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Michael Rohde vs Maxim Dlugy
"Welcome to the Rohde-o" (game of the day Jan-05-2021)
New York Open (1990), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Apr-??
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Botvinnik Line (A28)  ·  1-0

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Sep-15-10
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  Everett: 26.Rg7+ is a nice shot
Jan-05-21  Atking: Yes a fine game. Still I do not understand why the obvious 19...Bg4 wasn't played. Looks more and less equal at that point.
Jan-05-21  Atking: 19...Bg4 20.RxR BxQ 21.RxQ BxR 22.Rd5 Bg4 23.Bxd6 BxB 24.RxB Kf8 Black 2 queen side pawns have mostly the same value that White 3 pawns on this side. It should be equal.
Jan-05-21  Brenin: Black's last chance of survival was 24 ... Bd7 25 Rg5 Qe6, and I think he can hang on, though his position looks very delicate. Playing 24 ... Be6 denied his Q its best square.
Jan-05-21
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  perfidious: First GOTD in a while featuring two opponents from my chequered history.
Jan-05-21  TheBish: I always thought that Rohde was pronounced the same as Rhode or road, not "roadie". Which would make the "pun" read "Welcome to the road-o." But I understand trying to make a pun, it's not always easy. Maybe the hyphen wasn't necessary, just "Welcome to the Rohdeo." Maybe I'm just being picky!
Jan-05-21
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  perfidious: <TheBish>, you are correct; see Rohde vs C Brasket, 1978 for another GOTD, this featuring that pronunciation.
Jan-05-21  Ironmanth: Wonderful game from those legendary NY Open Years. Thrilled to be a part of some of them. Y'all stay safe out there today!
Jan-05-21  goodevans: <Atking> I can't see anything particularly wrong with what Dlugy played up until the disastrous < 24...Be6?>. Why do you think he should have preferred a wholesale trade off of pieces and the loss of a pawn to his chosen continuation?

<Brenin> I'm not seeing that after <24...Bd7 25.Rg5 Qe6> either side's position looks any more 'delicate' than the other's. The position looks evenly balanced. The sort of position where neither side can press too hard without leaving themself open to counterattack.

Okay, so it's white's move and if he chooses to press with <26.Bd4 g6 27.Rc5> black would need to trade Qs to avoid the nasty 28.Qh6 f6 29.Bc4. If white decides to avoid the trade with, say, <27.Qd2> then <27...Re8> prepares for counterattack in the event of Qh6, e.g.27.Qd2 Re8 28.Rc5 Bc6 29.Qh6 f6 30.Bc4? Qxc4!.

I reckon that to say that black 'can hang on' in that position isn't a fair description when his chances look every bit as good as white's. At least they look that way to me.

Jan-05-21  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <TheBish: Maybe I'm just being picky!>

Yes, that might be a bit picky indeed. ;) Because these high standards for English-based names deteriorate immensely when (sur)names of players used in a pun are from non-English countries. And as a Slovenian, that is very familiar with most of European languages, it sometimes almost literally hurts my ears and eyes to see some names used in puns in a really unrecognisable manner.

I have seen:

- surname of Hungarian Peter Acs used in a pun as "axe", eventhough Peter's surname is pronounced as 'atch';

- surname of fellow Slovenian Albin Planinc used in a pun as "planning", eventhough Albin's surname is pronounced as 'plaa[A as in car]-nin-tz' ('tz' as in piZZa);

- surname of German Otto Kase used in a pun as "case", eventhough Otto's surname is pronounced as 'kaa[A as in car]-se[SE as in word SEt]';

to name a few.

Jan-05-21  Brenin: <goodevans>: The engine gives +0.47 after 24 ... Bd7, and -0.06 after 35 Rg5 Qe6 (it prefers 35 Rd4), both which are OK for Black. Writing about Black "hanging on" was over-stating my case. However, from a human (rather than silicon-based) point of view, and knowing my own capacity for less-than-optimal OTB play, I would much rather have the White than the Black pieces in this position. White controls the centre, his pieces are active whereas Black has an undeveloped R, an unprotected B and an exposed Q, and Black could be vulnerable to back-rank mate threats whereas White's K is safe. No doubt with correct play (and GMs never make mistakes, do they?) Black would have no problems, but his chances of slipping up seem to me to be much greater than White's. After all, 24 ... Be6 must have looked to Black like a perfectly safe move at the time.
Jan-05-21  lfp719: What about 28. Bd4+?
Jan-05-21  goodevans: <Brenin> I would actually slightly prefer to be black here. His Bs exert just as much influence as white's and are in no particular danger. His R may be undeveloped but that can be rectified in a single move. The only slight difference I see is having joined Q-side pawns and if it ever got to an endgame I'd want to compensate for my poor technique with every little advantage I could get.

I guess when the engines can't see an advantage for either side it just comes down to personal preference.

Jan-05-21  goodevans: <lfp719: What about 28. Bd4+?>

l imagine Rohde just did the forced repetition 28.Qf6+ Kg8 29.Qg5+ Kh8 to get a bit nearer the time control whilst checking his calculations. I don't suppose he was too concerned about the aesthetics of a couple of extra moves.

Jan-05-21  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Brenin> & <goodevans> You two should play a game starting from 24...Bd7.

<Brenin> as white and <goodevans> as black since both prefer being in the situation on opposite ends. I would be very much interested in how such game would unfold.

Jan-05-21  goodevans: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> Quite badly for me I expect. <Brenin> still plays actively whereas I've not played this century other than against computers (where I allow myself the luxury of taking back moves and still usually manage to lose!) or when trying to teach the game to my friends' kids.

For me chess, like rugby and football, is now a spectator sport. That and an opportunity to analyse interesting positions without any OTB pressure.

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Jan-05-21  Brenin: <Autoreparaturwerkbau>: Nice suggestion, a game between <goodevans> and myself, sometimes known as <notsogoodjones>, starting from 24 ... Bd7, might be interesting, but I think my hypothetical opponent is being modest about his prospects: I haven't faced an opponent since March, and am feeling badly out of practice. For me chess, like rugby and F1, has also become a spectator sport. I'm very grateful to CG and its kibitzers for keeping me involved.
Jan-05-21  RickAlexander: <TheBish> I agree that the correct pronunciation is probably "Road", but I remember being in a lecture where the lecturer referred to him as "Grandmaster Roadie". After listening to the song "Welcome to the Rodeo", I put two and two together and promptly found this nice sharp tactical win to match with the pun.
Jan-05-21  goodevans: Can I echo <Brenin>'s gratitude to CG and its kibitzers.

After devoting much of my spare time to club and correspondence chess l suddenly gave it all up completely in the mid 90s. I can't recall why. A decade or so later I was scratching around for something to do in my lunchbreak at work and I happened upon the CG puzzle. Been a devotee ever since.

Thank you CG.

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