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Willy Hendriks vs Timothy Spanton
Hastings (2005/06), Hastings ENG, rd 5, Jan-01
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0

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Jun-16-06  acirce: Brilliant stuff here. Taken from the Daily Dirt at chessninja.com, so don't look there just yet. If instead of 11..Rxf7 Black plays 11..Kh8


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..how does White avoid losing? It seems he is losing a piece, but there is a spectacular resource that saves him.

Jun-16-06  SniperOnG7: <acirce> OMG u r right! Its such a well hidden resource that i had to put it in Fritz to see it!
Jul-15-08  Manic: The resource <acirce> mentions was brought to light in Tim Krabbe's chess diary, so if don't go there either if you have not figured it out yet, as I believe the solution could be posted there in a few days.

Jul-18-08
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  MarkThornton: It took me about 20 minutes, and I would have never found it in a game. But armed with the knowledge that Willy Hendriks called it "the most beautiful move of his career" (see http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess2/...), I eventually found it.

<12. Qg3!!> saves the piece, as 12...Nxg3 13. Ng6+! hxg6 14. hxg3 is checkmate!

Black has nothing better than 12...Rxf7 13. Nxf7+ Qxf7 14. Qe3, when I assume that White is better.

To his credit, one has to assume that Spanton saw this, otherwise he would surely have played <11...Kh8>, expecting to win material.

Jul-07-14  Cushion: Spanton obviously did not see this, as no one would ever see this in a game.

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