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Eric Schiller vs Ronning
"Ronning on Empty" (game of the day Mar-19-2006)
Gausdal International (1984)
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-06  alexandrovm: a very nice game. If 23. Qxd8+ followed by 24. Bxh8, it would have been almost the same as the actual game? Any comments on this very good game Eric Schiller?
Mar-19-06  Cogano: Would someone be good enough to forgive my ignorance & tell me what's supposed to be Mr. Schiller's threat after his 35th move for Ronning to resign? Thanks much. Take care all & have a great day & a great weekend too -- what's left of it anyway! :) Cheers to all! :)
Mar-19-06  you vs yourself: White is already up a pawn, a knight and has the h pawn that's waiting to be queened. But the immediate threat is either 35...Bc4 36.Re3+ If 35...Ke7 36.B6+ and the black queen is gone.

Mar-19-06  CapablancaFan: White was threatening 36. h7! ...36.Qxh7 (forced, otherwise the pawn queens) 37.Rxe6+ and black's king falls into a mating net with white's remaining pieces. (Remember 2 rooks, a bishop, and a knight is too much to fight even for a queen).
Mar-19-06  CapablancaFan: I mean for a simpler line (Capablanca style) white could have played 35. Rd8+!...35 Kxd8 36. Bf6+! and the queen comes off the board.
Mar-19-06  Cogano: Thanks all for taking the time to clarify the situation for me. Much obliged. :)

Hello <you vs yourself> & I sincerely hope this finds you well. According to the line you kindly provided, wouldn't it be better for Black to play 35...Kf7, as opposed 35...Ke7 which loses the Queen? Thanks much again. Take very good care & have a great day & enjoy what's left of your weekend. :) Cheers mate! :)

Mar-19-06  you vs yourself: <CapablancaFan> The position is so won that any move by white looks like a winning move.

But yes, 35.Rd8+ is pretty!

Mar-19-06  you vs yourself: <Cogano> Yes, 35...Kf7 is better for black. I'm very bad at anticipating my opponent's moves when I have a won game. My solution to your query is a classic example for that. The reason I went w/ 35...Ke7 is because black immediately threatens taking the rook on d6. Obviously, it's a another trap that black cannot afford to fall for.

I believe black can still win after 36.Re3. One line would be to bring the knight into the game or take the pawn on a6 with his rook. Eventually black will run out of moves and white promotes his pawns or creates a mating net with his rooks. It's too late(1am) for me to give you full winning line though:)

Mar-19-06  Cogano: <you vs yourself> Thanks just the same. I'm truly grateful you took the time to post any kind of solution at all. & don't be too hard on yourself. Even though it's late for you, you still pointed nuances that I failed to detect, & it's late for me too: 2:40 AM EST! Thanks again & don't worry about not being able to post a full winning line. :) Take care & have a great day. Cheers mate! :)
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  Richard Taylor: Quite a beautiful game - 35 Qxd8 would have been nice but after 35. Rd6 Kf7 either 36.h5 / 36. Rge3 / 36.Kf2 are candidates - if the last and 36. ... Qa8 37. Be5 etc
Mar-19-06  McCool: 6. ..b5? Seems like a wrong move for black. He should have protected his knight instead of the pawn.
Mar-19-06  dakgootje: Dont quite understand the last moves, why not 34. Rd3 instead of defending the rook with Nc3?

Though of course its a very nice game, maybe Eric will enlighten us with his ideas while playing the game (if he remembers them after 22 years ;-)

Mar-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Great struggle! Nice pun too. :)
Mar-19-06  Jim Bartle: Another example of why I think players must have a screw loose to enter into the Botvinnik variation voluntarily, either as white or black. It's just nuts.

And yes, excellent pun today.

Mar-19-06  kevin86: An exciting game-to say the least. Black resigns,no surprise. White is up two rooks + a knight+ a pawn. Black's queen is virtually (and almost literally) cornered.

A lot of pieces are chased by pawns!

Mar-19-06  dakgootje: < Black resigns,no surprise.> What suprising is that black didnt resign earlier.
Mar-19-06  Slayer772002: OK, nice game but admit Black played very weak, allready from the start.
Mar-19-06  Jim Bartle: Can't say whether black played so badly, but it was white who first left the lines of Nunn's Chess Openings with 12. h4.
Mar-19-06  schnarre: Nicely done!
Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: nice game. how much did Ronning run after this?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Neither king moved at any point...
Oct-28-09  Katu: <SwitchingQuylthulg: Neither king moved at any point...> And with the exception of b2(& the kings) all of the pieces have moved!

(grammar may be wrong... sorry for that)

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