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Andrew Soltis vs Walter Shawn Browne
"Good Grief Walter Browne" (game of the day Mar-10-2011)
Eastern Experts Open (1970), New York, NY USA
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  1-0



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  andrewjsacks: No rap against the able Soltis, really, but one must remember the ages and experience of the competitors in this game. This would not have happened, say, three or four years later, I wager.
Mar-10-11  I play the Fred: Soltis is only two years older than Browne. Did he have that much more experience than Browne in 1970?
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  HeMateMe: "Winter Soltis Blinds Poker Face."
Mar-10-11  haydn20: Soltis got his IM in 1970 at age 23; Browne got his GM the same year at age 21. I was playing a lot then, and everyone was talking about Browne, esp. in blitz. I wonder if this is an offhand game--9 Bd7 is such a stinker.
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  FSR: <andrewsjacks> On the contrary, Browne was already a much more seasoned (and stronger) player than Soltis. Browne had received the GM title the prior year, after tying for 2nd-4th at San Juan 1969, behind World Champion Spassky. He played Spassky twice in 1969-70, drawing both games. The same year as the present game, Fischer had to struggle to draw an exchange-down ending in According to Chessgames' bio of Soltis, he did not receive the IM title until 1974 and the GM title until 1980.
Mar-10-11  haydn20: I got Soltis' IM year wrong. That'll teach me to try to remember anything from the 70's.
Mar-10-11  scormus: Nxe6 strikes again. Maybe the Super Bowl was on?

Fischer-Sozin would have been a good choice against Walter Browne. In the Bg5 line he had a lot of success with ... h3

Mar-10-11  gars: When did Black go wrong? Was is with 9) ...Bd7, as <jerseybob> says? Well, 9) ...Bb7 seems better to me, but I am a rather weak player, so I'd like to see more opinions.
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  FSR: <gars> Yes, 9...Bd7?? was already the losing move. No one has played it before or after Browne. Black almost always plays either 9...Qc7 (preparing to meet e5 with ...Bb7) or 9...Qb6 (with the idea of 10.Be3 Qb7, neutralizing the diagonal).

9..Bb7 is much more rarely played and looks risky, because White can consider sacrificing with 10.Bxe6!? fxe6 11.Nxe6, threatening both 12.Nxd8 and 12.Nxg7+.

Mar-10-11  Marmot PFL: Who was the 1970 US champion anyway? Byrne, Reshevsky, Benko, Kavalek? The USCF site is worthless for such information.
Mar-10-11  KingV93: I play this as black (try to) and Bd7 looks bad here and I don't like e4 as the Nxg7+ just tears apart Blacks position.

I think 9.Qc7 is best.

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  kevin86: A good game

BTW,did you hear about the person who was so allergic to peanuts,that she sneezed when she saw a Charlie Brown cartoon?

A fact:Charles Schulz hated the title "PEANUTS"

Mar-10-11  psmith: I'm guessing Browne had something like this in mind:

9...Bd7 10. e5 dxe5 11. Qxa8 exd4 12. Ne4 Bc6 13. Nxf6+ Bxf6 14. Qa7 0-0 with compensation for the exchange.

I imagine 11. Nxe6! was quite a surprise.

Mar-10-11  MountainMatt: According to Wikipedia, there was no 1970 U.S. chess championship. Reshevsky won it in 69', Byrne in 71'-72'

I would comment on the game, but I doubt that level E insights are a useful contribution. Maybe next year!

Mar-10-11  Naugh: Did I miss something? Is it "11. ♘xe6 day" today or something?

Good game by the way.

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  FSR: <haydn20> I saw this game published many years ago in Chess Life and Review (as it was then known). I am pretty certain it was a tournament game, not just an offhand game. (Had it been an offhand game, it would have been billed as such, which it wasn't.) I think psmith's surmise as to Browne's mindset is correct: he expected 11.Qxa8, when he would have gotten good compensation for the exchange, and overlooked 11.Nxe6!
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  Penguincw: A rather quick loss by Browne.
Mar-10-11  SuperPatzer77: <kevin86: A good game

BTW,did you hear about the person who was so allergic to peanuts,that she sneezed when she saw a Charlie Brown cartoon?

A fact:Charles Schulz hated the title "PEANUTS">

<kevin86> LOL LOL. I never realized about that, <kevin86>. We all know that Charles Schulz had illustrated the "Peanuts" cartoon strips for the newspaper. Gee whiz!!! LOL LOL

By the way, I still love eating peanuts!! LOL

Go Snoopy Go!!!


Mar-10-11  Travis Bickle: Wow this looks like Morphy came back from the dead! lol
Mar-10-11  weisyschwarz: J Grefe vs Browne, 1973

Is it a rerun or a repun?

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  FSR: Pun (self-)plagiarism! The earlier pun was actually better than the current one, since it was a play on both players' names.
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  andrewjsacks: I respectfully stand corrected.
Apr-07-11  jerseybob: This definitely was a tournament game, NYC Open I believe.
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  michael104: According to Soltis in "Confessions of a Grandmaster", p.43, this game was played in the Eastern Experts Open. Curious name for the tournament -- obviously Soltis and Browne were well above expert class.
Apr-12-11  jerseybob: I think that meant 2000 and above. There weren't as many 2000+ players in those days(1970)
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