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Ian Rogers vs Fabrice Delay
"Reign Delay" (game of the day May-06-2005)
Martigny (1985)
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B02)  ·  1-0



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Apr-13-05  Whitehat1963: 12. Nxd5! and 17. Rxe6+! and 20. Bxd7! and 21. Qg4+! Awesome attack. While I'm sure someone will be able to find fault with black's play, I still think it's a pretty inspired attack.
May-06-05  dbulger: wow. that was an awesome attack! i can't believe black never took white's knight on d5. i also don't know why white did 20. bxd7 - it looks better to do it later after taking the queen!
May-06-05  Granite: If 12. ... exd5 then 13. Qxd5 wins back the piece and up two pawns, very nice tactic. Naturally by refusing it, black is still down a pawn but that knight is brutal on d5, it just cramps black completely. With the pawn on the h file so far advance, the king has no where to run, it's just ugly. Rogers finishes him in style for his early blunder - fun game to watch.
May-06-05  Saph: And let us not forget the brave efforts of a little white pawn on e5 who held his pike true, threateningly warding away potential dangers to his Queen in the final throes of Black's death.
May-06-05  Marvol: Both players were really having at each other!
It's probably nitpicking given the sheer aggression of this play, but 20 bxd7, I must agree with <dbulger>, seems to be downright wrong, allowing the horse to interpose a few moves later.

It doesn't save black of course, only allows white more brutal captures - which may have been the real reason for white to play bxd7 :-)

May-06-05  ChessChimp: (12.Nd5!) (PONY) (EAT) (SMALL) (MAN) (STAY) (FIFTEEN) (PATZEE) (LIKE) (FOOD?)
May-06-05  EinZweiDrei: Anyone, of course, is welcome to post the continuation.
May-06-05  psmith: <dbulger><marvol> It is not clear to me what is wrong with 20. Bd7. It clearly wins. If instead 20. Qg4 Qg5 21. Bg5 Bb5 22. Ke1 ed5 23. Bf6 Ke7 24. Bh8 Nd7 is White clearly winning? I'm sure there are improvements for both sides in what I've just given but it seems at least unclear to my little brain...
May-06-05  Jack Kerouac: Been on the road for a while, but I like 3..NE4 with chances for a slugfest.Any thoughts MCO scholars?
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  kevin86: Delay?-We waited twenty years to see this turkey! Black Delay-ed the development of his pieces and hastily went to his doom.
May-06-05  DanielBryant: So it's not Tom Delay?
May-06-05  queensknight: Haven't seen a game like this in a long time...
May-06-05  sirduke: I took a stab at the continuation, and decided there is no forced mate. Rather, black is relegated to defending a poor position two pawns down. I wouldn't want to defend this position either! If nothing else, white owns the ending.
May-06-05  backyard pawn: I also took a stab. Seems that if black goes upfield to escape, he'll succumb to mate, or worse. White's queen and queenside pawns should do the trick. Black's king has to keep off the dark squares due the threat of a royal knight fork, so white can play b4 with impunity. I'm having problems solving the black king's final days should he seek refuge in the safety of his first rank via b7. White can add his rook to the mix, pinning black's bishop, but I still can't see how to finish it off.
May-06-05  Calli: <DanielBryant> So it's not Tom Delay?

Might be. Sometimes I hear him referred to as F%$^ Delay.


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  Richard Taylor: Is it suggested that Delay took a rain day (check) no? Rogers is an impressive player for an Aussie - just joking -

This was great game - pity the Aklekhines got done over again though

3..Ne4 leads to positions with a small advantage to White and Ne4 is still relatively unexplored - I know there has been a lot of analysis and quite few games in that line - but I haven't played it msyelf 3...Nd7 is ok but Black as to be wary of the kind of play Rogers went in for..

Mar-21-07  jmrulez2004: I never used to think Ian Rogers was a fantastic player...after watching this game collection of his...I changed my mind:)
Mar-24-07  Manic: I thought this would be classified as a French defense, not Alekhine's. Is the ECO code right or wrong?
Apr-01-07  jmrulez2004: goodneesss...look at the loads of tactics in theses whole game...very morphy-ish..loads of tactics=strategy
Nov-01-09  Manic: Thanks to <psmith> for clearing up why 20.Bxd7 is important. While 20.Qg4+ is still good for white, 20...Qg5! is a nice move that gives some sort of counterplay for black.

One line might be 21.Bxg5 Bxb5+ 22.Ke1 exd5 23.Bf6+ Kf7 24.Qg7+ Ke6 25.Qxh8 (instead of immediate Bxh8 so that bishop isn't locked in and N can't move immediately) Bc6 (to free the N and rook).

Sure black looks to be in a bit of trouble, but it is almost even on material (1 pawn up for white) but black has 3 minors for the queen which is probably easier to attack and defend with while white only has the bishop to support the queen, so in fact black may even have an advantage here.

Jan-15-10  elohah: YESSS!!! Now that's what I'm talkin'
bout', dammit!

Just....just ...blow him off the board!

Just WIPE him out!!

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  WTHarvey: White wins:

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