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Kevin Spraggett vs Bruce Harper
Ch. Ouvert Montreal (1976), rd 5
French Defense: Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch System (C02)  ·  1-0



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Oct-31-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: The game line transposed moves from mine, and Black seems to have squandered a tempo along the way. OK ...
Oct-31-14  plumbst: Difficult. White is down a pawn.

Couldn't get this one. My biggest candidate was 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.Qxd5+ Kh8 but didn't know after that. (had tried 21.Rxc6, Qe4, Bxe5+) I also considered 19.Rxe5 Nxe5 20.Bxe5 Bf6 but same story there...


Ok should've known it was the quiet but deadly Red1...moves like those I would certainly play over the board.

Oct-31-14  plumbst: <Cheapo by the Dozen> 23.Qxd8 Rcxd8..?

One line I did go over was if Black had played


21.Bg6!? and 21.Bxh7+!? were the two moves I planned that both give White strong compenstation, but it turns out 21.Ba2! is even better.

21...Be8 22.Qe4! and Black's position is crumbling; White threatens 23.Bxf7+ Kxf7 (23...Bxf7 24.Rxc6) 24.Qxh7+ with a winning attack, and Black's knight is indirectly pinned due to the fork Qg4+

22...Bf6 23.Red1! (the move again) Qc7 24.Qf5 and Black is losing lots of material.

Overall, definitely very tough for a Friday.

Oct-31-14  diagonalley: hmmmm.. the black K is not entirely in the altogether, but an assault appears to be indicated... but the greater part of the white army is marshalled miles away on the back rank... oh well... maybe a case of 'reculer pour mieux sauter' as the splendid proverb goes... so i suppose it must now be 19.NxQP to bring HRH into play... though OTB i might waver
Oct-31-14  morfishine: My candidate progression went from 19.Qg4+ to 19.Ne4 to 19.Nxd5 to 19.Bxh7+, in that order, without forcing a win

Whats particularly mortifying is in not fathoming the strength of 21.Red1, I abandoned 19.Nxd5 with the least amount of effort :(


Oct-31-14  Prosperus: Couldn't black continue 23. ... Bf6
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  Penguincw: Not even close to guessing this Friday puzzle (19.Rxe5 Nxe5 20.Rxe5, surrounding the king).
Oct-31-14  Coriolis: What does a Scotsman call a rook-sac?
Oct-31-14  Coriolis: [camping equipment]
Oct-31-14  Autoreparaturwerkbau: The puzzle is set at black king already somewhat oddly denuded of f- and g- pawn protection.

The solution of puzzle is to expose black of all 3 d- and e- pawns in next 5 moves...

From black pawns' perspective final position looks like nowaday tropical rainforests. :)

Oct-31-14  BalaKKa: 23.Be5+ - Bf6
24.Qxc6! and it's all over

All pieces are overwhelmed, black can't really recapture the Q, due to after Bxc6 white chops on d8, and then on f6 with a fork.

Oct-31-14  Marmot PFL: typical chess player vs political celebrity game.
Oct-31-14  villageboy: @BalaKKa:

Rc1+, picks up the white Bishop too, after the chop & fork.

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  kevin86: A series of sacrifices leads Spraggett to victory.
Oct-31-14  LIzzard: Did anyone see any merit in

Bxe5 Nxe5
Rxe5 ..

to set up the rook lift and leave the queen and bishop lanes to threaten the king?

Oct-31-14  Longview: <Lizzard> you were going the same direction I was. I also saw the merit of c3x d5 to have the c file opened to the c1 rook. What I missed was the opportunity for Qd5. I kept wanting Qg4 and was trying to deal with ...Bg5 blocking my access to the black King. Qd5 takes care of that nicely. Well, for once I missed the first move and got later ones. Generally I get the first move and then stall with the follow on moves.
Oct-31-14  Longview: What I notice now is that black has more pieces on the Queen's half of the board than on the King's half leaving his King more vulnerable than usual!
Oct-31-14  eezzell: I read the comments and am still confused by the game continuation. After 19. Nxd5 why does black retake? Why not 19. ...Bg5? or ...Rf7?
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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

White seems to be able to eliminate Black's central pawns with 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.Qxd5+ but I'm too tired today to attempt a deep analysis.

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  chrisowen: Enough a map inept have d5 good in c3 magpie

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Oct-31-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <plumbst>,

I under-analyzed the ... Rf7 interposition, because I saw Bh7+ as more obviously crushing that it is, because I overlooked that f8 had been vacated for the king.

But you're right -- Ba2 looks scary for Black, in that even as he defends passively White ensures a pretty decent material situation (rook and pawn(s) for two pieces) while the attack still has strong force.

Oct-31-14  DarthStapler: I didn't get it
Oct-31-14  Patriot: <morf> <Whats particularly mortifying is in not fathoming the strength of 21.Red1...> I didn't consider that move either. I chose 19.Nxd5 mostly because it doesn't risk a lot of material and it seems to be the start of some sort of attack, although I wasn't completely sure how to do it. Sometimes it doesn't work out so well but usually that sort of reasoning turns a favorable position into a drawn position (or slightly worse).
Nov-02-14  patzer2: The key to completely solving (19.?), which was the Friday, Oct 31, 2014 puzzle, is seeing the strongest reply to 19. Nxd5!! exd5 20. Qxd5+ Rf7!? (position below)

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Here, 21.Bg6 or 21.Bxh7+ were the two moves I thought were best. However, as <plumbst> observes 21. Ba2! is <even better>.

Just how much better is 21. Ba2! than 21. Bxh7+ or 21. Bg6? Deep computer analysis reveals 21. Ba2! is clearly winning, while 21. Bxh7+ or 21. Bg6 result in a far smaller and much more unclear advantage.

Fritz 12 @ 22/49 depth on my 2.1 GHZ dual core processor assesses 21. Ba2! (+5.40) as clearly winning, while giving 21. Bxh7+ (+1.10) and 21. Bg6 (+0.66) only about a pawn advantage.

After 21. Ba2!, Fritz indicates strong play could continue <21...♗e8>

(21... Qe8 22. Bxe5 Nxe5 23. Rxc8 Bxc8 24. Qxe5 Qf8 25. Qxe7 Qxe7 26. Rxe7 )

<22. ♕e4 ♘a7>

(22... Rc7 23. Bxf7+ Kxf7 24. Qxh7+ Ke6 25. Qg8+ Bf7 26. Qg4+ Kd6 27. Bxe5+ Nxe5 28. Qd4+ Bd5 29. Qxe5+ Kd7 30. Qxd5+ Ke8 31. Qg8+ Kd7 32. Qe6+ Ke8 33. Rxc7 Qxc7 34. h6 )

<23. ♖cd1 ♕b6 24. ♕g4+ ♔f8 25. ♗xf7 ♗xf7 26. ♗xe5 ♕h6 27. ♖d7 ♕g5>

(27... Ke8 28. Bd6 )

<28. ♕xg5 ♗xg5 29. ♖xa7> (+7.12 @ 24/47 depth).

Nov-02-14  patzer2: After 22. Rxc6!, if Black had tried 22...Bxc6 (diagram below)

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23. Bxe5+! Bf6 24. Qxd8! Rcxd8 25. Rxd8 Bxe5 26. Rxf8+ Kg7 27. Rc8 wins easily.

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