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David Howell vs Manuel Bosboom
"OK Boomer" (game of the day Mar-22-2020)
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-17
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  0-1



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Jan-17-09  Ychromosome: If 36.Ne4 Bxe4 37.Bxe4 Rf2+ wins the white Q.
Jan-18-09  Alphastar: I love the manoeuvre Ra5-g5-g2.
Jan-18-09  luzhin: The big blunder was on move 31-- Howell had to play 31.Ng3, getting rid of Black's powerful Bishop. Also 9.Na4, putting the question immediately to Black's roaming Queen, would have been much better than the ineffective lunge with his kingside pawns.
Jan-19-09  JonathanJ: what is rh7 about??
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  Stonehenge: I guess he wanted to play ...Nf6 so he had to defend that rook.
Jan-21-09  THE pawn: <25...Rh7!!? A typical creative Bosboom move. The computer also likes it, but I am not sure many other human players would have played such a move.> - Chessbase.

Im glad Im not the only one who found that move strange.

Feb-10-09  notyetagm:

<<<<Game of the Month February: [SOS-6, Chapter 16, p.123]>>> The Wijk aan Zee tournament has just finished in a triumph for youth, and the windy seaside resort saw a lot of great games. Especially the C-group was a real slugfest with very few draws and no unbeaten players. A surprising early leader was Dutch IM Manuel Bosboom, known for his creative approach to the game. In the first round he beat elo-favourite David Howell by adopting Tiviakov's pet-Scandinavian. <<<After the game Bosboom confessed that he had prepared for the game by reading Tiviakov's article in SOS-6.>>>>

Feb-10-09  notyetagm: 33 ... ?

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33 ... ♖h2x♗d2!

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Bosboom's excellent 33 ... ♖h2x♗d2! is a great example of the need to <*FORCE* YOUR OPPONENT TO HAVE LOOSE PIECES!>

As shows, the main tactical point of 33 ... ♖h2x♗d2! is to <REMOVE THE GUARD> of the White g5-knight to create the possibility of a <QUEEN FORK> against the <UNDEFENDED> White g5-knight:

<34.Kxd2 Qxd4+ 35.Kc1 Qe3+.>

(VAR) 34 ♔c1x♖d2 ♕d7xd4+ 35 ♔d2-c1 ♕d4-e3+ <queen fork>

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35 ... ♕d4-e3+ <FORKS> the <UNDEFENDED> White g5-knight whose White d2-bishop defender was <DESTROYED> by the <REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> 33 ... ♖h2x♗d2!.

Feb-10-09  notyetagm: 22 ... ?

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22 ... ♖a8-a5! Δ 23 ... ♖a5xg5 <pin>

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<Alphastar: I love the manoeuvre Ra5-g5-g2.>

Bosboom's excellent 22 ... ♖a8-a5! targets the <WEAK PAWN> White g5-pawn for destruction, exploiting the <PIN> on the White e4-knight.

Mar-24-09  notyetagm: I love this Black Scandinavian win by Bosboom.
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  al wazir: What happens after 36. f4 ?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Also wondered about 36.f4, but then remembered that Black already has two extra minor pieces. One random possibility, not at all certain it represents best play because I've had three glasses of wine--36...Qxd4; 27.fxg5,Bxb1; 28.Kxb1,Nxc4.
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  OhioChessFan: Had the idea for the pun myself a month ago, couldn't remember Bosboom's name, forgot about it.
Mar-22-20  Brenin: After 36 f4 Qxd4 37 fxg5, renewing the discovered check threat with Qe3 looks best, with Nxc4 also threatened.
Mar-22-20  Ironmanth: Wow. Seems worthy of much more study; not understanding it really the first time through. Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay healthy out there. Blessings.
Mar-22-20  spazzky: <What happens after 36. f4 ?>

Qxd4 fxg5 Qe3 looks somewhat deadly

Mar-22-20  RandomVisitor: After 22...Ra5 white should break the pin before it breaks him

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<40/70 04:20 +1.38 23.Qd2 Rf5 24.d5> exd5 25.Nd4 Qd7 26.Nxf5 Qxf5 27.Nc3 Qe6+ 28.Ne2 0-0 29.0-0-0 Nc4 30.Bxc4 dxc4 31.Nc3 Qf5 32.Kb1 Qxf3 33.Qe3 Qxe3 34.Bxe3 Rb8 35.Rd5 Bf8 36.Ra5 Re8 37.Bd2 c6 38.Rxa4 b5 39.Ra6 Rc8 40.Re1 Ng3 41.Be3 Nf5 42.Bf2 b4 43.axb4 Bxb4 44.Ra4 Bxc3 45.bxc3 Nd6 46.Kc1 Bf5 47.Bd4 Rd8 48.Kb2 Ne4 49.g6 Bxg6 50.Rxc4 Nd2 51.Rxc6

Mar-22-20  catlover: Manuel sure lowered the boom on Howell.
Mar-22-20  RandomVisitor: <luzhin> suggests 31.Ng3 as a cure for what ills white

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<48/70 05:33 +0.43 31.Ng3 Rh2 32.Nxf5 exf5 33.Bd2> Qe6 34.c5 Nbd5 35.Rh1 Rxh1 36.Qxh1 Kg8 37.Nxa4 Qd7 38.Bb3 Bf8 39.Qf1 g6 40.Nc3 c6 41.Qg1 Ne7 42.Qe3 Bg7 43.Qf4 Qd8 44.Kc2 Kf8 45.Be3 Ne8 46.Kb1 Bf6 47.Qh2 Qd7 48.Qh6+ Bg7 49.Qf4 Qd8 50.Qh2 Qd7 51.Ka2 Nf6 52.Qb8+ Ne8 53.Na4 Nd5 54.Nb6 Qc7 55.Qxc7 Ndxc7 56.a4 Nf6 57.Bf4 Nfd5 58.Be5 Bxe5 59.dxe5 Ne6 60.Nxd5

Mar-23-20  RandomVisitor: After 22.hxg5

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<66/100 26:23:28 -0.13 22...Nd5 23.Qd2 b5> 24.Bxd5 Qxd5 25.Be3 0-0 26.Rg4 Rad8 27.Qc3 Rd7 28.Qd3 c6 29.Rh4 f5 30.gxf6 Nxf6 31.Nf4 Bxe4 32.fxe4 Qxe4 33.Ng6 Qxd3 34.cxd3 Nh7 35.Re4 Re8 36.Rc1 Rc7 37.Ke2 Bf6 38.Ne5 Rec8 39.Ng4 Kf7 40.Ne5+ Ke8 41.Bf4 Nf8 42.Bh2 c5 43.Nf3 Rc6 44.Ne5 Bxe5 45.Bxe5 cxd4 46.Rxc6 Rxc6 47.Bxg7 Rc2+ 48.Kf3 Rxb2 49.Bxd4 Rb3 50.Bc5 Rxd3+ 51.Ke2 Rb3 52.Kd2 Rg3 53.Bb4 Rf3 54.Ke2 Rf5 55.Bxf8 Kxf8 56.Rxe6 Kg7 57.Rb6 Re5+ 58.Kd2 b4 59.Rxb4

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