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Wilbert Paige vs Edward W Formanek
"Paige Won" (game of the day Jul-02-12)
Philadelphia International (1993)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Classical Variation (C19)  ·  1-0
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May-05-04  Tigran Petrosian: 37.Qxe4!!! is a brilliant queen sacrifice.
May-06-04  iron maiden: Okay, I'm very tired, so tell me what happens after 37...dxe4.
May-06-04  Tigran Petrosian: play procceds similar to the game. like 37..fxe4 38.Bxh6 and if Rxh6? then 39.Ra7+ Qg7 40.Rxg7 Kxg7 41.Rxh6 Kxh6 42.h4!! and black cannot cope with the h pawn without allowing the move d5 creating a passed pawn.
Nov-19-04  mack: Great game, I think I'll have to take a 'paige' out of white's book.
Oct-26-10
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  sevenseaman: A well fought out result.
Oct-26-10
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  sevenseaman: After White B's strong positioning on f6, Black Q going to g8 is rendered pointless.
Jul-02-12
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  scormus: Very nice positional play by W. 37 Qxe4 is a gem
Jul-02-12
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  Phony Benoni: A minor point: the game appears to have been played in the Philadelphia International, June 25-29, 1993. This would have been just before the World Open, where Paige did not play.

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His rating was in the mid-2300s, so it wasn't that surprising of an upset. But he surely treasures this game.

Jul-02-12  abuzic: <Tigran Petrosian: play procceds similar to the game. like 37..fxe4 38.Bxh6 and if Rxh6? then 39.Ra7+ Qg7 40.Rxg7 Kxg7 41.Rxh6 Kxh6 42.h4!! and black cannot cope with the h pawn without allowing the move d5 creating a passed pawn>

38...Rxh6 39.Ra7+ Qg7 40.Rxg7+ Kxg7 41.Rxh6 Kxh6 42.h4? loses to 42...b5! 43.f5 b4 44.fxe6 Kg7


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But on 38...Rxh6 39.Ra7+ Qg7 40.Rg7+ Kxg7 41.Rxh6 Kxh6 42.Kg2 Kg6 <or 42...b5> should equalize: 43.h4 b5 44.Kf2 b4 45.cxb4 c3 46.Ke2 Kf5 47.h5 Kxf4 48.h6 Kg3 49.h7 c2 50.Kd2 e3+ 51.Kxc2 e2 52.h8Q e1Q


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Jul-02-12  Jamboree: All these exclamation marks awarded to white, but I still can't see how he wins.

What about this line after 38. Bxh6:

38. ... Rxh6 39.Ra7+ Qg7 40. Rxh6+ Kxh6 41. Rxg7 Kxg7 42. Kg2 Kg6 43. h4 Kf5! 44. h5 b5 45. Kf2 b4 46. cxb4 Kxf4! 47. h6 e3+! 48. Ke2 c3 49. Kd3 Kf3 50. h7 e2 51. h8=Q e1=Q and it's a draw because white must take perpetual check due to black's mate threat and queening threats.

White's "brilliant" queen sac may only only lead to a draw after all.

Jul-02-12  reisanibal: <Jamboree> You are missing white's 46.h6 and white wins easily because black has to play 46...Kg6. Therefore 43...Kf5 deserves not a "!" but "??". The correct move for black is 43...b5 and that leads to a draw as <abuzic> pointed out.
Jul-02-12  vinidivici: wow, not so hard but imaginative game.

Good GOTD

Jul-02-12  abuzic: <Jamboree: All these exclamation marks awarded to white, but I still can't see how he wins. What about this line after 38. Bxh6:

38. ... Rxh6 39.Ra7+ Qg7 40. Rxh6+ Kxh6 41. Rxg7 Kxg7 42. Kg2 Kg6 43. h4 Kf5! 44. h5 b5 45. Kf2 b4 46. cxb4 Kxf4! 47. h6 e3+! 48. Ke2 c3 49. Kd3 Kf3 50. h7 e2 51. h8=Q e1=Q and it's a draw because white must take perpetual check due to black's mate threat and queening threats.

White's "brilliant" queen sac may only only lead to a draw after all.>

<38. ...Rxh6 39.Ra7+ Qg7 40.Rxh6+ Kxh6 41.Rxg7 Kxg7 42.Kg2 Kg6 43.h4 Kf5?>

43...b5 draws.

<44.h5 b5
(<or 45...Kxf4 46.h6 wins>)

45.Kf2 b4 46.cxb4?>

46.h6! wins for example: 46...bxc3 47.h7 c2 48.h8Q c1Q 49.Qf6+ Kg4 50.Qg5+ Kh3 51.Qh5# or 51.Qg3#

<46...Kxf4?>

46...c3 draws

<47.h6 e3+ 48.Ke2 c3 49.Kd3?>

49.h7! c2 50.h8Q c1Q 51.Qh4+ Kf5 52.Qh5+ Kf4 <52...Ke4 53.Qg4#> 53.Qf3+ Kg5 54.Qxe3+ Qxe3+ 55.Kxe3 wins

Jul-02-12
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  kevin86: White sacs queen and wins! looks more like a puzzle than a gotd.
Jul-02-12
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  Marmot PFL: Brilliant Q sac, which black must have thought he could refute or he would have returned the material to reach a pawn ending. There the b5-b4 threat is enough to draw.
Jul-02-12  Jamboree: reisanibal and abusic:

Yes, I got the move order wrong, but otherwise my line was the same concept as abusic's line. With the correct move order, as he noted, it draws. I didn't bother to read the previous comments before making my own!

Jul-02-12
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  zakkzheng: Suprise! A very shocking game played by white.
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