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Suat Atalik vs Tony Miles
"Bold and Atalik" (game of the day Dec-15-2005)
Iraklion (1993), Iraklion (Greece), rd 5
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  0-1



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Dec-15-05  weary willy: ... so what's the pun mean? "Bold and at a lick"?!? I almost prefer "Short's aces has dropped 6 and 6"

I suggest there should be a third daily feature - understanding the pun of the day

Dec-15-05  northernsoul: it's a reference to type faces - bold and italic
Dec-15-05  weary willy: Thanks Northern ... I'm particularly slow today.

btw - is that proper northern soul, as in Twisted Wheel and Blackpool Mecca?

Dec-15-05  EmperorAtahualpa: My god!! That win seemingly came out of nowhere! What an incredible game!

And the pun makes a good laugh too. :)

Dec-15-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I love the notation of that last move by the way....:)

31...gxh1=N+! A mouthful.

Dec-15-05  dakgootje: What an unexpected way to win! love the last move =)
Dec-15-05  chessic eric: I am a little confused by white's play throughout. For one thing, I would take the game in an entirely different direction with 9.O-O-O since it brings the rook to d1 and tucks the king.

I also can't see why not 18.Qxd6, especially since white plays 19.Qxd6 after 18...f5, in which case it is worse.

With so much attacking material still on the board, from that point on the threats against white's uncastled king are potent, but <PinkFloyd> is right that the losing blunder was 26.Rc1 allowing 26...Re8. Although it took Miles's calculating genius to discover this most forceful way to demonstrate it as a blunder.

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  OhioChessFan: <Chessic eric>, I agree about White's 18th and 19th moves. Just a total waste of time. A move that at first glance just screamed to be played was 20. Bc5+.
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  Eggman: Could White play on down a piece for a pawn after 31.Ke1 Rxe8+ 32.Be2 Bxf8 (32...Bb5 doesn't seem to lead anywhere) 33.Rxc6? Certainly I wouldn't be resigning just yet, although perhaps it is just a matter of time.
Dec-15-05  THE pawn: A brutul finish, exciting play by miles!
Dec-15-05  PaulLovric: who's on first, what's on second and i don't know is on third........<I'm on first tonight---as when I opened this game a while back. A really neat way to win-an underpromotion in the corner!> you are in the outfield
Dec-16-05  tuffy13: I don't really see the win here. After some exchanges, it seems like white's Queen side pawns are going to be solid, and black's knight is tied up in the corner where white could walk over a take it.
Dec-16-05  crafty: 31. ♔e1 ♖xe8+ 32. ♗e2 ♗f3 33. ♗xg7+ ♔xg7   (eval -3.07; depth 14 ply; 150M nodes)
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  LIFE Master AJ: Someone e-mailed me, and asked A.) What I thought of this game, and B.) If I had ever studied it before.

Its obviously a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful game. (Maybe Mile's best game? The <Miles Immortal> ... if you will allow me that?)

Its NOT in (the book) "The World's Greatest Chess Games," (Nunn/Emms/Burgess) ... but maybe it should be! It IS in GM A. Soltis's book, "The 100 Best," (The One Hundred Best Chess Games of The 20th Century, Ranked. 2000). Game # 36, page # 113.

I annotated this game shortly after Miles passed away. (

Jan-09-06  Koster: Good annotations, but for some reason only one of the three diagrams would load completely.
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  LIFE Master AJ: I checked it, and one of my students did as well. The diagrams all loaded fine.

You may want to clear your cache and try again. It is also possible that you might have to turn off your "pop-up" blocker, many MSIE add-ons cause Explorer to have 'quirks.'

And thhnks for the compliment!

Mar-21-09  WhiteRook48: I don't get it
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  LIFE Master AJ: My page - with the analysis of this game. (

This is game # 36 in Soltis's book.

Mar-16-12  Rob Lob Law: Lots of spam on this page from this AJ person.
Mar-16-12  King Death: < PinkFloyd: ..but...look at the game and you'll find that Atalik was okay all the way until his 26. Rc1? lemon. Why make a move that lets 26...Rd8 a possibility?>

White was probably short of time in this complex position where he has 2 extra pawns but his king isn't safe and his development is backward.

< 26 Qd6! gxf4 27. Bd4!...>

I don't agree with the evaluation that White has a big advantage because Black has 27...Rf6 when 28.Qb4 Rg6 which looks very unclear in spite of White's extra pawns. Getting the kingside pieces out and making White's king safe will be tough.

< or 26...Qe4! 27.Rd4!! Bxd4 28. Qxd4+ Qxd4+ 29 Bxd4+ with atleast a draw with Bc4+ - Bd3+ maybe white can try for more>

This looks good for White so it would be stronger to play 27...Qb1 when Atalik can try consolidating with 28.Rd2 but ...Rce8 still leaves a lot of attacking chances. I'd rather play Black.

Jun-18-12  venunistala: what if 29 - q x f8 ??
Jun-18-12  venunistala: sorry - i mean 30 - Q x f8
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  Sastre: 30.Qxf8+ Rxf8+ 31.Bxf8 Bd4+ 32.Ke1 gxh1=Q wins.
Jul-12-14  hedgeh0g: <tuffy13: I don't really see the win here. After some exchanges, it seems like white's Queen side pawns are going to be solid, and black's knight is tied up in the corner where white could walk over a take it.>

Correct, but while he does so, Black's king will take a walk of his own to the queenside.

Alternatively, Black can always play ...Rxf8 instead of ...Bf3 in that variation if he insists on keeping the knight :)

Sep-02-17  Toribio3: Wow, one of the best games of the late English grand-master Tony Miles. He died early.
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