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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: <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!


Sep-13-12  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.
Sep-13-12  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.
Sep-13-12  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.

Sep-13-12  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
Sep-13-12  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.

Sep-13-12  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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  ChessHigherCat: Great finish, congratulations! It looked like white had an attack with 22. Qh4+, but it was all a mirage.
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  Richard Taylor: Good finish Frederick! I thought you were being treated rather uncivilly by the vicious amoral (and quite Deceitful) White Queen. Your own more honourable* Q, sacrificed herself to allow the sharp Mitred One to stab the ugly opposing (and fat,and unshaven), drivelling, and drunk cowardly Monarch which meant your honest beautiful but harsh Assassin finished off, with a flash of deepest Magic, the evil and conspiring Witch Queen. Upon whose death your soldiers all cheered greatly with huge heart: and a great carousel of Rejoice began throughout your Noble and Eternal Kingdom! Long Live the Rightful Royal King!

*Here I use the French British NZ spelling.

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  morfishine: Besides the spectacular finish, this was a very good maneuver game, very interesting play from both sides
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