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Jaume Mora Corbera vs Duncan Suttles
"Mora less a draw" (game of the day Jul-08-2023)
Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-A (1964), Tel Aviv ISR, rd 1, Nov-10
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-14-04  Checkmate4327: The move 13 0-0 is imaginative. I checked this game with Fritz 6 and the draw is definitely forced. Some variations are: 14...Kd7 15 Be6+ Ke7 16 Nd5+ Ke8 17 Bf7+ Kd7( if 17...Kf8 then 18 Ne6 checkmate) 18 Be6+ and perpetual. 14...Kf8 15 Ne6+ Ke7 16 Nd5+ Kd7 17 Nxd8 Bxb2 18 Be6+ Kxd8 19 Rf7 Bd4+ (19...Re8 20 Rd7+ Kc8 21 Ne7+ Kb8 22 Rb1 Bd4+ 23 Kh2 b6 24 g4 wins the bishop) 20 Kf1 Re8 (20...g5 21 Rd7+ Ke8 22 Rb1 Kf8 23 Rxb7 Bb6 24 Nxc7 Bxc7 25 Rdxc7 and white wins) 21 Rd7+ Kc8 22 Rxc7+ Kb8 23 Rb1 Rf8+ 24 Ke1 Bf2+ 25 Kd2 b6 26 g4 and White wins because of Black's trapped bishop.
Oct-07-04  The Analyst: The book "Draw" by W.Heidenfeld has annotations to this game. Some interesting points made by Heidenfeld: 10 f3 can be met by 10...e5!, when 11 fxg4 11...Bd2+ 12 Kf2 Qf6+ 13 Kg3 Qf4+ 14 Nxf4 exf4+ 15 Kf2 Be3+ 16 Kf1 Rh1 is mate. " For a master game like that one would presumably have to scratch around in yellowed 19th century documents."- Heidenfeld " The following game will never be regarded as a model of strategic planning - it is a completely tactical melee from an opening that bears the label "irregular" with some justification (one can hardly saddle Robatsch with the responsibility by calling it a Robatsch Defence)."-Heidenfeld
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  OlimpBase: A masterpiece. The Spaniard Mora was not Maria Teresa (a woman) but Federico instead.
Feb-19-06  MorphyMatt: 2. h4 is weird.
Feb-23-06  FrancisGrasso: That's quite an amazing piece of
analysis by Heidenfeld there. Most
of us would not have seen that!
May-24-08  addiction to chess: A strange queen sac to force a draw!?!
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  GrahamClayton: 10. ♕c1 and the non-played 10. f3 highlight one of the tactical features of the game - the unprotected rooks on the h-file.
Jul-02-20  Alan McGowan: White has been wrongly named; he was J. Mora, according to the Tel Aviv 1964 tournament bulletins. He is more clearly identified as Jaume Mora Corbera in the web site. This game did not appear in Heidenfeld's original publication 'Gro├če Remispartien', published in Germany in 1968. Heidenfeld's analysis in 'Draw' (1982) is indeed detailed, but he may have been 'inspired' by an article in the April 1965 Deutsche Schachzeitung, p131. The German publication referred to the Mora-Suttles game in the chess column edited by Dr J. Kupper in the Swiss publication 'National Zeitung'. (Kupper was on 1st board for Switzerland at Tel Aviv.) All the analysis in Heidenfeld's book is shown in the article, though Heidenfeld did expand on it a little in some of the dramatic lines. Heidenfeld was an occasional contributor to the Deutsche Schachzeitung, and quite possibly a subscriber, considering that German was his first language.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Seldom do we see so much imagination and so many sparkling tactics crammed into 16 moves. Have absolutely zero interest in what the silicon monsters might say--this is a masterpiece.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Unless, of course, the silicon monsters *do* call this game a masterpiece. Then we'd have a pair of 1960s carbon-based life forms who for this one game equaled the likes of Alpha Zero.
Jul-08-23  nalinw: Great game and good pun - are we on a roll this week or what?
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  jffun1958: I think, the opening is more or less experimental. I would prefer 2. d4
Jul-08-23  goodevans: Great imagination shown by both players (assuming Black saw Heidenfeld's defence against 10.f3).

At the risk of being a bit of a party pooper, I'll point out that Black didn't have to accept the Q-sac and the draw. If presented as a puzzle after White's 13.O-O (which, of course, gives us an unfair advantage over those actually playing the game) I think quite a few here would work out the one move that would have had White in trouble:

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