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Gerardus Hendricus Kroes vs Arend Hotting
NED corr (1985) (correspondence), corres NLD
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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May-02-10  zb2cr: While Black's wanting to develop his King N is understandable, I think he should have gotten his own Pawns moving with 14. ... g4! Then if 15. Nh4, Bf6.

16. exd5 would be met by 16. ... e4; 17. Qd4, exf3; 18. Qxa7, Qb5. Instead White calmly carries on his attack.

I'm not sure what would have been so awful about 18. ... b6. After 19. c5, dxc5 I think White would have to whistle for entry. 19. Nh4 looks like abject failure, as does 19. Ne1.

18. ... gxf3 is clearly the move that turns the game in White's favor. After 19. axb7+ the open QR file works wonders. For example, if 19. ... Kb8; 20. Qa3! there is suddenly no defense to mate:

a. 20. ... Kxb7; 21. Qxa7+, Kc8; 22. Qa8#.

b. 20. ... c5; 21. Qxa7+, Kc7; 22. b8=Q# or 22. Ba5#.

20. ... Kxa7 puts Black in a mating net, while on the other hand, 20. ... Kc8 looks very much preferable to the actual move. 21. Qa3 is answered by 21. ... Qg4!, simultaneously opening an escape hatch for the Black King and threatening mate on g2. After 22. Rxf3, Kd7; 23. Rxc7+, Ke8! Black looks like he gets away clean.

21. ... Kb6 is tricky--it looks like if White seals up the flight square c5 by 22. Bb4, Black gets the time for 22. ... Ra8. Instead, White turns the tables with 22. c5+! If 22. ... dxc5; 23. Qa6#.

After 22. ... Kb7; 23. Qa6+, Kb8 there is a small trap White has to beware of. If White carelessly plays 24. c6?, f2+!; 25. Rxf2, Qc8; 26. Qa4, Nxe4; 27. Qxe4 and Black can play to get his Knight to b6 and hold out. The move actually played forces mate.

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