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Nigel Davies vs Yuri S Razuvaev
Gausdal Int (1993), Gausdal NOR, rd 7
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0

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Feb-27-10  alexrawlings: White missed a quicker win here with 29 Qxf7! which would win a rook.

This could make a nice Monday puzzle.

Leonard Barden wrote of this game in yesterday's London Evening Standard: <Davies had been trying for six years to become a grandmaster and this looked like the moment. White to play (at move 29) is two pawns up while the queen and rooks are swarming over the black position. Davies wrote later "Everyone had seen the winning move - the arbiter, the contingent of Icelandic kids, just about every player in the tournament and even some of the chambermaids. Everyone except me, that is". What is White's immediately winning move?>

Feb-27-11
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  GrahamClayton: There is an interesting anecdote to this game. Durin this stage of his career, Davies was wearing earplugs so as to not be disturbed by spectators and other noise in the tournament hall.

Razuvaev offered a draw, and Davies didn't hear his offer because of the earplugs.

Feb-27-11  ozmikey: <GrahamClayton> Aha...I think someone reads the chess column in "The Week"!
Feb-27-11
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  wordfunph: <GrahamClayton> i like that anecdote..
Feb-27-11
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  perfidious: <Graham> This is, in a way, similar to what went between Yehuda Gruenfeld and Viktor Korchnoi in one of their games, the difference being that Gruenfeld was deaf, thus never realised Korchnoi had proposed the draw.

Korchnoi went on to win that game.

Feb-27-11
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  GrahamClayton: <ozmikey>Aha...I think someone reads the chess column in "The Week"!

<ozmikey>,
Guilty as charged!

I would consider getting a subscription to the "Week" if I had both the time and money. :-)

Feb-27-11
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  wordfunph: <GrahamClayton> <ozmikey> link to the "The Week" plz? guys, you mean TWIC?
Feb-27-11  ozmikey: <wordfunph> Not TWIC, it's actually an Australian current affairs magazine (there are UK and US versions of it as well) simply called "The Week". Within it is a little chess column, penned by a fellow who identifies himself on chessgames.com as ozmikey. ;-)
Feb-27-11
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  wordfunph: harhar! thanks to that CG fellow who identifies himself as <ozmikey>.. :)
Feb-27-11
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  wordfunph: <ozmikey: My best OTB results have been wins against Maxwell Leonard Fuller and George Xie Wendi (both in Sydney club events), and one precious draw (with Black!) against Ian Rogers, also in a club match.>

<ozmikey> these games available here in CG?

Feb-27-11  ozmikey: <wordfunph> Nope. Embarrassingly enough, I don't have the scoresheet of that win over George anymore, which is probably just as well as it was a very silly game! George had an easy win in a knight-and-pawn ending and just got a bit too cute, thinking he could sac his knight and force a pawn through to queen...and he missed a little zwischenzug.

The game against Ian wasn't too bad. I might upload that some time, but the last time I tried to upload a game here I don't think it got through...

Feb-27-11
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  wordfunph: anyway thanks <ozmikey>, see you around..
Feb-27-11  ozmikey: No worries! :-)
Oct-30-11
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  wordfunph: here's Nigel Davies account from his book The Rules of Winning Chess..

<Ear plugs also helped me to win my game against the Russian Grandmaster Yuri Razuvaev when I failed to hear his draw offer and he blundered on his next move. I thought he said something but I really was not sure. Had I heard him offer the draw, I might well have accepted as the position was fairly level at the time. After that I went on to register a Grandmaster title qualifying score and ascended to Grandmaster status later that year.>

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