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Tigran V Petrosian vs Jack Peters
"Recastling" (game of the day Jun-27-2013)
Lone Pine (1976), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 2, Mar-08
English Opening: Symmetrical. Fianchetto Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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  playground player: When are the official rule-makers of chess going to make re-castling easier?

Also, a Bishop should be allowed to move one square in order to change the color squares he travels on. That would eliminate a lot of draws.

Borrow a leaf from Stratego and plant hidden mines around the King.

Jun-27-13  Slink: Can somebody explain why Peters resigned? Thanks.
Jun-27-13  Nerwal: <Can somebody explain why Peters resigned? Thanks.>

50. ♖xf7 ♖xd5 ▢ 51. ♖xc7 b6 52. f5 Δ f6, ♘f4

Jun-27-13  kevin86: Black's knight is hopping everywhere,and white's king appears to have castled queen/but had castled king.

Funny manoevers.

Jun-27-13  master of defence: can someone explain the pun?
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  yiotta: There has never been anyone quite like Petrosian !
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  PawnSac: ok guys..
before we try to immortalize the king walk, lets take a look at the game and what's going on.

after 9. ..exd5 white plays dxc5 to give black an isolated D pawn. Simple enough.

White remaneuvers the knight and blockades the isolani with Nd3. This keeps the dark B diagonal closed. From here white will either have to 1) suround and capture the D pawn, or 2) find an avenue to attack the black king, or 3) create another weakness in blacks position so he can simultaneously attack two weaknesses, the new one and the D pawn.

[But notice that the white knight is posted on d3 from move 13, and stays there for the rest of the game!]

<17. ..Bf5

developing the Q and guarding the knight. After 19.Bxe4 white has eliminated any threat against the Nd3, and so has established a permanent anchor on d3.

<19.Bxe4 thru 24.Qf5> white is trying to create a back rank weakness for black but as can be seen, black defends and reinforces the back rank up to move 26. ..Nc6

Black has not weakened, so white has to try to gain an advantage another way.

Pawns are 2 to 2 on the Qside, and white is looking for a way to expand on the K side, possibly gain space and create an attack by advancing, but pawn advances will exposes the king, who must be relocated to a safer haven. It seems the only way white can get a space advantage is to relocate the K to the Q side.

but most probably...
49. Qd5 attacking the bishop, and
49. ..Re5 is the losing move.
If ..Bb6 50.Ne5 and black is finished.

so yes, white won with patience, but white played a game of wait and let black hang himself.

Jun-28-13  DcGentle: Hello <PawnSac>, Well, White was not ruthless enough and could have earlier won by <48. g5 g6 49. hxg6+ Kxg6 50. gxh6 Kxh6 51. Qd1>, exploiting the force of his pawn roller. And now we see this position:

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Black to move, White threatens a mate in 6 by 52. Qh1

No matter where the black king moves, Black will lose material, for example:

<51... Kg7 52. Qh1 Re3 53. Qh8+ Kg6 54. Rg8+ Kf5 55. Qh6 Qe7 56. Qxb6 Rxd3 57. Qxa5+ Kf6 58. Qg5+ Ke6 59. Qxe7+ Kxe7 60. exd3>

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Black can resign.

Mar-20-17  Howard: Didn't the British magazine CHESS analyze a position from this game recently?
Mar-20-17  ChessHigherCat: <DcGentle: Well, White was not ruthless enough and could have earlier won by <48. g5 g6 49. hxg6+ Kxg6 50. gxh6 Kxh6 51. Qd1>, exploiting the force of his pawn roller.> It is hard to believe that the king really had to strut his stuff in that "long march". It seemed more like a way of showing off, like a boxer slicking his hair back in the ring: "Ho-hum, look at me, I can waste 17 tempi in this position and still win"
Jul-15-17  morfishine: <ChessHigherCat> FYI: <DcGentle> has been missing for the past 3 years and you are replying to a post from 4+ years ago


Jul-16-17  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine: <ChessHigherCat> FYI: <DcGentle> has been missing for the past 3 years and you are replying to a post from 4+ years ago>

1) I've had replies to posts over 9 years old before. Lots of people stop posting because of gratuitously nasty responses but continue following the site without posting. 2) Since it wasn't a question but rather a comment of general interest (at least I hope so) I don't see how that could possibly matter. It's not like I was breathlessly awaiting a reply from some guy I don't even know concerning a question I didn't even ask.

Jul-16-17  morfishine: <ChessHigherCat> I understand. My main point is he really is missing. He just stopped posting suddenly in July 2014, and nobody knows where he is.

We were good friends, but strangely he even stopped replying to my emails, so it's worrisome to say the least.

Happy Chess


Jul-16-17  jith1207: <morfishine> anyone, who was involved in anyway either playing or commenting on that world game forum which prolonged for 700 pages of kibitzing, wanted to leave chess forums for at least 7 years at the end of it all.

So I hope <Mr.DcGentle> happily lives without having to deal with our hard bargain here, and sometime in daily future will become willing to visit back our comments, and may be reply <ChessHaywireCat> too.

Jul-17-17  morfishine: <jith21207> As a friend of his, I am concerned about his welfare, since as I mentioned, his emails ceased at the same time he stopped posting here.

Frankly, I think he's dead, but I really don't know and would like to know.


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  tamar: <morfishine> I expect DCGentle just migrated to the engine forums, where his main interest lies. He said he was developing his own engine.

Jul-17-17  WorstPlayerEver: <morfishine>

I understand your concern but some people are just nasty.

Jul-17-17  ChessHigherCat: <jism1207: So I hope <Mr.DcGentle> happily lives without having to deal with our hard bargain here, and sometime in daily future will become willing to visit back our comments, and may be reply <ChessHaywireCat> too.>

I hope that totally incoherent drivel is merely an expression of your complete inability to speak English rather than of your general insanity, which is painfully obvious as well.

Jul-19-17  morfishine: <tamar: <morfishine> I expect DCGentle just migrated to the engine forums, where his main interest lies. He said he was developing his own engine> Possibly, but that doesn't explain the complete stoppage of email correspondence.


Jul-19-17  Boomie: <morfishine, tamar>

Here are a few DcGentle games from 2016.

Some recent chat:

And a 2017 blurb from where he works:

Oct-11-17  cormier: 1) +0.37 (29 ply) 9.e4 Nxc3 10.bxc3 b6 11.d5 Na5 12.Re1 exd5 13.exd5 Bf5 14.Ne5 Bd6 15.Nc6 Qf6 16.Nxa5 bxa5 17.Bd2 Rfb8 18.Qc1 c4 19.Bg5 Qg6 20.Be7 Re8 21.Bxd6 Qxd6 22.Qg5 Bd3 23.Re3 Rxe3 24.Qxe3 a4

8.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Oct-11-17  cormier: 1) +0.25 (27 ply) 11.Bg5 f6 12.Bd2 Be6 13.e3 Qd7 14.Rc1 Bb6 15.Bc3 Rad8 16.b4 Rfe8 17.b5 Ne5 18.Nxe5 fxe5 19.a4 Bf7 20.Qd2 d4 21.exd4 exd4 22.Bb4 d3 23.a5 Bc7 24.Bxb7 Bxg3 25.fxg3 Qxb7

5.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Oct-11-17  cormier:
Apr-01-18  PhilFeeley: Why didn't white just castle queen side instead of that long king walk?
Jun-26-20  Howard: 48.g5! would have been much stronger as a couple other websites, and Stockfish , point out.
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