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Daniel Freeman vs Kevin Martin McDonald
ICC 30 10 u (2011) (rapid), Internet Chess Club, Aug-17
Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack (A80)  ·  1-0


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Sep-30-19  zb2cr: Very easy indeed. 31. Rxe5, Rxe5; 32. Nd7+ and White is up by a Knight vs. a P.

First, maybe?

Sep-30-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Finally a clean puzzle again. :)

The old exchange-and-fork trick.

Sep-30-19  zb2cr: And a fine tribute to the deceased co-founder of <>.
Sep-30-19  Olsonist: Maybe the puzzle could have started a move or two ealier, no?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Didn't know that 2.Bg5 has an official name. Surprised that 3...Nh6 is known theory. The finish looks like one of Capablanca's "little combinations:" wins material and simplifies to an easy endgame at the same time.
Sep-30-19  stst: 31. RxN RxR
32.Nd7+ forks R ==> net gain N
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  agb2002: White is a pawn down.

Black threatens Nd3+.

The white knight is very close to the black king.Therefore, 31.Rxe5, wins the knight (31... Rxe5 32.Nd7+ Ke7 33.Nxe5).

Sep-30-19  Walter Glattke: Hamburger for children: 31.Rxe5 Rxe5 32.Nd7+ Ke7 33.Nxe5 Kd6 34.Nxg4 h5 35.Nf6 even worse than in the match. "Eat McDonald's with fork". Nice
Sep-30-19  saturn2: After 31. Rxe5 black has to play with a knight less.
Sep-30-19  goodevans: <Olsonist: Maybe the puzzle could have started a move or two ealier, no?>

One move earlier would have been nice.

Two moves earlier doesn't work. Black should have responded to <29.Nf6+> with <29...Kg7>. Then <30.Rxf8?> would not have been check and could be met by <30...Nd3+>.

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  thegoodanarchist: Never heard of the Hopton Attack before.

But I think Dr. Seuss played the Hopton Pop Attack

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  patzer2: <<good evans: ...Two moves earlier doesn't work. Black should have responded to <29.Nf6+> with <29...Kg7>. Then <30.Rxf8?> would not have been check and could be met by <30...Nd3+>>. Good observation! Instead of playing 29...Kf7??, which loses to 30. Rxg8+ +- (+5.57 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10), Black could have equalized with 29...Kg7 = (-0.09 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 10).

One move earlier, Black went astray with 28...Rf8? which allows 29. Nf6+! Kg7 =. Instead of 28...Kf8? =, Black could have secured a winning advantage with 28...Kg7 -+ (-2.28 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 10).

Sep-30-19  TheaN: How a chess game can turn with so little material on the board is astounding. After move 27 ∓, after 28. -+, after 28.... =, then after 29.... +-, and after 34.... 1-0 pretty much.

At move 35 I would have chosen 35.Nxh6 Kxh6 36.g4 knowing that the Black king will have to stick to the king side and the Black pawns aren't far enough up the board to keep the White king at bay. Slightly slower perhaps but easily winning.

Sep-30-19  alexrawlings: This is such a fun game to play through.

I hadn't heard of Daniel Freeman until today...

I've been on this site since around the year 2000 when I saw someone looking at the website on one of the computers in the computer area in the library at the University of Edinburgh. I'd never heard of the website before and have looked at the daily puzzles almost every week ever since without fail (and generally not solving anything beyond a Wednesday or Thursday).

Anyway, thank you so much for creating this site Daniel. So sorry to hear of you passing away so young. Hope you're still playing this great game in another life or another plane of existence. RIP.

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  gawain: Clear win of a piece, and the combination gets the rooks off the board for an easy win. Black's further resistance, though stubborn, is futile.

I see, today Daniel would have celebrated his birthday. The puzzle is a nice tribute.

Sep-30-19  JimNorCal: Nice to have a Daniel puzzle!

A cheeky thought is 40. h5 (KxN then h6 and queens). Black played on too long, perhaps hoping to win on time

Sep-30-19  JimNorCal: My understanding is that Daniel's last name was chosen not given via mother or father, thus "free man".

For all you Prisoner fans

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  Check It Out: HBD, Daniel Freeman

Black fought on well past his expiration date, but that's speed chess for you.

Oct-01-19  Kay Sadeeya: <thegoodanarchist> <Hopton Pop> Now that is funny, thank you for the levity.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Kay>

My pleasure!

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