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William Hook vs John Cornford Meyer
"Hooked on Chess" (game of the day May-28-2010)
Maryland Fall Open (1979), ?, Sep-30
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: Pirates of the Caribbean, led by Captain Hook.
May-28-10  aidanpickering: When I first played through this game I figured it could be from the 19th century but no it is 1979, not 1879! Great swash buckling stuff with a couple of really nonchalant moves thrown in by white to cap off a real gem. What's unusual is that white makes 7 moves after black gets his second queen, not all of them checks, and the two ladies are still powerless to prevent mate. I'm Hooked!
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  Dr. Funkenstein: Isn't 34. ..Qxf4+ better for black?
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  Once: It's the old h-file hack, beloved of club players the world over. Against a fianchettoed Bg7, chuck h4, h5, h6, park a queen and rook on the h file, and hammer away.

Can I bring myself to quote the over-used Fischer maxim here? Naah, I don't think I can.

<Dr. Funkenstein> According to Fritz, 34....Qxf4 is a little better for black, but only because it prolongs the fight. White mates in 10, compared with mating in 3 with Bxg2. Still, it would be a better move OTB since it leaves white more moves to find.

Black's losing move here seems to be 31...fxg4. Instead, the odd looking 31...Bf3 holds.

May-28-10  franksp: 34. N-f6+ mates in 3. 34... B or Qxf6 (If Kxf4 then 35. Q-h4#) 35. Q-h3+ Kxf4 36. Q-g3#
May-28-10  AnotherNN: I thought this was another "For-The-Sake-The-Pun" selection until I played it. At move 29, I felt sure White must lose (I did decide on 29. Ng3 finally, because I could find nothing else).

At the end, Black found Hook, Line & Sinker being thrown at him.

May-28-10  CapablancaFan122: What's the continuation after <34..Qh6>?
May-28-10  Craigokat: John Meyer is the brother of IM Eugene Meyer
May-28-10  desiobu: <CapablancaFan122>: This is all very superficial so I welcome any corrections.

35. Rg3+ Kxh5 36. Rh3+ Kg4 37. Rxh6 Bxh6 38. Qxh6 Bxg2 (otherwise 39. Qg5#) 39. Qg5+ Kf3 40. Qxg2+ Kxf4 41. Bc2 Qe1 (only move)

At this point maybe 42. Bxf5 is something to consider, with the idea that white has enough forks to recover the missing material.

May-28-10  desiobu: And of course I was way off. From Crafty:

35. Bd1+ Qxd1 36. Rg3+ Kh4 (36...Kxh5 37. Rg5+ Kh4 g3#) 37. Qxh5

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And then the computer starts throwing away material. White has the unstoppable Qh3# or Rh3# lined up so anything not a check loses right away.

May-28-10  CapablancaFan122: <desiobu> Thanks! I am suffering from a bad case of chess blindness today so can you also provide Crafty's analysis after <37..Bxg2>? It seems to avoid mate after 38.Rxg2 Qf3.
May-28-10  capablancakarpov: <CapablancaFan122> ...37 Bxg2 38 Rh3+ Bxh3 39 Qxh3++ Beautiful final position indeed.
May-28-10  SufferingBruin: Now that was fun to watch.

RIP, Mr. Hook. I'm off to Amazon to find a used copy of Hooked on Chess.

May-28-10  CapablancaFan122: <capablancakarpov> <38.Rh3+> Of course! I missed that. Thanks!
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  ajk68: Does 34...Bh6 save black?
May-28-10  Craigokat: after 34...Bh6 it looks like 35.Bd1+ does the trick i.e. ..Qdxd1, Qg8+ etc. ..Qbxd1, Rg3+ and Qxf5 etc.
..Bf3, Rxf3 etc.
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  sisyphus: FM John Meyer is still active. Too bad there aren't more of his games in the database.
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  kevin86: White's attack is so strong that black cannot hold it off-even with two queen.

The opening is unusual;white decided to give up "the minor" exchange for doubling black's pawns.

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