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Anthony Miles vs Gennadi Sosonko
Interpolis 8th (1984), Tilburg NED, rd 5, Oct-08
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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  OhioChessFan: Miles is so entertaining. Qc2 and e3 must have been a great surprise to Black. I think this game demonstrates that you can't just lay back and make passive moves against unusual openings. I suspect Be2 was the losing move. That bishop made a series of pointless moves.
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  wordfunph: taken somewhere..

<In Miles-Sosonko game in Tilburg after 1.c4 e5, GM Tony Miles replied 2.Qc2 with a grin. Miles looked at Sosonko as if saying: "That's the end of your theory, this move doesn't lose.">


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  sackman: In his notes on this game Miles gives 23 ....Be2 a ? (agreeing with OhioChessFan) and prefers ...Rxf1; he also comments that 27 ....Bf5 is forced (though white still has an advantage) rather than 27..Nh6?
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  Caissanist: <wordfunph>'s quote is from Sosonko's collection of biographical sketches <The Reliable Past>, which includes a chapter on Miles. Wonderful book.
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  perfidious: In re Miles' comment above: Sosonko at his best was a solid, professional GM who was capable of giving most anyone a rough ride, but my impression is that he tended to stick very closely to closely analysed paths, and was perhaps less at home elsewhere.
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  tamar: I wonder if Miles' impish look at Sosonko after 2 Qc2 might have been based on his seeing the game Petrosian vs Sosonko, 1981 1-0 where Petrosian won with the also rare 2 b3, which Sosonko handled badly as well.
Oct-12-21  phantasmagorium: Seeing how isolated and lonely White's King is after move 25, if I had had a sip of vodka too many (that is to say, if I had had a sip of vodka), I might have been tempted to try 25... Nh3+. Say, 26 gxh3 Bh6. Hmmm... I wonder if I am onto something. White's situation reminds me of several games I lost :/

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