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Arthur William Dake vs Marcos Luckis
"I'll Dake my Chances" (game of the day Aug-06-2008)
Folkestone Olympiad (1933), Folkestone ENG, rd 12, Jun-21
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0

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Dec-14-04  kostich in time: A very neat win by Dake at the 33 olympiad..Rc6! is the crusher. Black casnnot take with the queen..it is a shame Americas excelent performances at the thirties Olympiads arenot more widely appreciated.
Aug-06-08  backyard pawn: Looks like Marcos Luckis running out.
Aug-06-08  Funicular: Ne7!!!!! whoaaaaaaaa its like the knight stands in front of the black queen and smiles as it simply closes a door and says 'Denied' its crushing. As yesterdays triple fork. As euwe Nc4+ against alekhine in zandvoort. And so on.

Aug-06-08  arsen387: yeah, not so Luckis :)
Aug-06-08
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  Once: 37. Rc6!

If 37 ... Qxc6 38. g7+ Kg8 39. Ne7# (38 ... Nxg7 39 Qxg7#)

The closed sicilian is one of my favourite openings as white. An optimist would say that it is a refined positional opening where white slowly increases the pressure on the kingside. A pessimist would say that it is a simple one-dimensional opening, where white plays pattern moves for a caveman attack.

Either way, it has given me many points against the most common black answer to my e4, so I have a particularly fondness for it.

Aug-06-08  pubplayer: <Once> 39. Ne7+ is not mate since black can play 39...Kf7, but it does win the major exchange for white.
Aug-06-08
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  whiteshark: Happy-go-Luckis Marcos
Aug-06-08  andymac: <pubplayer>/<Once> actually 39. Ne7 Kf7 40. gxf8=Q+! Kxf8 41. Nxc6 and White is a whole Queen up.
Aug-06-08  blacksburg: <but it does win the major exchange for white>

what exactly does that mean? i've never heard of "winning a major exchange", only "winning the exchange."

is this some kind of new chess lingo i've never heard of?

Aug-06-08  newzild: newzild: andymac: <pubplayer>/<Once> actually 39. Ne7 Kf7 40. gxf8=Q+! Kxf8 41. Nxc6 and White is a whole Queen up.

Good point, andymac! I analysed 38.g7+ Kg8 39.Nh6+?! Qxh6 40.gf+ Kxf8 41.Qxh6 which "only" wins queen for knight.

Aug-06-08  IT4L1CO: If Qxc6 i think Qh6 wins, or not?
Aug-06-08  IT4L1CO: Sorry,Qxc2+...
Aug-06-08  TheaN: <what exactly does that mean? i've never heard of "winning a major exchange", only "winning the exchange.">

Not very difficult to raffle up from other chess jargon, but actually incorrect: the exchange is piece for more valuable piece. <pubplayer> refers to the exchange of a major piece, which has to be a Rook, for a even more valuable piece, the Queen, as a major exchange. But as both one, the Queen has no piece designation of her own and two the exchange is a general term for a piece vs more valuable piece exchange, it is not the right term.

Aug-06-08
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  kevin86: The final move shuts off black's defense and he will be soon mated by queen and knight.

The threat is: 44 ♕g6+ ♔h8 45 ♕g8# or the reverse 44 ♕g8+ ♔h6 45 ♕g6#

If black counters with 43...♕a6 then 44 ♕g8+ ♔h6 45 ♕h8#

Aug-06-08
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  Once: Thanks for tidying up my line - no, 39. Ne7 is not mate (but does win).

"Major exchange" is an interesting one. The Exeter chess club website (excellent resource BTW) has this:

"If you've managed to trade your Knight or Bishop for a Rook, you are said to be up the Exchange. Trading a Bishop for a Rook is called being up the minor Exchange, and trading a Knight for a Rook is called being up the major Exchange, though most often no distinction is made between the two, as the difference is small."

The Oxford Companion to Chess does not mention the major exchange. However it does say:

"Having a fondness for bishops, Tarrasch half-seriously suggested that to exchange one's knight for a bishop is to win the minor exchange."

But as we have seen before, chess terminology varies substantially from source to source, so who is to say what is right?

Aug-06-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: Black might have tried 32...Qg4?!, threatening both Qxh4+ and Rc3.


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That move would have given white something to ponder.

Aug-06-08  RookFile: I think Jim's right, Qg4 is a good move.
Aug-06-08  Shams: 32...Qg4 33.g7+ Kxg7 34.gxf6+ Kxf6 35.Ra7+ looks good for white to me
Aug-06-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Shams> <32...Qg4 33.g7+ Kxg7 34.gxf6+ Kxf6 35.Ra7+ looks good for white to me. >

Black cannot play 34...Kxf6 because the rook on f2 protects that square. Black would play 34...Rxf6 instead.


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Now, if white should continue with 35 Ra7+, then after 35…Kh8 36 Rxf6 Qxh4+!, black takes back the rook and comes out ahead.


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