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Robert Wayne Smith vs Ralph Hart
"Hart of Darkness" (game of the day Dec-16-2013)
4th George Trundle NZ Masters Tt (2009), Auckland, NZ, rd 9, Oct-04
French Defense: Classical. Tartakower Variation (C13)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Hart of Darkness.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Methinks that 6...Nxc3 does not prove viable because of 12.Ke3,Qxa1??; 13.Bb5+.
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  FSR: Great Capablanca's Ghost! That's two GOTDs for me in two days!
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  FSR: 10...Qxb2?! is hard to resist, but as <An Englishman> noted, the line White played busted it because of the Bb5+ resource if Black takes on a1. However, Houdini 3 says that this line is still fine for Black, eventually ending up as a draw, after 10...Ne4+! 11.Ke2 Nc6! 12.Ke3 (or 12.Rd1 Qxb2 13.Qxh7 Qxc2+) Nxd4! 13.Bd3 Nf5+ 14.Ke2 Nd4+ 15.Kf1 (15.Ke3 Nf5+ repeats) Qxb2 16.Rd1 (16.Re1? Nxc2! is very strong for Black (-1.5)) Nc3 17.Nxd4 Nxd1 18.Nb3 Qb1.
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  Richard Taylor: I've played both of these players. I know what happened in this game. The night before both players found this line somewhere. Neither knew that the other had guessed the other's line of play.

It seems Bob knew it best.

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  Richard Taylor: From the analysis by Houdini Black looks good. It looks winning for Black after 18. ... Qb1.

Pity Ralph wasn't able to consult Houdini!

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  Richard Taylor: "Heart of Darkness" by Conrad is a book I've read quite a few times I re-read it last year. It gets a mention in T.S. Eliot's poem (via the quote "Mr. Kurtz, he dead.") "The Hollow Men" which is what Marlon Brando is reading in 'Apocalypse Now' partly based on (or following) the book by Conrad. But also a book about Vietnam during the American War. The phrase 'hollow men' comes from 'Julius Caesar' by Shakespeare.
Dec-16-13  Castleinthesky: This game reminds me of the Ruy Lopez-Marshall Gambit, in that black engages in a very aggressive strategy and forces white's king out. However, here the king is much more active. The pun is apropos with the interesting background. Much thanks for this GOTD which was very enjoyable
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  kevin86: Breakaway! The h-pawn will queen without ANY interference!
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  Domdaniel: <Richard T.> You read good books ... so how come you say crazy things? ;) [joke]
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