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Claude Febvret vs George Hatfeild Gossip
London (Vizayanagaram) (1883), London ENG
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: Both players play the opening with imagination and Úlan.

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Gossip should now have pressed ahead on the queenside with 27....b4!

When he does play it, followed by ...b3 a few moves later, his position is still very good, but White has developed on the kingside.

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31...Nxf3 32. gxf3.

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Gossip now missed White's intention completely. He actually helped White to find the best move by playing 32...Ra2?? White replied with 33. Qh4! .

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The ♙g6 is pinned, so Black's defence looks almost impossible. 33...f5. This looks as good as anything.

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White could now have played the slightly devastating 34. Rxg6+, which mates quickly. Instead he played 34. exf6.

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He may have thought that it didn't matter, that his attack was going to crash through now whatever happened. He got a major shock with 34...Qxe4!! . Defending and attacking. <La partie est fini>!

Better luck next Febvret!

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  fredthebear: <offramp> Indeed! 34...Qxe4!! is an eye opener. Oh, the value of seizing the long diagonal.

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