In the English Defence, Black answers a Queen's Pawn Opening (or sometimes the English 1 c4) with ...e6 and a very quick ...b6 and Bb7. It can lead to many manic lines, none more so than this one.
Black gets a reasonable position if White plays 9 hxg8+? Kxg8, but Walter Browne was the first to show that, by leaving the pawn on h7, White retains a huge attack.
The diagram position is treated in detail in The English Defence by Keene, Plaskett and Tisdall, published by Batsford in 1987 - sadly long out of print; and also a booklet for Hull Chess Club by Otto Hardy (details from E.W. Fisher, PO Box 112, Hull HU9 3PZ) where he recommends 11...Bf3!?.
In Game 1 16 0-0-0! was tremendous. If 17...Nd5 18 cxd5 Bxd5 19 Qg4! is very strong. Miles was on the ropes throughout - not for example 33...Kxc6? 34 Be4+. However, he held on and, at the end, Black can reach the dead drawn ending with king against bishop and "wrong coloured rook's pawn".
In Game 2, 12...Kf7? was bad - 12...e5 was much the better option; and White was already winning after 18 f4. At the end of the game, if 28...Kxc6 29 Qd7+ Kc5 30 Qd5+ Kb4 31 Qb5 mate or 28...Ka6 29 Bb5+ Ka5 30 a3.
White: Walter Browne
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