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Doug Shallcross vs Peter Brian Dodson
"None Shallcross" (game of the day May-19-2007)
ENG corr (1967), England
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D61)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A reference to the King Arthur vs. The Black Knight duel from Monty Python & The Holy Grail, mayhaps?
May-19-07  jmrulez2004: in this position..white was hoping to castle queenside sothat it would be an agressive game..Howeverhis underdeveloped chips made castling queen side a horrible choice which destroyed his position
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  al wazir: The continuation isn't trivial: After 21. Rxc3 Bxc3 22. Rxe4 Nxe4 23. bxc3 Qxc3+ 24. Kb1, black is only up an exchange.
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  Moondoll: <al wazir> after 24...a5 25.Qc2 a4 26.Qxc3 Nxc3+ 27.Kc2 axb3+ 28.axb3 (Kxb3? bxa2!) Ne4 - Black is up a full rook.
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  iccsumant: Perfect combination for the name and GOTD title!
May-19-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <iccsumant> I agree, that combination makes a great couple.

For me, it is noteworthy, that the pun-name is of english origin, which makes it even more respectable.

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  Chessmensch: <Moondoll> I think you mean 28.(Kxc3?).
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  al wazir: <Moondoll>: Thanks. I call an eight-move combination nontrivial.
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  schnarre: Perhaps White's casteled position should be referred to as the Castle of Aaaargh, eh!?
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  Crowaholic: Obviously White tried to fit all his pieces into the lower left corner of the board. An unusal, and, so it seems, not entirely successful strategy.

<al wazir: 22. Rxe4 Nxe4> What about 23. Re3 Bb4 ? Black only has a minor piece for a pawn, although White is still horribly constricted.

May-19-07  cyruslaihy: i think the pun name is referring to a french war propaganda poster in the first world war, featuring a french soldier in torn clothes holding out his hands saying "on ne passe pas" or something like that
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  weisyschwarz: Black dictated the course of action, and white complied.
May-20-07  sanyas: 18.♕d1 was clearly the losing move, although 18.♘e5 ♘xc3 wasn't attractive either. White should have played 13.a4 with a good game, it seems.

<jmrulez2004> 8.0-0-0 was Kasparov's introduction to the Rubinstein variation; previously 8.♖d1 was played, as in Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921

As for shifting his pieces into the lower left corner, I feel that all those moves were actually quite necessary; White's position is surprisingly bad after 14.♗b3. I think he should have played 14.♗f4 instead, despite Black's good response 14...e5.

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  WarmasterKron: <An Englishman> Was that not "None shall pass"?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <WarmasterKron>, that's what I thought, which is why my original post was a question, not a statement: I wasn't certain. One point on which I am certain: should I ever take up tournament chess again, you won't see me playing 0-0-0 in a Queen's Gambit.
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  WarmasterKron: Indeed. An amusing way of throwing oneself on one's sword.
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  kevin86: None-shall-cross,indeed. Instead white's defense resembled a lace curtain rather than an iron curtain.
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  fm avari viraf: I think, White's 12.Bxb5 looks hazardous as it opened up the b-file giving Black the chance to launch a ferocious attack where Shallcross was defenseless.
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