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Nicholas Nip vs Michael C Askin
"Askin for Trouble" (game of the day Sep-29-2008)
TNM Winter (2008), San Francisco, CA, rd 2, Jan-15
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-08  mcaskin: I'm famous! My actual strength is ~1700 (on playchess); this was my first tournament since the early 90s when I was 10.

After 23...Qb5 black is somewhat better. A shame...

Sep-27-08  zoren: he got you good
Sep-28-08  DarthStapler: Why not 24. Nxf8?
Sep-28-08  sneaky pete: After 24.Nxf8 Bb6 wins the queen and 24... Nxf8 with Ba5-b6 next may even be good (if 25.Qf2 Bb6 26.Qf3 Nd7 27.Be3 Nc5 and if 25.Qa7 Bb6 26.Qb8 Bf2+).
Sep-29-08  sfm: <I'm famous!... After 23...Qb5 black is somewhat better. A shame...> You can't have it both ways!
Had you won the game it would probably never had made it here. Pun-suitability is a strong factor when choosing GOTD. :-)
Sep-29-08  soberknight: Wow, that ending came out of nowhere.
Sep-29-08  MarvinTsai: After 23...Qb5, how about 24.Qa7(if Nc5 then black may play Bb6, Rc8) Rd8 25.Nc5 or Nb8(both looks bad). If 24.Nxf8 Bb6 25.Be3 Bxd4 26.Bxd4 Nxf8 white simply lost. No idea what white can play.
Sep-29-08  MarvinTsai: Wait, how about 24...Qb5 25.Nc5 Bb6 26.a4 then white seems better?
Sep-29-08  andymac: White's 32nd move for a Wednesday puzzle?
Sep-29-08  newzild: I thought black played pretty good for an 1100 player - until I saw the player's comment (mcaskin) below that he's actually around 1700.

Sep-29-08  kackhander: mocking a ten year old's play, well done.
Sep-29-08  newzild: Dude, he was 10 in the early 1990s - not now. And I aint mocking him. Wrong on two counts!
Sep-29-08  YetAnotherAmateur: <Pun-suitability is a strong factor when choosing GOTD. :-)>

I'm just going to Nip that thread in the bud.

Sep-29-08  ravel5184: aeiou!
Sep-29-08  Whitehat1963: <<andymac> White's 32nd move for a Wednesday puzzle?>

I was thinking the same thing, only it's probably a Monday or Tuesday puzzle.

Sep-29-08  newzild: Yeah, more like a Monday puzzle. Two-move fork.
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  kevin86: The final rook sac sets up a fork-that flows into a second fork.

White ends a rook ahead;even opposite colored bishop can save Askin.

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  playground player: This starts out as a French game, but it morphs into the kind of Polish Opening that I've been losing lately: so I'd better study hard to understand how White succeeds where I fail.
Sep-29-08  rodantero: <Wait, how about 24...Qb5 25.Nc5 Bb6 26.a4 then white seems better?> 26...Qc6 27.Be3 Rc8 and I think white will lose the knight
Sep-29-08  sneaky pete: Why not after 24... Qb5! 25.Nc5? Bb6 26.a4 Qxc5 ? 25.Nxf8 Bb6 seems to be forced and looks very good for black. White remains with a bad bishop, 2 powerless rooks and a miserable pawn structure.
Sep-29-08  jovack: nip just outclassed askin
a complete mismatch
Oct-01-08  Alphastar: <mcaskin: I'm famous! My actual strength is ~1700 (on playchess); this was my first tournament since the early 90s when I was 10.>

This was the only game (of you) in the tournament?

Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: I wonder why Nip was asking Askin for the game?
He was kind of Nippy, and Askin asks too much.
Ok, I'm out of here before the anti-pun company kicks me out.
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: 31...Rxa3 is Askin for trouble

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