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Michael W Healey vs Graham J Moore
Kidlington (2017), Kidlington ENG, rd 5, Feb-05
French Defense: Horwitz Attack. Papa-Ticulat Gambit (C00)  ·  1-0


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Mar-10-18  RKnight: I started examining 19 g6 hxg6, 20 Ng5, but don't see how to continue if black plays 20...Nc5 instead of 20...Qd3.
Mar-10-18  dumbgai: Anyone know the background for this game? It features two players with no other games in the database, and no location is given.
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  al wazir: 28. Qh5 would have finished equally well.
Mar-10-18  yadasampati: Beautiful! The end combination is a piece of art.
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  landshark: 20. Rxg6 fxg6 21. Bxe6+ Kh7 22. Ng5+ Kh8 23. Qg4 is big trouble for Black. So is 21... Kh8 22. Nh4. It could go ... Nf6 23. Nxg6+ Kh7 24. Nxf8+ Rxf8 25. Qe3 and I'd rather be White. That leaves Black with 21... Qf7 22. Ng5 which is also rather unpalatable. Anybody see any holes in this?
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  Once: Fritz doesn't care for 20. Ng5 which seems to throw away some of white's advantage. Instead he goes for 20. Rxg6!

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White threatens Rxg7+ If 20...fxg6 21. Bxe6+ is a massacre. Nh4 is coming plus much rookage and queenage on the kingside.

In human mode I was caught in two minds between 19. g6 or 19. Bxe6 followed by g6. In the end I went wrong by going with 19. Bxe6 which loses to the zwischenzug 19...Bxf3. No points for me today.

The finish is cute but with best play it shouldn't have happened like that.

Mar-10-18  Boerboel Guy: aah....but Gary Moore plays a mean guitar....but he's still got the blues
Mar-10-18  Boerboel Guy: OK it wasn't him, he died in 2011..:-)
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  Robert Samuels: A great game, one of my favourite openings, and I was actually playing in the same tournament (in a much lowlier division) at the time! The players are both Brits -- Michael Healey has a FIDE grade of 2141 and Graham Moore one of 2187. The game was played in my local tournament, Kidlington (just outside Oxford in the UK).
Mar-10-18  Walter Glattke: Not "difficult" maybe still 19.g6 hxg6 20.Bxe6
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  gofer: I think this one is a little tricky. Obviously, we push the pawn, but not so obviously I think black has to try to refuse the pawn and hide in the corner, but even then its not clear that black can survive!

<19 g6! ...>

19 ... Bxf3
20 Qxf3 ...

This little interlude doesn't change much black still has all the same questions to answer but with the white queen now having access to the h file...

20 ... fxg6
21 Bxe6+ Kh8
22 Rxg6!!! +-

White leaves the queen hanging 22 ... Qxf3 23 Bxg7#

20 ...hxg6
21 Rxg6!!! +-

19 ... hxg6
20 Rxg6!!!

So it looks like black must not take with the h pawn. It can't be left to run rampage!!

19 ... e5?
20 gxf7+ mating soon

So that just leaves the f pawn...

<19 ... fxg6>

<20 Bxe6+ Kh8>

<21 Ng5 +->

White sets up a windmill of death. Still lots there, but its all fun for white and misery for black.


Wow, nice to see that Fritz likes <20 Rxg6!!>. Thanks <Once>!

Mar-10-18  5hrsolver: < Tonight: I started examining 19 g6 hxg6, 20 Ng5, but don't see how to continue if black plays 20...Nc5 instead of 20...Qd3.>

I offer a solution.
19. g6 hxg6 20. Ng5 Nc5 21. Qf1 Bc8 22. Bf5 f6 23. Qh3 fxg5 24. Bxg6 with winning attack.

If 22...gxf5 then
23. Qh3 Qd6 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Nxe6+ Kf6 26. Qh4#

Mar-10-18  mel gibson: I wasn't sure.
Stockfish 8 says:

19. g6

(19. g6
(g5-g6 h7xg6 ♖g1xg6 ♖d8-e8 ♖g6xg7+ ♕f8xg7 ♗b2xg7 ♗b7xf3 ♕e2xf3 ♔g8xg7 ♗h3xe6 ♖e8xe6 ♖e1xe6 f7xe6 ♕f3xa8 ♘d7-c5 ♕a8-f3 e6-e5 ♕f3-f5 ♘b4-a6 ♕f5xe5+ ♔g7-f7 h2-h4 ♘c5-d7 ♕e5-f5+ ♘d7-f6 h4-h5 ♔f7-e7 h5-h6 ♘a6-c5 ♕f5-g6 ♘c5-e6 h6-h7 ♘f6xh7 ♕g6xh7+ ♔e7-d6 ♕h7-h6 ♔d6-e5 f2-f4+ ♔e5-f5 ♕h6-h5+ ♔f5xf4 ♕h5-d5 ♘e6-g5 ♕d5-d8) +9.86/32 91)

score for White +9.86 depth 32

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  malt: Had 19.g6 hg6 20.Ng5 Nf6 21.B:e6 fe6 22.Q:e6+ Kh8 Torn between
23.Rg3 Bc8 (23...Rd6 24.Nf7+ Kh7 25.N:d6) 24.Rh3+ Nh5 25.R:h5+ gh5 26.Qh6+ Kg8 27.Qh7#

or 23.B:f6 Bc8 24.Qe4

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  thegoodanarchist: Who is G Moore, you ask?

Well, his friends call him Les.

Mar-10-18  unrepentant: Thanks, ONCE!!

Yeeha! I finally got a 3-1/2 star to the end.
I saw 19. g6 hg6 20. Rg6 and the follow-up Nh4; I dismissed the declined version of 20. ... Bf3 because the "potential energy" of Rg7 still remains after Qf3. FINALLY, I got a Friday puzzle to the end. Can't tell ya how disappointed I was to see the game play deny my "logic", but your post confirmed my idea and I'm delighted. :)

Mar-10-18  unrepentant: > thegoodanarchist: Who is G Moore, you ask?

"Well, his friends call him Les."

Was this a reference to Lester Moore in Boot Hill (Tombstone, AZ)?

Lester Moore
4 shots with a 44
no Les
no more

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  thegoodanarchist: < unrepentant:

<<<thegoodanarchist: Who is G Moore, you ask?

"Well, his friends call him Les.">>>

Was this a reference to Lester Moore in Boot Hill (Tombstone, AZ)?

Lester Moore
4 shots with a 44
no Les
no more>

LOL, that's funny!

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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

The rook on g1 x-rays g7. This suggests 19.g6:

A) 19... hxg6 20.Rxg6

A.1) 20... fxg6 21.Bxe6+

A.1.a) 21... Kh8 22.Qe3 (threatens Qh6#)

A.1.a.i) 22... Kh7 23.Ng5+ Kh6 (23... Kh8 24.Qh3#) 24.Qh3+ Kxg5 25.Qg4+ Kh6 26.Qh4#.

A.1.a.ii) 22... Nf6 23.Ne5

A.1.a.ii.1) 23... Be4 24.Nf7+ Kh7 (24... Kg8 25.Nxd8+ recovers the rook with an extra pawn without losing the attack) 25.Bxf6 looks winning (25... gxf6 26.Qh6+ Kg8 27.Qh8#; 25... Bf5 26.Ng5+ followed by 27.Bxf5 seems to win the queen or deliver mate).

A.1.a.ii.2) 23... Kh7 24.Nxg6 Qe8 (24... Kxg6 25.Rg1+ and mate soon) 25.Qh3+ Kxg6 26.Rg1+ Ng4 27.Rxg4#.

A.1.b) 21... Kh7 22.Ng5+ Kh8 23.Ng8+ Kh7 24.Qg4 Nf6 25.Bxf6 and mate soon (25... gxf6 26.Qh4+, etc.).

A.2) 20... f6 21.Bxe6+ Kh7 22.Nh4 followed by Qh5#.

B) 19... fxg6 20.Bxe6+ Kh8 21.Ng5 with attack. For example, 21... Rdb8 22.Nxh7 Kxh7 23.Rxg6 Kxg6 24.Qg4+ and mate in three.

C) 19... Nf6 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.gxf7+ Kh8 (21... Kxf7 22.Qxe6#) 22.Rg8+ wins.

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