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Happy 84th Birthday, Dick Murphy!!

by on July 15, 2016

Although this particular birthday will be noted as coinciding with the massacre in Nice, the next day Dick played a very smooth victory against club president Ed Frumkin at G85 d5. Time remaining will be indicated in parentheses after various key moves.

Frumkin-Murphy 7/15/2016, Queens July Open Round 3 (of 4): 1 c4 c6 2 Nf3 d5 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 g6 (82) 5 0-0 Bg7 6 d4 0-0 7 Nc3 (82) a6 (79) 8 c5 (80) Nbd7 9 h3 Re8 10 Be3 e5 (67) 11 dxe5 (77) Nxe5 12 Nxe5 Rxe5 13 Bd4 (73) Re8 (64) 14 e3 (70) h5 (58) 15 b4 Bf5 16 a4 (68, with a draw offer) Ne4 (51) 17 Bxg7 Kxg7 18 Ne2 Qf6 (46) 19 Nd4 Ng5 (45) (I have coined this maneuver the “Felber Knight”, as Joe has used this maneuver many times to attack my Kingside fianchetto, alternatively getting to g4 as White from e5 or h2) 20 g4 (58) hxg4 21 hxg4 Bd7 22 f4 (55) (In hindsight, maybe 22 Ra3?) Rxe3!? (32) 23 fxg5 Qxg5 24 Nf3 (48) Qxg4 (28) 25 Qd4+ Qxd4 26 Nxd4 Rae8 27 Kf2 (47) Rd3 28 Rfd1 R8e3 29 Bf1 Rxd1 30 Rxd1 Ra3 31 a5 Ra2+ (21) (After this I suspected I might be worse) 32 Ne2 Rb2 33 Rd4 f5 34 Ke3 g5 35 Kd3 Kf6 36 Kc3 Rb1 37 Bg2 Re1 38 Kd2 Ra1 39 Kc3 Ke5 40 Rd2 f4 (8:48) 41 Kb2 (30, with a draw offer) Re1 42 Nc1 Bf5 43 Re2+ Rxe2+ 44 Nxe2 g4 (7:47) 45 Bf1 (28) Bd3 46 Kc3 Bxe2! (was actually expecting …Bb5) 47 Bxe2 f3 48 Bd1 Kf4 49 Kd2 g3 50 Ke1 Ke3 51 Kf1 d4 52 Kg1 d3 (3:21) 53 Kf1 f2 (2:48) 54 Bh5 (Bg4) Kd4 (1:32) 55 Bf3 Kc4 56 Be4 d2 57 Ke2 Kxb4 58 Bg2 Kxa5 59 Kxd2 Kb4 0-1 (With the comment, “5 pawns for a piece isn’t a fair fight ”) Bravo, Richard!

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