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Harold Morton vs Weaver Warren Adams
"Childe Harold to the Dark Tower Came" (game of the day Sep-18-2020)
New England Ch (1937), Boston, MA USA, rd 10, Dec-??
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0

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May-08-20
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  FSR: <OCF> It's also illegal. Presumably you meant 31.Bxd6. I wanted to play 30.Rd1, which looks crushing, albeit less incisive than the game continuation.
May-08-20
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  chrisowen: Wal Wal Wails no?
May-08-20
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  chrisowen: Yeah yeah yeah get out of my head caz 224 no?
May-08-20  alshatranji: Interesting. I realized that the game continuation is the only way to make progress. But I didn't have a plan after 29. Rxf1. Of course, there is the prospect of advancing c6, but nothing seemed clear or certain. But now I see it, Bd5+, then after Kg8 or Kh7, there is the threat of Rf8. Well done.
May-08-20
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  thegoodanarchist: That's it - the zwischenzug!

It is one of the biggest factors separating great players from the rest of us.

28.Rxf7! is the zwischenzug I missed.

May-08-20
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  Jimfromprovidence: After 27 dxc6 Rd1 28 Rxf7 Rxf1+ 29 Rxf1 <agb2002> mentions a sequence <A.1.c) 29... g6 30.Rf8+ Qxf8 31.Bxf8 Kxf8 32.c7 Nb(d)6 33.Bh3 wins.>

There is an interesting alternative which wins another piece for white here.

Here is the position after 27 dxc6 Rd1 28 Rxf7 Rxf1+ 29 Rxf1 g6 30 Rf8+ Qxf8 31 Bxf8 Kxf8.


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See what happens if white plays 31 Bd5+! before 31 Bxf8.


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May-09-20
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  agb2002: <Jim> 31.Bd5+ is technically much better than my prosaic 31.Bxf8.
May-09-20  TheaN: I missed this yesterday and sadly I pressed the next move button one too many, so I spoiled this for myself. However, I do feel that it's a rather easy Friday.

<27.dxc6!> Black's dealing with a lot of pressure suddenly. It's obvious Black wants to play Rd1 but that it probably doesn't get him anywhere, but there aren't too many alternatives. A different counterattack doesn't exist and the rook only has c7 and d2 to flee. After 27....Rd2? 28.Rxf7 +- is simple, but 27....Rc7 28.Bd5! is not too difficult either, where everything for Black is overworked.

However, <27....Rd1 28.Rxf7 Rxf1+> else disaster <29.Rxf1> we end up here:


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These are these kind of positions where it's so obvious the bishops dominate the queen, and the rook dominates the knight.

Besides that, White threatens an immediate Bd5+, with Qxd5 Rf8#, and if Black defends against this immediately Rf8+ is also dangerous (far up passed pawn down).

29....Nd6 fails on another overwork 30.Bd5+ Kh8 31.c7! and Black collapses. 29....g6 is too slow (h6 is similar but actually gives no escape square to defend f8): 30.Rf8+ Qxf8 and even though 31.Bxf8 wins, better is 31.Bd5+! winning another tempo. Interestingly, the two variations both end up with different bishops.

After 31....Qf7 the dark squared bishop forces queening as after 32.Bxf7+ Kxf7 33.c7 +- its defending both squares to prevent queening. If 31....Kg7 the light squared bishop wins the day after 32.Bxf8+ Kxf8 33.Bxc4 Ke7 (bxc4 34.c7) 34.Bxb5 +- and White can not yet queen the c-pawn, but can cruise to a win otherwise.

Sep-17-20
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  offramp: Black also features in a famous poem: "Weaver circle round him thrice".
Sep-17-20  SeanAzarin: Now I'm thinking about the Roland Deschain series of books.

Fantastic pun, BTW.

Sep-17-20  schnarre: ...Nice finish!
Sep-17-20
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  Honza Cervenka: Being white, after 24...Rc7 I would play simply 25.Bb4 with idea 25...Nb7 26.Bxc6.
Sep-17-20  shaileshnanal: It is a classic game explaining the power of Bishops firing at f8 & d5 and how back rank weakness can be exploited.For all the time Black's queen remained tied up to the defence of f8 square.
Sep-17-20  Brenin: Not much to add to comments made in May, save a brief salute to <offramp>, who drank the milk of Paradise today.
Sep-17-20  Ironmanth: Interesting game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there, and play hard, play often, and play FAIR! :))
Sep-17-20  Axel1940: I have to comment on Player of the Day. Two chess masters named Tigran Petrosian and not related?? Weird.
Sep-17-20
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  perfidious: There are three players with that name, ackshly.
Sep-17-20  RandomVisitor:


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How thus they had surpris’d me,—solve it, you!
How to get from them was no clearer case.

Yet half I seem’d to recognize some trick
Of mischief happen’d to me, God knows when— In a bad perhaps. Here ended, then,
Progress this way. When, in the very nick
Of giving up, one time more, came a click
As when a trap shuts—you ’re inside the den.

Burningly it came on me all at once,

27.dxc6 Rd1


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What in the midst lay but the Tower itself?
The round squat turret, blind as the fool’s heart, Built of brown stone, without a counter-part
In the whole world. The tempest’s mocking elf
Points to the shipman thus the unseen shelf He strikes on, only when the timbers start.

Not see? because of night perhaps? ...
“Now stab and end the creature—to the heft!”

28.Rxf7 Rxf1+
29.Rxf1 Nd6
30.Bd5+ Kh8
31.c7 Qc8
32.Bxd6


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There they stood, ranged along the hill-sides, met To view the last of me, a living frame For one more picture! in a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all. And yet
Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set,
And blew “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came.”

Sep-18-20
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  offramp: <<Axel1940>: I have to comment on Player of the Day. Two chess masters named Tigran Petrosian and not related?? Weird.

Sep-17-20 <perfidious>: There are three players with that name, ackshly.>

...And the second-highest rated one became World Champion.

Sep-18-20
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  OhioChessFan: <RV>, would you favor us with another verse?
Sep-18-20  Brenin: Such a great game (or pun), it serves as GOTD on two successive days, after a stint as POTD in May. Good news for fans of the Romantic poets.
Sep-18-20  jith1207: Came Twice.

Romantic, indeed.

Sep-18-20
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  offramp: <Brenin: Such a great game (or pun), it serves as GOTD on two successive days...>

Normally a sign that someone has died, or there has been some other catastrophe.

Sep-18-20
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  Oginschile: Jith1207... sometimes I wish we could Like or laugh at posts...

Very funny!

Oct-02-20
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  keypusher: <
Sep-17-20 Brenin: Not much to add to comments made in May, save a brief salute to <offramp>, who drank the milk of Paradise today.>

When I read this I thought it might mean that offramp had died. Glad it wasn’t so! There has been too much of that lately.

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