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Alan Shaw vs Paul MacIntyre
19th Monadnock Marathon (1996), Hillsborough, NH USA, rd 3, Oct-26
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  1-0



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  Sally Simpson: Well the first question is.

Where on earth is Monadnock?

Stumbled across this game by accident. Good game.

Here was interesting. Black to play.

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I'm suggesting White is simply threatening to play 31.Kh2.

Because then White is threatening
32.RxN QxR 33.Qf6.

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And there is nothing, bar giving up the Queen that Black can do to stop mate on g7/h8.

It does not work with King on g1 due to Qb1+ an Qf5.

Black played 31...Nb8 Did he spot the threat and miss Qb1+ or was he just taking it off the board.

Some of the notes are a wee bit basic but please remember I am writing for the 1400 lads.

Was 19.Kf1 wrong? I say so I can praise 22.Kg1. I know White haunts these pages so he can perhaps tell me/us.

The Duck?
It was sent to America and had photo's taken at the Marshall Chess Club, it then went all over the place posted from one RHP member to another. Mexico, Canada, Vietnam, South Africa but has since been lost in the post on it's way to New Zealand.

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  perfidious: <Geoff> There is a Mt Monadnock in southwest New Hampshire.

I was ready to play 2.f4, being prepared for my opponent's Falkbeer main line with 3....e4, but changed my mind at the last moment. A couple years later, I watched Paul get waxed by Alex Shabalov in the Falkbeer and was a mite put out that I did not go in for a King's Gambit here.

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  Richard Taylor: Good finish! Interested in this as it transpsd. into a Scotch which I play. Here the Na4 manoeuvre is essayed...
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  perfidious: <Richard>, for a time in 1996-97 I revamped my opening repertoire and tried 1.e4; decided to go with this Scotch Four Knights and give the then-popular 11.Na4 a go, after losing a game on the black side in 1993.
Mar-26-20  Granny O Doul: Maybe Black would do better to take with the knight at move 26. He activates several pieces thereby, no passed pawn for white, and the queenside pawns look equally weak.
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