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Lawrence Day vs Avinaash Sundar
"Knight and Day" (game of the day May-31-2010)
Canadian Open (2007), Ottawa CAN, rd 2, Jul-08
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-07  mack: That was murder!
Jul-14-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Powerful kingside attack.Very creative.
Jul-14-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: This may be the best kingside attack I've seen with both sides having a 0-0 fianchetto.
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  patzer2: White's attack is decisive after 19. Qc4! if not sooner.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Note to myself--when facing Mr. Day, if I have a fianchettoed King side Bishop, do NOT let him exchange it.
May-31-10  RandomVisitor: After 13.Nxe4

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Black might try <13...Bxh3> 14.Bxh3 f5 15.Nc3 exf4 16.Rxf4 Nec6 with perhaps a small advantage.

May-31-10  leow: what a difference a day makes :-)
May-31-10  TheaN: <RV: Black might try <13...Bxh3> 14.Bxh3 f5 15.Nc3 exf4 16.Rxf4 Nec6 with perhaps a small advantage.>

For White or Black?

May-31-10  mike1: RandomVisitor: After 13.Nxe4
Black might try <13...Bxh3> 14.Bxh3 f5 15.Nc3 exf4 16.Rxf4 Nec6 with perhaps a small advantage.

After 14.Bxh3 f5 Whiet will take the pawn 15.Nxc5.

May-31-10  screwdriver: I agree with "An Englishman", that black needs to avoid trading that dark squared bishop. The attack was orchestrated very nicely!
May-31-10  gtgloner: I remember playing in a Canadian Open in Scarborough, Ont. back in the late 80's where Mr. Day wound up in first place overall. At the time, he was writing a weekly chess column in the Toronto Star. There was some very tough players that competed in that tournament, as well.
May-31-10  RandomVisitor: <mike1><After 13...Bxh3 14.Bxh3 f5 White will take the pawn 15.Nxc5.>Then 15...Rc8 16.c3 Rxc5 17.cxd4 Qxd4+ with black advantage.

<TheaN><Black might try 13...Bxh3 14.Bxh3 f5 15.Nc3 exf4 16.Rxf4 Nec6 with perhaps a small advantage...<For White or Black?>>For Black. For example, after 17.Bg2 Re8 Rybka3 scores -0.44/18.

Perhaps black has something better than 13...Qc7, after which white seems to have the initiative.

May-31-10  newzild: Black's 19th has disaster written all over it. It's suicide to abandon defence of f7 like that, when White has a semi-open f-file.
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  Once: It's an old friend and a staple of my repertoire - the closed sicilian as white.

The safest approack for black appears to be to delay castling. White's main plan is to attack on the kingside, so black's king is safest when left in the centre or tucked away on the queenside.

Indeed, one of hidden joys of this opening is when black castles short before white does. Then white can castle long, leave the rook on h1 and launch the h pawn forward. Then open the h file, exchange bishops on h6 or g7, the black queen invades on h6. A crude attack, to be sure, but enormous fun when it works.

May-31-10  ColonelFearguson: Another knight, another pun. I prefer grandmaster games though.
May-31-10  outplayer: 20...b5 is a wrong move. Perhaps 20...Kg7 should hold because now black can play 21...Nf6.
May-31-10  grizopoulos: L.DAY or D.Day for some opponents! A breathe of fresh air in the openings! L.Day is highly original, deep strategist and it is really a joy to follow his games.
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  chrisowen: The Canadian thunder steals the show. Similar to Fred Astaire white horse hot foot across and gables the king, pieces stepping up forming crown triangles. Black lumps it after Ne6 needing a port. Man tow the line and case the joint Avinaash frumious. Bishop snatch knight is good, I guess some like it 13..Bxh3 as <RV> at kindly voiced over.
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  Domdaniel: *chortle*. A real Bandersnatch.
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  fm avari viraf: My pun is "Lawrence of Arabian." Definitely, an entertaining game!
May-31-10  Dr. J: 20 ... Nxg5 21 Nxg5 Be6 22 Rxe6 fxe6 23 Nxe6 Qd6 Nxd8 Rxd8 seems winning for White, but still much better than the text. Are there improvements in this line?

At move 27 White could play 27 Qg5+ Kh7 28 Bf5+ Kh8 29 Qh6+ Kg8 30 Bd5+ mating in at most 4 moves. I cannot find anything so clear-cut after 27 Nf4+, though White is obviously winning.

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  IMlday: Maybe 12.Kh1 was an improvement. He threatened ..Bxh3 and Nf3+ forking. Then he didn't play ..Bxh3 when it was good, when it was the best chance, or when it was essential. Soon it's all forced moves for him as the ♕ wiggles in Qd2-g5-f6-c3-c4-h4 with the mating attack. That tournament was a bit bizarre security-wise; hats were banned (!) and players couldn't leave the tournament hall even to smoke.
May-31-10  RandomVisitor: <IMlday>After 11...Kxg7:

1: Lawrence Day - Avinaash Sundar, Canadian Open 2007

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Analysis by Rybka 3 :

<12.Kh1> dxe4 13.Nxe4 Bxh3 14.Bxh3 f5 15.Nc3 Qa5 16.Bg2 Rad8 17.a3 Nec6 18.Rad1 Rf7 19.Qc1 Rfd7 20.Rfe1 b5 21.Ne2 Qc7 22.Nxd4 Nxd4 23.c4 a6 24.Qc3 = <(-0.18) Depth: 24> 02:37:38 1847407kN

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  IMlday: <12.Kh1 dxe4 13.dxe4 Bxh3 14.Bxh3 Qb6
(The machine assumes Black is a little better because of initiative but that is temporary while the hole at d5 is a long term asset.) 15.Qc1 Rd8 16.Nd1 Nf3 17.Bg2 Nd7 18.Re1 Qf6 19.Re2 Nc4 20.b3 Nb6 21.Ne3 Rd6 22.Qa3 Rc8 23.Rae1 Nc6 24.c3 and finally the machine begins to prefer White a bit.
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  kevin86: Black had to suffer "A long Day's knight". OUCH!

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