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Arcadios Feneridis vs Edward G A Frost
"A Touch Of Frost" (game of the day May-04-2022)
All Wellington Ch (1968), Wellington NZL
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1



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  Jonathan Sarfati: Probably E.G.A. Frost's best game. At the time, Feneridis was almost unbeatable in Wellington, but Frost played very efficiently, and IIRC won the Wellington Champs in that tourney.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: My annotations were published in NZ Chess, July 2010, as part of Ted's obituary
Nov-27-18  rainingpieces: A beautiful knight sac
May-04-22  areknames: A nice, almost subdued pun for an equally quiet but pleasurable game. Many thanks to <Jonathan Sarfati> for the informative link and well done to both <Benzol> and <Scazz>.
May-04-22  Honey Blend: 22. ♖d8 led to complications too much to handle. 22. ♗h4 looks more sensible, with the threat of ♖d7, ♖xb7 and then piling up on f7 soon.
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  Teyss: After 45...Nxf4! it's not only that White ends up with 3 weak Ps vs Black's 5 strong ones, he has to give up his N to avoid promotion: 46.Nc1 (or other) a3! (still) 47.Nxb3 (forced) Kxb3 48.bxa3 Ne6 -+
May-04-22  goodevans: <Honey Blend: 22. ♖d8 led to complications too much to handle. 22. ♗h4 looks more sensible...>

White just couldn't resist the hostile 22.Rd8 but I'd quibble just a little with the term <complications>. The passage of play <22...Rxd8 23.Rxd8 Qe5 24.f4 Qc7 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Bh4> is pretty much forced from both sides so not that complicated really. A decent player like Feneridis should have seen that his naked aggression would both cost him a pawn and hand his opponent a big positional plus.

Well played to Frost though for converting the win against a strong opponent. The N-sac at the end was indeed quite beautiful.

May-04-22  Saniyat24: Feneridis 2 b defrosted...!
May-04-22  Honey Blend: <pretty much forced from both sides>

I may be wrong with '<led> to complications' when what I meant was '<asking> for complications.'

Let's start with what would happen if 22. ... ♕e5 was played first. ... ♕xg5+ and ♕xh2+ has to be addressed. 23. ♖xf8+ looks fine, and after 23. ... ♔xf8 24. f4 (in order to both defend the bishop and h2) ♕c7 25. ♗h4 ♕xf4 26. ♗g3 ♕g5

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It's still anyone's game, and White has 27. ♖d7 but that goes back to my first point where he should have retreated with ♗h4 and went ahead with ♖d7 when he can still get two rooks on the 7th rank.

And now 22. ... ♕e5 23. f4: here Black cannot play 23. ... ♕c7 because 24. ♖8d7 ♕b6 25. f5 puts his pieces in awkward places:

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The correct move here is 23. ... ♕c5. Game may continue 24. ♖xf8+ ♖xf8 25. ♗h4 ♗xf4 and looks a little favorable for Black.

Another one to consider is 22. ... ♕e5 23. f4 ♕xg5?! 24. fxg5 ♖cxd8 25. gxh6 gxh6 26. h4 h5 27. ♖xd8 ♖xd8:

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Although White has ♕ vs ♖♗ but he has to worry about his Knight placement and Black has the bishop pair. There's still a lot of fight left here.

I have not even begun to look deeper at lines involving 22. ... ♕e6, trying to offer an exchange of queens. After 23. ♕xe6 fxe6 24. ♖xc8 ♖xc8 25. ♗c4 ♗f7:

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Things don't look too bad for either side, and this possibility might still be worth looking at OTB.

My point being, I believe there's so much more to 22. ♖d8 than meets the eye that has to be considered versus 22. ♗h4.

May-04-22  goodevans: <Honey Blend> Okay, I take back a little of what I said. Black's moves weren't forced, but they were pretty predictable and viable alternatives were thin on the ground. White's moves in the sequence I mentioned were entirely forced.

Let's step through the sequence one move at a time.

<22...Rxd8> You mention 22...Qe5 and 22...Qe6 as alternatives so White has potentially three lines to consider.

<23.Rxd8> OBVIOUSLY not 23.Bxd8 Qe5 ∓

<23...Qe5> I guess 23...Qe6 is also possible but surely this move, forking g5 and h2, is the first thing to consider.

<24.f4> ONLY MOVE.

<24...Qc7> There are a couple of alternatives but this move, with R and B both attacked, has again got to be the first one to consider.

<25.Rxf8+> ONLY MOVE.

<25...Kxf8> ONLY MOVE.

<26.Bh4> ONLY MOVE.

At this point it becomes clear that 22.Rd8 is a mistake.

So whilst 22...Qe5 might give much food for thought, the more salient point is that 22...Rxd8 quite quickly analyses out to be in Black's favour. And once you see this there's no point in analysing Black's other choices.

So I stand by my assertion that seeing 22.Rd8 is bad was <not that complicated really>. But hey, we all make mistakes.

May-04-22  goodevans: "<24.f4> ONLY MOVE."

I'm going to be a bit picky with myself here. Obviously White can swap the order of moves 24 and 25 but clearly that can't make things any better and might even make them worse.

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