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David Norwood vs Sean Marsh
"Marsh Mellow" (game of the day Jan-05-07)
It (open) (1992)  ·  Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0
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  luzhin: 20...Bf8 was sub-optimal, to put it mildly. But Black should not be criticised for provoking such a beautiful combination!
Jan-05-07  gchristopher: I do not presume to improve Mr. Keene's comment about black's gravest mistake, but also to allow that B column to stay open was dumb as a sack of hammers. And yet one earlier error: castling long against the white light-square bishop? I have only seen it work in blitz. In any other decent game, the black king's position lasts as much as a roach in a hen house. The whole game is a series of errors by black. Without the Queen sac, the game would be pretty much routine.
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  twinlark: That was sporting of Black to play through to a very pretty looking mate.
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  Phony Benoni: Reminds me of this one, published in "The fireside book of chess" as being from a simul by Kasparian:

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<1.Rxc6 Bxc6 2.Qc4+ Kb7 3.Qxc6+ Kxc6 4.Ne5+ Kc5 5.Nd3+ Kd4 6.Kd2>

And 7.c3# is unavoidable.

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  kevin86: A sad day for black's king-he is chased all the way to the southwest corner (a1). There he is made into steak sauce,lol
Jan-05-07  wanabe2000: Great to see a q-sac and then every remaining piece participate in the mate. This game is a keeper.
Jan-05-07  MadBishop: Beautiful! David Norwood has been a leading exponent in the 'building a house' approach to chess by playing 1.g3 as White and 1. ...g6 as Black. Here he shows it to full effect against an unlucky Marsh!
Jan-05-07  Themofro: A beautiful game by Norwood and i must agree definately a keeper. I also thought of that game curiuosly enough it was in a book called Beginning Chess and excellent book although i can't remember who wrote it, i'll try to borrow it from my friend again. the title doesn't do t justice as it's a excellent book, there's another similair game in there that i also think of when i see this game, it's Alekine vs. i believe it was West although I'm not sure, anyway it was sorta te same thing, Aleking could have simply won an exchange and traded into a won endgame but instead sacs a queen and a rook to give mate in seven with a knight bishop and 2 pawns, simple beautiful. Again beautiful game and a deserving game of the day.
Jan-05-07  Sean Marsh: The game was certainly not composed and I should know...I was the player getting mated!

Strong Grandmaster v decent county player, to keep things in context. And in pre-internet days it was never an easy task to be paired up with a GM!

GM Keene awarded it the Best Game prize at the time, so GM Norwood made a good £50 from the King Hunt.

I couldn't do much else apart from ...f5 as the Rh7 was in trouble. After that it would have been easy to trust the GM and just resign, but why deny the hunter the pleasure?

Jan-05-07  Kreifi: Truly very nice sac and hunt. Beautiful, very beautiful.
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  tatarch: Sean Marsh- great to get your comments here, but how do you feel about being called "dumb as a sack of hammers" on this page?
Jan-10-07  Ziggurat: <And yet one earlier error: castling long against the white light-square bishop? I have only seen it work in blitz.> Surely, you can't have seen many games with regular time controls in that case.
Jan-12-07  Sean Marsh: Well I've been called a lot worse than 'a sack of hammers' - as have most chess players, no doubt. It's the eternal hazard of being the A.N. Other in a great game, I suppose.

Black's plan with 0-0-0 is actually better known than you'd think. It was recommended in one of Tim Harding's old books on the French, for example.

GM Norwood said he'd ever seen it before...but he was never known as an opening expert!

I also remember David Anderton coming up to the board at the end and 'apologising' to GM Norwood for not having any gold coins to shower over the board!

May-23-07  jmrulez2004: i agree with the idea of castling queenside. In fact, castling kingside would have quickened the loss. white has good supporting ground for Ng5 after h4, and if replied with h3, dont forget bout the dark squared bishop waiting in c1.
Jan-03-09  WhiteRook48: a marsh to the tomb
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  Garech: What an incredible game. That is what chess is all about about! Am I right in saying it is a forced mate after the queen sacrifice?
Feb-18-09  WhiteRook48: fantastic game
Jun-04-09  ROADDOG: I just watched a really good video on youtube done by SeanGGodley going over this game. Excellent. Check it out.
Dec-19-09  Sean Marsh: GM Norwood and I met again at the London Chess Classic last week...

Dec-19-09  Starf1re: Garech: You are right, the sacrifice is absolutely sound and white has a forced mate in 6 after the Q sack. Nice!
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  sevenseaman: Its a pulsating game of chess.
Aug-07-11  Xeroxx: tactical stuff
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Is a very impressive game, it remind me the famous feat : E. Lasker vs. G. Thomas, 1912 !
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Fatal Attraction II
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this brilliant game here:

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