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Julian M Hodgson vs Mark Hebden
10th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1986), London ENG, rd 4, Aug-23
Trompowsky Attack: Raptor Variation (A45)  ·  1-0



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Apr-12-06  Silman: 3.h4, this move seems good if black takes on g5; but otherwise it would be a wasteful move, preferable would be 3.Bf4,

4.Nd2, this move seems to help persuade black to take on g5.

5...,e5;?! A strange choice by black opening the centre when behind in development.

8.e4! Whereas white is happy to open the centre further.

13...,Bd7;? played with the intention of ...,0-0-0; Despite the half open h file the rest of this game shows that trying to castle kingside was the better option.

14.e6!, Intuition alone decides this is a candidate move...

15.Rxd7, as does this.

16.Bb5, back to basics, a pinned piece is a paralysed piece.

31.Rd7!, taking advantage of the pinned g pawn. A pinned pawn is a paralysed pawn.

33.Nd6, played with tempo, intending to further pressurise the paralysed g pawn. This wins quickly.

A fine example of how to maintain and increase the initative.

Oct-02-07  notyetagm: A tremendous attacking game by Hodgson, which is annotated in FM Steve Giddins new GAMBIT book "50 Ways To Win At Chess" (
Oct-27-07  notyetagm: A beautiful attacking game by Hodgson.
Dec-29-07  Glossu2000: Superb play by Julian!. Typical of many of his games. When would we have a collection of his gems!?
May-02-10  Wyatt Gwyon: This is good stuff!
Aug-08-21  Brenin: Given that this is a POTD, and not a run-of-the-mill game position, 15 Rxd7 seems an obvious candidate. However, after 15 ... Kxd7 I would have played 16 Rd1+, answering 16 ... Ke8 or Kc8 respectively with 17 Re1 or Nc5 (17 ... Qxg5 18 Qxe6+ with mate to follow), and with fingers crossed that the attack gave enough compensation for the exchange.
Aug-08-21  mel gibson: I saw the text move but I was unsure if
it was a worthwhile sacrifice.

Stockfish 14 says:

15. Rxd7

(15. Rxd7 (♖d1xd7 ♔e8xd7 ♗c4-b5 ♕e7-f6 ♘f3-e5+
♔d7-d8 ♗b5xc6 b7xc6 ♘b3-a5 ♔d8-e8 ♘a5xc6 ♗f8-d6 ♕e2-b5 a7-a6 ♕b5-b7 ♖a8-d8 ♖h1-d1 ♖h8-f8 ♕b7xa6 ♗d6xe5 ♘c6xd8 ♗e5-d6 ♘d8-b7 ♕f6xf2 ♘b7xd6+ c7xd6 ♕a6xd6 ♕f2-f4+ ♕d6xf4 ♖f8xf4 c2-c3 ♖f4-g4 ♖d1-d2 e6-e5 b2-b4 g7-g5 a2-a4 e5-e4 a4-a5 e4-e3 ♖d2-a2 ♔e8-d7 a5-a6 ♖g4-f4 ♖a2-e2 ♖f4-f2 a6-a7 ♖f2xe2 a7-a8♕ ♖e2-e1+ ♔c1-c2) +4.46/39 490)

score for White +4.46 depth 39.

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  rinkol: 11..., BF5 seems very questionable - only two moves later, Black retreats it to d7 in a position where he is already behind in development.
Aug-08-21  drollere: i had 15. Rxd7 Qxd7 (to reserve castle), 16. Bxe6 Qe7, 17. Re1 Rd8, 18. Qb5 Rd6, 19. Nbd4 and black to move.

the fork threat with 31. Rd7 was pretty. was 36. Qe5 instead of Qxd7 a blunder or a resignation?

Aug-08-21  Walter Glattke: A) 15.Rxd7 Qxd7 16.Bxe6 Qe7 17.Rd1 Rd8 18.Nbd4 Rxd4 19.Nxd4 c6 20.Nf5 Qg5+ 21.Kb1 Be7 22.Qd3 mating failing castle and passive Rh8 decides by central attack B) 15.Rxd7 Kxd7 16.Rd1+ Ke8 17.Bxe6 g6 18.Rd7 Qf6. 19.Rf7 Qxf7 20.Bxf7+ Kxf7 21.Qc4+ wins
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Starting with 14.e6, if you had asked me to identify the White player, would have guessed Speilmann. Impressive work. 4/7 for the week, hoping for better starting Monday.
Aug-08-21  Stefan Lukke: Hodgson has always been a player i admire. Never leaves anything in the locker.

His excitable commentary during the Kasparov - Short WCC 1993 on Channel Four (UK) was one of the reasons I increased my Chess love.

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  chrisowen: Waits i keyums woody Rxd7 goodness abracadabra claws aho rodlike waits i keyums woody mellows bluffers daring its waits i keyums thatch jalopy quest its poke uvray its maladies keys it lobster keyums cuffs i keyums its chug its whippet click totadd foggy mackus keyums hobble i keygo ducktaped its cheddar gorge it chisel its tod its wap Rxd7 etcetera;
Aug-08-21  johnnydeep: Totally guessed the rook sac in 5 seconds because it's a "puzzle move". After that however...
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  chrisowen: Cuthbert greed rd7 no?
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  chrisowen: No bag handling it was tiger d7 yes no?
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  chrisowen: Crouch dragon I tally no?
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair and a pawn.

Black is about to castle long.

A quick scan yields 15.Nc5 Qxc5 (15... 0-0-0 16.Nxd7 and 17.Bxe6) 16.Rxd7 Kxd7 17.Qxe6+ Kd8 18.Rd1+ Bd6 19.Rd5 Qxf2 (19... Qxc4 20.Rxd6+ cxd6 21.Qxc4) 20.Rxd6+ cxd6 21.Qxd6+ Ke8 (21... Kc8 22.Be6#) 22.Qe6+ Ne7 (22... Kd8 repeats moves) 23.Bb5+ Kf8 (22... Kd8 23.Qd7#) 24.Bc4 Ke8 repeats moves.

Perhaps a change in the move order, 15.Rxd7:

A) 15... Kxd7 16.Rd1+

A.1) 16... Kc8 17.Nc5 looks quite strong (17... Qxc5 18.Qxe6+ and mate in two; 17... Nd8 18.Bxe6+ Nxe6 19.Nxe6 followed by Rd8+).

A.2) 16... Ke8 17.Bxe6 Rd8 (due to 18.Bd7+ Kf7 19.Qc4+) 18.Re1 followed by Qb5 or Qc4 looks good for White.

B) 15... Qxd7 16.Bxe6 Qe7 17.Re1 is similar to A.2.

That's all I can do today.

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  agb2002: DroidFish thinks that my initial idea 15.Nc5 was actually losing due to 19... Re8, instead of 19... Qxf2.
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  chrisowen: No face back rejoinder to hood and cloak no?
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  chrisowen: IOU see join the dots escape no :)

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