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Mikhail Tal vs Duncan Suttles
"Duncan Go Nuts" (game of the day Aug-13-2008)
Sukhumi (1972), Sukhumi URS, rd 7, Aug-24
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Pos. after <31.Qg5>

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If <31...Nb6 32.Qf6+ Kg8 33.Ng5 Ra8 34.Nxe6> or if <31...h6 32.Qf6+ Kg8 33.Nh4>

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  morfishine: Traditional, Positional <27.b3> for me
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  patzer2: Like yesterday, today's Saturday puzzle (27. ?) becomes a fun tactical exercise only after the opponent takes the bait.

As <Once> notes, the "solution" 27. Bxa5! leads to the win of a pawn after 27...Nxb2 28. Qxb2 Qa4 29. Rd8+ Rxd8 30. Bxd8 Qd1+ 31. Kh2 Qxd8 32. Qxb7 Bh6 33. Qb3 (+1.30 @ 28 depth, Deep Fritz 14).

My failed try was 27. Rd6 which fizzles out to equality after 27...Qc7 28. Qd1 Nb6 29. b3 (not 29. Qb3? Nd7! 30. Qd3 Nxe5 31. Nxe5 Bxe5 32. Rd7 Qc6 33. Bc3 Bxc3 34. Rd6 Qc7 35. bxc3 b6 ) 29... a4 30. Bc3 axb3 31. Qxb3 Na4 32. Ba1 Bf8 33. Rd3 Qb6 = (-0.05 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 14).

Sep-12-15  wooden nickel: "Duncan Go Nuts" ... what's that mean before I go bananas? :-) I enjoyed viewing how 27.Bxa5 eliminates Black's defending bishop on g7 by getting pinned by the rook leaving a weakness on f6 that counts in the end.
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  patzer2: In the opening, as a possible improvement for Black, I slightly prefer 7...Qc7 as in R Rabiega vs Harikrishna, 2012 or R Ruck vs I Kovalenko, 2014.
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  OhioChessFan: <wooden> it's a play on "Dunkin' Donuts".
Sep-12-15  schachfuchs: I got the 1st 3 moves
27. Ba5 Ra5 28. Rd8 Bf8 29. Qd2 Qc7
but then could not find the "simple" 30. Re8...
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  kevin86: White lures the rook away so that his rook can come in.
Sep-12-15  DarthStapler: I got the first moves and the general idea but I couldn't find the followup
Sep-12-15  wooden nickel: <OhioChessFan: <wooden> it's a play on "Dunkin' Donuts".> Thanks, now I'm hep... I knew they were giving me the double talk!?
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  Once: Be still, my beating heart. For a minute I thought I had solved a Saturday, but then realised that I had seen it before.

I thought it looked familiar!

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  Jimfromprovidence: Wow! I blogged about this game over 7 years ago.

Anyway, there is a kind of interesting winning line to work through if black plays 30...f6 to avoid 31 Qg5.

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Sep-12-15  th3doctor: Wow Jim, there are some nice lines after 30...f6. For example 30...f6 31. exf6 Kf7 32. Rd8 Nb6 33. Ne5+ Qxe5 34. Rxf8+ Kxf8 35. Qd8+ is mating. Also after 31. exf6 Qf7 32. Qd8 black has no way to prevent Ne5 from winning. On 31... Ra6 there is 32. Qh6 Qf7 33. Ng5 mating
Sep-12-15  Helios727: What would happen if black played 34... Qc7 ?
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  gawain: Too deep for me. Like darthstapler, I saw the start of the combination right up to 29...Qc7 but not the follow up. I thought that after 30 Re8 Black would be able to play ...Qd7 and survive. I guess that he would end up a pawn down, which would not be viable at this level.
Sep-13-15  The Kings Domain: Good pun. :-)

Got the right move, though my calculations afterward certainly didn't harmonize with the actual game (heh).

Typical Tal sacrifice, intuitive more than deeply planned out and always interesting.

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  morfishine: Another lame play on word. Not that it isn't clever, which it is; but the play on word "Duncan go nuts" would be much more effective if used in a Suttles victory [ie: Suttles went nuts on his opponent]...Uh, ahem, hello, Suttles actually lost this game....
Sep-13-15  Dr. Overlord: <morphinist> Yes. Not a very Suttle pun..
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  morfishine: Other variations to the Modern defense are the 'Monkey's Bum' where White aggressively tries for an early win with 1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 <3.Qf3>

...and the more seriously received 'Monkey's Bum deferred' defined by 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bc4 d6 and now <5.Qf3>

IM Povah was exploring these odd move sequences and showed it to his friend expert-rated Kenneth Coates.

Coates replied "If that works, then I'm a monkey's bum!"

It worked and the name stuck



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  perfidious: <morf>, there was an article on the <Monkey's Bum> published in the British Chess Magazine--believe it was in 1978.
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  morfishine: <perfidious> Thanks, I like looking into oddball variations so I can spring something over at ChessCube

This one looks really interesting


Feb-02-18  ColdSong: Same to say as chrisowen about 27.Ba5!!.
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  agb2002: Recycled.
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  agb2002: In the final position 41.Nf6+ Kg7 42.Qe8, threatening 43.Nd7, ends up winning a lot more material.
Jul-14-19  SpamIAm: <Helios727>, sorry that you had to wait almost four years for a reply, but after 34...Qf7 white would reply 35.Nxe6 winning the store. 35...fxe6 results in 36.Qxf8#, while 35...Qxd8 36.Nxd8 is much like the game, except that white has won an additional pawn. 35...Ra6 or any other queen move such as 35...Qa5/b6/c6 is met by 36.Rxf8#.
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