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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 26 November 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. This week we have an anti-record: only 11 upsets.


Durovka (1783) - Ruckshloss (2229), 1-0, 446 points
Hess (2285) - Tsomaia (1859), 0-1, 426 points
Klimina (1345) - Zejda (1825), 1-0, 380 points
Bata (1568) - Lintner (1943), 1-0, 375 points
Palliser (2456) - Surtees (2091), 0-1, 365 points
Tabola (1990) - Chudinovskikh (2334), 1-0, 344 points
Strnad (1683) - Klimina (1345), 0-1, 338 points
Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad (2185) - Vishnu (2505), 1-0, 320 points
Prince (2243) - Dzhumaev (2557), 1-0, 314 points
Koci (1439) - Hruby (1746), 1-0, 307 points

Average gap: 362; White won 7 games, Black won 3 games

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The featured player of the week is
Martin Šilhár from Slovakia. Here is the message we have received from him:
Please include your photo in the e-mail, or we might stalk one of your online profiles (like we did in Martin's case)


I saw a challenge on your website, to send a "David vs. Goliath" game.. I would like to contribute :)

We played third league in Slovakia against a -big- favourite, we were outrated by cca 300 points in average, but we were ready to fight.

I am rated 1708, my opponent, playing white 2078. Recently I had good results with the Dutch defence, so I played it and won. I didn't check the game with an engine, but I think White had no chance from the opening, because of too many pawn moves in the opening.

If you took a quick glance of the game and found anything, PLEASE let me know, it would be really fantastic experience for me.

Here is the game:
Pušec (2078) - Šilhár (1708)

1.c4 f5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e3 Be7 5.Bd3 d6 6.Qc2 Nc6 7.a3 0-0 8.Ne2 Bd7 9.h3
Qe8 10.g4 g6 11.gxf5 exf5 12.Bd2 a5 13.f4 a4 14.Nxa4 Nxd4 15.exd4 Bxa4 16.b3 Bd7
17.a4 Ne4 18.h4 Bf6 19.Bxe4 Qxe4 20.Qxe4 fxe4 21.0-0-0 Bg4 22.Rde1 c6 23.Be3 b5
24.cxb5 cxb5 25.Nc3 Rac8 26.Kd2 Bf3 27.Rh2 bxa4 28.Nxa4 Bd8 29.Rb1 Ba5+ 30.b4
Rb8 31.Kc3 Rfc8+ 32.Nc5 dxc5 33.dxc5 Rd8 34.Rd2 Rxd2 35.Bxd2 Be2 36.Rb2 Bd8
37.Be3 Bd3 38.Bd4 Bxh4 39.Be5 Be1+ 40.Kd4 Rxb4+ 41.Rxb4 Bxb4 42.c6 Kf7

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You can find the whole match here: ŠK Senec - KŠ Pezinok B.

Thank you a lot,
Best regards,
Martin Šilhár, Slovakia

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.

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Comments (1)
1. Written by martin on 10:50 27 2013 .
Thank you for featuring my game, a great gift for me right on my birthday :) 
also I have no problem with the photo, I am glad you didn't put here some of the much worse ones :grin

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