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David Lazarus vs. Bryan Cohen

  • #1

    Notes courtesy of Bryan Cohen with more analysis likely to appear in the near future.

  • #2

    This was the decisive game in our last Garden State Chess League match for the 2016-2017 season.  The other three games in the match were drawn so we lost the match 2.5 to 1.5. 

    Despite this match result we ended up finishing in a three way tie for third for the season and were awarded third place as a result of tiebreak points. 

  • #3

    Like I mentioned in the notes I quickly glanced at 28...f4!!, but I didn't realize the entire strength of the move.  And being in time pressure I did not have time to analyze it so I just stuck with my plan.

    After the game I quickly analyzed the game with my opponent, and he was very proud of his counterattack idea of 27. f5 and 28. g6.  Only after we completed our quick analysis did I look at it again by myself and see the strength of 28...f4!!  And when I showed him what I had found his pride was a bit more subdued! 

    The bottom line though is he forced me to take my time in the middlegame so therefore I had to move hastily towards the key part of the game, I blundered as a result, and of course he was victorious.  So really he had the last laugh.

  • #4

    some more analysis courtesy of Houdini 4 with the help of John M. Hagerty

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