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Ray Stone vs Alex Sherzer
"The Stone the Builders Rejected" (game of the day Nov-09-2007)
New York Open (1988), New York, NY USA, Mar-??
Benoni Defense: Hromadka System (A57)  ·  1-0


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Nov-09-07  grasser: 24...f4
25.Qe1 f3
26.Ne4 and White is winning again. 26...Qf4
Nov-09-07  grasser: 26...Bb7
27.Rxa8 Bxa8
Nov-09-07  kellmano: <syracrophy: In this game, I liked Black's tactics, but disgracefully, insufficient for the victory. >

I couldn't agree more. Were there any justice, black would've won.

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  mike1: Hi Grasser
right, 28.Qe8+ wins a piece but after
Kg7 29.Qxa8 Qg5 all of whites pieces are misplaced and it is not easy to avoid some trouble. like 30.g3 f4
Nov-09-07  Cyphelium: <Mike> After 26. -♗b7 27. ♖xa8 ♗xa8 28. ♕e8+ ♔g7 29. ♕xa8 ♕g5 30. ♕b7+ ♔h6 (30.- ♔g8 doesn't look good either) 31. ♗d1 it might take a few moves for white to untangle, but I see no threats for black. If 31.- f4, then 32. ♕d7. Or 31.- ♕c1 32. ♕f7!.
Nov-09-07  grasser: <Mike> <Cyphelium> Black just does not have enough after the Bishop sac.
Nov-09-07  Cyphelium: <grasser> I agree.
Nov-09-07  sallom89: good game by white (Ray Stone).
Nov-09-07  Poisonpawns: nice pun
Nov-09-07  Marmot PFL: <If Sherzer had white the game would probably be a Sicilian and he might very well win.> I should have checked first but sure enough. These games indicate that both players attack very well, and better than they defend. Sherzer vs R Stone, 1992
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  Peligroso Patzer: Black's last chance to defend would have been 25. ... b5 (in lieu of 25. ... bxa5?) denying White the opportunity to activate his light-square Bishop by 26. ♗a4 (as actually played after 25. ... bxa5?).
Nov-09-07  xrt999: I used to play this Benoni system with black but gave it up. In the Hromodka black has barely any play and spends the whole game trying to open things up, while white builds a nice attack.

If I am going to play the Benoni, instead of 3...d6 I usually play 3...b5 to keep the game open.

After a move like 8...e6 you can see black is getting desperate for any kind of play.

If you also look at the final position, whites c and d pawns are right where they were at move 3 after 3.d5! These pawns control the center and give white the advantage in controlling the game.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <kellmano: <syracrophy: In this game, I liked Black's tactics, but disgracefully, insufficient for the victory. > I couldn't agree more. Were there any justice, black would've won.>

I must disagree.

15. ... ♘g3 (described as a "nice" move in <syracrophy>'s comment) was a "crowd-pleasing" tactic, but not the best move in the position. Better would have been the simple 15. ... ♘f6 planning to develop the c8-♗ on the f5-square (instead of the time-consuming maneuver involved in cycling the ♘ through f5).

In order to play the best moves and truly deserve to win, a player must sometimes resist the temptation of a move that involves a tricky tactic that is good only if the opponent responds weakly (as would have been the case here if White had played 16. fxg3).

Nov-09-07  RookFile: Well, the full phrase goes, of course...

"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."

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  kevin86: Does anybody else see the extreme irony that Jesus uses a metaphor to show himself as the "cornerstone" and later,Stephen,the first martyr,is stoned to death?

It was a rather rocky finish for the loser in this one. Mate of course follows after30... ♔h6 by 31 ♘f7#.

Nov-09-07  RookFile: Well, Jesus was nailed to a cross, which is even worse. The good news is, Jesus is reigning in heaven, and Stephen is there too.
Nov-09-07  Marmot PFL: <RookFile> Any chess played up there?
Nov-09-07  samhamfast: Marmot, there is no chess but a forever of the life you were created for.

"Joy is the serious business of Heaven."

--CS Lewis, from Letters To Malcolm

Nov-09-07  syracrophy: <Peligroso Patzer><I must disagree.

15. ...♘g3 (described as a "nice" move in <syracrophy>'s comment) was a "crowd-pleasing" tactic, but not the best move in the position.>

I just said it was "nice", but I never said it was the best move :-) You have to see the difference between "nice" and "best"

Nov-09-07  kellmano: Also, <Peligroso> i think the comments were in semi-jest. I seem to remember that you are a fan of unusual chess from some time in the past. :)

.....Ng3 is the kind of move i like to make. Accordingly, I am not very good.

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  patzer2: In this game the young Sherzer is trying for tactics with poisoned piece offers, while his opponent ignores them and plays for the better position.

For example, the pseudo sacrifice offer 15...Ng3!? offers the Knight to pin the Queen after 16. fxg3?? Rxe3 17. Qxe3 Bd4 . However, White calmly ignores the obvious threat and continues with 16. Rfe1 -- developing another piece while Black remains undeveloped. Better was probably 15...Nf6 to put the Knight on it's best square and improve his position.

The decisive deflection 28. Ne4!, which sets up a forced mate after 28...Qh4, follows from Black's steady accumulation of positional advantages.

Nov-09-07  JG27Pyth: I had a hunch 24...b6 wasn't right, and with an admittedly cursory computer analysis, it looks like 24...a5 would let black claw back into the game. Once the white bishop gets established on a5 black's goose is cooked.

But, man, 27...Bxh3 nearly pulls off a miracle for black. Stone must have felt really good to have 28.Ne4!! I wonder if he'd seen black's Bxh3 resource and saw he had a counter. If I'm not mistaken anything but 28.Ne4 would have lost for white.

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  al wazir: <grasser>: You've solved white's problems.
Feb-29-08  D.Observer: 30. ... Kh6 31. Nf7#.
Sep-29-12  paramount: hello, this is only my second post in this site.

This is a good game.

How about if chessgames put the chess problem/chess composition in their archives and sometimes put in the puzzle of the day... would be amazing.


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