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Johan Teunis Barendregt vs Salomon Flohr
Hoogovens (1960), Beverwijk NED, rd 2, Jan-08
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-16-15  Oliveira: I suppose Barendregt wasn't able to think of way to penetrate Black's position or just wasn't feeling like playing a long game. But the fact is that he made a good job out of the opening.
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I can't stop from thinking that there's something better than Be3 in this position. How about Qh3?

Feb-16-15  Oliveira: I suppose then 17... Nxd4 would be a good move.
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  offramp: <offramp:...How about Qh3?>

<Oliveira: I suppose then 17... Nxd4 would be a good move.>

Yes; that looks good. Perhaps white played the best move and could have continued for a while, as you suggested in your original post. After 17...Be7

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then something simple like Rfc1 might be good - but that is all academic. A draw against the mighty Flohr was a good result. I believe this was from round 2, with Barendregt having lost in round 1 to Bouwmeester.

Feb-17-15  jvv: 18. Bxg6 fxg6 19. Ne4!! dxe4 20. Qxg6 and now if Kf8 then f3 or Kd8 d5.
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  offramp: <jvv: 18. Bxg6 fxg6 19. Ne4!! dxe4 20. Qxg6 and now if Kf8 then f3 or Kd8 d5>

Wowee! That is fantastic and it looks murderous! Incredible. It seems that lowly Barendregt could have knocked over the indestructible Flohr in only 20 moves.

Well spotted jvv!

Feb-17-15  jvv: In my opinion black is hopeless here, even after Kh1 white keeps the advantage.
Feb-17-15  jvv: Anyway, this position would be a good puzzle.
Feb-17-15  Oliveira: <jvv: 18. Bxg6 fxg6 19. Ne4!! dxe4 20. Qxg6 and now if Kf8 then f3 or Kd8 d5>

Amazing, indeed. I certainly cannot find a way for Black to extricate himself from this hotspot.

20... ♔f8 looks like running into the lion's mouth: 21.f3 ♘e5 (I can't think of anything more active) 22.fxe4 ♗xf6 23.dxe5 ♗e8 (23... ♗xb5 24.dxf6 ♕c7 25.f7) 24.♖xf6 ♘xf6 25.♕xf6 ♔g8 26.♘d6 ♕d7 27.♖f1

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Although Black is up the exchange, his ♔ is completely exposed and White has invaded his position.

And what to say of 20... ♔d8, but that it results in a cramped position where White finds himself in the catbird seat? E.g. 21. d5 ♖a6 22.dxe6 ♗xe6 23.♖fd1 ♗d7 24.♖ac1

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Position after 24.♖ac1

Feb-17-15  Oliveira: Of course, one can always show some stomach and reject such an outrageous sacrifice as 19.♘e4, or even the somewhat common 20.♗xg6, but the question then shifts to "is it worth to keep playing under these circumstances?"

Incredible that a game that's gone unnoticed for so many years–-lacking a single post until the other day-–would be holding such a marvelous mystery combination. No doubts Flohr was satisfied with this draw. Chess really is an unending source of wonders!

Dec-02-15  JIRKA KADLEC: 6.a3?! (6.Nd2=) 6...Qb6= (6...f6 ) 8...a5?! (8...Nge7=) 9.b5! 13...a4?! (13...Rc8 14.Be2 g6 15.0-0 h5 ) 14...g6?! (14...Nh6! ) 15...Qc8?! (15...f5 16.exf6 Kf7 ) 16...h6 (16...Na5 17.Rfc1 Nc4 18.Bxc4 Dxc4 19.d5 A/ 19...exd5 20.e6 Bxb5 21.Nxb5 f6 22.Bf4 ; B/ 19...h6 20.d6 f5 21.Qh4 Bg7 22.Be3 Kf7 23.Qd4 ) 17...Be7 (17...Na5! 18.Bxg6! A/ 18...Bxb5! 19.Nxb5 fxg6 20.Qxg6+ Kd7 21.Qf7+ Ne7 22.Rfc1 Qd8 23.Rc7+ Qxc7 24.Nxc7 Kxc7 25.Qxe6 Rd8 26.Qf7 Kc8 27.Qf6 Rg8 28.Qe6+ Kc7 29.Bd2 Nc4 30.Bb4 ; B/ 18...Nc4 19.Bd3 ; C/ 18...fxg6 19.Qxg6+ Kd8 20.Nd6 ) 17...Be7 1/2 (18.Bxg6! fxg6 19.Ne4! A/ 19...dxe4 20.Dxg6+ A1/ 20...Kd8 21.d5 Ra6 22.dxc6 ( 22.dxe6?? Nxe5! ); A2 20...Kf8 21.f3 Be8 22.fxe4+ Bf6 23.Rxf6 ; B/ 19...Qd8! 20.Nbd6+ Kf8 21.Qf4+ Nf6 22.exf6 Bxd6 23.Nxd6 g5 24.Qg4 Qxf6 25.f4 ).
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