|Jul-28-08|| ||MORPHY MARVELLOUS: great game!|
|Aug-14-09|| ||mertangili: why not 44...Nd5? it offers a disadvantaged rook endgame for black but not an absolutely hopeless one with rook vs. knight|
|Aug-14-09|| ||Samagonka: I just love the beauty in the combination of moves 16Nxf6 - 18Nxb4.
This game once again demonstrates the importance of a firm control in the centre.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||offramp: She came away with a big duck-egg.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||sofouuk: looks like a simple miscalculation - 44...Nxd5 or (even better) 44...c3 (which might even give white opportunity to go wrong) should be a draw|
|Apr-22-14|| ||al wazir: What was wrong with 39...Nxd5 ? If 40. Rxe5, then 40...Nf4.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||mrsaturdaypants: 39...Nxd5 looks good in the middle of the board, but I think black's in danger of getting mated on the kingside. 40 g5+ Kh5 (forced), and now 41 Bxd5 Rxd5 42 Re3, and I guess there may be a way out, but I'd rather play white.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||scormus: And a classic from the 60s to go with it
|Apr-22-14|| ||GrahamClayton: <Samagonka>
I just love the beauty in the combination of moves 16. ♘xf6 & 18. ♘xb4.
A very nice example of a pin being exploited across a rank - 17...exd5 loses the Queen after 18. ♖xf6.
|Apr-22-14|| ||Castleinthesky: <scormus> Thanks for the link, I never heard the song, which is beautiful and haunting-although this Melinda clearly lost the war! Tactics win the day.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||kevin86: It is clear the passed trips will rule the day.|
|Apr-22-14|| ||dfcx: <al wazir: What was wrong with 39...Nxd5 ? If 40. Rxe5, then 40...Nf4.>
White has a beautiful combination then,
41. Rh5+!! Nxh5 42. g5#
|Apr-22-14|| ||Annie K.: Wow, I only submitted this pun 4 days ago!
<although this Melinda clearly lost the war>
So did the one in the song...
<Scormus> thanks for the link - I had Harry Belafonte's version in mind, myself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzy... It's a bit less dramatic, but certainly much easier on the aural pathways.
|Apr-22-14|| ||newzild: <dfcx> Nice! I only saw the slower mate with 39...Nxd5? 40. Bxd5 Rxd5 41. Re3, when Black has no way of stopping Rh3#.|
|Jun-12-14|| ||mrsaturdaypants: <newzild>, after 39...Nxd5 40. Bxd5 Rxd5 41. Re3, then Rg7 covers the g-file, so no mate. |
<dfcx>, your combination is beautiful. And it rules out the other black responses I can see, such as 40...Rexe6. Lovely.