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Harold Godfrey Cole vs William Winter
"Cole Heats up Winter" (game of the day Jul-30-2009)
Hastings (1919), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Aug-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16)  ·  1-0



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Jul-31-05  SneechLatke: This game is simply wonderful. While many of the moves (19.dc6 sacrificing the bishop, 30.c7!, and 32.♖d1! ending resistance) are fairly obvious, this game is still a great piece of art. White's play in this tricky and imbalanced variation was nothing short of masterful. And this in 1919!!
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  Phony Benoni: You have to love the calm march of the c-pawn through shot and storm. But it almost threw away the win.

29.Rxb8 Qxb8 30.c6 would have left Black helpless. Instead, he could have survived with 30...Rb8!, the point being that after 31.cxb8Q Qxb8 32.Rc1, Black can cover the rook check on c8 with 32...Ne7.

But I don't think Cole cared. This was his first point in the tournament after beginning with six straight losses, and must have made up for all the pain and suffering.

Jul-30-09  lzromeu: I love queen sacs. But this could doesn't work. Winter blunded Rxa8 instead rb8.
Jul-30-09  mertangili: <Phony Benoni> it is true that your line with 30...Rb8 offers stiffer resistance by stopping Rc8 with Ne7 but what can black do against 31. cxb8=Q Qxb8 32. Rc1 Ne7 33. Nc7 followed by Na6 effectively kicking the Queen out of b8. (note that 33. Nc7 Bd3 trying to hold a6 doesnt work as bishop has no safe squares on that diagonal: 34. Rc3 Be2 35. Re3 and the bishop should leave the a6-f1 diagonal; while 33. Nc7 Qa7 is of course pointless as white can play 34. Na6 anyway and queens next move)
Jul-30-09  mertangili: I have just noticed that Re3 leaves the knight hanging, so it doesnt work. Maybe white can try to transfer the knight to c6 instead but its a long way...
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  Check It Out: An excellent game!
Jul-30-09  ounos: Black's opening play is inferior. By 10. b3! White puts Black in serious trouble, this early.

I think Black should have countered immediately with 6. ...Qd5 and then 7. ...Bf5, and make it difficult for White to castle.

Jul-30-09  gtgloner: "Cole" heats up Winter... that's profound!
Jul-30-09  centercontrol: games amateurs dream of!!!
Jul-30-09  David2009: Spectacular, enjoyable and unusual finish. <Phony Benoni: You have to love the calm march of the c-pawn through shot and storm. But it almost threw away the win. 29.Rxb8 Qxb8 30.c6 would have left Black helpless.> Very well put.

I was expecting an early h5 and h4 by Black. Perhaps Black over-prepared it, shuffling pieces on the Q side which then became targets. With a slightly different opening (8 Bf4 instead of 8 Ne2) h5 and h4 duly occur in P Kirby vs A Moussa, 2006. White attacks on the Q side, Black on the K: both sides had good chances, hard-fought game. They reached

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34... ? Black to play. I don't know what the result shuld be.

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  kevin86: Two connectors on the seventh-a great position to be in-I once saw a game with FOUR pawns on the seventh! Wow!
Jul-30-09  WhiteRook48: 5...Nf6?
Jul-30-09  Thrajin: Wonderful pun!
Jul-30-09  Indox: well done. somebody please explain me, that the posibilities if blak goes 20.... Qc5 ?
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  Phony Benoni: <Indox>

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If 20...Qc5, White just probably plays 21.Rxc7, with threats like 22.Qd7+ and 22.cxb7, attacking the queen while threatening 23.axb8Q. At least the game continuation <20...Qb4> allowed Black a counterattack on the knight.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's always amazing when an otherwise mediocre player at best suddenly rises up and for one game can match any player in history, even with the (unpunished) mistake on move 29. However, White might still have a win after 28.c6?!,Rxa8; 29.c7,Rb8! (nice find, <Phony Benoni>; 30.cxb8/Q+,Qxb8; 31.Rd1, intending 32.Rd1-d7, 33.Rd7-c7 and 34.Rc7-c8+. 31...Ne7; 32.Rd7,Kf8; 33.Nc7 (threat: 34.Na6),Nd5!; 34.Nxd5,exd5; 35.Rxd5 and Black can keep fighting, but White still has a strong attack, as 35...Qxb7; 36.Rd8+ wins the Queen on a discovered check.
Dec-22-09  RandomVisitor: <An Englishman>Your sequence starts on move 29, right?

What about 29.c6 Rxa8 30.c7 Rb8 31.cxb8Q Qxb8 <32.b4> axb4 33.a5 b3 34.a6 Nd6 35.a7 etc.

In your line, after Rd7 there is Nd5.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <RandomVisitor>, your line looks like it saves Cole's Immortal in more convincing fashion than my line. After 29.c6 Rxa8 30.c7,Rb8; 31.cxb8/Q,Qxb8; 32.Rd1,Ne7; 33.Rd7,Nd5, can White still keep any attack with 34.Bxd5,exd5; 35.Na7,Bf5; (35...Qxa7!?; 36.Rd8+,Kg7; 37.b8/Q,Qc5!?) 36.Nc6,Bxd7; 37.Nxb8? Of course, I'm working without a computer as usual, and we know what can happen with these long variations.

In any case, nice work on finding 32.b4; I'm glad to see that Cole's slight error doesn't tarnish the entire game.

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  Phony Benoni: <RandomVisitor>

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32.b4 is incredible, and so consistent with the rest of the game! The White pawns continue to perform miracles.

Dec-22-09  RandomVisitor: <An Englishman>The problem with the Rd1 line is that black's best response appears to by the unusual Kg7. You would need to find a way to break the two lines below in order for Rd1 to be a candidate best move.

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.04] d=20 32..Kg7> 33.Rd7 Qe8 34.Rc7 Qd8 35.h4 Qd1+ 36.Kh2 Nh6 37.Rc4 Qxb3 38.Rf4 e5 39.b8Q exf4 40.Qxf4 Bc2 41.Nd6 Qxa4 42.Qxa4 Bxa4 43.Nc4 Ng4+ 44.Kg1 f5 45.Nxa5 Kf6 46.Nc4 Bb3 47.Nb6

[+0.49] d=19 32...Bh5 33.Rd7 Kf8 34.Na7 Nd6 35.Nc6 Qxb7 36.Rxb7 Nxb7 37.b4 axb4 38.Nxb4 Na5 39.Nc6 Nxc6 40.Bxc6 Ke7 41.a5 Be2 42.f4 Bc4 43.Kf2 Kd6 44.Be8 e5 45.Ke3 Kc5 46.Ba4 Kb4 47.Bc2

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <RandomVisitor>, 32...Kg7 looks like one of those great defensive resources that find their way into the textbooks on how to defend difficult positions, and seems to confirm that, as we agreed, 32.b4 is the move that rescues White's brilliancy. I believe that this matters more than anything else in the discussion of the game.

Of course, one can wonder if Cole would have found the move...

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