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Milton Loeb Hanauer vs Anthony Santasiere
"Hanauer Well Spent" (game of the day Apr-28-2005)
Ventnor City (1939), Ventnor City, NJ USA, rd 10, Jul-14
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Delayed castling line (C86)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-05  THE pawn: Someone has the continuation?
Apr-29-05  ntc: Fritz says black's best line is 43. ..Qxd7 44. Ra8+ Ke7 45. Ra7 Qxa7 46. Bxa7, which leaves him down 2 bishops for two pawns.
Apr-29-05  THE pawn: Ok, I stupidly missed Ra7. I saw the first moves at least. And the king shouldn't take it, because of 44.ba4...
Apr-29-05  be3292: Why doesn't white play 33. Qf5? <anybody>
Apr-29-05  patzer2: Faced with a Queen about to get trapped, White makes a fascinating defensive sacrifice with 32. b4! for counterplay.

Black could have held the position with near equality with 34... Rc8! 35. cxd6+ Qxd6=, but after 34...a5?! it would appear White wins.

Apr-29-05  Pawn Ambush: After 33.Qf5 then 33...Qf5,34.Bf5, Na4.
Now if 35.Rd3,Nb2.

If 35.Ra1 then 35...Nc3 36. Ra6,Ra8 whites b-pawn looks real weak. If. 35.Rc1 then 35...Nc3,36.Rc3,Bb4.

If 35.Rc2,then 35...g6,36.Bg4 or Be4 then Black plays36...f5 then 37...Rc8. I dont have a computer to assist me but these are possible variations.

Apr-29-05  soberknight: The pun is "An Hour Well Spent."
Apr-29-05  Chunkey Monkey: 26..Kf8? I really dont understand this move! I think the Worrall attack is a lovely way for white to develop in the Spanish as the queen doesnt always have a natural home like other white openings for me anyways (!) and seems particularly suited to the defence of the kings pawn and then the kings rook seems to be well placed on d1 early rather than in its usual cordon beside the king. It avoids knowing a LOT of theory too and balck Marshall and Zaitsev systems also. The Karpov buster I think they called it and this Short-Karpov game got me hooked on it: Short vs Karpov, 1992
Apr-29-05  patzer2: <be3292> <Why doesn't white play 33. Qf5?> There's nothing wrong with 33. Qf5 Qxf5 34. Bxf5 Na4 =, but White probably felt he would get more counterplay and winning chances after 33. Qxh8!? Objectively both moves equalize, but, as this game indicates, it may be harder for Black to find his way after 33. Qxh8!?

Objectively, given a choice between two moves that equalize, 33. Qf5 = or 33. Qxh8!?=, it was a matter of preference. Fritz 8 @ 17 depth gives only a slight edge to 33. Qxh8:

1. (0.34): 33.Qxh8 Rxh8 34.bxc5 Rc8 35.cxd6+ Qxd6 36.Re1 Kd8 37.Rde2 f6 38.Bd2 Qxd5 39.Rd1 Ke7 40.Bxh6

2. = (0.13): 33.Qf5 Qxf5 34.Bxf5 Na4 35.Rc2 Rb8 36.Ra1 g6 37.Bd3 Rhc8 38.Bd2 f5 39.f3 Nb6 40.Bxh6

Apr-29-05  patzer2: <Chunky Monkey> <26..Kf8? I really dont understand this move!> Black is trying to get his King to safety without compromising the dark squares on the Kingside. There was nothing wrong with the strategy of later playing 31...Kf7, except for missing the followup that would have given Black an even game with 34...Rc8=.

Fritz 8 @ 17 depth slightly prefers 26...g6 27.Bxh6 Nb7 28.Be3 Bc5 29.Qg4 Rad8 30.b4 Bxe3 31.fxe3 Nd6 32.Rf1 Qg7 33.a4 f5 (+0.97).

Although the Fritz line may offer Black some counter chances, it is IMHO not much of an improvement over the line played with the followup 34...Rc8 35. cxd6+ Qxd6 = to with good drawing chances.

Apr-29-05  RichterK: Umm... Move twenty... What's wrong with taking the pawn? Doesn't he win it? I'm trying to understand maser games more, so if you could show me the lines they analyzed, that would be great. Thanks!
Apr-29-05  RichterK: I mean, sure... White can take Black's center pawn too, but doesn't the centralized knight make up for that? Plus, He always has Bf6 instead, putting it on the long diagonal with tempo.
Apr-29-05  kevin86: "An Hour Well Spent"-wouldn't that make a dandy book about church attendance?. A rook and two bishops vs a queen-ain't no way to treat a lady.
Apr-29-05  jefipius: Well, if either 20...Nxd5 or 20...Rxd5, I think 21. Rxd5 22. Qe4 causes problems for black.
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  xenophon: i don't like the Worral for white.I'm not convinced the queen is best placed on e2;it's often vulnerable to Bg4and in my experience black can often get a Marshall set up with d5 at some time.

In this game I'm not sure what 16...Na5 is about-wouldn't swaping off be better?

Apr-29-05  Swapmeet: <RichterK> The pawn is just not worth the problems black is going to have on the a1-h8 diagnol after Qe4, or on the h1-a8 diagnol after Be4. The knight is just too vulnerable to double attacks and pins.
Apr-12-09  WhiteRook48: Winning Pieces Easily

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