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Patrick Duffy vs Wilhelm Steinitz
"Duffy Ducks" (game of the day Aug-11-2021)
Casual game (1865), London ENG
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 22.Nb6+? was too optimisic but simple 22.b6 could win the game for white.
Aug-11-21  RookFile: Yeah, Duffy was absolutely crushing him but let him off the hook.
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  al wazir: What's wrong with 26...Bxc6 ?
Aug-11-21  Amarande: <al wazir> 27 Qxc6+ looks pretty decent for White. 3P (all connected passed) vs. R, and Black will likely have to give up the e4 pawn too if he is to avoid a perpetual.

4P vs. R is actually a pretty fighting chance as long as the Rook's side lacks a passed Pawn, so it's not really a very clear winning line for Black. Retaining the B allows ultimately for a far more effective convergence on the White King, as we see later in the game.

Aug-11-21  Brenin: <al wazir>, <Amarande>: For what it's worth, the local SF gives -3.79 after 26 ... Bxc6 27 Qxc6+ Kb8 28 Qb6+ Qb7, but = (draw by repetition) after 27 bxc6 e3 28 Qa6+ Kc7 29 Qa7+.
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  Teyss: The pun should actually be "Steinitz Ducks" (the attack and wins), but then it wouldn't be a pun 🤔
In the end Duffy didn't duck, he took it full blown.
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  Teyss: Good game BTW.
In case anybody is wondering about the finish (as I did), it is 34.Kh1 Rg4+ 35.Rxb7 (forced) Kxb7 and the extra R will prove stronger than the 3 connected Ps.
Aug-11-21  Brenin: <Teyss>: Yes, the three connected passed Ps will be reduced to two after 36 Rc1 Rc5, and the remaining two will not survive much longer.
Aug-11-21  GlennOliver: This the sort of game I hate (unjustly).

A clearly won endgame, but then try to play it through to a win against silicon, without any hints, and fail repeatedly in embarrassingly foolish ways.

Kudos to anyone who found unassisted the
34. ...Rg4+
successful continuation.

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  Teyss: <GlennOliver: Kudos to anyone who found unassisted the 34. ...Rg4+ successful continuation.> Honestly it wasn't too difficult, the thought process could be: why did White resign? 34.Kh1 is forced so let's look at checks first.

Along the row does not give much e.g. 34...Ra2+ 35.Kg1 Rxa6 and Black just has B+2P vs 3P of which 2 connected, passed and advanced.
So let's look at the column. 34...Rg3+ unnecessarily leaves the R en prise so Rg4+ and the WK cannot move, forcing 35.Rxb7. Now Black has R+2P vs 4P but as <Brenin> noted one will soon fall.

"Check checks first", not "Patzer sees check, patzer gives check."

And agreed, against silicon even a won endgame is difficult since these bastards never resign.

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