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Anthony Miles vs Johan Veerman
Utrecht thematic (1986), Utrecht NED, rd 3, Oct-08
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Old Line (B78)  ·  1-0



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Aug-28-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: What, no kibitzing on this breath-taking game?
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  WannaBe: Total pawn destruction. Seems to me white was unaware of the bishops + queen + knight coming down and white's defence is just not there.
Aug-28-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <WannaBe> I'm sure you know white actually won the game since there is no defense to Qh8# when black runs out of checks.
Dec-01-06  Magician of Riga: the defense to Qh8 not # is Bxh8
Dec-01-06  CapablancaFan: ...Qg8 wins obviously.
Dec-01-06  Magician of Riga: I know that I just like correcting people because it makes me feel superior lol
Jan-03-11  kevins55555: Very interesting.


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  offramp: An incredible game. I have a feeling that Miles knew the result long before his opponent.
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  perfidious: <offramp>, curious, is it not how that happens for people who can play a little. (laughs) This, moreover, in an opening which had been a Miles speciality in earlier days--with Black.
May-19-18  Retireborn: Probably Miles had seen this game:-

T Ernst vs E G F Hellers, 1986

which had been published in Informator 41, and Hellers had already indicated the winning move 25.Ne4!! in his annotations.

Presumably the unlucky Veerman had *not* seen it!

May-19-18  sneaky pete: <Retireborn> You guessed completely right, the tournament book gives the same story. In this thematic tournament the 3rd round gammes started after 15... b5

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Miles wrote "By permission of Ernst Hellers" on his score sheet.

May-19-18  Retireborn: <sneaky pete> Thanks for that. Typical of Tony's sense of humour, perhaps!

Does your book say anything about the origin of the tournament? Was it one of van Oosterom's ideas?

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  Stonehenge: 100th anniversary of the Utrecht Chess Club:


Every round has an article, with some photos.

May-19-18  sneaky pete: <Retireborn> The tournament was organised to celebrate the centennial of the Utrecht Chess Club. The sponsor was CAP Gemini Nederland, a digital technology company. I don't think Van Oosterom had anything to do with it.

Six grandmasters (Timman, Nunn, Miles, Van der Wiel and Zsuzsa Polgar) and 12 club players competed in 3 parallel groups, starting from a hot position around move 10 in a popular opening variation. Each of the grandmasters proposed 2 positions, and the people (the readers of the magazine of the Dutch Chess Federation) chose the 5 to be used in the tournament. This Dragon position was suggested by Dr. Nunn, who in Nunn vs J Van der Tuuk, 1986 was very lucky to escape with a win.

Both the amateurs and the masters had been given some time to prepare for the 5 starting positions, without knowing if they would play white or black in any particular line, that was left to the draw. Miles prepared better than Veerman. In round 5 of each group the grandmasters faced each other, all those games ended in a draw. In 24 of the other games the masters scored +19 -2 =3 against the amateurs, with Timman and Polgar each losing a game. Our friend Veerman, with 2137 the lowest rated of the bunch, also lost to Van der Wiel, but scored 2 wins and a draw in the other 3 games.

The tournament book is <CAP Gemini Thematoenooi Utrecht 1986> by Willem Bor, Bas van Gaalen and Mathi Vijgen, published by Variant in 1988.

May-19-18  Retireborn: <sneaky pete> Thanks yet again. Chessbase Big 2002 presents it as a 5-round Swiss, which had me scratching my head, but your explanation makes it much clearer.

<Stonehenge> Thanks to you too. Fantastic photos in that link! We were all ever so much younger then.

May-19-18  Olavi: According to Timman, the other Utrechtians were shaking their heads, since they were of course familiar with Hellers' analysis; but somewhat unfairly, since Veerman had been in military service, thus unable to prepare as thoroughly.
May-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: 17... Nf2

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Position hurts my eyes. 17... Nxd6 was better btw.

May-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: PS Creepy.

When I scrolled down I moved by accident 1. a2-a4

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