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Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Simon Webb
"Simon Says" (game of the day Mar-25-2005)
Hastings (1977/78), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Dec-28
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  0-1



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Mar-25-05  aw1988: Surely a tribute to Simon. Thank you.
Mar-25-05  iron maiden: Snappy tactical finish here. Rest in peace, Simon.
Mar-25-05  mymt: nice one tiger
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  Sneaky: 33...Nb3!! is Saturday or Sunday puzzle material around here.
Mar-25-05  colp99: Amazing how Simon finishes off his opponent tactically.
Mar-25-05  Castle In The Sky: It seems that one of white's primary mistakes occurred when he allowed his rook to be chased away on move 18. When white moved 19.♖a1 and black responded ...♗e6 white then went 20.♖e1 and entirely gave up the idea of occupying the b file. Black then went on to dominate the file which is shown by the queen exchange on move 23. and the eventual 30...♖b5 White then futilely tried to chase black off of the file 31.a4 and 32.♖a3 resulting in the brilliant tactical combination beginning with 32...♖b2+. Following themes like this is what makes chess a joy.
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  kevin86: With good chess like this-Simon could become an AMERICAN IDOL!

The great theme in this one is the inability by white to stop black's passed pawn. He can't stop it on the rank,as the pawn itself prevents it. He can't stop it from behind because black's pieces keep him away from b3-first directly,then by the fork.

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  mahmoudkubba: I don't understand why white didn't play Carro-Khan after the move three or at least a variation of it due to the earlier move e4?? or even a Carro without a Khan or a Khan without a Carro, I think the opponent does not know much of that unless he was able to answer such oppenings as well!??? It easy understood from the sayin Simon says that there is an unbelieve in a do or something.. for me I don't lie at all If I dreamed for example and wants an explanation of a dream I say the right thing so as I get the right answer!!
Mar-25-05  Hinchliffe: Forgive my ignorance but after playing through this delightful game I read other viewers comments and can only guess that Mr.Webb is no longer with us. Could someone please tell me a little bit about Mr.Webb please?
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  Sneaky: Hinchliffe, it's very sad, he was the victim of a senseless murder. http://
Mar-25-05  aw1988: That link no longer exists.
Mar-25-05  aw1988:
Mar-25-05  cade: 33... Nb3 instinctively look likes an awful move to me, one i would never even consider. Brilliant play and a particularly excellent move.
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  kevin86: RIP Mr. Simon
Mar-26-05  patzer2: It was sad to read about Simon Webb's
tragic death, allegedly at the hands of his son. Webb was a strong Chess Master and I'm sure loved his wife and child, in spite of his son's drug addiction.

In this game, White's best chance to equalize and avoid the problems with the passed pawn combinations may have been to boldly take the pawn with 14.Qxc3!? One possibility, quickly played out with Fritz 8, is 14.Qxc3!? Nf5 15.Nxf5 exf5 16.Qc5! f6 17.Qd6! (Fritz prefers the bold 17. exf6! but I like this solid choice) 17...Rde8 (17...fxe5 18.Qxc7+ Kxc7 19.fxe5 Nxe5 20.Bf4 Kd6 21.0–0–0±) 18.Qxc7+ Kxc7 19.Bb2 fxe5 20.0–0–0 exf4 21.Rxd5 (+0.44 @ 15 depth).

Mar-26-05  patzer2: Instead of 24. g4?!, which gives Black a strong advantage after the positional clearance combination 24...d3! 25. cxd3 Nd4! , perhaps White could have held with 24. Rb1!

Fritz 8 offers the possibility 24.Rb1! a6 (24...d3 25.cxd3 Rxd3 26.Re3 ) 25.Kg1 Bb5 26.Kf2 Ba4 27.Re2 Bb5 28.Re1 Ba4 29.Re2 Bb5 30.Re1=.

Mar-26-05  patzer2: Is it possible that the positional clearance and pawn sacrifice 24...d3! was the winning move? Initially, I thought White could hold with Fritz 8's recommendation 24...d3! 25.cxd3 Nd4! <26. Bd1!?>

However, after playing it out move-by-move to 16 depth, it seems Black has a forced win:

24...d3! 25.cxd3 Nd4! <26.Bd1!?> Bxd3 27.g5 c2 28.Bh5 Bc4 29.Re3 Kb8 30.Rc3 Be6 31.Be3 Rh8 32.Bxd4 Rxd4 33.Bf3 Rc8 34.Rxc8+ Kxc8 35.Rc1 Rd2+ 36.Kg1 b5 37.Kf1 Bc4+ 38.Ke1 Rh2 39.e6 Bxe6 40.Be2 Bb3 41.Bxb5 Rh1+ 42.Kd2 Rd1+ 43.Kc3 Rxc1–+ (-2.22 @ 16 depth).

So, if this is the Best White can do after 24...d3! 25.cxd3 Nd4!, then it would seem 24...d3! is a win for Black, and a great tribute to the play of the late IM Simon Webb.

P.S. <Sneaky> I agree 33...Nb3! (using the passed pawn to set up a decisive Knight Fork) would be a good place to start this as a puzzle, even though Black may have had a win after 24...d3! 25.cxd3 Nd4! and it is a forced win after 32...Rb2+!

Mar-26-05  Hinchliffe: <Sneaky> Thank you for the update. To think until a couple of months ago I was living in Stockholm.
Jun-11-07  prinsallan: Another grim ending ;D
Oct-01-11  DrMAL: 7...Qc7 (instead of O-O) was the first bold move, after 13.O-O-O black is way ahead in development. 14.Qxc3 was more thematic for white and probably best, instead white chose more careful route, 14...d4 looks very strong. Houdini shows the turning point to be 20.Re1?! Qb6! aligning Q against K, black is now ahead. 24.g4?! d3! 25.cxd3 Nd4! helped more, white was still pawn up but black had solid lead. 32.Ra1? was a tactical error, beautiful finish white got eaten by tiger!
Jun-09-12  vinidivici: black's 33...Nb3....its clearly has to be a puzzle of the day. U need deep calculation to do that.
Jun-09-12  SimonWebbsTiger: I hope the position is used to celebrate the birth, or (morbidly?) the too early passing, of Simon ! ;o)
Jun-09-12  sevenseaman: A surprise to me, 32...Rb2 is a wonderful move that leads to the fork(34...Nd2+) and ultimately to the Black win!
Jul-21-12  vinidivici: yoo man make the black 33rd move the puzzle of the day!


Jul-22-12  thomastonk: <vinidivici> Yes, that would be a fine puzzle. Already the main line is very difficult, but also 34.Kg1 Rb1 35.Rxb3 and Black has still to find precise moves.

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