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Gregory P Shahade vs Lawyer Times
"It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times." (game of the day Jul-10-2015)
US Open (2001), Framingham USA, rd 6, Aug-09
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  1-0


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Jun-21-07  nolanryan: That was a fantastic finish, and nice idea with 29. e6, but Lawyer could have prolonged things with 33 .. Qc7
Dec-18-09  ToTheDeath: beautiful attack.
Dec-18-09  WhiteRook48: bad time for black
34 Qxf7+ ferocious, but obvious
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  morfishine: Lawyer should've bailed out with 25...Qxc5

25...bxc5 was a virtual death sentence leaving him with no defense

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  perfidious: Time trouble may well have played a role--Lawyer was prone to it in my experience with him.

That said, I agree: 25....Qxc5 looks stronger.

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  perfidious: Time trouble may well have played a role--Lawyer was prone to it in my experience with him.

That said, I agree: 25....Qxc5 looks stronger.

May-01-15  ToTheDeath: A rook sac followed by a queen sac. One of Shahade's best games.
Jul-10-15  RookFile: Lawyer Times beat me unmercifully whenever I saw him at blitz. Good game.
Jul-10-15  Honey Blend: 33. ... ♕c7 34. ♕f6 ♕e5 looks like a good defense.

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Jul-10-15  waustad: It seems that the lawyer got skewered by Mme Defarge's needle.
Jul-10-15  Ratt Boy: White's 34th would be a good Mon or Tues puzzle.
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  Penguincw: I liked the pun, but wasn't sure where it came from, but Wikipedia has the answer. :)

It comes from Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities". The opening sentence is

"<It was the best of times, it was the worst of times>, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

And yes, that's <one> sentence. :|

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  kevin86: Lawyer Times sounds like the American Bar Associations' newsletter.

An Arabian mate is coming after the queen sac.

Jul-10-15  pinoy king: I would have refuted this Ne4+ blunder with 33.Qc7 immediately.
Jul-10-15  dumbgai: I doubt any part of this one-sided beatdown was the "best of Times"
Aug-29-15  mikrohaus: <Honey Blend: 33. ... ♕c7 34. ♕f6 ♕e5 looks like a good defense.> [See original comment for discussion diagram.]

I'm 100% sure it's a "better" defense, but not "good" (there probably isn't a good defense, just some with chances for White to go wrong.)

I think White can still take with the Q on f7 (winning a P), play RxR+, and with Nf6 force the Q to take on f6 to avoid mate. At that point the Ph6 hangs and is not really defensible in the long run (although it might keep the WK out of h5 long enough to prevent a total crush by White on the k-side.)

I would play this ending against anybody in the world and expect to win. However, with Black I would undoubtedly chose your defense for some chances to survive, because it keeps some complications without worsening a lost, in my opinion, position.

Black has a lot of liabilities for the endgame, even with your improvement. [For example, the B is very much better than the N, because all Black's pawns are -- or soon will be -- isolated/lost. Bishops play much better in positions with winnable pawns on 2 sides -- often with those pawns even being in the center and one side. But here they are only on 2 sides...]

What I would hope for with Black is an ending with R+B vs R (all pawns gone and hope it is White who has all difficulty trying to win), some N-fork my opponent overlooked in his/her hubris, or a complicated R-ending down a pawn. Otherwise, it's pretty hopeless, but only in my opinion.

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