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Roger S Farrell vs Mikhail Gluzman
Australian Open (2001), Canberra AUS, rd 8
Englund Gambit Complex: Englund Gambit (A40)  ·  0-1



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  fredthebear: 30.QxQf7 RxQf7 and White has a won ending. See diagram:

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White plays 31.Re6 next, and White's pawn advantage will be overwhelming.

Always ask "Who stands better if the queens were exchanged off the board?" White missed an easy win by trading down.

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  fredthebear: 30.QxQf7 wasn't a gamble, just the smart, safe play.

* Let Kenny explain:

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  fredthebear: 30.Qxe5+ is pretty good too!

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  fredthebear: The royal pin 31.Rh6 would be easily winning for White.

Don't play the first or second move that comes to mind. Consider the best move for each one of your pieces, then compare the best candidates to each other to decide the best overall move.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <fredthebear> For me at least, your second recommendation is stronger than the first.

At any rate I played out the endgame against my computer for both 30.Qxf7 and 31.Rh6, and it was much, much easier for me to win after 31.Rh6.

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  fredthebear: Thank you for the test run and comments <JFQ>. You are correct, as usual. White had a choice of winning moves and blew all of them w/a different plan. It seems White might also have misplayed 30...f2+, which is still winning for White.

Apparently White played 30.Qd2?! with the threat of playing 31.Qh6+ next, which would be strong if allowed: 31...Kg8 (not 31...Qh7?? 32.QxRf8+) 32.Rg6+ QxRg6 33.QxQg6+ etc. Black saw this wallop coming and responded badly with 30...Qh7? but it worked. 31.Kf1?? is the worst move of all.

My feeling is that most players would have played 30.Qxe5+. There's no scary reason not to, and safe captures with check tend to be rather tasty. However, the follow-up plan is somewhat less clear IMHO.

White blew a steady win by not trading off the queens (eliminating the above tactics), as the Black queen did great harm in the end. We must learn to simplify into won endgames - be willing to play without queens.

Most players will look, look, look for the fastest way to win -- checkmate or queen trap, but one must also consider the SAFEST way to win -- eliminating counter play. To me, the whole plan is laid out after 30.QxQf7. It'll take more moves, but it safely and easily assembles a passed pawn for White.

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