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Harold James Plaskett vs William N Watson
"Brighton Beach Memoirs" (game of the day Dec-11-2009)
Brighton (1983), Brighton ENG, rd 4, Dec-15
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Panov Variation (B76)  ·  0-1



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  Richard Taylor: I saw that episode of WWTBAM and I recall Stuart Conquest was in the audience. Plasket won 750,000 Pounds (or 250,000) I think. Then he came to NZ and I met him - he a gave talk at our Club - then the next year or so he won the British Champs.

And I have seen some very brilliant games by Plaskett also.

Dec-11-09  newzild: Wow, what a slugfest!

<Richard Taylor> Coincidentally, I played Stuart Conquest when he came to NZ, in a simul. I lost, unfortunately.

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  Richard Taylor: Good on you - I avoid simuls! Well, by and large. I lose mostly. The GMs usually find it much easier than those he is playing as he /she can take as much times as he /she likes... But Conquest is very good.
Dec-11-09  kellmano: I'm a Brightonian but don't understand the pun.
Dec-11-09  RandomVisitor: The drawing line is:

20.Rxh5 gxh5 21.Bh3 exf6 22.Bxc8 Rxc8 23.Qxf6 h4 24.Rb1 Qb4 25.Kd3 Qc4+ 26.Kd2 Qb4 27.Kd3

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  Phony Benoni: <kellmano> It's the title of a semi-autobiographical play by the Ameican author Neil Simon, referring to his youth in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn. New York. Its connection here is that the game was played at a tournament in Brighton, England.

Unless there is some nuance I'm not catching, there might well be a better pun somewhere.

Dec-11-09  hedgeh0g: Some of the puns on this site are harder to get than the Holiday Hunt clues.
Dec-11-09  goodevans: <23 ... exd4> looks like a nice "safe" win to me whereas in going for the jugular with <23 ... Qxd4> white allows black to set up a direct mating threat with <24 Nd5>.

Of course <23 ... exd4 24 e5> does carry some threats but these look far less potent than the threat provided by <24 Nd5>.

In opting for 23 ... Qxd4 black had to be pretty sure he could carry the attack through, which meant some pretty deep calculation (he couldn't rely on white playing the pathetic <28 Kc4?>).

... or did he just use gut instinct!?

Dec-11-09  goodevans: <Phony Benoni> If having the word "Brighton" is the only criterion for the pun then how about ...

Brighton Rock
The Brighton Line
Brighton Royal Pavilion
Brighton Pier
Brighton Races
Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton Naturist Beach

I think you get my drift ;)

Dec-11-09  carl giraffe: It looks to me like with 19. fxg4 white is the one with the mate threats coming too fast to stop without giving up a lot of material.

19. fxg4 bP promotes Q or N+
20. Rxb1, Rxb1
21. Bxf6 with mate to follow

if 19... Nxe4+
20. Ke1 f5
21.Qxh7+ Kf7
22.pg8Q ++ #

or a combination of these 2 ideas
19.fxg4 bP promotes Q or N+
20.Rxb1 Nxe4+ with a K hunt
21.Ke3 Rxc3+
22.Bxc3 Qxc3+
23.Kxe4 Qxc2+
24.bd3 Now black will have checks on the dark squares and i think white will have to bring the Q back to avoid a perpetual. With the R hanging at b8 the Qs will have to trade and white will be left in a winning endgame with R,R,B, and gPawn against R, and 6 pawns.

Dec-11-09  drpoundsign: important endgame themes
Dec-11-09  drpoundsign: whenever I play Sicilian, I get whacked!
Dec-11-09  chillowack: This game is an excellent example of why, when Black plays ...Qa5, White typically plays the prophylactic Kc1-b1.

This move protects the a2-pawn and moves the king off the half-open c-file. And if Black is careless, it even sets a simple trap: 12...Rac8? 13.Nd5, with advantage (13...Qd2 [13...Qd8 14.Nf6 ef and the d-pawn is weak] 14.Ne7+ Kh8 15.Rd2 Rc7 16.Nd5).

If you don't think players at this level make those kinds of mistakes, check out Fischer vs Spassky, 1972, in which Spassky himself fell into just that type of trap on his 19th move.

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  Phony Benoni: <goodevans> I would prefer something like "Brighton my day". After all, it is a very enjoyable and fascinating game, and both players displayed imagination and fighting spirit.
Dec-11-09  Chessmensch: Elementary.
Dec-11-09  GreenFacedPatzer: Beautiful attacking game. It had everything a Sicilian should be, with both players doing their part admirably, white on kingside, black on the queenside, and a single tempo holding the balance between them.

I threaten you with checkmate! No, I threaten you with checkmate! No, I threaten mate on the next move! But you can't make the move because you're in check... continues until checkmate.

They might not be the most brilliant of the game, but my favorite sequence of moves is

16 ... b4
17 hxg7 bxa3

By not capturing the knight on f3, black turns an aggressive trade into an attacking sacrifice, and by never capturing the pawn on g7, black gets a curious shield for his king. White loses the g7 attacking square by occupying it. I've always liked that pattern of pieces.

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  Domdaniel: 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' was also a 1980s movie. Based on the Neil Simon play, natch.
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  ajk68: <carl giraffe>: I was looking at the same thing. I am not in front of a computer to check. Anyone?

I think white can let black promote. White's threats are too fast.

Dec-11-09  goodevans: <ajk68> <carl giraffe> I would imagine that black was planning on meeting <19 fxg4> with <19 ... e5>. Not sure whether this would have worked though.
Dec-11-09  Chessmensch: According to Fritz, the turning point was 20 Bd4. Preferred play was 20 Rxh5 with a dead even game. Random Visitor has it right.
Dec-11-09  WhiteRook48: 22 Bh3!! exd4 23 Bf5!! dxc3+ 24 Ke2 Qxf5!! 25 exf5 b1=Q 26 Rxb1 Rxb1 27 f6 Rb2 25 Kd3 a5 26 Qxh5
Dec-11-09  WhiteRook48: someone tell me what I am missing here
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  Phony Benoni:

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<WhiteRook48> Interesting, but after <22.Bh3 exd4 23.Bf5> instead of 23...dxc3+ Black can play <23...Qxc3+ 24.Ke2> (forced) <24...Qe3+ 25.Qxe3> (also necessary) <25...dxe3>.

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When Black wins easily up the exchange and three pawns, not to mention that little trouble maker on b2.

Rybka and her friends can probably find something better, but that's good enough for me.

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  kevin86: An amusing game:while white's attack bites on granite (his own pawn),blacks' thrives and succeeds.
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  Messiah: Very nice!
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