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Henry L Terrie vs Emory Tate
102nd US Open (2001), Framingham, MA USA, rd 9, Aug-12
English Opening: King's English. General Variation (A21)  ·  0-1



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Jun-21-05  MaxxLange: Shubes82 asked about Rook ending books...a good starting point is Edmar Mednis' Practical Rook Endings, an inexpensive book that will teach you a lot.

Tate week, huh? Good idea.

Jun-21-05  RookFile: But the best book is Rook Endings,
by Smyslov and Levenfish.
Jun-21-05  morphy234: Way too easy. Just by glancing at it for a sec, I knew the answer. This is a common endgame thingy (or something)
Jun-21-05  YouRang: I thought it was easy, but probably only because I've seen this theme before. That pawn on g4 makes it work in this case.
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  kevin86: I first tried the problem by exchanging at g2---then I saw the key:three pieces in perfect places allows the finish:

White's pawn at f2-keeps his king for that vital square.

White's king at e1-keeps the rook from stopping the pawn via Rd1

Finally,the innocuous black pawn at g4-again keeps away the white rook at g5.

A neat trap in a normally boring Rook and pawn ending.

Jun-21-05  Halldor: Found this in a fraction of a second (or would you believe in 3 seconds...)

I began by thinking how can I exploit the h-pawn, and didn't had to think more.

Jun-21-05  blunderprone: <Shubes82> While not as thorough as a good book that can be studied, currently has a series of instructional flash lectures by IM Danny Kopec that focus on the endgame (a couple are specifically Rook and Pawn). These are wonderful if, like me, you don't have a string of uninterrupted hours during the day to read.
Jun-21-05  Rocafella: Very easy, I'm glad of these, they get me warmed up!
Jun-21-05  chessic eric: pretty elementary
Jun-21-05  Clutch: Boring!
Jun-21-05  xxdsdxx: Unlike yesterday when it took forever to calculate the win. This was quite quick and painless.
Jun-21-05  fgh: 1.5 seconds. I have allready seen similar endgame compositions in the past.
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  nasmichael: Although this one was relatively easy for many of you (myself included), remember that the masses of players out there would not see this sequence over-the-board, because of game stresses, getting blinded by trying to adhere to regular principles, etc.

Look at your ease of discovery as a mark up for you, not something negative. Remember back to the time when you would NOT have seen it.

Jun-21-05  Ezzy: <Clutch: Boring> Just like your post!! :-)- (and mine!)
Jun-21-05  wenkai: omi man.
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  Richard Taylor: As I boy I went thru Reinfeld's "Winning Chess" and a book about mates - Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals and various other books - I always made a point of working out notes in my mind - still do -now I dont find it easy -but with years of practise now I would virtually never miss this (type of) sac - BUT I might if very tired or whatever - we all make mistakes - Blacks c5 looks like he is trying to get White totke thepwn - loks like he did a cheapo as the Americans call it - but that's Chess - the swindle plays its part - BTW with all that study I still blunder with the best and the worst of them - the point about these is not wether I or someone else can solve itin a millionth of pico second - but what we learn from it and eventually a lot of us will play combos like this ourselves -as I said I played a better one OTB a month back same theme -mine was even harder to see.... I sacced a Q - easy really -not profound really -but it was the study that got me the win -no brilliance per se...prior to going right through Wininng Chess by Reinfeld (I know a lot people think his works are gauche) I had no clue - but he taught "examine all checks and captures" (so I looked for a check or capture first & immediately saw the rook sac) there are similar tactics books and I try to solve some tactical problems everyday -it's like a pianist doing scales -lol - but the end game is essential also - - even Tal could play great end games
Jun-29-05  Clutch: Tate gallery?
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  perfidious: From an objective standpoint, I don't care for Black's opening play, but feel it's an excellent choice against this player, whose White play is generally passive, in contrast to his counterattacking style with Black.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How funny; I know the chap who invented 3...g5 in the English! He was a radical left-wing bloke from California with a gift for odd but sound openings. He would play it after either 3.g3 or 3.Nf3, but he had greater success after 3.Nf3,g5 as in this game because the fat Knight on f3 is such a tempting target. He played 3...g5 against opponents much higher rated and usually succeeded in obtaining a playable game.
Nov-02-15  Mating Net: I'll bet that 31...Re1+ was one of Emory Tate's all time favorite moves. Black gains no material at the outset, but gets a guaranteed Queen in a couple of moves.
Jan-26-22  Bartleby: The swashbuckling Tate charges immediately with 3. ...g5!? and never lets up the pressure. No sane and sedate English for white. Like a black Rashid Nezhmetdinov --you could call him "No Reverse Gear Tate". I'm sure he build his reputation as "the most dangerous master in America" with games in Open tournaments like this.

I agree with <Mating Net> playing 31. ...Re1ch! had to be one of the most satisfying moves to make OTB.

Jan-27-22  Granny O Doul: As much as I don't like putting thoughts in people's heads.....

"I don't see how he refutes 31. Rxd6, but I can't believe he'd just hang a pawn like that. So...31. Rd5!

Jan-27-22  RookFile: Maybe he was low on time. He's been playing for a draw the whole game, so I would think exchanging pawns on move 31 would be automatic.
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  perfidious: Another POTD featuring two former foes from my playing days has reared its head....

<RookFile: Maybe he was low on time....>

Given White's tendencies--he was an even greater time trouble addict than your humble commentator, no slouch in that department--I would lay long odds this was the case, inasmuch as Tate's opening was the sort calculated to drive him straight to zeitnot.

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  fredthebear: IM Danny Kopec's lecture on Rook endings was referenced above:

It might have been this video:

Crash Course Video:

Finegold in Atlanta:

Rick Clark's Bandstand:

Hungry for more?

More from St. Louis:

A Younger Ben Finegold:

Ten Tips Quickly:

Maybe you need these too?

You'd better KNOW this position:

If FMs mess this up, anyone could:

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