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Darren P Wheeler vs John M Emms
"Dial Emms for Murder" (game of the day Oct-22-2013)
7th Dubai Open Chess Championship (2005), Nottingham ENG, rd 7, Apr-09
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack. Tal Gambit (B21)  ·  0-1



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  al wazir: One brilliant move after another from 19...Ne4+ on, none of them obvious.
Jan-03-06  safar: Is not 26....Qb2 checkmate??
Jan-03-06  olav dalkeith: Hi safar! How can 26....Qb2 be checkmate if it isn't even check?
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  offramp: Well played John Emms. No moves were telegraphed. Very good game and a good pun.
Oct-22-13  Jim Bartle: A nice 1950s companion to my "Anatoly of a Murder," Karpov vs Bronstein, 1971? My only pun ever...
Oct-22-13  kkdogg: Oh, very tricky. 30. Qd8+ can be met with Re8 discovered check.
Oct-22-13  waustad: <jim>The only one they took isn't the only pun. They have to 1.) get it and 2.) feel like voting for it. How many of the folks who vote for them also are the ones represented? I don't know but I did one with a legal joke to hope that the lawyer amongst us who is very well represented would vote for it.
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  MarkThornton: Darren Wheeler set out, in principled fashion, to prove that White could grab 2 pawns in the opening. John Emms proved him wrong. This may well be a critically important game for the opening line 1.e4 c5 2.f4 <d5>.
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  Check It Out: <Jim> That's a worthy pun.

Nice game here. Not only does Emms give up two pawns early on he sacs a knight to get his rooks doubled on the 7th rank. Gutsy play.

I played an otb 5 minute blitz against Emms once. At least the game went 34 moves or so...

Oct-22-13  King Sacrificer: Where has white gone wrong? <18. Re1> instead of <18. Qe5> looks better i guess. Black queen at <b6> does a good job of supporting the sixth rank, eyeing d4 and letting <Rd8>. White shouldn't take on d4-pawn.
Oct-22-13  migratedlamb: <Where has white gone wrong?> 29.Ne2?? is probably the most obvious blunder which ended up costing White the game. Instead he needed to respond 29.♖e2, which allows flight squares for his King.

I think it would have been smoother for Black to have played 26...♖xa2, instead of 26...♖xg2, with the threat of 27...Rf1 to follow.

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According to Shredder, it gave 27.♘c3 losing but gives 27.♘d6 instead with 28.♘f7 as completely equal.

Oct-22-13  Moszkowski012273: 21...Nc5 looks like an example of making a game more complicated than it has to be. The simpler ...Qxd4 22.Nxd4,Rd6 is an easier path to victory.
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  kevin86: a fine finish!
Oct-22-13  Moszkowski012273: And yes if one move had to be chosen as losing, my vote would be the passive 27.Nc3 instead of the (with correct play) drawing 27.Nd6...
Oct-22-13  hellopolgar:
Oct-22-13  Kikoman: position after 29...Rxe2

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