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Christopher Neil Ross vs Charles H Storey
"A Dark and Storey Knight" (game of the day Aug-31-2021)
British Championship (2009), Torquay ENG, rd 8, Aug-04
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  0-1



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Aug-31-21  Brenin: Black made 23 N moves, 21 of them by his dark and busy KN. Why did White resign? Annoyance at not saving his b-pawn with 60 Ra2? After 60 Ra6 Rxb2 61 Rxb2 Rxb2 62 Bf1 Rd2 63 Ra5 Rd1 64 Kg1 Nc4 64 Ra2 Ne3 65 Rf2 Black wins the d-pawn. Maybe 61 Ra2 is better for White?
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  Teyss: <Brenin> In your line 64...Nd2 instead of Ne3 wins the exchange because White has to play Rxd2 to avoid losing the B.

My guess is that when playing 60.Ra6 White was expecting to take the d6 P after 60...Rxb2 e.g. 61.Rxb2 Rxb2 62.Bf1 (the B has no other square: 62.Bd1? Rb1 or 62.Bf3 Nxf3 with a lousy P structure and Black controlling the 2nd rank) Rd2 63.Rxd6? Rd1 64.Kg1 Nc4 65.R moves Ne3. Hence he afterwards realised it was not possible and gave up.

So as you say White's best shot would be 61.Ra2. There are lots of variations from here on, SF (6 minutes) gives -3.5. Black has an extra P (the d6 P is safe), he can control the 1st or 2nd rank, his pieces including the K are more active and he can push his f and g Ps forward.

Appropriate pun, the BN going to different storeys of the board as you highlighted. For those who as I were wondering about the multiple references:

Aug-31-21  Brenin: Thanks, <Teyss>. I looked at 64 ... Nd2, and rejected it in favour of the simpler 64 ... Ne3 as I foresaw the Black N being trapped behind enemy lines, e.g. 64 ... Nd2 65 Kf2 Nxf1 (65 ... Rxf1+ 66 Ke2 Rg1 67 Kf2 Rd1 68 Kf2) 66 Ke2 Rb1 67 Ra3. However, in this line Black can simply play 66 ... Rxd5 67 Kxf1 Kf6 with a 2P advantage.
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  Dionysius1: Resignation seems fairly realistic. I wonder if Black saw that after the exchange of Rooks, the only safe place for White's bishop would be on f1! After that White loses his d pawn and I wouldn't play on myself.

61. Ra2 is one of those smart x-ray moves that still make me smile.

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  Teyss: <Brenin> Kudos, you have seen further than I did on the 64...Nd2 line. Another option is to simplify with 67...Rd2+ 68.Rxd2 Nxd2 69.Kxd2 Kf6 70.Any Ke5 with a won 4 Ps vs 2 Ps endgame.
Aug-31-21  Brenin: My father used to try to get me to sleep with the following story: "It was a dark and stormy night, and the crew were assembled in the forecastle. The Captain said to Antonio, "Antonio, tell us a tale", so Antonio told us a tale, and this is what he said. "It was a dark and stormy night, and the crew ..."." Possibly my earliest encounter with infinity.
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  Teyss: <Brenin> Cute! Similar to being between two mirrors. Must have worked getting you to sleep, like counting sheep.
Aug-31-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I wonder whether an early-looking resignation on Move 60 in a 2009 tournament would be likely to have anything to do with adjournment.

The answer is not the obvious "yes" of a Move 41 resignation in the pre-computer era.


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  Teyss: <Cheapo> Adjournments were abandoned in the 1990s. In any case they were generally done at move 40 (first time control) not afterwards. I hope that was your question, not sure.

However you have a point, in the past a player would sometimes resign without resuming an adjourned game that OTB didn't look to bad but was obviously lost after overnight analysis.

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