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William G Addison vs Donald Byrne
"Here Comes the King" (game of the day Nov-15-2008)
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Dec-28
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  1-0


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Nov-08-06  Rama: An astonishing King-march wins the day. Byrne became demoralised apparently.

Click on 40. ... Kg8, then on the double arrows to go to the final position.

Nov-08-06  reynolds: I believe that 34.Rb7, not Rb8, was played.
Nov-15-08  t3hPolak: I'm a little shocked at Byrne's choice of move for 35. Taking the free rook seems to have no repercussion whatsoever. Unless I'm missing something, but I see no problem with it. Time trouble, maybe??
Nov-15-08  PolishPentium: PP has to agree wholeheartedly with <reynolds>. 34 Rb7 seems more logical, otherwise 35 Qa6 is COMPLETELY nonsensical---> Then both 35...Rxb8 AND 35...Bxb8 become possible, meaning White has tossed away the Rook for no compensation whatsoever. Can someone fix the game score and adjust the positions accordingly? Thanks, PP. (Your friendly neighbourhood putz, PP, aka PolishPentium)
Nov-15-08  DoubleCheck: <<reynolds>: I believe that 34.Rb7, not Rb8, was played.>

I agree, 34. Rb8 looks like a total blunder, 34. Rb7 looks more plausible

Nov-15-08  laskerdog: Chessgames ought to correct this game, probably according to <reynolds> suggestions.
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  Once: 34. Rb8 does look like a typing mistake, but is in good company. It has exactly the same score as my copy of Fritz and's online database.

Love the final position, where black is utterly powerless as white slowly infiltrates. How come I never get positions like that?

On second thoughts, please don't answer that. I know exactly why I never get positions like that ...

Nov-15-08  newzild: Yes, has made a terrible mistake by making this GOTD when it has an obvious move error (34.Rb8, when the rook is later left en prise).

Of more interest is the final position, because white still has some work to do.

I would suggest the following plan:

1.Na4 (any)

And black is in zugzwang. Black eventually has to play Kf8, allowing Nd7+ winning the Bb8 or the exhange.

Obviously the Ng7 can't move at any stage without losing the h-pawn.

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  Chessmensch: From what I see in the bios, Donald's brother, Robert, is still with us. Perhaps he could comment on the suspect moves--which appear very suspect.
Nov-15-08  tivrfoa: why black resign?
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  Chessmensch: <tivrfoa) Run it through an engine. You will see that white has an enormous advantage while black is virtually paralyzed.
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  crafty: 47. ♘a4 ♖c8 48. ♘b6 ♖d8 49. ♘f5 ♘xf5 50. exf5   (eval 8.50; depth 22 ply; 1000M nodes)
Nov-15-08  newzild: tivrfoa: why black resign?

See my suggestion below, tivrfoa. Also, our silicon frient Mr Crafty (just below) seems to be suggesting the same line as my mere carbon-based analysis.

Nov-15-08  newzild: Hell, I see that Addison died just a couple of weeks ago!

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  kevin86: Funny,white's king moved once in the first forty moves,then makes EVERY ONE of the last six.

Black's position is so confined-that he had no choice,but to look in horror.

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  SuperPatzer77: <tivrfoa: why black resign?> It is because of zugzwang situations that Black cannot cope with.

White's forcing move is 47. Na4 (Ready to march) Rc8, 48. Nb6 Rd8, 49. Nf5 Nxf5, 50. exf5 f6, 51. Kb5! (Putting Black in complete zugzwang) Kf8, 52. Nd7+ (Winning the Black bishop) . Of course, Black is completely paralyzed.


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  playground player: So much for "Always castle as soon as you can, to protect your King"!
Nov-15-08  technical draw: Poor Donald Byrne, always on the receiving end of cool games. This is the tournament that Fischer went 11-0. Byrne came in last...
Nov-15-08  Nikita Smirnov: I once played a similar game in a tournament. It was where I in the full fire of the endgame got my king over to the other side and won.
Nov-15-08  Dr. J: The moves 16 ... g5 and 18 h4 make no sense to me. Why does Black make White a present of the h-file, and why does White pass it up?
Jan-03-09  WhiteRook48: Poor Byrne... first he falls in the game of the century, being eclisped by Fischer, and then Addison's king comes, addicted to meeting the rook!
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