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Hayes sacs a Kinght on e3...Hayes sacs a Kinght...

Gather around ye weary travelers and I'll tell ye a tale.
A tale that will shiver your spine and curdle your gums.

On the west coast of Scotland in a dark dank cave sits
the town of Oban. Once a year within this bleak dreary city
they hold a chess tournament. It is from one of the games,
played in the challengers section, that comes this tale of
depression, misery and distress...

Thank you Alan Edgar Poe for today's introduction.

First thing I must do is state that Oban is not indeed
bleak & dreary, it is quite a charming wee place full of
happy bright cheery people.

Let us have a look the game R.Forsythe - D.Hayes Oban 2006.

An interesting moment.

A Benko/Benoni produce this position
with early play revolving around the d-pawn.

White could consider saccing it eyeing
the Rook on a8. But this involves giving
up the g2 Bishop and one may get weak on
the white squares...

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Black went for it with 13...g5 and a
wee minor tactical flurry followed
with funnily enough the d-pawn remaining
on the board.
(the d-pawn is still there at the end).

Time passed, moves were made, pieces collided.
This position appeared...

Decision time for the young Hayes.
Swing things across to Q-side
and halt the passed pawn?

That could have all my bits tied down
giving him time to use the space he has
available to whump me on the king-side.

The game looks too simple for him to play.
He has plans - run the a-pawn and be ready
to stomp the Kingside. (Bf3, Kg2 Rh1).

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Perhaps I can mess it up. Here goes.

Are we going add yet another lost game to the category:
'loss due to a 'trigger happy f-pawn'?

(Jonathan Rowson expression that. 'trigger happy f-pawn' good init?)

So Mr.Forsythe stops the f-pawn with 22.e3 and a spark
ignites in the grey cloudy mind of master Hayes. he plays 22...c4.

Something strange happened next...

Hayes jumped up with a determined look in his crazy eyes.
Ripped off his pullover and there printed on a yellow t-shirt
in bright red letters.


Hayes then ran out of the tournament hall and into
Happy Harry's Hardware Shop where he bought for 3.75 a
bucket of black paint. He ran back to the tournament hall
and painted on the wall in huge 5 foot letters:

So white played 23.Rb5 (25.Rb6!) and Black did indeed sac on e3.
There followed 23...Nxe3 24.fxe3 Qxe3+ 25.Kh1 Qh6+ 26.Kg1 Qe3+
and it was drawn by perpetual check.

If Rf2 then...Ng4.

Well not quite.
You see in this position.

Black should have taken the e3+ - h6+ perpetual
but found instead 26...Ng4? OK look at the position.
There is a mate on h2 plus Qe3+ wins the Bishop on c3.

Let us journey into the mind of Robert Forsythe
and see if we can hear the voices...

You need a flight square and a move to hold the Bishop.
You need a flight square and a move to hold the Bishop.
You need a flight square and a move to hold the Bishop.
You need a flight square and a move to hold the Bishop.

You are under 1900 and you are defending.
You are under 1900 and you are defending.
You are under 1900 and you are defending.
You are under 1900 and you are defending.

27. Nf3? 27.Rf3! keeping extra piece & stopping the mate.
There is no mate after Qh2+ it's a fairly routine white win.

The game went 27.Nf3 Qe3+ 28.Kh1 Bxc3 leaving
Black two pawns up and an exposed King to boot.
resignation followed 3 moves later. Here is game.

[Click here to replay the game]
R.Forsythe - S.Hayes

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.g3 d6 7.Bg2 g6 8.Bd2 Bg7 9.Bc3 0-0 10.Nh3 Nbd7 11.0-0 Nb6 12.a4 Bc4 13.Nf4 g5 14.b3 gxf4 15.bxc4 fxg3 16.hxg3 Nxc4 17.Qd3 Ne5 18.Qc2 Qb6 19.Nd2 Nfg4 20.Rab1 Qa7 21.a5 f5 22.e3 c4 23.Rb5 Nxe3 24.fxe3 Qxe3+ 25.Kh1 Qh6+ 26.Kg1 Ng4 27.Nf3 Qe3+ 28.Kh1 Bxc3 29.Qc1 Rxa5 30.Rb1 Ra2 31.Nh4 Qxg3

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