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Richard G Pert vs Chris G Ward
British Championship (2005), Douglas IOM, rd 5, Aug-05
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  0-1



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Apr-21-08  xrt999: <Playing on was viewed by most commentators as something of an insult and no doubt contributed to the career animosity between these players.>

And if he had won, then what? Would Reshevsky have been considered any more brilliant that he already was? Which "commentators" are you referring to?

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  johnlspouge: <<JG27Pyth> wrote: Hey, Dzechiel seems to miss this too... which means THE RUMORS ARE TRUE. DZECHIEL AND SPOUGE ARE THE SAME PERSON!!! [etc.]>

LOL (twice :)

Apr-21-08  MaczynskiPratten: Monday. So never mind trying sensible moves, look for possible queen sacs. Only one possible move that gets some material for the Queen, and ... surprise, surprise....
Apr-21-08  xrt999: < znprdx: <TheaN: I would continue for 4-5 moves, to hope for some sort of blunder from my opponent's side>...16.Qx[N]c3 Do you mean like 17.b6 Qc6 18.f5 Qxb6 19. f5 g6xf5 20.e4Xf5 Bd7 21.f6 Bxf6 22.Qf2 Bg7 23.Qh4 with the idea of Rf3 (after Kh1) Why not? stranger things happen all the time : >

I would continue 17.bxa6 Rxa6 18.Bd3 Rc6 [19.f4, Bxd4, Qxc3, b4 are all candidates]

White has 2 passed pawns, compensation for the knight.

Apr-21-08  YouRang: In the absence of any knockout move, I began looking for more conventional stuff -- and quickly found the 16...Qxc3, scooping up a free knight, courtesy of the knight fork at e2 that would recover the queen if captured. Good basic Monday puzzle.
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  kevin86: This one was quite simple-but lacked the usual "sudden death" quality of the Monday puzzle. That may not be a bad thing.
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  technical draw: <xrt999> Wow, a reply to a post made a year and a half ago. I wonder if that's a record.
Apr-21-08  234: Sunday puzzle <43. ...?> Apr-20-08 Wahls vs Yusupov, 1991
Apr-21-08  lost in space: 16...Qxc3 17. Qxc3 Ke2 and White can resign
Apr-21-08  Samagonka: If Monday can be so easy difficult, then Tuesday will definately be difficult easy!
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  fm avari viraf: Both the names are very familiar to me as I played various Tournaments for 9 consecutive years at Hastings, England. During the Challengers 2002-03, I had a winning position against Pert but after making a weak move, the game ended in a draw. I often met Chris during the Challengers giving live commentaries but he's also well known for his dancing talents.
Apr-21-08  dzechiel: <JG27Pyth: Hey, Dzechiel seems to miss this too... which means


Uh-oh. We, uh..., *I*, have been found out.


I mean *Dave* (this is so confusing!)

Apr-21-08  sombreronegro: I lost some time looking at Nf3+ seeing that g x f3 was forced basically looking to exploit the royal fork. After giving up on that line what do you know , another one by Q x c3 and Ne2+. If you notice that knight on d4 is indirectly controlling e3 but also h3 for example. A good example of indirect force.
Apr-21-08  DarthStapler: Got it. I'm surprised a 2400 player would fall for something like this
Apr-21-08  jmuller: Whether one continues to play after the blunder depends, I think, on the context. I play email chess with a few opponents whom I get to know pretty well. I'd definitely play this one a little further, apologizing to my opponent for my blunder but explaining that I was going to try to make it interesting with the linked passed pawns. In the games I play, everyone would enjoy that. In other contexts, resignation might well be in order. It just depends. :-)
Apr-21-08  wals: Static Evaluation: What is the state of affairs on the board, now. Pawns: Black 6, 3 pawn islands. White 7, (b file doubled), 4pawn islands? Pieces: Black, Bishop pair and a knight,& 2 rooks. Queen intact. White, similar. Open file: c file, (Black Queen on c7), Both Kings are castled and well protected.

Dynamic Evaluation: How can the potential force available be directed? a6 could take b5, Nd4 could take b5, Nd4 could put the King in check by Nf3. Nd4 could take b3. Ra8 could move to c8 to give a battery on the c file, ditto for f8. Qc7 then could attack c3.
Be6 could take b3.f7 could move to f5. d6 could move to d5. How to open up this can of worms?

Abstract Assessment: If Nf3+, g2 must take or the Queen goes. So we have the King exposed on g1 and a pawn on f3. What now? Qxd6, Qxc3,


Just couldn't see it.

Richard G Pert - Christopher Ward, Smith & Williamson British Championships 2005

Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. (-3.31): 17.b5xa6 Ra8xa6 18.f2-f4 Be6-g4 19.Bb1-d3 Ra6-c6 20.Rd1-c1 Qc3xd2 21.Be3xd2 Rc6xc1 22.Bd2xc1 Nd4-e2+ 23.Bd3xe2 Bg4xe2 24.Rf1-e1 Be2-d3 25.Re1-d1 Bd3xe4 26.Rd1xd6 Bg7-h6 27.g2-g3 Rf8-c8 28.Bc1-e3 Rc8-c2

2. (-4.02): 17.Qd2xc3 Nd4-e2+ 18.Kg1-h1 Ne2xc3 19.b5-b6 Nc3xd1 20.Rf1xd1 Rf8-d8 21.Rd1-c1 Ra8-c8 22.Rc1xc8 Be6xc8 23.f2-f3 d6-d5 24.e4xd5 Rd8xd5 25.Bb1-c2 Kg8-f8 26.Kh1-g1 Rd5-a5

(, 22.04.2008)

Apr-21-08  xrt999: after 17.bxa6 Rxa6 18.Bd3 Rc6 white has lost the knight for a pawn, with the connected passed pawns on the a and b files.

Anyone who wouldnt play this should give up chess.

Apr-21-08  YouRang: <xrt999><I would continue 17.bxa6 Rxa6 18.Bd3 Rc6 [19.f4, Bxd4, Qxc3, b4 are all candidates]

White has 2 passed pawns, compensation for the knight.>

I wouldn't say that white has adequate compensation for the knight. If the pawns were a few ranks further advanced, maybe. But where they are, black's pieces are well positioned to prevent white from making progress with his passed pawns.

For instance, after 18.Bd3 Rc6, white can try 19.b4 Ra8 20.b5 Rxa2! and black ends up either winning one of the passed pawns outright (21.Qxc3 Rxc3 22.b6 Bc8), or trading his queen and both passed pawns for black's rooks (21.Qxa2 Bxa2 22.bxc6 Qxc6).

I wouldn't blame white for resigning (assuming he has any respect for his opponent).

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  keypusher: This one is funny, I was sort of looking at the diagram out of the corner of my eye at Bh3 or Nf3+ but realized the queen wasn't placed to follow up. Then I thought, a propos of nothing, "White must have just played cxb5." And then of course the answer followed instantly.
Apr-21-08  zooter: <znprdx: <TheaN: I would continue for 4-5 moves, to hope for some sort of blunder from my opponent's side>...16.Qx[N]c3 Do you mean like 17.b6 Qc6 18.f5 Qxb6 19. f5 g6xf5 20.e4Xf5 Bd7 21.f6 Bxf6 22.Qf2 Bg7 23.Qh4 with the idea of Rf3 (after Kh1) Why not? stranger things happen all the time :) Hey we could call this Imaginary Chess....>

Not only is it imaginary, but it's some sort of new chess as white gets to play 18.f5 & 19.f5

Apr-23-08  minasina: <technical draw: If white were a 1600 player he would have kept on playing with 2 passed pawns for the piece.>

<technical draw: <xrt999> Wow, a reply to a post made a year and a half ago...>

...and more is coming. How can you get <2 PASSED> pawns from that position?

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  technical draw: <minasina> The simple 17. bxa6 gets you 2 passed pawns for the piece.
Apr-24-08  minasina: ...<td> hehe, of course. It was too simple. :)
Apr-27-08  patzer2: For the Monday April 21, 2008 puzzle solution, Black initiates a winning Knight Fork with the Queen sham sacrifice 16...Qxc3! (when 17. Qxc3 Ne2+ King moves 18. Nxc3 wins back the Queen with interest).
Jun-28-08  mmmsplay10: does this variation give white any counter play?
17. Bxd4 Qxd2 18. Rxd2 exd4 19. bxa6 Rxa6

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White seems to have to passed pawns for the piece, and after 20. f4 Rc8 21.f5 white has a good attack,

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and if 20... f5 21. g4 fxg4 22.f5

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white can later play Rg2 and Rxg4, and attack black's king

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