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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  Shubes82: Question...does anyone have a book or site they recommend that highlights rook and pawn endgames. I am a semi-beginner and have been studying openings like the giucco piano and such. Thus, i seem to find myself in many endgames with only rok and pawns, like this game, and also find that i blunder the games away because i dont know the principles. Any help would be great. thanks!
Jun-21-05  alayo: <superiorNOshow:> "Yes very easy. I assume it is either Emory A Tate week, or perhaps a few puzzles by Maurice Ashley in the upcomings days will show it is minority players week." Who are the "minority players"? On the Internet there are no such things as minorities. Maybe in the US some are deluded into dividing the world into majorities and minorities....remnants of daft bigotted ideologies.
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  Richard Taylor: I would never miss this in any type of game - saw this in 1 nano second or was it a pico? That said I have missed a lot (and it's good to remember ideas like this in this game - I actually played a Queen sac (similar to this combination) which deflected a rook and enabled me to push my pawn - and my opponent couldn't get back to stop it queening so from a 2 rooks v Q the game went to Q v Rook and she resigned - all because of a blunder (it should have been a draw)-as in this game- and I worked out some very complex ones -some I dont even attempt -and sometimes miss very easy ones -but I kind of know this thematic method (ahve used similar - as I said I sacked a Q ) - everyone here would get it if they studied a good book of tactics -and went trough many comnbinations - the most interesting games are those where the postion is not solvable per se -where an attack is generated - and in fact the defender may be able to win or draw - there are or have been some games in which it has been not possible to prove whether they were a win or not - I think it was Gligoric - Fischer reached a (some) position(s) in the Najdorf that no one has fathomed and many others such as Tal have played some very fascinating and complex sacrifices (where the position becomes unclear)- a true "puzzle" is - what plan to adopt? I get that wrong mostly (a lot).

This was an unusal approach to the opening -never seen this method played...interesting game

Jun-21-05  melianis: <aginis> Ok, anyway you had to see the white king being able to take the pawn on e5. The same sort of play happens probably also after 1.Rxe5 fxe5 2.g3 any 3.f3, no need to go into deltails. Exchange everything and have a outside passed pawn, fine.

h3-pawn was there for sometime, nice.

Jun-21-05  RonB52734: <Conan the Librarian> My thought process was the same as yours. I looked at every other move before Re1. Some of the other possibilities looked promising but didn't look "Tuesdayish". One good thing about these puzzles is they force you to overcome a beginner's extreme reluctance to even evaluate a sacrifice.

Incidentally, 30...c5 essentially says "won't you come out and play?" to the rook, doesn't it?

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.
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