A Chess Game Begins With The Opening

Ana Shamatava

is a WFM although rated only 2143 by FIDE (https://ratings.fide.com/profile/13601008). Her USCF rating is 2297, which is quite a disparity. USCF ratings are currently far out of line with FIDE ratings.

Ms. Shamatava is currently playing in the ongoing Charlotte Labor Day IM D Chess tournament being held at the Charlotte Chess Center and Scholastic Academy. She is from the country of Georgia and the city of Tbilisi (https://lichess.org/coach/shhamo). She was born in 1996 and is now a young woman. I have no idea what is the standard is for becoming a “WFM” but it would seem any player would have to be rated at least 2200 to earn a title, even a title with a “W” in front of it. I could not find her ever rated 2200 at her page at 365Chess.com (https://www.365chess.com/search_result.php?wlname=Shamatava&wname=&open=&blname=&bname=&eco=&nocolor=on&yeari=&yeare=&sply=1&ply=&res=&submit_search=1). Her FIDE page shows she has never been rated above 2200 (https://ratings.fide.com/profile/13601008/chart). Her current Rapid rating is 2033; Blitz 2081. The stats show she is a solid Expert Chess player. It is only because she is female that “master” isin her title. If women truly wanted equality they would demand titles be awarded solely on merit, not gender.

In the tournament in Charlotte she finished in eight place out of ten, with 3 1/2 points. She won three games, drew one, and lost five, which was not too bad considering the two players finishing below her did not win a game. (https://chess.stream/Invitational/Labor-Day-2021-GM-IM-Norm-Invitational/TournamentPairings.aspx?SectionID=3129) At least she was competitive, and I know this because I followed her throughout the tournament, because as David Spinks was fond of saying, “You gotta pull for somebody, man!”

I began “pulling” for Ana in the very first round when she played the opening near and dear to my heart:

IM Alexander Matros 2364 (USCF 2409) (KAZ) vs WFM Ana Shamatava 2143 (USCF 2297) (GEO)

Charlotte Labor Day IM D 2021 round 01

ECO: A85 Dutch with c4 & Nc3

  1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. h4 Bg7 5. h5 d6 6. h6 Bf8 7. Bg5 c6 8. Bxf6 exf6 9. e3 Be6 10. d5 Bf7 11. Nge2 Nd7 12. Nd4 Rc8 13. Be2 Qe7 14. Qa4 c5 15. Ne6 Bxe6 16. dxe6 Qxe6 17. O-O-O a6 18. Bf3 Rc7 19. Nd5 Rc8 20. Nf4 b5 21. Qxa6 Qxc4+ 22. Kb1 Rd8 23. Bc6 g5 24. Nd5 Be7 25. Nb6 Qe6 26. Qxb5 1-0 (https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-charlotte-labor-day-im-d/01-Matros_Alexander-Shamatava_Ana)

  1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. h4 (SF 14 @depth 38 shows 4 e3; @depth 39 it would play 4 g3; going deeper to depth 42 the program produces 4 Nf3. In 244 games the move in the game has scored phenominally well, showing an astounding winning percentage of 68%!) 4…Bg7 (Although this has been the most often Played move at both 365Chess.com and at the ChessBaseDataBase, all three SF programs shown at various depths play 4…d6, and so should YOU!) 5. h5 d6 (Black was already in trouble and this move makes things much worse. SF plays the most often played move, 5…Nxh5) 6. h6 Bf8 7. Bg5 c6 8. Bxf6 exf6 9. e3 (Komodo plays 9 Qc2) 9…Be6 (This is a TN, and better than 9…Be7 played in the game below)

Daniel Parra vs Henry Garcia Moreno
Event: VEN-ch
Site: Paracotos Date: 11/09/2005
Round: 2

ECO: A85 Dutch with c4 & Nc3
1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.h4 Bg7 5.h5 d6 6.h6 Bf8 7.Bg5 c6 8.Bxf6 exf6 9.e3 Be7 10.Bd3 O-O 11.Qc2 a6 12.Nf3 b5 13.Nh4 bxc4 14.Bxc4+ Kh8 15.Bd3 a5 16.Ne2 Be6 17.g4 Bd5 18.O-O-O g5 19.Nxf5 Bxh1 20.Rxh1 Na6 21.a3 d5 22.Kb1 ½-½
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=3268477&m=15

Stop right there
I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love the Dutch?
Will you love it forever?
Do you need the Dutch?
Will you never leave the opening?
It will you make you so happy
For the rest of your life.
Will you take me away
Will you play the Dutch for life?

What the Roaring Pawn neglected to mention when he was lambasting anyone and everyone having anything to do with anything opening was how imperative is the opening with Chess these daze. Top Grandmasters pay others to spend many hours interfacing with a computer program in a desperate search for a NEW MOVE! GM Jonathan Rowson, in his masterpiece, The Moves That Matter, writes this: “I expected the training to be roughly 20 per cent physical, 20 per cent psychological, 30 per cent on the computer. In fact, the work was about 95 per cent on the computer, and virtually all of that time was spent trying to help Vishy form new ways of achieving good positions in the opening phase of the game.” (See: https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2019/11/14/the-moves-that-matter-part-2-an-analogue-creature-floundering-in-a-digital-world/)

The IM who could have become a GM, former US Chess Champion Stuart Rachels,

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in an interview on the Perpetual Chess Podcast said he did not stay with Chess because “I did not want to spend the rest of my life studying openings.” (https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/new-blog/2020/7/13/episode-185-im-stuart-rachels)

It is currently popular to knock the opening phase of the game. For example, in the July issue of Chess magazine, (www.chess.co.uk) Matthew Webb (2249 FIDE with no title: https://ratings.fide.com/profile/418250) in answer to the question in “60 Seconds with…, “A tip for the club player,” answered, “Stop wasting time with openings!” Maybe if the dude had spent more time studying the opening he would have earned a title…Earlier in the interview Matthew answered the question of the “three best chess books” named Winning Chess Middlegames

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by Ivan Solokov. Ask yourself how many books on the middlegame you can name? In the March 2021 issue of the same magazine Jorden van Foreest

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rtvnoord.nl

gave his tip “for the club player”: “For those seeking to improve, don’t work too much on your openings!”

Thing is, the opening is fluid and malleable. Opinions continue to change in regard to the opening part of the game as new discoveries are made. The same cannot be said for the middlegame or the endgame. The principles of those two phases of the game are the same as they were a century, or more, ago. For example, in the May issue of Chess magazine

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(www.chess.co.uk) one of the best Chess book reviews I have ever read, by James Vigus, begins: “Several years ago I made a lucky find in a second-hand bookshop in Rimini, a town that older readers may remember as a holiday resort on the Adriatic coast of Italy. My purchase was the Italian translation of Peter Romanovsky’s first work on the middlegame. The author’s name was only vaguely familiar to me, but I found the book surprisingly deep and lucid.” (See: https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2021/08/27/selected-games-of-peter-romanovsky-by-sergei-tkrachenko-a-review/) If you live in the USA may I suggest you get in touch with Greg Yanez at Chess4Less (https://www.chess4less.com/) to purchase a copy of any of these magazines, especially the last one, as the book review alone is worth the price of the magazine. Actually, alone the review makes the magazine cheap at twice the price! For the rest of the world I would suggest getting in touch with I< Malcolm Pein with the above link.

It seems everyone considers studying the opening a waste of time, but here’s the deal, I did not begin to improve until studying the opening. It is terribly difficult to constantly battle good players from a position of weakness. I did not start winning until I began playing 1 b3 on the advice of GM Bent Larsen,

and the Najdorf, on the advice of seeing Bobby Fischer

win time and time again with the opening.

From the game above it was obvious Ms. Shamatava was not prepared for the early h-pawn thrust, which is surprising because of what was written in the book Game Changer by GM Matthew Sadler

concerning the Marching Rook Pawn. If one is going to attempt playing an opening like the Dutch with g6 it is de rigueur to know how to handle the attack of the wing pawn. That means Ana needed to put in much time learning the opening properly before attempting to “wing it” against titled players. A good book from which to learn would be the new book by GM Mihail Marin:

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Mihail Marin’s Attacking Academy (The Marin Method …
ichess.net
https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/productimages/display/SS-image-2021-04-23-6082de1c70ad1.jpg

If one is considering playing a sharp opening like the Dutch he must be familiar with everything offbeat that will be fired at him. After completion of that book it will then be time for:

Ana

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https://lichess.org/coach/shhamo

played 1…f5 in round five and again had to face an “offbeat” opening move:

FM Robert Shlyakhtenko 2313 (USCF 2455) (USA) vs WFM Ana Shamatava 2143 (USCF 2297) (GEO)

Charlotte Labor Day IM D 2021 round 05

A80 Dutch

  1. d4 f5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Be2 Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. Nc3 d6 7. Nh3 h6 8. Bg3 Nc6 9. f4 d5 10. O-O dxc4 11. Bxc4 Na5 12. Be2 c5 13. Bf3 cxd4 14. exd4 Nc4 15. Qe2 Nb6 16. Rad1 Nbd5 17. Nf2 Qa5 18. Nd3 Nxc3 19. bxc3 Qxc3 20. Ne5 Rd8 21. Bh4 Nd5 22. Bxd5 Bxh4 23. Rd3 Qc7 24. Bb3 a5 25. a4 Ra6 26. g4 fxg4 27. Nxg4 Rad6 28. Qe5 Qe7 29. f5 Qg5 30. h3 Kh7 31. Rc3 Rxd4 32. Bc2 Rxg4+ 33. hxg4 Qxg4+ 34. Kh1 exf5 35. Rg1 Bf6 36. Rxg4 Bxe5 37. Rxc8 1-0
    https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-charlotte-labor-day-im-d/05-Shlyakhtenko_Robert-Shamatava_Ana

  1. d4 f5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 (Here’s the deal, SF 13 @depth 57 plays the game move, but SF 14 @depth 40 would play 3 Nf3. Thing is the CBDB shows 3 e3 in 259 games has scored 58%, while 3 Nf3 has scored only 49% in 179 games) 3…e6 (Although Fritz 17 @depth 24 plays this move, SF 13 @depth 56 and SF 14 @depth 38 play 3…d6, and so should you. Just sayin…) 4. Be2 (SF 12 & 13 both play 4 Nf3. Fritz 17 plays 4 Bd3. The move played in the game is not even one of the top four of the SF program at Chessbomb) 4…Be7 (SF 12 & 13 play 4…Bb4+, a move not seen at either 365Chess or the CBDB. SF 060720 would play 4…Nc6. There are only 3 games in the CBDB) 5. c4 (SF is right there with you, girl!) 5…0-0 (SF 13 @depth 33 castles, but SF 060720 produces a TN by playing 5…c5) 6. Nc3 (The game move is the only one seen at both databases, but SF is having absolutely nothing to do with it, and so should you! SF 13 & 14 play 6 a3; SF 060720 @depth 44 would play 6 Nf3, and so should you, too, Bunky) 6…d6 (SF would play 6…Bb4 as happened in the following game:

Ahmet Olcum (2320) vs Gojko Laketic (2363)
Event: 3rd Sat Djenovici Feb GM
Site: Djenovici MNE Date: 02/20/2019
Round: 6.1
ECO: A40 Queen’s pawn

1.d4 e6 2.Bf4 f5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Be2 Be7 5.c4 O-O 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Qc2 Ne4 8.f3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Nf6 10.Nh3 d6 11.g4 fxg4 12.fxg4 Qe8 13.g5 Nh5 14.g6 e5 15.Bxh5 h6 16.Bxh6 Bxh3 17.Bg5 exd4 18.cxd4 Nc6 19.O-O-O Bf5 20.Qb3 Na5 21.Qb5 Bd7 22.Qd5+ Be6 23.Qxa5 Rf5 24.d5 Rxg5 25.Bf3 Bh3 26.Qc3 Qxg6 27.Be2 Re8 28.Rde1 Rge5 29.Rhg1 Qh6 30.Bg4 Rxe3 31.Rxe3 Rxe3 32.Qd2 Rc3+ 33.Kd1 Bxg4+ 34.Rxg4 Qxd2+ 35.Kxd2 Ra3 36.h4 Rxa2+ 37.Ke3 Ra4 38.Re4 Kf7 39.Rf4+ Kg6 40.Re4 Kh5 41.Kf4 b5 42.Re7 Rxc4+ 43.Kf5 g6+ 44.Kf6 Kxh4 45.Kxg6 a5 46.Kf5 a4 47.Rh7+ Kg3 48.Rg7+ Kf2 0-1
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=4178187&m=13

I started yesterdays post before the penultimate round started in Charlotte but seeing the opening moves of the following game changed my mind. It was a holiday and there were fewer short draws than usual and Ana again tried playing the Dutch. “You GO GIRL!” I said to myself. You should be informed that I followed the games at FollowChess (https://live.followchess.com/) rather than the usual ChessBomb because I like to think for myself, making notes along the way that can be checked later at the Bomb and/or Chess24. In addition this was done because the AW has been brought into the 21st century as two books to be reviewed were downloaded to the Dude (it’s a Dell) via FollowChess. Hopefully I will be able to obtain some kind of pad, or smaller reading gizmo in the future. I have become a BIG FAN of FollowChess in a very short period of time! Please check it out with the above ink.

NM Alexander King 2276 (2379 USCF) (USA) vs WFM Ana Shamatava 2143 (USCF 2297) (GEO)

Charlotte Labor Day IM D 2021 round 08

A80 Dutch

  1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 d6 7. Bb2 c6 8. Nbd2 a5 9. a3 Na6 10. c4 Nc7 11. Qc2 Nh5 12. e4 fxe4 13. Qxe4 Bf5 14. Qe3 Qd7 15. Rfe1 Rae8 16. Bc3 Nf6 17. Nh4 Bh3 18. f3 Bxg2 19. Nxg2 e5 20. dxe5 dxe5 21. Rad1 Qh3 22. Ne4 Nxe4 23. Qxe4 Ne6 24. Qe3 Bh6 25. Qxe5 Bg7 26. Qe3 Nd4 27. Bxd4 Rxe3 28. Rxe3 Bxd4 29. Rxd4 Qf5 30. Rde4 Rd8 31. Re8+ Rxe8 32. Rxe8+ Kf7 33. Re4 Qc5+ 34. Re3 Qxa3 35. h4 b5 36. cxb5 cxb5 37. Kh2 Qb2 38. Kh3 a4 39. bxa4 bxa4 40. Nf4 a3 41. Nd3 Qa1 42. Nb4 Qh1+ 43. Kg4 h5+ 44. Kf4 Qc1 45. g4 Qd2 46. Nd3 a2 47. Ne5+ Kg7 0-1

  1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 (The move IM of GM strength Boris Kogan thought best and played frequently. SF plays 6 c4 I would like to ask it why but that’s not gonna happen. I asked Boris why and received an answer) 6…d6 (SF 11 @depth 50 would play 6…e6. The ChessBaseDataBase contains only 18 games in which 6…e6 has been played, holding white to 56% against opposition averaging 2499. On the other hand Stockfish 260221 prefers 6…b6, a move that has held white to an astoundingly low 38%! This against opposition rated, on average, 2520!) 7. Bb2 c6 (SF 13 plays 7…Ne4; SF 200621 plays 7…a5) 8. Nbd2 (Two different SF programs play 8 c4) 8…a5 (Although the game move has been the most often played, and Komodo prefers it, the Stockfish 12 shows the seldom played 8…Ne4, which has held white to 50% in limited action of five games) 9. a3 (Komodo and Deep Fritz would play 9 c3, a move not contained in either database. SF 11 would play 9 a4) 9…Na6 (Komodo plays this, the most often played move, but StockFish wants nothing to do with the move. SF 11 @depth 38 would play 9…Nbd7, which will be, when played, a Theoretical Novelty. SF 13 @depth 35 shows 9…a4, a move having been played all of one time) 10. c4 (The Fish and the Dragon prefer 10 e3) 10…Nc7 (Deep Fritz likes the game move at depth 20, but SF 14 @depth 32 plays 10…e5, which has held white to only 50% in 6 games. SF 020521 would spring a TN on the Chess world by playing 10…Ne4) 11. Qc2 (Komodo plays the game move. No word from the Fish…) 11…Nh5 (This is a Theoretical Novelty. The Stockfish programs at both ChessBomb and Chess24 show 11…Bd7, as played by IM Branimir Maksimovic in the game below as best)

IM Nedeljko Kelecevic (2410) vs IM Branimir Maksimovic(2400)https://ratings.fide.com/profile/901490
Event: YUG-34ch
Site: Bjelovar Date: ??/??/1979
Round: 4 Score: ½-½
ECO: A04 Reti v Dutch
1.Nf3 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.b3 Bg7 5.Bb2 O-O 6.Bg2 d6 7.d4 c6 8.O-O a5 9.Nbd2 Na6 10.a3 Nc7 11.Qc2 Bd7 12.Rac1 b5 13.e4 a4 14.cxb5 fxe4 15.Ng5 d5 16.bxa4 h6 17.Nh3 g5 18.Kh1 Qe8 19.b6 Qh5 20.bxc7 Bxh3 21.f3 Bxg2+ 22.Kxg2 exf3+ 23.Rxf3 Ng4 24.h3 Rxf3 25.hxg4 Rxg3+ 26.Kxg3 Qh4+ 27.Kg2 Qxg4+ 28.Kh1 Qh3+ 29.Kg1 Qg3+ 30.Kh1 Qh3+ 31.Kg1 Qg3+ 32.Kh1 Qh4+ 33.Kg2 Qg4+ 34.Kh1 Qh3+ 35.Kg1 Qg3+ ½-½
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=2495686&m=23

GM Nigel R Davies (2475) vs GM Julian M Hodgson (2540)
Event: Blackpool zt
Site: Blackpool Date: ??/??/1990
Round: ? Score: ½-½
ECO: A04 Reti v Dutch
1.Nf3 f5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 Nf6 5.O-O O-O 6.b3 d6 7.Bb2 a5 8.Nbd2 c6 9.c4 Na6 10.a3 Nc7 11.Qc2 Ng4 12.e4 f4 13.h3 Nh6 14.g4 Nf7 15.Rad1 Bd7 16.d5 e5 17.c5 cxd5 18.exd5 Rc8 19.Qb1 Ne8 20.cxd6 Nexd6 21.Rfe1 Re8 22.Bf1 Rc5 23.Nc4 e4 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Qb2+ Kg8 26.Nxd6 Nxd6 27.Ne5 Qf6 28.Qd4 Rxe5 29.Qxc5 f3 30.Qc7 Re7 31.Rc1 Rf7 32.Qb8+ Rf8 33.Qc7 Rf7 34.Qb8+ Rf8 35.Qc7 Rf7 ½-½
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=2114214&m=23

During the game I began talking to myself. For example, when Ana played 17…Bh3 I said, out loud, “NOoooo!” while asking the question, “Why do so many players these daze eschew the most forcing move?” 17…Ng4, attacking the Queen would be the most forcing move possible. Then after Mr. King played 18 f3 I wondered, “What would GM Ben Finegold say?”

while grinning from ear to ear. I felt a sharp, stabbing pain in my chest when Ana fired the e-pawn two squares on move 19 and said nothing…The game turned when Alex played the dreadful 22 Ne4. After his unbelievable twenty fifth move of Qe5 I thought she had a chance to win. After 28 Rxe3 I knew she could win. “Stay strong, girl, stay strong,” I was muttering to myself…Then she played 28…Bxd4 and I felt another sharp pain in the chest, so I stretched out on the bed, wondering if this living vicariously through Ana would be the end of the AW…After the moves around move thirty I was feeling much better when the dude played 31 Re8+. “Now you’ve got him by the BALLS!” I said. Chess can make a man vicious, can it not? Ana had a won game and held steady as she goes for the remainder of the game and I was one happy camper, let me tell you!

“Paradise By The Dashboard Light”

[Boy:]
Well I remember every little thing
As if it happened only yesterday
Parking by the lake
And there was not another car in sight

And I never had a girl
Looking any better than you did
And all the kids at school
They were wishing they were me that night

And now our bodies are, oh, so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C’mon, hold on tight
Well, c’mon, hold on tight

Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light

[Girl:]
Ain’t no doubt about it we were doubly blessed
‘Cause we were barely seventeen and we were barely dressed

[Both:]
Ain’t no doubt about it
Baby, got to go out and shout it
Ain’t no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed

[Boy:]
‘Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely dressed

Baby, don’t you hear my heart
You got it drowning out the radio
I’ve been waiting so long
For you to come along and have some fun
Well, I gotta let you know
No, you’re never gonna regret it
So open up your eyes
I got a big surprise
It’ll feel all right
Well, I wanna make your motor run

And now our bodies are, oh, so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C’mon, hold on tight
Well, c’mon, hold on tight

[Both:]
Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light
Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night
Paradise by the dashboard light

You got to do what you can
And let Mother Nature do the rest
Ain’t no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed
‘Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely

[4x]
We’re gonna go all the way tonight
We’re gonna go all the way
And tonight’s the night

[Radio Broadcast:]
OK, here we go, we got a real pressure cooker going here
Two down, nobody on, no score, bottom of the ninth
There’s the wind-up, and there it is
A line shot up the middle, look at him go
This boy can really fly
He’s rounding first and really turning it on now
He’s not letting up at all, he’s gonna try for second
The ball is bobbled out in the center
And here comes the throw and what a throw
He’s gonna slide in head first
Here he comes, he’s out
No, wait, safe, safe at second base
This kid really makes things happen out there
Batter steps up to the plate
Here’s the pitch, he’s going
And what a jump he’s got
He’s trying for third
Here’s the throw
It’s in the dirt, safe at third
Holy cow, stolen base
He’s taking a pretty big lead out there
Almost daring them to pick him off
The pitcher glances over, winds-up and it’s bunted
Bunted down the third base line
The suicide squeeze is on
Here he comes, squeeze play, it’s gonna be close
Here’s the throw, here’s the play at the plate
Holy cow, I think he’s gonna make it

[Girl:]
Stop right there
I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy
For the rest of my life?
Will you take me away
Will you make me your wife?

Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy
For the rest of my life?
Will you take me away
And will you make me your wife?

I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?

[Boy:]
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby, let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
I’ll give you an answer in the morning

[Both:]
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby, let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
I’ll give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby, let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
I’ll give you an answer in the morning

[Girl:]
I gotta know right now
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?
Do you need me?
Will you never leave me?
Will you make me so happy
For the rest of my life?
Will you take me away
Will you make me your wife?

I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me?
Will you love me forever?

What’s it gonna be, boy?
Come on. I can wait all night
What’s it gonna be, boy?
Yes or no?
What’s it gonna be, boy?
Yes or no?

[Boy:]
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby, let me sleep on it
Well, let me sleep on it
I’ll give you an answer in the morning

[Girl:]
I gotta know right now
Do you love me
Will you love me forever
Do you need me
Will you never leave me
Will you make me so happy
For the rest of my life
Will you take me away
Will you make me your wife

I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me
Will you love me forever

[Both:]
Let me sleep on it
Will you love me forever
Let me sleep on it
Will you love me forever

[Boy:]
I couldn’t take it any longer
Lord, I was crazed
And when the feeling came upon me
Like a tidal wave
I started swearing to my god
And on my mother’s grave
That I would love you to the end of time
I swore I’d love you to the end of time

[Both:]
So now I’m praying for the end of time
To hurry up and arrive
‘Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you
I don’t think that I can really survive
I’ll never break my promise or forget my vow
But God only knows what I can do right now
I’m praying for the end of time
It’s all that I can do (ooh, ooh)
Praying for the end of time
So I can end my time with you

[Boy repeat until the end:]
It was long ago and it was far away
And it was so much better than it is today

[Girl repeat until the end:]
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we were glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife

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