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Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Simon Kim Williams
"A Patzer's Revenge" (game of the day Apr-20-2022)
French Team Championship (2011), Mulhouse FRA, rd 1, May-26
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation. General (A96)  ·  0-1



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Jun-06-11  lopium: White either lose its knight on a8 or its bishop on c1.
Jun-07-11  redcircle: how is it possible for this guy Williams to defeat super-GM's like they are patzers?i don't think that he is particularly strong.this is very suspicious.and i am not referring only to this game..he has also beaten Eljanov and Anrukh
Jun-07-11  polarmis: He seems to have some exceptional opening preparation in some lines (and of course he's also able to play the type of position that results). 12...Qh5!! here is a monster novelty. Plus Wojtaszek has been in terrible form in his last two appearances, losing enough rating points to drop back below 2700 :(
Jun-07-11  lopium: To <redcircle>: as far a I remember, a difference of 200 elo points means the higher elo has a 75% chance of winning over the lower elo rated. 25% isn't so small. Now if you do 3 times in a row you have a (1/4)³*100 chance of winning. It's more than 1%. How many players are there participating? I don't find this performance quite special or suspicious.
Jun-08-11  redcircle: <lopium> chess is not based in we all know luck is not involved in chess.unless you disagree. as for the games.Williams beat Wojtaszek and Avrukh in a way a GM beats a 2000 patzer. As for the Eljanov game it is also suspicious because he always played the best moves that caused Eljanov a lot of problems and got in time trouble,finally blundering
Jun-08-11  belgradegambit: In the Avrukh game, Black refused a draw by repetition and then simply played poorly. None of Williams moves looked suspicious to me of computer involvement.
Jun-08-11  OrigamiArtist: Best not to let the spectacularly idiotic comments by <redcircle> stimulate discussion. Simon Williams is one of the leading experts in the Dutch defence and this sort of rook sacrifice is right up his street. Though white contributed heavily to his own demise, winning in 20 moves against a 2700 (as black) is very impressive.
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  beenthere240: Though move 8 I kept waiting for white to break with e4. After black got 9...e5 in first, it started to look grim for white.
Jul-14-11  Edwin M: When someone asked who Wojtaszek was playing before the start of this game, he supposedly said he was going to play "some English patzer".
Jul-14-11  Shams: <Edwin M.> Source??
Jul-14-11  Edwin M: How about Simon Williams's own blog for source?

And if you get a kick out of that one you'll get an even bigger kick when you read and listen what happened in his game against Pavel Eljanov.

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  GrahamClayton: Position after 13....f4:

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"The plan is clear: I simply want to put all of my pieces into the most aggressive squares possible, namely those that all point towards White's king, then the rest should play itself! If I lose, life goes on, but at least I have had some entertainment along the way!"

Williams in his book "The Killer Dutch", published by Everyman Chess in early 2015.

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  JointheArmy: Incredible game by the Ginger GM.
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  JointheArmy: This game could also be the reason why Wojtaszek is so well prepared against the Dutch now.

He's beaten Carlsen and Caruana in it this year.

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  Domdaniel: Beautiful win by Simon Williams. Of course the Rook sac is unsound, but it offered real practical chances - the Tal principle. On the other hand, I've watched him lose with a Dutch in 18 moves vs Svidler. His gung-ho style has its ups and downs, but he's still one of the most entertaining players I know.
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  keypusher: <Domdaniel: Beautiful win by Simon Williams. Of course the Rook sac is unsound, but it offered real practical chances - the Tal principle. >

So an unsound sacrifice doesn't fill you with artistic horror? :-)

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  Domdaniel: <keypusher> Not at all. Usually I'm impressed by the bravery of the player making the sacrifice - plus, I try to work out a refutation in case I ever see it again.
Mar-22-18  PhilFeeley: He has a win against another 2700 - Gelfand. It took 43 moves but the opening is the same and the result is not in question.

Gelfand vs S Williams, 2012

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  Predrag3141: See also S Williams vs Zhao Zong-Yuan, 1999 for another game with this rook sacrifice. In that game the opponent put up a better fight.
Apr-20-22  Brenin: 15 Rd5 looks wrong. Is 15 gxf4 better?

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