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Stanley Chumfwa vs Watu Kobese
"Watu do now?" (game of the day Dec-28-2005)
Golden Cleopatra op (2002), Cairo, rd 8, Apr-07
Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation (B07)  ·  1-0



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Dec-28-05  notsodeepthought: Poor Kobese - who is actually not that bad - often finds himself the target of puns, usually because of his surname (too easy, really...), but in this case because of his given name. In any case impressive display by Chumfwa, though I would have liked to see what he had in mind in the event of 17 ... g5.
Dec-28-05  twinlark: 17...g5 18.Bxg5 hxg5 19.Qxg5 followed by 20. Qh5 mates in a few moves: 19...exd6 or Ne6 20.Qh5 and mates shortly
19...Re8 20. Qh5 f6 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Rg3 Ne6 23.Rxg7 Nxg7 Qh8 mate 19...f6 20.Qh5 Re8 21.Qh7+ transposes into the above line.

Dec-28-05  thomaspaine: In the end, the knight is pinned. And so no way to avoid mate without losing the queen. But the combination's pretty robust, in the sense that even if the queen had support, black must lose the exchange, which together with the pawns gives decisive advantage to white anyways.
Dec-28-05  syracrophy: 26...Nxg7 27.Qxd6 winning
Dec-28-05  pianojoe2001: Why not 23 Rxg7?
Dec-28-05  dakgootje: <pianojoe2001> Yup looked at that too, I think because of that after 23. ♖xg7 black is able to play 23. ...♘g5 to protect the h7-square, where that failes after 24. ♖xg7 ♘g5 25. ♕xg5 hxg5 26. ♖h7#, however im not sure about it...
Dec-28-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Excellent GOTD! Simple, but funny pun too. :) I guess <Honza Cervenka> suggested this game for GOTD. I already saw this game when he replied to my kibitz on Stanley Chumfwa.
Dec-28-05  Cogano: <dakgootje> 1)It should be 25.Rh7+ Kg8. Remem- ber, according to your own line, it all begins with 23.Rxg7: 23.Rxg7 Ng5 24.Qxg5 hxg5 25.Rh7+. So the g8 square is free for the K to escape to. Were it not for White's K at g1 & p at h3, your idea would've worked once the a rook got into play: 25.Rh7+ Kg8 26.Rg7+ Kh8 27.Rh1+ Qh2+ 28.Rxh2#. From Mar -shall's games that I'm famaliar with, this last line would've been more possible with him because he opened up his h file in so many of his games! As for this game, I was so expec-ting a Q sac, because things looked like they were leading there. But it was a good game just the same.

<EmperorAtahualpa> If you'll pardon my ignorance, what does "GOTD!" mean? Thanks.

Dec-28-05  TTLump: GOTD = "Game Of The Day"
Dec-28-05  ReikiMaster: <dakgootje> I think after 23.Rxg7 Ng5 white should take a breather with 24.Rxg5 Qxf6 25.Rh5 and wait for his other Rook to join the battle.
Dec-28-05  TTLump: <dakgootje> after 26.Rh7#??, black plays Kg8 and white loses with egg on his face!

after 23.Rxg7, the correct response to 23... Ng5 is 24.Rh7+! if Nxh7 then 25.Qxh6 is immediately decisive!

But black's correct response to 23.Rxg7 is ... Qf4! pretty much forcing the exchange of Queens and white still has a slight advantage but there is no easy win from this position.

Dec-28-05  TTLump: 23.Rg4! is one of the nicest moves in this combination. When I was playing through the game, I studied the position after 22... Qd6 for 15 minutes, but could not see a good response for white; Rxg7 seemed to almost work and I was sure I had missed something in that line.

23.Rg4! is a briliant move to my feeble chess brain. It protects, the rook, keeps the pressure on black's King and prevents 23.... Qf4.

This underscores the importance of excercising patience in tense positions. We are so often reluctant to play a waiting move like this one because of the sense of urgency in such a dynamic position.

Dec-28-05  Cogano: <TTLump> THank you for explaining GOTD for me and for taking the time to share us some positional analysis. I could always use that, since I'm so inexperienced and insufficiently chess educated. Cheers!
Dec-28-05  kevin86: Black is lost-black has two moves to avoid mate:

26...♘xg7 27 ♕xd6 or 26...f6 27 ♕h8+ followed by ♕xa8

Dec-28-05  jackmandoo: I find it interesting that when you move the peices around the chessboard, each player taking turns, (one chess move per player) lost of stuff can happen. I think Bobby Fischer said it best, "I like the point where I break a mans ego, and then I take his ego to a breakfast with friends and put his ego on the table when my pancakes I am going to put it on the pancakes, it always gets a good laugh."
Dec-28-05  ichessu: excellent pun.Gave me a hearty laugh
Dec-28-05  optimusprimeooo: watu should read pirc alert!
Dec-28-05  Madman99X: Does black normally play for a lack of development in the pirc? The position after move 12 looks more like the position I would reach upon playing a 1200 rated player on Yahoo rather than something a gm would play. Could somebody enlighten me?
Dec-28-05  weisyschwarz: Madman99X, I don't think there is a need to disparage a player. This morning I submitted a game to where White's first move is Nh3?! Whst do you say about that? Perhaps Black was trying to develop a new line in the Pirc, and perhaps he should have played in towards the center more. The Pirc is a slow-cooker by nature. I prefer ...c5 to ...c6, and this only after Nbd7.
Dec-28-05  Resignation Trap: In this opening, Black's queenside pieces are often developed on their original squares! An extreme example of this: L Barczay vs Suttles, 1967 .
Dec-28-05  kevin86: leggo my ego
Jan-14-06  Cogano: I know it's been a while since anyone kibbitzed to this game. But, on the off-chance someone will see this post, I'd like your opinion on why White played 23.Rg4, as opposed to fxg7+? It is a winnable line, at least to an in-experienced and not particularly chess learned player like me! I look forward to your feedback. Take care all and have a good day. Cheers!
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  Honza Cervenka: <Cogano> After 23.fxg7+ Nxg7 what are you planning to play as white? Pawn h6 is covered by Queen from d6 now, Pawn f6 which was big pain for black disappeared and white is still down with material.

23.Rg4 was fine continuation but maybe 23.Rxg7! would have been better. After 23...Ng5 24.Rh7+! Nxh7 (24...Kg8 25.Rxh6) 25.Qxh6 it is over immediately as <TTLump> has suggested before and I think that also 23...Qf4 cannot save black. What about 23.Rxg7 Qf4 24.Rh7+ Kg8 25.Qd3? How can black stop such a grisly threats like 26.Bxe6 with next Rg7+ and Qh7# or 26.Rf1 with intention to transfer another heavy piece on g-file?

Apr-05-06  Cogano: Hello <Honza Cervenka> & I hope all is well. :) You're absolutely right. But I say that in hindsight. I've gone over a lot more games, worked on a lot more puzzles, & played a few games since I first wrote that post! Now that I've looked at the position once more, I find that my original suggestion of 23.fxg7+ is thoroughly awful. Whereas your suggestion of 23.Rxg7!! is brilliant. I hope to learn how to detect moves as forceful as this one. Black has no effective reply & will be mated regardless of his choice of move! The # of moves White requires to achieve mate may change, but not the outcome of mate! Thanks much for taking the time to share your analysis with me. :) Take very good care & have a great day. :) Cheers! :)
Apr-10-14  tranquilsimplicity: And the greatest misfortune is that Stanley Chumfwa who is clearly of grandmaster calibre, is not recognised as one. This is because Chumfwa cannot afford to travel to Europe and participate in a rated tournament. There are many african chess players in the same boat. Sad. #
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