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George Alan Thomas vs William Winter
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland" (game of the day Dec-25-2016)
London (1927), London ENG, rd 3, Oct-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  0-1



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Mar-18-05  organist: This game is analyzed in some detail in Reinfeld's "The Way to Better Chess" pp 96-7.
Apr-21-05  soberknight: Warm Winter? This could be GOTD...
Dec-23-06  think: All I can say about this game is ???
Dec-23-06  savagerules: Prime example why you shouldn't drink booze before a game.
Dec-23-06  Rubenus: Why not 12. Ke1 and white is a piece up? Very strange. Besides, I think the indicated sacrifice is not correct, it must be a ♘, not an exchange.
Dec-23-06  hellstrafer: <Rubenus> I am wondering the same thing. Why not 12. Ke1?
Dec-23-06  Gantastic: Rubenus: It goes something like
12. Ke1 Qf6
13. Rb1 Qf2+
14. Kd2 Qxf1+ or
14. Ke2 Qxf1
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  luzhin: There is political piquancy in this game. Sir George Thomas was a hereditary baronet, while William Winter was a Communist activist who was once jailed for "sedition." Of course, being Britons ,they would have shaken hands politely before the game.
Dec-23-06  euripides: <Sir George Thomas was a hereditary baronet, while William Winter was a Communist activist who was once jailed for "sedition." > The two are not incompatible.
Dec-23-06  simontemplar44: In fact, in inter-war Britain, they often went together.
Dec-23-06  WarmasterKron: Historians among us may note that a similar pun was used for Nimzowitsch vs W Winter, 1927
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Rubenus: Why not 12. Ke1 and white is a piece up? Very strange.>

12. Ke1 is not an improvement, e.g., 12.Ke1 Qf6 13.Rb1 Qf2+ 14.Kd2 Qxf1 with a Black advantage.

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  playground player: Judging by this game, Sir George should've stuck to badminton.
Dec-23-06  nimzo knight: Why cant knight sac be played at move 9 before playing d5 ?
Dec-23-06  Dr.Lecter: I don't understand the last move by white at all. Can somebody explain it for me?
Dec-23-06  malthrope: <Dr.Lecter> White (G.A. Thomas) was under the distinct impression that he was attacking black's (W. Winter) Queen! However, it was just a fleeting thought... ;-)
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  kevin86: A fine game by Winter-white fell into a twopenny pitfall,a sac followed by a knight fork.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: One other game with 9...d5 exists in the database; it ends in horror for White. S Gichurkin vs K Petrosian, 2006

Black needs 9...d5 before sacrificing the Knight because after 12...Qf3 in the actual game, 13.Rb1,Qf2+; 14.Kxg4,h5+; 15.Kh3,exd6+ makes the Bc8 the laziest game winner in chess history. 14.Kh3 is comparatively better, but 14...exd5 remains a tough reply (of course Black could simply take the Bf1).

Dec-25-16  newzild: <Dr.Lecter>

17. Bc3?? Qxc3
18. Qxc3 Ne4+

Forks king and queen. Black emerges with an extra rook.

Dec-25-16  morfishine: Winter receives a gift from Thomas. Nothing else explains this horrid game

<newzild> Dr.Lecter hasn't posted in 8 years, I doubt he'll see your message


Dec-25-16  Ironmanth: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Thanks for this game. Like some others, at first I could not see the weaknesses of the White K and R with a potential fork. Crisp and brutal execution. Be well everyone.
Dec-25-16  RandomVisitor: After 9...d5

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<0.00/33 10.f3 Nd6 11.c5> Nc4 12.e4 a5 13.b5 a4 14.Qc3 Qa5 15.Qb4 Nd7 16.Kf2 0-0 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18.Bb2 f5 19.Ne2 Qc7 20.Rac1 fxe4 21.Qxc4 exf3 22.gxf3 Ne5 23.Bxe5 Qxe5 24.Qc3 Qc7 25.Rhg1 Qxh2+ 26.Rg2 Qh4+ 27.Rg3 Qh2+ 28.Rg2

Dec-25-16  RandomVisitor: After 8...Nce4

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<+0.41/40 9.Qb2 Nd6 10.c5 Nc4 11.Qc2> d5 12.e4 b6 13.Bxc4 dxc4 14.Qxc4 bxc5 15.bxc5 Nd7 16.Nf3 Qa5+ 17.Qb4 Qxc5 18.Be3 Qxb4+ 19.axb4 Bb7 20.Nd2 a6 21.f3 Ke7 22.Kf2 Rhc8 23.Rhd1 Rc2 24.Kg1 Bc6 25.Nb3 e5 26.Na5 Rc8 27.Rdc1 Ba4 28.Rxc2 Bxc2 29.Rc1 Rc7 30.Kf2 Ke6 31.h3 f6 32.h4 Rc8 33.h5 g6 34.hxg6

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