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Willy Hendriks vs Timothy Spanton
Hastings (2005/06), Hastings ENG, rd 5, Jan-01
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0



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Jun-16-06  acirce: Brilliant stuff here. Taken from the Daily Dirt at, so don't look there just yet. If instead of 11..Rxf7 Black plays 11..Kh8

click for larger view does White avoid losing? It seems he is losing a piece, but there is a spectacular resource that saves him.

Jun-16-06  SniperOnG7: <acirce> OMG u r right! Its such a well hidden resource that i had to put it in Fritz to see it!
Jul-15-08  Manic: The resource <acirce> mentions was brought to light in Tim Krabbe's chess diary, so if don't go there either if you have not figured it out yet, as I believe the solution could be posted there in a few days.

Jul-18-08  MarkThornton: It took me about 20 minutes, and I would have never found it in a game. But armed with the knowledge that Willy Hendriks called it "the most beautiful move of his career" (see, I eventually found it.

<12. Qg3!!> saves the piece, as 12...Nxg3 13. Ng6+! hxg6 14. hxg3 is checkmate!

Black has nothing better than 12...Rxf7 13. Nxf7+ Qxf7 14. Qe3, when I assume that White is better.

To his credit, one has to assume that Spanton saw this, otherwise he would surely have played <11...Kh8>, expecting to win material.

Jul-07-14  Cushion: Spanton obviously did not see this, as no one would ever see this in a game.

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