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Reginald Pryce Michell vs Philip Stuart Milner-Barry
Hastings (1934/35), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Tarrasch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Marshall Gambit of the Petroff Defense had been a feared weapon right up until the day this game was played.

And it's never been played since, which is the only reason why few people appreciate that 15.Be6 is one of the finest TN in history. So if anyone wants immortality, here's your challenge: refute the refutation.

Mar-30-05  Minor Piece Activity: Why not 15...Nxd5 with the idea of Bh2+ and stacking up on f3, perhaps with exchange sack to follow?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: My apologies--I didn't know that MPA had responded to my post. There are several answers.

1. The correct move order is 14...Kh8; 15.g4!,Nxd4; 16.Be6,Bf7; 17.Ng5 etc., not 15.Be6 and 16.g4. 2. Even in the given move order, White can transpose to the game. 3. In this particular move order, White can also try to confuse Black's pieces with 15...Nxd5; 16.Bg5, returning a pawn and neutralizing the attack. 4. Finally--and this *is* embarrassing--I have the wrong game. The correct game is Alexander-Mallison, British Championship, 1938.

If I remember correctly, my punishment is 5 lashes with an overcooked strand of vermicelli. Ouch, ouch ouch.

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  Phony Benoni: 15.Be6 might be the winning TN, but I love what happens in this position, after <23...Bg3>:

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And now <24.Rf7!> was the only way to save White's game. It's very unusual to move a pinned piece along the line of the pin without capturing the pinning piece.

Nov-28-10  johannes.johnsen: Why not
23.... Rxf2
24.Dxf2 Rf8
25.Lf7 Dxf2
26.Kxf2 Rxf7
Isn't this a draw for black?
Mar-18-13  RookFile: Is johannes.johnsen's idea an excellent one? 23..... Rxf2+ 24. Qxf2 Rf8 25. Bf7 Qxf2+ 26. Kxf7 Rxf7+, leading to this position:

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