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  1. 22 May '15 15:22
    Nobody has posted one yet I'll kick things off.

    jmi60 - greenpawn34, Mikelom Memorial Tournament 2015


    My 'Hope' Variation





    The Korchnoi game, note the different move order.

    V. Artsukevich - V. Korchnoi, Leningrad 1953

  2. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    22 May '15 15:48 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Nobody has posted one yet I'll kick things off.

    jmi60 - greenpawn34, Mikelom Memorial Tournament 2015

    [pgn]
    [Event "Mikelom Memorial Tournament"]
    [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"]
    [Date "2015.05.14"]
    [Round "1"]
    [White "jmi60"]
    [Black "greenpawn34"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [WhiteElo "1625"]
    [BlackElo "1948"]
    [EndDate "2015.05.22"] ...[text shortened]... Re1+ 20. Kg2 Nd7 21. Rb1 Rae8 22. Bd2 R8e2+ 23. Kh3 Rxd2 24. Qxd2 Rxb1 {White resigned.} [/pgn]
    Interesting how people are famous for loathing certain openings (Korch didn't care for the classical KID with ...e5 blocking the g7 Bishop) and yet manage to play other versions of those openings while transposing around the bits that don't suit them.

    I suppose he would have played a Benoni and not a Benko if White had pushed 3.d5?
  3. 22 May '15 21:11 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    Interesting how people are famous for loathing certain openings (Korch didn't care for the classical KID with ...e5 blocking the g7 Bishop) and yet manage to play other versions of those openings while transposing around the bits that don't suit them.

    I suppose he would have played a Benoni and not a Benko if White had pushed 3.d5?
    You didn't ask me, but I cannot resist to answer you:

    Here is what Korchnoi had played in Havana 1963 as Black against Bora Ivkov:



    Notice the manouvre Re8-Nf8-Ng6, but above all notice
    20. ...a5!!

    I saw this game recently in the book "Enchanted by chess" by Bora Ivkov (only in Serbian), and Ivkov wrote that he later played same idea in several games with success.

    Korchnoi liked however Indian system with d6-e5 in - Bogoindian defense.

    I would add here that this idea 20. ...a5 has strategic sense in that that Black blocks Queen's wing, where White can only play, so that Black then has free hands to attack on King's flang.

    And in 1970's that same idea was promoted by Bobby Fischer in Mar del Plata variation o King's Inian Defense:::after 9. Nd2 Fischer preferred 9...c5!
    But White can play en passant 10. dxc6 bxc6, and then Ba3 and thereby ruin Black's plans...

    Here is how Ivkov used the same idea a year later (1964) in Beverwijk against Van den Berg--->

  4. 23 May '15 04:18 / 2 edits
    Of course you will get days when the Opening Trap does not come off.

    I know from way back in the mid-70's this was a dodgy line but
    few people have played the refutation against me OTB or in Blitz.

    The refutation was first played by Tartakower way back in 1914.
    This did not stop Euwe from playing it and winning a nice game
    with it in 1926. OTB more people fall for it than play the refutation .

    Of course of I had checked the RHP DB before playing it I may
    have noticed my opponent has twice pulled the fangs from this little
    trap winning one and drawing one. (I only noticed when the game
    was finished wondering if anyone else had follwed this line.....Doh!)

    greenpawn34 - Blanca, Mikelom Memorial Tournament 2015



    That Euwe game I mentioned.

    M. Euwe vs G. Kroone, Utrecht 1926.

  5. 27 May '15 00:05 / 1 edit
    Am I the only one with finished games?

    This one is one of the best I've had on here.
    I played a pet line sacked a piece not 100% I had a win but it looked good and in most
    lines I get my piece back. As usual when I have an interesting game on the go a few
    of the others have slipped into poorish positons. I'm lucky in the respect that some of
    the other lads are using the 7 day time bank. The lad I played played quick and there
    is one quick move of his that gave me all the fun.

    greenpawn - wsossin, Mike lom Memorial Tournament 2015

  6. 27 May '15 07:31 / 1 edit
    no big deal
  7. 01 Jun '15 12:58 / 2 edits
    Anoter interesting game v wsossin This time I'm Black.
    And most of it is an endgame.๐Ÿ˜•

    I do have a Lasker Rook. That is a Rook running along a middle rank just after
    the opening causing trouble like Lasker did in a famous game v Tarrasch

  8. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    02 Jun '15 15:01 / 2 edits
    After a bunch of losses, here is my first win in this tournament:



    Not sure how to put in comments, this is a King's Gambit and I got the drop on him.
  9. 03 Jun '15 00:35
    You certainly did get the drop on him.
    I like the way the Bishops were defending and attacking at the same time.
  10. 03 Jun '15 01:15 / 1 edit
  11. 03 Jun '15 01:19
    I thought I had most of the winning chances at the end. One king mis-step and boom the game is over. I don't think there was any way to force the win for me after I allowed f4.
  12. 03 Jun '15 02:33
    Hi wsossin,

    These were too good games, we must play again. If the other lads in our section
    had moved faster then I may have messed up. The last dozen moves by you were
    matched by one maybe two moves from just two others.
    The time control is too slow for me. Like you I like to see games flowing along.

    I thought I had the chance to win in the end because I felt you thought you were
    winning and might try and win it. The King's opposition was what I call Close Opposition.
    Pretty easy. It's these Distant Oppositions and Corresponding Squares that wind me up.
  13. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    03 Jun '15 16:15
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    You certainly did get the drop on him.
    I like the way the Bishops were defending and attacking at the same time.
    Ahhh shucks๐Ÿ™‚ You are too kind๐Ÿ™‚
  14. 16 Jun '15 22:56 / 1 edit
    Looking for blog material I did look at some games played in this tournament.
    Pauls recently posted that he rarely wins short games hinting that he won a
    a couple v the same lad. I found one.

    Gary Weaver - Paul Leggett, Mikelom Memorial Tournament




    That Ng5 move. Many many years ago, me and some guys in the club looked
    at playing Ng5 in a similar position. in the Milner Barry Gambit.


    9.Ng5 instead of the normal Nc3.

    Justification. You are not swapping pieces, The Knight handily placed,.
    You are hitting a pawn. The Black d5 Knight is looking at getting pinned.
    It's new and you will gain some time on the clock.

    Against.. It just looks wrong. (which is usually all the analysis I need).

    However if Black plays the obvious move.



    And if Black does not play 11...g6.



    It's been played just a few times on RHP. Nobody has played h6.
    But now the idea is out there no doubt a few of the lads will, ๐Ÿ™‚
  15. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    18 Jun '15 19:23 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Looking for blog material I did look at some games played in this tournament.
    Pauls recently posted that he rarely wins short games hinting that he won a
    a couple v the same lad. I found one.

    Gary Weaver - Paul Leggett, Mikelom Memorial Tournament


    [pgn]
    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Bd7 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. c3 Rc8 7. Ng5 {I'll come
    back to thi ...[text shortened]... on RHP. Nobody has played h6.
    But now the idea is out there no doubt a few of the lads will, ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hi GP,

    My initial reaction was to simply capture the knight on h7, but I followed the mantra of "check all checks", and the ...Rxc1+ led me to keep following it, and it just snowballed. It was not a forced mate, but each move just led to lots of other nice possibilities.

    Most of my games are two-movers and endgame grinders. My extremely rare quick games are usually "follow the rabbit" games like this. Or timeouts!

    Edit: Recently, I have won several games against pretty good players simply because they made a move on a cell phone instead of being more careful. One recent opponent at the 2000 level dropped a rook a few moves after I had offered a draw while a pawn up in a rook ending. Stuff like this is why ratings are almost meaningless here.