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William M Byland vs Claude Fred Tears
"New Tears Day" (game of the day Jan-01-2020)
52nd US Open (1951), Fort Worth, TX USA, rd 12, Jul-21
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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  eternaloptimist: New Tears Day
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  Phony Benoni: Too bad the opponent's name was Johnson. Then "No More Tears" would have worked.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 37...Rxf6; 38.Rxf6,Rxd7; 39.Rh6 and it appears that Black has the better of the position, although a win would prove hard to, um, prove.
Jan-01-20  spingo: New Years bring new tears... Is that the gist?
Jan-01-20  scormus: Well, B really should have got rid of the advanced d-pawn on one of the opportunities he had
Jan-01-20  7he5haman: I don't understand why Black didn't go Rxd6 on move 27 or 28.

Surely he's at least equal with those 3 King pawns.

Jan-01-20  7he5haman: <An Englishman: Good Evening: 37...Rxf6; 38.Rxf6,Rxd7; 39.Rh6 and it appears that Black has the better of the position, although a win would prove hard to, um, prove.>

39.Rh6 looks loose after 39...Rd2 - the Black King gets checked to a6 and then at least one of White's Queen pawns are getting chomped. With the White King miles away from the action I think Black has good chances.

39.Rf2 might hold, however.

Jan-01-20  7he5haman: *gets checked to a6 OR stays at b8, depending on whether White checks again after Rxh7+
Jan-01-20  smendel: I think that 33...Rd8 straight away would have made black's task easier. If d7 you simply take and after the exchange you're up two pawns and eyeing up white's unprotected pawns. We can assume that time trouble was a factor in black's demise.
Jan-01-20  dumbgai: Yeah even 35...Rxd7 (using either rook) 36. Nxd7 Rxd7 leaves black with a pawn-up endgame with no risk of losing. Black simply got greedy trying too hard to win, and ended up losing. Also, 27...Rxd6 as mentioned previously leaves him with a dominating position that should easily win.

Interesting game for 2020’s first GOTD.

Jan-01-20  catlover: Black missed a few opportunities. It's a cryin' shame he did not win.
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  Breunor: This game shows how hard it is often to finish off ‘won’ games. Stockfish evaluates the position on Black’s 24th move as better than -5 for black (with the best move e4). Lots of inaccurate moves and the game is lost.
Jan-01-20  RandomVisitor: "tears for Tears"
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  eternaloptimist: <spingo> Actually I just based the pun off of the fact that sometimes people are sad or cry after they lose their games & off of New Year’s Day. This especially applies to games that people lose that they should’ve won & that applies to this game for sure. <smendel> I agree that playing 33...Rd8 would’ve been better than 33...Rf8 as in this game. Then after 34. Re6 Rg6. (pinning Byland’s N) Tears would’ve had a really good chance of winning this game. Tears could’ve aimed at: 1)pushing his Kside pawns when the time is ripe to Q a pawn. 2)trying to force Byland into a situation where he would be forced to exchange his R for 1 of his Rs. 3)both of these strategies.
<dumbgai> Yes greed ended up being Tears’ undoing. 37...Rdf8?? looks like the losing move b/c Tears moved that R away from blockading Byland’s d-pawn. Tears should’ve come away w/ at least a draw in this game. Indeed it is an interesting game to crank up the new year w/ as you said. <Breunor> That is so true about winning ‘won’ games & I think 2 of the main reasons are: 1)If you are winning then sometimes you can be overly cautious, overly aggressive or overly confident & give your opponent a chance to improve his/her position. This can eventually turn the game into a draw or even a win (as in this game) for the player that was originally losing. 2)If you are losing then quite often you start focusing better. <catlover> Indeed Tears did miss a few opportunities to win this game & we can make some New Year’s resolutions to try to avoid this in our games. <New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep sometimes but we can try our best to make some for this year based off of this game.: 1)Don’t be greedy. 2)Don't be overly confident (but do be confident). 3)Don’t underestimate your opponent. <I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year!!>>
Jan-01-20  catlover: Happy New Year to you, too <eternaloptimist>. Nice job with the pun on this game which is very worthy to be a GOTD.
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  eternaloptimist: <catlover> Thank you! Btw I’m a cat lover too!

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