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Chris Morrison vs Michael Basman
Manchester Benedictine op 4th (1981), Manchester ENG, rd 1, Sep-04
Borg Defense: General (B00)  ·  0-1



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Apr-19-04  chessfected: 31. Rf8+ postpones mate by one move - 31....Rxf8 32.Kxh2 Rh8+ etc.

It's probably less usual to see this mating pattern with queens off the board...

Apr-19-04  karlzen: Basman is the king of Grob! Playing it both as white and black and with good results. He even wrote a book on it.

I think one could point out quite a lot of mistakes in this game (as is always the case in these theoretically unsound gambit games). However that is too much of an effort for me right now, I will share a couple of thoughts on improvements and hopefully the key moves.

15.Bd4 seems like a better idea than f3. The idea is to pin the knight on f6 and if black plays e6-e5, the position will get a more closed colour.

17...f5! is a move that Basman seems to have missed. Black then has moves like Nxh2 and Nxe3 or 18.Bf4 Qb6+ 19.Kh1 h4 20.Ne2 h3 with a great position.

22.Bc2 is another mistake allowing (again: Basman didn't spot it, had he catched a cold?) 22...Ng4! 23.Qf4 Qb6+ 24.Kh1 Ne3 with a "triple fork".

27.Qg3 (28.Nf5 e.g. Re8 29.Rae1 Qc6 30.Re2 d4) seems to be white's last chance to snatch a half point, thus I agree to <f1list>.

Apr-19-04  alphee: <BluE DicE><unclewalter>: true ...
Apr-19-04  notyetagm: Good ol'-fashioned R+B mate.
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  kevin86: Very unusual opening-1..g5 followed by 2...h6.

Fine ending:the semi-quiet move30... ♖xh2 threatens mate at h1-as well as by 31...♖g2 followed by32... ♖h8.

Apr-19-04  gerando: Easy one. With the bishop on b7, the idea is evident. White's play is not very convincing. Maybe 15 f4?
Apr-19-04  MoonlitKnight: <chessfected> Ah, you busted me. Computerish move anyway, though. :)
Apr-19-04  Kenkaku: <BluE DicE, unclewater, alphee> That's because it's true. The week starts with easy puzzles that get progressively harder, culminating in Sunday's, the hardest of the week.
Apr-19-04  marcus13: I love Monday!!
Apr-19-04  Giancarlo: I hate Monday! Damn new week and the end of a beautiful weekend!
Apr-19-04  wasaka: <f1list> with g3 I think Morrison was trying to prevent the pawn on g4 from advancing a square. If Basman advances this pawn and Morrison takes then he has an open file right next to the king.

If Morrison allows Basman to take the pawn on h2 then Basman queens because the king cannot take because of the rook on h8.

Of course it turned out to be rather pointless, but I think that was the reasoning.

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  patzer2: Beating IM Basman's Grob reversed is not an easy task. However, Ostojic provided an interesting idea in securing a victory for White with the alternative 3. Nc3, using solid conventional piece development combined with sharp middle and end game tactical play, in P Ostojic vs M Basman, 1981.
Apr-20-04  Resignation Trap: If we are to believe the statistics on , then 1...g5 should be the move of choice against 1. e4 (Black scores 73.7%). Likewise, against 1. d4, Black should play 1...h6,(61.5% for Black) to be followed by 2...g5.

My own results with this Basmania have been very good, against (as they say) "carefully selected opponents".

Apr-20-04  Resignation Trap: Oh, by the way, the player of the White pieces in this game is not the same John Stuart Morrison who was the Chess Champion of Canada in 1910, 1913, 1922, 1924 and 1926. That J. S. Morrison died in 1975.

Who is the Morrison of this game? I don't know.

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  Benzol: <Resignation Trap> Thanks for pointing that out because I did wonder whether it was the same player who played in the London Tournament in 1922. I thought if so he would've been playing remarkably well for a player his age!
Dec-07-08  whiteshark: <Resignation Trap>, <Benzol>

According to White was "Morrison,Chris". Maybe Christopher Morrison ??

[Event "Manchester Benedictine op 4th"]
[Site "Manchester"]
[Date "1981.09.04"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Morrison,Chris"]
[Black "Basman,Michael J"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B00"]
1.e4 g5 2.d4 h6 3.Bd3 Bg7 4.Ne2 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.dxc5 b6 7.cxb6 Qxb6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Nd2 Ne5 10.Nc4 Nxc4 11.Bxc4 Bb7 12.Ng3 e6 13.Bd3 g4 14.Be3 Qc7 15.f3 h5 16.fxg4 Nxg4 17.Qf3 0-0-0 18.Bd4 Be5 19.Bxe5 Nxe5 20.Qe3 Rdg8 21.Ne2 f5 22.Bc2 fxe4 23.Bxe4 d5 24.Bf3 Kb8 25.Nd4 Ng4 26.Bxg4 hxg4 27.g3 e5 28.Nb5 d4 29.Nxc7 dxe3 30.Ne6 Rxh2 31.Kxh2 Rh8+ 32.Kg1 Rh1# 0-1

Dec-07-08  Calli: Yes. that's correct. He doesn't look 112 years old.
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  Benzol: <whiteshark> Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Thanks for the info on this one. I assume you've notified the admins.



Dec-09-08  whiteshark: <Benzol> Yes, I've informed them. We'll now wait and see what happens. :D
Dec-07-11  Sho: From 2004:

<Resignation Trap: Oh, by the way, the player of the White pieces in this game is not the same John Stuart Morrison who was the Chess Champion of Canada in 1910, 1913, 1922, 1924 and 1926. That J. S. Morrison died in 1975. Who is the Morrison of this game? I don't know.>

Dec-08-11  waustad: Their "where do we get the games" link mentions something to the effect that they are aware of these sorts of issues (impossible dates) but don't see much they can do about them.
Oct-21-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: What if anything is wrong with 12 Be3? The b-pawn looks quite poisoned, and I don't see a Black queen move that creates a double threat.
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  Penguincw: Looks very close to "Corner Mate", as seen in C Morrison vs M Basman, 1981.

FEN given:

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Difference is, here it's the opponent's pawn blocking.

Feb-24-21  Whitehat1963: You will be assimilated.
Sep-22-21  SeanAzarin: Resistance Is Futile
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