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Butler vs George W Baynes
"What the Butler Saw" (game of the day Dec-22-2013)
VIC ch (1891), Melbourne
French Defense: General (C00)  ·  1-0



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Dec-22-13  Thiagarajan: Typoooooos galore. I meant Bxb7 is met with exd7...:)
Dec-22-13  Thiagarajan: Oh never mind all that...Rxb7 is met with dxe6. So everything posted above is nonsense..:(
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  al wazir: Why is this game over? Why is it a win for white?
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  al wazir: OK, I see. 28...Nf6 29. exd7 Bxd7 30. Bc4+.
Dec-22-13  Thiagarajan: Ok...So according to stockfish..the position is drawn after 28 dxe7..So ne'er mind. :p.

But yeah 28: exd7 wins as pointed out by chemgeek

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  al wazir: But after 28...g6, what?
Dec-22-13  htjsparta: <Thiagarajan> It looks like 28. exd7 Bxd7 29. Bc4+ mates quickly. I think <chemgeek> is correct with there being a typo.
Dec-22-13  morfishine: Yes, must be a typo: 28.exd7 and Black is finished

My hats off to him: The Butler did it


Dec-22-13  thomastonk: The "South Australian Chronicle" reports on May 16, 1891 that Butler scored his first win ever against Baynes in the week before. On May 30, 1891 the game is published, and indeed the final move is "28. P takes P!", i.e. 28.exd7 as everybody here supposed.

I hope the following link will work for a while:

Dec-22-13  moodini: The game looks ok to me. If 28...Nf6 then 29. Rxf6 and white will promote and mate shortly afterwards.
Dec-22-13  moodini: Ah yeah, sorry g6 does hang on as mentioned earlier. Oops.
Dec-22-13  Cheapo by the Dozen: Yep. 28 exd7 makes two different mate threats, and I don't see how to defend against both.
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  Phony Benoni: <thomastonk> Thanks for the source. According to the annotations, Black missed a defense with 26...Nf6.

In the final position we have now, after <28...g6>:

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It looks like White has a draw, but no more: 29.Rf8+ Kg7 30.Rf7+ Kh6 31.Rf8, and Black must repeat with 31...Kg7.

Dec-22-13  kevinatcausa: <thomastonk> Thanks for the source and the fascinating link. I love the opinionated commentary back then (on a different game) <An eccentric defense which Mr. Baynes insists on playing that is likely to be the cause of the loss of many a game>.
Dec-22-13  RedShield: Who entered this pun and when? Compare: D H Butler vs K S Perlstroem, 1957
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  Domdaniel: It may have worked here, but I wouldn't recommend 2.Be2 against the French.
Dec-22-13  catlover: Somebody's been murdered...and the Butler did it.
Dec-22-13  Conrad93: Why is this game of the day? It's just going to inspire more patzers to play this idiotic opening.
Dec-22-13  RandomVisitor: After 26.f5 Nf6!, Rybka thinks white is LOST. imagine that.

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-2.56] d=17 27.fxe6> dxe6 28.Rxf6 gxf6 29.Bxf6 h5 30.Bxd4 Rh6 31.d7 Bxd7 32.Rxb7 Bb5 33.Bg7 Bxd3 34.Bxh6 Nc6 35.Rg7+ Kh8 36.Rg5 Be2 37.Rc5 Nb4 38.Re5 Bg4 39.Ra5 Nd3 40.Be3

[-3.08] d=17 27.g4 h6 28.fxe6 dxe6 29.Rxf6 gxf6 30.Bxf6 Nc6 31.d7 Bxd7 32.Rxb7 Ra7 33.Rxa7 Nxa7 34.Bxd4 Bb5 35.Be4 Nc6 36.Bf6 Rh7 37.Bxh7+ Kxh7 38.Bc3 Kg6 39.Kf2 Bc4 40.a3 e5 41.h3 Bd5 42.Kg3

Dec-23-13  jimx: Comments by "Lender of May 23" (via South Australian Chronicle, Adelaide, SA, Saturday 30 May 1891)

2. This throws away the advantage of the first move ; d4 is of course the proper play. .2 He should have moved d5 with the better game.
.4 d5 is again the correct move ; by delaying to advance this pawn, Black presently gets himself into inextricable difficulties. .6 Completely blocking his own game ; how can he ever expect to bring his Queen's pieces into play? d5 is obviously necessary. .7 Also most ill advised.
.10 Black in this game plays unaccountably and far below his true-strength. Why not b5, greatly relieving the pressure? 13. White should have moved Nc4 here, keeping the adverse Queen in her present exposed position. .17 As White threatened Bxa6 ; Black's game is past surgery. .21 It required a good deal of ingenuity on Black's part to get his game into such a position 25. The sacrifice of the N is ingenious, but we fear hardly sound. .26 A fatal mistake; he should have played Nf6 with a winning game, eg. :— 26 .. Nf6
27 fxe6 exf6
28 Bc4 h5
and White has no compensation for his loat piece.
28. White's idea in giving up the piece was ingenious, though unsound, and is rewarded with success.

Dec-23-13  jimx: So as I meant to type at the beginning of my previous comment, I have typed up this game's comments (with updated notation) left in the article linked by thomastonk.
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  Phony Benoni: The score has been corrected with the actual finishing move, <28.exd7>. .
Dec-23-13  RandomVisitor: A final look after the proposed 26...Nf6:

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<-2.72/23 27.g4> h6 28.h4 Nc6 29.g5 hxg5 30.hxg5 Nxe7 31.dxe7 Kf7 32.gxf6 gxf6 33.e8Q+ Rxe8 34.Rf4 e5 35.Bc4+ Ke7 36.Rg4 Rf8 37.a4 a5 38.Kf2 Kd8 39.Rg7 Kc7 40.Re6 b6 41.Bb5 Ra7 42.Ke2

-2.94/23 27.fxe6 dxe6 28.Rxf6 gxf6 29.Bxf6 h5 30.Bxd4 Rh6 31.d7 Bxd7 32.Rxb7 Bb5 33.Bg7 Bxd3 34.Bxh6 Nc6 35.Rg7+ Kh8 36.Rg5 Be2 37.Rc5 Nb4 38.a4 Kh7 39.Bd2 Rf8 40.h3 Nd5 41.Rc6 Rf1+ 42.Kh2

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  kevin86: Is that a salad fork from the butler?
Jul-27-20  optimal play: 11.Nb6! Rb8 □ 12.Bd2?

Better is 12.a4 or 12.d4

Despite this win, Butler only managed 9th place out of 12 competitors in the 1891 Victorian championship, finishing on a score of 4/11 (+04/=00/-07)

Baynes did better finishing =5th on 6/11 (+06/=00/-05)

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