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Tony Miles vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Hastings (1975/76), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-04
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  0-1



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Apr-15-04  karlzen: <vangogh228>, Disregard my last comment there. I just found 47.Nb6 Be7! 48.a4 Bh4 49.Ra1 Bf2 50.Ra3 Rg3 with the idea of Nh5-f6-g4+ and Rg1# or 49.Re2 Bg3+ 50.Kh3 Bxf4! and the bishop is untouchable due to the fork winning the e2-rook.

Thus, white seems to have to play 47.Nc3 instead: 47...Ng3 48.Nd1 Nf5 49.Re2 Ra7 50.Kg2 Ra3 51.Kf2 h5 winning.

Apr-15-04  seoulmama: Power chess.
Apr-15-04  trguitar: Regarding 47. Nc3 here's analysis from Crafty to a depth of 17:

-3.77 47. Nc3 Ng3 48. Rg1 Nf5 49. Rxg7 Bxg7 50. Nd1 Nxd4 51. exd4 Bxd4 52. Kg2 Bxc5 53. a4 e3 54. Kf3 d4 55. Ke2

Seems to me that unless black blunders, he's got it in the bag.

Apr-15-04  kevin86: A nice finish;it would be petty for white to play on. He can squeeze out a hopeless existance and avoid the mate. But why?
Apr-15-04  ruylopez900: Why doesn't Miles take the pawn on move 39? I know his king's a bit exposed afterwards, but it doesn't seem to bad (not many checks available to Black)
Apr-15-04  acirce: <ruylopez900> Wouldn't that lose immediately after 39...Rh6?
Apr-15-04  Lancet: hickchess99: "14.c5 gives black a king side advantage"

Could you explain?

Apr-15-04  ruylopez900: <acirce> true, Rh6 wins the Bishop for a pawn, though Miles' King can escape.
Apr-16-04  karlzen: 39.Kxh2 Rh6 would not only lose the bishop, the king would be entirely, awfully, alone after 40.Rg1+ Rg7 41.Rxg7 Kxg7 42.Kg2 Rxh5 when it's probably mate in 10 or something.

14.c5 (and 15.d4) gives black a kingside advantage because of the closed situation in the centre (that is when you can strike on the flank), black can do whatever he wants while white tries something on the queenside. That's a common situation in the English and especially King's Indian, perhaps Miles should've considered taking on d5 instead to open the centre. He ought to be at least equal after 14.cxd5.

Nov-15-05  Averageguy: A good illustration of a Kingside attack winning over a Queenside attack.
Feb-24-06  McCool: White's wueen is just too far out of play in the opposite corner.
Mar-28-07  loftus: What stikes me is how White's pieces are used only to attack on the Queenside, while blacks pieces both defend and attack on the Kingside. Are kingside attacks "safer" to play, in that sense
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  Fusilli: <loftus> Experience has taught me that, when I attack on the queenside, attacking on the queenside is not safe, and when I attack on the kingside, attacking on the kingside is not safe. Ah, by the way, it seems that if I don't attack, the safest thing to do is to attack! :-)

Pardon the silly humor... I just mean that there is no fixed rule about this. It's all about balance, I guess.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Can't understand all of White's moves from 12-15. They seem to force Black to pursue a King side attack which the e3 and Nge2 formation should prevent. 12.f4 should improve; 12...e4 in reply doesn't look that frightening.
Feb-15-20  Walter Glattke: White pieces all offside, black in attack waiting position, 37.-g3 always wins in several variations.
Feb-15-20  Nullifidian: 37... ♙g3 is the move I spotted. It can't be captured because 38... ♕h3 is crushing. The best two responses transpose into one another. You can either play 38. ♖b2 or 38. ♗h5 because the second rank needs to be opened in order to get a defending rook to h2, but the rook needs to be placed on the second rank too. Either way the response is 38... ♙gxh2+. The king has no choice but to shelter under the enemy pawn with 39. ♔h1 because moving in the other direction allows it to queen and taking it exposes the king to ♖h6+. Now 39... ♖g7 cuts off the king's escape, and now if you played ♗h5 earlier this is the time to play ♖b2 or vice versa. Either way, 40... ♕h3 is coming.

After 41. ♖xh2 you can simplify down to a winning endgame with the temporary queen sac ♕xh2+, but a more interesting and possibly stronger move is 41... ♕g3 Δ 42... ♕xe1#. The rook has to be moved, so let's say white plays ♖f1. Now 42... ♖h6 threatens 43... ♕xh2+ 44. ♔xh2 ♖xh5#, so it has to be parried with 43. ♕e8. Now, you can fork the queen and the bishop with 43... ♘f6, but I think that gives white more counterplay and ♖gg6 is the move I prefer because it renews the threat of saccing the queen on h2 and then mating by taking the bishop. The position is resignable right now, but if white were to play on, it has nothing better than 44. ♕xg6+ ♙hxg6.

Feb-15-20  RandomVisitor: 38.Rb2 does not seem to work...

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<73/66 09:37 -M33 38...gxh2+ 39.Kh1 Rg7 40.Bh5 Qh3> 41.Rxh2 Qg3 42.Rf1 Rh6 43.Qe8 Nf6 44.Bf7+ Rxf7 45.Rxh6 Nxe8 46.Rg1 Qxg1+ 47.Kxg1 Bxh6 48.Nb6 Ng7 49.Nc8 Nf5 50.Kf2 Rb7 51.Nb6 Ra7 52.a4 Rb7 53.Ke2 Rg7 54.Kd2 Rg2+ 55.Kc3 Nxe3 56.a5 Bxf4 57.Kb3 Nc2 58.a6 Nxd4+ 59.Kc3 Rg3+ 60.Kb2 Rb3+ 61.Ka2 Bc1 62.Nxd5 cxd5 63.a7 Rb2+ 64.Ka3 Rb7+ 65.Ka2 Rxa7+ 66.Kb1 Bd2 67.Kb2 Rb7+ 68.Ka2 Bc3 69.c6 Ra7+ 70.Kb1 Ra1+

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  chrisowen: <RandomVisitor> Arrange best feels like a little look at in 2 3 down no?
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  chrisowen: We meet again the lady f6
Feb-15-20  RandomVisitor: After the improvement 37.exf4 it would appear that white can fend off the black attack

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<46/80 1:22:23 +2.63 37...Rh6 38.Rf1 Qf6 39.Rd1 e3 40.Rd3> Re7 41.Nb6 Nxb6 42.Rxb6 Rg6 43.a4 h5 44.Qc8 Re4 45.Rb8 Rg7 46.a5 Rf7 47.Rd1 Rxd4 48.Rxd4 Qxd4 49.Qxc6 Rf6 50.Qb5 Qd2 51.Qd3 Qe1+ 52.Kg2 Re6 53.Rb7 Be7 54.Rb1 Qd2 55.a6 Qxd3 56.Bxd3 Bxc5 57.Kf1 Re7 58.Rb8+ Kf7 59.Rh8 Ke6 60.Rh6+ Kd7 61.Bb5+ Kc8 62.Rxh5 Ba7 63.Bd3 d4 64.Ke2 Kc7 65.Rg5 Kb6 66.Rxg4 Bb8 67.Rh4 Bc7 68.Rh6+ Ka7

46/83 1:22:23 +3.43 37...h5 38.Nb6 h4 39.Qd8 Nxc5 40.Rxf7 Kxf7 41.Rb1 hxg3 42.hxg3 Be7 43.Qc7 e3 44.Nc8 Ne4 45.Rb7 Nxg3 46.Qxe7+ Qxe7 47.Rxe7+ Kf8 48.Rxe3 Nf5 49.Rd3 Ke8 50.Nb6 Re6 51.Rd2 Nxd4 52.Bxg4 Re4 53.Rf2 Kd8 54.Kg2 Kc7 55.Nd7 Kd6 56.Ne5 c5 57.Nf7+ Kc7 58.Ng5 Re8 59.Nf3 Nb5 60.Ne5 Rg8 61.Rd2 Nd4 62.Kg3 Nf5+ 63.Kf2 Nd4 64.a4 Ra8 65.Ra2 Nc6 66.Nxc6 Kxc6 67.a5 c4 68.Ke3 Re8+ 69.Kf3 Rg8 70.a6

45/72 1:22:23 +4.22 37...Re7 38.Nb6 Rff7 39.Rb1 Qf6 40.Nxd7 Rxd7 41.Rxd7 Rxd7 42.Rb4 h5 43.a4 Qh6 44.Qc8 Ra7 45.Kg2 Qg6 46.Rb8 Qf6 47.Qe8 Rxa4 48.Qxh5 Ra2 49.Qxg4+ Kh7 50.Qh5+ Kg8 51.Rb7 Be7 52.Qg4+ Qg7 53.Qe6+ Qf7 54.Rb8+ Bf8 55.Qg4+ Kh7 56.Kf1 Ra1+ 57.Kf2 Ra2 58.Rc8 Qf6 59.Qh5+ Kg8 60.Kf1 Ra7 61.Kg2 Rh7 62.Qg5+ Qxg5 63.fxg5 Ra7 64.Kf2 Ra3 65.h4 Kf7 66.Bh5+ Kg8 67.Rxc6 Ra2+ 68.Kf1 Ra1+ 69.Kg2 Ra2+ 70.Kh3 e3

Feb-15-20  Walter Glattke: But 37.-g3 38.Rb2 Qh3 doesn't work as well, even worse for white, I think.
Feb-15-20  agb2002: Black is one pawn down.

The natural move is 37... g3:

A) 38.hxg3 Qh3

A.1) 39.g4 Qg3+ 40.Kf1 Rh6 and mate soon.

A.2) 39.Kf2 Qh2+ 40.Kf1 Qxg3 followed by Rh6 is similar to A.1.

A.3) 39.Bf1 Qxg3+ and 40... Qxe1 wins.

B) 38.h4 Qh3 and mate soon.

C) 38.Kh1 Qh3 wins.

D) 38.Kg2 gxh2

D.1) 39.Rh1 Rg7+ 40.Kf2 Qh3 wins (41.Bf1 Qf3+).

D.2) 39.Kh1 Rg7 40.Bd1 (40.Bf1 Qg4 wins) 40... Qh3 41.Rb2 Qg3 wins.

E) 38.Bh5 Qh3 39.Bxf7+ Rxf7

E.1) 40.hxg3 Qxg3+ 41.Kf1 Qf3+ 42.Kg1 Rg7+ 43.Kh2 Qg7(h5)#.

E.2) 40.Re2 gxh2+ 41.Rxh2 (41.Kf2 h1=Q wins; 41.Kh1 Qf1+ wins) 41... Rg7+ and mate soon.

E.3) 40.Rb2 gxh2+ 41.Kh1 (41.Kf2 Qf3#; 41.Rxh2 Rg7+ and mate in two) 41... Rg6 42.Rf2 Qg3 wins (43.Ref1 Qg1+ 44.Rxg1 hxg1=Q#).

F) 38.Bf1 gxh2+

F.1) 39.Kh1 Rg7

F.1.a) 40.Rb2 Rg1+ 41.Kxh2 Qg4 42.Rg2 Rxg2+ 43.Bxg2 Qh4+ wins decisive material.

F.1.b) 40.Bg2 Rxg2 41.Kxg2 Qg4+ 42.Kh1 Qf3+ 43.Kxh2 Rh6+ 44.Kg1 Rh1#.

F.2) 39.Kxh2 Rh6+ 40.Kg1 Rg7+ 41.Bg2 (41.Kf2 Rh2+ wins) 41... Rxg2+ 42.Kxg2 Qg4+ 43.Kf1(2) Qf3+ 44.Kg1 Rh1#.

Feb-15-20  Walter Glattke: Tartakower fail (resign too early): 44.Qe6+ Kh8 45.Qh3 Rxh5 46.Nb6 Rxh3 47.Kxh3 is a+b-pawn against bishop. So play E) 38.Bh5 Qh3
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  chrisowen: Rage against the machine?
Feb-15-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: Today I was not lucky, I missed everything... I was in a hurry too. ( lghs.) However, I find this interesting continuation for a very boring guy, who do not give up easy. 44. Qe6+ Kh8 45. Qf5 Nxh5 46. Qg5 Rxg5 47. fxg5 Rg6 48. Nb6 Rxg5 49. a4 Rg7 50. a5 Ra7 51. Ra1 Nf6 52. a6 Ne8 53. Nc8 Ra8 54. Nb6 d8 55. a7 Nc7 56. a8=Q Nxa8 57. Rxa8 Rxa8 58. Nxa8 Bh6 59. Nc7 Bxe3 60. Ne6 Kg8 61. Kg3 h6 62. Kg4 Kf7 63. Nd8+ Ke7 64. Nxc6+ Kd7 65. Ne5+ Kc7 66. Nf7 Bxd4 67. Nxh6 Bxc5 68. Nf5 Kc6 . 69. Resigns!
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