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Eggert Gilfer vs George Alan Thomas
Olympiad (1933), Folkestone ENG, rd 3, Jun-14
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  1-0
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Dec-05-13  Poisonpawns: There must be a conspiracy against Sir G.A Thomas. I swear,in every Chessbook I own; he is always the loser in games that he is involved in.
Dec-05-13  MiCrooks: After Kxg6 Bxd8 is this game won? It looked like a drawn endgame to me after Nd6 where the Knight is going to be able to trade itself for the pawn and then all Black needs to do is trad for the c-pawn. But then I saw Bxb6! Then Nb7 Bxa7 or d8 Nxd8 Bxd8 and either ending is easily won. The removal of the b pawn gives Black no chance to trade off pawns.
Dec-05-13  WoodPushkin: Greetings:

Finding the combo to the ending of (R + pawns) vs (R,B + pawns) or B vs N with the pawns is not too difficult. Playing the endgame from either point is however tricky for White. Great endgame study.

JAH Love

Dec-05-13
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  kevin86: I saw the two forks that gain a knight for a pawn,but missed the extra step of gaining the second passed pawn.
Dec-05-13
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  kevin86: so sad:black could have a combination to win the crucial pawn via a check at e5,but his own pawn is in the way-DARN!
Dec-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: Nice problem, I only spent a couple of minutes on it. (I got the first move, but could not find the correct follow-up.)
Dec-05-13  BOSTER: <M.Hassan 44.Kxf5 is a mistake.> Before to claim this you have to see the pos. many moves ahead.
Dec-05-13  JimNorCal: <kevin86>: "black could have a combination to win the crucial pawn via a check at e5,but his own pawn is in the way"

Exactly right. If only Black could give up the knight for the d-pawn, then win/exchange the doubled c-pawns, it's a draw. The Black king runs to a8 and the bishop is the wrong color to evict it.

Dec-05-13  BOSTER: It should be 44.Rxf5.
Dec-05-13
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  doubledrooks: I went for 42. f7+ Kxf7 43. Rf6+ Kg7 44. Rxf5 Kg6 45. Rf6+ Kxg5 46. Rf7, thinking the ending was a win for White.

I didn't consider <agb2002>'s try of 46...Rh8, but 47. Kg3 (preventing 47...Rh4 because of 48. Rg7+ Kf6 49. Kxh4 Kxg7 50. Kg5 ), might win for White.


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Dec-05-13
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  Phony Benoni: <Poisonpawns> If you're feeling sorry for Sir George Thomas, you might look at his performance in this event:

Hastings 1934/35 (1934)

Not too many other people defeated Capablanca and Botvinnik in the same tournament.

Dec-05-13
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  Domdaniel: <Phony> -- <Not too many other people defeated Capablanca and Botvinnik in the same tournament.> I'm open to correction, but I don't think *anyone* ever achieved this feat -- apart from Sir George, or course.
Dec-05-13
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  Penguincw: So close! I got up to 42.f7+ Kxf7 43.Rf6+ Kg7, but saw that 44.Rxf5 results in 44...Kg6, and the material will be even.
Dec-05-13  BOSTER: Playing 41...Nf5 black violated the rule that pass pawn should be blocked. Maybe 41...Nf7 was better.
Dec-05-13  Refused: I fell for
42.f7+ Kxf7
43.Rf6+ Kg7
44.Rxf5? Kg6
45.d6 Kxf6
46.d7 Rh8 or something
47.d8Q Rxd8
48.Bxd8 with Bf6-Bxe5 to follow, thinking that being a Bishop up should be good enough. Had I spent some more time..., after

48... Ke4
49.Bf6 Kd3
50.Bxe5 Kxc4
Well at this point it's clear the Bishop won't win it. I can't prevent black from exchanging c-pawn and the promotion square a8 simply is the wrong colour.

Dec-05-13  Patriot: 42.f7+ Kxf7 43.Rf6+

43...Kg6 44.Rxf5 Kg6 45.d6 Kxf5 46.d7

43...Ke7 44.Rxf5+ Kd6 (white should have no problems)

It took me a bit to find 45.d6 in the first line.

Dec-05-13  Patriot: In my first line, I missed 46...Rg8 47.d8=Q Rxd8 48.Bxd8 Ke4 with counterplay, resulting in a draw (Houdini).
Dec-05-13  morfishine: <Patriot> Once I realized Black could recover the piece, then I looked for something else and soon saw 44.d6
Dec-05-13  Patriot: <agb2002> <Another 13-ply calculation which turns out to be insufficient...> We both missed 48...Ke4 and thought white was simply winning.

<morf> Nice job in finding 44.d6!

Dec-05-13  Patriot: <morf> Very true but I thought white would be winning with the extra piece. 48...Ke4 changes it to a draw though.
Dec-05-13
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  whiteshark: <zb2cr: Add me to the "I missed seeing 44. d6" crowd.> ... and count me in as well!
Dec-05-13
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  Phony Benoni: <Domdaniel> As far as I know, only one other player beat Botvinnink and Capablanca in the same tournament. Just don't ask me to say whom.

AVRO (1938)

Dec-05-13  The17thPawn: <Phony Benoni> - I don't know why but I checked Euwe first just because he was capable of beating anyone. Then the next day he would play like a different person. Reminds me of Ivanchuck.
Dec-05-13  RandomVisitor: After 33.fxg5 fxg5:


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+2.31] d=16 34.Bxg5> e4 35.Bf4 Rh8 36.Kf1 Kf6 37.Rg1 Rg8 38.Bg3 Kg7 39.Rh4 Kh8 40.Rxe4 Qf8 41.Rg2 Rg5 42.Re6 Qg7 43.Bh4

[+0.23] d=16 34.f6+ Kh8 35.Bxg5 Qg8 36.Kf2 Nxg5 37.Rxh6 Rxh6 38.Rxh6+ Nh7 39.Qf5 Rf8 40.Ke3 Qg3+ 41.Ke2 Rf7 42.d6 Qg2+ 43.Kd1 e4 44.Qc8+ Qg8 45.Rxh7+ Rxh7 46.d7 Rxd7+ 47.Qxd7 Qg1+ 48.Kc2 Qf2+ 49.Kb3

Dec-05-13  RandomVisitor: After 30.f4:


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.55] d=20 30...gxf4> 31.gxf4 Nf7 32.Kf1 Qe7 33.Rg1+ Kh8 34.Rg6 Rg8 35.Qd3 Rgg7 36.Qf3 Kg8 37.Rh4 a6 38.Qg3 h5 39.Rh2 Kf8 40.Kf2 exf4 41.Bxf4 Qxe4 42.Rg2 h4 43.Bxd6+ Ke8 44.Qf3 Nxd6 45.Rxg7 Rxg7

[+0.59] d=20 30...Nf7 31.fxg5 Nxg5 32.Bxg5 fxg5 33.Qe2 Qe7 34.R5h2 Rah8 35.Qh5 Qf7 36.Qg4 Kf6 37.Rh5 Qe7 38.Qe2 Kg7 39.a4 Rf8 40.Ra1 Rhh8 41.a5 Rb8 42.a6 Rbf8 43.Rhh1 Qf7

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