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Opening Divergencies + Orangutang

I think this is 4D or 5D chess.
I'll be doing a 4D Chandler Cornered when I finished
showing every game under 20 moves that has ever been played.
Until then we continue with the 2D version.

Opening Divergencies by Ivan Kuzim.
I'm often surprised when I amble around these 2nd hand junk shops
at the number of chess books I see I never knew existed.

Take this one for instance. (2.00 and I had to haggle)
Never heard of it but what a find.

Kuzim takes his inspiration from the Fischer-Spassky '72 match.

In one of the games Fischer, not by accident, turns a Sicilian into
a well known position from the Scotch Game.

Poor Spassky was trying to figure out where he had seen the position
before and, more importantly, what to do.
Meanwhile Fischer kicked in with analysis that was 100 years old and won.

So Kuzim has done experimenting and has found ingenious ways to
steer one opening variation into another often with drastic effects.

It's well known that some openings can transpose into other openings
with the colours reversed but Kuzim has found a Caro Khan that
switches into a Danish Gambit and a French going into
a mainline Lopez position.

There is also a very sneaky Queen's Gambit Declined going into a
position from the Two Knights that has known since Staunton to favour White.
(in this case it favours Black - the exact same position with Black to play - incredible)

He backs this up with more than 50 games of his that he has won.
A wonderful find. Where has this book been?

here is a game from the book.
J.Swift - I.Kuzmin, Lilliput Open 1963
Watch how Kuzmin tranposes a Larsen's Opening into a Philidor.

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J.Swift - I.Kuzmin

1.b3 e5 2.e4 Nf6 3.d3 d5 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.dxe4 Bc5 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.Qe2 Bg4 9.c3 Nc6 10.b4 Nxb4 11.cxb4 Bxb4+ 12.Nbd2 0-0-0 13.Rd1 Rxd2 14.Rxd2 Rd8 15.Qe3 Bxd2+ 16.Nxd2 Qb1+ 17.Nxb1 Rd1

Speaking of 1.b3, how about 1.b4.

I found this game in the notes to another entetaining game on this website.

Korch's Chess Page

B.Katalymov - G.Ilivitsky

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B.Katalymov - G.Ilivitsky

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 f6 3.e4 Bxb4 4.Bc4 Ne7 5.Qh5+ Ng6 6.f4 exf4 7.a3 d5 8.Bxd5 c6 9.Bb3 Qa5 10.e5 Be7 11.Bf7+

A nifty finish.
11...Kxf7 12.e6+ wins the Black Queen.
11...Kf8/d8 then 12.Bxg6 wins a piece.

Not all that obvious. I've always found sacs on 'empty' squares the hardest to see.
Much easier to spot if there is something on the critical square to take.

Remember those chess computers from 70's.
It would spot the mate in one from the diagram on the left.

But miss the mate in one on the right because White is not threatening anything.

I've stumbled across some amazing blunders committed in this Orangutan Opening.

Everybody knows that at the start of the game that f2/f7 are soft spots.
They are the only squares protected by the King. (thus all the sacs on f2 + f7).

However should a Queen stray out too early then a new soft spot appears.
the Bishop on c1/c8 is loose. A tactic often missed.

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De Visser- Khenkin

1.b4 c6 2.c4 Qb6 3.Qb3 a5 4.a3 axb4 5.c5 Qxc5 6.axb4 Qxc1+

I liked this next one. White gets himself into all kinds of trouble.
He wriggles and wriggles but Black has tied up knots.

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Papp - Kulcsar

1.b4 e5 2.a3 d5 3.Bb2 Bd6 4.e3 Be6 5.f4 f6 6.fxe5 fxe5 7.Bxe5 Qh4+ 8.g3 Qe4 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.Bxg7 Bxf3 11.Bd3 Qg4 12.Bf5 Bxg3+

Now just to show all the tricks are not the sole property of WHite.

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Tschoepe - Jaeckle

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.Nd5 Qe5 7.Nxb4 Nxb4 8.c3 Nd3

And finally, remember what I was saying about the c1/c8 square should
a Queen pop out too early. Here Black milks the tactic dry.
At the time of the game White was 2044 and Black 2370.
Lovely exact play by Black punishing one slack move 4.Qd3 tactically.
Funny how the best way to punish an early Queen sortie is an early Queen sortie.

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Carvalho - Dumont

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bh4 c5 4.Qd3 Qb6 5.b3 Qh6 6.Bg3 Qc1+ 7.Qd1 Qb2 8.Nd2 Nxd2 9.Kxd2 Qxd4+

A good game that, store that Qb6-h6 idea v the Trompowsky.

Now here is a picture of Lenin playing Chess.

That is Lenin wearing the bowler hat, the other bloke in the picture
wearing a hat is Lee Marvin (he who sang Wonderin' Star).

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