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Stuart Hayes vs Geoff Chandler
League Match (2004), Edinburgh, Nov-24
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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  morfishine: <scormus> Good point about <25.Nd5> You could safely add an extra '?' to 25.exf7
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  patzer2: <morfishine: <scormus> Good point about <25.Nd5> You could safely add an extra '?' to 25.exf7> Yes, 25. exf7??, allowing mate-in-five with 25... Bxg2+! 26.Kxg2 Nxf4+ (or Nh4+) 27.Kh1 Rg1+! 28.Rxg1 Qf3+ 29.Rg2 Qxg2# was a blunder.

Though 25. Nd5! does hold for a win, White missed a chance one move earlier that could have won with an overwhelming attack:

Instead of <24. Nh5+ Kh8 25. exf7??>, replacing <24. Nh5+> (which still wins with more difficulty after 24...Kh8 25. Nd5! ) with 24. exf7! is much stronger.

One possibility after 24. exf7! (instead of 24. Nh5+) is 24...Rgf8

[24... Kxf7 25. Nce4! Bxe4 (25...Kg7 26. Qxf6+ Kh7 27. Rce1! Raf8 28. Qe7+! Kh8 29. Bxg6 ) 26. Rc7+ Ke8 27. Qd7+ Kf8 28. Qf7#]

25. Nh5+ Kh7 26. Qxf6 with a crushing attack.

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  Sally Simpson: I did not get this :)

There again I never solve any of G.Chandler's combo's. He is a nutcase.


Another one my swindles.

The knack is knowing when to accept that you are busted and start throwing the three P's (pawns, pieces and position) to the wind.


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I realised things were going very very badly so decided to sac the pawn with 21...e6 to put the Bishop on a 'Cheapo Diagonal'.

This appeared to have relaxed White, he played his next few moves rather casually and quickly. Not Blitz'd but not usual OTB speed.

From a purists point It's a pity there are two discovered checks with the Knight forcing mate.

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Here before White was played Qxd6+ and Nh5+ I was obviously looking at Bxg2+ and Nh4 + and taking on f5. Probably why I played Nh4+ in the game.

Actually I did not physically play Bxg2+ to kick off the combo.

I picked up the Bishop and was moving it towards g2 when it slipped out of my hand, bounced off the board into my opponents lap. He caught it.

"Sorry, can you put that on g2."

So my opponent played Bxg2+ for me!

There was a wee slump of the shoulders when he realised what was happening but Stuart turned the slump into a shrug and took the loss well in his typical good grace.

May-14-15  BOSTER: I respect S.Simpson, and it's nice to see his game here. Nevertheless, I'd say< Monday's standard> this is what separates today combo from the less predictable Tuesday' s 34.Rh6.
May-14-15  Tiggler: < Cheapo by the Dozen: What's neat about this one is how remarkably forcing the moves are.

25 ... Bxg2+
26 Kxg2 Nxf4++
27 Kh1 Rg1+
28 Rxg1 Qf3+
29 Rg2 Qxg2#

I don't see any possible deviations for White whatsoever.>

Or for Black: all other moves lead to a white win.

I missed this one because I got absorbed in the smothered mate pattern Bf4, Nf4, Nh3, Qg1, Nf2. But it does not work because there are too many white defenders of f4.

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  keypusher: Nice, Sally S.! Must have been a real thrill to play over the board.
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  OhioChessFan: I'm in a minority in that I found this much easier than yesterday's. All forcing moves, and the long diagonal and g file are the transportation routes for Black's winning attack.
May-14-15  Nick46: I join you OhioChessFan; got this straight away after failing yesterday and taking ages on Tuesday.
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  kevin86: A piece sacrificed to set up a deadly double check is a bargain- at the very least.
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  OhioChessFan: <Nick> yes, I had a hard time Tuesday also.
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  patzer2: <Sally Simpson> Congratulations on an interesting game and a magnificent swindle with your mating combination 25...Bxg2+! being selected for our Wednesday daily puzzle.

I had trouble with it until I flipped the board. The mate-in-five, which eluded me from the White side of the board, became clear for me from Black's perspective.

P.S.: Didn't make the connection until I read your post.

May-14-15  spysfi: Isaac Hayes was a better performer, with Jesse Jackson introducing him...
May-14-15  BOSTER: I'm not a panical person, but I wouldn't be happy to sent my girlfriend with my best friend to play tennis together. This is why I'm sceptical when we trust the knight to protect the gueen (diagram) ,or the Bishop g7 in Tursday game.

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White to play.

May-14-15  OutOfSync: 1) to Diagonal Alley: "Must needs"??
2) to Anyone: is chrisowen schizophrenic? I'm serious .... I'm new to this site and am curious about that sort of rambling. Sounds like flight of ideas meets emenem. 3) to Sally Simpson: the commentary is as entertaining as the combination! Well done and thanks.
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  Penguincw: At first, I thought it was a joke, since 25.fxg8=Q+ seems logical, but then I realized it was black to move.

You can't blame me, as the last 8 puzzles in a row have been white to move.

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  Sally Simpson: Hello again,

Yes I thought it was Monday puzzle, maybe Tuesday at best. If you look at Wednesday's puzzle.

P Smederevac vs C B van den Berg, 1965

You will see I failed on that one.

Never mind. It fits the Fischer criteris. sac, sac & mate.

I think Chris Owen liked it as well.

May-14-15  dgm1214: Counter attack!
May-14-15  Tiggler: <OutOfSync>

Actually <Sally Simpson> and <chrisowen> are the same person. But in his <Sally Simpson> persona, he believes he is Geoff Chandler.

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  Sally Simpson: Drats, I've been rumbled.

Or as Chris says:

"in glide ar far ruggar field ave cane bamboo shoot c6 then frag fag bag bar buff fib binds dim mop in pet dint week in week out klingon linger"

I suppose it's just as well he does not add diagrams.

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  tpstar: <Sally Simpson> Smashing game! Congratulations on having one of your combinations as the Daily Puzzle.

Double Check is very powerful, and often leads to mate as the King must move.

<BOSTER> Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948

Remember if 12. Nd5 then 12 ... Kd8! holds (13. Nxf6 Qh4+).

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  Sally Simpson: Thanks tpstar,

What are you doing here, you should getting the next set W.S's combo's ready.

Not done the last lot, not long in and have been playing chess on another site.

Poor Spassky, he resigned too early, he was 11 at the time. Think I had just learned how the pieces moved by then. (I'm still learning.....just a few days ago I fell foul to a backward Knight move. The bane of life backward Knight moves.)

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  Phony Benoni: The Not So Wonderful Two Horse S Hayes.
May-15-15  john barleycorn: Another game where Bxg2+ marked the end:

Ftacnik vs O Cvitan, 1997

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  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> I apologize, like others, I failed to make the connection. Nice final combo!

IMHO, your use of the term 'cheapo' is a bit harsh since it is, after all, the responsibility of the chess player to create problems for the opponent; and sacrificing a pawn to give the Bishop the <c6> square is somewhere above being a 'cheapo'

However, its hard to argue with your use of the term 'swindle'. But if the opponent falls victim to it, too bad :)


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  Sally Simpson: Hi morfishine.

Never any need to apologise to a chess bum like me, I never felt in anyway upset.

If I had lost this I'd have sneaked it onto Murray's page.

I like 'Cheapo'. The coming book 'Chandler's Cheapo's' has a nice ring to it...'Sally Swindles' is the follow-up.

I have a smashing OTB swindle v an I.M. I'll get around to sending it in.

Don't know what day of the week it will make. It's that bad they will have to invent a new day before Monday so they can post it.

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