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Peter John Sowray vs Richard G Pert
"IM Pert-inence" (game of the day Sep-14-2016)
British Championship (2005), Douglas IOM, rd 6, Aug-06
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Apr-11-12  Bowen Island: 7. ...a5 Williams does not care too much for this move as White can often make use of the open a-file to enter into Black's Q-side.

8. Kh8, a strong prophylactic move, avoids annoying qb3 + in the future.

14. ...Nd7 Rushing another piece over to the King-side to aid in the attack.

If 18. Rxc7 Bd8 19. R7c1 Bb6!
If 20. fxg3 Bxg2 21. Kxg2 Rxf3 21. exf3 Qxh2!!+ 22. Kf1 Ne3++ (if 21. Kxf3 Rf8+ leads to mate.)

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  fredthebear: Black makes it happen with four different pieces on the half-open h-file. White does not scratch the surface.
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  Phony Benoni: Pretty brutal. Not one of your fancy Sowrays.
Sep-14-16  AlicesKnight: White seems to flap about a bit on the Q side oblivious to the Black K-side build and the blocking of the crossways by the P wedge. Black's pieces combine well, even the Black KB providing backup in case White tries to blockade on h4.
Sep-14-16  morfishine: Who's to blame-O for this lame-O game-O ?


Sep-14-16  Moszkowski012273: White had to play 21.Bh1... but it still gets kinda ugly if black spots 21...Bf1
Sep-14-16  sachman19: 23rd move was blunder Knightg1
Sep-14-16  razetime: <sachman19> Even if Bd2, then Qh2+
Sep-14-16  Pballa: <razetime> Qh2 loses the queen, however Qh3 followed by Qh1 is mate.
Sep-14-16  King Harvest: I've got to assume Sowray was ill or his wife had just served him divorce papers or some such thing that sapped his fighting spirit... cuz this isn't 2300 level play. 18.Be1? 19.b5?? (Why not at least 19.Rxc7...?) Anyone can blunder, but those aren't blunders, those are bad moves -- Be1 is passive as hell and b5 couldn't be more beside the point. Pert's attack isn't anything special but Sowray just fails to find any defensive resources.

IMO The pun isn't clever enough to justify making this the GoTD.

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  thegoodanarchist: Is 18.Be1 the losing move? Keeps the White rooks from guarding h1.
Sep-15-16  Moszkowski012273: Actually white was doing semi okay until the horrible 21.Qa4...
Sep-15-16  SimplicityRichard: It's hard to believe that White, an IM, didn't see the mate and resign gracefully beforehand.#
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  pawn to QB4: I suspect Sowray (I played him, seemed one of the nice guys) did see it, and thought the graceful thing was to give his opponent the small pleasure of seeing the unusual finishing position on the board. Tartakower used to give his opponent the pleasure of delivering mate now and then: it wasn't because he didn't see it or wasn't gracious. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to see if letting the opponent deliver mate is Sowray's usual policy...

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