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Gata Kamsky vs Michele Godena
Reggio Emilia (2009), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 3, Dec-30
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-31-09  randyjohnson: Nxg3!
Dec-31-09  mysql: Weird opening sequence, they seem to have violated some classic principles.
Dec-31-09  kurtrichards: <Weird opening sequence,...> good combination leading to draw.
Dec-31-09  Gilmoy: Look at those White pawns creeping north like a <glider gun> ...
Dec-31-09  mysql: Are there any books on this "Zukertort Opening"?
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  Domdaniel: Zukertort (c.1880) played 1.Nf3 long before Reti (c.1920) -- so the current practice is to call it a Zukertort Opening if it starts with 1.Nf3 and doesn't transpose into a Reti Opening (with c4 by white) or a King's Indian Attack (with e4). But this is what used to be called a Queen's Pawn Game [D02], with d4 and ...d5 played. An unusual one, admittedly, but black's Neo-Hippopotamus is surprisingly effective. Kamsky can't find a way to break through, and eventually falls for a brilliant drawing combination.

After 1.Nf3, I like to answer 1...Nc6 with 2.a3. You get a Reversed Alekhine after 2...e5 3.d4, or something like this game, maybe, after 2...d5 3.d4.

Sorry, <mysql>, but I've never seen this kind of stuff covered in an opening book, apart from a few lines on 'Irregular QP Games'. You have to make it up as you go along ... but you could try checking Opening Explorer for anything similar.

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  Domdaniel: I tried the 'find similar games' feature and got the reply 'sorry, there are no games similar to this in the database'.

Surprise, surprise. But there may be some games with 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 -- where white doesn't play c4 transposing into a Chigorin Queen's Gambit.

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  Domdaniel: Found it! There are 25 games in the database with the move order 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 Bf5 4.Bg2 Nb4 5.Na3.

We can take it from there ...

Feb-22-12  HOTDOG: 34...Bxe4! 35.Rxe4 Qf7! (threatening 36...Qf2+ or 36...Qf3+) and now 36.R4e2 (the best according to Godena) 36...Rd3+! 37.Kg2 Qh5! 38.Ne3 Rf3 39.Rh1 Rxh3! 40.Rxh3 Qxe2+ 41.Kg1 g4 42.Rg3 Bh6 and Black is winning

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