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Merike Rotova vs Pieter Mors
"Mors Code" (game of the day Dec-30-2007)
ICCF World Cup (1992), correspondence
King Pawn Game: Tayler Opening. Inverted Hanham (C44)  ·  0-1


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  ajile: If White wants to play a reversed Hanham Philidor Defense he needs to play 9.b3.

Although really he can only hope for a draw playing this way.

Dec-30-07  rusich: I don't understand White's move 15.Please,explain.
Dec-30-07  sneaky pete: <rusich> The alternative 15.Bxe8? Nd3 loses material.
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  patzer2: The Queen (sham) sacrifice 25...Qxh3+!! utilizes the pin and discovered attack tactics to set up the winning double attack 29...e2 . What's surprising is that all these tactics are designed to do is gain a mere pawn. However, that extra pawn is apparently enough for Black to win this correspondence game.
Dec-30-07  sneaky pete: <apparently enough> Maybe not. Instead of 33.c4 ..(locking in the bishop) white should have tried 33.Rd5 .. when after 33... c4 34.Bd1 Rxa2 35.Rxb5 Bc1 36.Be2 Rxb2 37.Rxb2 Bxb2 38.Bxc4 Bxc3 39.Kf3 .. the resulting position

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is probably drawn.

Dec-30-07  CapablancaFan: Nice little combo starting with 25...Qxh3. <patzer2> is certainly correct about the sacrifice being sham, as white is just forced to return it, but you have to be pretty confident in your endgame skills to knowingly know at the end, your only going to be a pawn up. But then again, that was Capablanca's bread and butter also. Exchange down to a won endgame, a pawn up, and usually, that was all Capa needed.
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  DarthStapler: Nice combination
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  patzer2: <Sneaky Pete> Nice defensive find in 33. Rd5! to give White some resourceful drawing chances. Still I think the sham sacrifice 25...Qxh3+!! is a good winning try. As GM Keene once posted on this site, "not every (good) combination has to be a forced win."
Dec-30-07  soberknight: There's nothing in chess quite so beautiful as a wild, wacky combination that wins exactly one pawn when the smoke clears.
Dec-31-07  Shams: <There's nothing in chess quite so beautiful as a wild, wacky combination that wins exactly one pawn when the smoke clears.>

no kidding. I remember when I first got into chess, in college, and I picked up a book of Reinfeld tactics puzzles. One of the first ones I looked at was beyond me, so I looked up the solution and was furious to see a long string of moves followed by this text: "and white has won a pawn". I remember feeling totally ripped off. :)

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  kevin86: A weird queen sac! Black promotes a pawn to a second sacrificial queen and winds up a mere pawn ahead. He then proceeds to win with the opposite-color bishops!
Dec-22-13  solskytz: Pretty! A Q-sac intended to just be a pawn up in an ending, after hefty exchanges.
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