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R Ashley vs R Morton
Statesville,NC (1980)
French Defense: Normal Variation (C00)  ·  0-1



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Jun-11-12  Clodhopper: <goodevans: This game has been sitting in the database for at least 7 years. The only reason I can think for it being put there was that one day it would be used for a Monday puzzle.>

No - the main reason is to give encouragement to patzers like me that one day even I might have a game in the cg database!!

Jun-11-12  Beancounter: Ashley must have been absolutely gutted.
Jun-11-12  Elo: Is Statesville a prison?
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  gawain: Insanity is only a memory now. 5....Bb4 Qxb4 6...Nxc2 Royal Fork.
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  gawain: Statesville, is a small North Carolina city. Travelers on Interstate 77 or 40 pass through it. Not to be confused with the federal pen at Stateville, Illinois.
Jun-11-12  jhelix70: I live about 20 minutes south of is not exactly a chess hotbed ;-)
Jun-11-12  goodevans: <Clodhopper> See your point. Quite nice as long as you're on the right end of the result. ;)
Jun-11-12  kevin86: What a dreadful start! White loses his queen in SEVEN moves-at least he wasn't checkmated.

A twist on Monday-today,it's WIN the queen.

Jun-11-12  bachbeet: Got it.
Jun-11-12  stst: The WQ is in poor position, harass it by the Bishop for a pin, then N+ for a 3-prong fork: 5.......Bb4
6.QxB (no better alternative, else BxQ) ...Nc2+ (3-prong fork, K-Q-R) 7.K moves NxQ
and White in dismal...
Jun-11-12  stst: How many GM games got the Q out so early??
Hard to understand....any exception??
Jun-11-12  bebgsurg: Ashley had the Statesville blues (see Allman Bros.)
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  scormus: Drat, didnt get it. I was sure after 5 ... Bb4 it would be 6. 0-1
Jun-11-12  Marmot PFL: <How'd this game get in here?>

maybe it was in some book like 500 Irregular French Miniatures or How to Lose Quickly at Chess.

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  chrisowen: Took me a little longer kind fork double good spot bishopb4

joke that move qf3. R 'eaves and Morton er c3 bb4 qxb4 reprieve big

knight out takes v i c2+ and bob you runkle in white down the pan

xb4 thats the spirit level in f3 it is then c3 hives off tender b4

yeah lights not at the races or even at half mastering have unwind

first fives?

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  fm avari viraf: During my four decades of chess, many have been prey to this trap, pinning & winning the Queen.
Jun-11-12  Alex56171: Monday, Monday (ba-da ba-da-da-da)
So good to me (ba-da ba-da-da-da)
Monday mornin', it was all I hoped it would be.
Jun-11-12  BlackSheep: This was the other day/week/fortnights puzzle from the other colours perspective .
Jun-11-12  WhiteRook48: 5...Bb4 of course!
Jun-11-12  ajile: This is not a French Defense. This is an English Defense or also Owens Defense.
Jun-11-12  BadKnight: is 4...Nd4 any good other than setting up the trap?
Jun-11-12  Patriot: A fun and easy puzzle.
Jun-11-12  1stboard: Another case of moving your queen to early in the game.......
Jun-11-12  Nullifidian: 5... ♗b4 to pin the queen, followed by 6. ♕xb4 ♘xc2+ for a royal fork.
Jun-11-12  TheBish: R Ashley vs R Morton, 1980

Black to play (5...?) "Very Easy"

I don't normally submit my solution to Mondays (too easy), but going to see if I can at least attempt every day this week, so this is a good start. (Missed a few of the more difficult ones last two weeks because of weekend activities.)

BTW, probably the earliest (move 5) of any of the POTDs. Let me know if you know of any puzzle on move 4 or earlier!

* 5...Bb4! 6. Qxb4 Nxc2+, forking the queen and king (and rook, making it a "family fork" which is trivial).

One of my favorite combinations, a pin followed by a fork (combined with the theme of deflection/attraction), which I like to quiz my chess students with, as it goes a couple of steps beyond "find the winning pin or fork", and teaches the importance of visualization and combining tactical motifs.

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