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James E Cobb vs Alan Spice
"The Spice of Life" (game of the day Jul-16-2007)
53rd Welsh Championship (2007), Hensol, rd 4, Apr-08
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  0-1

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Jul-16-07  Buddy Revell: Ouch!
Jul-16-07  syracrophy: 35...♗e2+!! 36.♕xe2 ♕h5+!:

<a)> 37.g4 ♕xh3+ 38.♔f2 ♖xe2+ 39.♔xe2 ♕g2+

<b)> 37.♔g3 ♕xe2

<c)> 37.♔f2 ♕xe2+ 38.♔g3 <38.Kg1 Qe1#> 38...♕e3+ and 39...♕xc5

Jul-16-07
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  chessgames.com: The game was featured recently in Malcom Pein's Sunday chess column in the UK Telegraph. Click here to read the analysis: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/gra...
Jul-16-07  dabearsrock1010: black plays down a minor piece for such a large portion of the game! If that was me over the board I would be so sad that I lost a minor piece I probably wouldnt be able to concentrate but i guess thats why these are the good players...also maybe being welsh helps him
Jul-16-07  iuventus: This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me hate playing against the French Tarrasch. Black has all the fun. Far better to just play the exchange variation and stop mucking around.
Jul-16-07  karnak64: Thanks, cg.com, for a French Defense win! You've given me a morale boost.

<iuventus>: So play 3. Nc3 and take on the Winawer -- it's your choice to play the Tarrasch as white, yes?

Jul-16-07  TheBB: <iuventus: This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me hate playing against the French Tarrasch. Black has all the fun. Far better to just play the exchange variation and stop mucking around.>

If you're white, then you're not playing <against> the Tarrasch.

Personally I play plenty of French as black, and the only variation I consistently have problems with is the Tarrasch.

Maybe we should play a Tarrasch game. :)

Jul-16-07  beenthere240: Exchanging the white bishop and weaking in the white squares AND stealing the a pawn (thereby opening the a file for the black rook and the a6 square for the black bishop and dooming the chance to castle) pretty much ruined white's long term prospects.
Jul-16-07  alexandrovm: white can play with two rooks and a knight against the black queen? Or is this lost for white anyway?
Jul-16-07  tatarch: Very instructive attack-- 32...Rxc5 followed by 33...Rb4 is the highlight of this game for me, tough moves to find (and would make a good puzzle).
Jul-16-07  Cactus: It's especially impressive because Black's rating was much lower.
Jul-16-07  syracrophy: <alexandrovm> Check down my earlier post
Jul-16-07
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  kevin86: "Cobb gets TYED up".

The following moves finish a quick smash up of white's position:

36 ♕xe2 ♕h5+! 37 g4 ♕xh3+ 38 ♔f2 ♖xe2+ 39 ♔xe2 ♕g2+ and the rook is a goner-leaving black ahead queen for rook.

Jul-16-07  Timex: A nice game!! Black often sacrifices a piece to get many pawns. Usually, it ends up as a pawn storm, but this time, black uses the pawns to set up a mating net.
Jul-16-07  nimzo knight: 34. f4 looked liked a clear mistake. But I had to go through the analysis to find that 34. g3 is wining for white.
Jul-16-07  zb2cr: <Nimzo Knight>,

34. g3 is winning for White? Give analysis, please.

Jul-16-07  apple pi: The queen's knight's "adventure" starting on move 8 seems to waste time: shouldn't white have castled then?
Jul-16-07  tatarch: Yes, this is a good point-- 34.g3 would have secured the win for white. Of course, even if 32...Rxc5 followed by 33...Rb4 is not sound, it still looks pretty in this game.

One thing that seems odd to me about 34.f4 is that 34.g3 looks so much more natural. The analysis posted by CG.com above guesses that time pressure caused this mistake-- but it also could have just been mental fatigue from having to defend against black's attack for so many moves. Probably both...

Jul-16-07  tatarch: zb2cr- 34.g3 would lead to 34...Qxh3 35. Qxb4 or 34...d4+ 35.kf2. Either way, white is relatively safe and black is down significant material.
Jul-16-07  ALEXIN: Really beautiful game with a full of tactical threats.
Jul-20-07  alexandrovm: <syracrophy: <alexandrovm> Check down my earlier post> thank you...
Jul-24-07
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  WannaBe: It is really too bad, that this game took place so recent(ly)...

If this game took place, oh, 100 years ago, the pun would be 'Old Spice' !! =)

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