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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

Kalvyte (2100) - Butvilaite (1570), 0-1, 530 points
Di Berardino (2499) - Rezende (1994), 0-1, 505 points
Vyvyan (1709) - Skousen (2192), 1-0, 483 points
Flores (2600) - Coppola (2173), 0-1, 427 points
Andersen (1837) - Lokander (2225), 1-0, 388 points
Dambrauskas (2315) - Naik (1942), 0-1, 373 points
Sztokbant (2181) - Benayon (1808), 0-1, 373 points
Thybo (2091) - Haub (2458), 1-0, 367 points
Videnova (2329) - Ivanova (1964), 0-1, 365 points
Borensztajn (1886) - Madeira (2233), 1-0, 347 points

Average gap: 416; White won 4 games, Black won 6 games

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If you have ever won a game against someone rated 300 points or above of yourself, please send it to us for publication. Any additional information (a photo, annotations, etc.) will be appreciated.

This week's featured player is Louis Morin:

I would like to submit the game played between IM Lawrence Day (2490) and me (Louis Morin, 1960)  at the Quebec Open Championship, Montreal 1984, 4th round.  It can be found at this link: 

Lawrence Day - Louis Morin, 0-1 

IM Day was to become Canadian champion in 1985.
He has had a lot of success with the King's Gambit at the previous Olympiad, but when he tried it against me, it backfired terribly.

When I played 11...b5, he instantly sacrificed his bishop on b5, making me think that I would not survive very long.
Indeed, when he played 16.Nxb5, I could see in his face that my position was dead lost... at least, this is what he thought.
But my answer 16...Kf8 brought complete disbelief in his eyes.  When he played the incredibly passive move 21.Rg1, I remember thinking that even a strong IM could not play such a move against me. And I worked very hard to find the killing blow. It was not easy to find, because it is a normal-looking move, not a combination with sacrifice. But after 21...Qb6!, there was nothing he could do to avoid further material loss. However, he played on and made me prove that I could beat him with a rook up. 

I hope you enjoyed this. Thank you 

Louis Morin
Montreal, Canada

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