|Jan-27-11|| ||YoungEd: I guess that's a better pun than "Going Kujawski."|
|Jan-27-11|| ||Phony Benoni: Not the most exciting of games. After the trade of queens on move 11, we do have the odd situation of White have a 5-3 pawn majority on the kingside while Black is 4-1 on the queenside. Black is nominally a pawn ahead, but with so much doubling up things are more or less equal. More important is that Black's pawns are far more exposed, and he's down a couple of tempos in development.|
Black manages to hold things together for a while with some tactical trickery, but White simply plays through the traps, improving his position without getting too ambitious. Finally, 21.Nxe6 leaves Black little choice but to give up the exchange.
Things limp along from there. Black really could have fought on at the end, since he does have the annoying threat of ...Rd2+. Besides, with only one pawn left, White could have a lot of technical work ahead of him.
|Jan-27-11|| ||Once: An odd choice for game of the day, or perhaps more deep than I am able to understand. I am with <phony> in struggling to see why black resigned. White has a small advantage but nothing conclusive.|
I did think it might be a win on time, but the letters "cr tt" are puzzling. Could cr mean "correspondence"? If so, then time trouble seems less likely.
Maybe this is one of those that we should mark down as a "pun of the day" rather than a "game of the day".
|Jan-27-11|| ||kellmano: I enjoyed it. The tactics are immense.
I'd guess it is a correpondence game.
Incidentally, in the final position if 37 ......Ng5 38. Nxg6 Rd2+ it's a nice mate in two
|Jan-27-11|| ||paavoh: @once, phony benoni:
The event <cr tt> may refer to a correspondence theme tournament, where players begin on a preselected opening variation, and the idea is to study in depth the opening. In many cases, players may lose interest in fighting such games to an end. I do not know if all of such theme tournaments are/were rated by the ICCF. If not, all the more reason to abort a failed opening...
|Jan-27-11|| ||kevin86: White has a material advantage and a strong attack.
The King's Gambit lives on!
|Jan-27-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <paavoh> I think you're right. I knew "cr" to be "correspondence", but didn't associate "tt" with "theme tournament". |
That's one to remember.
|Jan-27-11|| ||TheTamale: <YoungEd: I guess that's a better pun than "Going Kujawski.">|
I guess, but not by much. I thought of a good one but it's too rude to post.
|Jan-27-11|| ||mastermind7994: Nice game. After 20.e6 the position looks very pleasant for white even though a pawn down.|
|Jan-27-11|| ||David2009: <Phony Benoni: Not the most exciting of games. [snip] Finally, 21.Nxe6 leaves Black little choice but to give up the exchange.> The position at move 20 (White to play) is below:
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After 20 e6 instead of fxe6 Crafty End Game Trainer plays 20...f3! with
equality, e.g. 21.exf7+ Rxf7 22.Be3 Rc8. Crafty EGT link to try to win as White:
Nicholas Down entered, won, was exposed and disqualified from, the 1985-86 British Ladies Correspondence Chess Championship, in <a prank that got out of hand>. Thanks <myschkin>.
<Phony Benoni> again: <White really could have fought on at the end, since he does have the annoying threat of ...Rd2+. Besides, with only one pawn left, White could have a lot of technical work ahead of him.>
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This is the position just before White plays Kh2 and Black resigned. I totally concur with <Phony Benoni>. I could not win against Crafty EGT using the link below. To start with, I repeatedly ended up with Bishops of opposite colours when Black could set up an effective blockade. Finally, by trial and error, I found a theoretical win. However this involved finding a tablebase mate in 37 (which one wrong move then converted to a tablebase mate in 85) in a R+B vs B+N ending, the Bs being of opposite colours). So, for all practical purposes, the ending I found was is drawn. My play can be improved: I started 37.Kh2 Nf4 38.Bc3 Nd3 39.Ra1 Nxe5 40.Rxe5 Rc8 41.Rc1 h5 42.Ra5 Rc7 43.Bb2 Rxc1 44.Bxc1 Nd4 45.b4 Nc6 46.Rb5 Bd3 47.Rb7 Ba6 48.Rc7 Nxb4 49.Rxa7 Bf1 50.Kg3 Nc2 51.Kh4 Be2 52.Kg5 Nd4 53.Kg6 Bd3+ 54.Kxh5 but better seems
37.Kh2 Nf4 38.Nc4! instead of Bc3 e.g. 38...Nd3 39.Rd1 Nd6 40.Rd5 Nxb2 41.Nxb2 with an easier ending.
Here is a Crafty EGT link for enthusiasts who want to do better.
There are all sorts of reasons for Black resigning - boredom, saving postage, mistaken analysis?
|Jan-31-11|| ||paavoh: @phony benoni: sometimes "tt" stands for team tournament, though.|
|Jan-31-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <paavoh> This is getting too deep for me! But considering the opening, I'd still vote for a thematic.|
|Feb-01-11|| ||paavoh: @phony: Agreed, more likely to be a thematic.|