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Andrew Philip Law vs Vlastimil Hort
"Breaking the Law" (game of the day Mar-25-2011)
Lord John Cup (1977), London ENG, rd 8, Sep-??
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  0-1



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Mar-25-11  KingV93: Lots of positional manouvering in this one.
Mar-25-11  mertangili: <joupajou> I would not call 44...Nf3+ a blunder as in case of 44...Qh5 white has 45.Ne7+ which seems very disturbing as it is hard for black king to get out of checks.
Mar-25-11  joupajou: Thanks <mertangili> for your comment. Please let me explain why I still consider 44. ..Qh5 a very strong move despite of 45.Ne7+

44. ..Qh5 45.Ne7+ Kf8

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Now white only has a few moves. We have to bear in mind that WR in d1 is not protected.

46.Qa8+ Kxe7 47.Qb7+ (47.Qd8+? Kf7) Ke6 and black king escapes.

46.Ng6+ Rxg6 (because BN in e5 is in too good of a position to lose). 47.Qa8+ Kf7 48.Qb7+ (better to stay on the diagonal) Kg8 and black king escapes.

Mar-25-11  Bennie: Why not 41. f3 ?
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  kevin86: "I fought the law and...I won".
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  wordfunph: The Lawless Heart!
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  HeMateMe: <kevin86> !! Salutes Buddy Holly and Bobby Bland.

"A Vlast From the Past"

Mar-25-11  TheRavenPK: Judas Priest !
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  tpstar: Beavis & Butthead!
Mar-25-11  tatarch: <Phony Benoni: ...So that leaves 48.Rxf3, and something like this happens: 48...Qb1+ 49.Ke2 Qc2+ 50.Ke1 (50.Ke3 Bd4#) gxf3 51.Qxf3 Rh1+ 52.Qxh1 Qc1+, winning the queen.>

This is the line I saw at first also, but I also missed the fact that 52.Qxh1 is check...

So not sure what the best line for black is here.

Mar-25-11  takchess: Hopefully we can find a good Law win and use " He fought the Law and the Law Won"
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  Phony Benoni: <tatarch> <51.Qxf3

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51...Rh1+ 52.Qxh1 Qc1+, winning the queen. This is the line I saw at first also, but I also missed the fact that 52.Qxh1 is check...>

Ouch, good catch! It looks like Black would have to grind it out; I don't see a quick kill. He can probably play 51...Qb1+ and 52...Qxa2+, if that helps.

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  Phony Benoni: <takchess: Hopefully we can find a good Law win and use " He fought the Law and the Law Won">

Been there, done that: J Hastings vs A Law, 1994

Mar-25-11  joupajou: <Bennie: Why not 41. f3 ?>

41.f3? Rh6!

Would this be the answer to your question?

Mar-25-11  scormus: <Phony Benoni: ... suddenly finds out that Black's pieces are actually better placed>

Yes, like one of those noir films "you think you know what's going on, but you dont"

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  Domdaniel: <Phony> I agree: the Hedgehog can be irritatingly hard to deal with. But is there any way to avoid it if Black is determined enough?
Mar-25-11  jethrotool: Which is the score of the superGMs (Anand, Kramnik, Kaspa et al) against the Hedgehog?

Is there an antiHegdehog among them, like Kramnik is anti-Gruenfeld and Ivanchuk anti KID?

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  minasina: You don't know what it's like, you don't have a clue. If you did you'd find yourselves doing the same thing too. Breaking the law, breaking the law...
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  Phony Benoni: <Domdaniel> This may be too limited of an idea, but I think of the Hedgehog as characterized by: (1) White pawns on c4/e4 against Black pawns on d6/e6; (2) the pawn trade ...c5xd4. White applies pressure on the d-file, particularly d5; Black's play revolves around the dark-square triangle c5/d4/e5 and a well-timed ...d6-d5 push.

Openings in which White plays an early Nc3 and blocks the c-pawn, such as the Closed Sicilian, would avoid this pure form. Black can still set up a Hedgehog type formation, but the effect will probably not be the same.

<jethrotool> It's kind of hard to answer that question, since the Hedgehog is not a variation in a specific opening line but a formation which can pop up in many different guises.

Mar-25-11  hedgeh0g: Zugzwang!
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  Penguincw: < hedgeh0g: Zugzwang! >

Yah.47...? might be a good Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle.

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  FSR: I submitted this pun!
Mar-25-11  WhiteRook48: nice pun for this game
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  Penguincw: < FSR: I submitted this pun! >

Congratz on winning. *clap* *clap* *clap*

Mar-26-11  I play the Fred: Congrats on the winning pun. I just now thought of <Law and Hort-er> for this one.
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