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Herman H Hamers vs Dick Smit
corr (1946) (correspondence)
Polish Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1



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Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: Why is this over? And don't tell me it's time trouble unless it got lost in the mail before the statute of limitations was up or something strange like that is involved.
Apr-22-06  euripides: <whitehat> Black threatens Bd7 winning the queen. The only square that can be vacated for the queen is d1, but if 17 Be2 then 17...Bc2 wins the queen anyway. 17 Rb1 loses the rook. If white waits and then responds to Bd7 with Rb1 then Black simply moves the queen out of the way. If 17 Nb3 Bd7 18 Qa5 Rxb3 20 Qxb6 Rxb6 Black has won a piece.

The toughest is 17 Ne5, protecting d7. Things are unclear after 17...a5 (threatening Bxe5 and Bd7) 18 Ndf3 Bxe5 19 Nxe5 Re8 (threatening Rxe5 and Bd7) 20 Be2 Bc2 21 Nd7. Perhaps Black should play 17...Bxe5 18 dxe5 a5 19 exf6 Rd8 renewing the threat of Bd7. I can believe there is a forced win but it's certainly complex.

Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: <euripides>, thanks very much. Was that all your own vision or did you get some help from the electrons?
Apr-22-06  euripides: <white> only the electrons in my flaking neurones, I'm afraid. So it's probably wrong.
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: Right or wrong, you're light-years ahead of me (unfortunately that's not that much of a compliment!). I wouldn't have found some of those options to even consider, let alone analyze.
Apr-22-06  euripides: ...on reflection, it is (partly) wrong: <18 Ndf3 Bxe5 19 Nxe5 Re8 (threatening Rxe5 and Bd7) 20 Be2 Bc2> allows Qxc2 because the rook has left c8. So 17...Bxe5 looks a more promising option.
Apr-22-06  euripides: <white> thanks for the kind words :-) I seem to lose most of my games these days, anyway ....
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: That's funny, <euripides>, I win about as often as I lose. But I only play Yahoo chess. My rating usually hovers between 1250 and 1450, depending on who I'm playing, so that probably speaks volumes about me! And I don't take on players above 1600 or so.
Apr-22-06  euripides: <whitehat> yes, the opponents who give me trouble tend to be slightly scarier beasts than that.

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