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Orrin Frink vs Francis J Le Count
Brooklyn (1923), New York, NY USA, Apr-07
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1


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Sep-08-03  Shadout Mapes: It took me a while to find, but Nf3+! was a nice shot. Blockading the f pawn to victory.
Sep-08-03  Dougy: Wow that's fantastic! Premature is 12... Qh5 as 13. f3 gives the king an escape route. I love how 13. gxf3 is the only legal move and completely blocks the white king from defence or creating an escape route.

I wonder how long Lecount pondered this position before deciding to play 11... Nde5.

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  crafty: 12...♕h4 13. f3 ♕h2+ 14. ♔f2 ♖h3 15. f4 ♕g3+ 16. ♔e2   (eval 2.61; depth 11 ply; 250M nodes)
Sep-08-03  jamesm: Nice move, just wondering if Rh1+ rather than Nf3+, also works, followed by Qh5+, then Nxg4?
Sep-08-03  jamesm: forget the last comment, just realised that Bf4 prevents it.
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  patzer2: Anyone with suggestions on what white should have played instead of the blunder 12. hxg4??

I'm thinking 12. Be2 and white's game is level or better. For example (though certainly not a forced variation), after 12. Be2 Qh4 a combination of my analysis and that of the computer indicates 13. f4 Qg3 14. Bxg4 Nxg4 15. hxg4 Rh3 16. g5 Qh2+ 17. Kf2 Qg3+ 18. Ke2 Rh2 19. Rf2 (my improvement over the computer's 19. Kd1?) Rxg2 20. Rxg2 Qxg2+ 21. Qf2 Qg4+ 22. Kd3 d5 23. exd5 Qf5+ 24. Kd4 O-O-O 25. Qg2 cxd5 26. Nxd5 and white survives one of black's most aggressive possibilities with a piece up in a winning position.

More passive tries after 12. Be2 appear to lead easily to a slightly better game for white. The Chesslab.Com computer analysis gives the following variations as best play favoring white:

(0.69 plus score) 12. ... Nf6 13. a5 Be7 14. a6 Qb8 15. axb7 Qxb7 16. Ba6 Qb6 17. Qd2

(0.65 plus score) 12. ... Nf6 13. a5 Be7 14. a6 Qb8 15. axb7 Qxb7 16. Ba6 Qc7

Sep-08-03  myratingstinks: I am with patzer2. Anytime I can fork a knight I do it. They are always the problem pieces for me to defend against. Plus you get the added threat against the other knight. As someone once said "...a good bishop is one that you can sacrifice..."
Sep-08-03  myratingstinks: dont know if fork is the technical term for that position........... what is it called anyway?
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  patzer2: <myratingstinks> Do you mean exchange a bishop for a knight? If so, be careful in trying to apply a general rule here. Sometimes Bishops are better (e.g. generally better in open positions and in most end games) and sometimes knights are better (e.g. generally better in closed positions with protected advanced posts and in some end games).

Study of knight fork tactics and how to defend against them may be helpful in overcoming your fear of your opponents' knights. Another good couple of studies is knight versus bishops in middle game strategy and also in end game play. It is one of the hardest pieces to learn when you are just starting, but understanding the knight's tactical and strategic possibilities is a key to improvement.

Mar-19-08  JimmyVermeer: It seems that Frink should have tried Be2 on his 12th move. Now had Frink not resigned, the game might have ended:

14 Bxf7+ Kxf7 15 Bh6 Rxh6 16 Qc4+ d5 17 Qxd5+ cxd5 18 Nxd5 Qh2#

Feb-28-10  randomsac: Anyone ask for a can opener? hxg4? was very bad in letting the rook have an open file to work with. Great finish by black.
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