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Tom Melody vs John Spinale
"Unchained Melody" (game of the day Apr-28-2006)
Trio 127 (1996) (correspondence), IECC, rd 1
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  1-0

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Apr-28-06
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  WannaBe: 1 -- I did not get this game's result.

2 -- Spinale Tap was rejected? =)

Apr-28-06  Propayne: Good trap 11.Ba3 is devastating to black no matter where he moves on the 10th.
Apr-28-06  SJP: It's hard to see where Black went wrong.
Apr-28-06  chessmoron: 4...Bg4 is a horrendous move (already a crushing fall for john spinale)
Apr-28-06  Far1ey: Nice checkmate but the rest of the game was rather unconventional, not wrong just different
Apr-28-06  haconly: Wow, nice game.Killer criss-cross pattern formed by Queen+Bishop+Bishop.
Apr-28-06  kozo: i think 5. ... Bb4+ looks a lot better for black, he is probably just holding on though.
Apr-28-06  Bennica: Excellent game
Apr-28-06  Runemaster: "Spinale Tap" would have been another musical pun. Or maybe even "Spinale Trap", seeing how the game went.
Apr-28-06  dakgootje: Why 6. ...Bh5? To protect the f7-pawn i guess, but i assume there are far better moves, arent there?
Apr-28-06  aragorn69: Horrible play by Black... But, silly me, I would have gone for 10.Qc5+ winning a piece, when 10.b3! mates or wins the queen... :-)(
Apr-28-06  dutchboy13: very nice game black has to give up his queen not be checkmated in the next move for white bishop a3
Apr-28-06  outplayer: This miniature is an example on how not to play the AQG.
Apr-28-06  outplayer: The variation 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dc4 3.e4 e5 4.d5 Nf6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Bc4 Bb4 is never played at high level. I have played this line as Black and White has moved 7.Bg5. It seems that 7.Qb3 is a better move. Any comments?
Apr-28-06  outplayer: 4...Bg4 is not good. 4...Nc6 is considered the best.
Apr-28-06  drmariogodrob: <aragorn69> 10. Qc5+ doesn't even actually win a piece, after 10. ... Qd6 11. Qxh5 Qb4+ and 12. ... Qxc4.
Apr-28-06  JustAFish: <10. Qc5+ doesn't even actually win a piece, after 10. ... Qd6 11. Qxh5 Qb4+ and 12. ... Qxc4>

What about 12. Nd2 in this line? It looks like it saves the bishop? Whatever the case, 10 b3 is better. :-)

Apr-28-06  patzer2: An interesting history of the song "unchained melody" can be found at http://home.earthlink.net/~charlieh...

My favorite versions are by the Righteous Brothers and LeAnn Rimes.

Apr-28-06  patzer2: <outplayer> <4...Bg4 is not good> Agreed. After 4...Bg4? Black has an inferior game. Better is 4... exd4 5. Bxc4 Bb4+ 6. Nbd2 with counter chances as in Dreev vs Rublevsky, 2006.
Apr-28-06  patzer2: In addition to 10. b3! Qc8 11. Ba3+ Kd8 12. Bxf8 , White also had 10. Bg5+ Nf6 (10...f6?? 11. Qe6#) 11. e5 with a decisive pin.
Apr-28-06  weary willy: Spinale curtain
Apr-28-06  Alex S.: IT'S THE SPINALE COUNTDOWN

Doodoo doooo doooo. Doodoo doo doo dooooo...

On a more serious note, this is easily escapable with a Queen move, surely.

Apr-28-06  MorphyMatt: Excellent!!!!!
Apr-28-06  weary willy: <On a more serious note, this is easily escapable with a Queen move, surely.> when and where? ... not in the final position because the horse is still in its stable
Apr-28-06
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  kevin86: No,a queen move won't allow relief:

10...♕e8 11 ♗a3+ ♔d8 12 ♕xa8+ picks up a rook,while

10... ♕c8(or b8) 11 ♗a3+ ♔d8 12 ♗xf8 and steals a bishop

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