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Anthony Miles vs Walter Shawn Browne
"Miles Ahead" (game of the day Nov-20-2009)
Chess Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 11, Nov-11
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Nov-20-09  karnak64: Isn't "Miles Ahead" a Miles Davis album, too?

Always nice to see the double-bishop sack, unless I'm on the losing end of it ...

Nov-20-09  gtgloner: After 12. c5, black (so long as his King's bishop is resting on a7 and the white queenside pawn wall stays intact) may as well be playing down a minor piece. In that sense, Tony Miles is only going down one piece with the double B sac.
Nov-20-09  RandomVisitor: 5 minutes per move:

Anthony Miles - Walter Shawn Browne

Lucerne (Switzerland) Lucerne (Switzerland), 1982

[Rybka 3 ]

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e3 Nc6 5.d4 d5 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.a3 a6 8.b4 Ba7 9.Bb2 0-0 10.Rc1 last book move

10...d4 0.29/21
[Rybka 3 : 10...Qe7 11.cxd5 Rd8 12.b5 axb5 13.Nxb5 Rxd5 14.Qa4 Bd7 15.Bc4 Qf8 16.Qc2 Nb4 17.axb4 Bxb5 18.0-0 Bxc4 19.Qxc4 b5 20.Qb3 Ne4 21.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Rd8= 0.05/19 ]

11.exd4 0.09/20 Nxd4 0.09/19
12.c5 0.09/18 Nxf3+ 0.67/21
[Rybka 3 : 12...e5 13.Nxe5 Bb8 14.Nc4 Bf4 15.Ne3 Ng4 16.Ncd5 Bxe3 17.fxe3 Qxd5 18.Qxd4 Qg5 19.Qf4 Qxf4 20.exf4 Re8+ 21.Be2 Bf5 22.Kf1 Rad8 23.Bf3 Ne3+ 24.Kg1 Be4 25.Kf2 Bxf3 26.Kxf3 f6 27.g3 Rd2= 0.09/18 ]

13.Qxf3 0.47/19 Bd7 0.57/20
14.Bd3 0.57/18 Bc6 0.57/20
15.Ne4 0.56/18 Nxe4 0.66/21
16.Bxe4 0.51/20 Qc7 0.70/21
[Rybka 3 : 16...Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Qe7 18.0-0 Rad8 19.Rcd1 f6 20.Rfe1 Bb8 21.g3 e5 22.Rd5 Qf7 23.Red1 Rxd5 24.Qxd5 0.51/20 ]

17.0-0 0.52/20 Rad8? 3.66/23
[Rybka 3 : 17...Bxe4 18.Qxe4 Rad8 19.Be5 Qe7 0.52/20 ]

18.Bxh7+ 3.66/23 Kxh7 3.66/22
19.Qh5+ 3.49/22 Kg8 3.49/21
20.Bxg7 3.43/20 Kxg7? #19/11
[Rybka 3 : 20...f5 21.Qh8+ Kf7 22.Bxf8 Bb8 23.Qg7+ Ke8 24.Qxc7 Bxc7 25.Bd6 Bxd6 26.cxd6 Kd7 27.Rfd1 Rg8 28.g3 Rb8 29.h4 Bd5 30.Rc7+ Kxd6 31.Rdc1 Rh8 32.f4 Bc6 33.Rg7 Kd5 34.Kf2 Kd4 35.Rc7 Kd5 3.43/20 ]

21.Qg5+ #19/11 Kh8 #18/11
22.Qf6+ #18/11 Kg8 #17/11
23.Rc4 #18/10 1-0

Nov-20-09  RandomVisitor: 10...Qe7 and 12...e5!? are interesting attempts that might equalize.
Nov-20-09  technical draw: <Karnak64><Isn't "Miles Ahead" a Miles Davis album, too?>

Yep, one of the great ones:

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  playground player: All you need to know is the names of the two players involved, and you know you're in for a treat.
Nov-20-09  eric the Baptist: could black have played rook to e8 to give his king some room? any problem with that?
Nov-20-09  eric the Baptist: nevermind. got it.
Nov-20-09  ounos: <Sep-04-04 offramp: I bet this is a puzzle this week!>

Excellent guess! Way to go! (5 years late, and GOTD instead of puzzle :P )

Nov-20-09  WhiteRook48: ouch!
Nov-20-09  The Famous Chess Cat: There of course is always a small cluster of questions as to the explanation of a move, or whether a move would have been better than the one played.

In this case, I'm simply seeking black's reasoning behind black's 13...Bd7.

Thanks a million!
-The Famous Chess Cat-

Nov-20-09  swissteam: I'm sure I'm missing something simple; what's wrong with 14. Qxb7?
Nov-20-09  Jim Bartle: Maybe 14...Bxc5 15 bxc5 Rb8, picking up the b2 bishop?
Nov-21-09  RandomVisitor: <The Famous Chess Cat> Here is a quick computer look after 13.Qxf3:

1: Anthony Miles - Walter Shawn Browne, Lucerne (Switzerland) 1982

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <18-ply>

<1. (0.48): 13...Bd7> 14.Qxb7 Bxc5 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Be7 17.Bd3 f5 18.Qe2 Qb6 19.0-0 Bg5 20.Rc4 a5 21.Bd4 Qb7 22.Qe5

2. (0.57): 13...Bb8 14.Rd1 Qc7 15.Na4 Nd5 16.Be2 f6 17.g3 Ba7 18.0-0 Bd7 19.Nc3 Nxc3 20.Qxc3 Rad8 21.Bc4 b6 22.Rfe1 Rfe8

3. (0.67): 13...Qe7 14.Bd3 Bb8 15.0-0 a5 16.Rcd1 e5 17.h3

Nov-22-09  The Famous Chess Cat: <RandomVisitor>

Thank you! I had completely overlooked the obvious pin on the b4 pawn! Was a little *off* that day I suppose.

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  kevin86: The mate will come soonest...
Dec-03-09  grasser: This one is easy to memorize and blacks moves are natural so I'll probably get to play it again sometime.

G Grasser vs M Camejo, 2009

Oct-31-10  sevenseaman: Its a clean, hands-free procedure Miles carried out.

Why Black left his K only 3 squares to oscillate upon is material only to Browne's strategic planning; it has 'miles' to go.

Oct-31-10  Elsinore: I just started looking at Miles' games, and I'm glad I found him. His game against Spassky (GOTD like 5 years ago) was amazing.
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  Domdaniel: Miles was the first GM I ever played, and *still* the only one to offer me a draw. I said I'd think about it...

Drone, drone.

10.Rc1 is interesting in this Symmetrical Tarrasch (10.Qc2 is more usual). It seems to have gone out of fashion after Smyslov lost to Sax in 1989, but the whole line is seen much less often than the mainline Tarrasch with g3.

Miles liked Reversed Benoni/Gruenfeld positions, anything where a black pawn could be lured to d4. So this was right up his street.

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  Domdaniel: White's Queen and Bishops (and Rc1) look ready to roll on move 17, but the combination fails at this stage due to a nasty Queen check on e5. White must castle first. Browne should then have exchanged Bishops (or threatened mate with 17...Bb8 followed by 18.g3 Bxe4) but he walked into it with 17...Rad8?.

In this line, the defence 18.Bxh7+ Kxh7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Bxg7 f6!? fails to 21.Qh8+ Kf7 22.Bxf8 and White wins because of the threat to the unguarded Qc7 along the rank (22...Rxf8 23.Qh7+). It might continue 22...Bb8 23.Qg7+ Ke8 24.Qxc7 Bxc7 25.Bd6! [killing counterplay] Bxd6 26.cxd6 Rxd6 27.Rfd1 and white wins easily.

But after 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Bxg7 f6 20.Qh8+ Kf7 21.Bxf8 Qe5+! 22.Kf1 Qg5, Black defends -- White can possibly draw, but no more.

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  iking: the 18th move by Miles started the 2 bishops sacs that ended the game ....

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Nov-10-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Shades of "Very Garry"

Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983

apropos the double B sac

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  profK: Shades of Lasker's Stonewall double bishop sac !!
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  HeMateMe: Boom boom! The classic double bishop sacrifice at h7 and g7.

Miles to go, before you sleep.

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