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Charles Drury vs Mary Rudge
"Hail Mary" (game of the day Feb-06-2005)
Dublin (1889)
Italian Game: Hungarian Defense (C50)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Well, she was no match for Blackburne (very badly off after only five moves), but this Mary Rudge person ploughed through the rest of her known opponents. Anyone know who she was?

Drury mishandles his Knights, which is not a good idea when you've given your opponent the two Bishops, and then follows up with the lemon 16.f4. Rudge does a good job of beating off an unsound attack.

Feb-06-05  Saruman: 46.♕xh3 ♕xh3+ 47.♔g1 ♕xg2#. Or 46.♔g1 ♗e3+ 47.♖f2/♕f2 ♖h1#.
Feb-06-05  Shams: can`t black play 33...fxg6 34.Qxg6+ Ng7 and defend more easily?
Feb-06-05  GreenDayGuy: <Shams> look at 35. Rf5 followed by RXB and mate cannot be avoided.
Feb-06-05  Granite: Appropriate pun for Superbowl Sunday!
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  patzer2: White's 4. c3 is too subtle and passive for my taste. I prefer an immediate 4. d4 here as in Vasiukov vs Gheorghiu, 1974.
Feb-06-05  GreatGrecosGhost: <GreenDayGuy>

33...fxg6 34. ♕xg6+ ♘g7 35. ♖f5 is refuted by 35...♗xg2!! unleashing a double attack on the king and unprotected knight.

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  patzer2: In North American Football the "Hail Mary" is a term for a desperation long pass attempt for a winning touchdown. Seems like an appropriate pun on the day of the Super Bowl, for the Championship of the National Football League between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

In this game, Black wins a pawn with advantage after the defensive combination sequence 29...Kh8! 30. Qf2 Qxe5 . Instead of settling for this passive defensive position and playing for the draw, White gets desperate with the "Hail Mary" try 30. Qg4? Qxe5 31. Nxe7 Kxe7 . Black's solid defensive comnbination play (e.g. 33...Qg7! etc.) quickly proves White's desperate attempt to be as ineffective as an intercepted pass returned for a winning Defensive score.

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  patzer2: Of course 33...fxg7! is also effective, but 33...Qg7! is decisive with fewer complications.
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  kevin86: Too bad the Steelers aren't around-the "Hail Mary" play would have fit "Big Ben" Roethlisberger-as the Big Ben play was another name for it.

Today's lesson shows that when an attack is halted by one player-her counterattack is usually lethal.

Feb-07-05  Shams: <GreenDayGuy, GreatGrecosGhost> 35. Rf5?? Rxf5

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