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Lawrence Trent vs Desmond Tan
"Tan Your Hide" (game of the day May-26-2015)
BCF-chT 0203 (4NCL) (2002), West Bromwich, rd 10
Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense. Big Center Variation (A45)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: <weev> en prise = under attack. In the final postion both of White's queens are under attack.
Jan-29-07  psmith: <al wazir>
I think after 20...fxe6 21. Qxe6 Bc8 22. Qe7 Rg8 white has good chances with 23. Ng5!?

I also think after 20...fxe6 21. Qxe6 Qa7 (or just about any Black move) 22. Ng5!? is good for White. I've been playing around with this with Fritz 5.32 and White's attack is surprisingly strong.

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  al wazir: <psmith>: After 20...fxe6 21. Qxe6 Bc8 22. Qe7 Rg8 23. Ng5 c5 24. dxc5 (24. Nf7+ Kh7; 24. Ne6 Ra7) Ra7. I don't see what white has, but maybe I'm missing something.
Jan-30-07  Cyphelium: <al wazir & psmith> 21.- ♗c8 seems like a good idea! First, I thought that 20.- fxe6 21. ♕xe6 ♗c8 22. ♕g6 was promising. After 22.- ♖a7?! 23. ♘g5 hxg5 24. hxg5 it indeed looks bad for black, since white threatens things like ♕h5+ followed by g6 or ♖h3+ etc. For example 24.- ♕c7 25. ♖h3+ ♔g8 26. ♗e2! and black is helpless against ♕h7+ and ♗h5+. The problem is 22.- ♕c7!, eyeing the check on f4 and the ♖g3. Then black seems to defend; 23. ♘g5 hxg5 24. ♖xg5 ♖a7 25. ♕h7+ ♔f7 26. ♖g5 ♔e8 27. ♖e1+ ♔d8 was one disappointing line I came up with.
Jan-30-07  Cyphelium: <al wazir> If nothing else, white can go for the draw after something like 20.- fxe6 21. ♘e5 ♔h7 22. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 23. ♕g3+ ♔h8 24. ♘g6+ ♔g8 25. ♘e5+ or 23.- ♔h7 24. ♕g6+ ♔h8 25. ♕xh6+ etc. If that's the best, then you're of course perfectly right about 20. -fxe6 being a far better move.
Jan-30-07  psmith: <al wazir>: 20...fxe6 21. Qxe6 Bc8 22. Qe7 Rg8 23. Ng5 c5 24. dxc5 Ra7 25. Qf7! is good for White. If 25... Rxf7 26. Nxf7+ Kh7 27. cxb6 wins the exchange. If 25... Qxc5 26. Qg6 leads to mate. If 25... hxg5 26. Qxg8+ Kxg8 27. cxb6 wins the exchange again.
Jan-30-07  psmith: <al wazir> Actually my first line wins more than an exchange for White...
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  al wazir: <psmith>: 20...fxe6 21. Qxe6 Bc8 22. Qe7 Rg8 23. Ng5 c5 24. dxc5 Ra7 25. Qf7 Qc7, threatening the ♖ on g3. White has strong -- maybe overwhelming -- control of the board, but hey! it's not mate yet.

<psmith, Cyphelium>: OK, I see that 20...fxe6 is bad. I'm still not convinced that it's worse than 20...f6, but thanks.

Jan-31-07  psmith: <al wazir> 20...fxe6 21. Qxe6 Bc8 22. Qe7 Rg8 23. Ng5 c5 24. dxc5 Ra7 25. Qf7 Qc7 26. Qg6 is overwhelming. The only defense to mate is 26...Qf4+ and 27...Qxg5. And that doesn't last long.

Actually I think 20...fxe6 *is* probably better than 20...f6. I found the Ng5 idea myself but it took a lot of analysis with Fritz to convince me that White's attack is strong -- surprisingly strong in many lines.

Jan-31-07  psmith: After 20...fxe6 21. Qxe6 the best defense seems to be 21... Qc7 which probably leads to a draw -- 22. Ne5 (since the R on g3 is threatened) Kh7 23. Qg6+ Kh8 24. Qe6 =.

So 20... fxe6 probably is a good move.

Feb-02-07  vonKrolock: Yes, the combination is very interesting, however the comments in "Kingpin" are by Jonathan ROGERS (more details here number 4826 Jan 2007
Dec-20-08  WhiteRook48: Hi everyone I'm en prise please take me... oh you won't you took my lookalike? Oh well Checkmate! (That was the Queen speaking)
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  whiteshark: <That was the Queen speaking> Witch one?
Dec-22-08  WhiteRook48: the e8-one
Sep-09-09  WhiteRook48: no it was the g3-one
Jan-14-14  DillsGambitLive: I did a short commentary about this game at
May-26-15  waustad: Stoked on Trent.
May-26-15  mruknowwho: White was a polygamist.
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  morfishine: Chernev would've loved this game
May-26-15  Sho: So we tanned his hide when he died Clyde, and that's it hang'n on the shed.
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  kevin86: This looks more like a puzzle that a GOTD.
May-26-15  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <fm avari viraf: Well, rarely we come across such a position where both the White's Queens are en prise & Black is helpless to avoid mate.> That even might be understatement. I don't recall single game featuring such situation, ever. Really one-of-a-kind scene.
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  jith1207: <whiteshark> the one witch which was not taken.
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  jith1207: Love that <WhiteRook48> came back after 9 months to exchange the witch.
Nov-17-17  clement41: Entertaining one
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