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Daniel Fleetwood vs Joseph McCarty
"Fleetwood Mc" (game of the day Mar-03-2013)
First National Team Championship corres. (1991) (correspondence), Nat'l Team#1,Bd.7 ()
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0



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Mar-03-13  shivasuri4: <morfishine>, 23.Nb6 after 22...Qxc8 would achieve an exchange gain for White anyways.
Mar-03-13  sukatma: The best game
Mar-03-13  morfishine: <shivasuri4> Sure does! There I go again, only eyeballing the King Side :)
Mar-03-13  YouRang: Pun & Chess connection?

Mar-03-13  waustad: Too bad he isn't playing Gerry McCarthy, who it appears is not playing at Bunratty this year.
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  FSR: Not very impressive for a correspondence game. The moves through White's 21st move have been played in four other games in the database. Black played 21...Re8 in two of them, both before this game; Black played 21...Ra7 in two games, both after this game. Games Like D Fleetwood vs J McCarty, 1991 Black scored +1 =2 -1 in those games. McCarty instead played 21...Bg7?, dropping the exchange to an obvious sequence of moves, then immediately resigned.
Mar-03-13  morfishine: <YouRang> Fascinating, I was completely unaware of this connection
Mar-03-13  Abdel Irada: <waustad: Too bad he isn't playing Gerry McCarthy, who it appears is not playing at Bunratty this year.>

On the other hand, it's just as well he wasn't playing the old anti-communist crusader. Nothing worse than Fleetwood McCarthyism.

Mar-03-13  Alphastar: Black had the impression that white was getting help from soviet commies.
Mar-03-13  morfishine: <FSR> On your comment: <Not very impressive for a correspondence game...> I get the same impression, mainly since it looks like the way I play: chunk, clunk, plunk and the exchange is lost... :)
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  perfidious: <FSR> Played a game or three like that myself in CC; in point of fact, referring to such games thus would probably be a compliment.
Mar-03-13  SONAWANE NIMISH: I think instead of 21..Bg7? 21..Nf3! would have been kept balance.
Mar-03-13  TheTamale: Hi, <SONAWANE>, and welcome to Chessgames!
Mar-03-13  YouRang: <morfishine: <YouRang> Fascinating, I was completely unaware of this connection>

Nor was I, nor was anyone.

I only googled the connection because I *think* this might have been a pun that I submitted a couple years ago. :-)

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  FSR: <morfishine><perfidious> Here's what <real> correspondence games look like:

K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992

F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996

D Fleetwood vs F Rhine, 1997

Mar-03-13  YouRang: <NIMISH: I think instead of 21..Bg7? 21..Nf3! would have been kept balance.>

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Yes, 21...Nf3 probably was black's best move, although it's a relatively tricky move to see.

With white having both knights in striking range of black's back rank, black has to be extra wary of forking tactics, and the most obvious tactic is Bxc8!, which (1) eliminates the defender of e6 and (2) vacates e6 for the Nd4. If ...Qxc8, then Nb6 (fork Ra8 & Q), and if ...Rxc8, then Ne6 (fork Q & Rf8).

Had black seen this threat, he might have at least tried 21...Rb8 (to prevent the Nb6 fork) or 21...Bb7 (preventing the Bxc8 altogether). White is still better, but not AS better.

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  perfidious: <FSR> The two below were not bad either-definitely amongst my more interesting efforts, though in the latter game, as pointed out by <achieve>, I let slip a fine winning chance:

Klaus Fuhrwerk vs A Shaw, 1998

J Simmelink vs A Shaw, 1998

If I ever turn up the rest of my CC games, I will submit some.

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  PawnSac: < morfishine: <shivasuri4> Sure does! There I go again, only eyeballing the King Side :) >

Yea we all get blind spots like that from time to time. Whats really funny tho is that black probably saw the one you missed, but missed the one you saw! He musta been lookin too hard at the queenside! lol

I forget what book it was, but it had a whole chapter of GM games with obvious blind spot moves. It's amazing how often it happens too.

Mar-03-13  Nicocobas: Does anyone have an opinion about this software as an aid to beginning players? OPENING LAB.
Mar-03-13  morfishine: <Pawnsac> Very interesting reply, particularly the part about GM's and their blind spots. I read an article about 15-years ago that showed the most prevalent blind spot on a chess board for the human brain was seeing the rank pins. And this does not exclude Grandmasters. In other words, we have no problem seeing file pins or diagonal pins, and can plan accordingly; but the rank pins are harder to see, even for GM's

This is why I try to study extra hard for this aspect: the sideways attacks

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  perfidious: <Nicocobas> If only Opening Explorer had existed forty years ago!

A word of caution: the winning percentages often serve as a useful guide, but a single improvement in an opening variation can overturn long-established theory (particularly in forcing variations), so it will repay you to play through the games as you learn.

As Larsen once stated in an interview, try to figure out which pieces are active and where the weaknesses are; by all means, don't become discouraged when you err, because even for more experienced players, it is not always easy. The more you practise, the better you will become at this.

Mar-03-13  Nicocobas: <perfidious> Thanks! I'm almost 69 years old and retired 2 years ago. I'm returning to chess after many years of inactivity and I'm enjoying a lot.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Very complicated games. It would take me a while (and Houdini a few seconds) to understand them.
Mar-05-13  kevin86: Recapturing is almost a reflex-so it is easy to see how it can go wrong. Why not Qxc8?
Mar-05-13  kevin86: Oops, I just saw ANOTHER knight for at b6 as the answer to Qxc8-ignore my above comment.
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