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Alpen Gardner Murphy vs Charles Witte
"The Highest Form of Witte" (game of the day Dec-01-2019)
58th US Open (1957), Cleveland, OH USA, rd 4, Aug-08
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit. Marshall Variation (B20)  ·  0-1



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  al wazir: White has managed to make all his pieces useless.

23. Be2 would have defended better: 23...Nf3+ 24. Qxf3 Bxf3 25. Bxf3 b6. White has ♗+♙ vs. ♖.

Dec-01-19  ndg2: Funny, after 24.Kh1 Ne1! the white queen is lost, there's no unattacked square on the whole board in this relatively open position.
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  areknames: <23. Be2 would have defended better> Yes, in the line you give White can probably draw. A few moves earlier though White can play 20.Qxf3 and Black has no compensation whatsoever for the lost material.
Dec-01-19  belgradegambit: A nice companion game to this P Chrz vs J Tuma, 2001
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  Korora: Blowing a chance to refute a risky ♕-for-♖ sac, then losing the chance to salvage a draw. What were the clocks reading?
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  paavoh: <Blowing a chance to refute a risky ♕-for-♖ sac, then losing the chance to salvage a draw>. Yes, right away 20.Qxf3 and later 23.f4 would have been superior. In the light of this, perhaps "Murphy's Law" would have been an option for the pun.
Dec-01-19  ajile:

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Dec-01-19  TheaN: Wow, the only way I can describe this is that Black blew it and White just let it happen anyway. The sac is completely flawed (looks strong, perhaps, but that's just superficial) and really <only> as late as 23.Rb2? does White really give up allowing 23....Nf3+ 24.Kh1 Ne1 -+.

The point why I'm so harsh for Black's plan is, what was he thinking setting this up with 17....e4? (18.Qb1 ±), but then even executing it 18....exf3? 19.Rxe7 Rxe7 20.Qxf3 +- probably missing 20....Bg4 21.Qg3 h5 22.f3 +- immediately numbing down two of Black's pieces. Typically, this is not that hard to spot at all. Really don't get it.

Dec-01-19  RandomVisitor: Murphy's Law: If you ever get the better end of a queen sacrifice and are planning to coast to an easy victory, you will overlook a winning move by your opponent and lose the game.
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  Korora: <ajile>

A measly ♙ for a ♖ in the endgame, and both Black's birdies in a battery barring the e file.

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