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Christophe Leotard vs Jean Martenot
FRA corr (1990) (correspondence), France
French Defense: Rubinstein. Maric Variation (C10)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of the wilder games I've discovered recently, this brawl resembles some of those 19th Century slugfests with strange material balances and both players are in over their heads.

White must have blown an easily won game somewhere along the line, but the moment of truth comes on move 55, when White can Queen his last pawn and doesn't. Black has 55.a1/Q,Bd7+; 56.Ka5,Nc4+. Black had to see this resource much earlier, because this is a perilous way to live.

Anyway, the game is a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Jul-12-08  Ziggurat: <An Englishman> Thanks for pointing out this strange game. It looks really amateurish, with black giving away his queen for B+N in the opening, and Leotard failing to convert. Later, he would become the world correspondence champion!
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  whiteshark: <50.Ng2??> is the losing move, but black missed to play <53...Re2! >

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e.g. <54.a8=Q Ra2+ 55.Kb4 Rxa8 56.Qxa8 f2 57. Qh1 g3> still

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Jul-12-08  lopium: Looks like white threw out his won game! This goes right into my games collection "White loses terribly."
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  FSR: <An Englishman> On 55.a1/Q Bd7+, White could play 56.Kb4! (instead of your 56.Ka5?). Correct is instead 55...Re4+! Since either king move in response would allow the fork 56...Nc4+, White must play 56.Qxe4, leaving Black with bishop, knight, and three pawns.
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  GrahamClayton: <whiteshark>
50. ♘g2?? is the losing move.

50. ♘g6 was forced - the knight can't be captured, eg 50...♔xg6 51. ♕g8+ and 52. a8=♕.

The knight is slightly out of play, but at least White still has it, unlike the game.

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