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Henry Buckle vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
"Belt Buckle" (game of the day Aug-01-2004)
Buckle - Loewenthal (1851), London ENG, rd 3, Jul-28
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Elegant game! I like the finish: Loewenthal is threatening mate in 7 (moving the King to f2, then g4-g3-g2). After 36.Bf3,gxf3; 37.Kg1, Black simply moves the King to g3, and one of the pawns will reincarnate.

Buckle's Piano is a little too pianissimo and planless, while Loewenthal has a clear goal in mind; exchange off the annoying White pieces and then tie up the rest. Any boa constrictor would appreciate this game.

Aug-01-04  Saruman: Exactly an Englishman thats the finish!
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  tamar: 21...Rg2+ is tactically justified by the the sequence 22...g6 23 Be2 Nh5! which attacks the bishop on e2 by removing the knight on g3. 24 Nxh5 is impossible due to 24...Rxe2 25 Nf6+ (25 Ng3 Rxe3) Kg7 26 Ng4 h5! 27 Nxe5 f6! and the knight is lost due to the well known mate of knight and rook after ...Nxf3. Additionally as played in the game, Lowenthal can afford to grab the g3 pawn because of the fork on f3. Buckle was a very good player, but probably overlooked the intertwined tactics here. Lowenthal had a winning plan against other 23rd moves though. If 23 a4, there is no good answer to the powerful regrouping 23...Nh7! aiming for knights on h4 and g5. Clever to see all these attacks and escape routes way back at move 19.
Aug-01-04  kevin86: Strange-white is in a bind (belt buckle),and the seemingly relieving move Bxf3 leads to gxf3 and black's king is straitjacketed onto g1 until black's king approaches.

Another punny title:Buckle Down!

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  tamar: To shamelessly quote the bard after 19...Rc2!:

"He cannot buckle his distemper'd cause

Within the belt of rule." MacBeth Act V Scene ii

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  tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 26. Kh2.

36. Bxf3 gxf3 37. Kg1 becomes an instructive K&P ending:

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The Pf3 and the Ph3 can protect each other, provided they wait until White's King attacks one of them to move; not 37 ... h2+? 38. Kxh2 or 37 ... f2+? 38. Kxf2 botching it. Instead, advance the King to help (Kg6-g5-g4-g3) and if 37 ... Kg6 38. Kh2? f2 or 38. Kf2? h2 Queening either time as the White King is blocked out.

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