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Daniel King vs Bent Larsen
"King's English" (game of the day Apr-28-2018)
Hastings (1990/91), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Jan-??
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: 74.♘h6 and 75.♖g8# will be a nice finish so 73...♖f8 looks forced and Black is completely tied down.
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  cu8sfan: This one's by Dizzy Dean: "Ol' Diz knows the king's English. And not only that, I also know the queen is English."
Mar-29-05  kevin86: The mate threat forces the knight to move;the pawn is lost,and with it,the game.

BTW,Dizzy Dean ended his career with the Cubs-his swan song in the world series of 1938,was against the Yankees. He led until late,when Frank Crosetti homered to seal the game for the Bronx Bombers.

Mar-29-05  patzer2: After Black's blunder 34...Kf6?, White misses an immediately decisive double attack with 35.Nxd5+! Rxd5 36.Rxb6+ .
Mar-29-05  patzer2: Perhaps Black might have had better chances with Fritz 8's suggestion of 16...e5=. After exchanging off the dark squared Bishop, White is able to slowly and steadily increase his advantage.

White has an alternative win with 30. Rc7!, forcing the decisive exchange of two pieces for a Rook. Although the winning technique is not so easy, I found it interesting and instructive playing it out move-by-move on Fritz 8:

30.Rc7! Kg7 31.Rxa5 bxa5 32.Rxb7 Ra8 33.Rb3 a4 34.Ra3 Rb6 35.g4 h6 36.h4 Rb7 37.Kg2 Kf6 38.Ng1 Ke7 39.Nge2 Kd6 40.Nc3 Rb4 41.Ncb5+ Kd7 42.g5 h5 43.f4 Ra5 44.Nc3 Kd6 45.Kf3 Ra6 46.Ra2 Ra5 47.Ke2 a3 48.Rxa3 Rb2+ 49.Kf3 Rxa3 50.Ndb5+ Kc5 51.Nxa3 Rh2 52.d4+ Kc6 53.Nd1 Rd2 (53...Rxh4? 54.Nf2 Rh2 55.Kg3 Rxf2 56.Kxf2 ) 54.Nf2 Ra2 55.Nb1 Rc2 56.Nd1 Rc1 57.Nbc3 Kd7 58.Ke2 Ke6 59.Kd3 Ra1 60.e4 dxe4+ 61.Kxe4 f5+ 62.gxf6 Kxf6 63.Nd5+ Ke6 64.N1e3 Re1 65.f5+ gxf5+ 66.Kf4 Rg1 67.Kf3 Rh1 68.Nf4+ Kf6 69.Nxh5+ Kg6 70.Nf4+ Kf6 71.Ned5+ Kf7 72.h5 Kg7 73.Nc7 Kf6 74.Kg2 Rb1 75.Nce6 Rb7 76.d5 Ra7 77.Kf3 Ra3+ 78.Ke2 Ke5 79.h6 Ra1 80.Kf3 Rh1 81.Ng5 Kf6 82.Nfh3 Rc1 (82...Rd1 83.h7 Kg7 84.Nf4) 83.h7 Rc3+ 84.Kg2 Kg7 85.Nf4 Rc2+ 86.Kg3 Rc3+ 87.Kf2 Rc2+ 88.Ke3 Rc3+ 89.Kd4 Ra3 90.d6 Ra4+ 91.Kc5 Ra7 92.Kb6 Ra8 93.Nfe6+ Kh8 94.d7 f4 95.d8Q+ Rxd8 96.Nxd8 f3 97.Ndf7+ Kg7 98.h8Q+ Kg6 99.Qh3 f2 100.Qe6+ Kh5 101.Qf5 f1Q 102.Nf3#

Mar-29-05  Rama: "X-rays of Dean's head reveal nothing." Headline following his injury by a come-backer.
Mar-29-05  ragnar0C: <patzer2> hehe that 70 moves of analyses. i dont even think Kasparov could "see" that far...
Mar-29-05  patzer2: <raqnar0C> Of course no one can see that far ahead, but I think many players could see that 30. Rc7! threatens the win of two pieces for the Rook, and that with the advance of the White kingside pawns, it puts Black into a defensive mode trying to avoid a zugzwang like bind, where Black (as he runs out of options) could lose on the move. Karpov, especially in his prime, loved these kinds of slow strangulation maneuvers.
Mar-29-05  aw1988: I agree that analysis is merely variations, but patzer2: why analyze out to mate?
Mar-29-05  MatrixManNe0: However, I believe that there was a lady who did claim mate in like 3 dozen moves, correct?
Mar-29-05  patzer2: <why analyze out to mate?> I couldn't resist, and in this case the final mating position was particularly esthetic. It used to bother me when I was first beginning to see lines analyzed to advantage that only experts and Masters could comprehend. Later I spent quite a bit of time teaching chess to novices where I learned analysis often needs to be broken down to the simplest elements for beginners. So, I tend to make my analysis as comprehensive as possible, realizing it may be helpful to some novices. Also, it was easy to clip and post everything I had from my analysis in my chessbase file, so I decided to share it all.

Those who know how to clip and paste the view test at this site plus annotations in posts into wordpad and then into Fritz 8 or other Chess programs can follow these lines rather quickly with a computer.

Mar-30-05  kevin86: <Rama> I think Dean was hit by a thrown ball while running the bases-not from the mound. His worst mound injury occurred when Earl Averill lined a ball off Diz' big toe in the all star game. He then injured his arm coming back too soon.
Aug-28-08  notyetagm: 34 ... ♔g7-f6?

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Maximizing Piece Efficiency

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PowerPlay7: Improve Your Pieces (DVD), by GM Daniel King, ChessBase 2008, Playing Time approximately 4½ hrs., $42.95


But he also warns, “Keep calculating; keep watching the tactics even when you’re in the middle of these complex maneuvers.” In other words, maneuvering is fine, but always be alert to tactical considerations.

A stark example comes from King–Larsen, Hastings 1990.

King says that, at this point in the game, he was totally focused on applying pressure to the isolated pawns at b6 and d5. He played 35.g4, working to lock down the kingside first. Play continued 35…h6 36.Kg3, and after a formidable struggle, King won the game. <But what he notes is that amazingly, both he and Larsen overlooked the simple 35.Rxb6 Rxb6 36.Nxd5+, winning two pawns.>>

35 ♖b2xb6! ♖d6x♖b6 36 ♘f4xd5+ <knight fork>

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  offramp: It has been a whole week of repeats.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Studying the giant Redwood and Sequoia trees of the North American Pacific Coast, one learns the virtues of patience and persistence. So too here. First in creating the two weak pawns on the Queen side, then in coaxing both to light squares to cramp the Bishop. Finally, after missing the win of two pawns, White keeps slogging away at the board, not losing heart.
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  FSR: <notyetagm> That is an amazing double oversight.
Apr-28-18  bengalcat47: Excuse this pun, but I wonder if Larsen felt all bent out of shape after losing this game.
Apr-28-18  Ironmanth: Tough battle! Did GM Larsen resign perhaps a bit prematurely? Is there not a bit of fight left?!
Apr-28-18  morfishine: I put English on a cue ball, but thats about it

Gawd, what a boring game

Apr-28-18  ChessHigherCat: White's guiding maxim seems to be "Never do in 2 moves what you can do in 10!"
Apr-28-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. + / - (0.98): 21.d4 Qe6 22.Ng5 Qf6 23.Nh3 Nce7 24.Ra1 Rd7 25.Nb5 Nd6 26.Nxa7 Bb7 27.Nf4 g5 28.Nd3 Qe6 29.b5 Rc7 30.Rdc1 Nc4 31.Qc3 Nf5 32.Ne5 Nfd6 33.Qc2

2. + / - (0.83): 21.Re1 Qd6 22.d4 Bb7 23.Rec1 Rc8 24.Qb3 Red8 25.Nd2 Nce7 26.b5 Rc7 27.Ra1 Ra8 28.Nf3 Rcc8 29.Ne5 Kg7 30.Nd3 Rc4 31.Ne5 Rcc8 32.Nd3

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