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Cecil Leonard R Boyce vs Cecil Purdy
AUS-ch (1926), Sydney AUS, rd 7, Apr-10
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Maroczy Variation (C13)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: An enjoyable fight, not in the grandmaster class but lively and exciting. White comes very close to defeat in his attempt to overwhelm his opponent, but he keeps his nerve and seizes his one chance to come back fighting.

<10.Qg3> is a more subtle and probably better move as there is no need to exchange attacking pieces off immediately.

<13...h6> followed by Nxc5 would have given Black the advantage.

<17.Nd4?> allows Black to create what should be a winning Q-side attack.

<22.Nd4?> allows Black to take the <a> pawn which should win. The point being that the obvious <23.Nb3> which attack the Black Queen can be ignored. The Knight cannot execute its threat without allowing the <a> pawn to queen. After <23...Rb8!!> threatening to take the <Nb3>, White has no good move. From this point on, White seizes and keeps the initiative.

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If <34...Kb6> then <35.Bc4!!> allowing the <Rd3> to join the attack upon the enemy King very effectively.

<38. Bb7> could be a Monday puzzle.

Apr-24-17  Optimal Pieces: ...a "tie" which I have never forgotten, because through not seeing it I missed tying for the Australian Championship at my first attempt (Sydney 1926).

– C.J.S. Purdy, The Search for Chess Perfection II, page 251.

22...Qxd4 [22...bxa2! 23.Nb3 Rb8 24.Na1 Qc3!! It gives a forced win in all variations, Purdy]

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