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Stephen Gordon vs John M Emms
"Flash Gordon" (game of the day Oct-25-2007)
British Championship (2004), Scarborough ENG, rd 2, Aug-03
Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense. Big Center Variation (A45)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Gordon's <22.Rc5!?> is an enterprising Petrosian-like sac of the exchange. It was an especially principled move to give up material for positional pressure against a grandmaster.

I cannot, however, understand Emm's <25...f5> as the threat of Nf6 has not yet matured as he has Kh8.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This looks like one of Nimzowitsch's wins using the Advance Variation vs. the French Defense, and indeed while playing over the game, I had doubts about 10...d5. However, I know almost no Tromp theory, so 10...d5 might be best, and the move I would have preferred, 10...d6, might be virtually refuted.
Oct-25-07  Infin1ty: I agree with chessical that RC5 is an almost petrosian like sac, I don't believe, though, that it's an instantly winning sac.

f5 looks like a critical inaccuracy. Agreed, black is almost in zugzwang but like chessical says, before f5 is played, the threat Nf6 seems to land on concrete. Being already an exchange down, white is not in the position to prospect.

In my opinion black should have slowplayed. Maybe constructions with black lifting the c-file rook over the bishop and through b5 getting the bishop on a better diagonal and the rooks doubled behind the 'passed' pawn. I believe he has possibilities to work towards a system where the move ...d4 brings white sufficient issues to, in the end, take the draw.

Oct-25-07  JG27Pyth: Anyone else find this sort of resignation annoying?

Yes, black has a bad game from here.

He's about to undergo some rather unpleasant penetration from the white queen on the kingside but when the smoke clears I don't think black will be more than two pawns down and with both queens still on the board -- awful? yes. Over? not imo. ... black should be clawing for a draw IMO, and he probably won't get it, but it isn't certain he won't get it, not yet. I know high level chess is mentally exhausting and it's really unpleasant to play out losing postions... but if you are a titled player shouldn't you be held to a high standard?

Baseball fans understand... this resignation, to me, is like when you hit a grounder to short-stop. We expect you to run until you're out. (*I'm a Mets fan -- I guess Jose Reyes is _still_ on my mind).

Or am I totally wrong and there's some forced win here that I've missed?

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  kevin86: An I correct to assume that when black moves his attacked rook that white will force a win by Qe5+?

This game has the odd theme of a reverse battery of queen and bishop. When the queen is on the line,the force is stronger but when she moves away,the attack is MORE effective. I would compare it to replacing a light bulb with a lazer beam. The light may be brightermbut the lazer will burn holes in you.

Oct-25-07  faulenzer: <JG27Pyth>: Given that the game ends before black's 40th, perhaps he lost on time.
Oct-25-07  zdigyigy: <Jg27Pyth>: I disagree. I have no problem with this resignation. This game is over, especially between two masters. Find me a line that does not lose at least an exchange and I will beg your pardon.
Oct-25-07  Riverbeast: Can't they find a better name than the 'Big Center Variation'?
Oct-25-07  pawnofdoom: Probably not. At least a name like "Big Center" is more creative than "King's Pawn" opening and "Uncommon" opening

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