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Yifan Hou vs Nigel Short
"Girls Knight Out" (game of the day Mar-16-2021)
Short - Hou (2016), Hoogeveen NED, rd 6, Oct-22
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1-0

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Oct-24-16  Dirkster: Sorry to bother you all, but can someone give me the winning variations for White after 39.Qf5? I don't have a search engine, and it's too early in the morning for my brain to function properly... hmm, or is it too late in the day?? Anyway, a little help would be appreciated!
Oct-24-16
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  thegoodanarchist: <Dirkster: Sorry to bother you all, but can someone give me the winning variations for White after 39.Qf5? I don't have a search engine, and it's too early in the morning for my brain to function properly... hmm, or is it too late in the day?? Anyway, a little help would be appreciated!>

White's threat is Qf6#. There is no good way to stop it.

Oct-24-16
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  Domdaniel: <Dirkster> - < I don't have a search engine, and it's too early in the morning for my brain to function properly>

I suspect you *do* have a search engine ... y'know, google? What you may not have is a *chess* engine. But I reckon your brain is still functioning quite well. Mine, as you'll observe, is stuck in nitpicking mode.

Oct-24-16
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> You've got a point there. The Caro-Kann (is this the only opening named after *two* unknown players?) is just a slower (thus, better) way of playing the French, eg 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 ... or even 3...Bf5 with ...c5 to follow.
Oct-24-16
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  OhioChessFan: Smith-Morra would seem to qualify.
Oct-24-16
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  OhioChessFan: Oh dear, I just realized that is the Arkell-Khenkin Variation of the Caro-Kann you just mentioned, which quadruples down on the unknowns:

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5

I'm not sure why that isn't just a plain old Caro-Kann.

Oct-26-16  diagonal: Nice game and win by Hou - but not rated for Elo list: Short - Hou (2016)
Oct-28-16  Atking: Why? <diagonal>
Oct-28-16
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Smith-Morra? I'm not sure about Morra, but Ken Smith was a legend in his own lunchtime.

What a player!

Oct-28-16
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> We're both nitpickers, aren't we? This is our fate.
Oct-28-16
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  Domdaniel: I remember when 3.e5 - whether in the French or the Caro-Kann - was simply called the 'Advance Variation'.

So how did Arkell and, wotsisname, Khenkin, grab a piece of the action?

Oct-28-16
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  Domdaniel: To get back to the game, I don't think I've ever previously seen White play Re2 to protect a bishop on c2. At least not in similar positions.
Oct-29-16  diagonal: <Atking> click on the linked Short - Hou (2016)
Oct-29-16  Atking: <diagonal> thanks for the information. Such things are pity for Chess.
Apr-25-17
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  keypusher: < OhioChessFan: Oh dear, I just realized that is the Arkell-Khenkin Variation of the Caro-Kann you just mentioned, which quadruples down on the unknowns: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5

I'm not sure why that isn't just a plain old Caro-Kann.>

On this site at least it is listed as the "Botvinnik-Karls variation". Botvinnik played it 3 times against Tal in the 1961 rematch, definitely 3....c5's moment in the sun.

On the other hand, after getting stomped in the variation's third outing, Botvinnik switched to 3....Bf5 for the rest of the match. He played the variation once more, by transposition, and lost again.

J T Barendregt vs Botvinnik, 1966

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961

Khenkin and Arkell, on the other hand, have played 3....c5 for a living for years, and apparently contributed a lot to the theory of the line. I don't feel too strongly about the naming of chess variations, or indeed whether they need names at all, but if you're going to name this one, Arkell and Khenkin have a good claim.

Arkell's an interesting guy, noted endgame player, regularly wins R+B v. R, also has strong opinions about ancients v. moderns. He's posted some on his player page.

Jan-18-20
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  HeMateMe: this opening needs 4 names?

<Played in Hoogeveen, Netherlands 16-22 October 2016, as part of the 20th Hoogeveen chess festival. Report by Peter Doggers (with photos and videos): https://www.chess.com/news/view/sho.... Short had won the match after Game 5, and after a controversy, Game 6 was not rated. >

hmm...I wonder why game 6 was not to be rated? If the match was sanctioned by FIDE then the whole match should be rated chess?

Mar-16-21  Honey Blend: 30. ... ♖g8 31. ♘xf6 ♖g7 seems to save it for the time being. Sure it's ♗♘ vs ♖ but a breakthrough won't come too easy.
Mar-16-21  Whitehat1963: Perhaps a good puzzle after 28...Kh8.
Mar-16-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: These "C99" Ruy Lopez games have become a bit rare these days--not like the Sixties when Fischer played them so often. Feeling rather nostalgic to see one of these again.
Mar-16-21  Brenin: Similar theme to today's POTD <Saric vs Pogonina 2007>: Black's fianchetto formation, with K on g8 but no B on g7, allows Qh6 followed by a sacrifice leading to a mating attack.
Mar-16-21  dhotts: Black's blunder 28...Kh8? Better was 28...Be7 and White's attack tends to "Peter Out", not so good for a Girl's Night Out!
Mar-16-21  AlicesKnight: A very pretty attack. The White bishops, ready for thier diagonals to be opened, did nothing significant after all. Hou fell Short?
Mar-16-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: <dhotts>, I'm not totally comfortable with "Girls Night Out", "peter" and "short" in such juxtaposition.
Mar-16-21
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  Check It Out: Apparently, this game was unrated because the match was already decided in Short's favor after the 5th game. Short brought up the rule, but match organizer Loek Van Wely wasn't too happy about it, and it took Hou Yifan off guard as well.

https://www.chess.com/news/view/sho...

Mar-16-21
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  Breunor: Honey Blend, I don't think after 30 Rg8 31 Nxf6 Rg7 any GM would play it out down a piece and still under severe attack.

Stockfish gives:

1) +6.40 (22 ply) 32.Bc1 Rxc1+ 33.Qxc1 Qc8 34.Qxc8+ Bxc8 35.Ne8 Rg8 36.Nxd6 Nc4 37.Nxb5 Bd7 38.Nc7 Nd6 39.Nf3 f6 40.Bd3 Rc8 41.Na6 Rc1+ 42.Re1 Rc3 43.Nc5 Bb5 44.Bxb5 Nxb5 45.Rb1 Rc4 46.Kh2 Kg8 47.Kg3 Kf7

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