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Murray Chandler vs Michael Steadman
"Murray with the Fringe on Top" (game of the day Jan-29-2008)
New Zealand Championship (2008), Auckland, rd 1, Jan-15
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C14)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: Here at is the original cast recording of the song "Surry With the Fringe on Top" from the original cast recording of the musical "Oklahoma."
Jan-29-08  newzild: Wow, this is a great finale by my countryman. The sac took me totally by surprise as I was clicking rapidly though the game - only then did I notice that black's pieces are totally imprisoned.

A really nice finish.

Jan-29-08  arnaud1959: Great game by Chandler but very badly played by a 2275 player. Black has already a bad bishop but he cooperates well with white to make it even worse. He should at least try to open a file on the kingside for couterplay even if he had to sacrify a pawn.
Jan-29-08  soberknight: At about move 40, I thought, "Why did chessgames give us a boring draw for GOTD?" Now I know... :)
Jan-29-08  UdayanOwen: Yeah this is very pretty the way black's pieces are prisoned on the queenside by both black and white pawns, leaving white with a leisurely sacrificial breakthrough. Really pretty.
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  keypusher: Nice finish! I have come across many pretty Murray Chandler games over the years.
Jan-29-08  SpiderER: Here at is the original cast recording of the song "Surry With the Fringe on Top" from the original cast recording of the musical "Oklahoma."

For those that don't see many musicals, "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" was also popularized when Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan sang it in "When Harry Met Sally" (it's certainly the first place I heard it).

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  patzer2: Murray's 22. a4! creates some interesting threats. If Black declines, then best play pretty much follows the game continuation with a White advantage.

However, if he accepts it, there's a few hidden fireworks. Play after 22. a4! might go 22...bxa4 23. Bxa4+ Kf8 24. Qc5 h6 25. Bd7 Qxc5 26. bxc5 Ne7 27. c6 Ba8 (27...Bc8 28. Bxc8 ) 28. c7 Nb7 29. c8=Q+ Nxc8 30. Rxc8+ Ke7 31. Rxh8 .

Jan-29-08  xrt999: < arnaud1959: Great game by Chandler but very badly played by a 2275 player.>

funny, I was thinking the exact opposite: Steadman is rated 330 points less and played equal to Chandler. Chandler has a horrible position at move 20.. Black is breathing down white's neck and can castle kingside at will.

Unfortunately, black delays castling, instead opting to centralize the king on move 26, and things start to unravel for black. Poor choice of strategy for black.

In retrospect, 37...h5 seems to be the defining mistake for black.

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  Jimfromprovidence: Black gave away a certain draw with 43...Ra8 instead of 43...Nb7.

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After this move, neither side can make progress.

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  kevin86: Depending on how one looks at it,black's position is very comical or very pathetic. He has two pieces and yet,is totally unable to stop one solitary pawn. Here is a situation where the "bad" bishop is partnered with the "bad" knight.

The bishop and knight are as reliable partners are were Joe Namath's knees.

Jan-29-08  drpoundsign: but at least HE looked nice in pantyhose. (-;
Jan-29-08  jovack: 14. b4 .... simply locks the bishop into a useless prison AND the knights have no way out, just thinking about getting those pieces mobilized would no doubt give anyone the 'queazy' feeling when the game starts to not go how you planned

i read someone asking what happens if black refuses the bishop, the bishop simply takes another pawn, and the passed pawn is inevitable

black's light bishop is completely useless at the moment, in that position, i would have rather had a pawn over that pointless laufer

overall, this was a very good game because white saw his opportunity to lock away the white bishop, and the two knights I think were just bonus

Jan-29-08  Gambit All: They need to have a few Game of the Days with the French Defense where Black wins.
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  Sneaky: This pun really has reached a new low. (Which in the world of puns, is a compliment.)

Steadman was reasonable to resign. He was strategically lost. The most testing line would be to refuse the gift with ...Kc7 or something, but it's hopeless. It's just dragging out the agony.

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  al wazir: <areknames: 49..Kc8 50.Bxg6 hxg6 51.h5 and wins.> Yes, that works. Thanks.
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  Richard Taylor: I was watching this game at the time and thought Michael was ok - until he played h5 - then I saw the idea of Bxh5 but then I had mental block as to how he should win - I realise now I have been analysing it somewhow with White's Knight on g8...
Jul-27-08  Bobsterman3000: This finish brings to mind one of Garry's nifty finishes:

Sakaev vs Kasparov, 2003

Chandler's pawns will roll to an unstoppable victory despite being him being "down" a piece.

Apr-04-09  waustad: One interesting feature is how nicely he uses the d4 square for his knights while leaving the pawn on d3.
Oct-06-12  vinidivici: what is "fringe" means?
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  Jim Bartle: It's a pun on the song from Oklahoma, "Surrey with a Fringe on Top," though I don't know quite what it has to do with this game other than Murray's name.
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  Benzol: <vinidivici> <what is "fringe" means?>

A fringe is an ornamental edging of hanging threads or cords.

The pun comes from a song in the Rogers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma.

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  Jim Bartle: Which makes me think--a loss by Max Judd could be called "Poor Judd is Dead."
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  Benzol: LOL.


Oct-07-12  vinidivici: Good to know that. tx
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