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Johannes Zukertort vs James Mason
"Mason Jarred" (game of the day Oct-30-2006)
Paris (1878), Paris FRA, rd 7, Jun-27
French Defense: Classical. Delayed Exchange Variation (C11)  ·  1-0

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Oct-30-06  romerno: Cost of grabbing a pawn?
Oct-30-06  PaulLovric: 2nd

Oct-30-06
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  Honza Cervenka: <Cost of grabbing a pawn?> 28...Qxf5 was definitely a mistake but i don't think that it was motivated by greed. It was rather a desperation in difficult position than anything else. Pf5 was pretty annoying for black and though Mason missed 29.Rxg7, he certainly had seen 29.Bg4 Qe4 30.Bxc8. Btw, this line seems to be won easily for white too after 30...Rxc8 31.Qg4 Ne6 32.Nxe6 Qxg4 33.hxg4! Bxe6 34.Re1 Bd7 35.Re7 Rd8 36.g5 (see diagram)


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The question is what black should have played instead of that. For example, 28...Re8 29.Qg4 g5 (what else?) 30.fxg6 e.p. Nxg6 31.Nxg6 Bxg6 32.Rxf6 (see diagram) is pretty hopeless for black too.


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Oct-30-06  Chris1Clark: Sitting with two rooks that can take no active part in this seems to result in this rather one way traffic game. How about 19. ...c5. Gives far more potential.
Oct-30-06
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  kevin86: It is so strange that with all the pieces flying that black would have two inactive rooks. The fiction seems to be that white "sacrificed" some pieces-in effect,he had been playing two rooks ahead.

In the end,white of course, INCLUDING the rooks, is ahead in material.

"MASON JARRED-thanks cg for using a pun of mine. Like the Halloween prank-or rather- a Friday the 13th prank- that a man in a mask drives a truck through a warehouse of canning supplies. The headline:JASON MARS MASON JARS.

Oct-30-06  Haste: Excellent game, where white concentrates on being 100% forceful.

An excellent example of a situation where white hangs on to the supremacy in a QP game where strategy surpasses tactics in importance.

May-07-08  Whitehat1963: For those who have never seen this game, there is definitely a great puzzle here after 28...Qxf5. A very complex position. Is this a spoiler or does Zukertort's move win the game?

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