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Reuben Fine vs Nathan Grossman
"Fine, Be That Way" (game of the day Oct-27-2015)
New York (1933), New York, NY USA
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0



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Aug-20-05  iron maiden: Nice finish by Fine here. The kingside is completely destroyed in five moves.
Aug-20-05  sharpnova: 30. ... Ne5 31. Rg1+ Kh6 32. Qxe5 Rg8 33. Qe3+

white can't win.. only draw by checks

Aug-20-05  Kangaroo: <<iron maiden>: Nice finish by Fine here.>

I would say <<FINE> finish by <FINE>>!

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  ToTheDeath: Excellent combination.
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  ToTheDeath: <sharpnova> is correct, with perfect play Black could have drawn, so the combination is pretty but unsound. 28.Rxf6! Kxf6 29.Nf4! would retain a winning attack for White.

Earlier Fine could also have played 12.Qb4! forcing queens off with a huge and probably winning positional advantage for White. We are lucky he missed this as we would have been deprived of a sparkling finish.

Grossman's best chance to stay in the game was 23....Qc6!! giving up the knight for good compensation- 24.dxe5 d4+ 25.Qg2 dxc3 etc.

Flawed but fascinating struggle.

Jun-13-15  Karne: What a stupendous treat! Fine is not reputed for being a supplier of such marvelous treats like these, but this was one treat that a chess-playing amateur will not forget, as many lessons can be extracted from the exquisite nature of this game.
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  ToTheDeath: "Fine, be that way."
Sep-12-15  TheFocus: That is so gross, man!
Oct-27-15  kupton: 10 …Qa5 was a fatal. She remained trapped on the wrong side of the board.
Oct-27-15  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to <ToTheDeath> for a wonderful pun for this very interesting game.
Oct-27-15  goodevans: <ToTheDeath: ... Grossman's best chance to stay in the game was 23....Qc6!! giving up the knight for good compensation- 24.dxe5 d4+ 25.Qg2 dxc3>

That c3 pawn does look dangerous but looking at this without the aid of an engine <26.e6> looks even more so. I don't see how black would survive the coming onslaught.

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  kevin86: Black's kingside goes down hard and quickly.
Oct-27-15  thegoodanarchist: Personally, I think the pun is horrible.
Oct-27-15  thulium: What's wrong with 33.Qh3#?
Oct-27-15  TheFocus: <thulium><What's wrong with 33.Qh3#?>

It's not mate. Black has 33...Nh5 and if 34.Qxh5+ Qh6.

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  Messiah: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e3 c6 6.Qb3

<In A Krogdahl vs S R Wolf, 1930 and W Winter vs Sultan Khan, 1930 6.Qc2 was played.>

6...Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nbd7 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Bd3 O-O 10.Ne2 Qa5 11.f3

<11.a4 and 11.Bh4 were also considerable.>


<11...e5 12.Bxf6 Nxf6 13.dxe5 Nd7 and now 14.Qb4 <(or maybe 14.f4)> Qxb4 15.cxb4 Nxe5 is not a problem.>


<Fine missed 12.Qb4! - no matter what Black does, the position is slowly evolving into a cramped one, with White pressing the centre, and playing freely along the b- or c-files.>

12...Ba6 13.Qc2 Bxd3 14.Qxd3 Rfc8 15.Bh4 b5 16.e4 Rc4

<I don't really understand this move. Cleaner was 16...dxe4 17.fxe4 with lots of options.>

17.e5 Ne8 18.f4 g6

<I don't like this move at all. Weakening the king shelter to defend against something in the far future seems to be premature in this case. 18...Qb6 was the right move. If you love the complications, you can try 18...f5!?, but it can be met with 19.g4, leading to chaos.>

19.g4 Qb6 20.Kh1

<Don't be afraid of playing 20.Rae1.>


<20...f5 21.exf6 Nexf6 22.f5 Ne4 is better. White has some pull, but it is not a clear advantage.>

21.f5 exf5 22.gxf5 Nxe5 23.Qh3 Nc6?

<Why? 23...Qc6 is more or less the only way to continue, although it is not a huge fun for Black.>

24.Bf6 Nh5 25.fxg6 hxg6 26.Nf4 Nxf6

<Nothing really helps anymore. The digital monster goes for 26...Rxc3 27.Qxc3 Nxf6 28.Nxg6 Qxd4 29.Qxd4 Nxd4 30.Rxf6 fxg6 31.Rxg6+, but it is horrible for Black, of course.>

27.Nxg6 Kg7 28.Rg1??

<Throwing away the winning advantage. 28.Nf4 Ne7 29.Rae1 Ne4 30.Rxe4 dxe4 31.Nh5+ Kg8 32.Nf6+ Qxf6 33.Rxf6 and I do not see what will save Black.>

28...fxg6 29.Rxg6+ Kxg6 30.Qe6 Nxd4??

<30...Ne5 31.Rg1+ Kh6 32.Qxe5 Rg8 33.Qe3+ Kh7 34.Qh3+ Nh5! 35.Qxh5+ Qh6 36.Qxh6+ Kxh6 37.Rxg8 Rxc3 38.Rd8 a6 39.Rxd5 Ra3 leads to equality.>

31.Rg1+ Kh6 32.Qe3+ Kh7 33.Qe7+ Kh6 34.Qg7+ 1-0

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