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Jean Adolphe Laroche vs Jules Arnous de Riviere
"The Mid Knight Ride of De Riviere" (game of the day Jul-04-2009)
Match (1862), Paris
French Defense: General (C00)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-27-07  schnarre: Black's Knight was more effective than White's Bishop in this one! Very good finish by Black.
Jul-04-09  MostlyAverageJoe: Allright, why did white offer a knight with 32.Nf7+ and why did black refuse to take it?
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  Phony Benoni: I suppose the point of <32.Nf7+> is 32...Qxf7 33.Qxg4. Perhaps White just assumed Black would take the knight, or wanted to be fancy. People do stuff like that.

Black's refusal is much easier to understand, as he wins the g-pawn with <32...Kg7>.

Jul-04-09  MostlyAverageJoe: <Phony Benoni> I think you're right. after <<32.Nf7+> 32...Qxf7 33.Qxg4.>:

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it would appear that white is OK. However, he's definitely not. There is a winning move for the black in the position above. While the first move is fairly obvious, the difficulty of the variants is comparable to a Sat-level puzzle difficulty.

MAJ, in a Hiarcs-assisted search for alternate puzzles.

Jul-04-09  backrank: This is certainly a nice game, and the most interesting thing about it is the fact that it looks rather modern, while it has already been played in 1862. Black seems to castle right into a dangerous attack, which he, however, is able to refute by tactical means. After having done that, his positional advantage leads to a winning endgame.

However, I wonder what's so special about the game that it has been chosen for the game of the day?

Jul-04-09  levizki: Probably the pun-ability, or however you want call that.

I just found out that Paul Revere went for his famous ride on borrowed horse. So maybe the pun is not fully adequate here.

But, however, he used a horse (Knight), and indeed it was night. And today is 4th of july, USA Independence Day... More than enough to have fun with the pun.

Jul-04-09  RandomVisitor: 37...Nxd4! 38.cxd4 Rb3 39.Bc5 Rxh3+ 40.Kg2 h4 is possibly winning for black.
Jul-04-09  ROO.BOOKAROO: What was the point of 29. Ba3? Taking the bishop away from the action on the kingside is not clear. Why not for instance 29. Be3 instead?
Also 51. Kg3? giving the black knight an easy check with 51 ...Ne2+. Why not instead 51. Kf1, attempting to block the advance of the passed c4 pawn?
Jul-04-09  RandomVisitor: <ROO.BOOKAROO>How about 29.Qh3!? Rxg5 30.Nf7+ Bxf7 31.Qxh6 and an unclear game.
Jul-04-09  RandomVisitor: Rybka likes 15...fxg4 16.Bxg4 Be7 and a black advantage.
Jul-04-09  RandomVisitor: 14...fxe5 15.fxe5 Be7 favors black
Jul-04-09  randomsac: Nice finish. Good pun. Happy 4th of July!
Jul-04-09  BISHOP TAL: Some players say the french is boring, but I think playing the same open over and over is boring, cool game. I was wondering at the top of the board is in the red white and blue with stars and stripes I was wondering is it like that worldwide or is just like that in the states anybody outside america could answer this one.
Jul-04-09  BISHOP TAL: I guess that was kind of a dumb question it wouldnt be lol.I like Monty Newborns quate of the day GMs used to come to laugh, now they come to watch,referring to 1977 in the future thet will come to learn. Rbyka Fritz 11 shredder.
Jul-04-09  WhiteRook48: good pun! Hilariously funny!
Jul-04-09  TheaN: After 49.Bxf2:

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Isn't Black winning this more thematic by mere triangulation?

<49....Nxf2 50.Kxf2 Kf4 51.a5 a6 52.Ke2 Ke4 53.Kd2 Kf3 > etcetera:

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What am I missing? Going into the piece endgame might give White drawing chances, although, seeing the weakness of the a-pawn, it didn't.

Jul-04-09  TheaN: Just confirmed it, and even simpler is of course <49....Nxf2 50.Kxf2 Ke4!> as opposition is no issue: <51.Ke2 (a5 Kd3 )>:

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<51....a5 > and the whole Queenside is completely shut for White.

A nice endgame theme is the <one-step tempoloss> technique, or <tempoloss> for short. This theme arises in the above position with the a-pawn on a3:

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Black should watch out what to play, as tempi are the issue. Space-grabbing with 51....a5?? is futile and loses half a point: <52.a4 Kf4 53.Kf2 Ke4 54.Ke2 => on the other hand, <51....a6! 52.a4 a5 53.Kd2 Kf3 > and Black will once again break in.

Jul-04-09  DarthStapler: What was white even thinking in that opening?
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  kevin86: White will be forced to give up the bishop for the pawn and black will win with the extra piece forcing his remaining pawns through.

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