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Gerry McCarthy vs Maurice Kennefick
"Domdaniel: Beloved Writer, Arts Journalist, and Chess Mate" (game of the day Jan-18-2019)
Castlebar open (1977), Castlebar IRL, rd 1
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation (A23)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: <perf> Me neither. My memory is that other lines - especially 3...Bb4 - took over from 3...c6 in the 1970s. And then the whole 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 line went out of fashion, with either 2.g3 or the 4 Knights taking over.
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  perfidious: <Dom> Played a lot of the Four Knights with 4.e3 from the eighties on, but I am not sure it offers much against correct play by Black. A line I tried as Black was 4....Bb4 5.Qc2 d6, which I first spotted in the BCM in Hartston's column in the game Korchnoi vs Timman, 1977.

My opponent in the game mentioned was an English specialist who was a time trouble addict and I knew this would help provoke such an outcome, plus he was familiar with 5.Qc2 0-0 6.Nd5 Re8 7.Qf5, a line I was then prepared to play but which never actually made it on the board in any of my games.

No use giving someone a chance to bang out twenty moves of theory when one can cause them to burn up loads of clock time.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> Funny, I also knew that 7.Qf5 line pretty well, but don't think I ever played it. I agree, of course, about causing opponents to burn clock time ... I've given up the mainline English in favour of 1.Nf3 and winging it from there...
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  perfidious: <Dom> Knew there was something familiar about your opponent's name: he employed a line I liked vs the Veresov in G Philippe vs M Kennefick, 1976.

Kennefick and I even have a common opponent, surprising due to the scant number of games he has in the DB: Kamran Shirazi.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> I remember the Kennefick-Philippe game ... I saw it in a magazine just before the Castlebar tournament, where I found myself playing Kennefick in the 1st round.

He played in the '76 Olympiad, but soon after gave up competitive chess and switched to bridge.

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  perfidious: <Dom> Kennefick was hardly the only strong player to have gone over to bridge: Irina Levitina has been tremendously successful at the game. Alan Fraser Truscott was a fair hand at chess too, though he became a world-renowned player and writer in bridge.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> I suspect that a great number of chess players turn to bridge in their 20s -- it's more sociable, it can be played by couples (an important factor at that age) and it nevertheless has intellectual depth.

Apart from those mentioned, at least two former Irish champions -- B.Kernan and D.Dunne -- turned to bridge.

I played bridge, poker and scrabble competitively, with modest success, but always returned to chess.

Dec-15-14  Caissas Clown: <Domdaniel>: <perf> I suspect that a great number of chess players turn to bridge in their 20s

I am told that Bridge is rather addictive.Having been consumed by Chess ,I steadfastly refused to learn how to play Bridge ! A man can handle only so many vices.

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  Domdaniel: Tony Miles was playing bridge obsessively towards the end of his life, and at quite a high level. Of course he also continued to play chess.
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  perfidious: <CC> and <Dom> Played some bridge in those days, but it was never more than an occasional pastime. Liked reading on it, though, and still do.

Never knew Miles had an interest in the game.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> In the brilliant Miles biography, <It's Only Me> - you'll see why I like that title - Tony's friends un Birmingham describe how, between chess tournaments, he liked to play brudge four or five nights a week.

I also like to read newspaper bridge columns. I must admit that they're often more interesting than the chess equivalent.

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  perfidious: <Dom.....I also like to read newspaper bridge columns. I must admit that they're often more interesting than the chess equivalent.>

Agreed, possibly because it is far more difficult to treat a game with the depth that can be conveyed, come to a bridge hand.

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  Domdaniel: I mentioned here how many chess players take up bridge in their 20s, at the age when playing a more social game -- talking between deals! talking to actual live female people between deals! -- becomes important.

Recently a longtime chess friend of mine took up bridge in his 60s.

"Stayman?" I pleaded, but he left anyway.

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  perfidious: <Dom...."Stayman?" I pleaded, but he left anyway.>

Denied a major, did he?

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  Domdaniel: Maurice Kennefick died over the new year, 2018-2019. RIP.

It was many years since I spoke to him. He gave up chess, I reckon, towards the end of the 80s, though even after that he was sometimes lured out for club games.

I still regard this game, even after so many years, as the most original I've played.

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  Penguincw: Good choice for GOTD, and great game too. Look at all those captures and the 4 queens.
Jan-18-19  mckmac:

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of the most original games by any player that I've seen. In my playing days, the Keres was so feared that annotators would write something like "3.g3?! is a mistake. 3.Nf3 is mandatory." 6.d3 is an improvement that allows White to salvage an equal game.
Jan-18-19  jith1207: I think both DomDaniel and Maurice are having a rematch together now. Rest in Peace.
Jan-18-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
Found one that Kennefick WON with a KNIGHT that KILLS his opponents QUEEN! SEE Below... The Weird thing between these 2 players is that they DIED "13" Days Apart......AKK J Cahill vs M Kennefick, 1974
Jan-18-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I spent a couple of minutes trying to justify Black's resignation with a smothered-mate kind of combination, before noticing that White had just won a piece straightforwardly with a queen fork. :)
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  MSteen: Have played over the score of hundreds of games, but never have I seen four queens at once. And so early. And last so long! Fascinating.
Jan-18-19  dumbgai: One of Domdaniel’s last comments here was to report the passing of Kennefick.
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  perfidious: <jith1207: I think both DomDaniel and Maurice are having a rematch together now....>

Here's hoping.

Jan-18-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 25 dpa done

1. = (-0.11): 9.d4> e4 10.Ne5 Bd6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Na4 Rb8 13.Bd2 Nd7 14.b3 Bb7 15.Qc2 f5 16.Qc3 Qf6 17.Rac1 Rf7 18.Qa5 a6 19.e3 Qe7 20.Rc2 Rf6 21.Rfc1 Rg6 22.Rxc6

2. = (-0.21): 9.Bg5 d4 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Na4 Be7 12.Rc1 Be6 13.a3 Bd5 14.Nc5 Rc8 15.b4 b6 16.Na6 Qd7 17.b5 Na5 18.Nxe5 Qxb5 19.a4 Qb3 20.Nc4 Qxd1 21.Rfxd1 Nxc4 22.Bxd5 Nb2 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Ra1 Rc2 25.Kf1

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