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Andrew Soltis vs A J Goldsby
82nd US Open (1981), Palo Alto, CA USA, rd 2, Aug-03
Sicilian Defense: Closed. Chameleon Variation (B23)  ·  1-0



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Sep-08-05  RookFile: So, your Rcc8 allows 31. Qg5+ Kh8
32. Qf6+ Kg8 33. Rg5 checkmate.

...Rbc8 is a little better, but it still gets plowed over by 31. Qg5+ Rg7 32. Bd5+ Kh8 33. Rf8+ etc.

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  WannaBe: <RookFile> Maybe there is no good move for black at that point in the game?
Sep-08-05  RookFile: That is correct, White has an irresistable mating attack after 30. Raf1.
Sep-08-05  THE pawn: Aj had at some point entire control of the center, but he concentrated too much on the Q-side, leaving the king defensless and a weak back-line.
Sep-08-05  RookFile: When you think about it, Soltis got to waste a tempo with 6. Nde2 and come out smelling like a rose. Something's wrong, black must be able to equalize.

I'm suspucious of 14... Nxd5

Sep-08-05  LIFE Master AJ: Nice crush by Andy. I already had a reputation as a dangerous tactician, this was my ONLY loss ... in the first half of this tournament! (A round or two later I beat master Cohen, he was listed in Jack Collin's book of chess prodigies.)

Soltis shows how to beat a tactician. I spent all day preparing for a Yugoslav Attack ... and he never even bothered to play it.

Simple, strong, positional chess. (It is humorous to note that the tactical player never even fired a shot, when the play did turn to that vein, the tactics were all on the GM's side of the board.)

Sep-08-05  Koster: Possibly the b pawn push is too direct in this position, when white can use the a file. Plans with Rc8 and N to e5 or a5, or a6 and Nb4 (if a4) may be less committal for black. Good point about GMs avoiding theoretical battles and playing solid chess.
Sep-08-05  RookFile: Well, I liked ...b5 because I'm afraid of White playing c4 and setting up a bind. But, rather than
14..... Nxd5, I think you just hang
tough with 14.... Qc8 15. Kh2 Re8
and I really don't see weak points in black's defense.
Sep-10-05  LIFE Master AJ: <all> To be honest, maybe I started going wrong with 9...Bd7; its not a very active move. And it seemed to go downhill from there.

Oct-23-05  hayton3: I don't understand 30...Qc5 - was this bullet chess?
Oct-23-05  ChessVip: wonder why black donĀ“t play till checkmate!
Oct-23-05  LIFE Master AJ: too bad ;)
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  chancho: This is a very well administered beating.
Oct-23-05  juha: What was Black's decisive mistake?
Oct-23-05  BreakOnThru: <What was Black's decisive mistake?> Sitting down to play the game!
Oct-23-05  BreakOnThru: haha, just joking
Oct-23-05  Averageguy: <juha>Without posting individual moves, I feel that black should have tried to challenge whites kingside player a little more, looking at the final position one can see that none of blacks pieces are in a proper defensive position. Overall I think that LMAJ's play was a little passive and white was able to build up pressure at will. I can't say I like 19...e5 either, because with the pawns on e6 and g6, with the rook on f8, whites f2-f4-f5 pawn break looks harder to engineer, and alot of time will be spent. 19...e5 releases the flexibilty in the pawn structure and helps white to open lines with 24.f4. Overall an instructive game, with no real obvious blunders.
Oct-23-05  juha: <Averageguy> I see. Thanks for your analysis.
Jan-11-06  Saruman: <hayton3> I think <LMAJ> played 30...Qc5 in order to play 31.-Qxd5 if 31.Qd5+. Perhaps he failed to realize that 31.Bd5+ was just as deadly. Besides I don't think there was much that he could have done instead....
May-03-08  ToTheDeath: 29.Qg5+ Bg6 30.Bd5+ Kg7 31.Rf7+ forces mate. 27...Qd4! looks like the last realistic chance of slowing the attack and saving the game.

The natural and correct plan against White's early fianchetto is to take advantage of the abandoned c4 square with an early Na5 (e5) to c4.

Aug-06-10  LIFE Master AJ: 27...Qd4 looked like a nice tactical shot.
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  FSR: No unassisted human could thrash The Site Flamer like this. Soltis must have snuck into the bathroom to consult a computer. For shame.
Mar-31-11  LIFE Master AJ: Andy Soltis was probably one of the strongest (active) players in the country when this was played.
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  perfidious: <ToTheDeath: 27...Qd4! looks like the last realistic chance of slowing the attack and saving the game.>

After reflecting on this position a little, I believe 28.Qe2 is a strong reply-Black is then hard put to defend his kingside, just as in the game.

Aug-28-11  ProjectR: I actually have a book somewhere by mr soltis,but i forget the name as iv not read it !!! I was about to give it,along with others to life master aj to send to his incarcerated friend trenton. Then i realised that trenton was fictional !! And in this game black was beaten soundly,but soltis was a top player,and his opposition was kind of weak
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