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Ortvin Sarapu vs Cecil John Seddon Purdy
Sarapu - Purdy Australasian Championship (1952), Auckland NZL, rd 5, Nov-17
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1


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  Benzol: 14.0-0-0 ??
"There must be something fatally easy about this blunder. I showed the position to several strong players, and they all chose castling for White! Bad luck for Sarapu that his h-pawn was not on h3, as 0-0-0 would then have been, instead of a blunder, a move of extraordinary brilliance. A curious feature is that White has, in any case, no satisfactory move. After 14.c3 ♕a5! (Sarapu) Black is threatening to sacrifice his ♘, and White's best defence then is 15.♗h6, but after 15...f4! (Sarapu) 16.♗xg7 ♔xg7 it is clear that White is at a serious disadvantage, no longer having the two ♗'s as partial compensation. In a correspondence game, Black could consider himself in a winning postion". - Purdy
May-24-06  Runemaster: <Bad luck for Sarapu that his h-pawn was not on h3, as 0-0-0 would then have been, instead of a blunder, a move of extraordinary brilliance.>

The point of this comment being presumably that [with the pawn on h3] if White omits 17.g4 then after Bxf5 Black cannot stop mate on h7 - Qxh3 is not possible because the pawn is defended by White's bishop on f5. In that case, 14.O-0-0 would indeed have been a brilliant move.

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  Benzol: Also with the pawn on h2 Black has the option of 22...♕e5+. If the pawn had to be taken on h3 this would not be so.
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  Chessical: After <14.c3> Qa5

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why not simply <15.Bd3>?

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  Chessical: If: <14. c3> Qa5 15. Bd3 <Nxc3!?> 16. Rc1 Rac8 17. Kf2 Rfd8 18. bxc3 e5, and White has a Bishop for a pawn.

<17. Qg5+> Kh8 18. Qxf5 Qd4+ 19. Kb1 e6 20. Qh5 Qd1+ 21. Kb2 f5 22. Qh6 Rac8 23. Qc1 Qd4+ 24. c3 Qf2+ 25. Qc2 Qe1 26. g3 Rfd8 27. Bg2 Qe3 0-1 Meneses Domingos, J - Gisclan, H; Brazil 2010

Apr-14-14  raju17: Rxc4 bxc4 kxg4 white any move loosed last pawn and black has three passed pawns against white bishop. Two of these guarded by black king, the third too away from immediate danger.
Apr-14-14  AsosLight: Purdy was a great mind.
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  Richard Taylor: Purdy made mistakes (but what Master of whatever rank doesn't?), I have the book of his games, but we have to remember it was a time when opening theory as we know it was still developing and in his correspondence games his analysis depended on his own ability, as of course there were no computers (chess computer programs).

If Sarapu had written theory as Purdy did it would be interesting but, yes, Purdy helped me as a youngster as I read his little booklet on chess ideas. A great chess enthusiast.

And the first World Corresondence Champion.

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