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Jean Hebert vs Peter Biyiasas
CAN-ch / Zonal (1978), Toronto CAN, rd 14, Aug-??
Scotch Game: Horwitz Attack (C45)  ·  1-0



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Oct-23-03  Jack21221: 9...axb5 looks interesting at 11:45pm when I am really sleepy. I am trying to figure things out on winboard after 10. Bf4 Qxb2 11. Rb1 Qxa2 12. Bxc7+ Ke8 13. Re1 Be7 (Or, Nge7, not sure) 14. Bxb5

Black is technically up a piece and a pawn here, but then again, he can't move anything. I am too tired to try and calculate a follow up, and I may have missed a few improvements in here. Either way, it is very uncomfortable for black, and it is understandable why it wasn't played.

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  patzer2: In the Steinitz variation of the Scotch, after 4...Qh4, 5. Nb5 is white's best chance to maintain the attack, at least according to Kasparov and Keene in BCO.

After 9. Nd5 in this game, white has a complicated win and 9...axb5 is black's best move to complicate and maximize resistance. Fritz 8 analyzes 9. Nd5 axb5 10. Bf4 Qxb2 11. Bxc7+ Ke8 12. Nb6 Qa3 13. Bg4 f5 14. Re1+ Be7 15. Bxf5 Kf8 16. Re3 Qa6 with a clear white advantage (+0.75 @ 14/45 depth & 745kN/s). However, a second Fritz analysis of this analyzed position continues with 17. Bxd7 Bxd7 18. Nxd7+ Ke8 19. Nc5 Qa7 20. Qd7+ Kf7 21. Qe6+ Ke8 22. Ne4 Rd8 23. Bxd8 Nxd8 24. Qf5 with a won game for white (+2.13 @ 13/13 depth & 720kN/s). A third Fritz 8 analysis continues with 24...Qd4 25. Qxb5+ Nc6 26. Rae1 Qd8 27. c3 Kf8 28. Qxb7 Ne5 (+2.69 @ 13/13 depth & 742kN/s). A fourth Fritz analysis of this position continues 29. Ng5 Bxg5 30. Rxe5 Be7 31. Rd5 Bd6 32. Qb4 Qe7 33. Qxd6 Qxd6 34. Rxd6 Kf7 35. Rd8 h5 36. Ree8 (+5.84 @ 13/43 depth & 739kN/s) with a clear win.

Nov-21-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Very cool opening ...
Aug-08-11  number 23 NBer: 9...axb5 is probably the best move, but having played it, I can testify that it is a tremendously difficult and likely impossible defence. That was a valuable lesson from a 2300 player that I won't soon forget.

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