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Gregory Simon Koshnitsky vs Hewitt
"Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" (game of the day Dec-01-2020)
Correspondence (1945) (correspondence), Australia
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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  GrahamClayton: One of the most unusual games in the chessgames database. The White Knight replicates the captures of the Black Knight, while Koshnitsky finishes the game with 16.d4 and 17.e4, two moves usually played to open a game.
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  Benzol: The ending of the G Koshnitsky vs A Wolfers, 1948 game also shows stunning play by Koshnitsky. I'm suprised that it hasn't been included in some collection yet.
Nov-04-10  kellmano: Playing 10....Nxh1 seems tantamount to resigning. Surely either Nd3+ to double white's centre pawns would be better.

I would have definitely played 10......0-0. Perhaps it leaves black a clear pawn down, but there is something cool about the move.

Dec-01-20  andrewjsacks: Good titling for this game. Well done.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Game could have looked even stranger, i.e., 12...Be6; 13.Be4,Bg8, and good luck trying to do retrograde analysis on that position. Incidentally, after 14.Ng6 Black has to settle for a pawn deficit.
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  al wazir: Black shouldn't have resigned so quickly. There was still some play left in this game:

17...Kd7 18. Bf4 Rh8 19. Kd2 Rh2+ 20. Kc3 a5 21. a3 b5 22. Rb1 b4+ 23. axb4 axb4+ 24. Kb3 Be6+ 25. Ka4 Ba2.

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  Phony Benoni: My favorite part is White's final two moves, but he played them in the wrong. order. It's like Fischer used to say: <"16.e4: Best by Test.">
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  Messiah: Well done, dear <Phony Benoni>! The title fits the game very well.
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  FSR: Reminds me of Bogoljubov vs L Schmid, 1949.
Dec-01-20  Brenin: It's hard to believe that this was a correspondence game. In chess as in politics, its practitioners need to be able to count.
Dec-01-20  goodevans: Thanks for the link <FSR>. Two fun GOTDs in one day and with good puns to boot. Our cups runneth over. More than makes up for today's disappointing puzzle.
Dec-01-20  GlennOliver: <al wazir>: "Black shouldn't have resigned so quickly. There was still some play left in this game"

Fully agree.

Trying to win that White endgame against silicon playing Black proved devilishly difficult.

In the context of the 1945 realities, there are many endgame pitfalls into which White can fall (I have tried out most of them), so Black should definitely continue the correspondence game.

Dec-01-20  dhotts: Hard to believe any master would engage in copycat moves, especially in a correspondence game??? Copycat ending is always the same, he who copies first loses fast...New epitaph : plagiarist will surely resign first!
Dec-01-20  goodevans: <dhotts> ... except the 'plagiarist' won this game!
Dec-01-20  dhotts: <goodevans> so True, the plagiarist realized his Bishop at g2 was good for the win after rooks were taken. Joe Biden always believed/practiced plagiarism, and now he is President elect!
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  scutigera: <dhotts>: Yeah, you won't find The Donald doing that. He can't be held to his own previous statements, let alone anyone else's!
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  beatgiant: <dhotts>,<scutigera> Our official page for irreverent remarks about US Presidents is T Bush vs A Carter, 1976
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  Breunor: Agree resignation was too soon. Here is the Stockfish evaluation:

1) +1.35 (27 ply) 17...Kd7 18.Bf4 Rg8 19.Bf7 Rh8 20.Kd2 Rh2+ 21.Kc3 Rf2 22.Re1 a5 23.a3 Bg5 24.Bxg5 Rxf7 25.Bf4 Rh7 26.Be5 Rh2 27.Rf1 Bh5 28.Rf8 Re2 29.Rb8 Re3+ 30.Kd2 Re2+ 31.Kc1 Re1+ 32.Kc2 Re2+ 33.Kb1 Rxe4 34.Rxb7+ Ke6 35.Rh7

Dec-01-20  ajile: Pretty sad. Either 10..0-0 or 10..Rf8 give Black an equal game.

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