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Paul Shields vs Richard Spiers
Indiana (1970)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Aug-20-04  misguidedaggression: I can just smell a bad game of the day pun here. We're lucky this was the only game in the database between these two, and it's not really game of the day material.
Aug-20-04  sneaky pete: The position after 9.a5 .. can be used for a new type of puzzle: find the losing move. 9... Nd7 is really hard to find, with 9... Qc7 or 9... Qb6 much more obvious, so this could be a Sunday puzzle.
Oct-18-04  TheGreatNN: Sneaky Pete, actually 8. ..Nxe4 was the losing move. At first it appears that 9. ..Bb7 will save black's game, but white responds with 10.Nb5!! If 10. ..axb5 then 11.Bb6..Qc8 12.Nc7+..Kd7 13.Bxb5+..Bc6 14.Bxc6+..Nxc6 15.Nxa8 and white has a winning advantage. If 10. ..e6 then 11.Nbd7+..Kd7 12.Nxa8..exd5 13. Nb6+ again with winning advantage, and similarly for other moves.
Oct-18-04  Minor Piece Activity: Ouch, Spiers got speared by Shields.
Nov-06-04  TheGreatNN: Actually I take it back. 8. ..Nxe4 was for sure a losing move, but Shields' 9.a5? could have blown it: 9.a5?..e6! 10.Nb6..Ra7 11.Be2..Rc7 etc. - an equal position. But if instead of a5? he had played 9.Nb5!, then 9.Nb5!..axb5 10.Bxb5+..Bd7 11.Bb6..Qc8 12.Nc7+..Kd8 13.Nxa8+..Ke8 14.Nc7+..Kd8 15.Qd5 wins. So I wouldn't exactly say Spiers got speared, but he certainly did screw up.
Nov-06-04  aw1988: Heh Spears vs. Shields... this is the ultimate medieval battle. :)
Mar-18-06  McCool: This is just a phun setup.
Mar-18-06  Jim Bartle: "Heh Spears vs. Shields... this is the ultimate medieval battle. :)" Offense vs. Defense.

Or a battle of teen idols: 1980 vs. 2000.

Oct-03-09  WhiteRook48: after 9...Nd7 the game is over before it started
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  tpstar: When Black plays 6 ... b5 against the Sicilian Najdorf English Attack (6. Be3), White should play 7. a4 Opening Explorer instead of transposing to the main lines with 7. f3. This is the most drastic loss by Black in the database.

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