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Loek van Wely vs Todd F Rumph
Berkeley International (2011), Berkeley, CA USA, rd 2, Jan-02
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  1-0



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  sbevan: Instead of
20... Qxf4

20....Rh6 forces the win doesn't it?
Threat: Rxh2
and after Kxh2
Rf6 followed by
Lights out
In that position (with the W K on h2 and the B R on f6) the Qb3+ doesn't help. I see no way of stopping the mate.

Comments welcomed.

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  Sastre: If 20...Rh6, 21.Rg1 Qxf4 22.Qb3+ Kh8 23.Qg3 is winning for White.
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  sbevan: <Sastre: If 20...Rh6, 21.Rg1 Qxf4 22.Qb3+ Kh8 23.Qg3 is winning for White.>

Sorry for the delay and thank you for the comment. 22. Qb3+ is an amazing defense which I completely missed. So the attack's close but doesn't quite work...

Oh well :)

Jan-17-11  TheFocus: Rumph got roasted!!
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  FSR: <TheFocus> Indeed. One rarely sees such a Rumph Roast. This was seven moves faster than K W Troff vs Todd F Rumph, 2011, played six rounds later in the same tournament.
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  perfidious: Major dose of killtown got handed out in this QGA-cum-open game.

Whatever happened to that old aphorism 'He who grabs the QNP sleeps in the streets'?

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  offramp: An awful lot happens in this short game. I think queens are often well-placed on QR3 and to get there with the win of a pawn is a bonus!
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  FSR: <perfidious: ... Whatever happened to that old aphorism 'He who grabs the QNP sleeps in the streets'?>

No longer true, if it ever was. Opening Explorer; Opening Explorer

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  perfidious: <FSR> Here is an oldie you will remember where Black takes the plunge and lives to tell the tale: Bisguier vs J Sherwin, 1954.
Sep-27-15  Esauwept: Can someone please show the mate to me, a beginner. I don't understand the conversation about Rh6, though I see the incredible check of Qb3, of course.
Sep-27-15  MarkFinan: <Esauwept: Can someone please show the mate to me, a beginner. I don't understand the conversation about Rh6>

I think the idea behind any.. Rh6 is just threatening a mate on h2 but white can easily stop it with just Rf2. White can just guard his king and slowly destroy black down the king side. Plus white has great pressure on the e5 pawn, check out the Bishop on the a1-h8 diagonal.

Sep-27-15  Esauwept: Thanks!
Sep-27-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Esauwept,

A few good lessons here.

Black went combining (playing for tricks and traps) allowing a defending check.

You will often see the good guys tucking their Kings out of the way even when there is no apparant danger.

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PLaying Kb1 (or Kb8) after 0-0-0 and Kh8 (or Kh1) often before moving their f-pawns.

A lot of combinations have been undone because of a sudden defending check. Experience either though studying games like this one or more usually a bad result in one of our own games has taught us leaving checks on in any position can backfire.


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Black knows that a Knight on f4 backed up with a Queen v a castled position can be deadly so went for it. Note here no check in the position and this possibly misguided Black.


Saccing the d-pawn and allowing a double-attack on the c6 Knight.


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Black wanted his Queen on the Kingside and now played.


Daring White to take c6 Knight. Which he did. The move 16...e5 has place a check on the board.

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17. Nxc6 Qg4 18. g3 Rf6 19. Kh1 ...

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This is the set up Black had in mind when he decided to sac the c6 Knight and was propably intending here to play 19...Rh6. Only now he saw the Qb3+ and that defends all the threats.

If we place the Black King on h8 and play 19....Rh6

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White has no defence and is soon mated.

The threat is 20...Rxh2+ 21.Kxh2 Qh3+ and Qg2 mate. Note the strength of that Knight on f4.

If White takes the Knight 20.gxf4 Qh3.

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There is primary threat of Rh6, the mate on h2 you were asking about. The only move to stop it is 21.Nf3 Qxf3+ 22.Kg1 Rg6 mate.

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But as we now know and Black discovered in the game, Qb3+ stopped all these lines.


What happens next?

Although you are now aware of the dangers of allowing a check in any position and I could show you another 20 examples, it will not be until you have been caught mid-combination with an unexpected check in one of your own games till the lesson sinks home.

Don't worry, it was the same with all us.

We all have to feel the burn before we learn.


Nice piece of Morphy here with a Black Knight on f4 and a Queen conducting an attack v a castled position.

Saint Amant / M.F. de B vs Morphy, 1858

Sep-28-15  MarkFinan: Wow <Sally Simpson> you once again went above and beyond the call of duty, Sir. I meant ..Rh6 from the end postion though, you went back a few moves. I <think> that's what the lad meant anyway.
Sep-28-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Mark,

The lad asked a valid question, he is a sub payer and supports the site. (which is more than I do at the moment.)

I tried to squeeze as much out of it, hopefully without baffling him, as I could.

Better than working, I looked busy at work for 20 or so minutes and I got paid for it!

Sep-29-15  Esauwept: Just like he said, you went way beyond my expectations, I'll be studying for days! Thanks again.
Sep-29-15  Esauwept: I have another a highly unbalanced endgame, black has two pawns on a2 and b2 and h6, a B on g5 and 2 Rs on on f4 and f2. Black K on g2. White has 3 pawns on a3 and b4 and f3. The white queen is on d3, white B on d1, and K on b1. The black B moves to h4, white queen moves to g5, then black B moves to g3, white B moves to c2, black pawn moves to h4 for a win. Why?

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