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Vadim Ruban vs Tony Miles
"See for Miles" (game of the day Mar-16-2009)
GMA World Cup Open (1988), Belgrade YUG, Dec-??
Rat Defense: English Rat (A41)  ·  0-1



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Mar-16-09  der623: Just in case anyone is wondering, after white interposes Nf1, Black takes R:f1, and after K:f1 (The rook on f2 is pinned), Black plays Qa1, and it is mate in 1 (With the pawn on h3 and the White rook on f2, White can't get off of the back rank).
Mar-16-09  holland oats: Black's 21st is just so strong-good foresight by Miles.
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  tamar: Miles also had to calculate 22 Kxf2 Qxe2+
23 Kg1 Bc2!

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Mar-16-09  Blaise99a: ok, pretty back rank finish, but looking it over Fritz and I - fritz thinks the game simply ends with a one move blunder- 26. Q-d3, rather than 26. N-b3, where black would probably move 26.....Qxc4 or Q-c3, white will go Q-b2 and close the A file with N-a5. Black has an initiative but nothing is settled at all. So great idea sacking the Knight on f2, too bad white couldn't hold his own better. A not very satisfying game strategically, alas.
Mar-16-09  SuperPatzer77: After 26...Ra1+, White resigns in lieu of 27. Nb1 Qxd3, 28. exd3 Rxb1+, 29. Rf1 Ree1! (threatening 30...Rxf1# forces White to give up the White bishop) 0-1.


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  Once: "I can see for miles" - a song by the Who, circa 1967. Written by Pete Townshend and allegedly the inspiration for the Beatles' song Helter Skelter.

Tony Miles, one of my favourite grandmasters - his posthumous best game collection is called "It's only me"; an anagram of his name.

<Blaise99a> Good point. 26. Qd3 is a mistake by white. But his position is pretty poor in any case, despite being marginally ahead in material. How about this ... 26. Nb3 Qc3

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Now black threatens to gobble the b or c pawn or play 27...Ra3 to trap the knight. If the knight moves, Ra1 is a killer.

Fritz11 reckons that black has a clear advantage of around -1.3. Your Qb2 doesn't work here (just drops the queen) and 27. Na5 is met by 27...Re3 and 28...b6.

Not as crushing as the game continuation, but still a fine attack by Miles.

Mar-16-09  whiteshark: ♙h3 = coffin nail
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  patzer2: Looks like Tony Miles pulls off a deep and probably decisive demolition combination with 21...Nxf2!

<Once> Thanks for the analysis showing 26. Nb3 (better than 26. Qd3??) likely loses to 26...Qc3! 27. Na5 Re3! .

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  kevin86: I nice pun that fits both the name AND the game.

Black will mate long distance: 27 ♘f1 ♖xf1+ 28 ♔xf1 ♕a1+ and mate next.

Mar-16-09  WhiteRook48: a several mile marathon
Mar-16-09  HFBA: Great pun, great song. :)
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  patzer2: By the way, today's game with the combination 21...Nxf2! leads to a position where the exchange of two pieces for a Rook gives Black the advantage. It provides an interesting contrast to the Sunday, March 14th D Lister vs Keene, 1966 game of the day, where GM Keene gained the advantage as Black by exchanging a Rook for two pieces.
Mar-16-09  Kinghunt: 26. Nb3 looks to salvage a somewhat defensible position. Granted, it's still going to be an uphill struggle, but there are still drawing chances. Quite unlike 26. Qd3, which, as Miles so nicely showed, simply loses on the spot.

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