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Larry Christiansen vs Craig Madsen
Showboat Open (1975), Las Vegas, NV USA, Dec-??
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0



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Sep-23-03  bishop: Look 5 squares to your left. By the way your name sounds offensive.
Jul-08-05  THE pawn: 17h6?
Jul-08-05  aw1988: h6 Qxc5
Jul-08-05  THE pawn: Qxc5? there's nothing on the c5 square, I've got to have a problem with the java application, it's not the first time it happens.
Jul-08-05  aw1988: There's a bishop on c5.
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  samvega: Looks like <bishop> was answering a now deleted question, apparently the same question you are asking <THE pawn> -- so you may not be the only one having a problem viewing the correct score. You could try selecting a different java viewer...
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  fredthebear: 17.Qh5! is a forking DOUBLE ATTACK upon h7 and Bc5, essential to chess success. Black can respond to one threat or the other, not both. Obviously, Black should advance a pawn to prevent checkmate, and allow the capture of the bishop -- the lesser of two evils.

Against a strong player like LMC, it was wise for Black to resign instead of suffering along down material.

Apr-15-20  Granny O Doul: Rather debaculous on Black's side. 14. ...Be7 looks quite uncomfortable but is not immediately losing, as far as I can see.
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  fredthebear: White was working on a queenside skewer when the kingside mate threat popped up. If 15...Nb6/Nc7 16.NxBc5 QxNc5 17.Bb4 Q moves 18.BxRf8 wins the exchange.
Apr-16-20  Muttley101: <fredthebear: White was working on a queenside skewer when the kingside mate threat popped up. If 15...Nb6/Nc7 16.NxBc5 QxNc5 17.Bb4 Q moves 18.BxRf8 wins the exchange.> Great comments as always, but I wondered whether the point of c4 is that the black bishop is trapped by b4 if the knight retreats to b6 or c7.

Also, what was 13 ... Qh4? Black is not developed, nor are his pieces in place for a snap attack.

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  fredthebear: 13...Qh4?! is a waste of time. Not sure what Black had in mind. His bishops should have been the focus, as well as restraining White's advance.

15.c4 is necessary to drive off the Black knight, preventing 17...NxBb4 from eliminating the skewer. There's a tactic available to White whichever way the Black knight retreats. If the Black knight is allowed to stay in the center, there will be no tactic. It's a form of Remove the Defender.

Jan-14-22  jerseybob: This is a "niche" line against the Winawer that I've always liked, though never had the chance to play. Nice game by white.

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