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Peter Murray vs Lawrence Day
"It's a Beautiful Day" (game of the day Jul-08-2004)
it op CAN (1975)
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  0-1



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  ray keene: amazing game-come kibbitz!!
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  IMlday: In physical reality there was not sufficient time for Black to reach move 40, the time control. After the mate, Peter pressed the clock and almost instantaneously my flag fell. This was one of my last games playing Walter Browne-style 'time-scramble roulette'. I started to keep score in red ink and write down 'time-consumed' as minute-hand position on the clock. Also, to play forced moves instantaneously. I think solving my time-pressure problem really improved my strength enormously. A few years later it was my opponents who got into time pressure. This game was the final round of a well-prized weekend Swiss.
Jun-25-04  Brian Watson: concur amazing game. hard to pick favourite move:

17..Bxf8! (not Rxf8)
23..Kh8 & 24..Qh4!

hope i'm not being presumptious w/ all the exclams.

wondering what follows 20.Rg1. Is it 20..Ng3+ 21.hxg3 fg

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 23...Kh8 is the astonishing move. I can't figure out why Day played it. The King wastes a tempo and walks into a long diagonal pin, and somehow it doesn't bother him: 26...Ng3 and 26...Qh3 are devastating threats. My best guess is that 23...Kh8 prevents a Rg1 check in some obscure variation. Any help is welcome!
Jun-26-04  Captain Scarlet: A crazy game - I bet at least a third of the moves are unsound!

Why didn't white play 12.fxg6 - 99% of us would've!

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  IMlday: I annotated this game in Chess Canada based on a lengthy post mortem. Krnic did it for Informant 20.

We both give 12.fxg6 Ng4 13.gxh7+ Kh8 14.Bg5 Qe8 15.Qd2 e4 as enough compensation. 23..Kh8 is to meet 24.Rg1 with Bc5.

One move Krnic queried with a ?! was 18.Bxf8. I was also more worried about the developing move 18.Rg1 when Black plays ..Rfc8 and probably 19.Ne6 Qe4 follows when white can sort of safety his King by trading Queens via 20.Nhg5.

24.Rg1 Bc5 is unclear.

After 24..Qh4! 25.Qd4? is the final mistake.
I had only 30 seconds on the clock so Murray rejected 25.Nxf8! Qh3+ 26.Kf2 Bc5+ 27.Ke1 Bb4+ with perpetual.

8.Be3!? was a prepared inno, theory being 8.Nf3 from Alekhine-Ed. Lasker, New York, 1924.

That's the gist of the notes from 1975, but of course Fritz probably has its own silicon opinions.

Jun-26-04  Lawrence: The engines find 26.Bf5 with a winning advantage for White!

26.♗f5 ♘g3+
27.hxg3 ♕xh1+
28.♔f2 ♕g2+
29.♔e3 ♕e2+
30.♔f4 ♗d6+

eval Hiarcs +3.96, Junior 8 +3.73, Fritz 8 +2.34

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  IMlday: Thanks Lawrence

Oh well, I still got the prize money.

Did the engines figure I was unsound all along, or go wrong maybe at move 16?

Also Lawrence

Jun-26-04  Lawrence: <IMlday>, your move 16 was spot on though Junior 8 shows that your opponent was leading for most of the game. The logical-looking 22...Qxf6 (eval +4.05) is very much inferior to

23.Rg1 Ng4
24.Qc2 f2
25.Rg3 and you would have had a whopping advantage of -7.00! (25 min. evaluation)

After 28.Nf4 there's an interesting mate in 6 commencing 28...Bc5 29.Qxc5 Nxf4 30.Qc8+ Kg7.

Jun-26-04  Dick Brain: I'm not sure if I'm doing it right since I'm not adept at any features other than starting 5-minute games and finding positions in the database(computer non-genius here). When I try the annotation feature using Junior 8 I get a number of silly comments. For example it gives 21. Bd3 a ? and then metions the absurd 21. Bxf3 Nxg4 which has to be terrible. But some of the comments that seem very possibly right are of the following moves which are criticized:

17...Bxf8 (Junior prefers Rxf8) with some compensation for the exchange.

20 Nxg4 after which the game becomes equal (Junior 8 says 20. Bxg4 on the other hand wins)

22. Nxf6+? is given a question mark and then goes on to say [23 Ne3 Nf4 24 d6 exd3 24. Rg1 with Black winning]. Maybe I should throw this comment on the scrap pile too.

23. ... Nxf6! as Lawrence says appears to really be better and apparently wins though it looks funny to retreat the knight and allow the queen to be pinned.

26. Bf5! would have turned the tables. The king hunt apparently dies out after 26 ... Ng3+ 27. hxg3 Qxh1+ 28. Kf2 Qg2+ 29. Ke3 Qe2+ 30. Kf4 and Junior finds no mate for Black even though it looks like there should be one.

I dont think I could ever win a game where my king was driven all across the board like that because I'm sure it would be a migraine trigger.

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  IMlday: Thanks guys, very informative indeed.
23..Nxf6!--whew! It does seem counter-intuitive. Maybe with more than a minute on the clock..maybe, but unlikely for a carbon-based life form. Especially since neither I nor Krnic considered it while annotating later with lots of time.

Theoretically I guess this means that Murray's opening inno (8.Be3!?) varying from Alekhine, actually was an improvement. Alekhine (8.Nf3)assessed his own position a few moves later as only "a thorny path". New York 1924 was a great supertournament bringing together the Hypermoderns with the more classical Americans. But Alekhine's notes in the book are dubious. And his opening review article set chess theory back decades by referring to 1.e4 g6 as a "Joke Opening".

Jun-27-04  Lawrence: <Dick>, there's something weird here because Junior 8 gives me 21.Bd3 e4 as being the correct moves (for the first 5 min. at least, though it then changes its mind and thinks that 21.Nxf6+ is better). It shows 21.Bxf3 Nxg4 with an eval of -9.80 so as you say it would be absurd for White to play 21.Bxf3.

I never use the annotation feature, just put "New Game", "Infinite Analysis", and glue in the game from chessgames. Then I click through the game at leisure trying to predict what the best move is and keeping an eye on the evaluations of the candidate moves.

There's certainly something fishy about its recommending 21.Bxf3 to you like that.

Jul-08-04  iron maiden: Great game, Mr. Day!

On the other hand, today's pun was a bit too corny, especially since it's pouring rain over my house right now.

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  kevin86: White pushed four pawns early and went after material;black,however,went only after the king-and material fell into his lap. Then he got the checkmate.

To Steal from the Bible (A chess paraphrase):Seek ye first the king,and all other things shall come unto you.

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  Honza Cervenka: Pretty game. 26.Bf5 could have turned the table but to find such a move over the board in time pressure is very difficult.

28...Ng7 was very good move but 28...Bc5 would have won immediately: 29.Qxc5 Nxf4 and the mate is unavoidable.

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  Sneaky: I wonder if knows that "It's a Beautiful Day" was the name of a psychedelic band that used to play in California in the 60's.
Jul-08-04  ChessPraxis: Slugfest extraordinaire!
Jun-08-05  aw1988: Mr. Day: to what extent in time pressure did you write down your moves?
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  IMlday: The scoresheet was filled in afterwards
so I can't be sure but probably about 24...Qh4 there was maybe a minute left on my clock, maybe 5 minutes on his.
Jun-24-06  Marcelo Adaes: Just to correct the obvious, Chessgames,com, please correct the notation to 36....Be7# instead of just +.
Nov-08-09  WhiteRook48: what's suggested after 26 Bf5?

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