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  1. 14 Apr '14 12:09 / 2 edits
    Cracker of a game that won the Best Game Prize from the recent Edinburgh Congress.

    Mathew Turner (GM) - Alan Tate (FM) Edinburgh Open 2014
    Black sacs his Queen for a bucket load of play with tricks 'n' traps all over the board.
    White tries to offer his Queen back but Black refuses and goes for the White King.


  2. Subscriber 64squaresofpain On Vacation
    The drunk knight
    14 Apr '14 19:30
    I just gotta comment on this.

    What was white's plan around the point of his 12th move?
    I personally find the set-up with white's f and g pawns very unsettling,
    and having the bishop and knight in their places on f2 and g2 is just comical.

    This cannot be a common set-up, especially amongt GM's?

    Either way, that was a good, polished execution by black
    and very sporting of white to allow it to happen
  3. 14 Apr '14 22:53
    GreenPawn,
    Thanks for the game. I can try to show this game at chess club when I get there next.
  4. 15 Apr '14 00:50
    Hi 64.

    I know Alan quite well though we have not discussed this game.

    Let us say it went something like this.

    White's play is a sound set up to possibly avoid theory where the supoosed
    weaker player is meant to drift into a poor position.
    Probably used in the past with a high rate of success.

    Black restrains himself and sets up a solid 'OK you are better than me - prove it' position.'

    White now realises he has to get involved to take out Black so does a
    bit of probbing - game on.
  5. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    15 Apr '14 07:13
    Originally posted by 64squaresofpain
    I just gotta comment on this.

    What was white's plan around the point of his 12th move?

    Far be it from me to second guess what was on a GM's mind but it looks like White was trying to extend the influence of his dark squared bishop towards g7 from around move 10-19, including the occupation of e5. The knight went via f2 and d3 and the queen via e1 to g3 supporting e5 and also looking down the g file with maybe Kh1 and Rg1 also in mind at some point. A hypermodern strategy of controlling the centre with pieces rather than occupying it with pawns and an attack down the g file in the back pocket. Maybe his position lost its integration once he had to play fxe5 and his knight not really contributing on a4, although he still had sufficient faith in it to launch his attack based on the pin of the black knight on d4 and potential weakness of g7 via the 7th rank.

    A really interesting game!
  6. Subscriber 64squaresofpain On Vacation
    The drunk knight
    15 Apr '14 08:50
    Originally posted by greenpawn34

    White's play is a sound set up to possibly avoid theory where the supposed
    weaker player is meant to drift into a poor position.

    Black restrains himself and sets up a solid 'OK you are better than me - prove it' position.'
    So you could argue there was a lot of psychology at play...

    omg where is RJHinds when you need him?
  7. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    15 Apr '14 13:27
    Who on earth is giving the "thumbs down" here? This game was so good, I'd be proud to be on the losing side of it!
  8. 15 Apr '14 14:38
    Hi Paul,

    There is thumbs up and down game going on. Quite funny and harmless.
    It was probably Alan himself.

    Hi 64.

    Although Matt knows Alan is on the up and will soon be an IM. he
    knows his GM title still carries some before game clout.

    Usually the weaker player makes an opening deviation in a well known line
    to take the GM out of the book. This is what the stronger player looks for.

    He may not have wanted to take Alan on in theory because as I said Alan
    is hot ATM and may be more up to date, so plan B, suck him in.

    The position just got too hot, Black saw his chance and went for it.
    Often the weaker player chickens out thinking the better player has seen it
    all coming and he is missing something the GM has seen .
    Alan's nerve held. 0-1.
  9. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    15 Apr '14 15:53
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    Who on earth is giving the "thumbs down" here? This game was so good, I'd be proud to be on the losing side of it!
    I think there are some disgruntled people from the 'safer and better place' thread that are doing it at random across this forum. How sad and pathetic they must be to stick around only to do that.