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Stuart James Hutchings vs Raymond Keene
"Keene Eye for Tactics" (game of the day Apr-04-2010)
Hexagon International (1973), Woolacombe
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  0-1



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Mar-31-05  Timetraveller: <Marco65: 23.Rd3 (the only one that doesn't lose the exchange immediately) Ra1+ 24.Kd2 Rxb2+ 25.Ke3 Rxf1! wins a piece:> Very true, but don't stop there. White will have to throw at least another rook into the fire to stop that mate at e2.
Mar-31-05  The beginner: Marco65
If white responds with 23 Rd3 it is a forced mate.
22 .. Rxa3
23 Rd3 ..Ra1+
24 Kd2 ..Rxb2+
25 Kc3 .. Rc2 mate.

Or 25 Ke3 ..Re1+
26 Be2 .. Rxe2 mate

The only way for white to survive mate is
24 Rxd4 ..24 Ra1+
25 Kc2 ..cxd4
Black won a pawn, and a rook for a knight. Furthermore white's 2 remaning officers are very bad positioned only way to get them into play is allowing the exchange of rooks by playing Bg2

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  offramp: Superb game. A lot of Ray Keene's games have cool tactics in them.
Mar-31-05  your brilliance: yeehah! I got a Thursday puzzle. Thanks for the commentary, Maestro Keene.
Mar-31-05  tjshann: I got this one. Very pretty game--Keene's anaconda-like suffocation of the White position was a classic case of an accumulation of small advantages leading to a win.
Mar-31-05  bishopmate: This was fairly easy for a thursday puzzle.. took me about 30-4- seconds to figure it out
Mar-31-05  Cee75: I am a novice.. can anybody tell me why white cannot save its game right now by moving 22. Rc2
If black takes option Nxc2
23. b2xc3 Nxc3
24. bg2 will survive the game!
If black takes option Ra1!
23. Rc1 saves the game

Pls explain. Thanks

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  crafty: 22. ♖c2 ♘xc2 23. ♔xc2 ♖xf2+ 24. ♔c1 ♖bxb2 25. ♗d3 ♖a2   (eval -7.35; depth 15 ply; 250M nodes)
Mar-31-05  tjraczko: Best continuation I can come up with is
23.Ke1 Nf3+ 24.Ke2 Nxd2 25.Kxd2 Rxb2+
26.Kc1 Rxf2 27.Bh3 Ree2.
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  tpstar: <tjraczko> After 23. Ke1 Nf3+ 24. Ke2 Nxd2 White could try 25. bxa3 instead which would still lose after 25 ... Nxc4 but this endgame would take a while. Quicker is 23. Ke1 Ra1+ 24. Rd1 Nf3+ 25. Ke2 Rxb2+ 26. Kxf3 Rxd1 and Black is up the exchange plus 2 Pawns.
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  Richard Taylor: This kind of game would puzzle most beginners (patzers etc) -sort of position I get into versus Chess Master and all of a sudden - it moves and my postion crumbles -mind youits "sees" all the tactics so quickly -hmm - intersting game by GM Keene - I tried to play the English for a while- it's just that you have to know the ways of it - it didnt suit me - I may try it again -Fischer played 1 c4 v Spassky in 1972 and won I notice that Kramnik plays (as black) 1 c4 c5 (which is the symmetrical as in the Fischer/Spassky match - Fischer got his Q on f4 or h4 and B on g5 and won...from memory - in the right hands (White I mean) the English is demonic to play against - Black played weakly here. Keene expoited the positional weakeneses...great to see that -sometimes its an easy (well...) way to win -or for young palyers going into an ending (was this an ending? -almost) leaves them a bit nonplussed -hopefully!
Apr-02-05  Dr Gogusetti: A secure-looking edifice of defense crumbles down in an instant; brilliant and breath-taking! Dr Gogusetti.
Jan-31-06  notyetagm: A tremendous game by GM Keene.
Jan-28-07  morphyvsfischer: Nice notes, Ray! Nice game, too! I think that if white plays 3 e4 black must play the awkward 3...d6 or be squashed by e5 if he wants to make sense of his fianchetto. 15...Ke7?? 16 f4 whips off the knight. Otherwise, you have completely covered this excellent game on when a knight can be better than a bishop on an open board.
Apr-04-10  Chess Network: VERY good knight vs bad bishop! Rxa3 is a nice shot from a dominant position. Should it be surprising that such moves come about when there's a GIANT MONSTER on d4?
Apr-04-10  SuperPatzer77: <tpstar: <tjraczko> After 23. Ke1 Nf3+ 24. Ke2 Nxd2 White could try 25. bxa3 instead which would still lose after 25 ... Nxc4 but this endgame would take a while. Quicker is 23. Ke1 Ra1+ 24. Rd1 Nf3+ 25. Ke2 Rxb2+ 26. Kxf3 Rxd1 and Black is up the exchange plus 2 Pawns.>

<tpstar> Your analysis is absolutely perfect. 23. Ke1 Ra1+ 24. Rd1 Nf3+! (much stronger) 25. Ke2 Rxb2+ 26. Kxf3 Rxd1 (noting that the White bishop and the White Rook are almost immobilized and White's not able to stop the dangerous and passed Black a-pawn).


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  al wazir: White would have done better to castle, e.g., 17. f4 Nd4 18. O-O Kd7 19. Ra1 Rb8 20. Ra2.

It's ugly, but it holds.

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  chrisowen: Keene the animal cripples white's defence, Hutching's a dead bunny. The wily fox leaves bright eyed and bushy tailed after 21.Rf3! Raymound nice game, very cathartic. His knight vision does hunt the white wood and boxes it in.
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  whiteshark: He was really keene to win.
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  fm avari viraf: A didactic game all the way. My pun is "Hutchings hatching rotten eggs."
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  Fusilli: Instructive game. Despite the pun, I think it is essentially a positional game. The tactics arise as a natural consequence of positional superiority. GM Keene's annotations make it look so easy!
Apr-04-10  ROO.BOOKAROO: "White fortifications have crumbled" Keene comments. But, honestly, what "fortifications"? There are none. The move 17. Kd1 brings the king in open territory. What's the advantage over castling right there? To me this is mysterious. After that, Kc1, and back to Kd1 show that White has lost sense of any strategy. Black is like a cat playing with a mouse, but only because the White king allowed himself to venture outside of his natural fortifications, and become nakedly exposed. A king needs a guard, and Kd1 became a suicidal move. For what purpose?
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  kevin86: A good repeat-Keene's position was so strong that he could forego castling and up the attack.
May-02-11  LIFE Master AJ: I often go to a student's home (to teach). Nearly every self-respecting chess-player will have a few chess books on the shelf ... sometimes 30+.

I will always ask them, "How many have you actually worked your way through? All the way, cover-to-cover?" (The answer is usually, "None.")

Right now, I am working through the book, <50 Essential Chess Lessons,> by Steve Giddins. This is game # 11 on page # 36. (Nicely done.)

Aug-16-11  DrMAL: 3.e4!? annotated on is interesting, 3.d4 transposing to QID is of course the usual (and more energetic) alternative, English opening is generally quieter. 3...c5 is the usual third move, with 4.d4 e6 it transposed to a (less active for white) QID anyway. I like GM Keene's approach here, always transposing English myself (usually to KID or, if I can, Gruenfeld). 5.g3 is not bad but it is certainly less promising than the moves Keene suggests, along with 5.a3 most common and probably best. After 6...c5 black has equalized and 7.dxc5 as suggested was probably best. 8...Ne4 was strong.

9.Rc1 was indeed best and 9.Qc2?! dubious as annotated because of 10...Qf6! and 11...Bxf3! (after 11.Rd1 best) for some advantage.

14...dxc5 (instead of 14.d5) was indeed dubious too, accurate annotation here as well. With 15...Rb8! now d4 is a fabulous outpost for the knight (or at a5) and even with the correct move 16.f4 Na5 (16.Rd2?!) black enjoys a solid advantage.

I don't think 19..h5 was so strong (not even one exclam). In fact, I think 19...Rhb8 was stronger. It's just that 20.h4?! was not so hot. The correct reply was 20.Re1 (or 20.Kb1 right away it transposes) and if 20...h4 then 21.Kb1 aiming for Ka2. As such, if white played correctly 19...h5 loses a tempo compared with 19...Rhb8 right away.

After 20...Rhb8! (a move late but still best) the threat is not 21.Rxg3 as annotated, it is a5-a4 for a positional squeeze. However, with 21.Bf1? black is certainly winning. The correct move here was simply 21.Rhd1 but 21.Rg1 was also fine. With, 21.Bf1? Rf3 is indeed decisive now. Oddly enough, 22.Kb1 was best, where after 22...Rxa3 23.Bg2 white either loses two pawns (for starters) or takes the knight with the rook. 22.Kd1? Rxa3 lost faster. Excellent game by GM Keene!

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