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Old August 2nd 04, 06:51 AM
My name is Mac, not Spam
 
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Default Sorta like a windmill, but more like a freight train

Check out this "live" game I recently played at freechess.org, especially
the mating attack my addled brain missed on move 25...

White: Frazier,Glenn M (1286)
Black: 'passero' (1423)
Event: FICS rated standard game, freechess.org
Date: 2004-07-31
Annotator: Frazier, Glenn M
(B03 Alekhine's D)

1 e4

Time control is G/15 with a 15s increment.

1 ... Nf6

The Alekhine is one of those openings that makes me groan when it is trotted
out. It's not that I 'fear' it, so much as I usually don't enjoy the kind of
game it produces.

2 e5 Nd5
3 d4

3 c4 Nb6 4 c5 Nd5 5 Bc4 e6 (5 ... c6 6 Qe2 +/= ) 6 Nc3 +/=

3 ... b6
4 Nf3

I'm not following any sort of theory, but just playing solid opening
principles on the assumption that it's Black's job to 'prove' his opening.

4 ... Bb7
5 Bc4 h6
6 O-O e6
7 Bd2 c5
8 c3?!

This makes placing the b1-knight awkward. But is it this move I should
question, or the previous one?

8 ... Be7
9 a3

I still tend to be too episodic with my planning. For this episode, the idea
is to gain space.

9 ... O-O
10 b4 cxb4
11 axb4 d6
12 Re1 dxe5
13 Nxe5 a6

That king looks lonely.

14 Bd3 Bg5
15 c4 Nf6?!

Blocking communication between the queen and bishop looked immediately to me
like a mistake.

16 Bxg5 hxg5
17 Re3 g4?!

Sure, keep the rook off of h3, but only for one move.

18 Nxg4 Nxg4
19 Qxg4

Before Black's fifteenth and seventeenth moves, I was sort of kidding
myself. Now, however, its starts to look like I might actually have an
attack.

19 ... Nd7?

This move is bad for a hard-to-spot-reason I only noticed with the help of
Crafty...
19 ... Nc6 0.66 v 2.33 20 Rh3 f5 21 Qg6 Qf6 22 Qh7+ Kf7 23 Qh5+ Kg8

20 Bh7+

20 Rg3 2.33 v -1.65 20 ... Qf6 21 Qh5 Rfd8 22 Qh7+ Kf8 23 Qh8+ Ke7 24 Qxg7

20 ... Kxh7
21 Qh5+ Kg8
22 Rh3 f6
23 Raa3 e5
24 Rag3 Qe7
25 d5??

Restricting the king's flight squares...but also missing out on an
absolutely beautiful massacre of a mating pattern! It was late, and I was
tired. Perhaps, also, the newness of this motif made it harder for me to
see, too. Yes, I'm familiar with the windmill motif, but this is a little
different from that...and from any other mating pattern I've seen. I surely
hope to see it again.
25 Qh7+! Kf7 26 Rxg7+ Ke8 (26 ... Ke6 27 Rxe7+ Kd6 28 Rxd7+ Ke6 (28 ... Kc6
29 d5# ) 29 d5+ Bxd5 30 cxd5# ) 27 Rxe7+ Kd8 28 Rxd7+ Kc8 (28 ... Ke8 29
Qe7# ) 29 Rc7+ Kb8 (29 ... Kd8 30 Qd7# ) 30 Rxb7+ Kc8 31 Qd7#

25 ... g5
26 Qh8+ Kf7
27 Qh5+ Kg8
28 Qh8+ Kf7
29 Qh5+??

Taking a draw with this kind of attack is wimpy, to say the least. As said
(and will be said again): I was tired.
29 Rh7+ at this point would have been better than a draw, to say the least:
29 ... Kg6 30 Rxe7 Rxh8 31 Rxd7 Bc8 32 Rc7 Bf5 33 Na3 +/=

29 ... Kg8
30 Qh8+ Kf7

I had the draw by rep. I was really tired at this point. My opponent,
however, messaged, 'Be creative.' So I stopped playing automatically and
reexamined the position. 'passero' is an honorable opponent, and I applaud
his preference for good chess over mere lack of defeat.

31 Rh7+ Ke8?

31 ... Kg6 Although it feels riskier, the only even temporarily safe path of
escape for the black king now is out toward the middle of the board. 32 Rxe7
Rxh8 33 Rxd7 Bc8 34 Rd6 Rh4 35 Rxb6 Rxc4 +/=

32 Rxe7+ Kxe7
33 Qg7+ Rf7
34 Qg6 Raf8
35 Nc3 a5
36 bxa5 bxa5
37 Qf5 Kd8?

37 ... Nc5 is better, but still losing: 38 Qb1 Ba6 39 Qb6 Rc8 40 Rg4 f5 41
Rxg5 +-

38 Ne4?!

38 Qb1 Bc8 39 Qa2 Rh7 40 Qxa5+ Ke7 41 Qc7 Rfh8 42 h3 +-

38 ... Re7
39 Ra3 Nc5?
40 Nxc5 Bc8
41 Ne6+ Bxe6
42 dxe6 Rfe8
43 Rxa5 Rxe6
44 Ra8+! Kd7?

44 ... Kc7 is still lost, but not so quickly. 45 Ra7+! (45 Rxe8? Rxe8 46
Qxf6 ) 45 ... Kb6 46 Qh7 R8e7 47 Rxe7 Rc6 48 Qb1+ Kc5 +-

45 Rxe8 1-0




--
Glenn 'Mac' Frazier
USCF#12721233, FICS:'Frazier', RedHotPawn.com:'GMF'
mailto: [ my 3-letter name ] @thefraziers.org, http://mac.thefraziers.org/



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Old August 2nd 04, 11:07 PM
Bob Fairbank
 
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Default Sorta like a windmill, but more like a freight train

After 4. c4 Black's basically finished!.
..



"My name is Mac, not Spam" wrote:

Check out this "live" game I recently played at freechess.org, especially
the mating attack my addled brain missed on move 25...

White: Frazier,Glenn M (1286)
Black: 'passero' (1423)
Event: FICS rated standard game, freechess.org
Date: 2004-07-31
Annotator: Frazier, Glenn M
(B03 Alekhine's D)

1 e4

Time control is G/15 with a 15s increment.

1 ... Nf6

The Alekhine is one of those openings that makes me groan when it is trotted
out. It's not that I 'fear' it, so much as I usually don't enjoy the kind of
game it produces.

2 e5 Nd5
3 d4

3 c4 Nb6 4 c5 Nd5 5 Bc4 e6 (5 ... c6 6 Qe2 +/= ) 6 Nc3 +/=

3 ... b6
4 Nf3

I'm not following any sort of theory, but just playing solid opening
principles on the assumption that it's Black's job to 'prove' his opening.

4 ... Bb7
5 Bc4 h6
6 O-O e6
7 Bd2 c5
8 c3?!

This makes placing the b1-knight awkward. But is it this move I should
question, or the previous one?

8 ... Be7
9 a3

I still tend to be too episodic with my planning. For this episode, the idea
is to gain space.

9 ... O-O
10 b4 cxb4
11 axb4 d6
12 Re1 dxe5
13 Nxe5 a6

That king looks lonely.

14 Bd3 Bg5
15 c4 Nf6?!

Blocking communication between the queen and bishop looked immediately to me
like a mistake.

16 Bxg5 hxg5
17 Re3 g4?!

Sure, keep the rook off of h3, but only for one move.

18 Nxg4 Nxg4
19 Qxg4

Before Black's fifteenth and seventeenth moves, I was sort of kidding
myself. Now, however, its starts to look like I might actually have an
attack.

19 ... Nd7?

This move is bad for a hard-to-spot-reason I only noticed with the help of
Crafty...
19 ... Nc6 0.66 v 2.33 20 Rh3 f5 21 Qg6 Qf6 22 Qh7+ Kf7 23 Qh5+ Kg8

20 Bh7+

20 Rg3 2.33 v -1.65 20 ... Qf6 21 Qh5 Rfd8 22 Qh7+ Kf8 23 Qh8+ Ke7 24 Qxg7

20 ... Kxh7
21 Qh5+ Kg8
22 Rh3 f6
23 Raa3 e5
24 Rag3 Qe7
25 d5??

Restricting the king's flight squares...but also missing out on an
absolutely beautiful massacre of a mating pattern! It was late, and I was
tired. Perhaps, also, the newness of this motif made it harder for me to
see, too. Yes, I'm familiar with the windmill motif, but this is a little
different from that...and from any other mating pattern I've seen. I surely
hope to see it again.
25 Qh7+! Kf7 26 Rxg7+ Ke8 (26 ... Ke6 27 Rxe7+ Kd6 28 Rxd7+ Ke6 (28 ... Kc6
29 d5# ) 29 d5+ Bxd5 30 cxd5# ) 27 Rxe7+ Kd8 28 Rxd7+ Kc8 (28 ... Ke8 29
Qe7# ) 29 Rc7+ Kb8 (29 ... Kd8 30 Qd7# ) 30 Rxb7+ Kc8 31 Qd7#

25 ... g5
26 Qh8+ Kf7
27 Qh5+ Kg8
28 Qh8+ Kf7
29 Qh5+??

Taking a draw with this kind of attack is wimpy, to say the least. As said
(and will be said again): I was tired.
29 Rh7+ at this point would have been better than a draw, to say the least:
29 ... Kg6 30 Rxe7 Rxh8 31 Rxd7 Bc8 32 Rc7 Bf5 33 Na3 +/=

29 ... Kg8
30 Qh8+ Kf7

I had the draw by rep. I was really tired at this point. My opponent,
however, messaged, 'Be creative.' So I stopped playing automatically and
reexamined the position. 'passero' is an honorable opponent, and I applaud
his preference for good chess over mere lack of defeat.

31 Rh7+ Ke8?

31 ... Kg6 Although it feels riskier, the only even temporarily safe path of
escape for the black king now is out toward the middle of the board. 32 Rxe7
Rxh8 33 Rxd7 Bc8 34 Rd6 Rh4 35 Rxb6 Rxc4 +/=

32 Rxe7+ Kxe7
33 Qg7+ Rf7
34 Qg6 Raf8
35 Nc3 a5
36 bxa5 bxa5
37 Qf5 Kd8?

37 ... Nc5 is better, but still losing: 38 Qb1 Ba6 39 Qb6 Rc8 40 Rg4 f5 41
Rxg5 +-

38 Ne4?!

38 Qb1 Bc8 39 Qa2 Rh7 40 Qxa5+ Ke7 41 Qc7 Rfh8 42 h3 +-

38 ... Re7
39 Ra3 Nc5?
40 Nxc5 Bc8
41 Ne6+ Bxe6
42 dxe6 Rfe8
43 Rxa5 Rxe6
44 Ra8+! Kd7?

44 ... Kc7 is still lost, but not so quickly. 45 Ra7+! (45 Rxe8? Rxe8 46
Qxf6 ) 45 ... Kb6 46 Qh7 R8e7 47 Rxe7 Rc6 48 Qb1+ Kc5 +-

45 Rxe8 1-0

--
Glenn 'Mac' Frazier
USCF#12721233, FICS:'Frazier', RedHotPawn.com:'GMF'
mailto: [ my 3-letter name ] @thefraziers.org, http://mac.thefraziers.org/


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Old August 4th 04, 01:16 AM
Mark S. Hathaway
 
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Default Sorta like a windmill, but more like a freight train

My name is Mac, not Spam wrote:
Check out this "live" game I recently played at freechess.org, especially
the mating attack my addled brain missed on move 25...

White: Frazier,Glenn M (1286)
Black: 'passero' (1423)
Event: FICS rated standard game, freechess.org
Date: 2004-07-31
Annotator: Frazier, Glenn M
(B03 Alekhine's D)

1 e4

Time control is G/15 with a 15s increment.

1 ... Nf6

The Alekhine is one of those openings that makes me groan when it is trotted
out. It's not that I 'fear' it, so much as I usually don't enjoy the kind of
game it produces.

2 e5 Nd5
3 d4

3 c4 Nb6 4 c5 Nd5 5 Bc4 e6 (5 ... c6 6 Qe2 +/= ) 6 Nc3 +/=

3 ... b6


4. c4 Nb4
5. a3 N4c6
6. f4 e6
7. d5

gives White a tremendous central space to work with
and freedom to develop a huge piece development lead,
all while Black strangles behind his cramped pawns.
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