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Anthony 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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Feb-23-04  Just Jim: Nf6! Just ends it perfectly
Apr-15-04  TrueFiendish: I must be hanging around this site too much. I've seen this one before!
Apr-15-04  twitter: agreed
Apr-15-04  twitter: previous comment in response to <just jim>, not <truefiendish>, btw =)
Apr-15-04  vangogh228: What about 44.Qe6+ Kh8 45.Qh3 Rxh5 46.Qxh5 Nxh5. White is down a Bishop for a pawn, but it isn't hopeless, is it? Or is it? I can't tell from there, but White's passed pawn has to have some value here, I would think.
Apr-15-04  hickchess99: 14. c5 gives black a king side advantage.
Apr-15-04  karlzen: 15.f4 instead of d4 might be a good idea to stop black's flank operation early. Obviously 37.gxf4?? is very bad, 37.exf4 with the idea of Nb6 to exchange some pieces, or even Kg1-f2-e3 blocking the centre. 37...e3 is probably not very dangerous because the black pieces will never get through and h7-h5-h4 is a bit slow.

41...Qg3 is stronger than the aesthetic solution that Uhlmann chose. 42.Rf1 Rh6 threatening Rxh5 43.Qe8 Rgg6! winning.

<vangogh228>, I agree that white can struggle on for a bit. Say 47.Nb6 Nf6 48.a4 Nd7 49.a5 Nxc5! 50.Rc1 Nb3 51.Rxc6 Nxa5 52.Rc8 Rf7 53.Nxd5 Nb7 54.Kh3 Nd6 and black should win, but not without a fight.

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.

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  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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