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Mark Lyell vs Jon S Friedland
"Feast Fit for a Queen" (game of the day Sep-06-2010)
Ron Banwell Masters (2001), London ENG, rd 9, Aug-26
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense Modern Line (B22)  ·  1-0

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Mar-11-08  Doktorn: The white queens is really on a roll in this game, never equalled according to http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/records...

Eleven captures by the white queen is a record according to the site.

Jan-10-09  WhiteRook48: although I'm sure that in some non-recorded games queen takes 12 or 13 pieces.
Aug-28-10  hstevens129: Tactics!
Sep-06-10  accuristau: A grand game!
Sep-06-10  1. h4: This is hilarious.
Sep-06-10  NewLine: All games to be like this!
Sep-06-10
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  whiteshark: A marvellous feast, indeed.
Sep-06-10  zmoravec: Interesting possibility is 23.Bxd4 and when Nxb7 then 24.Bxb6 mated.
Sep-06-10  psmith: <zmoravec> According to Fritz, 23. Bxd4 is a forced mate for White.
Sep-06-10  Pawnpusher1: why not 11. Bb5? pinning the B Q to the K?
Sep-06-10  1. h4: <Pawnpusher1>

Not quite. Black has 11...Bc6, a difficult retreat to find I guess. Thus White played 11.f3 with 12.Bb5 in mind as a threat.

Sep-06-10  Aas: <Pawnpusher1> I guess it's because of 11. .. Bc6 unpinning the black Queen. White instead plays 11. f3 to threathen the pin on the next move.
Sep-06-10  victinho: Why settle for simplicity when you can make art out of a game?

I particularly enjoyed noticing how all hell broke loose after move 7.♗c4:


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You could say "yeah, it develops the bishop with tempo" but the shallowest analisys reveals the the overloaded ♘d2.

Black notices it, and by means of 7...♗xf3 (the imagined line being 8.♕xf3 [8.♘xf3?? ♕xc4] ♕xf3 9.♘xf3) attempts to get closer to a drawish game. He's Black after all...

But White breaks expecations and plays 8.♕b3!?, creating all sorts of complications.

My question is: did White play 7.♗c4 expecting chaos? Was it his intention only after move 8.♕b3? And beyond, did he calculate it all, or was it just for pure adrenalyne?

Sep-06-10  jussu: Two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and five pawns.
Sep-06-10  syracrophy: 14...♕c8 forces the exchange of ♕s, since there´s no retreat for the White ♕: 15.♕xc8+ ♖xc8 16.♖g1 ♗h3, and black´s up a ♙
Sep-06-10
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  scormus: That was some contest! After so much carnage before move 20, its amazing it went on for another 50 moves. In a civilised sport the 3-knockdown rule would have ended it before then.

<victnho ... all hell broke loose> absolutely, I'm sure when playing 7. Bc4 he saw the possibility to inflict serious damage with Q to b3-b5-a5, and put B on the run. Must have thought it was a chance worth taking.

Sep-06-10  pers0n: after 56. Qxb4 its a queen and pawn against a rook. clearly a win for white, so why doesnt black just resign then?
Sep-06-10
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  Phony Benoni: <pers0n> Because then kibitzers would have criticized him for giving up too early.

Seriously, it's a matter of preference. Some players prefer to play on as long as possible, in the hopes of some mistake. Or White may have been in severe time pressure. Or not losing may have been critically important to Black for some competitive reason. Or Black's ride home may have still been playing, so he figured he might as well keep going.

We've had a number of arguments on this issue around here, and no agreement has ever been reached. Thank goodness. We are individuals, after all.

Sep-07-10
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  kevin86: The white queen really gobbled up a bunch-didn't she? lol

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