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Herminio Herraiz Hidalgo vs Timothy J Upton
"You Are Most Wise To Tie Your Horse" (game of the day Dec-12-2019)
European Team Championship (2001), Leon ESP, rd 7, Nov-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Miles Variation (D53)  ·  1-0



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  OhioChessFan: "You Are Most Wise To Tie Your Horse"
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  playground player: Where is everybody?
Dec-12-19  goodevans: Your opponent plays <49.f5> and you need to decide how to stop that pawn promoting. Do you ...

(A) send your K that way (even though white has a Q-side majority);


(B) push your own h-pawn, vacating h6 for the B (even though ...Bh6 would leave your d-pawn unguarded)?

A difficult choice. I think I may well have made the same wrong decision as Upton.

Dec-12-19  MelvinDoucet: The position after <64. ♔d5> would make for an interesting puzzle. Black to move and draw.

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Solution: 64... ♚d7, preventing ♔e6 and ♔c6. Any knight move can be answered by ♚xc7 and any king move by ♚c8.

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  Fusilli: Nice pun, <OCF>. And that's a hyperactive horse indeed.

Cool game too.

Dec-12-19  goodevans: <MelvinDoucet> Wow. I never realised that black had a chance to draw what looks like a hopelessly lost endgame. That opportunity was afforded him by the awful <61.Ne8?>. Simply <61.Kxd4> wins outright.

What was the point of 61.Ne8? The c7 pawn was immune to capture (at least until the B moves) and on e8 the N is badly misplaced.

After the B moves the right place for the N is d5 from where it would have defended both c7 and e7. It's important to stop black establishing the B on e7 as from there it guards both f8 and h4 (where black could then sit his pawn tying down the white K).

Dec-12-19  Momentum Man: Can anyone explain this game name? Isn’t it supposed to be a pun?
Dec-12-19  Pawn Slayer: This is a sad moment: I had no idea that Tim Upton had passed away. I played him on several occasions at our local club in the mid 70s, where he played board 1 and I was board 2 for the 1st team, and we almost always drew. He them went off to university and we were never the same force again. He was a very nice young man. RIP.
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  OhioChessFan: <MM>, it's a line from the movie Hidalgo.
Dec-13-19  OldGeez76: Thanks, <OhioChessFan>. One of my favorite movies.

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