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Walter Browne vs Bryan G Smith
US Championship (2007), Stillwater USA, rd 4, May-18
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Nov-24-18  Walter Glattke: Too much hanging pieces, 22.-Qxe3+ 23.Qxe3 Bxe3+ 24.Kh1, and three hanging pieces then.
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  al wazir: I got 22. f3, but didn't see black's response, 22...Bxe3+ 23. Kh1 Qxf3, which complicates things.

After 22...Qxe3+ 23. Qxe3 (23. Kh1 is no better) Bxe3+ 24. Kh1 Bb7, which I did see, white is up only an exchange for a ♙ -- hardly an overwhelming advantage.

Nov-24-18  Anjeneyar: I thought 40. Qxf8+ Kxf8 41. Rxa3 was an easier win with 42. Bb2, 43. Rb3, 44. Rh7 piling on to g7. Harry
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  drollere: i could find only three moves: Bh3 was too wimpy and f3 was too dangerous, so i went for 22. Rxd5 Qxd5, 23. Bxe8 Rxe8 and a likely draw.

did Browne really see 26. Bb7 nine moves ahead, netting a piece for two pawns and a grinding endgame? i think he was feeling frisky.

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  agb2002: Black threatens Qxg2#.

White has Bh3, f3 and Rxd5.

The best option seems to be 22.f3 (22.Rxd5 appears to equlize only and 22.Bh3 hands the initiative over):

A) 22... Bxe3+ 23.Kh1

A.1) 23... Qxf3 24.Rxd5 wins a piece.

A.2) 23... Rxc3 24.fxe4 wins material.

B) 22... Qxe3 23.Kh1 wins material.

Nov-24-18  offramp: Blimey.

22.f3. Is that it?

You learn chess for 20 years and that is the best you can do, the smallest possible move?

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  thegoodanarchist: The Black pieces player didn't like to study chess.

So this game is

"Browne vs. bored with education"

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  patzer2: For today's Saturday puzzle, I looked at 22. f3! Bxe3+ 23. Kh1 Qxf3 and stopped calculating because it appeared too risky and unclear.

I should have looked one move deeper to consider 24. Rxd5! ± to +- which, in addition to giving White a strong and near winning advantage, is the only saving move.

Instead, I avoided complications and took too easy a path with 21. Rxd5 Qxd5 22. Bxe8 Rxe8 23. Rc1 =.

P.S.: According to the computer, Black's decisive mistake was 23...Qxf3? allowing 24. Rxd5! +- (+1.93 @ 36 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 22...Qxe3+ 23. Qxe3 Bxe3+ 24. Kh1 Bf7 25. Bxc8 Rxc8 ± (+1.15 @ 36 ply, Stockfish 9) concedes the exchange for a minor piece and a pawn to give Black practical drawing chances.

Earlier, I slightly prefer the computer pick 11...a5 = (+0.11 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 9) as in Black's win in Uhlmann vs R Kuczynski, 1994.

Nov-24-18  PhilFeeley: Can anyone show - in all that sequence - why it was necessary for black to lose his bishop? The final position is still playable, is it not? Even if R+B vs. R, it still might be a draw.

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