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Brian Patrick Reilly vs Reuben Fine
"Luck of the Irish" (game of the day Mar-17-2005)
Olympiad (1935), Warsaw POL, rd 6, Aug-20
Dutch Defense: Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky Variation General (A97)  ·  1-0


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Mar-17-05  Snow Man: Cripes!!
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  offramp: Yoink!
Mar-17-05  BlazingArrow56: Aye laddy, I toast a Guiness to this fine display.
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  patzer2: With 29. Bd5!, White initiates a decisive series of deflections, starting with the threat of discovered check to overwhelm Black's weakened castled position.

Black's last best defensive chance appears to be in playing 25...Rb8! instead of <25...fxg3?!>. Play might continue 25...Rb8! 26.Bxg6 hxg6 27.Qxg6 Qe8 28.d6 Qxg6 29.Rxg6 Bd8 30.Ne4 b6 31.d7 Kf7 32.Rdd6 Rb7 33.h4 Rg8 34.g4 Bxh4 35.g5 Rxd7 36.Rgf6+ Ke7 37.Rxb6 Rd1+ 38.Kh2 Rgd8 .

Mar-17-05  the quiet man: Reilly was not a top international player - but he certainly met some: the opponents listed on include Capablanca, Keres and Alekhine. Best known in UK for his long and successful editorship of the British Chess Magazine. A popular man.
Mar-17-05  Catfriend: Interesting is 35.Nxg6+! hg 36.Qxg6 Qe5 37.Bf7 Rxe7(others are even worse) 38.Rxe7 Qf6 39.Qh5+ Qh6 40.Qxh6 Bxh6 41.Rxb7 with won game. But of course the move in the text is stronger.
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  kevin86: Happy St Paddy's day to all!!

What was the luck? Black's last move blunder that leads to mate in two.

St Patrick DIED on this day in 461-and he was NOT Irish!!

Mar-17-05  Catfriend: <kevin86> It wasn't luck, neither was it an important blunder... Black's fried and served to eat!
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  patzer2: After a closer look with Fritz 8, it appears to me Black may well be lost after <26...Nxe6?!> (instead 26...Rd8!? = appears to hold) 27.dxe6 Qe8 28.Rd7! .

Instead of <28...Bf6>, Fritz 8 indicates Black can maximize reistance with 28...Rd8! However, it would seem White is winning after 29.Rxb7 Rb8 30.Ra7 Kh8 (30...Bg5 31.Bd5 Be7 32.Qe4 Rc8 33.Bb7 Rc7 (33...Rd8 34.Bc6 ; 33...Rb8 34.Bc6 Qd8 35.Nd5 Bd6 36.e7 Bxe7 37.Nxe7+ Kg7 38.Qxe5+ Kh6 39.Qe3+ Kg7 40.Bd5 ) 34.Nd5 ) 31.Nd5 Bg5 32.Rxa6 Bh6 33.e7 Rf7 34.Ra7 Bg7 35.Qa4 Qxa4 36.Rxa4 Bf6 37.Nxf6 Rxf6 38.Ra7 Re8 39.Rc7 Re6 40.Rxc5 R6xe7 41.a4 Ra7 42.Bc6 Rb8 43.Bb5 Re7 44.b4 Kg7 45.Rd5 e4 46.Kf1 Rf8 47.a5 Rf6 48.Ke1 h5 49.Rd4 g5 50.Rd5 Rf3 51.Bc6 Kf6 52.a6 Rb3 53.b5 h4 54.gxh4 gxh4 55.c5 h3 56.b6 Rh7 57.a7 Ra3 58.Ke2 h2 59.Rd1 Ke5 60.a8Q Rxa8 61.Bxa8 h1Q 62.Rxh1 Rxh1 63.Bxe4 Kxe4 64.c6 Rb1 65.c7 Rc1 66.b7 Rc2+ 67.Kd1 Rxc7 68.b8Q .

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  patzer2: <Kevin86: What was the luck? Black's last move blunder that leads to mate in two.> Or perhaps the luck could be that Black's 26...Nxe6?!, winning the exchange, actually leads to a win for White.

Since all alternatives to 39...Bxe7 lose, Black's last move doesnt make much difference, except,lucky for Fine (as I think you mean Kevin), to shorten the game. Black could also have ended his misery quickly with 39...Bg7 40.Qg8+ Rxg8 41.Nf7#.

Mar-17-05  Stonewaller2: Is there such a thing as an Irish Opening? Other than a couple pints down at the local I mean . . . ;)
Mar-17-05  mcgee: The Irish Gambit is 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nxe5 (also called the Schulze-Müller Gambit). Although the Complete Chess Addict considered this the worst known opening variation, there have been plenty of publicized blitz wins using the similar Hallowe'en Gambit (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nxe5). Black can get in a real tangle trying to hold on to the extra piece in a five-minute format - but I think returning the piece via 4..Nxe5 5 d4 Nc6 6 d5 Bb4 (or 6 e5 Qe7 and 7...Nxe5) might cancel out any White initiative.

I don't know if 1 e4 e6 2 d3 e5 has a name? I think Beckett or Joyce would have approved of this attempt to sidestep the King's Indian Attack - and I think Irish chess enthusiast JJ O' Walsh once mentioned seeing a game that continued 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 d4 in the 1980s. White can transpose into the Scotch (ha!) with a move extra played by each sides, or end up in the English (double ha!) after 3 Nf3 d6 4 c4 c5 (as seen in one of the 1974 Korchnoi-Petrosyan games) Or why not have a full-blown Irish after 1 e4 e6 2 d3 e5 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 c4 (Shane McGowan variation) or 4 Be3 (St Paddy's variation)? Or something like 1 e4 e6 2 d3 e5 3 f4 Nc6 4 fxe5 d6 (Stately Plump Buck Milligan Variation)?

I declare 1 e4 e6 2 d3 e5 the Irish Opening! Happy Paddy's Day.

Mar-17-05  Bobsterman3000: Ouch. I thought Reuben Fine was supposed to be good...
Mar-17-05  iron maiden: He was a little inconsistent in his early years.
Mar-17-05  Stonewaller2: Beckett did create and annotate a chess game played between an inmate of a lunatic asylum and his keeper.
Mar-17-05  mcgee: Is that the one in ' Murphy '? I think that game is the one in the Complete Chess Addict.

Apologies - above I meant JJ Walsh (not JJ O' Walsh) and I think the game he saw started 1 e4 e6 2 d3 e5 3 d4 exd4 4 Nf3 Nc6.

In the meantime I have come up with 1 e4 e6 2 d3 e5 3 f4 Nc6 4 Nf3 f5 (Molly Bloom Variation)

Mar-18-05  Stonewaller2: yes I said yes I will take the ♙ Yes
Mar-17-06  Dodd: Well, it didn't look like luck to me - unless you mean he made his own luck?
Mar-17-06  Dodd: Oh, and in honour of St Patrick's day, maybe we could have the annnotated Beckett game to play through? I remember trying to play through it in sixth form once - not the best place for analysis!

Anyone else seen Endgame? If the blindfold king trying to order his few remaining pieces doesn't give you the shudders, what will?

Mar-17-12  ColeTrane: I thought the whole point of the dutch was to OPEN the F file, not give the E file to the white rooks. . . .
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  Penguincw: An important win for Ireland (France) against the U.S. at the time.
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