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Simon Bekker-Jensen vs Simon Kim Williams
"Ginger Snaps" (game of the day Feb-25-2013)
Reykjavik Open (2013), Reykjavik ISL, rd 6, Feb-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Alatortsev System (D44)  ·  0-1



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Feb-25-13  mockingbird: <morfishine> I think GM Simon Williams' online nick is GingerGM . Check out his site
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  Once: <mockingbird> got there before me! Simon Williams is a British GM who has a chess shop about a mile from where I live in the beautiful town of Godalming, Surrey. He trades under the name of Ginger GM with a range of books and DVDs.
Feb-25-13  Abdel Irada: Now, how did the numeral "1" creep into Williams' name?
Feb-25-13  Abdel Irada: Today, it appears that <> celebrates simony ( The Game of the Day pits one Simon against another, while the Player of the Day is also named Simon.

Since these are obviously not all simple Simons, one must wonder what villain could be behind such a conspiracy. Simon Bar Sinister, perhaps?

Obviously this is a job for Underdog. (And if he's not available, perhaps we could solicit aid from a passing bird, plane or frog.)

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  Willem Wallekers: Why not 21....Qg3?
Feb-25-13  Abdel Irada: <Willem Wallekers: Why not 21....Qg3?>

21. ...Qg3?? 22. Qd8#.

Feb-25-13  Ratt Boy: <shakespeare>, I don't see how 25.♗xh3 gives White an edge. 25…♕xh3 26.♖xc5+, ♔b8 27.♖c8+, ♔xc8 28.♕c1+, ♔b8 29.♕f4+, ♔a8 30.♕h2, ♘f3# is one line that doesn't look especially good for White. Is there a shot that I'm missing?
Feb-25-13  morfishine: <mockingbird> Thanks! You spared me the research!
Feb-25-13  MainMansDad2006: Not simply "Simon & Simon," like the popular 80's t.v. series?
Feb-25-13  SuperPatzer77: Chess folks, I'd like to add something new for you all:

Let me say "Simon Sez, do it"

Why not play this "Simon Sez" game???



Feb-25-13  waustad: This is why the GingerGM is so much fun as a commentator. He is always looking at Christiansen types of lines. Throw everything you've got at the king and see if it sticks. A quote from a Gibtel broadcast sums it up: "I don't know anything about endings because my games hardly ever get there."
Feb-25-13  kevin86: Nobody moves until Simon Says!
Feb-25-13  MainMansDad2006: Then there's the "I don't really mind blundering my queen--I'll get a new one the very next game."
Feb-25-13  Jack Kerouac: Morphy would approve.
Feb-25-13  Moszkowski012273: No offense to GM Williams, but the computers reaaaaly don't care for this line. Personally I dig it.
Feb-25-13  tim butler: Simple Simon.
Feb-28-13  vanderyacht: Why not 22. BxN?
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  Phony Benoni: <vanderyacht> After <22.BxN>:

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Black wins with <22...NxRP+! 23.PxN> (23.KR1 or 23.KR2 allow the winning discovery 23...NxP+) <23...QN6+ 24.KR1 QxRP+ 25.KN1 QN6+ 26.KR1 BxB+ 27.QxB QxQ+> and 28...QxN.

In algebraic: <22.Bxf3 Nxh3+ 23.gxh3> (23.Kh1/23.Kh2 Nxf2+) <23...Qg3+ 24.Kh1 Qxh3+ 25.Kg1 Qg3+ 26.Kh1 Bxf3+ 27.Qxf3 Qxf3+> and 28...Qxf7.

Mar-01-13  Moszkowski012273: Then 22...Nxh3+ with Qg3+ in mind
Mar-02-13  vanderyacht: after 22.Bxf3 Nxh3+ 23.gxh3 Qg3+ 24.Kh1 Qxh3+ 25.Kg1 Qg3+ 26.Kh1 Bxf3+ 27.Qxf3 Qxf3+ 28.Kg1 Qxf7 29.Rxc4 with the threat of 30.Rfc1 is there any way for black to keep his bishop?
Nov-30-13  thegoodanarchist: <vanderyacht: after 22.Bxf3 Nxh3+ 23.gxh3 Qg3+ 24.Kh1 Qxh3+ 25.Kg1 Qg3+ 26.Kh1 Bxf3+ 27.Qxf3 Qxf3+ 28.Kg1 Qxf7 29.Rxc4 with the threat of 30.Rfc1 is there any way for black to keep his bishop?>

Yes! 29...Qg6+ followed by 30...Qh5+ and Black can unpin.

The issue with your line is that 22.Kh1 is White's best move - 22.Bxf3 is an error.

And although 23.Rxc4 keeps a decisive advantage, the best move here is 23.Nd6+!! and Black is getting rolled.

However, Jensen really blundered with 24.Kg1?! (24.Kh2! Nf3+ 25.Qxf3! ) and especially 25.Kxg2?? when now mate is unavoidable.

Instead on move 25 White should play

25.Bxh3 Qxh3 26.Rxc5+ Kb8 27.Rh5 Nf3+ 28.Qxf3 Qxf3 29.Rb5+ with the upper hand for White.

Feb-07-14  KingPetrosian: White never missed a chance to screw things up even more.
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  plang: 16 Nxb5 was first played in Gulko-Vera Merida 1999 with White winning quickly (not included in this database). In that game Black played 16..Rd8. Vera (GM from Cuba)is an authority in the 9..Nd5 line although only one of his games in the line is in this database.
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  perfidious: <plang> This variation with 5.Bg5 is, to put it mildly, a mess--I tried it once in my career and got waxed in a CC game.

Aware of Vera's reputation in the Semi-Slav in general, when we played in a blitz event at Montreal 1996 I went in for my usual 6.Qc2 and played one of the quieter sidelines.

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  FSR: 9...Nxd5 is a fun but objectively losing variation. Williams won even more quickly with it in Hebden vs S Williams, 2009 (0-1, 18), where White's 16.f4? was a fatal blunder. 16.Bh5+! wins if White plays perfectly, as in P San Segundo Carrillo vs R Vera, 2002. So does 16.Nxb5!, as seen in this game, again if White plays perfectly. At depth 36/68 (i.e. all lines analyzed 18 moves deep, key lines analyzed as far as 34 moves deep), Stockfish 15 assesses 16.Bh5+! as +4.67 and 16.Nxb5 as +4.06.

FM Kamil Plichta in his chessable course on 1.d4 improves on this game's 17.Nd6+ with 17.c6! and now 17...Nxc6? 18.Nxa7+ Nxa7 19.Rxc4+ winning the queen; 17...Bxc6? 18.Nxa7+ Kb7 19.Nxc6 Nxc6 20.Ng6 and the Knight escapes from h8; 17...Nf4! 18.Qc2! Rd2 19.Qh7 Nxe2+ 20.Kh1 Qe7 21.cxb7+ Kb8 22.Qe4+-. Not surprisingly, he credits his silicon friend with this analysis.

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