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William Toikka vs Thomas G Cook
88th US Open (1987), Portland, OR USA, rd 9, Aug-11
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  0-1



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Nov-19-19  ASchultz: @jith1207 ...gxf5 works well enough, since the Bg4 -still- can't be taken. While that gives White chances on the g-file, the threat of ...Bxe2 and ...f4 looks quite good. Black wins another pawn anyway.
Nov-19-19  Boerboel Guy: 17. hxg4? is so bad...shockingly so.
Nov-19-19  Walter Glattke: Decisive material by knight for rook and 2 pawns. 16.-Bxg4 17.hxg4 Ng4+ 18.Kg3 Nxe3 19.Qd2 Nxf1 20.Nxf1. Or 18.Kg1 the same
Nov-19-19  areknames: An unusual puzzle, as 16...Bxg4 only wins a pawn. 16.g4? is a bad mistake but it's 17.hxg4?? that loses outright. White could have tried something like 17.d4 and there's still life left in him. At this level one shouldn't resign just for blundering away a pawn (and to play 17.hxg4 is effectively resigning) especially considering that Black hadn't played particularly well before 16.g4?. I actually really like White's position after 16.Qd2.
Nov-19-19  landshark: 17.hxg4 is classic example of following a bad move (16.g4?) with a worse one. My quick SF analysis suggests 17.Qd2 with only a -0.91 advantage for Black. Not a clear win for this Tuesday - but as the right move just jumps out I think it's a decent puzzle.
Nov-19-19  jith1207: Yes, just not the obvious text line advantage. Not the same threat to White's pieces but Black comes out better for sure.
Nov-19-19  ndg2: Very low quality game
Nov-19-19  Carrots and Pizza: Doesn't this one seem easier than yesterdays?
Nov-19-19  Ratt Boy: Toikka has two games in the database. In the other game, he lasts 29 moves, butt again allows a quick tactical shot to end the game: W Toikka vs Fedorowicz, 1992 .

I'm certainly glad none of *my* games are in the database. My resume is replete with that kind of blunder.

Nov-19-19  malt: Black snaffles a pawn with 16...B:g4
(17.hg4?? Ng4+ )

17.Qd2 Bd7

Nov-19-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: 16 ... Bxg4, and the bishop is thoroughly poisoned.

White could, however, have just played on a pawn down.

Nov-19-19  mel gibson: Easy one but White can't take the Bishop!
Nov-19-19  et1: Mr Toikka is in wikipedia
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  agb2002: White is about to play f5.

The bishop on e3 is defenseless and a knight fork from g4 would win it and also an exchange. Therefore, 16... Bxg4:

A) 17.hxg4 Nxg4+ followed by 18... Nxe3 and 19... Nxf1.

B) 17.f5 gxf5 wins another pawn (18.Bd2 Bxe2 19.Qxe2 f4).

C) 17.Ad2 Bxe2 18.Qxe2 (18.Nxe2 Nxd3) 18... Nc2 followed by Nd4.

Nov-19-19  Ratt Boy: <et1> That's not Wikipedia, butt thanks for the link.
Nov-19-19  Autoreparaturwerkbau: When 32 pieces crowd on the table and only a mere pawn is pushed off the wood, it can hardly be dubbed 'game over'.

Yet, after another Toikka's mistake next move it's exactly what happened here.

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  gawain: Easy enough to see how Black wins after 16...Bxg4 17 hxg4 Nxg4+ etc. I was bothered by the fact that White can refuse to capture the bishop. But even then White's position is pretty bad.
Nov-19-19  TrollKing: White followed up a bad move: 16. g4?,
with an absolute howler: 17. hxg4??
Nov-19-19  TheaN: Was 17.hxg4 effective resignation? This is just falling for the simplest knight fork in kind, followed by another one.

Sure, <16....Bxg4 ⩱> gives White a bad game, but he still had the choice between a swindle attempt 17.fxe5?!: I wanted to play 17....Bxe2?! first but this slightly worse than just taking out the sting out of the counter attack with 17....dxe5! ∓. Taking out the defender 18.Rxf6? fails because of 18....Bxe2 19.Qxe2 Bxf6 -+.

The better move however is 17.Qd2 ⩱ with a better game for Black but far from winning. I'm not sure how White blacked out on 17.hxg4? -+.

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  chrisowen: Under game.
Nov-19-19  Cfachini28: Finally went with Bxg4 after some thought as I couldn't find anything better. Just figured it won a pawn and white "couldn't" recapture, being a much better player than me. I guess we all have bad games.
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  Willber G: I can't help thinking that if white hadn't made the hxg4 blunder then this game wouldn't have been chosen for POTD.
Nov-19-19  devere: 16.g4? was a really bad move in a pretty good position.
Nov-19-19  Everett: 9.d4 is better
12.f4 is better
16.Qd2 is much better

White doesn’t understand the position.

Nov-19-19  RandomVisitor: Others have pointed out that white would stand well after 16.Qd2:

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<43/66 57:53 +0.92 16.Qd2 exf4 17.Nxf4 Nd7 18.Nxe6> fxe6 19.d4 Rxf1 20.Rxf1 c5 21.d5 Ne5 22.b3 Qd7 23.Nb5 Rb8 24.Qd1 h5 25.Kg1 Rf8 26.dxe6 Qxe6 27.Qxd6 Qxd6 28.Nxd6 b6 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Nc8 Nc2 31.Bf4 Nd4 32.Nxb6 Kf7 33.Kf2 Nxb3 34.Bf1 Nc6 35.Nd5 Bd4+ 36.Kf3 Bg7 37.h4 Ne5+ 38.Kg2 Nd4 39.Nc7 Ng4 40.Nb5 Ke6 41.Nxd4+ cxd4 42.Be2 Ne5

43/73 57:53 +0.78 16.Rc1 Nh5 17.b3 f5 18.Qd2 Qe8 19.Rcd1 exf4 20.Nxf4 Nxf4 21.Bxf4 fxe4 22.dxe4 Rd8 23.Qc1 Be5 24.Ne2 Bxf4 25.Rxf4 Rxf4 26.Nxf4 Qe7 27.Qc3 Re8 28.Qd2 Bf7 29.Nd3 Nxd3 30.Qxd3 Rd8 31.Qd4 g5 32.Qa7 Bh5 33.Rf1 Rf8 34.Rxf8+ Kxf8 35.Qxa5 Bg6 36.Qb4 Kg8 37.a5 h5 38.Qd2 Qe5 39.b4

43/64 57:53 +0.66 16.Na2 exf4 17.Nxf4 Qc7 18.Nxb4 axb4 19.Ra2 Rae8 20.b3 Bc8 21.Bc1 Nd7 22.Bb2 Nc5 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Re2 Ne6 25.d4 f6 26.Qd2 Nxf4 27.gxf4 c5 28.Qd3 b6 29.Rd1 cxd4 30.Qxd4 Re6 31.Qd2 Qc5 32.f5 gxf5 33.exf5 Rxe2 34.Qxe2 Qxf5 35.Qe7+ Rf7 36.Qxd6 Rd7 37.Qg3+ Qg5 38.Rd5 Qxg3+ 39.Kxg3 Kf7 40.h4 Ke7

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