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Louis Giannone vs John W Clarke
"Louis and Clarke" (game of the day Aug-26-2005)
IECG 7PSRR (1995) (correspondence), IECG email
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  0-1


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Aug-26-05  teme: This game was online correspondent right?
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  WannaBe: 24. ... Rxc3!! might put another ! there too.
Aug-26-05  CAPA2422: Rxc3 is pretty. B-d4 wins the queen.
Aug-26-05  TheParadigm: Actually, Bd4 Re3
Aug-26-05  misguidedaggression: with PaulLovric no longer saying <First!> now those of us who log in at 12:02 EST can have a chance to say first!

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<TheParadigm> Black just plays Bxe3 and the ♕ is still pinned to the ♔.

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  al wazir: The roof really caved in on white. Where did he go wrong? I think it would have been better to play b3 instead of b4, put the ♗ at b2, and the ♘ on c4. But maybe black would found something else to do.
Aug-26-05  mjk: <al wazir> It may have been better to play 11.bxc5 as in P Motwani vs Vyzmanavin, 1991 -- the remaining c-Pawn doesn't come charging down as fast and Black gets no backward Pawn to pressure.
Aug-26-05  vinohradska: 24 ...Rxc3!! was a great combination idea, I agree.

But, white seems to have blown it before that with a bunch of semi-useless moves on the queen side.

For instance, 9.a3? And then 11.Bb2 It seems to me that attack against the pawn on e5 was too easily refuted, and after that the bishop ends up bumping into itself until that corner of the board turned into a mess. Meanwhile black seemingly wasn't doing much except making some quiet development moves and waiting for white to shoot himself in the foot.

Or am I missing some larger plan?

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  WannaBe: <misguidedaggression> Yes, you are correct, Bxe3 is still played, knight is backing up the bishop.

<vinohradska> I believe white wanted to attack e5 pawn, and wanted the Bb2 to support the knight. In case of: Nxe5 Bxe5 Bxe5. That's what I think... :)


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  al wazir: 25. fxe4 Bd4 (25...Qxe4? 26. Qf3) 26. exf5 Bxf2+ 27. Kxf2. White has a rook, bishop, and pawn for the queen, so black does better to play 25...Bxc3 26. Qc1 Bxa1 27. exf5. That way black comes out a rook ahead.
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  kevin86: A delightful finish-a skewer of a rook upon another rook!

LOUIS and CLARKE! It's grate that in punns that spilling dusen't kount! lol

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  YouRang: <CAPA2422> Thanks for pointing out the Bd4 threat. At first glance I didn't see why white was lost. It looks like it may be hard to save white's queen.
Aug-26-05  vinohradska: I also missed seeing the Bd4 threat of the queen pin. The rook skewer and pawn advancing threat (e3) looked bad enough, so I wasn't looking for anything else.
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  YouRang: Threat to the white queen: Between ...Bd4 and ...Qe5, black can take away all the available dark squares (at f2, g1 and h2), forcing the white queen and king to be moved onto the available white squares (at e2, f1 and h1).

But as soon as that happens, black responds with ...Ng3+, forking the king and queen.

I don't see a good way for white to parry this threat.

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  patzer2: The exchange 24. Rxc3! sets up a discovered attack for a winning passed pawn combination.
Aug-24-06  hkakos: Since it's white's move, how about Rc4? Doesn't that save the Queen, though white is now down a piece (bishop)? Or move the Queen, and then lose the rook at c3, but still be down a bishop. Is that why white gave up because he will be down a bishop?
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