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Milan Vidmar vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
"Too Long a Sacrifice Makes a Stone of the Heart" (game of the day Apr-12-2013)
San Remo (1930), San Remo ITA, rd 14, Feb-02
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  0-1


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  beenthere240: The attack after 37. Rxe2 Rxf1 38. Kxf1 Ra1+ looks pretty tough. I find Black's play impressive in that he always seems to be one step ahead of White.
Mar-01-04  aragorn69: <Bitzovich> Please : 37.-Rxf1 is not mate...

<beenthere> 39.Re1 and I donīt see the mate. Are the passed b and c pawn really enough ?!

<popski> You seem to be right. 37.-Qh4 is dangerous. One of the threats is the simple but powerful Rxf1-Ra1-Rxe1 mate.

For Alekhine to have (supposedly) that opinion of the game, there must be a win. I would really like to know his analysis...

Dec-02-04  kostich in time: the reason it is rated so highly is because both players battle so resourcefully, up to the end. Several times in the middle-game, Vidmar comes up with inspired ideas, and then Yates outplays him. Another reason this game is so fascinating it is that it an example of a great player of the second rank defeating a super-grandmaster( a grandmaster who, by the way, had a pretty good plus score against him.
Jun-10-11  ozmikey: An enthralling struggle. The computer suggests that 36...Ne2+ is indeed sound. After 37. Rxe2 Qh4 38. g3 (nothing better) Qxd4+ 39. Rf2 R3a2 40. Kg2 Rxf1 41. Rxa2 b3! the pawns will carry the day.

It's even more enjoyable playing over these old games with a silicon beast to check the analysis! :-)

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  luzhin: Yes,ozmikey, and my silicon beast says Vidmar missed a draw very near the end with 51.Qd4!! since after 51...Qb6 52.Qd5+ Kg7 53.Qd7+ Kh6 54.Qd2+ g5 he has the counter-attacking 55.h4!
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  Phony Benoni: Somewhat resembles the game Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895, only this time it's the queenside passed pawns that carry the day over the kingside attack.
Apr-12-13  ughaibu: This one: Vidmar vs Yates, 1922 with the f5 and Rf4 manoeuvre even more so.
Apr-12-13  vinidivici: I think this just mediocre game.

But it just for me

Apr-12-13  RookFile: I would never have played for Be4 and Bxb7 with the white pieces.
Apr-12-13  JustAnotherPatzer: "Too Long a Sacrifice Makes a Stone of the Heart".

A tenuous play on 'Yates', an alternative spelling for 'Yeats', William Butler, or more commonly, W B Yeats, the famous Irish poet, observing how the nationalist cause turned its leaders hearts to stone.

I can't share <vinidevici's> impression.

Apr-12-13  gars: <Just Another Patzer>: thank you for explaining me the pun. My favorite Yeats lines are from "An Irish airman foresees his death":

"Nor law nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds.
A lone impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds."

That's the way I feel when I marvel at some games ...

Apr-12-13  JustAnotherPatzer: <gars> that's my dad's favourite Yeats poem!

I know Yeats' poetry quite well. The great Ezra Pound was his mentor, he'd been spewing 'high Victorian' drivel til Pound tuned him in.

(It's worth mentioning, while i'm on the subject, that Pound mentored two other Nobel Prize winners apart from Yeats, Hemingway and Joyce, both of whom credit Pound for their literary success.

Pound's final protege was the recently deceased and no less great, Eustace Mullins, who'd also intended to write novels and poetry, but when Pound was committed to an insane asylum for thirteen years w/out trial simply for having exposed the scam of the Federal Reserve to public light, he charged Mullins research the symbology on the dollar bill and not return to visit til he'd comprehensively done so; and thus began, for our now dear departed Eustace, a lifetime quest to uncover the true nature of the system we're born into which he set out in a series of brilliant books that the publishing houses wouldn't touch w/ a barge pole; all freely, or very cheaply, available on scribd. TheRapeOfJustice YouTube channel, aka The Eustace Mullins Research Center, is a priceless archive).

I hope my comment will be allowed to stand, it is tangentially relevant. I'll understand if it isn't.

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  kevin86: White can finally capture black's far-advanced pawn,but only at the cost of a brutal pin on his queen. Otherwise the rook will come in at c1 with maximum force!
Apr-12-13  Howard: Well, when I emailed the Chessgames website yesterday to recommend this game for GOTD (Yes, I personally suggested it !), I wasn't exactly anticipating comments about the poet Yeats to crop up. But I'm nonetheless still glad that the game was posted today.

Now I need to come up with another GOTD suggestion.......That's the 3rd or 4th one that has been accepted by this website. And my USCF rating is only.....NEVER MIND !

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  Check It Out: I found the posts about Yeats illuminating and the post about the Federal Reserve Illuminati.
Apr-12-13  Blunderdome: This game is great.
Apr-12-13  vanderyacht: What happens after 52. Rxb2 ?
Apr-12-13  ajile: 38.Qd8 was White's bad move which allowed 38..Ra8 with tempo. 38.Qb8 keeps White in the game:

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. ģ (-0.52): 4.Qb8 Nxd4 5.Ne8+ Kh6 6.Nd6 Ra8 7.Qb7 R8a7 8.Qxb4 Nc6 9.Qb6 Rxf1+ 10.Rxf1 Qd5 11.Qf2 f5 12.Qf4+ Kg7 13.Nxc4 Ra4 14.Rc1 Ra2 15.Ne3 Qe4 16.Qxe4 fxe4 17.Nc4 Kf8

2. (-2.41): 4.Qb7 Ra7 5.Qe4 Qg4 6.Qxg4 Rxf1+ 7.Rxf1

Position after 38.Qd8?

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. (-1.56): 4...Ra8 5.Qg5 Nxd4 6.h3 c3 7.Kh2 Rxf1 8.Rxf1 Ra7 9.Rf6 Qd5 10.Nxf7 Nf3+ 11.Rxf3 Rxf7 12.Rf6 Qd3 13.Qf4 Rxf6 14.Qxf6+ Kg8 15.e6 Qd6+ 16.Kg1 Kh7 17.Qf7+ Kh6 18.e7 c2 19.Qf8+ Kg5

2. = (0.00): 4...Ra7 5.Ne8+ Kh6 6.Nc7 Rxf1+ 7.Rxf1 Rxc7 8.Qxc7 c3 9.Qc5 b3 10.Qf8+ Kg5 11.Rxf7 c2 12.Qd8+ Kh6 13.Qh8+ Kg5 14.Qd8+ Kh6 15.Qh8+ Kg5 16.Qd8+ Kh6 17.Qh8+ Kg5 18.Qd8+ Kh6 19.Qh8+ Kg5

Apr-12-13  ajile: 40.Nxf7?? was even worse but White is still losing even with the better 40.h3. (-1.56)

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. (-4.14): 6...Rxf1+ 7.Rxf1 Nf5 8.Nd6 Nxd6 9.exd6 Qxd6 10.Qb5 Rc8 11.Qa4 b3 12.Qb5 Rc7 13.Rb1 Qd4 14.h3 Rf7 15.Qb4

2. (-4.14): 6...Nf5 7.Nd6 Nxd6 8.exd6 Rxf1+ 9.Rxf1 Qxd6 10.Qb5 Rc8 11.Qa4 b3 12.Qb5 Rc7 13.Rb1 Qd4 14.h3 Rf7 15.Qb4

Apr-12-13  ajile: And lastly Black messed up also since in the game 51.Qd4 draws:

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. = (-0.09): 17.Qd4 Qb6 18.Qd5+ Kg7 19.Qd7+ Kh6 20.Qd2+ Qe3 21.Qxe3+ Rxe3 22.Rxb2 Kg5 23.Kg1 Rd3 24.Kf2 Kf4 25.g3+ Ke4 26.Rb4+ Rd4 27.Rb2 Rc4

2. (-1.93): 17.Qc2 Kg7 18.Qc7+ Qf7 19.Qc2 Qb7 20.Kh2 Kh7 21.Kg1 Qa7+ 22.Kh1 Rb7 23.Qd2 Qb6

Instead of 50..Rb3? Black keeps a winning advantage with either 50..Qb3 or 50..Qa6.

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. (-2.09): 16...Qb3 17.Qd2 Kh7 18.Kh2 Qb4 19.Qc2 Qd6+

2. (-2.02): 16...Qa6 17.Kh2 Qa7 18.Qd3 Kh7 19.Qd5 Qb6 20.Qd2 Qb4 21.Qc2 Qd6+ 22.Kh1 Qf4 23.Qc3

Apr-13-13  Absentee: <he'd been spewing 'high Victorian' drivel til Pound tuned him in.>

What what WHAT?

"Crossways" and "The wind among the reeds" are high victorian drivel?

No, wait, don't answer.

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  mjmorri: 51...Rb8 sets a nice trap. 52.Rxb2?? Qe1+ 53.Kh2 Qe5+, and the Rook is lost.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of the great defensive brilliancies. Hard to believe that doubled Rook on the a-file can outweigh all of White's pieces massed upon the King side.
Mar-27-15  Howard: It's a great game, but I don't understand why Alekhine was quoted in the book Kings of Chess, as stating that this was the greatest game since World War I.

C'mon, the game wasn't THAT great---or am I missing something ?

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  fiercebadger: the queen is dad , he really cared for those passed pawns ,defending the home from attack and nursing the pawns into adulthood !
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