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L P Spellman vs Allen G Pearsall
"All Through the Knight" (game of the day Oct-06-2020)
corr (1937) (correspondence)
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: After <46.Ke3>

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It must be admitted that knighting the pawn is not necessary; 46...Kf7 also wins, as do other moves. But note that <46...d1Q> actually loses after <47.Rg8+>.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Sometimes, the only safety lies in boldness. White played much too passively. Have no idea if Black’s sacrifice was completely sound (25.f3?!), but given White’s play, might have represented the safest way to play for a win.
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  NM JRousselle: According to stockfish, 25 Kh2 is winning for White.
Oct-06-20  TheBish: I think the title should be "Correspondence". Oh wait... it's already there three times!
Oct-06-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: How does one make an unsound queen sacrifice and get away with it in CORRESPONDENCE chess??
Oct-06-20  goodevans: <Cheapo by the Dozen: How does one make an unsound queen sacrifice and get away with it in CORRESPONDENCE chess??>

Not only unsound but completely unnecessary. <23...Rxf2+> would have destroyed white without any risk.

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  Jambow: Nice pun <Phony Benoni> and a game worthy to replay.
Oct-06-20  Brenin: Not only was the Q sac 23 ... Qxe5 unsound (and unnecessary, as <goodevans> pointed out), so was the follow-up 24 ... d4: it threatens an unpleasant discovered check along the a8-h1 diagonal, but White can simply sidestep that with 25 Kh2, e.g. 25 ... Nxf2 Qxd4, instead of allowing his Q to be captured with the largely irrelevant 25 h5. Objectively, Black should have taken a draw with 24 ... Rxf2+ 25 Rxf2 Rxg3+ 26 Kf1 (26 Kh2 Rh3+ also looks like a draw) Ba6+ 27 Re2 Nd2+ 28 Kf2 Ne5+ 29 Kf1. Instead he took a chance with 24 ... d4, and it paid off.
Oct-06-20  Brenin: BTW, the pun is based on the title of an old Welsh folk-song, Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night):

Perhaps Black was getting bored with the game (or with life in general), and decided to liven things up with 23 ... Qxe5. As it says in the song, "Dyma'r ffordd i fro gogoniant" ("This is the way to the realm of glory").

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  Phony Benoni: <Brenin> may have a point about Black being bored. I've had the opportunity to play through a number of Pearsall's games, and he was a very aggressive player willing to take great risks, even in correspondence play.

If you'd like to check out another of his games, try Lemberger vs A Pearsall, 1932. (And maybe you can come up with a good cheese-based pun for it.)

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  Breunor: An Englishman, if 25 f3 then ... Rxg3 ch 26 Kh2 Rfxf3 and black wins:

-6.42 (22 ply) 25...Rxg3+ 26.Kh2 Rfxf3 27.Qxd4 Rh3+ 28.Kg1 Rfg3+ 29.Rg2 Rxh1+ 30.Kxh1 Nf2+ 31.Kg1 Rxg2+ 32.Kf1 Ng4 33.e4 Rf2+ 34.Qxf2 Nxf2 35.Kxf2 Bxe4 36.Ke3 Bb1 37.a3 Be7 38.h5 Kf7 39.b4 Ke6 40.Kf3 Bg5 41.Kg4 Bd2 42.Kf3 Bc2 43.Ke2 Bf4

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  Jambow: <Brenin> Cymry?

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