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John Eric Littlewood vs Gerald Abrahams
"Sacrifice a Littlewood" (game of the day Jan-15-2014)
British Championship (1962), Whitby ENG, rd 11, Aug-24
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  1-0

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Apr-02-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: I didn't fully convince myself that this was "only" the win of a queen until I realized that Black can interpose at h5, not just h7.

But a queen should suffice. :)

Apr-02-18  landshark: Much harder than yesterday, especially without a Queen sac.
Apr-02-18  stst: N-sac this time,
23.Ng6+ hxN
24.Qh6+ if Nh7 QxQ, else ? QxK!
Apr-02-18  lost in space: I love Mondays!

23. Ng6+ hxg6 (only move) 24. Qh4+ Nh7 25. Qxe7 and 1:0

Apr-02-18  AlicesKnight: 23.Ng6+ forces hxg6, on which 24.Qh4+ forcesaNinterception,exposingtheblackQtocapturea- ndmyspacebarhasjammed.....
Apr-02-18  leRevenant: A tad easier than yesterday.
Apr-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: White is three pawns down.

White can win the black queen with 23.Ng6+ hxg6 24.Qh4+ Nh5(7) 25.Qxe7.

Apr-02-18  cocker: John Littlewood played a famous game against Botvinnik at Hastings in 1961.
Apr-02-18  malt: Aahh Monday's
23.Ng6+ hg6 24.Qh4+ Nh5(h7)25.Q:e7
Apr-02-18  Whitehat1963: Looked to see how the usual Monday queen sac might work before I saw the knight sac was unstoppable.
Apr-02-18  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf.

What did you think of 'The Chess Mind?'

Arbraham's 'Pan Book of Chess' is also another 'deep' book. It's meant to be a beginners book but it goes way beyond that.

Possibly the 'Chess Praxis' to Nimzovitch's 'My System'. But in this case the Pan Book is the prequel to 'The Chess Mind.'

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Today's POTD could be a student test position by going back one move.

"What would you do here?"


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How would Abrahams do it: (possibly)

The temptation and a natural desire to win back one of the pawns by 22.fxe6 with a tempo winning attack on the d7 Bishop could prove misleading and send the less experienced player down the wrong path. (22...Be8)

Instead 22.Bxe7 creating an unprotected Queen on e7, sets up the Knight sacrifice on g6.

Apr-02-18  zb2cr: 23. Ng6+ with a fork against the Black Queen.

But Black comes back with 23. ... hxg6.

Now White reveals the point of his combination with 24. Qh5+. Black can only interpose the Knight on the h-file, and now his loose Queen is a lost Queen.

Apr-02-18  morfishine: I'm going to guess: <23.Ng6+>...no peeking

Got it!

BTW: The game title "Sacrifice a Littlewood" is just so much inane gibberish. As usual, this is backwards: White won this game, so if anybody was sacrificed, it was Abrahams

Jeeeeezus to Peeeeezus

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Apr-02-18
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  gawain: Sorry to see poor Abrahams--an entertaining chess writer--victimized like this.

How pleased Abrahams must have been to see that white's knight check does not lead to the feared h-file mate.

And then how chagrined to realize that the queen is lost.

Apr-02-18  FrogC: I learned chess from The Pan Book of Chess by Abrahams. Rather an eccentric book, but that's part of its charm.
Apr-02-18  AlicesKnight: <perfidious><morfishine><Sally Simpson> I still have my paperback copy (now falling apart) of "The Chess Mind". I was too young to appreciate it at the time, but find much more in it now, and its range of positions and games was very good (for the dates it covered); an interesting book for those with knowledge. But I'm not so sure his "Teach yourself Chess" was a 'beginners' book.
Apr-02-18  ughaibu: Morfishine: I suggest you read the earlier kibitzes.
Apr-02-18  JJF: Who in the world is chrisowen and what language does he speak?
Apr-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: Nice game by Littlewood. However, the pretty finish solving today's Monday (23. ?) puzzle was due to a mistake by Black two moves earlier with 21...Nxf5? which allowed White the winning capture 22. Bxe7 +- (+2.95 @ 25 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 21...Nxf5! ∓ (-0.96 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9) would have given Black the advantage.

Apr-02-18  SamAtoms1980: <JJF: Who in the world is chrisowen and what language does he speak?>

Haven't yet figured that out, but he's been doing this for a very long time and most of us are in the habit of treating him respectfully. He just might have the power to summon a winged balrog to your door at dawn...... :-O

Apr-02-18  Cibator: I always found Abrahams an entertaining writer on Chess (which he invariably spelt with a capital 'C'). Among other things, he, like me, preferred black, with which colour I usually tended to do slightly better.

The often curmudgeonly William Winter had a high regard for him as a player, for being prepared to really have a go at Soviet grandmasters (rather like Miles a generation later), instead of timidly hoping to cling on for a draw.

Apr-02-18  leRevenant: <SamAtoms1980:> nice post
Apr-02-18  morfishine: <ughaibu: Morfishine: I suggest you read the earlier kibitzes> Sorry, no time

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Apr-02-18
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  OhioChessFan: <morf: BTW: The game title "Sacrifice a Littlewood" is just so much inane gibberish. As usual, this is backwards: White won this game, so if anybody was sacrificed, it was Abrahams>

Littlewood sacrificed a little wood, as in a wooden Knight, duhhhhhhhhh. As for your daily whining about the Puns, what exactly is your end game? You think cg.c is going to say one day, "Hey, morf, you're right. After 15 years in business, you convinced us of the error of our ways"?

Apr-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Well it's most certainly not April Fools' Day, so that's good. Haven't attempted to solve any Monday puzzle for weeks now. Decided to give this one a crack.

I saw the exposed h file, so went with 23.Ng6+ hxg6 24.Qh4+, but 24...Nh5 saves the day. Took me a while to see that the queen's left hanging, but I still got it.

1/1 this week.

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