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Frederick Deacon vs Valentine Green
"Deacon Blue" (game of the day Aug-20-2004)
5th BCA Congress, London (1862), London ENG, Jun-20
Hungarian Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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Aug-20-04  weirdoid: Rather sloppy game.
Most obvious improvement: for white:
24. Nxf8++ and 25. Qh7 mate.
Aug-20-04  xiaolin: i got up extra early to kibitz on this /♘\
Aug-20-04  xiaolin: no because white eould have been delayed by a rook exchange and 24. Nxf8 Kg8 25.Qh7 Kf7 or Qh7# depending on how the rook exchange went down /♘\
Aug-20-04  drcdwil: <xiaolin> 25 ...Kf7 would not be possible because of the rook on f1
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  Zenchess: I guess hypermodern chess was being played a lot earlier than we realized.

Black should have taken real estate with 6...e5. He missed chances to take advantage of White's slow setup and set up a strangulation game like Petrosian.

Later, 16...fxe4? led to his defeat, opening up the b1-h7 diagonal for White's Q and B. 16...Nf6, keeping lines closed, was better. Then, White would have only been slightly better.

Aug-20-04  xiaolin: <drcdwil> like i sed it depends on how a rook exchange went down if whiteplayed on. it would be chekmate if it was took with the other roook but it wouldnt be chekmate if it was took by the king /♘\
Aug-20-04  xiaolin: or play 17... Qc3 then chekmate (if not somehow stopped) next move 18.Qxf7#
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  kevin86: White execute an effective attack--but a half point deduction for missing the mate in two. The mate was a variation of the smothered mate process of double check and then moving to the focus point of the double check.

Hypermodern chess in 1862!!

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  Zenchess: Yeah, hypermodern chess was around long before Nimzovitch; he was the first player to explain the concepts for a general audience.
Aug-20-04  Canto: yeah , that is a nice mate missed.

Any ideas on how one can practice visualization other than via chess exercises. I feel this skill alone is paramount to ones tactical wit at the board. I do alot of chess type studies as is right now , for instance I have stopped using a second board to analyze possible tangent lines not played while going through old Master games and try to see clear through the suggested other line. I wonder if anyone has a pet technique to hone such a skill? Thanks for any and all responses.

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  Zenchess: You could try picturing positions in your head instead of on a board; Kramnik in an interview said he does that all the time when eating, relaxing, etc.
Aug-20-04  acirce: Playing blindfolded; going over sidelines in your head instead of on the board when you look at annotated games from a book or magazine; looking at short games with opening traps and try to find the solution by looking at the moves in text only, not by playing them on a board; these are a few methods, there are more of them, just use your imagination. :-)
Aug-20-04  Calculoso: <Chessgames> 24. Nxe7 should be a "check" on the scoresheet. Confused me as to why black played Rf5 after white took the bishop :)
Aug-20-04  Snow Man: 14.QR-K1!!
Aug-20-04  dac1990: "Deacon Blue" for those non-pun-getters, is a song by Steely Dan (1977!).
Aug-20-04  Larsker: <"Deacon Blue" for those non-pun-getters, is a song by Steely Dan (1977!).> Some Scots liked the song so much that they formed a pop group of the same name (1985-94). A couple of good songs - but of course, Steely Dan is the real deal.
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  kevin86: I didn't get the pun-so I guess I'm "REELING IN THE YEARS". lol
Aug-20-04  VStrider: Calculoso, he played Rf5 cause any other move would lead to mate. 24...g6? 25.Qxg6+ Kh8 26.Rxg8# and 24...Kh8? 25.Rxg8# 24...Rf5 saves black from immediate mate but 25...exf5? he should play 25...Rd2 and if white tries to avoid the offer and keeps his Queen on the b1-h7 then 26.Qb1? Rg2+ 27.Kf1 (Kh1 drops the queen with Rxb2+) Rxb2 and the queen cann't stay on the b1-h7. So 25...Rd2 26.Qxd2 exf5 escapes immediate checkmate but black would probably lose the game anyway being a rook down.
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  keypusher: Wacky hypermodern stuff from the notorious Mr. Deacon...of course I find myself wondering whether the game was ever played.
Apr-21-06  sneaky pete: It's genuine, from the London 1862 international tournament where Deacon and Green finished 11 and 13 in a field of 14. White missed 24.Nxf8++ K moves 25.Qh7#.
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  keypusher: <sneaky pete> Thanks! I used to have Levy and O'Connell's book of chess games 1485-1866 but I think it's in storage somewhere.
Feb-02-09  WhiteRook48: being Valentine stuff and all when you're green isn't that good (sorry for the lame pun)
Feb-02-09  AnalyzeThis: A game of the day in a couple of weeks?
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  Phony Benoni: Perhaps if White had been Frederic Elder, he would have seen the mate-in-two with 24.Nxf8+.
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  FSR: "Deacon Blue" seems inappropriate - Deacon, having won, wouldn't be blue. "Green with Envy" is more like it, IMO.

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