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Kevin Spraggett vs Fred South
"Down South" (game of the day Jul-01-2005)
Eastern Ontario Open (1976), rd 5
Nimzowitsch Defense: Williams Variation (B00)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: A queen sac on the FIFTH move! Note how to the end how the six pieces on black's king side are so .... worthless.
Jul-22-03  Brian Watson: Pretty amazing -- how on earth did he see that white would have enough?! After Qa5+ and 0-0-0, black at first looks like he's going to squirm out . . .
Oct-09-03  shr0pshire: I just played this line in a correspondence game. It is a very fun line, and it is extremely psychological. I found that it is a pretty even line if your opponent plays it correctly, but since your opponent is up a queen and can be mated extrememly fast, it black can easily make errors while defending the king.
Oct-09-03  Shadout Mapes: Very interesting. Two other games:

Black gives his queen back, it doesnt work: Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs NN, 1988

White resigns for reasons only known to himself: D Das vs Acharya Chandragupta K, 1994

May-06-04  ruylopez900: Very nice play by Spraggett. I'm sure he had done some home prep on this (most people would at least look at it! =D). But previous kibitzers are right the pressure put on Black is quite a lot.
Nov-10-04  rayzor: According to Shredder, Black found the best defensive moves up until 13... e6, where a6 might have allowed him to suffer a little longer. White clearly has enough for the Queen at all stages.

Note that White can trap the Black Queen with 10. cxb7+ and 11. Be3, but the line played appears to be at least as strong.

Nov-10-04  Saruman: This line is perfect for bulletgames.
Jan-17-05  Frank Dixon: Quite the amazing idea by Kevin Spraggett. Don't know if I recall a Queen sac on move five in any other games! Black never had a chance to wriggle out!
Jan-28-05  Theoryhack: Actually this is a fairly common tactic - though we have it here in its purest form. the pattern: black uncastled, Nf3 pinned by Bg4; Nc6 hit by d5; White KB able to check on b5. Under these circumstances, W can often meet Ne5 by just taking it.
Jan-28-05  drukenknight: this is actually not so amazing since the basic pattern is a very familiar one for QGambit players. A lot of those games have ...a6 as a saving move, (alluded to by rayzor above). There is an example of this in my old MCO book, if I can find it.
May-06-05  schnarre: Go Canucks!!
Jul-01-05  aw1988: Good for you, now shut up.
Jul-01-05  iron maiden: <aw1988>, don't bother, you'll make him think you're jealous.
Jul-01-05  PhilFeeley: I wonder how it was possible for Spraggett to prepare this opening when 1...Nc6 is so rare after 1.e4.

It must be unusual. A lot of people have this in their favorite games collection.

I went to high school with Fred and his brother Bob South. We played at the R.A. Chess Club for some years and then they moved out to Alberta and they played in a lot of tournaments there. They both ended up with ratings in the 2000 range, but I suspect they couldn't get any higher so they quit playing. I'm not sure as we lost touch years ago.

Jul-01-05  Happypuppet: Very nice end position. The one place the rook can move leads to a mate in one. A rook with an open file is trapped!
Jul-01-05  zabbura2002: i wonder if he had already seen this position since the queen sac on move 5.. it's just so unbelievable if he did
Jul-01-05  khense: Zabbura2002 If he did it was prep. If we're lucky, most of us once or twice in our life get to actually play that great game we engineered when we didn't have an opponent.
Jul-01-05  mravikiran: Why not play:

19 ... Be7

Give up the rook and get the active bishop.

Jul-01-05  aragorn69: What is the White win after 8.-a6 ? Is 9.Nc4 Qxc3+!? 10.bxc3 axb5 11.cxb7 Rb8 12.Na5 Bxc2 13.f3 Nf6 14.Be3 Nd7 15.Ba7 really at White's advantage ?!
Jul-01-05  psmith: <mravikiran>
How about 19 ... Be7 20. Bc7 Kc8 21. Be5 threatening both 22. Bg7 and 22. Na7#?
Jul-01-05  JohnBoy: <aragorn> - after 8...a6, white simply plays 9.cb7+, whence black has either 9...Qxb5 10.ba8+ and then taking the black Q, or 10...Kd8 11.ba8+ Kc7 12.Qc6+ Kb8 13.Nd7+. Pick your poison.
Jul-01-05  psmith: <JohnBoy> No, after 8... a6 9. cb7+ ab5 10. ba8+ Qa8, black is winning.

<aragorn9> But after 8... a6 9. Nc4 Qc3 10. bc3 ab5 how about 11. Nb6 with the idea of 12. c7?

Jul-01-05  jahhaj: <psmith, JohnBoy> After 8...a6 9.b4 looks strong. By moving the queen from the a file white is renewing the threat of cxb7+, so black has to give up his queen, e.g. 9...axb5 10.bxa5 bxc6 11.♘xc6 ♗xc2 when white looks to have a good edge.
Jul-01-05  Marco65: Looking at the online ChessBase database there are 2 games with 8...a6, and they are the only 2 where Black wins! One is Zoedl-Galvin corr.99, the other one (that I just submitted to ChessGames) is Duppel-Schlindwein Germany 99.

They are IM strength players, their game went 8...a6 9.Nc4 Qxb5 10.Nxb5 axb5 11.Nb6 Ra6 12.Nd5 Rxc6 13.Kxd1 ...

But I think 12.c7 Bg4 13.Be3 would give Black more trouble.

I find also <jahhaj> 9.b4! very interesting and probably winning

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  kevin86: Black must lose at least the exchange,then Mr South has nothing against the a-pawn's advance up the West Coast.
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