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Jonathan Penrose vs Berndt Soderborg
"The Pen is Mightier than the Sod" (game of the day Apr-21-2021)
WchT U26 06th (1959), Budapest HUN, rd 8, Jul-08
Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Main Line (C44)  ·  1-0

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Sep-16-16  luzhin: 24...Kf7?? is completely incomprehensible, when 24...0-0-0 leaves Black much better. Perhaps he was so confused by the earlier detonations on f7 that he thought his King had already moved and therefore couldn't castle!
Apr-21-21
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  Phony Benoni: The One Pawn Goring is a beast,
The Two Pawn Goring is a feast,
But even if your chess ain't boring
You'll never play a Three Pawn Goring.
Apr-21-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Please, ladies and gentlemen, a moment of hushed awe for <Phony Benoni's> powerfully potent poetical prowess.
Apr-21-21  Brenin: <luzhin>: Perhaps Black was spooked by 24 ... 0-0-0 25 Rb3 b6 26 Qa4 Kb7 27 Bc5, threatening a double piece sac on b6, but 27 ... Qh6 seems to be an adequate response.
Apr-21-21  newzild: Jeepers. What just happened?
Apr-21-21  goodevans: <Sod> has a couple of meanings in Britain. Nowadays the more frequent use (along with its derivatives such as <sodding>) is as a derogatory term derived from <sodomite>. I wonder if Soderborg would object to being referred to in this way.
Apr-21-21
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  MissScarlett: <I wonder if Soderborg would object to being referred to in this way.>

That would be homophobic.

Apr-21-21  Ironmanth: What a brutal finish! Sat safe out there in chess land. Play well, play often, play fair!
Apr-21-21
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  perfidious: This partie is featured in Botterill's <Open Gambits>, with 14....d5 awarded a ! Been many years since I put that book (and many others) in mothballs, so please forgive my hazy recollections, but also believe he mentioned the obvious long castling at move 24 as an improvement.
Apr-21-21  TheTamale: I'm assuming Black didn't take the rook on move 14 because White can force a draw by perpetual check...? Weakie that I am, I'm never sure about these things.
Apr-21-21
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  keypusher: <perfidious: This partie is featured in Botterill's <Open Gambits>, with 14....d5 awarded a ! Been many years since I put that book (and many others) in mothballs, so please forgive my hazy recollections, but also believe he mentioned the obvious long castling at move 24 as an improvement.>

A good use of mothballs. <Open Gambits> (at least the version I own) only goes through move 19 and concludes that White is better. The engine concurs, but trashes multiple moves by both White and Black before and after. A couple of quick notes:

The evaluation is ~-2.6 after 10....Nc6 11.0-0 Bc5+ 12.Kh1 Nxe5 13.Rf5 f6. Instead the game continuation 10....Bxc3+ 11.bc Nc6 12.0-0 is winning for White.

13.Rxf7 is stronger than 12.Bxf7+, though White is winning either way. If 13....Nxf7 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 15.Qd5 d6 16.Bg8! Rxg8 17.Bxg5+-, or 13...c6 14.Rxg7.

As you can guess from the prior note, in the game line the engine thinks 15.Rxg7 is a massive improvement on 15.Rf2.

The computer has quite a lot to say about the succeeding moves, but this comment is long enough.

24....0-0-0 is indeed a big improvement, but it only nets a draw after 25.Rb3 b6 26.Qa4 Kb7 27.Bc5 Qh6 28.Bxb6 ab 29.Rxb6+, since if Black takes the rook 30.Rb2+ mates in two. 29....Kc8 30.Qa7 Qe3+ 31.Rf2 (31....Kf1 Be2+ and Black mates) 31....Qc1+ 32.Re1 Qe3+ with a perpetual.

Apr-21-21
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  keypusher: <TheTamale: I'm assuming Black didn't take the rook on move 14 because White can force a draw by perpetual check...? Weakie that I am, I'm never sure about these things.>

14....Kxf7 15.Qd5+ wins. 15....Ke8 (or ...Kf8) 16.Bxg5; 15....Kg6 16.Qf5+ Kh6 17.h4.

Apr-21-21
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  perfidious: <keypusher>, the line beginning 10....Nc6 looks solid and convincing enough for Black.
Apr-21-21  NimzoCharlie: Instead of 24...K-f7, Qxg3+ draws, as the Black king is in a box and trying to escape from it loses.
Apr-21-21  NimzoCharlie: I mean the White king is in a box from which he can’t escape.
Apr-21-21  areknames: <<Sod> has a couple of meanings in Britain. Nowadays the more frequent use (along with its derivatives such as <sodding>) is as a derogatory term derived from <sodomite>. I wonder if Soderborg would object to being referred to in this way.>

His name is actually <Söderborg>, <söd> is not even a word in Swedish and in any case is pronounced very differently than sod. So in all likelihood Berndt wouldn't care either way, but still regret he didn't play 24...0-0-0 which seems to be winning.

Apr-21-21  areknames: <Instead of 24...K-f7, Qxg3+ draws> Nice find, <NimzoCharlie> !
Apr-21-21  areknames: <24...0-0-0 which seems to be winning.> In view of <KP>'s post above, maybe not?
Apr-21-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun game.

Good double-name pun, although the British vulgarity problem shows that the last word should somehow have had a different spelling.

Apr-21-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: <PhonyBenoni>'s verse was great, but as for it's literal meaning ... I might Dane to disagree.
Apr-21-21
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  Jimfromprovidence: <keypusher> <24....0-0-0 is indeed a big improvement, but it only nets a draw after 25.Rb3 b6 26.Qa4 Kb7 27.Bc5 Qh6 28.Bxb6 ab 29.Rxb6+>

Ok, fair enough, but if you change the order a bit and black tries 26...Qh6, below, instead of 26...Kb7, then 27 Bc5 loses to 27...Qxd2. I think.


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But white still has a way out on move 27, if you can find it.

Apr-21-21  Affects153: User: MissScarlett

What if we were straight?

Apr-21-21  Affects153: Is homophobia a byword against the godly these days?
Apr-21-21  Affects153: @ goodevans: <Sod> has a couple of meanings in Britain. Nowadays the more frequent use (along with its derivatives such as <sodding>) is as a derogatory term derived from <sodomite>. I wonder if Soderborg would object to being referred to in this way.

Only if he put up any kind of fight

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