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Walter S Roach vs A D Penman
"Bad Penmanship" (game of the day Aug-27-2007)
SCO corr (1992), Scotland
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Fianchetto Variation (B80)  ·  1-0


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  Capablanca44: The power of the pawn duo was well illustrated in the endgame. A very instructive game.
Aug-27-07  patzerboy: Interesting strategy by White. He aimed for simplifications and the queenside pawn majority seemingly from the very beginning. He got the basic position he wanted by move 12. Black may well have been strategically lost by then.
Aug-27-07  syracrophy: The only good things of this game are two: the sacrifice of the pawn at the move 28 and the good technique to promote the pawns
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  RandomVisitor: Maybe 13...Rxd1+ followed by 14...Ba6 and black is ok.
Aug-27-07  venk98: i dont understand black's refusal of 13.Rxd1+ which wudve brought white's knight down the lot... can anyone, with analysis explain???
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  beenthere240: <venk98> I don't see how 13.Rxd1+ and any other follow up would make a difference. IMO the endgame is tough for Black because of the 3 vs 1 pawn majority on the queen side and the doubled e pawns which are easily blockaded. Put it this way, black has no winning chances after move 10.
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  kevin86: Either way,exchange or not,white queens the pawn.

With this quality of play,Mr. Roach can stay in the penthouse of a "roach motel".

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  twin phoenix: at first i was thinking why didn't black play 34.--,K-c7. but then i saw white just plays 35. R-a6 as in game anyway and black's lost. tried to come up with a line to dispute patzerboys claim but heck i couldn't find one. guess he is right in saying black is busted at move 12.
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  Chessmensch: <patzerboy> I agree. Not only did white get total command of the queenside with pawns but also cleaned off the board so only the pawns would matter. And, black cooperated in letting him do that.
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  playground player: I play sometimes with an opponent who can think of nothing better to do with his pieces than to trade them off, and it always ends the same way--nothing but kings and pawns left, and my pawn queens first. Mr. Roach needed to be more creative.
Aug-27-07  craigdc: What's wrong with 33. Rb4 for Black?
Does that not give Black more of a fighting chance?
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  RandomVisitor: After 13...Rxd1+ 14.Nxd1

1: William Roach - A D Penman, SCO corr Scotland 1992

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp up:
1. = (-0.10): 14...Ba6 15.Bg2 Be2 16.Ne3 Rd8 17.Rb1 h5 18.b3 Bc5 19.b4 Bb6 20.a4 Nd5 21.Nxd5

2. = (-0.04): 14...Nd5 15.a3 Rb6 16.Ba4 Ba6 17.b3 Rd6 18.Bb2 Nb6 19.Bxe5 Rd5 20.Bc3 Nxa4 21.bxa4

3. = (0.00): 14...Bb7 15.Bxb7 Rxb7 16.c4 Nd7 17.Be3 e4 18.b3 f5 19.Nb2 Ne5 20.Rd1 Nc6 21.Na4

Aug-27-07  zb2cr: Wow. I'd heard the old chess maxim that two united Pawns on the 6th beat a Rook in the absence of the King, but I'd never seen it demonstrated with the King in front of the Pawns.
Aug-27-07  leow: craigdc: after trading rooks white has an easy win by walking his king to b6 or a6-a7
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  Magic Castle: This game is an excellent exhibition on how to create a superior pawn structure and how to convert it to a win.
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  Crowaholic: <zb2cr: Wow. I'd heard the old chess maxim that two united Pawns on the 6th beat a Rook in the absence of the King, but I'd never seen it demonstrated with the King in front of the Pawns.>

But White also brought his rook for reinforcement, so I don't see why it would be that surprising. Also, after 36. ..Rb8, the white rook and pawns cannot beat the black rook and king. But the black pieces are totally tied down and once the white king reaches c5, Black is forced to play ..Rxb7 etc. to stop the pawns and the mating threats, e.g. not

37. Kc4 e3 38. Kc5 e2?? 39. Rxb8! Kxb8 (only way to prevent Rc8#) 40. Kb6! e1=Q 41. c7#

but 38. ..Rxb7 39. cxb7 Kxb7 40. Rxa5 e2 41. Rb5+ followed by Rb1

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  CapablancaFan: <kevin86: Either way,exchange or not,white queens the pawn.

With this quality of play,Mr. Roach can stay in the penthouse of a "roach motel".> The roach motel...pawns check in, but they don't check out! LOL.

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