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Stephen Gordon vs Jonathan Rowson
British Championship (2007), Great Yarmouth ENG, rd 8, Aug-07
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Pawn Return Variation (A57)  ·  1-0



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Aug-11-07  biscuitneilston: Rowson featured this game on his weakly column in the Saturday Herald. He mentions the blunders he made in his analysis, stating that he thought he had Rxg3+ forgetting it was pinned by the queen. No longer british champion.
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  al wazir: I got it, sort of: 34. gxf4 Qxh4 35. fxe5 Ne4 36. Qb2.

But I didn't anticipate or analyze black's 36..Bf5.

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  agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop and a pawn.

Black threatens fxg3.

The queen x-rays the black king. This suggests 34.gxf4:

A) 34... Qxh4 35.fxe5

A.1) 35... Ng4 36.exd6+ wins decisive material (36... Rg7 37.Rf8#).

A.2) 35... dxe5 36.Qxe5 recovers the piece and wins two pawns (36... Qg4 37.Qxf6+ Rg7 38.Qxg7+ Kxg7 [38... Qxg7 39.Rf8+] 39.Rg3, etc.).

A.3) 35... Ne4 36.Qb2

A.3.a) 36... Ng3+ 37.Rxg3 Rxg3 38.exd6+ Kg8 (38... Rg7 39.Rf8#) 39.Qe5

A.3.a.i) 39... Rg5 40.Qe8+ Kg7 41.Qe7+ Kh6 (41... Kg8 42.Rf8#; 41... Kh8 42.Rf8+ Rg8 43.Rxg8+ Kxg8 44.Qxh4 wins; 41... Kg6 42.Rf6+ as in the line) 42.Rf6+ Kh5 (42... Rg6 43.Rxg6+ and 44.Qxh4 wins) 43.Qxh7+ Kg4 44.Rf4+ Kxf4 45.Qxh4+ wins decisive material.

A.3.a.ii) 39... Rg6 40.Qe8+ Kg7 41.Qf8#.

A.3.a.iii) 39... Rg4 40.Qe8+ Kg7 41.Qxc8 ends up two pawns ahead.

A.3.a.iv) 39... Ra3 40.Qe8+ Kg7 41.Rf7+ Kh6 (41... Kg6 42.Rf4+ wins decisive material) 42.Qf8+ Kg6(5) 43.Qg8+ Kh5(6) 44.Rxh7#.

B) 34... exf4 35.Rxf4 wins the knight (35... Rg6 36.Rxf6 Qxh4 37.Rf8#).

Jul-02-20  Brenin: The first few moves were quite easy to see, but I hadn't expected as active a defence as 35 ... Ne4 and 36 ... Bf5. They didn't turn out well for Black, e.g. conceding a couple of pawns with 35 ... Nd7 might have been safer, if unappealing.
Jul-02-20  mel gibson: The first move was easy but not the follow up.

Stockfish 11 says:

34. gxf4

(34. gxf4 (g3xf4 ♕g5xh4 f4xe5 ♘f6-d7 e5xd6+ ♕h4-d4 ♖f1-e1 ♕d4xc3 ♖f3xc3 ♘d7-f6 ♖e1-e7 ♗c8-f5 ♖c3-g3 ♗f5-g6 ♖e7-e6 ♘f6-d7 ♔h1-g2 ♖g8-d8 ♖g3-b3 ♗g6-f5 ♖b3-f3 ♗f5-g4 ♖f3-f4 ♗g4-d1 ♖e6-e7 ♔h8-g8 ♔g2-f2 ♘d7-f8 ♖e7-c7 ♘f8-g6 ♖f4-e4 ♗d1-c2 ♖e4-e3 ♗c2-a4 ♖e3-e6 ♘g6-f8 ♖e6-e7 ♖d8xd6 ♖c7xc5 ♖d6-h6 ♔f2-g3 ♗a4-d7 ♖c5-c7 ♖h6-h3+ ♔g3-g2 ♖h3-a3 ♖c7xd7 ♘f8xd7 ♖e7xd7 ♖a3xa5 ♖d7-c7 ♔g8-f8 c4-c5 ♔f8-e8 d5-d6 ♔e8-d8 ♔g2-f3 ♖a5-a4 ♔f3-e3 a6-a5 ♔e3-d3 ♖a4-h4 c5-c6 ♖h4-h6 ♖c7-d7+ ♔d8-c8) +4.38/44 320)

score for White +4.38 depth 44

Jul-02-20  WorstPlayerEver: Tricky; 36... Ng3+ 37. Rxg3 Rxg3 38. exd6+ Kg8 39. Qe5

I had 38. e6+ Kg8 39. e7 but then it's mate-in-3 for Black.

Jul-02-20  saturn2: <WorstPlayerEver I had 38. e6+ Kg8 39. e7 but then it's mate-in-3 for Black.>

34. gxf4 Qxh4 35. fxe5 Ne4 36. Qb2 Ng3+ 37. Rxg3-  Rxg3 38. e6+ Kg8 <39. Qf2> instead and white is good

Jul-02-20  WorstPlayerEver: <saturn2> Just checked it:

34. gxf4 Qxh4 35. fxe5 Ne4 36. Qb2 Ng3+ 37. Rxg3 Rxg3 38. e6+ Kg8 39. Qf2

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mate-in-14 (32 ply) 39... Qe4+ 40.Qf3 Rxf3 41.Rxf3 Qxf3+ 42.Kg1 Qe2 43.h4 Qxc4 44.Kf2 Qxh4+ 45.Ke3 Bb7 46.Kd2 Bxd5 47.e7 Qxe7 48.Kd3 Qe4+ 49.Kc3 Qd4+ 50.Kc2 Be4+ 51.Kb3 Bb1 52.Ka3 Qb4#

Oh well, I'll give myself credits for finding 36. Qb2 rather fast :)

Jul-02-20  malt: Got 34.gf4 Q:h4 35.fe5 Ne4 36.Qb2 Qg5 37.e6+ Qg7 38.Q:g7+ K:g7

(38...R:g7 39.Rf8+ Rg8 40.e7 Bd7 41.Rg1 Nf2+42.R:f2 )

40.Rg1+ Kh8 41.e7

Jul-02-20  RandomVisitor: The opening was a Benko Gambit with 5.b6. Maybe 5...e6 is best here, possibly even equalizing:

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<59/87 1:22:37 +0.13 5...e6 6.Nc3 exd5 7.Nxd5 Nxd5 8.Qxd5 Nc6> 9.e3 Be7 10.Ne2 Rb8 11.Nf4 Qxb6 12.Bc4 0-0 13.0-0 Bf6 14.Qe4 Bb7 15.Nd5 Qd8 16.Bd2 Ne5 17.Bc3 Nxc4 18.Nxf6+ Qxf6 19.Qxc4 Qc6 20.Qg4 Qg6 21.Qxg6 hxg6 22.Rfd1 d5 23.f3 f6 24.Rac1 g5

Jul-02-20  cormier: i think 18...BxBc3 was better also
Jul-03-20  sophiephilo: got the first move, but not the rest.
Jul-03-20  RandomVisitor: A final look after 5.b6:

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<68/104 22:30:47 7 +0.16 5...e6 6.Nc3 Nxd5 7.Nxd5 exd5 8.Qxd5 Nc6> 9.e3 Be7 10.Ne2 Qxb6 11.Nc3 0-0 12.Be2 Bb7 13.Qd1 Ne5 14.0-0 Rfe8 15.e4 Bf6 16.Be3 Qxb2 17.Na4 Qb4 18.Nxc5 Bc6 19.Rb1 Qa5 20.Qc2 Be7 21.Rfc1 Rac8 22.Nb3 Qa3 23.Nd2 d5 24.exd5 Bb7

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