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Istvan Bilek vs Harry Schussler
Poutiainen Memorial (1978), Helsinki FIN, Sep-??
English Opening: English Defense. General (A10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-09-06  riws76: No one has commented on this game so far but it looks like an interesting trap ....

This is from a book Could You be a Tactical
Genius? by the well-known British GM James Plaskett.

I took a quick look at this position and thought to myself that this looks easy enough.

Just play 1.Nf6+ gxf6 2.Bxf7+ Kxf7 3.Qxd8 winning. To my surprise I had fallen into a trap.

Here is what Plaskett says in the Solutions section:
White does best to make something of his
positional edge of the pair of bishops with 1.Nxe7, 1.Nc3 or 1.Nf4.If you played the ‘brilliant sequence’ 1.Nf6+ gxf 2.Bxf7+ Kxf 3.Qxd8 (the game continuation) you fell into a diabolical trap.

After checking on f6 Istvan Bilek looked around proudly. Harry Schussler captured the knight and offered a draw. “Of course not!,”said an affronted Bilek, but he was not long in agreeing to just that result because, after 3…Nd5, he realized that there was no way out for his queen, while Black is even threatening to win it with a check on b4. Thus after 4.0-0,the game ended 4…Bg7 5.Qd6 Bf8 6.Qd8 Bg7 etc.

Aug-14-08  ToTheDeath: Charming little game.
Nov-21-08  Xeroxx: Wooo! Haha this one goes to my collection!
Nov-06-14  ColeTrane: "East of Istvan"
Apr-22-15  SpiritedReposte: That is just a beautiful draw. How can the queen be "trapped" like that? Chess is a confounding game.
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