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Andrew Philip Law vs Tony Miles
"Long Arm of the Law" (game of the day Sep-14-2005)
Regency Masters (1981), Ramsgate ENG, rd 3, Dec-07
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  1-0



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Sep-14-05  morphy234: yes, i'm furst
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 30...Kb8, I asked myself, "What is Law going to do, try and win with the f-pawn?" Sure enough, that's exactly what he did. For future reference, Law got lucky--you should never, ever, take my advice, even when I'm right.

Incidentally, does 31...Nc6; 32.f5,Ne7; 33.Qf7,Qe8; 34.Qxe8+!?,Rxe8; 35.f6,Ng6; 36.h4!?,Nf8 improve? Probably not: 36.f7!,Rc8 and now 37.h4,Nf8; 38.Nxf8,Rxf8; 39.e6 looks good. Of course, I'm working without a board, so look before you trust.

Sep-14-05  khense: Hey,nice guys finish first(sometimes).
I played five minute chess with Andrew in his parents' apartment in the late 1960's. I have not been to England since, but I remember the hospitality!
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  patzer2: Does anyone else remember the song...

I FOUGHT THE LAW (Sonny Curtis)

Breakin' rocks in the hot sun
I Fought the law and the law won
I needed money 'cause I had none

I Fought the law and the law won
I left my baby and it feels so bad
Guess my race is run
She's the best girl that I ever had
I Fought the law and the law won...

In this case perhaps Miles fought the law of chess play that indicates you need to complete development before initiating an attack. His Queenside attack is stymied by Law's positional exchange sacrifice 22. Rxa3!? which gives him a a pawn and a piece for the Rook as well as the initiative.

Miles might have been able to equalize after 24...Nc4 25. f4 b2 26. Be3 . Missing this opportunity, Miles quickly sliped into a lost position after 25...b2?! 26. Bxb2 .

Not particularly difficult, but an instructive Queening combination is the sequence following 34. f6!

Sep-14-05  Takya Kotov: <khense> I also remember Andrew Law and he was a very nice chap. I played for Imperial College against him, sometime in the early 1980's, when he played for Wood Green. He was an IM at the time and I was most surprised when he accepted my draw offer.
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  kevin86: At one time,white had five passed pawns and a seven to one edge in pawns. It didn't take much to get one of them home to queen ...and several to follow.
Sep-14-05  JustAFish: What is the continuation after 23 ... Kf8? I was thinking N7xe6, but I can't seem to make it work.

Eg 23... Kf8 24 N7xe6+ fxe6 25 Nxe6+ Ke8 26 Bxg6+ hxg6 27 Qxg6+ Qf7 and white is way down on material and the attack has fizzled...

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  patzer2: <JustAFish> <What is the continuation after 23...Kf8?> A quick look with Fritz 8 yields the possibility 23... Kf8 24. N7xe6+ (less accurate is 24. Nh5 Be7 25. Qf3 Bd8 26. Ne4 dxe4 27. Bh6+ Ke8 28. Ng7+ Kf8 29. Nh5+ Ke8 30. Ng7+ =) 24... fxe6 25. Nxe6+ Kf7 26. Bf5 Qc6 27. bxa3 Ke8 28. Nc5 Nc4 29. Bg5 (+2.03 @ 12 depth & 1135kN/s).
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  patzer2: <an Englishman> Good observation on 31. f4! being the winning plan for Law. Law could also have slightly delayed the f4 advance and still have won after 31. Nf7! Rc8 32. Nd6 Rh8 33. Nc5 Qa7 34. Nxc4 dxc4 35. f4 (+3.62 @ 13 depth per Fritz 8).

However, I prefer Law's direct approach 31. f4! Qc8 32. Qf6 (+1.81 @ 13 depth), even if Fritz 8 doesn't rate it quite as strong as 31. Nf7!

Aug-08-15  CaptainObtuse: To Arms! To Arms!

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