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Suat Atalik vs Anthony 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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  kevin86: What a final move!! If K-g1 B-d4+ forces mate and K to e file Rxe8+ and wins!
Jul-29-03  SEVEN: Hey sneaky, I recommend you to add this game to your undrepromotion collection.
Jul-29-03  PVS: Is there a new book out on Tony Miles?
Aug-13-03  Emil Tyson: Tony Miles: "It's Only Me" edited by Goeff Lawton is due in a few weeks.
Aug-14-03  Emil Tyson: 15...b5! is very nice. If 16 Qxd6 Qa5+ 17.Qd2 Nd3#.
Sep-22-03  Kenneth Sterling: 25...g5 is rather nice.
Jan-24-04  lordhazol: Atalik is wery good player but Short's
aces has dropped 6 and 6
Apr-24-04  Jim Bartle: What does "aces has dropped 6 and 6" mean?

Miles sure has a lot of brilliant wins for a player who never really reached the elite.He had ten wins (including this one) among the 10 best from each Informant through 1995.

Nov-05-04  Rowson: This is the best game ever!!!
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  Sneaky: Beautiful! Another one for my underpromotion collection.

"short's aces dropped 6 and 6" ... I'm still scratching my head over that, the only thing I can think of is a poker analogy. You are playing Texas Holdem and you are dealt a pair of sixes, which is a reasonably hand, but your opponent draws a pair of aces and blows you away.

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  tpstar: <Sneaky> It's a tennis reference, where one player's winning serves (= aces) help blow the opponent off the court 6-0, 6-0. But this is a Miles win, not Short, so the creative analogy is as confusing as the original comment.
Nov-19-05  PinkFloyd: Karpov's game was the most infamous but this is Miles at his best. 12...h6! 15...b5!? and of course the end but the 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? 26 Qd6! gxf4 27. Bd4! or 26...Qe4! 27.Rd4!! Bxd4 28. Qxd4+ Qxd4+ 29 Bxd4+ with atleast a draw with Bc4+ - Bd3+ maybe white can try for more
Dec-01-05  Jim Bartle: If it's a tennis reference it should be "love and love", or a "double bagel"--the 6 and 6 doesn't mean much, since it could be 6-4 6-4 for example, which is a solid win but not a rout.
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  kevin86: 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!
Dec-15-05  mr j: When blacks pawn ate the rook, the last thing i expexted was a horse to jump out!! What a great move :-)
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!
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