Mystery game #59: Black's 'oopsy' ruined balanced game

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  • Mystery game #59: Black's 'oopsy' ruined balanced game

    Here is the text of an interesting game. You can discuss the game: player strengths, era, setting, time controls, etc. I will provide all data in a few days. Enjoy!!

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.e3 Nc6 6.Bd3 O-O 7.O-O d6 8.Qc2 h6 9.a3 Bxc3 10.Qxc3 e5 11.d5 Ne7 12.e4 Ng6 13.b4 b6 14.Ne1 Nh5 15.g3 Bh3 16.Ng2 Qf6 17.Be2 cxb4 18.axb4 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Nh4+ 20.Kh1, 1-0.

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    Graham Allen (2188) -- Dr. Alex Danilov (1962), Kingston Open (1) 1997, played 1997-02-08, time controls 30/90', SD/60', TD/Organizer Larry Bevand, Assistant Frank Dixon, Nimzo-Indian.
    The game follows familiar Nimzo patterns, with both sides playing well, in this encounter between the youngster Allen and the veteran Dr. Danilov. Black did take 30 minutes for his 17th move, leaving him with just 10 minutes to reach the control at move 30, and this was a factor in the deciding blunder; White had more than half an hour left. With 19...Nh4+??, Black fails to notice that White need not capture the offered sacrificed piece immediately, but can retreat his King, leaving TWO Black knights en prise!! Since one of these would fall next move, with White's King safe, Black resigned. Simply 19...Rad8 would have given a balanced position, with all to play for.
    Alex, living in Ottawa, and still an active player in his retirement years, was raised in Kingston, and is the son of Dr. George Danilov, a medical doctor and many time Kingston champion, for whom the Club Championship trophy of the Kingston Chess Club is memorially named.