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Kyle Thompson vs Frederick Rhine
"Like A Rhinestone Cowboy" (game of the day Dec-14-2010)
Golden Knights correspondence tournament (1992), USA, rd 1
Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack. Schofman Variation (B23)  ·  0-1

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  FSR: Sorry, I only just now saw that this had been GOTD on the 14th.

<WhiteRook48> On 26.h3 Ne3 27.Rf2, 27...N3d5 looks solid enough, blocking White's rook from getting to e5.

<Shams> I was happy he played it out until mate. It didn't even take me an extra postcard, since when I played 26...Qxf1+! I sent the mate as an if-move. I think that under these circumstances it was sporting to play it out until mate, a la Donald Byrne in D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956.

<Rook e2> Believe it or not, this is a book line. It's not clear that I would have had better than equality if he'd played 18.Bxb4. He also had better 22nd moves, and wasn't clearly lost until 22.Ra5? Qd3!! As I said earlier, nowadays Black's best is considered 11...c4! 12.dxc4 dxc4 13.Qxd8+ Nxd8! 14.Nxb5 cxb3 15.Nc7+ Kd7 16.Nxa8 bxc2! with advantage, as in Wedberg-Kharlov, Haninge 1992 (0-1, 39) -- Informant 55, game 162; Joe Gallagher, Beating the Anti-Sicilians, p. 36.

Dec-22-10  sevenseaman: They don't come much better than this!
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  perfidious: <FSR> Hadn't seen the game Wedberg-Kharlov since the late 1990s, and it looks convincing as a refutation of the line.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Wedberg-Kharlov probably does bust the line. However, the immediate 10.0-0!? c4 11.dxc4 dxc4 12.Qxd8+ is trickier, as I discovered when someone played it against me on FICS. I played 12...Nxd8, a la Wedberg-Kharlov, but it turns out that in this slightly different position that move is weak and 12...Kxd8! is correct. See Opening Explorer
Sep-29-11  adhitthana: Hmmm. not bad. I enjoyed playing over this game
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  LucB: Wow! That must be so COOL to find this OTB! Great ending!
Dec-15-11  rilkefan: I see that my comment of exactly one year ago was nonsensical.

Stockfish points out to me that g4 was a good move around move 16 or 17. E.g. 17.g4 and black (and white) ought (at a depth of 30, 3.5 Gnodes) to bail with Qc5+/Qd5+ Kh1/Kg1, so it dislikes 16...Qd5. Otherwise it agrees with <FSR> to the extent I poked around.

Apr-17-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Fantastic finish with a queen sacrifice, double check, and checkmate all while facing a mate in one the other way.
Jun-13-12  solskytz: White is leading with one flashy sacrifice after the other, and then it's black who reaps the rewards of this enterprising play. Very amusing!
Jun-13-12  solskytz: All of these Qh8s and Qg7s certainly look like white is checkmating, is going to checkmate, is in the process of checkmating... then all of a sudden...

very very funny indeed

Jun-22-12  LoveThatJoker: Awesome game, <FSR>!


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  FSR: Thanks, <LTJ>! It's my favorite, as you might imagine. I don't know how many games have such an O. Henry-esque finish. The whole game is attack, attack, sac, sac by White, and then comes the mating combination - by Black.
Jun-22-12  LoveThatJoker: <FSR> Congratulations! It's a well-played, well-fought and memorable game.

Furthermore, the tactical ideas realized in this game are excellent!


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  Abdel Irada: <FSR>: I just looked at this from your link on the Humpy-Sharma page. It is indeed a fine game, and your final combination apparently came as such a psychological shock that White failed to anticipate it even in a correspondence game.

But it seems to me that you were in real trouble. White's 22. ♖a5? was fatuous. Had he instead played the consistent 22. ♕h4, ♔g8; 23. ♕xe7, threatening mate, it's hard to see an adequate defense, although I confess I haven't yet exhaustively studied all the options.

Did you have a defense prepared against that line?

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  OhioChessFan: Even the laziest King flees in the face of a double check.
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  Abdel Irada: <OhioChessFan: Even the laziest King flees in the face of a double check.>

If it can.

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  OhioChessFan: 23...Rf7 is an easy defense.
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  Abdel Irada: <OCF>: Good observation. I overlooked that 24. ♕h4, ♖h7; 25. ♕f6 is met by 25. ...♖f8 with tempo. That does seem to bring White's attack to a standstill.

On further examination, Black's defense is more resilient than it looks on superficial study. Perhaps White will have to look for improvements earlier.

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  Abdel Irada: Still, I'm just stubborn enough to consider 22. ♕h4, ♔g8; 23. ♖ae1!?, ♘xe1; 24. ♖xe1, when Black's kingside dark-square complex looks ripe for invasion.

Then, after, say 24. ...♕d6; 25. ♖xe7, ♕d1; 26. ♖e1, ♕xe1; 27. ♕xe1, ♖ae8; 28. ♕c3, ♖e7, the position seems murky, with chances for both sides.

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  OhioChessFan: 26...Qh5
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  Abdel Irada: Intending to meet 27. ♕d4 with ...♖f7, I presume. Very resourceful.

A crazy thought, but could White survive the discovered check if he played 26. ♔f2? It seems awfully improbable, but White can interpose with the bishop on f6, so perhaps it's not as fatal as it looks.

Otherwise, unless there's some mileage in 22. ♖ad1, I'll have to return to the idea that White is already lost.

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  Abdel Irada: Belay that idea. White is definitely lost if he plays 26. ♔f2?.

As drafty as Black's kingside looks, his resources appear sufficient.

May-31-14  Madman99X: 18. cxb4 looks dubious, immobilizing the a3 bishop. Bxb4 doesn't look great, but surely it is better than the text?
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  FSR: <Madman99X> As I said earlier:

<Believe it or not, this is a book line. It's not clear that I would have had better than equality if he'd played 18.Bxb4.>

Aug-18-17  Saniyat24: a bit nerve wrecking was that castling, but nice finish..
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