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Daniel John King vs David Howell
"The King and I" (game of the day Feb-16-2006)
Staunton Memorial (2003), London ENG, rd 3, Aug-27
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0

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Feb-16-06
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  Sneaky: Getting back to the game, the principle we see illustrated here is that when the center is stable, or blocked, flank-attacks can be deadly. (And conversely, an attack on the flanks can often be countered by action in the center.)
Feb-16-06  Hongkonger: <flank-attacks can be deadly.> Especially when black has voluntarily exchanged a key defensive piece and left a load of vulnerable squares. Can someone more knowledgeable than me explain if there is a good rationale for black's 16th and 17th moves?

Lovely finish by King though.

Feb-16-06
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  OhioChessFan: Hooray for me. I finally got a game of the day that is part of my Collection. Thank you, thank you very much.
Feb-16-06  sfm: <<Hongkonger> Can someone more knowledgeable than me explain if there is a good rationale for black's 16th and 17th moves?> Can't know if I qualify ;-) but it could have been a wish to get rid of the "bad" black-squared bishop. It seems that it was the wrong idea.
Feb-16-06  euripides: <hongkong, sfm> Ivanchuk had the same idea in a similar position, with similar conseqences: Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997
Feb-16-06  Counterpoint: <<crafty> 25. ... Qxf6 26. Nxc7# (eval Mat01; depth 12 ply; 1M nodes)>

How is that 12 ply?

Feb-16-06  dakgootje: <How is that 12 ply?> Yeah i thought that too...

nice finish btw

Feb-16-06
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  kevin86: Black can take the queen,but the immediate penalty is mate on the move!
Feb-16-06  Castle In The Sky: This game is a good example of color square control. Black made a terrible mistake when he exchanged the black squared bishop, thereby giving up control of the black squares while leaving gaping holes for white to exploit. It's clear that this is white's game plan as after 18.♕xd2, white begins the mating net with 19.♕h6.
Feb-16-06
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  WannaBe: <Counterpoint & dakgootje> It is possble, that Crafty was set to analyze 12-ply (6 moves aside) but it reached a mate before 12-ply.
Feb-16-06  dakgootje: <WannaBe> yes but still its strange, why didnt they just say like 2 ply even though the let it analyse for more -.-
Feb-21-06  McCool: That last move could have been like a Tuesday puzzle or something.
Apr-26-06  notyetagm: A beautiful finish: 22 ... ♘d4?? 23 ♖g3+ ♔f7 24 ♖g7+ ♔f7 25 ♕xf6+! ♕xf6 <deflection from c7> 26 ♘xc7#.

Not often that you see a 2303-rated player beaten like a patzer. Black is too busy grabbing White pieces to notice that his kingside is collapsing.

Nov-21-06  thesonicvision: pretty mate...where exactly did black
go wrong in the ruy?
Nov-21-06  thesonicvision: < Castle In The Sky: This game is a good example of color square control. Black made a terrible mistake when he exchanged the black squared bishop, thereby giving up control of the black squares while leaving gaping holes for white to exploit. It's clear that this is white's game plan as after 18.xd2, white begins the mating net with 19.h6.>

yes, i'm unclear why black opted
to exchange dark bishops as well...
especially after taking the time to
fianchetto. it just seems bad by
pure logic.

Mar-26-07
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  Richard Taylor: Great game by King.
Mar-31-07
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Wow, a Blitzkrieg against the K. c4 was a funny move though.
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: the King of the world
May-12-09  Trigonometrist: This is just brilliant!!
Jul-24-09  WhiteRook48: 26 Nxc7#
Aug-06-09  WhiteRook48: knight f5
Nov-13-09
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  GrahamClayton: <notyetagm>A beautiful finish: 22 ... Nd4?? 23 Rg3+ Kf7 24 Rg7+ Kf7 25 Qxf6+! Qxf6 <deflection from c7> 26 Nxc7#.

<notyetagm>,
Nothing else seems to help Black, eg 22..♘e7 23.♘f6+ ♔f7 24.♖g3 ♘c5 25.♖g7+ ♔e6 26.♘e8

Jul-30-13  Xeroxx: took me a while
Jul-30-13  Abdel Irada: <yes, i'm unclear why black opted to exchange dark bishops as well...
especially after taking the time to
fianchetto. it just seems bad by
pure logic.>

Typically, that is a valid observation. It's worth noting, however, that there are lines in the Sicilian Dragon, KID, the Pirc/Robatsch and related openings in which Black does in fact exchange his bishop for a knight on c3 to compromise White's pawn structure.

Of course, Black has to know what he's doing to play such moves. In the wrong sort of position, he can easily get his head handed to him this way.

May-07-15  ToTheDeath: Exceptionally beautiful combination. King really does play power chess.
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