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Gary Robinson vs Bill Wall
World Class Ch (1975), Vancouver, BC, May-24
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  0-1



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Jul-05-05  olaf4lena: What a wild game!
Jul-05-05  aw1988: Wall does have a game going over 10 moves!
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  wwall: 22...f5 may not be the best. If 22...g6, then 23.Qd2 has some threats. Perhaps best is 22...h6.

Instead of 23...Rbd8, perhaps better is 23...Nf6, which takes away the threat of White playing Rxe6 and Bd5 later on.

Instead of 24...Rfe8, perhaps better is 24...Rde8, and if 25.Qb2, then 25...Nf6. But 25.Rxe6 Rxe6 26.Bd5 Rfe8 27.Bxf5 still wins for White. If 24...Kf7, then 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 26.Rxe6 Rf7 27.Qd2 Kh8 28.Qd5 Rdf8 29.Rd6 Qc8 30.Rd1 Nf6 31.Qe5 Kg8, with some resistance.

Instead of 26.Rxe6, White could have played 26.Bxg7 Rxg7 27.Rxe6 Rf8 28.Bd5 Kh8 29.Re7 Rf6 30.Rxd7 Rxd7 31.Qxf6+ Rg7 32.Qf8+ Rg8 33.Qxg8 mate.

After 29.cxd5, not 29...Rg6?? 30.Bxf8 Kxf8 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.Qxh7+ Rg7 33.Qxf5+ Kg6 34.d6 and White wins.

After 29.cxd5, Black played 29...Re7, but perhaps better is 29...Re8, and if 30.Bxf8 Rxf8 31.Qd2 Rf7, with some resistance.

Instead of 31.Qf6+, White can play 31.d6 Re6 (31...Rd7 32.Qh8+ Kf7 33.Qxh7+ Ke6 34.Re1+ Kd5 35.Qxd7) 32.Qh8+ Kf7 33.d7 Rd6 34.Re1 Rxd7 35.Qe8+ Kf6 36.Qe6+ Kg7 37.Qxd7+ and mate in four.

After 31.Qf6+, not 31...Rf7?? 32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.Re1+ Kd7 (33...Kd6 34.Qd8+ Rd7 35.Re6+ Kxd5 36.Qxd7 mate) 34.Qe8+ Kc7 (34...Kd6 35.Qc6 mate) 35.Qc6+ Kb8 36.Re8+ Qc8 37.Qxc8 mate.

Instead of 33.d7+, 33.Rd1, threatening 34.d7 mate, wins right away.

37.a4?? threatens mate in one with 38.Rc7 mate, but now Black threatens mate in 6 with 37...Re1+. White should have played 37.Rc7+ Kb5 38.Qd3+ Ka6 39.Qc3+ Kb5 40.Qc4+ Ka5 41.Qa4 mate.

This game appeared in Chess Informant 19, game 297 and Chess Life, May 1975 (entitled check out the checks).

Dec-13-05  Holden: <Bill Wall> <Check out the checks> Very fitting name! Thanks for the analysis. This is a fun tactical game to play through.

I've been learning the Morra gambit as white lately; it's a lot of fun to learn a new gambit. I am usually taken off guard by 2...Nf6 after my 2.d4; much more common is cxd4. After 2...Nf6, I normally play e5, then after Nf6 (or Ng8), I take the c pawn with my d pawn. Your thoughts are welcome and valued.

As a Sicilian player, is there any line after 1.e4 c5 2.d4 Nf6 that you find particularly annoying or difficult to play against?

Nov-24-06  PolishPentium: In hindsight, it appears 31 Qh8+ would have been preferable to the text move 31 Qf6+. Then after the B King moves to f7 (forced), the subsequent check 32 Qh7+ wins a pawn. Since it's the f and h file Black pawns that help hem in the W king in the final checkmate, eliminating at least one of them (as PP suggests above) seems very logical...
Nov-24-06  Alekhinelover: Why not 33.Rd1? It looks winning to me.
Aug-09-09  kooley782: This is a tricky game...not an easy win to find. Great game, Mr Wall. Nice comeback there in the endgame with 37. Re1+!

Kindest regards,

Apr-11-11  abstract: 6. exd6 can be better I think.. followed by 7. Bd3
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  FSR: I recall being amazed at seeing this crappy game in Chess Informant 19.
May-01-12  BlackSheep: I think its safe to say Gary arsed it .
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  FSR: Bill probably screwed up his move order. If one wants to decline the Smith-Morra Gambit, 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 Nf6 is probably the best way to do so, and almost always transposes to the Alapin Sicilian line that occurs after 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4. 2...Nf6, as Bill played, is much weaker, allowing White to get a big spatial advantage. It's not accidental that this is the <only> game in the database with 2...Nf6. Opening Explorer
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  perfidious: <FSR> When I saw Black's dreadful position, it looked familiar, so I took a trip myself and came up with Opening Explorer .

Voila! Alekhine's by transposition-if a crummy version.

If anyone has their copy of Soltis' Confessions of a Chess Grandmaster to hand (I don't), they'll find Mednis-Soltis, New York 1977 with 1.e4 Nf6 e5 Nd5 3.d4 c5 ( and the lethal improvement on Mednis' play in Byrne-Soltis, US Championship that same year (

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  FSR: <perfidious> Good point! But I don't see the games in Soltis' book.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Must be I 'misremembered'-to coin a phrase-unless that's from the later edition.

What stands out in my obviously foggy recollections of Soltis' comments on his game with Mednis is that he played into that morass to get Mednis out of his thoroughly prepared repertoire. Pity his enterprise came to grief against Byrne.

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  FSR: <perfidious> I didn't know there <was> a later edition. Yes, that could well be where you saw it.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Sorry, you were right the first time. I had looked in the index under "Alekhine's Defense" and since the Mednis-Soltis game wasn't there I thought it wasn't in the book. But it is, on pages 164-73. Soltis explains that he had just five minutes to come up with an opening strategy against Mednis, whom he'd never beaten before. So he tried 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 c5?? (his punctuation) and eventually won after Mednis played the quiet 4.Nf3?, transposing to an offbeat line of the Nimzowitsch Sicilian. Soltis writes that Robert Byrne in the later game "wasted no time in finding the embarrassingly simple refutation: 4.c4! Nb4 5.dxc5! followed by 6.a3 and 7.b4."

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