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Lawrence Day vs Duncan Suttles
"Day of Reckoning" (game of the day Aug-11-2007)
Canadian Championship (1969), Pointe-Claire CAN, Aug-??
Modern Defense: General (A41)  ·  1-0



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  ray keene: wonderful game-only way to beat suttles was to grab him firmly by the throat
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  IMlday: Pretty well played until 21..Rf7?. After 21..Rb7 a draw would be a respectable result. He missed the weird pendulum with 25..Rdh8! and 28..Rd8 which is decisive. Incidentally, we were staying together during the tournament. And he fought back from this game to share first and win the playoff match vs Zvonko Vranesic.
Dec-10-04  Resignation Trap: This game appeared in the April 1970 Chess Life & Review. This was being considered for the brilliancy award in the 1969 Canadian Championship. The other game nominated for that award is not in the database:

L. Day - L. Witt

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Be3 d6 7. Bc4 Nf6 8. f3 0-0 9. Qd2 a6 10. 0-0-0 Na5 11. Bb3 b5 12. Bh6 Bxh6 13. Qxh6 e5 14. Nde2 b4 15. Nd5 Nxb3+ 16. axb3 Nxd5 17. exd5 Qc7 18. Qd2 a5 19. g4 Qb6 20. Kb1 a4 21. bxa4 Rxa4 22. b3 Ra5 23. Kb2 Ba6 24. Ng3 Ra8 25. Ne4 Ra2+ 26. Kc1 Rc8 27. Qg2 Qa5 28. Rdg1 Ra1+ 29. Kd2 Rxc2+ 30. Kxc2 Qa2#

So which game was awarded the brilliancy prize?

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  IMlday: The Brilliancy Prizes went:
1. Day-Witt, 0-1
2. Day-Suttles, 1-0
3. bronze=? dunno..
Dec-11-04  euripides: A very attractive game. If 21...Rb7 then I assume White has 22 Nf6+ Kg7 23 Ne8+ Kg8 24 Nd6 Rc7 25 Ne6.
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  IMlday: White would take the repetition because in your line 25..Nxe6 is discovered check winning the R/d8 as well. The 'winning' try is 23.Rxh7+ (?) Kxf6 24.Rxf8+ Kxg5 25.f4+ (25.Rh4 is met by ..Nd3+&Nxf2) Kg4 26.Rh3 threatening Rdh8 but Black escapes the net by ..Nd3+ winning.

By the way, your handle reminds me of an old Marx Brothers joke. A guy rips his pants and takes them to the tailor who looks at them and says: "You rippa deeze?" "Sure," says the guy "You mena

Dec-11-04  euripides: <imlday> You think so ? Reedeeschylous !
Dec-11-04  drukenknight: so I guess black is lost by move 23? it looks like there should be some counterplay but...?
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  IMlday: Yup 21..Rf7? was the losing move. Our post mortem and Hans Kmoch's analysis in CL&R agreed. One interesting point, instead of 13..Rf7 he could try 13..Kh8. I thought at the time that a forced draw was 14.Qe6 Rf6 15.Ng5 Rxe6 16.Rxh7+ Kg8 17.Rxg7+ Kh8 18.Rh7+ perping. 14..Bf6 is weak after 15.Ng5! Bxg5 16.Qxg6 Qe7 17.Nd5 but Black can try 14..Nf6!? 15.Qxe5 Ne4 16.Qa5 Nxc3 17.bxc3 when Black has good compensation for the pawn. Surprising how much can be hidden in such a simple-looking position.
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  Richard Taylor: Great game.
Aug-11-07  psmith: <IMlday>
I looked at this with Fritz 5.32 and it thinks that even after 21...Rf7 22. Nxf7 Black has chances for equality with 22... Bb7!?

For instance:
(a) 23. Nc7 Rxd8 24. Nxd8 Nd3+ 25. Kd2 Nxf2 26. Rxc1 Bxg2 is complicated (b) 23. Nh6+ Kg7 24. Rxa8 Bxa8 25. Nc7 Bxc6 and White's Knight on h6 and Rook on h1 are somewhat immobilized e.g. 26. b4 Nd3+ 27. Kc2 Nxf2 28. Rh4 Bd6 29. Ne6+ Kf6 with plus for Black by Fritz's lights (c) 23. Rxa8 Bxa8 24. Nc7 (24. Nh6+ Bxh6 25. Nc7 Bxe3 26. fxe3 Bxg2, slight advantage to Black according to Fritz) Nd3+ 25. Kd2 Nxf2 with some plus for Black according to Fritz

So, I am curious what you might think of these lines.

Aug-11-07  Luisenrique: Saludos a todos desde Caracas, Venezuela. Gracias por sus instructivos comentarios.
Aug-11-07  chessamateur: Beautiful game. I love the way even after trading queens IMlday sees he can completely ties up Black's pieces.
Aug-11-07  beginner64: What is white's move after 20. ..Bb7?

20 ..cxb5 is clearly a mistake.

Aug-11-07  psmith: <beginner64>
What is wrong with 20... cxb5?

After 20...Bb7 White just plays 21. Bc4+ with advantage.

Aug-11-07  Calculon: Duncan got bounced around like a yo-yo!
Aug-11-07  beginner64: <psmith>
If 20. ..Bb7 21. Bc4+ Kh8.

If 22. Nf7 Kg7.

Then how does white continue?

[As for 20.. cxb5, that is the line played in the game, and was followed by 21. Nd5, leading to multiple threats.]

Aug-11-07  psmith: <beginner64>:

Yes, 20...cxb5 was played in the game and led to mutliple threats for White. Nonetheless it was Black's best defense and with proper follow-up (either IM Day's suggestion of 21...Rb7 or perhaps my suggestion of 22...Bb7) it would have led to a draw.

On the other hand your line 20. ..Bb7 21. Bc4+ Kh8 leads to a win for White after 22. Bf7! (threatening 23. Rxh7#) 22... Rxf7 23. Nxf7+ Kg7 24. Rxa8 Bxa8 25. Nxe5.

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  patzer2: The sacrifice 20. Bxb5!! utilizes the deflection and pin tactics as the followups to force Suttles' resignation.
Aug-11-07  beginner64: <psmith
On the other hand your line 20. ..Bb7 21. Bc4+ Kh8 leads to a win for White after 22. Bf7! (threatening 23. Rxh7#) 22... Rxf7 23. Nxf7+ Kg7 24. Rxa8 Bxa8 25. Nxe5>

You are missing 23. Kxf7.

20. .. Bb7. 21. Bc4+ Kh8
22. Bf7!? Rxf7 23. Nxf7 Kxf7

White's attack is finished after 23. Kxf7. White can try Kxh7+, but there is no clear advantage. R+2B is still playable against 2R+N+pawn.

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  IMlday: 22..Bb7! is a defensive resource I hadn't considered. Thanks! The endgame after Fritz line 1 might well be a draw as the ♘s are uncoordinated. Interesting.
Aug-11-07  Crowaholic: <beginner64: You are missing 23. Kxf7.>

No, (s)he's not. 23. ..Kh8xf7 is not a legal move. Neither could 24. "Kxh7+" possibly be a legal move for White.

Aug-11-07  Crowaholic: <psmith: 22... Rxf7 23. Nxf7+ Kg7 24. Rxa8 Bxa8 25. Nxe5.>

Alternatively, 22. ..h5, but after 23. Rxa8 Bxa8 24. Bxg6, White has a major advantage.

Aug-11-07  ajile: This kinda looks like a King's Indian Defense where White has played the Trompowski type Bg5 move before Black has played Nf6. What about the simple 5..Ng8-f6?
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  kevin86: To black:let that be a lesson to you-never give up the back rank.

White first occupied it at move eighteen and NEVER relinquished it for the rest of the game-with BOTH rooks leading the final conquest.

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