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Leighton Nicholls vs Richard Taylor
New Zealand Open (2015), Aukland NZL, rd 9, Jan-09
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  0-1



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  Richard Taylor: Here I was wanted to play 24....axb3

I saw that if then 25. cxb3 I had 25. ...Rxa2 which leads to a win. I had calculated that, and if 24. ... axb3 it is mate on a1 but I thought that 25. Qxb3 Ra3 26. Qxb4 Rb1 27. Bb4 Rxa2! 28. Rxd1+ would stop my attack. Then I recalled how I had lost games in 2011 making too many sacrifices for the 'glory' of it and stopped "going there" and played the more prosaic Bc3?! I was also always keeping ahead in time and I wanted to in this game also.

I think that later Nicholls (possibly) missed a way to defend so 24. Bc3? has to be labelled with a question mark. 24. ... axb3 in fact is a much quicker win.

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  Richard Taylor: From here is the critical line I found after the game (without a computer):

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24. Rd1 axb3 25. Qxb3 Ra3 26.
Qxb4 Rb8 27. Bb5 Rxa2

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28. Kxa2 (if 28. ...Rd8+ does nothing as 29. Rxd8 and the same combination occurs, but I hadn't seen the combination I just thought it meant it was all getting messy. But in fact 28. ... f3 is necessary but black still wins) Qxc2+ 29. Ka3 Ra8+ 30. Ba4 Rxa4+ 31. Qxa4 Qb2#
♗lack mates 0-1

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  Richard Taylor: I did see this line:

24. .... axb3 25. cxb3 Rxa2

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26. Kxa2 Qa5+ 27. Kb1 Qa1+ 28. Kc2 Qb2+ 29. Kd3 Rd8+

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and black wins.

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  Richard Taylor: That should be 28. c3 and then 28. ... Qa2 wins (in the Qxb3 line).

This is the first game I've been through thoroughly with and without an engine. The engine has me winning after axb3 and the sac on a2.

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  juan31: Buen juego Mr. Taylor.
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  Richard Taylor: Thank you Juan. Muchas gracias y muy bien. Sientado por me opponent. Me Espano no es buen. Me opponent estas juvenes y tragico simil a (el) Nietzche. (After the game) Pregunto: es (te) triste? He seemed a sad and (or) serious -- intense -- young man. He said, and I knew the quote: 'That which does not destroy me, can only make me stronger.' Typical of el Romantico (young man)....It was the last game.

He seemed or seems enigmatic perhaps like a hero from an early Goethe novel or say a Spanish (comedy tragedy)....

I am as much interested in my opponents and their fate or their lives and feeling as my own game or resulsts....

I learnt Spanish a long time ago but have forgotten even elementary things.... I remember some of it....

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