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John Alan Grefe vs James Tarjan
US Championship (1973), El Paso, TX USA, rd 9, Sep-19
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-16-05  MorphyMatt: Huh? Can someone explain? 10... Rc4? not 11. Bxc4? And what's with 18. 0-0-0? not 18. fxe4? And 19... Rc4? Why not 25. Kd1?
Dec-16-05  MorphyMatt: And why not 23. Ka1?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Huh? Can someone explain? 10... Rc4? not 11. Bxc4?>

If you mean 14.Bxc4 after 13...Rc4!?, then 14...Nxc4 15.Qc1 (15.Qf2 Ng3! 16.Rg1 Qb6! 17.Nd5 Qxb2 18.Nb3 Nxe3 19.Nxe7+ Kh8 20.Qxe3 Be6 21.Rd1 Bf6 22.Nd5 Bh4 leaves white with quite messy position.) 15...Nf4! 16.Bxf4 Bxd4 looks okay for black who has Pawn and Bishop pair with initiative and white King in the centre for exchange.

<And what's with 18. 0-0-0? not 18. fxe4?> Black would have played then Qxe3+ anyway with possible continuation 19.Qe2 Nf3+ 20.Kd1 Qg5 21.Rf1 Bg4 and white seems to be in big troubles.

<why not 23. Ka1?> 23...Nxc2+ 24.Ka1 Na3+ secures black draw at least. 24.Qxc2 Bxc3 25.bxc3 (25.Qxc3+ Qxc3 26.bxc3 Rxf3 ) 25...Bf5 is better for black.

<Why not 25. Kd1?> 25...Qd4+ and what now? 26.Qd3 loses and after 26.Ke2 black can play 26...Qc4+ with perpetual in hands or even try 26...Kg8 and play for win.

Mar-25-09  WhiteRook48: why 15 Qg2?
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: <WhiteRook48>, apologies for the late response, but Black threatened 15...Nxf3+ winning the Queen.

One of the great draws of chess history, this really deserves a Game of the Day honor.

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