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Jerome B Hanken vs John N Yehl
US Open (2004), Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA, rd 5, Aug-11
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: White sets up a winning Knight Fork with 16. g4! and 17. Nf5. In order to stop the more dangerous 18. Re7+ , Black could continue 17...Rfe1 18. Nd6 Bc8 19. Nxe1 Nxe1 . And with the exchange-up and a big initiative and positional advantage White should easily win.
Aug-25-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: If Black plays 17....Rfe8 to stop the knight fork on e7, then 18.Nh4 wins the Black queen.
Aug-25-04  drcdwil: <patzer2> Dual threats of 18. Ne7+/fork and 18. Nh4 winning the Queen.
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  patzer2: <Jesuitic Calvinist> Thanks for finding the stronger winning move! So 16. g4! Qg6 17. Nf5! wins the Queen due to the dual threats 18. Ne7+ (Knight Fork) or 18. Nh5 (trapped Queen).

<drcdwil> Thanks for the correction (18. Re7+ was a typo). This repost is a correction.

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  Zenchess: In this game, Black made the dual error of 11...Qh5 and 12...d5, shutting off the Queen's escape routes. It looks like Black was staring at the king instead of trying to find a constructive plan. Silman harps on this theme constantly in "The Amateur's Mind."

The key weakness in White's position is the c4 pawn, which is a common weakness with this pawn structure. Therefore, instead of 11...Qh5?, Black should prefer 11...Be6! If 12. Qxb7, Black has Qxc3! hitting the Nc2. If the Knight moves away, White loses the Rook. This position is very unclear.

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  patzer2: <Zenchess> I like your 11...Be6 = (or the flexible 11...Re8 =) for equalizing Black chances, but even after 13...Nxd5 = (instead of 13...cxd5?) Black is OK.

Black's most apparent tactical blunder is 15...Bb7?? Yet even after the interesting 15...Re8!? 16. g4 Qh4 17. Qb5 Kh8 18. Be5 Qh6 19. f4 Bd7 20. Qxa6 , Black appears to have a lost game anyway (although 15...Re8!? offers more hope of stealing a draw than immediately losing the Queen with 15...Bb7??).

So Black's missed chances were apparently 11...Be6= (or 11...Re8=) and 13...Nxb5=.

Jan-09-17  RookFile: One of those endings that sneaks up on you. White is going to threaten black's queen, and there isn't anything black can do about it.
Jan-10-17  Granny O Doul: Once in a while it's nice to part with the other guy's lady.
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  perfidious: Change of pace, y'know.

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