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David Moody vs Andrew Hubbard
"Dunst Cap" (game of the day Sep-19-2014)
Michigan Open (2014), Dearborn, MI USA, rd 7, Sep-01
Van Geet (Dunst) Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0

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Sep-19-14
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  moronovich: "Run Hubbard, run !"
Sep-19-14  pericles of athens: Slow, dreadful play from Black, but don't let that take away from the excellence of White's play!
Sep-19-14  YetAnotherAmateur: Ahoy, <PhonyBenoni>! Ye clearly caught the weather gage with Bxf7, and then fired a fine broadside with yer knights, and boarded the starboard side with Nf6. Ye be plunderin' a fine captain's vessel with those moves!
Sep-19-14
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  kevin86: I guess Hubbard went to the cubbard for his defense, alas, it was bare.
Sep-19-14
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  kevin86: <moronovich> are you referring to L run Hubbard?

My scientology is a little rusty...actually a lot rusty.

Sep-19-14
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  moronovich: <kevin86: <moronovich> are you referring to L run Hubbard?> Yes ;)

<My scientology is a little rusty...actually a lot rusty.>

Mine too.

It seems Scientology is like "Hotel California" ...more easy to check in, than leaving ):

Sep-19-14
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  Phony Benoni: <WickedPawn> Well, I hadn't played in a tournament for about ten years, but that's not what you meant, is it? But I should admit that at my peak about twenty-five years ago I did touch the mid-2100s. Never could maintain it, though.

Coming into this last round game I had scored 0.5/3 with White, the two losses both being opening debacles. Kids today are ready for all the traps and zaps I used to rely on. Don't trust anybody under 30.

At any rate, I was not in the mood for a theoretical discussion and, on a whim, whipped out an old favorite from the 1970s. It's a very deceptive line since it looks like White is tripping over his own feet when he's actually preparing an all-or-nothing kingside attack. So it's a decent surprise weapon, but opponents rarely fall for it twice.

Besides the transpositional possibilities, the line that took all the fun out of the Dunst for me was 3...e5 and 4...Be6. If White's LSB can't get to c4, it's pretty much dead wood--especially if Black has refrained from ...c5 and has ...c6 available to answer Bb5+.

Hubbard, as he told me later, is a Caro-Kannist, so 2...c6 was certainly an alternative for him. But the 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 line is a provocation, and most Black players with gumption (and 200 rating points) are going to accept the challenge with 2...d4. At least the first time.

I think Black lost this in large part because he tried to play too well. He didn't want to play ...Nc6 before White committed the f1 bishop, so 5...Bd6. Then, with the bishop on d6, he started worrying about a pin on the knight and played 7...h6. Then, with g6 weakened, he posted the knight on e7 where it also guarded f5.

The upshot was that when the premature attack started with 10.Qh5, the only Black pieces in the neighborhood were a quiet rook on f8 and the frozen knight on e7 which was blocking at least three other Black pieces from participating in the defense. Maybe the attack wasn't so premature after all.

Black then came up with an ingenious way to protect h6, which ran into the tactical accident 12.Bxf7+. There might be a better defense than 16...Qe6 and the exchange sacrifice that followed, but I guess he was anxious to get the queens off the board.

20.Nh7 and 21.Nf6+ were psychologically necessary. No young whippersnapper is going to tell me when to trade queens! We old geezers have our pride.

As I mentioned, I hadn't played in tournaments for about a decade. This game does not herald a comeback. Among other reasons, I stopped due to health concerns. Some of my medications compromise my immune system, so I'm susceptible to infections and need to avoid crowds--which includes tournament playing rooms. Indeed, I caught a bug during this tournament and, three weeks later, still haven't shaken it off.

Tor that reason alone it's unlikely I'll take the risk again. But I'll tell you something. If this last round game does indeed cap my tournament "career", I won't be dissatisfied. It will be good to go out knowing I can still play a decent game.

Sep-19-14  Shams: Congrats <Phony Benoni>! Very capable play on your part.
Sep-19-14  Viennablue: [phony] Congrats - what a ride! A pleasure to kibitz - what an even greater pleasure to pull this off the board!
Sep-19-14
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  playground player: Moody's return to chess greatness is long overdue.

So what's taking Kasparov?

Sep-19-14  Marmot PFL: <As I mentioned, I hadn't played in tournaments for about a decade. This game does not herald a comeback. Among other reasons, I stopped due to health concerns. Some of my medications compromise my immune system, so I'm susceptible to infections and need to avoid crowds--which includes tournament playing rooms. Indeed, I caught a bug during this tournament and, three weeks later, still haven't shaken it off.>

Sorry to hear that, hope you get well soon. Haven't played a tournament either since the 90s, and doubt I ever will. As I get older the thought of spending a weekend at the chessboard has no appeal at all, although there are some good memories. I would probably not be a serious threat to Seth Homa in any case.

Seems here black made some passive moves, like the preventive but weakening 7...h6, and 10...Bc7 when he should probably deal with Mr. Bishop with 10...Na5. 11...Qd6? is a blunder but white finds some pretty attacking moves like 21 Nf6! among others.

Sep-19-14  Jack Kerouac: Check this out Chess Community.
An absolute chess classic
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Sep-19-14
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  FSR: <Marmot PFL: ... After 1...c5 about the best white has is 2 e4 to transpose to a Sicilian, which I think most 1 Nc3 would just as soon avoid.>

I think you've hit on a big part of White's problem when playing the Dunst. White should indeed just respond to 1...c5 with 2.e4. Instead, White often plays junk, with horrific results (40.5%). See Opening Explorer and Opening Explorer.

Sep-19-14  catlover: Get well soon, <Phony>. Congratulations, and thanks for giving us all a really fun game for a GOTD.
Sep-19-14
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  eternaloptimist: <Phony> Congrats on defeating a FM! U orchestrated your attack very well! Thx for submitting this pun & game. It's very interesting & entertaining. It's also nice to see an opening like the Dunst used in a game. It's something different. Like <catlover>, I hope u get well soon!
Sep-19-14
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  FSR: <eternaloptimist: <Phony> Congrats on defeating a FM! U orchestrated your attack very well! Thx for submitting this pun & game.>

<Phony> is not given to tooting his own horn. He did put the game on Facebook. I, not he, submitted it to CG.com. I don't know who came up with the pun.

Sep-19-14
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  WannaBe: <Phony> have a Facebook account!?!? Stop the presses!!
Sep-19-14
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  keypusher: Wonderful game! Made me happy to see it. 20.Nh7 is such a pretty move, you must have loved playing it. Congratulations!
Sep-19-14  Jim Bartle: It must be pretty great to bring <keypusher> out of hiding.
Sep-19-14  morfishine: This is an excellent game. White chomped down like a bulldog, and didn't let go.

As to <WickedPawn> and his question as to how White could do this, well its pretty evident and a good example of OTB competition. What White saw, Black didn't. The slight rating difference has no influence here. Basic chess rules and themes are irrefutable, no matter the rating

Well Done! <PhonyBenoni>

*****

Sep-19-14
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  Phony Benoni: Thanks for all the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the game.

<eternaloptimist> Hubbard is an FM? Oh, my goodness! If I had known that, there's no way I would have played 1.Nc3.

Sep-19-14
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  eternaloptimist: <FSR> I apologize. I thought <Phony> submitted this game. Thx for submitting this game!

<Phony> U r welcome. lol :D, :D...:D Playing the Dunst ended up being a wise decision after all! The element of surprise can be a valuable weapon!

Oct-09-17
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  Phony Benoni: Lest you think this debacle discourage Hubbard, he has since won the Michigan Open Championship three years in a row.

To such levels will embarrassment drive a person.

Jun-14-19  newzild: This is a fun game to play through, <Phony Benoni>.

As a player of similar strength to yourself, I would be pleased to pull off such a win.

Aug-22-19
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  thegoodanarchist: This game reflects well on the London System!

I joke, of course.

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