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Miyoko Watai vs Winsome R Stretch
"Winsome Lose Some" (game of the day Feb-08-2008)
Haifa Olympiad (Women) (1976), rd 7, Oct-25
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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Feb-08-08  leow: i think after exchange of all pieces white has an easily won position due to his superior pawn structure
Feb-08-08  patzerboy: Speaking of outrageous puns:
I played chess with a coworker in the break room after work yesterday. As we finished, I overheard a rather attractive young lady who works there complaining of chest congestion, so witty Me remarks, "Chess congestion? Take a pawn and call me in the morning!"


She thought it was funny, poor girl.

Feb-08-08  percyblakeney: 22. ... Rxd6 is not a good move. The same thing could be said of the next two, and by then it's over for black.
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  Richard Taylor: Stretch was from NZ - I recall playing in tournaments she was in.

Wiser here for Black to keep more pieces on, and yes 22 ... cxd6.

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  Richard Taylor: 16 .. Bxc3 and then Bf5 may have been better.
Feb-08-08  drpoundsign: king and pawn endgames...YAWWWNNN
Feb-08-08  Riverbeast: I like her name - Winsome Stretch
Feb-08-08  Avarus: This has to be the week of the worst puns ever.
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  kevin86: Reuben Fine pointed out that the winning chances in a straight pawn game are related to the amount of pawns on the board-thus the maxim:

If you are ahead in material or position,exchange pieces but not pawns;if you are behind in material or position,exchange pawns but not pieces.

By that,I could tell from the start that black with the doubled pawns,was a dead duck.

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  Jimfromprovidence: 23...Bf5 (not Be6), seeing 24 Re5 Kf6, will give black excellent drawing opportunities.

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Even 24... fxe6 instead of 24...Rxe6 might have drawn.

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Feb-08-08  Chessmensch: Does this game have any redeeming feature? I see that the only collection it is in is one of puns.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <chessmensch: Does this game have any redeeming feature? I see that the only collection it is in is one of puns.>

Well, it's a good illustration of dangers in a pawn structure such as this, where only one player is capable of creating a passed pawn.

Feb-08-08  DarthStapler: According to the database, he has never won one
Feb-08-08  jovack: White absolutely destroyed black in the endgame.

Excellent job on white's behalf on deciding it was time to simplify.

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  Jimfromprovidence: A no-brainer move that black should have played was 22...cxd6 not ...22 Rxd6, thus avoiding the doubled c pawns.

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Now white has no advantage. Besides this unforced error, the last bishop and rook exchanges were likely avoidable as well. I disagree with <jovack>. Nothing white did forced black's questionable play from move 22 on; it was just lousy chess on black's part.

Feb-08-08  Shams: certainly the pawn ending was obviously hopeless for black, so he should have kept the rooks on even at the expense of further abuse to his pawn structure.

<Jimfromprovidence> you really think white has no advantage in that position? After 22...cxd6 23.Re7 Rf8 I would think white is significantly better.

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  Benzol: <shams> You've regenerated. You'll have to cut down on watching Dr Who.
Feb-08-08  Mendrys: I agree with <SwitchingQuylthulg>. The redeeming factor of this game is showing what not to do in an endgame! I am terrible at endgames and all too often I see the same thing happening to me.
Feb-08-08  Shams: <Benzol> are you referring to my previous incarnation as a donkey? you have a good memory. anyway, according to <my> Chinese calendar, it's the year of the 'guana.
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  Benzol: <Shams> Yes I rather liked you as the Shrek Donkey. BTW isn't it the year of the rat?
Feb-08-08  Shams: I think somebody else has the donkey, or it's been retired from circulation. I like to think Chessgames just couldn't see anybody else but me with that avatar. :)

for everybody <else>, it's the year of the rat. But this iguana has a nice sly smile that I find charming.

Feb-08-08  Whack8888: <Shams> Why not 22...cxd6 23. Re7 Rd7 --keep in mind the bishop -- Granted -- I wouldnt know anything about the bishop ending, but it seems like Black should be able to hold his own, or at least put up quite a fight -- he will have the isolated h and f pawns that are both on light squares right now -- but his bishop can probably defend them -- he may even be able to advance his queenside majority -- sacrifice it forcing White's King or bishop into inferior positions and then hold the 2 vs 3 pawns on the King side.

If White doesnt exchange rooks then he just retreats and I dont really see what the point of that is.

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  Jimfromprovidence: <Shams> <you really think white has no advantage in that position? After 22...cxd6 23.Re7 Rf8 I would think white is significantly better.>

I don't agree. In your continuation, black should play 23...Rd7 not Rf8. Now, assuming 24 Rxd7 Bxd7 (below) it looks dead even.

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Feb-10-08  Shams: <Whack8888, Jimfromprovidence> yeah I missed that rather obvious defensive move. :(
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: Winsome pawns
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