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David Bronstein vs Anthony Miles
"Kangaroo Court" (game of the day Jun-10-2016)
Teesside (1975), Middlesbrough ENG, rd 7, Sep-08
English Defense: Kangaroo Variation (B00)  ·  0-1


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Jul-25-08  Wolfgang01: That's interesting. The former WC-player Bronstein looks stumped and helpless. Very good game by Miles. „I can see for miles“…
Aug-27-08  Timex: Miles has a thing for weird openings
Dec-25-08  blacksburg: i like kangaroos! in fact, i often will play an opening because it is named after a cute animal. the hedgehog, the polar bear, the elephant gambit, etc.
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Jun-24-09  Kinghunt: What a wonderful game. Why haven't I seen this before?

But 44...Qh4+ looks like a mistake. It allows white to hold the position with 47. Qf3, while 44...Rhg7 is just crushing because there is no defence for the g pawn. Am I overlooking something serious, because I can't understand why Miles didn't play it. Because 44. Rhg7 is both intuitive and very strong.

Dec-07-09  Sacsacmate: <Kinghunt> after 44... Rhg7

45 Kg3 Nh5+
46 Kf2 Rxg4
47 Rxh7

does not look threatening for white...

But sure it takesguts to play such stuff against Bronstein...

May-10-10  James Bowman: What a constrictor, every time the helpless Bronstiein exhales he coils yet a little more until alas no more air is to be had, the inevitable approaches.

Nice game by Anthony miles his style is the epitome of patient maneuvering chess.

Jul-06-10  mrmietus: 44 ... Qh4+
45 Qg3 Qxg3
46 Kxg3 Ne2+
47 Kf2 Nxc3

And I don't think that white holds.

Apr-01-16  schnarre: ...Bronstein seemed to be playing WAY too passively in this game. ...Never gave the English Defense much consideration.
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  al wazir: I think 56. Qg2 saves white: 56...Rf4+ 57. Rf3. Now what?
Jun-10-16  AlicesKnight: White had the opportunity to exchange Qs at move 24 and declined it. Thereafter the WQ looks more like a spectator while the BQ infiltrates remorselessly with the heavy pieces.
Jun-10-16  GrandMaesterPycelle: <al wazir>, the continuation would probably be exactly the same. White will take the h2 pawn with check after Rxe4, but otherwise 56. Qg2 and 57. Qg2 don't seem different
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  kevin86: Bronstein looks like a deer in the headlights.
Jun-10-16  ajile: The English Defense does pack some poison and White needs to be careful not to over extend his center. The defense works better when White plays an early e4 since Black's whole idea is to attack the e4 square. Plus since Black is holding back on attacking the center he also can transpose into many other openings later. For example QID or even a later ..c5 with Sicilian type positions.

Of course White doesn't have to take the bait and can simply play conservatively with just e4 and d4. According to my book White can get a safe advantage with Bd3, Nf3, 0-0 and Qe2.

And if Black tries this defense against 1.d4 White can play to transpose into a favorable Queen's Indian Defense since Black's ..Bb7 is more passive than ..Ba6 in the standard QID.

Lastly there are some crazy lines where Black can play an early ..f5?! after Bd3 and create massive complications. These lines have been analyzed though over the years.

Jun-10-16  ajile: Here is the position:

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Note that White is trying to delay Nc3 as long as possible to avoid Black's signature move in this opening ..Bb4 pinning the knight and plastering more pressure on e4. If ..Bb4+ before Nc3 then White can play c3 with tempo and solidify his center.

Note again that if you go back a few moves in the database Black can play ..c5 as mentioned above to attack White's center and create counterplay. But the position in the link above is the one that supposedly hurts Black's standard setup the most.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Wolfgang01: That's interesting. The former WC-player Bronstein looks stumped and helpless. >

I thought he defended well for many moves before drifting into a poor position late in the game.

Jun-10-16 This game reminds me of the Johner-Nimzovich game, P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926
Jun-10-16 why not 46...Rxg4 ?
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  al wazir: <GrandMaesterPycelle: the continuation would probably be exactly the same.> I don't see how that can be right. After 56. a4 black played 56...Kg8, but after 56. Qg2, 56...Kg8 is answered by 57. Qxh3.

If instead black retreats the ♕, then 57. Rxh2 skewers it.

As far as I can tell, 56. a4 is a waste of a tempo.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Al wazir,

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If 56.Qg2 then as in the game without a4 and Kg8 Black plays 56...Rf4+ 57.Rf3 Qxg2+ 58.Kxg2 Rxe4. 59.Rxh2 (not with a check) 58...Rh7 59.Rxh7 Kxh7. and you are here.

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As in the actual game except White's pawn would be on a2 not on a4 and hanging to a Rook check.

Swapping Rooks and going into a K & P ending would be hopeless. Black has a passed pawn and another in the making with the Queenside pawns (with or without a4).

Hi Dark Horse.

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" why not 46...Rxg4."

Probably OK but all your OTB instincts put you off it. Look how the game went instead. Black re-organised his pieces with gains of tempo and took the g4 pawn under clearer circumstances.

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When I say OTB instincts I mean after 46...Rxg4.

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You will have your Queen being attacked by a pinned pawn the piece pinning the pawn is being protected by the attacked Queen....these are OTB accidents waiting to happen.

It's the type of move you play only if you cannot see a clearer path. What Black played was good. He was 20 years old, not yet a GM and playing a legend. The g4 pawn was not going to runaway.

Jun-12-16  ajile: < why not 46...Rxg4 ?>

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 21 ply

1. ³ (-0.52): 46...Qf6 47.Bd3 Ng5 48.Qe3 Bxd3 49.Qxd3 Qh6 50.Kf2 Kg7 51.Ke3 Nh3+ 52.Ke2 Qg5 53.Kf1 c4 54.Qxc4 Qxg4 55.Qd3 Ng5 56.Rdxh2 Rxh2 57.Rxh2 Rc8 58.Qe3 Qf3+ 59.Qxf3 Nxf3 60.Re2 Nxe1 61.Kxe1 Rxc3

2. ³ (-0.29): 46...Rxg4 47.Rxh2 Rgg7 48.Bb3 Bd3 49.Bc2 Bb5 50.a4 Ba6 51.Bd1 f6 52.Bb3 Bd3

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