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Bill Melvin vs Robert Cunningham
"The Immortal Mr. Magoo" (game of the day May-18-2011)
Atlanta Action Tournament (1994) (rapid), Atlanta, Georgia, rd 4, Aug-06
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  1-0



Annotations by Bill Melvin.

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May-18-11  MKalafatas: Wow, Bill. Breathtaking combination.
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  kevin86: A funny-but brilliant game!

Now,who is Bill Melvin?!

May-18-11  castle dweller: some games appear just a little more exciting than others!
May-18-11  castle dweller: fine notes too - serendipity happens to all of us from time to time - I can relate here.
May-18-11  JohnBoy: Ban <TuxedoKnight> for posting ads, not content!
May-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: Nice game by my friend, Bill Melvin. (We have played many times, I think our lifetime score os close to even ... but I am not sure.)

I am pretty sure that Bill is a (former) AL State Chess Champion.

May-18-11  cydmd: It's very annoying when someone wants to ostensively promote his site for free with the only purpose to make money. Pls, CG, ban <TuxedoKnight>.
May-18-11  meetjain2295: OMG! What a game! Breathtaking Combinations...and of course..awesome luck! 20. Bg6+ was a real pleasant surprise!
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  Penguincw: Really nice game. This should've been Game of the Day ages ago.
May-18-11  picard: <Apple Jack> see, this is how you are supposed to post a game if you are a marginal player. That is why your horrible games will never be a game of the day.
May-18-11  tatarch: Very nice.

What if 23...Bd5 instead of Bd7? This seems like a better defensive move because it gives the king another flight square and keeps a8 covered by the bishop. I don't see a clearly winning line for white -- but please, enlighten me.

May-18-11  Dr. J: <AGOJ: ... Fischer wrote that better tactics arise from superior positions ... so it must follow that White was positionally better. The annotations are great, but I would like to see a suggestion for improving Black's play as well.>

Not too hard to do in this game. Working backwards we can see that Black's only problem was that he let the center be opened before he castled (Q-side - castling K-side is suicide). It follows that Black had to play 10...c4 or perhaps 13...0-0-0. In the latter he remains a Pawn down, but with what looks to me to be ample compensation.

(Hindsight is 20-20.)

May-18-11  Dr. J: <picard> Please don't start that argument here. There is a page already dedicated to food-fights with AJ. You know which.
May-18-11  MaxxLange: <picard> following players that you disapprove of around, and sniping at them anywhere they comment, is really really bad for the site

please do as Dr. J advises!

May-18-11  Lutwidge: Fantastic game and annotations - great job by for (re)discovering it!
May-18-11  DarthStapler: I have been a fan of this game for quite a while, nice to see it as GOTD
May-18-11  James Bowman: <picard> What's with you guys give the whole A J thing a rest, grow up and act like a big boy or at least behave like spoiled children on one page we can avoid please.
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  eternaloptimist: <James Bowman> lol
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  eternaloptimist: Wow! What an incredible game! It's good to c an Alabamian get recognized 4 such a great game! Bill did get a little lucky but I admire him 4 hanging in there, being alert, calculating well under pressure & not giving up. It also is a prime example of an adage that I learned, "always examine all checks & captures". Having this mentality saved Bill's hide...such resourcefulness & a great will to win. Also he did a great job w/ the amusing & honest annotations. Mr. Magoo reminds me of when I was a kid b/c I used to watch that cartoon back then. It has such an amusing concept of beneficially blundering into things.
May-18-11  James Bowman: Yes this a good one, just keeps pressing the attack in what looks hopeless and his commentary really just tops it all off, no false pretense of yea I calculated this from move 14, just honest I was hanging on by the seat of my pants and rode er home.

Nice pick chessgames I see why some of the posters liked this game.

May-19-11  MaxxLange: after Rxe6+ he sees that he can't just take the Qc7, great stuff
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  FSR: I agree with the prior posters. It's a very entertaining game, and it's nice to see someone admit that he had NOT calculated all this ten moves ago, but was just lucky that everything worked.
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  perfidious: <MaxxLange> That may well be; I played Robin twice in Philadelphia in the mid 1990s. He got to 2400, then I never heard any more of him.

White's candour in annotating this is most welcome; especially in the days before computer analysis, one was accustomed to seeing games annotated 'by result'. A nice human touch!

May-19-11  MaxxLange: <perfidious> he got married and had kids, lo. so much for chess....

I think he got the FM title, not sure. I was in awe of him, I never played him - I was trying to beat the 1500 set at the time that he was active in Raleigh

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  perfidious: The loser of this game is indeed Robert Cunningham, not Robin.

Pity White did not see this fine combination all the way to the end when setting out into the wilderness, but his honesty and objectivity in the annotations are refreshing.

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