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Gerald Abrahams vs William Henry Watts
"Honest Abe" (game of the day Jan-16-2014)
BCF-ch 29th Major Open B (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 6, Aug-22
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  1-0



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Apr-15-11  tarikhk: this game is awesome. If I kibitz, someone may notice it.
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  keypusher: <tarikhk: this game is awesome. If I kibitz, someone may notice it.>

I did. Thanks!

Jan-16-14  The Last Straw: Nice game, but a weak opening from black's point of view.
Jan-16-14  RKR25: 3 White passed pawns is just too much for Black to cope with. Good game by White!
Jan-16-14  morfishine: Its lights out for Watts after <30.exd6> (a very nice Queen sac that seems to go unnoticed). This is a good example of how superior positional play is rewarded with winning tactics and material gain.

<The Last Straw> Yes, Black seemed to drift in the opening losing time and space with the maneuver 10...Ba6 followed by 11...Bc8. Nice avatar BTW!

Jan-16-14  Conrad93: Incredible!
Jan-16-14  Conrad93: I might be tempted to play something like this in a casual blitz game, but I would be too afraid to take such a huge risk in a serious game.
Jan-16-14  ossipossi: Why <7...b6>?
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  kevin86: Surely,one of white's MANY passed pawns will hit paydirt.
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  Phony Benoni: I seem to recall Alekhine had some nice things to say about this game in the tournament book for Nottingham 1936.
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  AvidChessMan: Why 7...b6? It opens up the c8 bishop's diagonal and provides double coverage for the Knight at 8...c5. Is 7...c6 a better move?
Jan-16-14  Edeltalent: That must have been a pleasant game to play as White. At no point in the whole game did Black have any shadow of active counterplay.
Jan-16-14  Edeltalent: <AvidChessMan: Is 7...c6 a better move?> Generally probably yes, but not in this exact position (8.dxc6 bxc6 9.Qxd6)
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  thegoodanarchist: A surprising and pretty queen sac by White. But it was his pawn play that really won. He left Black no breaks on the queen side, so the White king remained comfy and cozy whilst Black's king was subjected to some torment. Then commenced the White pawns "lust to expand", to quote Nimzo.

'Tis true that Black did not help his own cause on the queen side, but we still should credit White for exploiting his opponent's inaccuracies.

Jan-17-14  Moszkowski012273: Not a fan.
Jan-17-14  Conrad93: <Not a fan.>

What is there not to be a fan of?

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  perfidious: Answer: <Conrad> and the non-fan in this case.

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