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Sergey A Fedorchuk vs Tony Miles
European Championship (2001), Ohrid MKD, rd 7, Jun-07
Nimzowitsch Defense: Kennedy Variation. Keres Attack (B00)  ·  0-1



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Sep-11-03  pawntificator: Weird, when I followed the link on the "new kibitzing" page, it says there is no kibitzing here yet. I can't read the rest of patzer's message! Arg!
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  patzer2: With his unusual 1.e4 Nc6 game, Tony Miles combines unique (dare I say amusing -- not ha ha funny but delightfully different and enjoyable) but effective opening and middle game play with sharp endgame technique to defeat his GM opponent in this game.

Although perfectly sound, I found Miles' odd development of his queenside rook followed by 23... Qc6 to help shore up the position particularly amusing. However, I'm sure white didn't find too humor in it this plan as it helps to force the queens off the board with a superior game for black.

Another subtle but enjoyable tactic was 32...Rd1. On the surface, 32...Rd1 looks like a novice move, threatening a winning knight fork only if white takes the bait with 33. RxR. But 32...Rd1 carries out a much deeper plan than this. The subtlety of the move becomes obvious as we see that it practically forces white to concede the first rank to the black rook, where it proceeds to go wild wreaking havoc from behind.

I wonder if Miles has had some influence on Anand in combining so much originality, fun and skill into his play.

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  patzer2: <Pawntificator> Please try again. I had deleted the message to make some corrections before reposting.
Sep-12-03  pawntificator: oh, ok! Thanks! I was all confused, running in circles like a bishop with my head cut off.

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