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Roland Beyen vs Miroslav Filip
"The Song of Roland" (game of the day Oct-15-2023)
BEL-CSR (1971), Ostend BEL, rd 2, Nov-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation (E20)  ·  1-0



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  gawain: I had the right idea but I did not see that 31 Rd8 was necessary. I thought the h-pawn was unstoppable after 30 dxe7+ just because the K could not catch it. So I was wondering what was so "difficult" about this one!

The laugh is on me. I did not consider the Black a8 rook which would be trained upon the h8 square after the bishop moves. So sacrificing the rook on d8 is the only way. It was very difficult after all.

Jul-14-12  I play the Fred: I cheated on this one; I remembered this (or maybe it was a similar position) from Soltis' <The Inner Game of Chess>, and thus remembered the finish beginning with Bxg6. That <31 Rd8> sure does leave an impression.
Jul-14-12  JimmyRockHound: Rd8 very sweet. Gives white time to queen the pawn.
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  perfidious: < I play the Fred: ....That <31 Rd8> sure does leave an impression. >

Indeed it does-at first glance, it's nonsensical but is the logical followup to what went before.

Jul-15-12  I play the Fred: <perfidious>, ya old sea dog! How the hell are you?

To get you up to speed, shortly after your sabbatical began, <AJ> and I had a ferocious flame war on top of Mount Rushmore. He came straight for my throat, but thanks to a discarded banana (I had already eaten the peel) I slipped beneath his attack and the <Pensacola Python> flew over me and painfully caromed down Abraham Lincoln's nose. Since I didn't see a corpse in the aftermath, I have to assume he'll be back for the sequel, perhaps returning as half-man, half-chess engine called <Darth Fyde>.

In his absence I have assumed the title of <LIFE Master>. You know, because there can be only one.

Jul-15-12  I play the Fred: On to less important matters: I went and checked the Soltis book. I had assumed my memory was a bit hazy (on the game details, not the concluding moves), but it turned out that Soltis had identified White as <Boey> and given 1972 as the year. Bit the real kicker was this:

<Why [28. Bxg6]?...even though it <is> a sacrifice, it is the <least> forcing move in the could have ignored 28. Bxg6 (28...Rf6 29. Bxh7 Rxh6; 29. Bf5+ Kd8). At least his position would not be a forced loss.>

GM Andrew Soltis, p. 175, <The Inner Game of Chess>. The question is, is he right? I took a quick look at 28 Bxg6 Rf6 29 Re7+ Kd8 30 Bxh7 Rxh6 31 Rg5 Bd7 32 Rgg7. This seems to do the trick, but I have yet to find a good answer for 29...Kc6.

Jul-15-12  Abdel Irada: <rahul>:

I gave up trying to understand Chris Owen. His messages are obviously encrypted, and obviously he has forgotten to supply us with the key.

I'll start reading him again when the second coming of Alan Turing arrives and cracks his code.

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  perfidious: <Fred> On Mt Rushmore? Really? It's lonesome out in the Badlands!

The <Pensacola Python>, is it? That's quaint. Come to that, I decided it was best to nail that iggy switch for him-much quieter that way.

You mentioned Josef Martin Boey, then a top Belgian player. It seemed odd that he should play 1.d4, because my recollection of him was as a lover of 1.e4 for White and various less commonly played lines such as the Schliemann every chance he got when defending the Spanish Torture. Turns out there are a few-very few-games of Boey's as White with queenside openings in this DB.

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada: <rahul>: ...I'll start reading (<chrisowen>) again when the second coming of Alan Turing arrives and cracks his code.>

Do you think even Turing's brilliance would be enough to overcome that flood of word salad?

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  chrisowen: <rahulthemoron> <perfidious> A forbidden game rematch in a scintillating ar new twist a d6 hint it reckon in down it dig c5 at a turn key it light queen off the most menacing piece and come to the decision big gain in knightc3 ar the h6 principle it mean in gun for king blazer double in team white as right it rook flash in evermore stadium of light knighte2 in trade such as in bad call it field you in glass it hope in good rememberance strike knight in f4 educate in her it eyes success a rd8 h6 h7 h8?
Jul-15-12  I play the Fred: <I took a quick look at 28 Bxg6 Rf6 29 Re7+ Kd8 30 Bxh7 Rxh6 31 Rg5 Bd7 <32 Rgg7>.>

Ugh. Obviously, 32 Rg8+ Be8 33 Rgxe8# is better than 32 Rgg7. But on to 29...Kc6 30 Rc7+ Kb6, then.

The best I can do with that is 31 Bxh7 Bb7 32 Rdxc5, but I don't see a forced win in sight. Sure looks difficult for black, though.

Jul-15-12  I play the Fred: 29...Kc6 30 Be8+ Kb6 31 d7 seems to do it. Apparently, 28 Bxg6 is a forced win even if black refuses the bishop.
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  offramp: A dozen kibitzes that mention "A Whispered Move", but this isn't the GOTD title.
Oct-15-23  goodevans: Black was so sore afraid of White getting in Qg7 that he let that pawn on d6 menace him when perhaps he shouldn't. As well as taking it when it was first offered it appears that <22...Qxd6> would also have given him a better chance of warding off White's attack.

One occasion when Qg7 would have been fatal though is if White had found <20.Bxf5!!>:

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White's threats after that move are legion (Rxe5+, d7+, Bxc8, ...) and if <20...Bxf5 21.Rxf5 Qxf5> then <22.Qg7> threatens mate on e7. Stopping it would have cost Black both his Rs.

A rather error-strewn game but the finish was straight out of the top drawer.

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  OhioChessFan: There are 2364 games in the database played by a Roland. There is 1 game that could be called "A Whispered Move". Unbelievable.
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  Dohboy: Song of Roland - Wow, that's some highbrow pun! Haven't thought about that book since freshman year of college 45 years ago.
Oct-15-23  goodevans: <goodevans: ... the finish was straight out of the top drawer.>

Ah, I see now. He got it from his colleague's top drawer!

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  offramp: The Song of Roland ( is an extremely funny romp set during the Battle of Saint-Remy-en-Bouzemont Saint-Genest-et-Isson in the Roncevaux Pass in Champagne.

At the outset of the Battle, Suleyman consulted his sundial (which also tells him how many steps he had stepped upon that day), which "moste egreggeiously infected Kinge Magnus" who "most totally lost his concentration" etc etc.

It's all very funny.

Oct-15-23  morphynoman2: This game is absolutely brilliant. Beyen's pearl!
Oct-16-23  syracrophy: Black’s Queenside: *sleeping*
White: *moves all his pieces and sacks the last piece for a pawn promotion* Black’s Queenside: *still sleeping*
Oct-16-23  syracrophy: For another example of spectacular domination of the Queenside: Bronstein at work!

Bronstein vs A Zaitsev, 1968

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Position after 37.♖f4 1-0

Oct-16-23  joebottleneckblues: hello chessfriends round the grand canyon of wisdom 20)Lxf5 v !! would have been clever -i found out tonight greetings from bavaria
p.s. dont get me wrong but some comments could be more poems of dylan thomas or james joyce than chess analytics-but interesting
Oct-16-23  joebottleneckblues: excuse my not perfect english
many years ago i had at shool 9 years latin-6 years old greek and 3 years english the unforgetable john steinbeck
the grapes of wrath+tortilla flat
but also the genial irish literature of d thomas+joyce ciao joe
p.s i play since 30 years slide+folk+el- guitar
and when i finished teacher one year before corona i learned autodidactic fiddle+banjo blues forever !!
Oct-16-23  syracrophy: After 20.♗xf5 ♔d8

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I don’t see how to continue (though it seems won)

Oct-16-23  syracrophy: After 20.♗xf5 ♔d8 the computer recommends the calm 21.♖f3 ♗xf5 22.♖xf5 (the tactical device still works: 22… ♕xf5 23.♕g7) ♕xd6 23.♖exe5 and we have an open board for the Rooks with an uncastled King.
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