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Walter Browne vs Bernard Zuckerman
Atlantic Open (1973), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Nov-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  1-0



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Aug-16-05  rwbean: How about (crafty suggestion) 28... Nf4 29. Qg4 Bc6 30. Nxg5 Qxc3 31. Rf1 Qxd4 drawing? What does Browne have to say about this line in his annotations to this game in "Learn from the Grandmasters"?
Dec-08-06  piroflip: I read many years ago that Browne prepared this opening to a very great depth in order to face "Zuck the Book".
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  ToTheDeath: In Soltis' book Confessions of a Chess Grandmaster he says (p. 78) that he witnessed Browne visibly shocked by the response 27... Bxg5, but then he recovered and found Rxh7 to win. When annotating the game later Browne claimed he had it all worked out beforehand.
Dec-24-06  malthrope: <ToTheDeath> I'm an old friend of Shawn's (see my profile) and when he got back from New York he showed me this beautiful chess game in great detail. There is no doubt in my mind that he had it all worked out and he was very proud of this game (even Bobby gave him a compliment!). I think Andy just misread Walter's live reaction (easy to do with a man of so many emotions such as Shawn has). Anyway, that's my '2cents' worth... ;-) - Mal
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  ToTheDeath: Hiya malthrope. You could be right, although Soltis claims Zuckerman said Browne "nearly fell out of his chair" after move 27. Soltis has had his spats with Walter so who knows. Great attack either way.
Mar-25-07  ALEXIN: Strong attack of Browne thanks to his daring 27 and 28 moves.
Apr-08-07  rwbean: Or 28... e5. Is that a clear draw? What does Rybka think? Did Browne comment on that in "LFTG"?
Apr-16-07  rwbean: Yes, it seems 28... e5 is a clear draw. After about 57 hours of analysis:


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28 56:59:02 21.776.706,596 108.748 0.00 e6e5 Bb1xg6 Nd5f4 Qe2e4 e5xd4 Rh7h8+

Apr-30-11  rwbean: Conversely: White's move 27 is a blunder which only draws, but 27. Rxh7 would have won! (+3.83 at 23 ply with Houdini 1.5a)
Aug-03-15  Bruce Graham: Sacrificial slugfest. Browne's queen had a date: with mate.
Sep-08-17  Albanius: 27 ... Kxf7!
28 Rxh7+ Kg8
29 Bxg6 Bxg5
30 Qh5 Nf6!
seems to end the attack, since Qa5 both defends B on g5 and threatens back rank mate if W tries to lift the rook.

27 Rxh7! Kxh7 (27..Bxg5 28 Nxf7! returns to the game without the above defense) 28 Qh5+! and 29 Qxg6, and mate on f7 with the Q, N or B depending on Black's reponse.

Sep-17-17  Albanius: My brother found a win after 27 ...Kxf7?
Not 28 Rxh7+? but
28 Qf3+! Nf6
29 Rxh7+ Kg8
30 Bxf6 Bxf6 [or 30 ...Kxh7 31 Qh5+ mates] 31 Qf6 Kxh7
32 Qxg6+ mates
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Some computer-aided notes:

White has a strong attack after 26.♗g5, because he threatens to bring his ♕ to the weak dark squares near Black's ♔. For example: 26...♕d5 27.♕d2 ♗c6 28.♖f3 a5 29.♕f4 +-

27.♖xh7! (as also pointed out by <Albanius>) ♗xg5 (27...♔xh7 28.♕h5+ ♔g8 29.♗xg6 ♘f6 30.♗xf7+ ♔g7 31.♕h6#) 28.♖xf7 ♖e7 29.♖xe7 ♘xe7 30.♘xd7)

Against the game moves, Black could have defended with 28...e5 29.♘xg5 exd4 30.♗e4 ♘f6 31.♕c4+ ♗e6 32.♘xe6 ♔xh7 33.♘xd8 ♕xd8 34.♕f7+ ♔h8 35.♕xg6 ♘xe4 36.♖xe4 ♖xe4 37.♕xe4 dxc3 =

29...♘xh7? was the fatal error. (better 29...♖f8 30.♘xd8 ♘xh7 31.♘xe6 ♗xe6 32.♕xe6+ ♔g7 33.♗b1 ♕c7 ±)

White missed 34.♗h5! with mate in 3, but the game move was also an easy win.

Feb-27-21  funguy: I've always loved this game, but unless I'm missing something, it's not included in the 2014 Chessbase Big Database. I find that odd.
Feb-28-21  Retireborn: <funguy> It's not in Megabase 2021 or Informator either. It was played in an obscure Swiss (from somewhere I've gleaned that it was "Hotel McAlpin") and I'm only aware of it because Browne annotated it himself in Keene's "Learn From the Grandmasters".

Further info about this Swiss would be welcome.

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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, the events played at the McAlpin in midtown Manhattan actually featured some of the top players on the Swiss circuit in those days; I twice played there, in 1974 and '75, in two Continental Opens, though naturally in lower sections, being ~1325 the first year and round about 1500 the next.

Signed, life 1200 player

Feb-28-21  Retireborn: <perf> Thanks for that. According my data the 1973 version was played in November. Can you remember how many rounds the versions you played in were?
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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, at least six--might have been as many as eight. Both Continental Opens I played were on Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.
Feb-28-21  Retireborn: <perf> Many thanks.
Feb-28-21  Retireborn: Further to that, googling (Bill Wall) suggests that the 1973 McAlpin was actually the first World Open, held June/July, and Browne won $2000 with a score of 9-1.

I'm going to assume this game is from that, unless contrary evidence arrives.

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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, could well be, as the earliest World Opens were held in NYC, before moving up the Hudson Valley to New Paltz, then to different spots in Pennsylvania before settling in at the former Adam's Mark in City Line, Philadelphia for a while.
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  MissScarlett: A tournament report can be found in the February 1974 <Chess Life>, p.78. Browne annotates the game in the March issue, p.181.


It says this was a last round game, so it was round 8, dated November 25th.

Feb-28-21  Retireborn: <MissS> Many thanks!

If Bill Wall is correct in his assertion that Browne (also) won the World open in July, you have to say that the Hotel McAlpin was a happy hunting ground for him, that year.

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  MissScarlett: <If Bill Wall is correct...> Even Homer nods.
Mar-01-21  Granny O Doul: Continental Open was traditionally the CCA's Memorial Day weekend event and National Chess Congress was on Thanksgiving weekend. They might be in New York, Philadelphia or Washington DC. The Liberty Bell Open has been pretty reliably in Philly; typically MLK Day weekend since the latter was invented.
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