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Tony Miles vs Gyula Sax
"Joy of Sax" (game of the day Nov-26-2020)
Phillips & Drew Kings (1980), London ENG, rd 9, Apr-20
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  0-1



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  blazerdoodle: 21.Rc7 was kasparov's draw?

so he trie's something different.

But then "Kaplooey!" He can't hold the booty, it's as if someone deflated White's tires before the last last few laps.

What went wrong?

Jun-01-13  Cemoblanca: I liked the calm moves 16...Rf7! and 17...Ne8! (controls c7) before the storm (18...h5) on the kingside. Very Saxy game. ;)
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  perfidious: <Cemoblanca>: This is all standard stuff; I won a game on the Black side of this, back about 1992, after the immediate 20.Nxa7 Bd7. Opening Explorer
Jun-05-13  Cemoblanca: Congrats <perfidious>. I'll try this definitely in my upcoming games, but not today! ;) Just played a very nice game against the Caro-Cann-Defence (B10):

[Event "Blitz 10m"]
[Date "2013.06.05"]
[White "Cemoblanca"]
[Black "Houdini 3 Pro Default Handicap Settings"]
[BlackElo "2125"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[PlyCount "63"]

1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 Qa5 3. Be2 d5 4. e5 e6 5. O-O d4 6. d3 Be7 7. c3 c5 8. Nbd2 dxc3 9. bxc3 Qxc3 10. Rb1 Qa5 11. Nc4 Qxa2 12. Ba3 Bd7 13. Ra1 Qxa1 14. Qxa1 b6 15. Nd6+ Bxd6 16. exd6 f6 17. d4 cxd4 18. Nxd4 Nc6 19. Nxc6 Bxc6 20. Re1 Bd7 21. Bc4 e5 22. f4 O-O-O 23. Bc5 Kb8 24. Rb1 Bc6 25. Bxb6 axb6 26. Rxb6+ Bb7 27. Bd5 Rd7 28. Qa6 Kc8 29. Bxb7+ Rxb7 30. Qxb7+ Kd8 31. Qc7+ Ke8 32. Rb8# 1-0

Hava a nice day! :)

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  PawnSac: <Cemoblanca: 30. Qxb7+ Kd8 31. Qc7+ Ke8 32. Rb8#>

30.Rxb7 and 31.Qa8# is shorter mate.

Wow.. 2. ..Qa5??
Brings out the Q like a complete beginner.

[Black "Houdini 3 Pro Default Handicap Settings"]

does it have any handicap levels above bonehead? That level doesn't know how to develop pieces! Maybe you could bump it up a couple notches! It's no challenge for you at that level.

Jan-02-18  Grandma Sturleigh: 32. Qh1? is horrible. 32. Qxg3 would have kept the game level.
Nov-26-20  V Geriakov: A model KID game from Sax, although I don't get the implication on the pun.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The title refers to a very old book entitled The Joy of Sex. Decent title for rather a high quality game.
Nov-26-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: There actually is an album called "The Joy of Sax" by the Capitol Steps, making a similar pun. In that case the sax is the one Bill Clinton played.
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  FSR: The pun should be <The> Joy of Sax to parallel the book title.
Nov-26-20  Brenin: This game beautifully illustrates the cliché that in the KID, if the centre is locked up then Black's advance on the K-side is likely to be more lethal than White's on the Q-side. As a rugby fan I find the image of a wheeled attacking scrum coming to mind.
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  perfidious: The work to which <An Englishman> and <FSR> refer led Alex Comfort, its author, to be known as <Dr Sex>, a fact which, while making him wealthy, caused him some discomfiture.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Are you saying that that sobriquet made Comfort uncomfortable?
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  perfidious: <FSR>, could be; but that was too easy.
Nov-26-20  Brenin: This is a pun for the eye, not the ear, since I believe that Black's name is correctly pronounced something like "shocks", or maybe "shawcks". Perhaps Hungarians would appreciate "Miles shocked" better?
Nov-26-20  morfishine: <Brenin> You are correct, simple research shows the Hungarian pronunciation of the letter 'S' is 'SH' as in share, shout, shape, etc., so maybe the game title references "The joy of electro shock treatment" or "The joy of shock absorbers", which would please auto mechanics everywhere
Nov-26-20  RandomVisitor: After 23...Kh8, 24.Rc3 followed by 25.Nc7 might be the best try for white:

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Stockfish_20112608_x64_modern: TB6
NNUE evaluation using nn-c3ca321c51c9.nnue enabled

<58/74 1:28:04 +1.36 24.Rc3 Nf6 25.Nc7> Bxa4 26.Qc4 Bb3 27.Qxb3 Rxc7 28.Rxc7 Qxc7 29.Rc1 Qb8 30.Qb6 Be7 31.Qc7 Ng6 32.Bb4 Kg8 33.Bb5 Qxc7 34.Rxc7 Ra2

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  Plaskett: Strangely enough, only yesterday evening I played through a whole tranche of games between Miles and Sax here! The above, with which I was familiar - and indeed witnessed as it was played - was not one of those.
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  PawnSac: <Grandma Sturleigh: 32. Qh1? is horrible. 32. Qxg3 would have kept the game level.>

That it would!

42/26 01:34 69,871k 740k 0.00 32.Qxg3 Qxg3 33.Nxa8 Qg6 34.Rc8 Qg4 35.Rxf8+ Kg7 36.Rb8 Qd1+ 37.Kh2 Qh5 38.Kg1

43/14 01:56 86,940k 746k 0.00 32.Qxg3 Qxg3 33.Nxa8 f3 34.Rc3 Qg4 35.Nc7 Nxg2 36.Kh2 Qh5+ 37.Kg1

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