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Jonathan Speelman vs John T Fletcher
BCF-ch U14 (1969), Rhyl
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Fried Liver Attack (C57)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-06  Tommy Jensen: Jon got away with one there. 16. - Kd8 would have been an immediate draw: 17. Nxa8 Bg4+ 18. Kd3 Qd1+ 19. Kc3 Bd7 20. Qc7+ Ke7 21. Qe5+ Kd8 aso.
Mar-29-06  barefootin: Maybe I've misplaced my glasses
somewhere, but I confess to not
being able to quite find the mate
after 15...Kf6!
Jul-31-06  Tommy Jensen: <barefootin> That is a nice suggestion (confession, as it may be ;-)! At least I had some fun with it. The answer seems to be 15.-,Kf6?! 16.Qxe5+,Kg6 17.Ne6!,Bxe6 18.Qxe6+,Kh5 19.Qf5+,Kh6 20.Qf4+,Kh5 21.g4+,Kh4 22.Qg3+,Kg5 23.Qe5+,Kxg4 24.Be6+,Kh4 25.Qf4+,Kh5 26.Bg4+,Kg6 27.Qf5+,Kh6 28.Qh5# Other black moves seem to lead to shorter mates, such as 17.-,h6? 18.Nf4+,Kh7 19.Qe4+ or 17.-,Qc1?! 18.Bd3+,Kh6 19.Qg3!,Be7 20.Qh3+. It still seems to me that 15.-,Ke7 is the correct move, after which white can only secure a draw.
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  plang: Speelman says 9 d4 was a mistake; recommending 9 Qe4..c6 10 a3. 11..ed would have refuted whites play. 13 0-0 would have won according to Speelman.
Apr-14-14  Bob Loblaw: So, it appears that black, provided he doesn't mind the stress of having his king bob about in the middle of the board for a while, can withstand the assault and emerge with his liver intact. 7.♕f3+ ♔e6 8.♘c3 ♘b4 9.♕e4 c6 10.d4 (Speelman's suggestion doesn't seem to give white any advantage either. Eg.10.a3 ♘a6 11.d4 ♘c7 12.♗f4 ♔f7 13.♗xe5 ♗e6 14.♕f3+ ♔g8 15.♘e4 ♘e8 16.♗b3 ♘d6 17.♘c5 ♗f7 18.O-O b6 19.♘d3 ♕d7 and black is on the way to unravelling his position when he will be a piece to the good. ) 10. ... ♔d7! 11.♗xd5 (11.dxe5 ♘xc3 12.bxc3 ♘d5 13.♗xd5 cxd5 14.♕xd5+ ♔e8 15.♕f3 ♗e6 16.♕xb7 ♗d5 17.♕a6 ♕c8 black's better.) (11.O-O ♔c7 12.a3 (12.♕xe5+ ♕d6 13.♕e2 ♘xc3 14.bxc3 ♘d5 15.♖e1 ♗d7 ) 11. ... cxd5 12.♘xd5 ♘xd5 13.♕xd5+ ♔c7 14.♕xe5+ ♕d6 15.♗f4 ♕xe5+ 16.♗xe5+ ♗d6 and black is fine.
Apr-14-14  RookFile: If I remember right, 6. d4 exd4 7. 0-0 borders on being an outright win for white, if he plays the position correctly. Among other things, it tries for an improved version of the Nxf7 sac.
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  perfidious: <RookFile> That is also my recollection, though I cannot remember where I saw the analysis. Seems to me that once White gets castled, his attack gains in force; and it is dangerous enough in the Fegatello when Black's play is imprecise.
Apr-14-14  RookFile: I think Fischer mentioned it in his 60 games.
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