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Jovanka Houska vs Jonathan Speelman
"The Houska is a-Rockin'" (game of the day Aug-22-2005)
Staunton Memorial (2005), London, rd 2, Aug-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Gurgenidze System (B15)  ·  1-0



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Aug-21-05  JohnBoy: This is a fine game where the weaker player steers relentlessly to a winning ending. Worthy of GOTD.
Aug-22-05  weary willy: Shades of Bronstein-Alexander, Hastings.
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  al wazir: <weary willy: Shades of Bronstein-Alexander, Hastings> Bronstein vs C H Alexander, 1953. Just a matter of technique. 120 moves.
Aug-22-05  Goumindong: Why shouldnt white move 35. Bd4? This should force a trade of the bishops, which leaves white with a passed pawn and an easy check against the black king when nessesary? Or is the piece lead too strong even for that position?
Aug-22-05  euripides: <Guomindong? welcome ! 35 Bd4 might be met by 35...Bxd4 36 exd4 Qg5+ 37 Kf3 Qxg2 when the advanced e pawn is a problem for White and Black threatens Qf3+ with a good ending.

21...f5 may be an important mistake, as Black could challenge the d file at this stage. It's a bit as if Speelman forgot White could play Bc5 against f4, but this seems too simple; perhaps he was just trying to complicate. Houska shows excellent judgement in heading for the endgame on moves 27-9. A very impressive game.

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  kevin86: Queen and pawn endings are very hard to win-kudos to Houska for this one. Looking at the names,I would have thought that Speelman would have brought down the Houska! But he didn't
Aug-22-05  shenoyn: instead of 22...rad8 22...rfd8 should hold. seems to me a classic case of the wrong rook
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  patzer2: After 32...Qe5?, White wins a decisive pawn, using the threat of a deciwinning pin, with 33. Qf7!
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