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Anthony Miles vs Craig William Pritchett
6th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1982), London ENG, rd 5, Aug-29
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Attack. Two Knights System (D01)  ·  1-0



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Aug-17-05  olav dalkeith: would 34...Qa2+ 35.Kxa2 Rxb2+ not have saved the day for black? Black's rook and bishop could then chase the white king from a1 to a4 and back or am I missing something?
Aug-17-05  olav dalkeith: oops, noticed he could get king to a1 and when black rook goes to b3 or b4 with bishop giving check, white just nicks the black bishop. Was too nice to be true.
Sep-09-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <drukenknight: what about 34...Qxd7 35 Qxd7 R(8)xe5 36 bxc3 Rxh5 can black save that?>

Better a late response than never. :) Your suggestion is nice, except for 36...Rxh5, because if 36...Rxh5, then 37.Qf7! Ree5 38.Rd8+ Kh7 39.Qg8+ Kg6 40.Rd6+ Kf5 41.Qf7+ Kg4 42.Rg6+ which I am sure leads to mate eventually.

Instead of <36..Rxh5>, 36...Rxf2 might be a better idea, although I think White still has an advantage.

Feb-14-12  arartekosa: What happens after 34... Qxa2+ 35. Kxa2 Rxb2 36. Ka1 (or, Ka3 with perpetual) Rxf2+ 37. Kb1 Rxf7 38. Bxc3 ? Black has three connected passed pawns for the bishop, shouldn´t he at least be able to draw?
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  Sastre: 34...Qxa2+ 35.Kxa2 Rxb2+ 36.Ka1 Rxf2+ 37.Bxc3 wins.
Jan-14-15  SpiritedReposte: There should be a book of the prettiest moves of all time.

I've tried to compile a few in a game collection and thought each was prettier than the last. This one may take the cake though. Just a counter-haymaker of a move!

Jun-09-15  pedro99: pretty! Maybe Black should have baled out earlier with a weak d-pawn after 21./..Bxd4 22.Qd4:- cd4: 23. Rb5:- Rad8

White cannot round up the d-pawn straight away because of the back rank and f3 will allow ..Re2 which is awkward.

Aug-14-16 Nice double interference pattern!
B-takes, the rook goes.
A rook takes, Qxg7 mate.
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  andrewjsacks: Novotny endgame theme in an actual game. Something!
Jun-25-19  devere: 34.Be5!! is a very pretty move, but I wouldn't call it easy!
Jun-25-19  drollere: 34. Be5 Bxe5
35. Qxe8+ Kh7
36. Qg6+ Kh8
37. Rd8+ Qe8
38. Rxe8#
Jun-25-19  saturn2: I saw 34. Be5

34...Bxe5 35. Qxe8+ Kh7 36. Qg6+ Kg8 37. Rd8+ Qe8 38. Rxe8#

34...Rg8 35. Bxc3

34...Bxb2+ 35. Bxb2 Rg8 36. Bxg7+ Kh7 37. Bf6+ Rg7 38. Qxg7#

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  patzer2: The obstruction 34. Be5! +- easily solves today's Tuesday puzzle.

P.S.: So where did Black go wrong?

Instead of losing with 33...Kh8? 34. Be5! +-, Black could have held it level with 33...Kh7 34. Be5 Qxd7 35. Qxd7 Bxe5 =.

Earlier, instead of 32...Bxc3? 33. Qxf7+ = (33. Be5 ±), Black could have won with 32...Qc7! 33. Rb1 Bxc3 -+.

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  agb2002: Black threatens mate in two.

The black bishop stops Qxg7 and the rook on e2 prevents Qxe8+. The diagonal a1-h8 and the file e cross on e5. This suggests 34.Be5:

A) 34... Bxe5 35.Qxe8+ Kh7 36.Qg6+ Kg(h)8 37.Rd8+ Qe8 38.Rxe8#.

B) 34... Rxe5 35.Qxg7#.

C) 34... Bxb2+ 35.Bxb2 wins (35... Rg8 36.Bxg7+ and mate next).

D) 34... Rg8 35.Bxc3 wins.

E) 34... Qxa2+ 35.Kxa2 Rxb2+ 36.Ka1 (36.Ka3 Rb3+ 37.Ka4?? b5#!) 36... Rxf2+ (36... Bxe5 37.Qxe8+ as in A) 37.Bxc3 Rxf7 38.Rxf7 + - [R+B vs 3p].

F) 34... Qxd1+ 35.Rxd1 R2xe5 (35... Bxe5 36.Qxe8+ wins; 35... R8xe5 36.Rd8+ wins everything; 35... Bxb2+ 36.Bxb2 wins) 36.bxc3 + - [Q vs r].

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  al wazir: <devere: 34.Be5!! is a very pretty move, but I wouldn't call it easy!> My thought exactly. (No, I didn't see it.)
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  jith1207: Famous game, knew the solution as soon as I understood the position.
Jun-25-19  Granny O Doul: Well, sure. I mean, by definition.
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  Check It Out: Have never seen the game and found 34.Be5!! Oh, happy days :)

The early kibitzing is fascinating. It includes both variations of founder Daniel Freeman, <CG> and <Sneaky>, and lots of move analysis before the machines really took over.

Jun-25-19  stacase: Took a little while to see that 34.Be5 threatens mate and disconnects those two black Rooks so that White has two mating attacks (35...Qg7# & 35...Qxe8+ leading to mate). Black can't defend against both.
Jun-25-19  AlicesKnight: A pretty Nowotny indeed. Did Black have anything earlier with 31 .... Bd4? (with e.g. ...Re1 to follow)- if so, there would be sad irony.
Jun-25-19  cocker: Quite right <patzer2>, but I think you meant 32 … Qc2 to win for Black.
Jun-25-19  Pchief: Typical focal interference 35.Be5. Nice.
Jun-25-19  Nosnibor: This game is not in Geoff Lawton`s book "Tony Miles First English Grandmaster". The work is an excellent read but this game,taking into account the beauty of the concept at move 35 was worthy of record in the book.
Jun-25-19  Mayankk: The only reason I got it was because it hurt my ego if I didn’t solve an ‘easy’ puzzle. Must have looked at it hundred times before I hit on the interference idea.
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  Richard Taylor: That's a beautiful move! There are famous moves, even squares, where great moves have been played. One was in a game by Tarrasch, another is g3 by....and we all know who that was. And f2 in a Fischer game. There are other games and positions but this is one of the best...
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