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Burgess vs Randy Miller
"Mail Order Mate" (game of the day Aug-19-2008)
corr (1974) (correspondence)
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Is there an improvement to 11. ...Nxh1?

I'm considering 11. ...Qf6, unfortunately White's pieces are so active I think just about anything Black tries leads to a whirlwind attack on the king.

Aug-20-02  refutor: I think you're right sneaky...i play the ...Bc5 line v. the king's gambit and between this game and the alekhine game where he had a similar stunning mate, i think i'm never gonna play ...exf4...can't waste that tempo :)
Sep-18-04  Knight13: Instead of 8... Nf2, I would played 8... 0-0.
Apr-30-07  Quintiliano: Of course, White is the late Anthony Burgess, of clockwork orange fame
Aug-19-08  sallom89: very entertaining game!
Aug-19-08  beginner64: 11. .. Nxh1 should have a double question mark, as it allows to a forced mate in 3.
Aug-19-08  TheTamale: White missed a nasty fork at the end... 14. Ne6!!! would've won the Black queen. Another corker would've been 14. Bxd6#!!, Black captures bishop, and only then Qh6 mate--rubbing a little salt into it with a spite check!
Aug-19-08  gamer945094: <TheTamale> Umm, it appears that 14.Bxd6+ allows 14...Kg7, averting the mate threat. Also 14.Ne6 Kxf7 15.Nxd8 Rxd8 and black has R+N+B for Q. I haven't worked out what would then follow after 16. Qxh7+, but I still see no point in these moves.
Aug-19-08  TheTamale: <gamer945094> Ah, you are right. I was looking at it from the final position, where the White queen blocks the escape to g7. Primarily I am looking not so much to win the game here, but rather to crush Miller's spirit & make him feel bad. I'd probably be better off focusing on mate. :-)
Aug-19-08  whiteshark: Safety first if you are Randy!
Aug-19-08  kevin86: I guess the pun is a play on "mail order bride".

While white was Anthony Burgess,black played like Burgess Meridith;by the time that he had "time enough at last",he was checkmated. His final position looked worse than old,punch drunk Mickey in ROCKY.

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  Once: "Mail Order Mate" because this was a correspondence game?
Aug-19-08  Jim Bartle: Burgess played like Clockwork?
Aug-19-08  FizzyY: Wow. Those White pieces. . .like five of them all helping to hit the black king.
Aug-19-08  Zeabos: yeah Nxh1 is suicide, the knight is protected, and that move allows the white Queen free reign. Better move would be Qf6. Which allows black to take the offensive and gives the Black K a bishop and more breathing room.
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  Once: <Zeabos> Agree - 11. ... Nxh1 is the losing move here. The knight really needs to stay on f2 to stop the queen check from h3.

Instead, Black would have given himself a fighting chance with 11. ... Nd4. This gives the white king an extra flight square, it defends against Be6+ and it initiates threats of its own with Nxc2.

Fritz 11 gives 11. ... Nd4 an eval of +0.27. A slight edge to white but not resignable and certainly not mate in 3.

Aug-19-08  whiteshark: Yes, the remaining ♖♖♖ have not been moved! Zero influence in the game.
Aug-19-08  AccDrag: Man, Randy got owned in 2 more games on chessgames.
Nov-30-19  sea7kenp: Talk about a Poisoned Rook!

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