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James Moreby vs Peter T Roberson
4NCL 2016/2017 (2017), Reading ENG, rd 3, Jan-14
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1



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  Dionysius1: Interesting how "easy" can be justified in many ways. Here Black HAS to play the winning move, or resign. So as easy it's probably in a class of its own.

I bet someone has made a list of games where a GM resigned when they had a winning move :-)

May-01-18  saturn2: 35..QxR means mate in 3.
May-01-18  Cybe: saturn2: 35..QxR means mate in 3.
35...Q:g3+, 36. Qg2 and it is not mate in 3. Even 36. Kf1 is not mate in 3.
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn down.

White threatens Rxg5+.

The black rooks x-ray the white bishop. Hence, 35... Qxg3+ 36.hxg3 (else drop a rook) 36... Rxh1+ 37.Kg(f)2 R8h2#.

May-01-18  AlicesKnight: 35.... Qxg3+; 36.Hxg3 Rxh1+; 37.Kg2/f2 R8h2+ and White cannot even get a R back for the Q. If White refuses the Q a R is lost and Black's win is 'a matter of technique'.
May-01-18  Walter Glattke: Later mate with 36.Kf1 Rxh2 37.Qxh2
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  Inedit2: James Moreby was 12 ...
May-01-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: Black snatches a rook, and the queen who takes it is poisoned.
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  Once: I would have loved to see this game live. With 35. Rxg3 White probably thinks that he's weathering the storm. He presumably expects a forced exchange of pieces and then he might have chances of pushing his advanced queenside pawns. His Bh1 might even get into the game with the hokey-cokey Bg2-Bf1-Be2. Black is still better but white is at least fighting.

The move 35...Qxg3 must have come like a thunderbolt. Ouch.

May-01-18  morfishine: <35...Qxg3> yadda yadda yadda


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  malt: 35...Q:g3+ 36.Qg2
(36.hg3 R:h1+ 37.Kf2/g2 R8h2# )
36...Q:g2+ 37.B:g2 R:e3
May-01-18  patzer2: Breaking the pin and winning with 35...Qxg3+! to solve today's Tuesday puzzle was easy. The only possible difficulty I could see was in eliminating the tempting but weak 35...Rxg3? 36. Rxg3 Qxg3+ 37. Qg2 = (0.00 @ 31 ply, analysis of move 36.?).

What would have been more difficult for me would have been finding the strong winning move 34...g3! -+ (-4.60 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 35.?) to set it up.

May-01-18  patzer2: In addition to 34...g3!, the other surprise pawn move I enjoyed after 15. c5 (diagram below)

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was 15...exf3! ⩱ to ∓ (-0.62 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 15...?). It (i.e. 15...exf3!) is a cool move under fire which gives Black the advantage and the initiative for the rest of the game.

Much weaker is the passive, second best alternative 15...Nd7 = (0.04 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 16.?).

May-01-18  zb2cr: 35. ... Qxg3+ wins a Rook, as if 36. gxh3 it is mate in 2 after 36. ... Rxh1+; 37. Kg2(or f2), R8h2#.

White must therefore play one of 36. Kf1, 36. Qg2, which let Black get away a Rook up. 36. Bg2, Rxh2 threatens mate by 37. ... Rh1#, and White doesn't seem to have a good defense.

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  takchess: 2 for 2 Bring on Wednesday !
May-01-18  dumbgai: <Dionysius1> Black could play Rxg3 where he’s fine (but not immediately winning). So he has one other move besides resigning. :)

Tim Krabbe’s site has a page titled “the worst blunder” which contains games where a player resigned from a winning position. Worth checking out.

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  PawnSac: for a moment i thought i lost a day somehow, and it was monday again. It doesn't get much easier than this
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  gawain: A straightforward win. Black's queen moves straight forward and Black wins.
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  Penguincw: It's Tuesday. Hoping for a good result to start off the month.

I played 35...Rxg3+ so nope.

I think I'll disappear 'til next Monday.

May-01-18  Strelets: Today's puzzle is brought to you by Black's pawn on e4. Tactics are built on positional foundations!
May-01-18  sombreronegro: Nice pin at 35. R x g3...

too bad about the skewer and mated part though...

May-01-18  cormier: 1) +0.55 (39 ply) 12.h4 Qf7 13.Rc1 Bd7 14.Re1 a5 15.Bf1 a4 16.Be2 Rfd8 17.d5 Be8 18.Ne6 Rdc8 19.bxa4 cxd5 20.Ng5 Qf8 21.cxd5 Nxa4 22.Nxa4 Bxa4 23.Qd4 Bd7 24.Qb2 h6 25.Ne6 Qf7 26.Rxc8+ Rxc8 27.Qxb7 Bxe6 28.dxe6 Qxe6 29.Rc1 Rxc1+ 30.Bxc1 Nd7 31.Bb2 d5 32.Bd1 Nc5 33.Qb8+ Kh7 34.Qe5 Qxe5

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9

May-01-18  messachess: Queen sac. Tuesday.
May-01-18  reti: I missed the mate in 1 after 35...hxg3.
May-02-18  Cibator: Rather reminiscent of this tragicomedy from yesteryear: Robatsch vs L Barden, 1962

(Skip to the position before Black's 32nd move. If he'd played 32. ... Kh8 instead, there'd have been no more hope for White.)

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