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Anthony C P Milnes vs David Crowe
"A Murder of Crowe's" (game of the day Jul-07-2008)
GBR-ch cand05 corr (1989) (correspondence), England
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  0-1



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Jul-07-08  Gilmoy: Collective nouns starting with 'M':
a mischief of rats
a murder of crows
Jul-07-08  arsen387: A monster B on g1-a7 diagonal, which decides the game
Jul-07-08  Hector Maluy: 20)..Bxh3 is a very good move.
If white takes bishop, black can reply with 21)..Rxe2. If 22)Nxe2 22)..Nf3 wins queen. Another idea that I see in this position is that black can also reply with: 21)..Qxh3, black gets 2 pawns and still gets back the piece with the same idea 22)..Rxe2. If white tries to move the bishop to d1, for example:

21)gxh3 Qxh3
22)Bd1(To avoid Rxe2) black can just do Nf3+
23)Bxf3 Qxg3+
24)Kh1 Qxf3+
25)Kg1 and Re6 seems to be winning the game.

Jul-07-08  TheBB: This reminds me of that Nimzowitsch quote, a threat is often stronger than its execution.
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  kevin86: A nice finish! The bishop blocks out the queen's defense and soon black will kill.

White has no defense-or anything rlse to scare Crowe-lol

Jul-07-08  tatarch: Great tactics. I'm surprised this is a GOTD before being a puzzle-- 20.Bxh3 and 25.Be3 both seem like classic puzzle material to me.
Jul-07-08  jovack: sweet, good job to black for noticing white's weak kingside and the importance of the g2 pawn in white's defense

knight tactics are not typically missed at top level chess though, but anyway, good game by black

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  patzer2: Two nice tactics in this game are: (1) the decoy sham sacrifice 20...Bxh3! winning a pawn due to the Knight Fork threat; and (2) the obstruction move 25...Be3!, winning at least an exchange due to the mate threat created by obstructing the Queen's protection of the Bishop on g3.
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  fredthebear: There's no mating pattern after 26.fxBe3 NxBg3+ 27.Kg1 NxRf1 28.KxNf1 but Black has won the exchange.

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