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W A Brown vs Robin F Kneebone
"Bone of Contention" (game of the day Aug-15-2016)
Match Cornwall A-Gloucestershire A (1985), Exeter ENG, rd 6, Nov-30
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0


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Sep-27-14  jasmin: What about direct 21.g6?
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  Phony Benoni: <fasmin> By move 21:

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White has several ways to win easily. <21.g6> is one of them, since Black has to give up his queen with <21...Bg5+ 22.Rxg5 Qxg5 23.Qxg5> to avoid quick mate. Brown's actual choice, <21.Nd5> is even better, as Black can no longer delay mate with sacrifices on g5.

Actually, the "best" move is <21.Ne4>, which forces mate in five. 22.Nf6+ is the big threat, and if Black tries his delaying tactics on g5 the knight will eventually wind up on that square and it will be all over.

All this is discussed in depth in the earlier 8 pages of kibitzing, which is admittedly quite a lot to trudge through, especially with the interesting diversions into White's identity and a conversation with Mr. Kneebone.

Mar-15-15  wabrown: So I am the player of the White pieces. I lived in the UK from 1983 to 1986, and played often for Gloscestershire in their county matches. This was on sixth board against Cornwall. I was 193 BCF grade and 2163 USCF was my high, am 2070 now. I started playing tournament chess at 15, I'm 62 now, and probably the highlight of my chess career was =3rd at the West of England in 1984, I think won by Lane, with a 12 yo Adams in second. So mystery solved.
Mar-15-15  wabrown: Having read through all the exciting comments, let me share a couple of things about the game. There was a tea break before the e5 push, and so while getting my cup of tea, I had to see the follow up double bishop sac and was thinking so much about it that I couldn't really hold my cup securely! I didn't see Nd5 when I made the B sacs, planning only g6 as the follow up, but Nd5 cutting of the Q was just too nice. I didn't consider Ne4, but it is in an absolute sense, stronger, as folks have pointed out. And yes, I did not play accurately in the opening. Such is life in amateur chess. It was gracious of my opponent to play to mate as he must have known that this would be a special game for me.
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  Phony Benoni: <wabrown> Thanks for your comments. If this sort of play is what comes from drinking tea, you have probably made some converts!
Mar-15-15  wabrown: Thanks, PB. At the time there was always a break for tea and biscuits after about two hours. All clocks were stopped, everyone queued up, and when you both returned to the board the clock was restarted. I wonder if that tradition lives on?
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  offramp: Shakin' All Over!
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  Alex Schindler: what did 21 Nd5 achieve? I don't understand it
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  al wazir: <Alex Schindler: what did 21 Nd5 achieve?> By blocking the rank it leads to a faster win: if immediately 21. g6, then 21...Bg5+ 22. Rxg5 Qxg5+ 23. Qxg5 f5 24. Qh6 Nf6 25. g7 Re8 26. gxf8=Q+ Nxf8 27. Rg1+ Kf7 28. Rg7+ Ke8 29. Qg5 1:0.
Aug-15-16  weary willy: And today the confusion continues - it appears on the CG "Front page" as "Browne (sic) vs Kneebone).
Aug-15-16  Razgriz: 3rd straigth Sicilian Defense GoTD?
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  catlover: An excellent GOTD, considerably enriched by both of the players giving their comments about the game and their own background.
Aug-15-16  Albion 1959: Them bones, them bones, them dry bones! After black played b4 on move 13, he must have confidently been expecting Na4 or Nb1 in reply. After e5! The knight is en-prix for seven moves, before it is sacrificed on move 21! A game played In the spirit of the Sicilian - counter attack and attack! Black should have played Nd7 on move 13 to meet the threat of e5. Another possibility for black on move 17. Nd8!? instead of Nd7. Nd8 protects the g7 square, though after 18: Qe4 g6
19: Qxa8 Qxe5
20. Ne4 Nd6 Black is the exchange down, but is still in the game. Finally, move 21 Ne4!? is also good enough to win. It adds power to the g5 square and has the latent threat of Nf6+. Colourful little game to look at:
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  kevin86: A better pun would be: Bone of connection. agree?
Aug-15-16  newhampshireboy: Very enjoyable!
Aug-15-16  AlicesKnight: Forget all the puns and name-references; I agree with <catlover>; this is an excellent variation on the double-bishop sacrifice (cf. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 among others), with a very pretty mating-move.
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  fm avari viraf: Brown replaced Robin's Kneebone.
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  thegoodanarchist: I've heard that <Kneebone> has connections:

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  TheFocus: <thegoodanarchist: I've heard that <Kneebone> has connections>

I heard he was connected to the thigh bone, but I can't be too sure.

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  MissScarlett: He's worked closely with Femur Radjabov.
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  saffuna: <Femur Radjabov>


Also with Sergei Tibiakov.

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  thegoodanarchist: <saffuna: <Femur Radjabov>


Also with Sergei Tibiakov.>

OK, I must admit that those were good ones. I did indeed LOL

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  thegoodanarchist: Also, I found this humorous:

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  zanzibar: Don't forget to give credit to good work of the dermestids:

May-08-18  wabrown: And if anyone cares, here is the original scoresheet and the article about the game from the Daily Telegraph.
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