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Alan Phillips vs Harry Golombek
BCF-ch (1961), Aberystwyth WLS, rd 2, Aug-15
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Jan-08-21  Sally Simpson: ***

Ray Keene mentions this game and requests it be submitted Alan Phillips (kibitz #2) and it was a few years later - Ray is spot on, it's a cracker.

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I've seen this position in puzzle books or a magazine. I know I solved it then because I was told to look for a killer blow.

In an actual game? I'm not sure, you have to see you will need this a few moves back. Or maybe find it in desperation when the position arises. (which is how I found most/all of my combo's. Pure Luck!)

The cop out 26 Rh1 is there, you get your piece back, this can cause you to miss the 'WOW!' move OTB. You cannot see the mate but you can see how you get sacced material back so you go the safe way.


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  Retireborn: Very interesting position after 20.Bh3 - the threat of Nf6+ seems to be overwhelming. Dodging it with 20...Kh8 may be Black's best chance of staying in the game.

My impression is that Golombek should have played his ...b5-b4 counterplay more quickly.

Jan-09-21  Nosnibor: I remember watching this game being played on the 15th august 1961 following a quick round 3 draw by myself in the British Boys Under 18 Chess Championships. In that particular event, because it was 13 rounds long due to the large entry in the first week of play we had to play two games a day. At the time I thought this game was one the best games played in the British Championship that year.
Jan-14-21  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Nosnibor,

I paid Britbase a wee visit to see if I could find out what game (if any) picked up the best game. This must have been a contender.

Happened across this which alludes to another thread about the pain in the butt adjournemts could be.

"One player with bare king on his KB7 against a king and pawn on KR7 (nothing could stop it from queening next move) punctiliously sealed a move.

His only real hope can have been that his opponent might drop dead during the adjournment.

But it was in the under-fifteen championship, most of whose participants looked healthy enough."


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  fredthebear: Two chess book authors lock horns here. This seems to be the same Alan Phillips that wrote "The Chess Teacher."

P.S. Yes, it's a KIA!

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