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Julian Michael Hodgson vs John Emms
BCF-ch (1992), Plymouth ENG, Aug-??
Trompowsky Attack: Raptor Variation (A45)  ·  1-0


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Nov-10-11  DrMAL: Interesting game stumbled onto while dizzy from receiving whatever blessed morsel of FF genius I could manage to handle in P Wells vs Shirov, 2006. Tromp king Hodgson's 19.f5!? launched sharp K-side with 20.f6 looking nasty but black actually had slight edge. 22.e5?! instead of 22.Nxd5 put black way ahead then after 22...Rxe5?! instead of 23.Bd3 for equal game again, Hodgson went 23.Qf2? to immediately lose. But he hung on with lost game and it paid off, on move 25 black had several winning options but Emms played 25...dxc3? and with 26.Qxc3 Hodson could have probably drawn. Then came 26...Qf4+?! another inaccuracy game was equal from here. 30.Rxd7 (instead of 30.Qa2) was intended to give back material (30...Nxd7 and black is up pawn) but Emms got too fancy with 30...c4? overlooking consequences of 31.Rxc7!! Now, 31...Ba3 can win Q but it also loses game, except that Hodgson missed 32.Rhxh7! to do so after 32.Rg7+ there was repetition draw. Emms had to keep checking, otherwise "pigs" on 7th rank easily win. Last two moves were comical, with 34.Kxb2 game is drawn and with 34.Kd1? game is lost to 34...Bxf6! (computer shows 34...Rd8+ winning as well). But Emms played 34...Qd5+?? letting white escape perpetual!
Nov-11-11  Retireborn: <DrMAL> Emms actually lost on time while making his 34th move; I agree that 34...Bxf6 would have won. Black's earlier mistake may have been 24...d4 - I think it may have been Ray Keene who suggested 24...Bd6 instead.
Nov-11-11  DrMAL: <Retireborn> Thanx, that would explain terrible move! I did not point out 24...Bd6 move as stronger because 24...d4 easily wins as computer verified, with deeper computation than below score just gets even bigger in magnitude. After 25.Qe1 played, 25...Nd5 also easily wins (25...Ne6 probably wins too), cheers.

Houdini_20_x64: 19/70 07:52 4,836,843,776
-5.17 25.Qe1 Bd6 26.Rd2 Bg3 27.Qe2 Bf5
-5.17 25.Qf2 Bd6 26.Rd2 Bg3 27.Qe2 Bf5
-5.24 25.Qe4 Bd6 26.Bd3 Bf4+ 27.Nd2 Re8

Nov-11-11  Retireborn: <DrMAL> You're right! I thought 24...d4 allowed 25.Qe4 Bd6 26.Qh4 but now I see that Black then has 26...h5! and then White (surprisingly to me) has absolutely nothing, and it's Black who has the winning attack.

This means 22.e5 should be replaced by 22.Nxd5 and my notes then give 22...Nxd5 23.Rxd5 Bc6 24.Bc4 "with compensation" but now I'm not sure about that after 24...Bxd5 25.Bxd5 Bd6 26.g4 Bf4+ 27.Kb1 Rb6 with ...Reb8 to follow; White simply can't get his queen to the h-file quickly enough. Perhaps 23.exd5 in this line is more solid, but the overall impression is that White started pushing his K-side pawns too soon.

Nov-11-11  DrMAL: Yes, 22.Nxd5 was best move and with 22...Nxd5 23.Rxd5 (best) black has more than adequate compensation (slight edge) here is eval.

Houdini_20_x64: 29/72 1:35:10 62,273,060,413
+0.26 23. ... Bd6 24.Bc4 Bf4+ 25.Kb1 Be6 26.Rhd1
+0.07 23. ... Be6 24.Bc4 Bd6 25.Qa4 Qb6 26.b3
0.00 23. ... Bc6 24.Bc4 Bxd5 25.Bxd5 Bd6 26.Qd3
0.00 23. ... Bg4 24.Bc4 Qf4+ 25.Nd2 Qg3 26.Nf3
-0.12 23. ... Bc8 24.Bc4 Be6 25.Qa4 Qf4+ 26.Rd2

It's a good game for tactics, Hodgson games usually are!

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