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Royal Goode vs Bengt Ekenberg
"The Royal Game" (game of the day Apr-29-2011)
SWE-ch (1966), Malmo SWE, rd 1, Jul-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation (C70)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-11  W O C E: Am I hallucinating, or is this a second GOTD today?
Apr-29-11  ounos: Not clear why white avoided 29. Nxc7+
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  Phony Benoni: I think this game was probably chosen in honor of the Royal Wedding, but the other game went up by mistake. We'll probably see it again soon.

<ounos> Yes, that does looks like a nice simplification in this position:

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<29.Nxc7+ Rxc7 30.Rxd6+ Kxd6 31.Bf4+ Kd7 32.Bxc7 Kxc7>

And White is a passed pawn ahead. The pawn ending might have a few complications, though; with pawns on both wings, Black may be able to raid one wing (after capturing the e-pawn) while White is raiding the other.

Even so, it looks easier for White than the game continuation--which does have the merit of humor, featuring the Hardest Working King in Show Business.

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  Phony Benoni: It just doesn't seem right, you know. Black's king made 16 moves, one-third of his team's total. Mindless of the risk to his own personal safety, he visited all eight ranks and seven files, and single-handedly slew a rook, knight, and pawn.

White's king castled, stayed at home, and never moved again.

Chess is not fair.

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  Robed.Bishop: <PB> The bastard wore himself out. He needs to learn to delegate.
Apr-29-11  matebemi: 29. Nxc7 is logical but not the best move, better is 29.Bf4 Rc6 30.Bg3 h6 31.Rf1 Rb8 32. Rf6+ Kd7 33. Rf7 Re8 34. Re7+ Kd8 35.Bxc7+ Rxc7 36. Rxc7 Rxb2 37. Rxc5 Rxa2.
Apr-29-11  anandrulez: Much like the legendary Tal , Royal style ! Tribute to th royal wedding I suppose .
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  kevin86: A good one. White picked up a piece and will win.
Apr-29-11  lost in space: Nver heard about the Caro variation in the Spanish game (Ruy Lopez).

Is it 5....Bb7 6....d6 7....g6 8...Bg7?

Apr-29-11  lost in space: BTW, a nice defense here is 11...Qe7

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as after 12. Nxg7 Kf8 the white knight get lost anyway. The resulting position after

13. Ne6+ Qxe6 14. d5 Qe7 15. Qxc6 Bxc6 is =

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Apr-29-11  Robespierre: Anyone have an idea why White's 12th move wouldn't be Nxc7 thereby forking the R & the K? Or, is this just an error that a novice like me would make? [My first post!]
Apr-29-11  Lil Swine: the bishop sac was either because Goode had seen that far in depth, which i doubt, or a really bad blunder which he converted into a win.
Apr-29-11  WhiteRook48: I don't know, maybe 12 Nxc7+ Kd7 13 Nxa8 Rxa8, and black <might> have enough compensation for the lost rook.
Apr-30-11  lost in space: <<Robespierre:> Anyone have an idea why White's 12th move wouldn't be Nxc7 thereby forking the R & the K? Or, is this just an error that a novice like me would make?>

12. Nc7+ is the best move

12. Nxc7+ Kd7 13. Nxa8 Rxa8 14. d5 Na7 and White is much better.

May-01-11  lost in space: Had a look to find out what is meant with Caro variation in the Ruy Lopez.

It is simply 3...a6 4. Ba4 b5 and is not related to the follow up plan here with Bb7, d6, g6 Bg7 which is start to like more and more.

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