qe7+, etc.

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White now exchanges his queen for black's rook, promotes next move and captures black's c pawn right after that.

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  Jimfromprovidence: <ajile> <Black can't stop the a pawn. 45..Kg6 46.a7>

That’s incorrect. Black follows with 46…Bxc5+ 47 Kg2 Bxa7, and salvages a draw from a lost position.

Jun-07-08  apple pi: <ajile> actually its a queen and a pawn for three minor pieces.
Oct-26-08  Ladolcevita: <kevin86>
When you are playing with a lower rated player,maybe you can also make such flying moves,though not very accurate,but very smooth

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