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Aurelian Birer vs Christopher Duncan
"Duncans and Dragons" (game of the day Nov-03-2017)
Tel Aviv U26 (1990)
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1



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Nov-03-17  chikinn: Strange time for white to resign -- isn't he about to win the knight after Ra1?
Nov-03-17  mravikiran: Instead of 20. Rh2 I think white should have played 20. Qh6+ Kg8 (Kh8)
21. g5

threatening mate and capturing Knight. I am not sure why he preferred 20. Rh2

Nov-03-17  yadasampati: <mravikiran>: i had exactly the same thought on the next move! 21. Qh6+ Kh8 22. g5. But black can simply put his knight on h5 in both cases ...
Nov-03-17  mravikiran: Hello yadasampati, you are absolutely right. Thanks !
Nov-03-17  goodevans: <chikinn: Strange time for white to resign -- isn't he about to win the knight after Ra1?>

Indeed he would be.

Losing on time is a possibility but that's pretty rare on move 31.

Looking at the sequence <29...Bc6 30.Rxd4 Bb5> I see another possibility: That sequence just doesn't make sense to me so maybe the game score is wrong at the end.

Could it be that black actually <30...Rh8> which saves the piece after <31.Ra1 Rh2+ 32.Kd3 Bb5+>? Maybe some moves are missing and the game actually ended with black playing Bb5 on the 32nd move.

Another possibility is that white resigned before black's 30th move. It wouldn't be the first time a phantom last move got recorded at the end of a game.

One way or another I'm dubious that the game finished exactly as per the game score.

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  FSR: This game sucks.
Nov-03-17  morfishine: This putrid piece of junk meets none of the requirements for "Game of the Day"

"Lame of the Day" is more accurate


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  tpstar: <putrid piece of junk> <Lame of the Day>

Don't be the Birer of bad news!

Have a Duncan Donut or something.

Nov-03-17  dTal: This looks like a blitz game that I would play last thing at night before going to bed, so tired I would be moving the pieces reflexively. How did this become a GOTD???
Nov-03-17  goodevans: <FSR>, <morfishine>,

I have to disagree. The game is of a pretty high standard.

The opening is along well-known lines and white emerges with a bit of plus. White makes a bad mistake with <16.Bh6?> and also misses a few opportunities for improvement (e.g. <Nf5> was possible on a few occasions and <24.Qf4> would have been better). Throughout this period black's play looks pretty sound.

The only outright blunder of the game was <26.Rh8??> (assuming that the game score is wrong about <30...Bb5??> as per my previous post). One such blunder a <putrid piece of junk> doesn't make.

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  kevin86: I guess white lost his will to continue.
Nov-03-17  posoo: Morfudlian it must be TUFF to be so ANGREY and SAD all da time!
Nov-03-17  posoo: ALSO r u not da one who ALWYAS ATTAKS for BAD PONS? And then u com up with



Nov-03-17  posoo: Mr. Fridbonian works HARD id like to see U do it!!!
Nov-03-17  4tmac: 29...N-B6 30. RxP Nb5 I bet. 24 ♕f4! with "chances for both sides" (I don't know what the he11 is going on) This game has SMASHING!

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