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Anthony Miles vs Walter Browne
"Miles Ahead" (game of the day Nov-20-2009)
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 11, Nov-11
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Anthony's classic - bishops sacrificed on h7 and g7... Very nice game!
Dec-10-02  pawntificator: Excellent example of the formula Sneaky described.
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  Sneaky: A few years back I wouldn't have seen this if I looked at it for an hour. Now I looked and in 5 seconds I said "Hey! A double-bishop sac w/ rook lift!"

Just like Reti said, you really don't need to see a single move ahead! You just check all of the criteria, like a shopping list:

(A) Weakly defended king with no escape on f7/f8. (B) The "Horowitz bishops" pointing at g7/h7. (C) A rook ready to lift in for the fatal check. (D) No good way to block the check. Everything's in your shopping cart, so it's time to ring the register! ca-ching!

Apr-10-03  GregorMendel: Is 22. Qf6+ necessary? Can't the rook be pushed just then?
Apr-10-03  mrvertigo: well, not really. f5 saves white, allowing Qh7.
Apr-10-03  mrvertigo: whoops, I mean saves black
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  Honza Cervenka: Tragedy of black is that 20...f6 doesn't work for 21.Qh8+ Kf7 22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Qh7+ and 24.Qxc7.
Jan-27-04  S4NKT: Are there any chess books with formulae like the one Sneaky posted?
Mar-26-04  Ed Caruthers: I know Lasker-Bauer, Amsterdam, 1889, but not a Horowitz game. Any other examples of the double bishop sacrifice?
Jul-03-04  rochade18: Oh there's this wonderful game collection by AdrianP with many bishop sacrifices
Aug-22-04  me to play: After seeing Browne's 17th move, Miles played 18.Bxh7+ got up and walked away from the board and commented "one of us is blind!"...clearly it was Browne on this occasion.
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  offramp: I bet this is a puzzle this week!
Apr-08-05  aw1988: This suprises me; Browne's play is far too audacious.
Sep-13-05  chessnewbie: can someone show me the win? after
23...Re8 24. Rg4+ Ke8, i don't see the win. I'm new to chess so please be kind to me.
Sep-13-05  crafty: 23...♖fe8 24. ♖h4 ♕xh2+ 25. ♖xh2 ♔f8 26. ♖h8#   (eval Mat03; depth 6 ply; 5M nodes)
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  JohnBoy: Regarding the double bishop sac, Tarrasch played one as black against Nimzo, and Koltanowski played one from a Colle system against ??? Is the hanging pawn on b7 after black's 13 poisoned? How might white get punished for grabbing it - I am a pawn snatcher from way back.
Mar-01-06  LivBlockade: <JohnBoy> If White tries to grab the b pawn Black might consider the line 14. ♕xb7 ♗xc5; 15. bxc5 ♖b8; 16. ♕xa6 (still trying to come out a pawn ahead) 16...♖xb2. While White is a pawn up, he has not completed his development and must now avoid lines like 17. c6? ♗xc6; 18. ♕xc6?? ♕d2 mate.
Mar-02-06  MorphyMatt: <JohnBoy>Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914
Jul-28-06  Knight13: 17. Bxh7+ Kxh7 18. Qh5+ Kg8 19. Bxg7 f6 is unclear since after 20. Qh8+ Kf7 21. Bxf8 Black can throw in the check 21... Qe5+ before capturing the bishop. --- Tactics and Strategy by G. Burgess
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  Eggman: <<Just like Reti said, you really don't need to see a single move ahead! You just check all of the criteria, like a shopping list:

(A) Weakly defended king with no escape on g7/h7. (B) The "Horowitz bishops" pointing at g7/h7. (C) A rook ready to lift in for the fatal check. (D) No good way to block the check. Everything's in your shopping cart, so it's time to ring the register! ca-ching!>>

This isn't quite correct, because in the line pointed out by Honza Cervenka, namely <<20...f6 21.Qh8+ Kf7 22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Qh7+ and 24.Qxc7>>, it's clear that Black's undefended Queen on c7 is also crucial to the win.

Jul-15-08  chocobonbon: "Horowitz bishops" is incorrect unless you want to randomly insert any name with "bishops". It is the "Horwitz bishops" after the German problem composer & member of the "Berlin Pleades".
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  keypusher: By the way, how did they come to be named for Horwitz? Wouldn't Lasker bishops or Tarrasch bishops make more sense?
Jul-26-08  chocobonbon: <keypusher> I don't recall but I believe someone on these posts qoted Nimzowitsch in one of his works referring to them as such. I read the term in the early '60s when I was reading a lot of the two Laskers (sorry), Chernev, Fine, Reinfeld. Napier, Reti, P.W. Sergeant & even Staunton. I didn't read Nimzo for another 12 years or so but of course those guys could have been quoting him. I just remembered that my first Chess discovery was "The Fireside Book of Chess" & the awe with which the authors spoke of Lasker, Capablanca & Pillsbury struck me & began to permeate my fancy. I think there was a section on problems so it might have been there I saw the term. Sorry for the length of my reply.
May-02-09  WhiteRook48: how about 22 Rc4 immediately?
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  grasser: This was a nice surprize. I just played a similar double bishop sac at a tournament last month. I just can't figure how to convert the game I entered into Fritz to upload to a pgn so I can upload the game here.
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