FM Morris Giles (2451)
GM Walter Browne (2617)

U.S. Open - Boston (10)
Boston, USA, 1988

Giles' victory over GM Walter Browne came at a time when Black players in the U.S. had just begun to shine. Emory Tate was already a known figure, but players like Maurice Ashley (native of Jamaica) and Ron Buckmire (native of Grenada) were up-and-coming stars and both were subjects of interviews in U.S. Chess Life magazine. This game put FM Morris Giles on the map in a hurry!

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Nbd7 9. Bc4!? While white has scored well in this line, the placement of the bishop is somewhat discouraged because it could become a target after moves like ...Qc7, ...b5, and tactical shots in the center. More common is 9.Bd3 or even 9.Be2, but Giles had evil intent. 9... h6 If Browne had NOW played 9... Qc7 Giles most certainly would've pounced with 10. Bxe6! fxe6 11. Nxe6 Qb6 12. Nxg7+ and Black's position is in shambles. This is a common sac in these positions as well as a multitude of other Sicilian variations. There is an old book by David Levy titled, "Sacrifices in the Sicilian" which covers all the different sacs arising from common Sicilian positions. 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. O-O-O Qb6 12. Nxe6!?

This is another one of those sacs designed to destroy the black's king's position, confine it in the center, and pound away with the heavy pieces. 12... fxe6 13. Bxe6 Nf8 14. Bb3 Be6 15. e5! This move keeps the pressure on and prevents Black from unraveling his position by scurrying to the queenside. 15... dxe5 16. fxe5 Bg5+ It appears as if Black has wiggled out of danger by a tempo, but notice how his king is dangerously confined on the e-file due to heavy pieces bearing down on d- and f-files. 17. Kb1 Rd8 18. h4! Be7 18... Rxd1+ 19. Rxd1 Bxh4?? 20. Qh5+ 19. Ba4+!

Giles keeps the pressure with more hammer blows! 19... Nd7 Perhaps 19... Rd7 was worth a try. 20. Nd5 Qa5 21. Rhf1! Rf8 22. Qh5+ Rf7 Now Black may be trying to make a dash to the kingside. 23. Bb3 g6?? Browne, who is chronically in time pressure, appears to panic and may have been able to hold with 23... Nxe5 24. Qxe5 Rxf1 25. Rxf1 Bxd5 After this error, Black is hit with a sudden barrage of missiles from every direction. 24. Qxg6 Nf8 Allowing a picture book ending with... 25. Nc7+! Qxc7 Black has formed a fortress around his king, but this false sense of security is soon shattered on White's next move. Do you see it?

26. Qxf7+! Beautiful! This game appeared in U.S. Chess Life and was the talk of many conversations for some time. After scoring 9-3 in this tournament, FM Giles appeared in top form. However, his activity waned and he may have played in only one other National... the 1989 U.S. Open in Chicago. Giles would play the sharpest lines but you had a sense that he was in control of the position... amazingly calm. I remember playing Giles in set of blitz games at a Chicago Industrial Chess League banquet, and I tried desperately to smash his Sicilian Najdorf with sacs blazing everywhere... to no avail. Tough to beat, and just a nice individual. See Chess Crackers (July-August 2002) tribute to FM Morris Giles! 1-0 [Shabazz D.]

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