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Ivan Theodorovich vs Howard Ridout
Ontario Open (1976), St. Catharines, ON CAN
Zukertort Opening: Ross Gambit (A04)  ·  0-1



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Jul-12-12  Cibator: Looks as though White expected the game to win itself, playing planlessly. He'd obviously never heard Gerald Abrahams' dictum: "Good positions don't win games; good moves do".
Jul-12-12  gofer: I was trying to make Pe3 my point of attack, but couldn't make up my mind I really wanted to keep Bh6 and Nf5 exactly where they were, but Rxe3 doesn't do much. Then I saw the queen sac on f2 which still attacks Pe3 but does so indirectly!

<29 ... Qxf2+!>

The queen is immune from capture 30 Kxf2 Bxe3+ 31 Kf1 Ng3#. So we are going to get to play Rxe3 anyway!!! But which is better for white Kh1 or Kh2?

Well <30 Kh2> is bad because it allows the windmill of death!

30 Kh2 Rxe3

31 Rf1? Bf4+
32 Kh1 Ng3+
33 Kh2 Nxf1+
34 Kh1 Ng3+
35 Kh2 Nxe2+
36 Kh1 Ng3+
37 Kh2 Rxf3!
38 Any move Nf1+
39 Kh1 Rxh3+
40 gxh3 Qh2#

31 Bf1? Bf4+
32 Kh1 Ng3+
33 Kh2 Nxf1+
34 Kh1 Ng3+
35 Kh2 Rxf3!
38 Any move Nf1+
39 Kh1 Rxh3+
40 gxh3 Qh2#

<30 Kh1 ...>

What is this the best option for black??? Well my original plan of Rxe3 looks okay to me!

<30 ... Rxe3>

31 Qd2/Qb1/Rg1 Ng3+
33 Kh2 Bf4!

The windmill has been created and white is lost!

31 Bf1? Rxf3! mating

What's white's best option - if it isn't resigning?

<31 Rf1 Ng3+>
<32 Kh2 Nxf1+>
<33 Rxf1 Qxe2>

But this is horrible for white... ...for instance

34 Re1 Qf2
35 Rxe3 Bf4!
36 Kh1 Qf1+
37 Ng2 Bxe3

34 Qe1 Bf4+
35 Kg1 Rfe8


Hmmm. White went with <30 Kh2> which just plain wrong...

Jul-12-12  hedgeh0g: Nice queen sac idea; very aesthetic!
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  chrisowen: At e3 play in light oomph, pawn f2 again queen in each pocket o mega

in stop off e5 light in box it yeah in craver pawn one for d5 river

and in large it slim picking altogether it house in three it felled

in f2 e3 f4+ white has no groundwork in diplomatic solution give the

ghost oil in kingh2 ne3 perchance in f1 card sure knightf5 in

accrues the find e5p only salvation king low in h1 and in busy it

effront in atta boy i tear up low f2 in agree down it came rook to

end in jug as undulate in f4.

Jul-12-12  M.Hassan: <Eggman>:
Scarborough Chess Club which is said to be the biggest chess club in Canada, arranges tournaments under the name of "Howard Rideout" tournaments. Is he the same Rideout that you are mentioning?. I only know that this is to commemorate "Rideout" who has been a player and probably in that club because the club is over 40 years old.

This tournament is repeated year after year and at the beginning of the season when the club resumes activity after summer recession in September.

Jul-12-12  dragon player: It took me a while, but than I saw you can just your queen:


you can also refuse the queen, but 30...Nxe3 gives you a very nice attack.

31.Kf1 Ng3#

Time to check.


30...Rxe3 also gives you a winning attack.


Jul-12-12  kevin86: I saw that the queen was immune (three move mate) after Qf2+,the other pieces fit into place after that.
Jul-12-12  andrewjsacks: If this is the "Ross Gambit," well, Ross must have been institutionalized either soon after creating it or soon before...
Jul-12-12  The Last Straw: only got 29...Qxf2+ 30 Kh2 Rxe3 and 29...Qxf2+ 30 Kxf2 Bxe3+ 31 Kf1 Ng3#
Jul-12-12  James D Flynn: 29……Qxf2+ 30.Kh1(if Kh2(not Kxf2 Bxe3+ 31.Kf1 Ng3#) Qg3+ 31.Kh1 Nxe3 32.Rg1(if Bf1 Nxf1 33.Rxf1 Re2 34.Rg1 Bf4 35.Rdf1 Be3 and Black wins the exchange with continuing attack) Nc2 33.Qc3 Rxe2 and Black is a piece up with continuing attack) Ng3+ 31.Kh2 Nxe2 with apiece up and continuing attack. I have a feeling there should be a mate here somewhere. I will come back to it before I check the game.
Jul-12-12  hrobert5: I too was going for a sac through the e3 position; could see Ng3 was deadly, but couldn't get the details worked out. I'll give myself 1/2 point. :(
Jul-12-12  bachbeet: I saw the Q check at f2 and figured that should win and white should resign. I'll give myself most of the points for this one.
Jul-12-12  gofer: <Crafty EGT>: colours reversed...

Jul-12-12  James D Flynn: I found somewhat simpler winning lines but stiil no mate: 29…….Qxf2+ 30.Kh2 (if Kh1 Ng3+ 31. Kh2 Nxe2 wins a piece will continuing attack)Nxe3 31.Bf1 Bf4+ 32.Kh1 Nc2 33.Qc3 Re3 34.Rxe3 Nxe3 35.Qd3 Nxd1 36.Qxd1 Re8 Black is the exchange up and White is virtual Zugzwang.. Black can ply g5, and g4 to remove the N on f3 from his strong defensive position and it is hard to see how White will avoid the Q mate on h2. Now for the game.
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  FSR: 29...Qxf2+! initiates a very unusual combination. If 30.Kxf2, Bxe3+ 31.Kf1 Ng3#. If 30.Kh1, Ng3+ and 31...Nxe2. If 30.Kh2, Nxe3, threatening both 31...Qxg2# and 31...Nxd1, wins easily.
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  FSR: Wow! I had no idea 1.Nf3 e5(!!) was so strong. Theodorovich, a strong player, must have assumed he would beat this nonsense easily. Unfortunately, his 29.Nf3?? was a "helpmate" move.
Jul-12-12  sorokahdeen: FSR

I agree with you completely, but I have to say that I think 26. NF1 is just shy of an actual blunder.

At this point in the game, white is two pawns up, has a space-advantage on the queenside where one of his extra pawns lives and where his queen supports a Queenside attack that black can't really do that much about.

All white has to do to win at this point is not lose and with two minor pieces exchanged, his optimal plan consists of not being mated and denying black's pieces the airspace over his king with ideas like NF3/BD3/RA3 to defend the e3-point, followed by a5 and a6 seem more logically supportable than what was actually played.

What do you think?

Jul-12-12  Patriot: 29...Qxf2+ looks good.

30.Kxf2?? Bxe3+ 31.Kf1 Ng3#

30.Kh1/Kh2 Nxe3

Black holds all the cards. What can white do really?? After 30.Kh1, black could also play 30...Rxe3.

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  FSR: <sorokahdeen> I agree. I certainly didn't mean to imply (if I did) that 29.Nf3?? was White's only mistake - it was just the fatal one. Instead of the passive 26.Nf1?, I would probably have played 26.Nf3, envisioning Bd3 and possibly Bxf5. Black's "attack" is a joke and couldn't have gotten anywhere without a lot of help from White. It's funny how White retreated his knight on move 26 instead of playing the strong Nf3, then decided to reroute it to f3 after all - but at the moment he played Nf3 it was a terrible blunder.
Jul-13-12  PeterB: Eggman and Mr. Hassan - you are right, Howard Ridout was a long time member of the Scarborough Chess Club! He was very active even when I joined in 1969, and was still organizing tournaments at the time of his death in the 1990s. This game is a good memorial to him! Theodorovitch was a Toronto master rated about 2250 back then, perhaps about 2350 nowadays.
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  perfidious: The finish of this game brings something to mind that Keene and Botterill wrote in their seminal work on the Pirc: 'As with most brilliancies, the loser should be given the prize for making it all possible.' Or something like that anyway-thinking of that passage is really rather humorous.
Jul-13-12  JoergWalter: <The king of perfidy has returned!>

Happy to see you back! How are you doing? Did you fall asleep at the poker table? Like <perfidious van Winkle>?

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  perfidious: < JoergWalter: <The king of perfidy has returned!> Happy to see you back! How are you doing? Did you fall asleep at the poker table? Like <perfidious van Winkle>?>

Hasn't happened yet-I haven't even played since Black Friday (15.04.11). Drop by my player page any time you like; I'll be pleased to chat any time with you or other old friends!

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  FSR: <perfidious>, old chum!!! Welcome back!
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  FSR: 2...Nc6 wins more quickly: NN vs F Rhine, 2017.
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