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Robert Plunkett vs Stanley W Fink
"Plunkett Down" (game of the day May-27-2005)
World Open: Open Section (2003), Philadelpha, PA USA, rd 7, Jul-05
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. General Variation (B86)  ·  0-1


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  WannaBe: Hum, white was just one move away from winning. Very nice game by black
May-27-05  Chris00nj: I actually have played Plunkett twice (+1 -1), but really can't send in the games as he's 2150 just shy of the 2200 mark required, but he is quite talented.
May-27-05  JohnBoy: <Chris00> are you in joisee? If so, close to Morristown? I know no chess players here and would love an occasional game.
May-27-05  chessfreako: Why didn't white play 25. fxg5?
May-27-05  quique: <chessfreako> 25.fxg5 Bxc2+ 26.Bxc2 Qxd6
May-27-05  chessfreako: <quique: 25.fxg5 Bxc2+ 26.Bxc2 Qxd6> Oic thanks
May-27-05  Chris00nj: <JohnBoy> I grew up not far from Morristown (Union) but I live in Houston, Texas now.

Westfield has a decent chess club that I had been to a couple of times. The NJ clubs are listed here:

May-27-05  ConspTheory06: On the Rxb2 varition after Rb8 cant whites queen just take the bishop thats putting it in check and be fine??
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  kevin86: Why the two variations? Yes,why not 31♕xe5? White would be a piece down-but not in checkmate.
May-27-05  farrooj: couldn't white defend on move 29? What if Knight takes Bishop
May-27-05  farrooj: oh no wait, Rook takes b2 whith mate to follow
May-27-05  OverDjinn: 11. Nxc6 was a positional blunder in my opinion. The problem is that after this move black gets hanging pawns that though technically “weak” are very hard to blockade due to white’s vulnerable king. 14. h3 is also terrible and the kind of thing I have played against me in 1 minute blitz games by class C players. White needs this bishop to guard the c5 square and restrain black’s pawns on the queenside! The knight can be kicked out with h3 after these are dealt with, perhaps with Bd4. 18. Na4 shows a confused understanding of this problem way too late.
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  YouRang: <kevin86> What am I missing? White can't move 31. Qxe5 because the king is in check by the rook. (??)
May-27-05  AltoidJunki: How does 29. Nxg6 Rxb2 lead to mate?
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  WannaBe: <AltoidJunki> If 29. ♘xg6 ♖xb2+ King can only go to one square, that is a1 so 30. ♔a1 ♖b6+
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  WannaBe: Actually a better move is 30. ... ♖xc2+ Get a pawn while you're at it.
May-27-05  drchess9999: after 29...Bxc2+ what happens if white goes 30.Ka1 Bxb2+ 31.Ka2 black cant stop the mate and he cant mate white......
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May-27-05  Saph: One move away from winning doesn't do it, I guess.
May-27-05  samvega: <drchess999> 30.Ka1 Rxa3#
May-28-05  drchess9999: thx, that's a nice mate too
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  patzer2: Both sides initially trade mistakes, but then Black suddenly discovers the brilliant pseudo-sacrifice 29...Bxc2+! to flush out the Black monarch for a quick pursuit mate. An analysis validated with Fritz 8 follows:

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Bc4 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qe2 d5 9. exd5 exd5 10. Bb3 Bb4 11. Qd3 Nc6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. O-O-O Ng4 14. h3 Nxe3 15. Qxe3 Qf6 16. Qd4 Qh6+ 17. Kb1 a5 18. Na4 Be6 19. a3 Be7 20. Qb6 Bf5 21. Qc7 Bd8 22. Qe5 Bg6 23. f4 Bf6 24. Qd6 Bg5?> [Black overlooks the much stronger 24... Rab8! 25. Ba2 (25. Ka2 Be4 26. Qxc6 Qxf4 27. Rhf1 Qe5 ) 25... Bxb2 26. Nxb2 Bxc2+ ] <25. Qxc6 Bxf4 26. Nb6??> (White misses a chance to equalize with 26. Qxd5 Rab8 27. Nc3 Rfe8 28. Rhe1 Rxe1 29. Rxe1 ) <26...Rab8??> (Black misses the decisive pinning combination 26... Ra6! 27. Rhf1 Be3 28. Qxd5 Bxb6 ) <27. Nd7?> [White misses his last chance to equalize by not playing 27. Nxd5! Kh8 (not 27... Rxb3?? 28. Ne7+ Kh8 29. Nxg6+ fxg6 30. cxb3 ) 28. Ne7 f6 29. Qa4 ] <27... Rxb3! 28. Nxf8 Be5! 29. Qe8> (also losing for White is 29. Nxg6 Rxb2+ 30. Ka1 Rxc2+ 31. Nxe5 Rxc6 32. Nxc6 Qxc6 ) <29... Bxc2+!> (not 29... Rxb2+?? 30. Ka1 Rb8+ 31. Qxe5 , which lets White back in the game with advantage) <30. Kxc2 Rxb2+ 31. Kd3 Qa6+ 32. Ke3 Qe2# 0-1>

Mar-09-07  ARival: 8.Bb3 instead of 8.Qe2 would avoid the hit ...d5. Old jungle saying " the Sicilian if Black can play ...d5 without suffering too much damage he will have equalised."
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