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Lawrence Day vs Simon Gravel
"Rockin' Gravel" (game of the day Jul-31-2005)
CAN-ch (1996), Toronto CAN, Aug-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36)  ·  1-0



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Jul-31-05  patzer2: Black misses a defensive opportunity with <28...Kg6?> (His only chance to survive was to try 28... Qd1+ 29. Kh2 Qh5 30. Rxc7 Qe5+ 31. Qxe5 fxe5 32. Rxa7 ). Instead, 28...Kg6? allows a winning pursuit (King Hunt) combination, leading to a quick mate after <29. Qxf7+ Kg5 30. Qg8+ Kh4 31. Qg6! Qf4 32. g3+ 1-0.> Black resigned here, but play might have continued 32...Qxg3 33. Re4+ Kxh3 34. Qxh6+ Rh5 35. Qxh5+ Qh4 36. Qxh4#.
Jul-31-05  patzer2: White's 22. Rxf6! is a demolition of pawn structure combination which wins after Black's single mistake (28...Kg6?). Otherwise, it may have just drawn. However, it does illustrate the power of these pawn structure sacrifices, even when they don't lead to a forced win.
Jul-31-05  Insightful: Black can avoid the mating net with 32... Kxh3 (threatening a mate of his own) 33. gxf4 Rd1+ 34. Qg1 Rxg1 35. Kxg1, but down a rook, he would ultimately perish.
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  al wazir: 26...Rd5 is an awful move. With it black surrenders control of the 7th and 8th ranks. Rd7 or Qd2 would have been better; after all, he's two pawns up.
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  al wazir: <patzer2: play might have continued 32...Qxg3 33. Re4+ Kxh3 34. Qxh6+ Rh5 35. Qxh5+ Qh4 36. Qxh4#.> Or it might have continued 32...Kxh3 33. gxf4 Rd1+ 34. Qg1 Rxg1+ 35. Kxg1, etc. (I say, make your opponent work for the win.)
Jul-31-05  patzer2: <al wazir> <Insightful> Yes, the option 32...Kxh3 33. gxf4 Rd1+ 34. Qg1 Rxg1+ 35. Kxg1 , with Black losing a Rook down, is better than a quick mate (especially if time constraints are a factor). Thanks for pointing out the possibility.
Jul-31-05  p8riot: 32. Re4
Jul-31-05  SneechLatke: (patzer 2) Indeed, 22. Rxf6! is a beautiful sacrifice, shattering black's kingside structure, and black to return the material immediately to avoid mate. Ex. 22. Rxf6! gf 23.Qc4? Qg4+ Kf8 24. Nf5
Jul-31-05  ARTIN: I think Black is winning if he doesn't do 25...Rd5
Jul-31-05  santhosh achar: inspite of 26...Rd5? he should have played 26...Rd7 or Qd6 then black should have won with his 2 extra pawns. any comments?
Jul-31-05  SneechLatke: <santhosh achar> 26...Qd2 looks like a good continuation as well, seeking the shelter of a slightly favorable endgame.
Jul-31-05  aw1988: Fairly quiet game, with some pretty sacrifices. King hunt. All in all entertaining.
Jul-31-05  kevin86: Black makes a blunder to allow white to send his king on the run. White smashes black's position into little pieces----like er a gravel,lol
Jul-31-05  patzer2: <santhosh achar> Indeed 26...Rd5? hurt Black. Your 26...Rd7 idea looks good for a clear black advantage. In addition, 26...c5 or 26...f5 or 26...Qd2 all seem to be good for a clear Black advantage with winning chances.
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  OhioChessFan: I understand a player making a poor move because he didn't anticipate the opponent's response. But for the life of me, I don't know what Rd5 was supposed to accomplish. Qd2 simplifies easily and quickly.
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  IMlday: I was outplayed in the opening (14.Qd2?!) and stood worse. Black had used mountains of time. Then I casually blundered my d-pawn with 18.Nd2!? while 18.a3 looks forced. 22.Rxf6! took Simon by surprise but he should have replied instantly instead of tanking. Instead of 26..Rd5 the logical move was 26..c5 advancing the Queenside majority. 28..Kg6?? was the time-trouble major blunder. After 28..Qd1+ 29.Kh2 Qh5 30.Rxc7 Qe5+ 31.Qxe5 fxe5 32.Rxa7 White might scrape a draw in the endgame.
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: what kind of last name is Gravel?

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