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Fred A Foulds vs Lang
"Foulds Under Pressure" (game of the day Mar-11-2008)
New Zealand (1956)
French Defense: Advance Variation. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)  ·  1-0


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Mar-11-08  DeltaHawk: 18. Qxd5+! That was pure brilliance. Morphy's ghost helped Foulds play.
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  Benzol: <Richard Taylor> will be pleased to see that this game is up.
Mar-11-08  t3hPolak: Wow, thats a beautiful combination.
Mar-11-08  positionalgenius: Wow what a combination
Mar-11-08  D.Observer: Just like Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858. <Paul Morphy used the same combination as what Fred A Foulds did in this game.>
Mar-11-08  D.Observer: Another good ♕ sacrifice.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> etc Great to see this!!

I knew about this game for years it is in a book on short chess game brilliancies by Barden and Heidenfeld (was the South African Champion) which my father got about 1962 or so.

I met Fred Foulds he used to sit down (at the then Dominion Road Chess Club in Auckland NZ) and kind of bump me along with his hip - and he was quite a funny fellow - very witty - once the joint NZ Champion, he was also an accountant and I think he audited the Chess Club accounts some years ago....

Yes this is a Morphy type game ... Paul and I played through it and we loaded it up on here.

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  Richard Taylor: Not "deep" - but beautiful. Morphy paved the way - this is time v material!
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  Richard Taylor: I think the opening by White is unsound if Black plays correctly!

But he who dares wins!

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  Richard Taylor: 16 ... Qxc5 etc was the suggested riposte!
Mar-11-08  RandomVisitor: 17.Qxd5+ wins...
Mar-11-08  andretheking: I don't think 17. Qxd5+ wins any faster since black can bring his Q back to c7
Mar-11-08  moppa: <andretheking>, if you mean 17.Qxd5+ exd5 18.Bb6+ Qc7, then white has the relatively strong 19.Re8 checkmate.

17...Bd6 looks more like a reason to play g3. White propably didn't want to allow black line up against h2.

Mar-11-08  RandomVisitor: 16...Qxc5 17.Rxc5 Bxc5

1: Fred Foulds - Lang, New Zealand 1956

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 23-ply

1. (0.69): 18.Bd3 Nd6 19.Qc1 Rc8 20.Qg5+ Kd7 21.Qxg7 h5 22.Qf6 h4 23.a3 a6 24.Kf1 b5

2. (0.23): 18.Qd2 Rc8 19.Bd3 Nd4 20.b4 Bb6 21.a4 a6 22.Qf4 Ke7 23.Qg5+ Kd6 24.h3 Ba7

Mar-11-08  RandomVisitor: After 17.Qxd5!
1: Fred Foulds - Lang, New Zealand 1956

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 15-ply

1. (7.65): 17...Nd6 18.Bxd6 Bxd6 19.Qxb7 Qxh2+ 20.Kf1 Qh1+ 21.Ke2 Qh5+ 22.f3 Qxb5+ 23.Qxb5 Ke7 24.Red1

2. (16.38): 17...Bd6 18.Qxb7 Qxh2+ 19.Kf1 Qh1+ 20.Ke2 Nd4+ 21.Bxd4 Qh5+ 22.f3 Qxb5+ 23.Qxb5 Rb8 24.Qa6

(, 11.03.2008)

Mar-11-08  drpoundsign: lang just screwed up. "CAstle earlly castle often."
Mar-11-08  psmith: <RandomVisitor> When you say "17. Qxd5+ wins" and give the move an exclamation point, you seem to suggest that the move played, 17. g3 does not win, or does not win as convincingly. That does not seem right to me.
Mar-11-08  tor2ga: Heh :) I don't see the French Advanced lines very often, so it took a second to figure out how White avoids losing a pawn after 6. Bd3. I wonder if Lang was pondering a similar question.

Foulds, it seems, had no such difficulties.

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  kevin86: A nice combination! White forced open the lines of his rooks and used his remaining bishop to confine the opposing king and support the rook on the rank.

Very similar mate to Reti-Tartakower and Morphy's Opear House game.

Mar-11-08  stupidiot21: great combination, queen and bishop sacrifice,beautiful
Mar-11-08  CapablancaFan: Black clearly violated the opening principles handed down through generations of grandmasters.

1.Moving your queen out too early. Black moved his queen 4 times before move 12!

2.Neglecting development. White had every piece involved in the assault. But yet, niether of black's rooks or king bishop ever moved.

3.Failure to castle early/Leaving king in center. 6...cxd4? was a mistake. 6...g6! with a view to bring the king bishop to g7 and develop the king knight to e7, looking to O-O later etc.

Lang blundered the game away more than Foulds won it, but good tactical shot by white.

Mar-11-08  Avarus: <CapablancaFan>
"6...cxd4? was a mistake"

You must be kidding, a perfectly playable Milner-Barry gambit accepted. If I'm not mistaken, 11..Qd6?! is dubious and 11..Qb8 should be preferred. At the least 10..a6 is an easier variation to play.

Mar-11-08  CapablancaFan: <Avarus> You are correct in that 6...cxd6 isn't automatically losing, but I would have maintained the tension and delayed this capture as it wasn't immediately necessary. More important than a pawn was to get black's kingside development going. In light of the position of the board at move 6, I still say 6...cxd4 was an error but concede it may be a stylistic issue.
Mar-11-08  melv: I hate the Milner Barry Gambit. Precisely because of Qb8. However, this game makes me want to start playing it again.
Mar-11-08  zb2cr: <psmith>,

See the lines posted by <RandomVisitor> in his second post containing Rybka analysis. He didn't make a type, he really was using the Rybka chess analysis engine to show that the same combination works 1 move earlier, e.g. 17. Qxd5+.

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