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Frank Parr vs George Wheatcroft
"Under Parr" (game of the day Jul-15-2018)
City Of London CC Championship (1938), London ENG
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D71)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: I just added this game for Guess the Move.
Mar-30-11  Whitehat1963: Currently atop the Guess-the-Move database's 40 hardest games. Give it your best shot.
Mar-31-11  Whitehat1963: Not anymore!
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  chancho: This is a game to be proud of.
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  Colonel Mortimer: Indeed, a wonderfully orchestrated and devilish attack.
Aug-23-14  zanzibar: Pin-delicious.
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  ketchuplover: not too shabby!
Jan-30-16  Albanius: Other than the Knight exchanged early, Parr literally "sacked all his pieces" -- to paraphrase Tal in another context -- in the sense that at one time or another he put every piece en prise or declined to recapture! On move 29 Parr offers a Q, R or B at once!

IMHO Chernev and Reinfeld remain well-justified in their assessment.

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  ChessHigherCat: I bet 9 out of 10 players would have played 16. Bb4 and been proud of finding it, but SF confirms that 16. Nxe4 is significantly better.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: For 30 moves, Frank Parr became the finest chess player in history. Only 30 moves might not seem like much, but that's 29 better than I ever did.
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  perfidious: <sfm: Black was at disadvantage from the beginning. After completing writing his name on the gamescore (he) was already short of time.>

Excellent point.

<Whitehat1963: Currently atop the Guess-the-Move database's 40 hardest games....>

Small wonder.

<...Give it your best shot.>

Would not have nailed this problem in five lifetimes.

Remarkable combinative tour de force by the English master.

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  piltdown man: <An Englishman> Which is one more than I ever did.
Jul-15-18  Onsey Seyon: me like the double bishop pincer through the board center. Combined with the passed d pawn it soon became Wheatcrofts kings doom. At least in this game. That is a nice thing about the chess play, lose one game, then set the men to the starting position for a whole new game! A clean slate, another chance to triumph, or go down to the stinky defeet! soon to be redeemed--or damned. What fun!
Jul-15-18  OrangeTulip: Thanks for bringing this
beautiful game in the spotlight!
For some reason Soltis did not select this game in his 100 best games of the 20st century
Jul-15-18  Timi: What a game.
Jul-15-18  malt: Very enjoyable game.
Jul-15-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa done

<1. = (0.24): 11...Bf5> 12.Ba3 Rc8 13.Rc1 Qa5 14.Qb3 Qa6 15.Nc3 Rfd8 16.Qa4 Qxa4 17.Nxa4 Bf8 18.Nc5 e5 19.Nxb7 Nxd4 20.exd4 Bxa3 21.Nxd8 Bxc1 22.Nc6 Ba3 23.Nxe5 Rc7 24.Rd1 Kg7 25.Nc6 Bd6 26.Re1 Bd3 27.a4 a6 28.h4 Bf5 29.Kh2

2. + / = (0.30): 11...Be6 12.Rb1 Bd5 13.Rxb7 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Qd5+ 15.f3 Qxa2 16.Qd2 Qa6 17.Rb2 Rfc8 18.Ra2 Qb6 19.Ba3 Na5 20.Bc5 Nb3 21.Bxb6 Nxd2 22.Rxd2 axb6 23.Rb1 Ra6 24.Rdb2 Rc6 25.Kf2 Bf6 26.f4 Kg7 27.Rc1 Rxc1 28.Nxc1 e6 29.Kf3

3. + / = (0.30): 11...Bg4 12.h3 Be6 13.Rb1 Bd5 14.Rxb7 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Qd5+ 16.f3 Qxa2 17.Qd2 Qa6 18.Rb2 Rac8 19.Ra2 Qb7 20.Ba3 Rfd8 21.Rc1 Ne5 22.Rxc8 Qxf3+ 23.Kg1 Rxc8 24.dxe5 Bh6 25.Nf4 Qxg3+ 26.Ng2 Rb8 27.Qc1 Bg7 28.Bb2 Bxe5 29.Bxe5 Qxe5 30.Rxa7 g5 31.Qc2 Kg7 32.Rd7 Qe6

Jul-15-18  thegoodanarchist: Cream of Wheatcroft
Jul-15-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

12...Na5 13.Ba3 Re8 14.Rc1 Rb8 15.Bc5 b6 16.Bb4 b5 17.Nc3 Bf8 18.Bxf8 Rxf8 19.Ne4 Bf5 20.Nd2 Qd6 21.e4 Bd7 22.Qe2 Rfc8 23.Qd3 b4 24.Qe3 Bb5 25.Rfd1 a6 26.Bf1 Bxf1 27.Rxf1 Kg7 28.Kg2 + / = (0.32) Depth: 28 dpa

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  FSR: A game for the ages.
Mar-25-20  seneca16: How about 24 Bb2 Bg7 25 Rb7 threatening BxB+?
Nov-23-20  newzild: Added to my Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of.
Nov-23-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Pity Black never allowed the mate after the Queen sac.

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Kind of final position you get tattooed on your chest and strip to the waist when discussions about great games of chess take place on the bus.


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  OhioChessFan: "Shredded Wheatcroft"
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  kingscrusher: A brilliant game with many amazing mating possibilities behind the scenes :)
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