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Aman Hambleton vs Joshua E Friedel
"Aman's Gotta Do What Aman's Gotta Do" (game of the day Oct-19-2012)
Canadian Open - Westin Harbour Castle (2010), Toronto, Ont., rd 6, Jul-15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: Here's a Monday POTD.
Jun-23-11  grasser: Shocking.
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  FSR: A funny game. White never developed his kingside, yet beat a GM in a miniature.
Jun-23-11  Juninho: unbelieavable, unprotectable, unpredictable... WHAT a great game!

Not only white had not developed his kingside, but he won in the kingside, incredible. It would be a great example/sample for beginners--- it so dangerous to play h6-/g5.

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  Colonel Mortimer: 20..Nc1+ looks good for black. What do the engines think after that?
Jun-23-11  Gilmoy: Snowblind!
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  kingscrusher: This game by Telos might be worth a video :)
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Jan-26-12  tttony: wow this was a very good game!!

Joshua E Friedel was desperated to end the game and he must learnt the lesson

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  Phony Benoni: We've all been there! You're licking your chops, thinking only whether the game will be good enough to enter for the briliancy prize.

And your next thought is: "Oh."

By the way, I think <Colonel Mortimer> has a point, and <20...Nc1+> is a winner:

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The line I'm seeing is 21.Qxc1 Bb3+ 22.Kb2 Rxa3 23.Qa1 (how else to stop 23...Ra2#?) Qa5, and White is surely not long for this world.

Oct-19-12  whiteshark:
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  FSR: I agree with <Col. Mort> and <Phony Benoni>: 20...Nc1+ was the killer. Friedel must have been kicking himself after this game. Great swindle by Hambleton.

Great pun, too!

Oct-19-12  Abdel Irada: <Kingside, shmingside?>

Actually, the result isn't that shocking. The bishop on e5 and the open h-file unite to draw the eye to sacrifices like 21. Qh7†. Black has only himself to blame for forgetting that he had a king and playing 20. ...Qd5??

As several previous kibitzers have suggested, Black may well have had a crushing attack of his own. The best continuation I can see is

20. ...Nc1†

21. Qxc1 (and already Black is relieved of the immediate threat), Bb3†

22. Kb2, Rxa3

23. Rxd2, Ra2†

24. Kb1, Qxd2

25. Qxd2 (else 25. ...Ra1† followed by 26. ...Qa2#), Rxd2

26. Rxh6!?, f6

27. Bxf6, Rxf6!

28. gxf6/Rxf6, c3

And Black mates with ...Rd1.

White may be able to survive a bit longer with some judicious counter-sacrifices, but his king is in the eye of a hurricane and must eventually succumb.

Oct-19-12  Travis Bickle: This game looks like Morphy on steroids! Or Fischer with Houdini. ; P
Oct-19-12  waustad: Your classic "who gets there first" kind of game.
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  gawain: Wow. I usually do not examine the GOTD but I am glad I looked at this one. Black's carelessness is punished most drastically.
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  kevin86: It looked like black was winning,but his attack ran out of gas.

White will mate in two more moves.

Oct-19-12  rapidcitychess: <kevin>

According to the posters above, it wasn't a "run out of gas", it was more of a "collosal blunder".

Nice to know GMs make mistakes, but if they do, what will we do?

Oct-19-12  zakkzheng: Arter NC1+!, I think the best try for a bluff is Kb2!. Then, if you play Bxc2, Then I can try Rxh6!. after f6, it is pretty simple to win.

Ir black is too greedy, Bxd1, the Checkmate!! Rh8#

Oct-19-12  zakkzheng: Mind of fact, Bh7 is even easier
Oct-19-12  colorvis: blindsided by 19.h4
Oct-19-12  DummyPawn: Don't plan the plan if you can't follow through.
Oct-19-12  Marmot PFL: I'm not surprised black missed something here. Castling queenside in this line is very dangerous. Keres vs Botvinnik, 1941
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  kevin86: black did not run out of gas,his engine EXPLODED!

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