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Juan Bellon Lopez vs Robert Murray Jamieson
Hoogovens-B (1977), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Belgrade Gambit (C47)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-31-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Spectacular game!!!

Here are the notes about this game in the Dutch tournament book of the Wijk aan Zee 1977 tournament, loosely translated into English:

"The jury that determines the game to win the Leo van Kuyk prize for the most spectacular match was of the opinion that none of the games of the Grand Master group were eligible for the prize and instead gave the prize to this game, which is indeed very spectacular.

<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 Nxd5 6.exd5 Nb4 7.Nxd4 Nxd5 8.Nf5 Ne7 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Qh5+ Ng6 12.O-O-O d6>

The attacking player has made his first piece sacrifice and he certainly gets compensation for it. Still, the Black position also has its resources. For instance, 13.Re1+ Kf7 14.Bc4+ d5 15.Bxd5 Qxd5 16.Nh6+ does not win the queen because Black can respond with Bxh6+ with check.

A nice continuation to consider would have been 13.Bc4 Bxf5 14.Rhe1+ Be7 15.Qxf5, but White has other plans.

<13.Nh4 Bg7 14.Bc4 Qd7 15.Rhe1+ Kd8>

....and not 15...Kf8, because then 16.Qxg6 would pose a painful surprise.

<16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.Qxg6 Bh6+ 18.Kb1 Qg7 19.Qe4>

Black has repelled the first wave of attacks, but his queenside his still poorly developed. The next modest move with his rook is a move of restrained force, as shall appear later on.

<19...Rb8 20.Rd3 f5 21.Qd5 Qf6 22.Qa5!>

This threatens 23.Re6 (or 23.Be6) Bxe6 24.Rxd6+ which would break up Black's position. The prosaic move 23.Qxa7 should also be considered here.

<22...b5! 23.Re6>

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The first 23 moves were all for White, but now Black makes up for his deficit in one spectacular blow and thereby claims his share of the prize.

<23...Qxb2+!! 24.Kxb2 bxc4+ 25.Kc3 Bg7+ 26.Kd2 Bxe6 27.Rxd6+ Bd7>

And now White even has to watch out not to lose the game, but he secures the draw by forcing a perpetual check.

<28.Rxd7+ Kxd7 29.Qxf5+ Ke7 30.Qc5+ Kd7 31.Qf5+ Ke7 32.Qe4+ Kd8 33.Qd5+ Ke7 1/2-1/2>"

May-31-06  Petrocephalon: Thanks for kibitzing this game -- exciting draws are often overlooked.

That 22..b5! is a great move, threatening ..Bg7 then ..b4.

Jun-01-06  dakgootje: One of the best and most spectacular draws ive seen so far! Many threats through the whole game
Dec-21-11  wordfunph: courageous move 23...Qxb2+!
Aug-15-12  belgradegambit: According to Monson instead of 14. Bc4? white should play 14.Re1+! Then 14....Kf8 and only now 15.Bc4! Then 15...d5 16. Bxd5 Bg4 17. Qxg6 Be6 18.Bxe6 hxg6 19.Nxg6 Ke8 leads to this fascinationg position:

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Now 20.Bb3+ Kd7 21.Rd1+ Kc6 22.Rxd8 Rhxd8 23. Ne7+ Kb6 24.Nf5 Bf8 25 h4 and the pawn roller should win:

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Apr-08-14  whiteshark: <belgradegambit: According to Monson instead of 14. Bc4? white should play 14.Re1+! Then 14....Kf8 and only now 15.Bc4! Then <15...d5> ...>

Better is the continuation <15... f5!>

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which lead to a drawish endgame after some (semi-forced best) moves <16.Nxg6+ hxg6 17.Qxg6 Qd7 18.Be6 Bxb2+ 19.Kxb2 19...Qg7+ 20.Qxg7+ Kxg7 21.Bd5 >

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