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Tony Miles vs Lev Polugaevsky
"And Miles To Go b4 Lev Slips" (game of the day Dec-11-2018)
Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984), London ENG, rd 11, May-08
Polish Opening: King's Indian Variation. Sokolsky Attack (A00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  al wazir: What's wrong with 22. Rxa4 ? That removes the threat of promotion, and White seems to come out ahead in material in all lines.
Dec-11-18  Honey Blend: I love the idea of 34. ... f3!. What might even be harder to spot is 35. gxf3 ♕f5!! and White looks lost.

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Now the e pawn is attacked twice, the h pawn is hanging, and at the same time 36. ♕xa2 doesn't help because of the fork 36. ... ♖xd1+ 37. ♖xd1 ♕xf3+ +-

Dec-11-18  bahduggi: Best pun in a coupla years! I do admit that's not saying much...
Dec-11-18  Ironmanth: Great game by the players! Thanks, chessgames.
Dec-11-18  Vermit: 22.Rxa4 looks at first glance to run into Nc5 with the dual threat of Ne4
Dec-11-18  GlennOliver: Fascinating game, despite all of the missed opportunities; here's another -

40. ... Rh1

- and Black wins simply after the pawn then promotes with check.

Excellent pun also.

Dec-11-18  Gouvaneur: @GlennOliver: Does it really win? 40...Rh1+ 41.Kxh1 a1D+ 42.Kh2 and Black still has to deal with the mate threat on f8. 42...Qg7 43.Rxf8+ would transpose to the game continuation - with Black having two rather useless queens! The alternative would probably be to play 42...Qxg2+ 43.Kxg2, but that at best is enough for perpetual.
Dec-11-18  goodevans: <GlennOliver: Fascinating game, despite all of the missed opportunities; here's another - 40. ... Rh1>

Lot's of missed opportunities, yes, but 40...Rh1+ wasn't one of them. After <40...Rh1+ 41.Kxh1 a1=Q+ 42.Kh2> black still can't avoid the same drawing trick as happened in the game.

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  thegoodanarchist: They played <Phillips> and drew.
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  MSteen: This has got to be one of the BEST game-name puns I've seen on here! Kudos to the originator!!
Dec-11-18  Howard: Remind me to check the Informant tonight when I get home, assuming that this game is included.
Dec-11-18  Saniyat24: now that is a proper pun...!
Dec-11-18  Saniyat24: ...and 1984 is the year I was born...I know totally irrelevant :D
Dec-11-18  catlover: Congratulations to <thegoldenband> for coming up with an excellent pun.
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  al wazir: <Vermit: 22.Rxa4 looks at first glance to run into Nc5 with the dual threat of Ne4>

22. Rxa4 Nc5 23. Ba5, and now if 23...Rxg3 or 23...Bxe5 then 24. Bxc7. But after 23...Qb8 white has to lose the ♖ or give up his ♕ for a ♖.

Best for white is probably 23. Rb4 Ne4 24. Rxb3 Nxg3 25. hxg3, Bxg5 with ♖+♗ vs. ♕.

So I guess you're right. It looks pretty precarious.

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  Domdaniel: A very beautiful game. Miles perhaps got the result that he deserved ... it would have been a real tragedy to lose the game after such a fine defence.
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  Domdaniel: The A Woods are lovely ...
Dec-11-18  thegoldenband: Thanks for the compliments on my pun! I originally submitted it over 4 years ago, so it was kind of a trip to see it pop up today.
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1) -6.30 (27 ply) 36...Re8 37.Bc3 Kh8 38.Rd5 a1=Q 39.Bxa1 Rxa1 40.Qe4 Rxd1 41.Rxd1 Bxe5+ 42.Kh1 a5 43.Qc2 Kg7 44.Re1 Qf6 45.Qe4 Qf2 46.Qe3 Qxe3 47.Rxe3 Kf6 48.Rf3+ Kg6 49.g4 a4 50.h4 Ra8 51.Rf5 f6 52.Rxe5 fxe5 53.Kh2 Kg7

2) -4.47 (27 ply) 36...h6 37.Rd8+ Rxd8 38.Rxd8+ Kh7 39.Rd6 Qe8 40.Qe4+ Kg8 41.Bc3 a1=Q 42.Bxa1 Rxa1 43.e6 fxe6 44.Rxe6 Qb8+ 45.g3 Qb2+ 46.Qg2 Qxg2+ 47.Kxg2 Kf7 48.Rc6 a5 49.Kf3 a4 50.Ra6 Bf6 51.Kf4 Kg6 52.Ke3 a3 53.Kd2 Ra2+ 54.Kd1 Kf5 55.g4+ Kg6 56.h4 Kf7 57.Kc1 Ra1+ 58.Kc2 a2 59.Kb3

Most probably 27 ply is sufficient to verify 36...Re8!

Dec-11-18  Boomie: <ajk68> You need to indicate which engine was used. Re8 and Kh8 are not exactly human moves, eh? Not finding them over the board is understandable.
Dec-11-18  Albion 1959: Miles had a knack of saving lost causes, another example that comes to minds was against Short in 1980, where was four pawns down to Short and managed to salvage the draw !
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  Breunor: Great game and pun, rarely get such a 'combination'!
Dec-11-18  eaglewing: I guess the last 'slip' was 37. ... Rxd8. Consider Bf8 instead.
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  boz: Riveting
Dec-13-18  Howard: First, the Informant states that 36...h6! would have won.

Also, Miles DID manage to salvage a draw against Short back in 1980, but it also required a lot of "help" from Short !

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