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Edward Formanek vs Joseph Bradford
"Tour de France" (game of the day Nov-12-2009)
Lone Pine (1979), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 3, Mar-27
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  0-1



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Nov-12-09  spotkicker: May be white made a mistake at the opening. 9.b3 instead of 9.Bh3. 9...cxb3 10.Nxb3 Ne7 11.Rb1 Is black good?
Nov-12-09  spotkicker: I think black should accept pawn exchange and open b file for white rook after 9.b3.
Nov-12-09  Samagonka: Bradford had something like a death wish - looking at where his king ended up in the final position.
Nov-12-09  kellmano: That's a great game and one that i haven't seen before. Very nice final mating pattern.
Nov-12-09  spotkicker: Samagonka! Please look at that game: Taimanov-Larsen(Havana,1967) You'll have fun. Because there is a white king on the Black's side too!
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  stoy: I see zero moves. Please fix this problem. Thanks.
Nov-12-09  miseiler: That looked fun.
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  Phony Benoni: <stoy> Are you using the MyChess Java viewer? If so, it has a bug that prevents display of a game where a king reaches the 8th rank. (This has been a long-standing problem; see the first few kibitzes on this page.)

The other Java viewers seem to work fine, so just switch to one of them for this game.

Nov-12-09  sac2win: very rightly called "tour de france" as white king has toured entire chess board before getting mate by queen and knight combination. really nice sacrifices by black to make such tour possible for white king!!!! lol
Nov-12-09  WhiteRook48: 35 Qxd5+ exd5 36 Re1
Nov-12-09  goodevans: Very strange and interesting game.

When I played through it I thought white was totally busted after <19 ... Rxh4+> so I was amazed that Rykba even had white ahead after <28 ... Ne5>. Ultimately it was only white’s blunder with <31 Ke7?> that cost him the game (with <32 Kf7?> hastening his demise).

Nov-12-09  goodevans: <WhiteRook48: 35 Qxd5+ exd5 36 Re1> 36 ... Qh7 does the trick I think.
Nov-12-09  chillowack: I enjoyed Black's swashbuckling chess, but I'm wondering why White didn't play the simple 25.Bf4?

It seems like then he would have been fine after 25...e5 26.Qd4.

Is there some other line I'm missing?

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  Once: <chillowack> I think White had a number of chances to survive the attack. Your 25. Bf4 seems to hold out quite well, although I'd still be a little worried about the black passed pawns.

Fun game to play through, if not entirely sound.

Nov-13-09  RandomVisitor: After 19.h4?

1: Edward W Formanek - Joseph M Bradford, Lone Pine op 1979

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <21-ply>

<1. (-3.48): 19...Nxd4> 20.Kh2 Nc6 21.Nb1 R6h7 22.a4 Nfxe5 23.Bg5 Ng6 24.Qe1 Nce5 25.Qe3 Qxe3 26.Bxe3 Nd3 27.Bg5 f4 28.gxf4 Nxh4 29.Bxh4 g3+ 30.Kxg3 Rxh4 31.Na3 R4h7 32.Kf3

2. (-3.03): 19...Rxh4+ 20.gxh4 Rxh4+ 21.Kg1 Nxd4 22.Kf2 Nc6+ 23.Kg3 Rh7 24.Nxc4 dxc4 25.Bf4 Nfxe5 26.Qd6 Nd3 27.Qf8+ Nd8 28.Rae1 Rf7 29.Qh8 Re7 30.Re5 Bc6 31.Bxc6 Qxc6 32.b5 Qb6 33.Kg2 Rf7 34.Bg3 Rd7

Nov-13-09  TheTamale: Can someone please show me why White didn't simply play 22. cxd4 Qxd4+ 22. Rf2? I can't see the follow through for Black. Thanks!
Nov-13-09  AnalyzeThis: <TheTamale: Can someone please show me why White didn't simply play 22. cxd4 Qxd4+ 22. Rf2? I can't see the follow through for Black. Thanks!>

Don't have a chess board in front of me, but it appears that after 22. cxd4 Qxd4+ 22. Rf2, black can choose between 22.....g3 or 22. Qxa1.

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  kevin86: A dep attack ending with a great king chase.
Nov-15-09  WhiteRook48: then white can sac a rook w 37 RE8+ and still hope to last, but he is losing
Nov-17-09  TheTamale: Thanks, <AnalyzeThis>... can't believe I missed the hanging rooks. :-(
Jan-26-10  jackpawn: Wow, this is a fun game.
Apr-17-13  AlbertodaCruz: Excuse, now I see that the full name of the variant, this one in the top of the page.
Feb-18-17  offramp: Joseph M Bradford won two brilliancy prizes at Lone Pine (1979), and they were in successive rounds. They were this one and N Weinstein vs Bradford, 1979. That is an impressive achievement!
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  fredthebear: Two brilliancy prizes, back-to-back rounds?? Very impressive achievement!!

Here's a link to the Fred Reinfeld book of brilliancies collection, an early favorite of mine.

This joyous book always seemed to disappear around other chess players, at least prior to the age of the internet, when all players could still read descriptive notation. The colorful cover seemed to attract attention: Of course, it's no matter that a Dover publication would disappear in a public setting, as such is easily replaced as a boost of encouragement.

IM Jeremy Silman says Mikhail Tal won the most "best game prizes," a whopping 15 of them!!

Oft-repeated Trivia: The first brilliancy game prize was awarded during the New York Clipper Tournament in 1876. A silver cup was offered by Mr. Lieders, proprietor of the café where the tournament was held, to Henry Bird for his game against James Mason.

Contradicted by London 1862 tournament:

Here is Bill Wall's Chess Tournament Trivia page:

Michael Rhode won two prizes for the SAME game in the 7th round of the 1987 US Championship against Jay Whitehead:

This poor fellow (Lutz Espig of East Germany) LOST two prize-winners in the same tournament:

Otherwise, it's difficult to find examples of one player winning two brilliancy prizes in the same tournament. Not every tournament would have offered such an opportunity!

Fredthebear must award a prize to the lady on the left. Now that's upbeat!

Here is her second prize!! Age is just a number.

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  fredthebear: Looks like it happened again. Don't know where the link disappeared to.

Here is the link to the collection from Fred Reinfeld's book by Dover publications: Game Collection: Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the ChessMasters

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