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Marc Esserman vs Joel Benjamin
"O, Marc, IM!" (game of the day Apr-14-2015)
Marshall CC New York International (2010), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Jun-19
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0



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Dec-08-11  Whitehat1963: Excellent weekend puzzle after 21...f6. Gorgeous exchange! I'm surprised no one has commented on this fine finish.
Jan-13-13  DrAttitude: Sweet Jesus! Who is this Guy!? He beats three GM!
Apr-14-15  chesssalamander: 22.Nc5! is a fabulous move! Devious!
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  al wazir: 23...Qc8. Now what?
Apr-14-15  JohnTal: 23...Qc8. Now what? I would follow it with 24 Nb7 and if the Q recaptures the Kt, 25 Qe8+ any, 26 Qf7#
Apr-14-15  markwell: 23...Qc8 is a dog. With fleas. Lots of fleas.
Apr-14-15  Jamboree: So, is the pun "O, Marc, IM!" a reference to Omar Khayyam, the medieval poet and mathematician?
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  Once: Now that is a very impressive finish. I particularly enjoyed 22.Nc5 putting both White knights en prise.

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<al wazir> Fritzie confirms that 23...Qc8 is Black's best move in the position, but it doesn't come close to an escape. Fritz finds five moves for White which keep an advantage of more than +2. The best seems to be 24. Qe8+.

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  scormus: Impressive finish. I think W must have seen the possibility right through to the 1-0 move when he played 21 Nfg5
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  whiteshark: Kinda how to smash the <Hippo>.
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  whiteshark: Kinda how to smash the <Hippo>.
Apr-14-15  TheTamale: Joel must have underrated his opponent, because he opts for the Please Defeat Me defense.
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  perfidious: An incisive finish from a player who has become renowned for his skills in attack.

Another GOTD featuring two former foes facing off--at least when I sat down opposite Esserman, I did not give him a chance to display his tactical verve, though he was not nearly so strong then.

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  kevin86: White threatens queen and mate; black cannot save both.
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  FSR: The Hippo may not be the best choice against Esserman - although I guess if it's good enough to beat Nezhmetdinov, anything is possible. Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964
Apr-14-15  thegoldenband: A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and POW!
Apr-14-15  morfishine: <FSR> Thanks for the Hippo reminder! Undoubtedly, one of my favorite games, even though 'Super Nez' lost. And this game too has an alluring factor with Benjamin's penchant for "varying" early, this time with disastrous consequences

I wonder if a simple early improvement for Black would've been <9...Ba6> instead of the "automatic" 9...Bb7

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Practically forces White into a Q-side castle, which completely changes the dynamic of the position


Apr-14-15  ajile: I winced when I saw 7..h6 because now Black can't 0-0 without losing a pawn. How does a player of this strength play a move like this? And after 13..Kf8 the Rh8 is just a dead piece. White is playing up his usual tempo and for all intents and purposes a piece to the good.
Apr-16-15  Moszkowski012273: 19...Nh7 was pretty bad
Sep-11-17  chessperson2222222: Beautiful win for white, showing Joel why his his Hippo is useless.

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