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John Alan Grefe vs Kim S Commons
"Creative Commons" (game of the day Jun-24-2017)
USA-ch / Zonal (1975), Oberlin, OH USA, rd 10, Jun-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Retreat Line (B11)  ·  0-1
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Jul-19-14  Howard: The late John Grefe actually lost on time in this game--not that it mattered, since his position was beyond salvage.

Commons annotated this game rather thoroughly for Chess Life and Review, in early 1976. In his notes, he awarded his bold 13.0-0 !! with two exclamation marks, saying that "Black just calmly continues his development" while leaving his bishop trapped by White's chain of kingside pawns.

Jun-30-15  Howard: And now Commons is gone, too !
Jun-24-17
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: RIP Kim. Nice guy. Best player I ever defeated by far. (It was a game of Double Bughouse with Diane Saeveride as my partner. No way would I ever have beaten Kim at straight hess.)
Jun-24-17
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  offramp: He has now come to Grefe.
Jun-24-17  Ratt Boy: Isn't White's 23rd a big-ol' blunder? I was looking at 23.Rf2, which seems to hold the g-pawn.
Jun-24-17  Ratt Boy: Nice obit for Kim Commons here: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/musi...
Jun-24-17  Swedish Logician: Van der Wiel vs Timman, 1986 was lost by black after a blunder by Timman, but the position after 19. - dxe4 has been lost in all the five later games it was played. Clearly serious improvments are called for if Black wants to play this again.....
Jun-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: John yields to Kim's come-ons
Jun-24-17
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  ColeTrane: More like "Grefe and Loss"
Jun-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <ColeTrane: More like "Grefe and Loss">

You more like yours but I more like mine

Jun-24-17
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  RandomVisitor: 20.Kf1 might hold for white.
Jun-24-17
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  morfishine: <Ratt Boy: Isn't White's 23rd a big-ol' blunder? I was looking at 23.Rf2, which seems to hold the g-pawn> Unfortunately, <23.Rf2> is met by <23...e3> forking the mis-placed rooks :(

Nice obit though

*****

Jun-24-17
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  RandomVisitor: 20.Kf1 dxe4 21.Qxe4 Qxc2


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Stockfish_17061704_x64_modern: <4 hours computer time>

<+0.84/45 22.Qe2 Qxe2+ 23.Bxe2> Rfd8 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Rh3 Rd7 26.Ra3 b6 27.Rc3 Kf8 28.Rc8+ Ke7 29.Bb5 Rd5 30.a4 Rc5 31.Rh8 h6 32.Ke2 Rc7 33.Kf3 Kf6 34.Kf4 Rc1 35.Ra8 Rc7 36.Rb8 Ke7 37.Ke5 Rc5+ 38.Ke4 Rc7 39.Kf4 Kf6 40.Ra8 Ke7 41.Ke5 Rc5+ 42.Kd4 Rc7 43.Ke3 Kf6 44.Rg8 Rc3+ 45.Kf4 Rc1 46.Kf3 Rc3+ 47.Ke4 Rc7 48.Ra8 Kg5 49.Ke5 Kxg4 50.Kd6 Rc2

+0.35/44 22.Qxc2 Rxc2 23.a3 Rfc8 24.Rh3 Kf8 25.Rb3 g6 26.Be2 R8c7 27.Rd8+ Kg7 28.Rh3 gxh5 29.gxh5 R7c3 30.Rxc3 Rxc3 31.a4 Ra3 32.Rd4 Rb3 33.Ke1 Rb2 34.Kf2 a6 35.Ke3 Kf6 36.Rf4+ Ke7 37.Rc4 Kf6 38.Bd3 Kg5 39.Rc7 Kxh5 40.Rxf7 Kg5 41.Rg7+ Kf6 42.Rxh7 Ra2 43.Rh6+ Ke7 44.Rh4 Ra3 45.Re4 b5 46.axb5 axb5

Jun-26-17
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  kevin86: White goes down...hard!
Jun-28-17  Howard: Commons, incidentally, annotated this game in the March, 1976 issue of CL&R.

Just looked at it last night, in fact.

Jul-07-17  Howard: Turns out that 20.Kf1 was played in the game Sikora-Varnusz 1979---just came across it the other day in a 1979 Informant. According to that volume, 21.Qe4! would have held the position, but White blundered with Rh2? and had to resign just a few moves later.

Commons, somewhat strangely, doesn't even mention 20.Kf1 in his notes to the game.

This game, incidentally, is not in the Chessgames database, but it's in the chess365 one---just found it!

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