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Ronald Hobson vs Jameson
corr (1966) (correspondence)
French Defense: Mediterranean Defense (C01)  ·  1-0



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Sep-16-03  Corben: Ok this was a little more complex as it seemed at first glance, but only if black try to escape his fate.

12.Rxf6 Qxf6
13.Nxh7 Qd6 (if 13..Qg5,14. Bg5 wins that queen)
14.Qh5 (this requiered cool nerves)

And here 2 tales:

14... g6 (or the knight goes back to g5, say
14 ...Re8
15.Ng5 Qh7
16...Kh8 17.Nf7+ wins the Queen (with the black squared bishop) 16...Kf8 17.Qf7# wins more)

so black still fighting: 14...g6
15.Qh6 (and all effort is useless, as Botvinnik would said, cause): 15... f6
16.Qxg6+ Kh8
17.Nf6 (menacing mate in h7)
a) 17...Q or Rxf6
b) 17... Qe7 (protecting h7)
18. Qh6+ and mate to follow.


14... Re7 making space to the king

15. Ng5 and unavoidable mate.

(if 15... Qh7 again the variation check with the white squared bishop, king moves and either mate or the black queen is lossed)

if 15...Kf8 16. Qf7#)

There was no way out, i think, but
all this was mind made it, so lets see what fritz and crafties has to tell...

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  Honza Cervenka: 12...Qxf6 13.Bxh7+ Kh8 14.Qh5 and the game is over.
Sep-16-03  stef21: that was cool Honza :-)
Sep-16-03  helloriker: <honza> what about 12 ... gxf6 I don't think the sacrafice works now as the king will step up instead of into the corner.
Sep-16-03  AdrianP: <helloriker> 12 ... gxf6 13. Qh5 and there is no good defence to Qxh7 (B can put it off for a couple of moves with Bf5 and/or h6 and/or Re8 but mate is inevitable on h7 or f7.
Sep-16-03  crafty: 12. ... ♕xf6 13. ♗xh7+ ♔h8 14. ♕h5 ♗g4 15. ♕xg4   (eval 5.70; depth 13 ply; 250M nodes)
Sep-16-03  AdrianP: <crafty> isn't that what <Honza Cervenka> said...?! ;-)
Sep-17-03  dr gogusetti n rao: 9…Nc6 seems, in retrospect, to have proved disastrous for Black. 9…Nd7 would have averted White's combinational attack, I think.
Apr-29-08  JimmyVermeer: This is game 4491 in Laszlo Polgar's book, but he transposes the first 3 moves! Anyone know which order is correct? Polgar gives 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 e4 Bb4 and the rest is the same as shown here.

Qxf6 is the correct move for Black's 12th move. If instead 12 ... gxf6? 13 Qh5 h6 14 Qxh6 Bf5 15 Bxf5 Rfe8 16 Qh7+ Kf8 17 Qxf7#

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  Domdaniel: <bish> Congrats, your lordship. I knew the meson, I *drink* Jameson, and yet ... shoulda, woulda, coulda.

Nice work. Your bishopric is a fortunate one to have you.

Dec-22-09  TheBish: <Dom> Thanks! You said bishopric, huh-huh, huh-huh. (Think Beavis & Butthead.) I know the feeling of barely missing out, believe me! At least you already won #9 and #18, so go have a Dom Perignon! (Or Jameson.) Cheers!
Dec-22-09  TheBish: BTW, pretty good game here.
Dec-23-09  TheBish: That's a pretty keene prize!

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