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Jonathan Speelman vs Thomas Keith Hemingway
"A Farewell to Arms" (game of the day Apr-17-2008)
London (1972), London ENG
Nimzowitsch Defense: Franco-Nimzowitsch Variation (B00)  ·  0-1



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Apr-17-08  ninest queen: Surprisingly, nobody seems to know the black player. It seems to me very often the very best players who have played chess for a while seem to quit it abruptly and after a relatively short period. There is more than one Morphy, only there are little who are known. Fame and quality are no synonym.
Apr-17-08  MarkThornton: Speelman would have been 16 yrs old when this game was played. (He was born in 1956.)
Apr-17-08  xenophon: also possibly "for whom the bell tolls"or more appropriately "death in the afternoon"
Apr-17-08  efrain chavez: Nice!! Although white contributed quite a bit, it is interesting to see how black's moves 5 and 6 connect with move 20 !!!! Then the clear-minded and tactically spotless profit of the once buried light-squared black bishop is both instructive and pretty. It is also inspiring to confirm that one does not need to be a world champion or even a known master to create a chess masterpiece.
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  Jimfromprovidence: White had his own great move that he did not play, namely 29 c4!

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Black is forced to play 29… Be4.

Now, after a series of forced moves 30 Ne6 Nd2+ 31 f3 Bxf3+ 32 Rxf3 Nxf3 33 Nxc7+, white is ahead a pawn.

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Apr-17-08  Magic Castle: <jimprovidence> But 31....Nf3 (not 31...Bf3?) brings you back to the same winning combinations that black just executed. Now 32. Rf3 Bf3 is mate.
Apr-17-08  sallom89: great example of fighting chess!
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  kevin86: White is faced with a trilemma:one rook is under attack;another is menaced by a fork threat;and,the king is under a threat of checkmate.

There is no defense against this type of power-so white resigns.

Btw,Was Alekhine under a spell by Hemingway? Oops,sorry, that was the WRATH of GRAPES-lol

Apr-17-08  YoungEd: I think that white erred in offering the queen trade. After that exchange, black had more firepower aimed on the K-side than white did on the Q-side. Nice final combination! Very pretty play by black.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Magic Castle> <But 31....Nf3 (not 31...Bf3?) brings you back to the same winning combinations that black just executed. Now 32. Rf3 Bf3 is mate.>

No it's not. Here's the position you described after 31...Nxf3.

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White now plays 32 Rf8+, forcing the rook exchange.

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After the exchange, white's ahead a rook vs. bishop.

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  patzer2: <Jimfromprovidence> Thanks for pointing out the great defensive move 29. c4! It would make for a good Sunday puzzle.

I also enjoyed the winning double attack after 29...Nd2+! 30. f3 Ne4!

Apr-17-08  A.G. Argent: <ninest queen:...Fame and quality are no synonym.> Yeah, I know, I get that a lot.....Not! But very nicely said.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <patzer2>

All I'm doing is panning for gold with the Rybka demo software. Sometimes I find a nugget that's worth sharing.

Apr-17-08  luzhin: Since 29 c4! would have saved Speelman, we can also say that Hemingway blundered with 26..Nh4+. The obvious 26...Nf4+ was crushing, leading inexorably to 27.Kh1 Nh3 . But then we would never have seen the very pretty game conclusion with 30..Ne4!
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  al wazir: <Jimfromprovidence, Magic Castle: 29. c4 Be4 30. Ne6 Nd2+ 31. f3 Nxf3> 32. Rf4 Bb7 (32...Nd2+ 33. Rxe4 Nxe4 34. Rf1 Kb7) 33. Rf8+ Rxf8 34. Nxf8 Nd2+ 35. Kg1 Nxc4.
Apr-21-08  teak poker: A definition of "syracrophy" anyone?
Apr-21-08  Cibator: <keypusher>, <ninest queen>: T K Hemingway was a UK amateur, aged about 40 at the time of this game. His rating was 185 BCF (2080 FIDE), rising the following year to 194 (2150). Around 1972/73 he had one of those sudden inexplicable surges in form that ordinary players occasionally experience, usually only to drop back to their former level just as rapidly.

Incidentally, this was Speelman's second defeat in a row - he'd faced Ludek Pachman in the previous round. (Pachman himself had a none too brilliant result, finishing on 4.5/6.)

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  keypusher: <Cibator> Thanks very much.
Apr-09-09  WhiteRook48: 30...Ne4!!!! was a thunderbolt.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The winner of our Game of the Day for 5/23/2010 also turned in another gem here, and like the other, he agreed to an early Queen swap and then launched his mating attack. Quite an imaginative player.
Oct-29-10  sevenseaman: Its a grippingly engaging and an innovative idea to take the Black N to e4 which is defended only once. Why litter the battlefield with unnecessary casualties when the objective is different!
Jun-13-11  Dr. J: If 29 c4 Be4 30 Ne6 Nd2+ 31 f3 Nf3 then 32 Rf8+ breaks up the mating net and leaves White up the exchange.
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  Plaskett: Hemingway played highly tactical stuff. I beat him once. Unseen now for some twenty years. Even in his native Hertfordshire few players knew him well. Probably he has passed away now...
Dec-25-17  cyclemath: I remember Hemingway playing for Stevenage in the 1970s, when I was playing for Hilltop (Hatfield). I never played him though. If we were ever in the same match he would be top board and I would be around bottom board.
Dec-26-17  cyclemath: By the way, TKH was known by the second of his initials - Keith.
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