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Joseph Bradford vs Robert Byrne
United States Championship (1980), Greenville, PA USA, rd 1, Jun-11
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense (A14)  ·  1-0



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Aug-21-06  Caissanist: One of my favorite swindles ever. The position after 30..Qd4??? would make a good Wednesday puzzle.
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  Benzol: <Caissanist> Definitely!
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  wordfunph: "I had you crushed like a chicken."

- GM Robert Byrne (angrily to his opponent after the game)

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  FSR: "Plucked like a chicken" sounds more like it. White is lost after 30...Qd6! (guarding the rook, and thus making the 31.Qxh7+ resource impossible).
Feb-28-13  Caissanist: From what I remember, <Chess Life> reported the postmortem this way:

<Byrne> I had you crushed like a fish.

<Bradford> Yep.


<Byrne> Shall we play some tennis?

Dec-22-14  Petrosianic: <FSR>: <White is lost after 30...Qd6!>

White is lost after a lot of things.

White is lost after 27...Nxa2 (28. Nxa2 Qxb3, attacking three pieces).

White is lost after 29...Qf5.

And yes, he's also lost after 30...Qd6. But that wasn't his only chance.

27. Ba3 is where White really gets in big trouble, but he's in trouble before that, just because his position has so many weak points in it (f2, f3, e3) that are vulnerable to tactical shots by those Knights.

Dec-28-14  Howard: Byrne certainly had 3-4 chances to clinch this game, but he kept missing 'em.

This was one of two upset wins that Bradford scored, by the way. The other was against Christensen, where the latter lost....after having a won position like Byrne did !

Aug-10-16  clement41: Spectacular swindle! Very eye-pleasing and entertaining
Aug-10-16  Howard: Coincidentally, the excellent blog The Chess Mind just did a posting on the subject of "ugly wins" by well-known players---that is, games in which the "winner" damn well deserved to LOSE, but somehow won.

This game might be worthy of nomination, except that Bradford's name isn't exactly a household one.

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