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Stuart C Conquest vs Gawain Jones
"The Art of Conquest" (game of the day Mar-07-2020)
British Championship (2005), Douglas IOM, rd 9, Aug-10
Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: It almost seems unfair that White's light colored bishop sits on it's duff for forty moves and then drops the shot that forces capitulation.

If Black's rook should continue forth and capture the checking bishop, the White queen will recapture and check her way to delivering checkmate or skewer the loose Black queen on the back rank.

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  fredthebear: FTB?!

61...RxBe6 62.Qg7#

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Mar-01-20  jith1207: Fred The Bear,
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  fredthebear: 59.Rxf4 is still lookin' pretty!! Black does not have a viable response.

In lieu of the winning combination for White, the tempting 59.Qf6+? Kg8 60.QxRe7+?? is a threatening but fatal mistake. The Black queen can seize the opportunity to zig-zag check her way in close for a Support mate Qf2# or Qh2# beginning with 60...Qb6+.

It's a matter of the element of Time trumping Material/Force. Either queen is sufficient force if supported next to the opposing monarch, given the necessary time to act.

Mar-07-20  jith1207: That seems right, <FredtheBear>, when I try the game text 60.Rxf4 after the tempting 59.Qf6+ Kg8, without capturing the Rook on e7,

It no longer works now because the Black Queen is not in control of Qa7 square anymore.

=0.00 60...Qa7+ 61.Rd4 exd4 62.Be6+ Rxe6 63.Qxe6+ Qf7 64.Qc8+ Qf8 65.Qc4+ Qf7 66.Qc8+

Mar-07-20  Ironmanth: Love this game! Shot, and counter shot. Wonderful slow zugzwang to fiery tactical end. Thanks, chessgames.
Mar-07-20  goodevans: A very complex game and one I enjoyed playing through.

When white played <41.Qh8>, avoiding repeating moves, it doesn't look to me that he has adequate compensation for the pawn. Maybe the situation on the leaderboard encouraged him to shun the draw but whatever his motivation was, it worked out nicely for him in the end - and for us too, so thanks for that!

I can't be certain exactly where black started to lose this but <44...c4> has got to be a strong candidate. It gives away a pawn, weakens the one next to it and opens up lines for white's Q. What was he trying to achieve with that one?

Mar-07-20  jith1207: One another GOTD featured from the games of Stuart C Conquest is "The English Conquest", incidentally on March 9, 2014

J Gallagher vs S Conquest, 1988

It was also a day after MH370 disappearance, 6th anniversary tomorrow.

R.I.P. MH370 passengers and crew.

Mar-07-20  spingo: Yes. The MH370 was one of those rare pilot suicides. Very tragic.
Mar-07-20  ajile: Maybe careless on Black's part to play ..f5 before moving his king to a non-pinning square like h8?
Mar-07-20  Andrew Chapman: I didn't understand 44..c4 and the engine doesn't like it at all - from -1.3 to +1.
Mar-07-20  jith1207: I think Black wanted to move the e-f file passed pawns and move its Bishop to clear the way for them, but didn't play the slow game.

f5 resulted in White advancing its own passed pawns to push the Black's King to back rank with multiple threats. White also played c3 immediately to move the Bishop away and exchange a Rook. Black's e5 pawn couldn't be moved further to protect the King in h8 diagonal, so that plan didn't go anywhere.

It's ironic that the White rook sacrificed itself for the f4 pawn in the end to make way more for the mating net.

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  Check It Out: Terrific game.

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