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Florin Serban vs Vladimir Turkov
"A Turkov with All the Trimmings" (game of the day Nov-27-2020)
29th Correspondence World Championship (2015) (correspondence), ICCF, Jun-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0



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  Messiah: The Anti-Moscow is more often insane than not. Once (and never again) I played it as Black against a FM in a blitz game, where I was in a must win situation. It was not a surprise that he promptly destroyed me in the middlegame, but it was unfathomable that my opponent, not even a very young dude by being around 40-50, admitted he had zero idea what is happening on the board all along.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Even back in my so-called "prime," this game would have remained beyond my comprehension. Am I to understand that White sacrificed his Knight on move 16 in order to drive the Black Queen off the a7-g1 diagonal on move 17 in order to finally castle on move 18?!
Nov-27-20  Brenin: <An Englishman>: It wasn't just the desire to castle that motivated the N sacrifice on move 16: White clearly couldn't resist the rare opportunity of writing "0-0+" on his scoresheet.
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  perfidious: While at one time or another I must have managed to castle with check in my playing days, one memory which stands out above many others comes from playing the Black side of a King's Gambit, with my opponent resigning after I played ....0-0.
Nov-27-20  Brenin: Edward Lasker (<Ed. Lasker vs G. A. Thomas, 1912>), with his opponent's K trapped on g1, famously resisted the temptation of 0-0-0 mate, and ended the game with Kd2 instead, no doubt wishing to conserve energy. Such impressive self-denial.
Nov-27-20  Ironmanth: Intense and darn deep! I have to review the rules for "correspondence chess". I played a lot in the mid to late nineties, when it was pre-Stockfish, and with tons of postal cards going everywhere. Fun and exhausting! Y'all continue to stay safe out there.

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