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Tony Palmer vs David Moody
"The Moody Blues" (game of the day Sep-11-2019)
Michigan Open (1999), Cadillac, MI USA, rd 2, Sep-04
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1-0



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  gawain: 33 Rxd4 is unanswerable.

More subtle than usual for a Tuesday puzzle.

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  Jimfromprovidence: It's a nice touch to see games played by long-time members used as puzzles.

Loved 32 Bg5, threatening Bf6#.

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That move won the rook. The puzzle move was the necessary follow-up.

Also liked that 31...dxc3 was unplayable for black because of 32 Bxc3+, with mate to follow.

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Very nice game by <tpstar>.

Jun-01-10  YouRang: About right for a Tuesday, IMO. White would have mate with Bf6+, except that the 6th rank is guarded by black's rook on e6. This means that this rook is tied to the 6th rank, so we needn't fear its influence on the e-file.

With this in mind, we see that 33.Rxd4 at once wins a pawn, threatens to take black's defending rook, and it threatens to take the bishop.

It doesn't take long to see that black is hosed. There is no saving the bishop (e.g. 33...Rc6? 34.Rxc4!; 33...Bd5? 34.Rxd5!)

Black's best try might be the dippy swindle attempt: 33...Be2!? hoping for 34.Rxd6? Bf3+ 35.Rg2 Re1#. But if 33...Nxe2, black can resign with a little chuckle.

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  tpstar: Morphy Mates = Nimzowitsch vs B Nielsen, 1930

Pillsbury Mates = Anderssen vs B Suhle, 1860

Black was the longtime editor of "Michigan Chess" magazine, while White is the longtime Quiz contributor.

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  doubledrooks: <Once> : Great stuff today.

As for the puzzle, 33. Rxd4 brings home the point.

Jun-01-10  YouRang: I see that I botched my post above, confusing the d & e files. Hopefully nobody is going crazy trying to figure it out. :-\
Jun-01-10  TheBish: T Palmer vs D Moody, 1999

White to play (33.?) "Easy"

33. Rxd4! wins instantly, for example 33...Rxd4 34. Bf6#, or 33...Rc6 34. Rxc4, winning a piece.

Jun-01-10  wals: I did not even see it!!!

Rybka 3 1-cpu: 3071mb hash: depth 17:

An even game up to move 22, then,

BLACK, a Bishop and three pawns, for two Knights, blunders,

+2.31 22...Qh4. better,

1. (0.30): 22...Qe6 23.Nf4 Qe5 24.Be3 Bg5 25.Rad1 Rad8 26.Rxg5 Qxg5 27.Ne6 Qg4 28.Nxd8 Rxd8 29.Qf4 Qxf4 30.Bxf4 d5 31.exd5 Bxd5+ 32.Kg1 f6 33.Kf2 Kf7 34.b4

WHITE, looks obvious, doesn't it,

-0.16 23.Qxh4. however, better was,

1. (2.31): 23.Qd4 Bf6 24.Qxc4[] d5 25.Qb4 d4 26.Raf1 dxc3 27.Rf4[] Qh6 28.Bxc3[] Bxc3 29.Qxc3 Re6 30.Nc5[] Rg6 31.Rgf1[] Qg5 32.Qc2[] f6 33.Nxb7[] h6 34.Nc5 Kh7 35.Rf5 Qe3

Next major error,

BLACK, material,Bishop and three pawns for two Knights.

+1.90 27...Be5. better,

1. (0.71): 27...Re6 28.Rag1 g6 29.Nxf6+[] Rxf6 30.Rd4 Rb6 31.Rb1 Rd8 32.Bf4 Rb4 33.Bc7 Rd7 34.Be5 f5

Black made certain of a White win with,

+6.99 31...Rad8. better b5 or f6 @ +3.20.

Jun-01-10  A Karpov Fan: got it
Jun-01-10  turbo231: missed it
Jun-01-10  cjgone: Got this one but not Mondays.. I'm feeling a little more confident to start these puzzles again after being discouraged for like 2 weeks.
Sep-11-19  goodevans: Not a particularly inspired pun and a game with quite a few mistakes. The worst moment came when black offered to trade Qs with <22...Qh4>

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... and white accepted!

Both players missed the basic tactic <23.Qd4> winning a piece.

To be fair to white, that was probably his only howler whereas black had several. The way white finished black off was pretty nice.

Sep-11-19  GraberChess: At what points exactly during the game did Black go wrong? Obviously the piece sacrifice was dubious as it gave white the initiative and g-file but he was forced into that so as not to lose a piece. 15. Qh5 appears to me to be the point where Black started going astray, placing the Queen offsides and in a vulnerable position. Is that an accurate statement? Or did Black go wrong in the opening even earlier?
Sep-11-19  RandomVisitor: After 14.a4

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<39/58 05:22 -0.09 14...Bf8 15.Be3 Qe7> 16.Rae1 h6 17.Nc2 Be6 18.b3 b5 19.axb5 axb5 20.cxb5 cxb5 21.Bd4 Bxb3 22.Ne3 Reb8 23.Rb1 Bc4 24.Nxc4 bxc4 25.Rbc1 Rc8 26.Rfd1 Ra3 27.Qf1 d5 28.exd5 Qb4 29.Qe1 Ne8 30.Qg3 Rb3 31.Re1 Nd6 32.Qg4 Re8 33.Red1 Qb7 34.Ne4 Nxe4 35.fxe4 Rd3 36.Rxc4 Rxd1+ 37.Qxd1 Rxe4

Sep-11-19  RandomVisitor: After 24.Nf4 stockfish thinks black can equalise, but 26.Nd1 is puzzling

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<54/87 2:21:56 +0.13 24...b5 25.Rg4 Be7> 26.Nd1 Bf8 27.Rg3 f6 28.Rc1 Rac8 29.Nf2 Bf7 30.axb5 axb5 31.Kg2 c5 32.Rd1 Ra8 33.Nd5 Bxd5 34.exd5 Ra2 35.Rb1 Re5 36.Rd3 Kf7 37.Ng4 Re7 38.h3 g6 39.Kf2 f5 40.Nh6+ Kg7 41.Ra3 Rxa3 42.bxa3 Ra7 43.Rxb5 Kf6 44.Rb8 Bxh6 45.Bxh6 Ke5 46.Bf8 Kxd5 47.Rb6 Rxa3 48.Rxd6+ Ke4 49.h4 Ra2+ 50.Ke1 Ra1+ 51.Kd2 Rh1 52.Rd7 Rxh4 53.Bxc5 f4 54.Kc2 Rh1 55.Rd4+ Kf3 56.Rd3+ Ke4

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  Phony Benoni: <GraberChess> Basically, I think you're right that the whole ...Qd8--a5--h5 maneuver was not good. A lot of fun to play, but not a good idea.

Now, you might not know that this opening variation was one of Tony's specialties, so I was behind from the start. The result was a position where Black has to play Hedgehog-style, carefully and patiently like.

Unfortunately, that was wasn't my thing. My style tended to be hyperactive. always trying to do something. hence, the queen goes zhladouping all over the board.

When White played 19.g4, I dhould have gotten the queen out of Dodge with 19...Qa5, and if 20.Nd5 then admit the whole idea was idiotic and play 20...Qd8..

Chess players hate to admit they were idiots. You see this a lot from weaker players. They'll play Nf3-g5 for no good reason. When the knight is kicked away by ...h6, instead of an embarrassed retreat back to f3 they'll play Ng5-h3, no matter how weak a move it is.

So I tried giving up the knight to three pawns, and after some mistakes on both sides Stockfish seems to indicate that Black might be able to hold the position by playing three dozen perfect computer moves.

Let me tell you something. If a person is considering going into a variation they may be able to hold with three dozen perfect computer moves, they shouldn't If I were capablae of playing thee dozen perfect computer moves, I would have stayed in the Hedgehog position and avoided the whole mess.

Sep-11-19  belgradegambit: Wow I submitted this about 8 or 9 years ago. I like the pun. I need to re-submit Knights in White Smirin.
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  saffuna: Doctor vs. Librarian.
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  saffuna: <The Moody Blues>

Would make a good Tuesday Afternoon puzzle.

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  perfidious: Not to mention, inter alia, <Peak Hour>.
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  Phony Benoni: Well, at least it's better than the pun I used to hear before the groip formed:

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  Breunor: This is a good opportunity to thank both players for their contributions to this site for years! It’s terrific going to this site because of posters like them.
Sep-13-19  GraberChess: @Phony Benoni. Cool and entertaining insight. I did not realize at first that was you actually playing in the game.
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  WannaBe: Anyone else (Besides the regulars here...) know that Black (Mr. Moody) received Life Time award from USCF a coupla years ago?

It was for using the words "queen goes zhladouping all over the board."

Now-a-days, you see queens go zhladouping all over the board in Scholastic Tournament weekends all over the country!


Sep-14-19  morfishine: <patzer2: The discovered attack 33. Rxd4!...> 33.Rxd4 is not a discovered attack
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