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T Martin vs NN
Tilburg blitz (1980), Tilburg NED
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation (C70)  ·  1-0


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Feb-05-03  Bears092: 9. Kd6 was enough to win probably...
Apr-25-03  MoonlitKnight: That's what I call greedy!
Jun-07-04  who: What would happen if 9...Kd6?
Jun-07-04  iron maiden: 9...Kd6 10. e5+ Kc6 and Black's king should be able to find safety on the queenside. NN is the ultimate material-grabber; he'll gladly snap up a pawn, even if he'll get mated next move.
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  acirce: White should just win material with 6. Nxd4 exd4 7. Bxf7+ instead. (Winning the rook with Queen checks if Black takes the bishop.)
Aug-22-07  CyberTrokair: The king led his men to the charge, lol, seriously: 4...b5 was way to early to start chasing white's bishop away.
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  tpstar: <White should just win material with 6. Nxd4 exd4 7. Bxf7+! instead. (Winning the rook with Queen checks if Black takes the Bishop.)> Agree.

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7 ... Kxf7 8. Qh5+ g6 9. Qd5+, or 8 ... Ke7 9. Qe5+ Kf7 10. Qd5+. A stock trap in the Ruy Lopez Archangel.

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  sea7kenp: I like how Black was mated, by a routine Developing Move!
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  Joshka: Does 9...Kd6 stop mate and win for black?
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  Messiah: -6.57 (21 ply) 9...♔d6 10.♘a3 ♔c6 11.c3 d5 12.♕d1 ♘e6 13.♕f3 ♘c5 14.exd5+ ♕xd5 15.♕xd5+ ♔xd5 16.O-O ♘d3 17.♘c2 ♗c5+ 18.♔h1 ♘f6 19.a4 ♗b7 20.b4 ♗d6 21.axb5 axb5 22.♖xa8 ♖xa8

Note that 21 ply is absurdly low, do not trust it blindly.

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  Joshka: <Messiah> So basically as long as black plays correctly, 6. Bf7+ is a losing move? Thanks for the analysis!!
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  Sally Simpson: ***

acirce's variation 6. Nxd4 exd4 7. Bxf7+ instead. (Winning the rook with Queen checks if Black takes the bishop.) is here:

B Wall vs J Chance, 1969

To be pedantic it wins the exchange and a pawn, should be enough.


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  Messiah: My local fish, the latest development version, crunched the position for a several hours. The given line is 9...♔d6 10. O-O ♗b7 11. e5+ ♔c6 12. ♕d1 ♕h4 13. c3 ♗c5 14. cxd4 ♗xd4+ 15. ♔h1 ♔b6 16. ♘c3 ♕h3 17. ♖f3 ♗xf3 18. ♕xf3 ♕xf3 19. gxf3 ♘e7 - we can agree that this is technically won for Black, although not immediately.
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