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Frank Parr vs George Shorrock Ashcombe Wheatcroft
"Under Parr" (game of the day May-16-2004)
City Of London Championship (1938), London ENG
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D71)  ·  1-0


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  refutor: Averbakh's "Tactics for Advanced Players" gives 29. ...Qxd7 30.Ng5+ Kh8 31.Rxh6#
Dec-17-06  diemjay: Parr for the course! :)
Dec-17-06  chezzy: <TheAlchemist> after 30.Rxh6, black cannot take with the Queen as it is on a5. After 30...Bxh6 follows 31.Ng5# (double mate with N and Q).
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  syracrophy: I remember the position of this game from a book, but the solution was different:

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1.♖h5!! ♕xd7 2.♘g5+ ♔h8 3.♖xh6# <<<<>>>The ♗ of g7 is pinned!>

A puzzle I created is somewhat similar with the last diagram:

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<<<<<>>>>1.♖b1!! ♕xa4 2.♘g6+! hxg6 3.♖h1#>

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  FSR: As I recall, Reinfeld and Chernev, in their "Fireside Book of Chess," thought this game was a candidate for the best game of all time. (Of course, there have been a few good games played since they wrote that book several decades ago . . . .)
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  Richard Taylor: Quite an extraordinary game!
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  keypusher: Thanks for picking this, -- I saw this game long ago when I was learning how to play, but had forgotten the players and so couldn't look it up. What a beauty!

Dec-17-07  sambo: In the afore-mentioned "Fireside Book of Chess," Reinfeld and Chernev put this game in the section "Perfect Games" and write "In the opinion of the writers, Parr's masterpiece has well-founded claims to being considered the finest attacking game of all time." After the final move they exclaim "One of the greatest combinative games on record!"
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  whiteshark: My tapestry would look like this:

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  KingG: Well, it's certainly a brilliant game, but even by 1938, I think there had been even greater attacking games played.
May-05-09  sfm: Black was at disadvantage from the beginning. After completing writing his name on the gamescore his was already short of time.
May-05-09  sfm: 26.-,Qa4! A strong counterattack on White's back rank. How does White cover d1? Only the Bd5 seems to be able to do this job but both squares are covered by Nd2, and Black will be ever-happy to swap that dangerous attacker. Still:

27.Bb3!! Well, as said, blocks the access to d1 for the black queen, that is good. Ask a friend here what the other advantage of this move is.

Just how many would come up with the right answer? "It clears the white rook's access to h5!" ?

What a pretty ending!

May-19-10  jackpawn: Just a beautiful game!!
Dec-17-10  rapidcitychess: Far above Parr!
Dec-18-10  shoaibk: This is a beautiful game, how come I didn't know about this game :(
Dec-18-10  mastermind7994: This is a 20th century masterpiece.
Dec-18-10  Shams: Not sure if I can think of higher praise than this: this game makes me want to take up 1.d4.
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  Penguincw: I just added this game for Guess the Move.
Mar-30-11  Whitehat1963: Currently atop the Guess-the-Move database's 40 hardest games. Give it your best shot.
Mar-31-11  Whitehat1963: Not anymore!
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  chancho: This is a game to be proud of.
Jun-01-13  Colonel Mortimer: Indeed, a wonderfully orchestrated and devilish attack.
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  zanzibar: Pin-delicious.
Mar-14-15  ketchuplover: not too shabby!
Jan-30-16  Albanius: Other than the Knight exchanged early, Parr literally "sacked all his pieces" -- to paraphrase Tal in another context -- in the sense that at one time or another he put every piece en prise or declined to recapture! On move 29 Parr offers a Q, R or B at once!

IMHO Chernev and Reinfeld remain well-justified in their assessment.

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