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Reuben Fine vs Nathan Grossman
"Fine, Be That Way" (game of the day Oct-27-2015)
New York (1933), New York, NY USA
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0


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Aug-20-05  iron maiden: Nice finish by Fine here. The kingside is completely destroyed in five moves.
Aug-20-05  sharpnova: 30. ... Ne5 31. Rg1+ Kh6 32. Qxe5 Rg8 33. Qe3+

white can't win.. only draw by checks

Aug-20-05  Kangaroo: <<iron maiden>: Nice finish by Fine here.>

I would say <<FINE> finish by <FINE>>!

Jun-13-15  ToTheDeath: Excellent combination.
Jun-13-15  ToTheDeath: <sharpnova> is correct, with perfect play Black could have drawn, so the combination is pretty but unsound. 28.Rxf6! Kxf6 29.Nf4! would retain a winning attack for White.

Earlier Fine could also have played 12.Qb4! forcing queens off with a huge and probably winning positional advantage for White. We are lucky he missed this as we would have been deprived of a sparkling finish.

Grossman's best chance to stay in the game was 23....Qc6!! giving up the knight for good compensation- 24.dxe5 d4+ 25.Qg2 dxc3 etc.

Flawed but fascinating struggle.

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  Karne: What a stupendous treat! Fine is not reputed for being a supplier of such marvelous treats like these, but this was one treat that a chess-playing amateur will not forget, as many lessons can be extracted from the exquisite nature of this game.
Sep-11-15  ToTheDeath: "Fine, be that way."
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  TheFocus: That is so gross, man!
Oct-27-15  kupton: 10 …Qa5 was a fatal. She remained trapped on the wrong side of the board.
Oct-27-15  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to <ToTheDeath> for a wonderful pun for this very interesting game.
Oct-27-15  goodevans: <ToTheDeath: ... Grossman's best chance to stay in the game was 23....Qc6!! giving up the knight for good compensation- 24.dxe5 d4+ 25.Qg2 dxc3>

That c3 pawn does look dangerous but looking at this without the aid of an engine <26.e6> looks even more so. I don't see how black would survive the coming onslaught.

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  kevin86: Black's kingside goes down hard and quickly.
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  thegoodanarchist: Personally, I think the pun is horrible.
Oct-27-15  thulium: What's wrong with 33.Qh3#?
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  TheFocus: <thulium><What's wrong with 33.Qh3#?>

It's not mate. Black has 33...Nh5 and if 34.Qxh5+ Qh6.

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