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David Howell vs Manuel Bosboom
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.
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  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.
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  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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