Games
[Event "Hastings Club Championship (ca 1964) "] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Rhodes, H.G."] [Black "Learner, A."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E80"] [Annotator "MJDonnelly"] [PlyCount "66"] [SourceVersionDate "2021.03.29"] 1. d4 {The player of the White pieces in this game was the vastly experienced Herbert Gibson Rhodes who had played in several British Chess Federation Internationals and Championship events both before and after WW2. In these he faced most of the top British players of the time as well as players such as Rubinstein, Pachman and Rossolimo. Black, however, is not known in the main databases and only one other game that might be by this player has been found on the Internet. Certainly though he does not play the game anything like his rather inappropriate name.} Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 e5 {A move order that was to become very popular several decades later.} 4. d5 {Other White options are keeping the tension with} (4. Nf3) ({and exchanges with} 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 {although it has took some considerable practical experience to discover Black is no worst after} 6. Bg5 ({or} 6. Nf3)) 4... g6 5. e4 Bg7 6. f3 Na6 7. Be3 Nh5 8. Qd2 Qh4+ {Bronstein's inventive line first played against the future World Champion Boris Spassky at the 1956 Candidates Tournament in Amsterdam. Bronstein repeated this idea many years later against the top computer of the day Deep Thought II in Palo Alto in 1992 drawing one game but losing the other.} 9. g3 {The reply chosen by Deep Thought although sometimes White avoids the complications with} (9. Bf2 {retaining just a slight advantage or even the staid}) (9. Qf2) (9. Kd1 {is another options when the king may eventually head for c2 or c1 and safety. In reply Black should not play} Ng3 {apparently winning the rook as White in turn achieves a winning position with} 10. Qf2 Nxf1 11. Qxh4 Nxe3+ 12. Kc1 {as in Leuchter-Muench, Bayern Congress-47 1976. However, the complications of the line resulted in White only achieving a draw following} Nc5 13. Nge2 Nxc4 14. Nd1 f5 15. b3 Na3 16. Kb2 Nb5) 9... Nxg3 10. Qf2 (10. Bf2 {doesn't win the knight but instead loses a pawn after} Nxf1 11. Bxh4 Nxd2 12. Kxd2) 10... Nxf1 11. Qxh4 Nxe3 12. Ke2 {Again White has options each producing positions difficult to evaluate.} ( 12. Qf2 Nxc4 13. b3 Nb6 14. h4 h5 {Cerveny-Dvirnyy, Olomouc open 2008.}) (12. Kf2 Nxc4 13. b3 Nb6 (13... Na3 14. Nge2 Nc5 (14... O-O 15. Rac1 Bd7 16. Kg2 Nc5 17. Rcd1 a5 {Oakley-Wood, Birmingham 1958.}) 15. Rad1 (15. Raf1 O-O 16. Rhg1 f5 {was Andersen-Barden, Bognor 1958.}) 15... a5 {was Kluger-Barden, Hastings 1957-8.}) 14. Nge2 f5 {was the Spassky-Bronstein game mentioned earlier.}) 12... Nc2 {Black prefers a dominant knight to the usual move played in later games of} (12... Nxc4 {gaining another pawn to add to the two bishops and pawn already obtained for the queen.}) 13. Rc1 Nd4+ 14. Kd1 O-O 15. Nce2 (15. a3 { is suggested as a better alternative by Alexander giving the following line} Nc5 16. b4 Nd3 17. Rb1 f5 {although Black's pieces are becoming very active.}) 15... f5 16. Nxd4 exd4 17. Nh3 fxe4 18. fxe4 Nc5 19. Nf2 d3 {Threatening Bxb2 when the knight on c5 would be very strong and not able to be pushed back by b4.} 20. b4 Rxf2 21. bxc5 ({Not} 21. Qxf2 Bg4+ 22. Ke1 Nxe4 {and d2+ follows winning.}) 21... Rg2 {Again threatening d2 after a preliminary Bg4+.} 22. h3 Bd7 {Simple development but threatening Ba4+} 23. c6 bxc6 24. Qe7 Bh6 {Black continues in sacrificial and very dynamic style. However, simpler was} (24... Rb8 25. Qxd7 d2 {and remarkably despite being, in effect, a rook up White is dead lost. For instance} 26. Qxc7 dxc1=Q+ 27. Kxc1 Bh6+ 28. Kd1 Rb1#) ({ Also more than good enough was} 24... Be8 {for if the White queen grabs pawns then the bishop pops out again with devastating effect after} 25. Qxc7 g5 26. Qxd6 Bh5+ 27. Ke1 d2+ 28. Kf1 dxc1=Q+) 25. Qxd7 Rd2+ 26. Ke1 Re2+ 27. Kd1 (27. Kf1 {is of course terminal following} Rf8+ 28. Kg1 Be3#) 27... Rf8 {Black rightly plays for more even though he has a clear draw in hand with} (27... Rd2+ 28. Ke1 Re2+) 28. Rb1 Rd2+ (28... Rf1+ 29. Rxf1 Rd2+ 30. Ke1 Re2+ { is a more unusual form of the draw as the White rook blocks f1.}) 29. Ke1 ({ If instead} 29. Kc1 Rh2+ 30. Kd1 Rxh1# {is a nice mate.}) 29... Re2+ 30. Kd1 Ref2 31. Ke1 {Finally White goes wrong} (31. Qe6+ Kh8 32. Re1 {guarding e2 when Black now needs to take the draw with} Rd2+ 33. Kc1 Re2+ 34. Kd1 Rd2+) 31... Bd2+ {Possibly not expected by White as its been the rook coming to d2 that has occupied both players for some moves. However once the bishop joins the attack and then retreats to c3 the game is over.} 32. Kd1 Bc3 33. Re1 Rf1 ( {After} 33... Rf1 {White can give just one check and then there is no defence to mate} 34. Qe6+ Kh8 {A marvellous example of the dynamics inherent in the KID and in Bronstein's line in particular.}) 0-1