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Cipev vs Lubomir Ftacnik
CSR (1973)
Vienna Game: Stanley. Frankenstein-Dracula Variation (C27)  ·  1-0
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Jan-18-12
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  kvatsin: I also thought that 18. a4 wins "easily" a piece. But definitely not..

In fact, the position after 18. a4 (with Black to move) could be a Friday puzzle!!

Jan-18-12  VincentL: "Medium/Easy".

I soon see that the knight on b5 cannot move to a square where it will not be immediately captured. However then we must think clearly.

18. c4 does not make progress after 18.... Nxb3 19. axb3 Nd4 (or Qf6)

18. a4 fails for similar reasons (this also allows 19....Qc5+).

If we try 18. Ba4 then 18....Qb4 will win the bishop after 19.axb5.

So it must be 18. Bc4. Then if 18.... Qb4 19. a4.

The knight goes, but black has a very dangerous attack which I donīt like.

Hmm.... I donīt think this is the solution. My time is up so letīs check.

Jan-18-12  VincentL: What can I say?

I got hooked on one idea and did not look at other possiblities.

Jan-18-12  ajile: Geez what a sneaky puzzle. Totally missed it.

: /

Jan-18-12  ajile: Oh and if anyone here can pronounce Black's name you win a cruise to Italy.
Jan-18-12  bachbeet: Got it.
Jan-18-12  TheoNov: It's time to play <What Went Wrong?>!

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4 4. Qh5 Nd6 5. Bb3


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Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that 5...Be7 is essential in this position, yielding near equality. I would have never guessed that the text (the very reasonable-looking developing move 5...Nc6) is a serious error here!

The poor young Ftacnik fell into a sneaky opening trap. Good to know if you ever get into this line of the Vienna Frank-Drac!

Jan-18-12
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  chrisowen: Ar little one incher buckling g5 disguise
I pin the bud ah peony b5

I taking bath airy alive
Unleash in it and g5

Late monster try it will rise
In <f4> energy rate pastor eyes

White in blockout queen surmise
Wipes in clean horse it arrive

In king castle long for knight was allright
Dum spook Jackbecall in a8 too tights

Tower g5 over dogmatic pedagogue
In each lesson it a kin to God

Hook sop free swhirled queen log?
It switch in g5 a mere bagatelle shod

Jan-18-12  Rosbach: Excellent mate!
Jan-18-12
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  Penguincw: Simple enough. Allows the queen to mate on b8 while pinning the black queen.
Jan-18-12  morfishine: <ajile> In answer to your comment <Oh and if anyone here can pronounce Black's name you win a cruise to Italy> I think we settled on "Tack - Neek" awhile back.

Nobody thought "Fat chick" was very funny

Jan-18-12  TheoNov: <morfishine "Tack - Neek">

From what I've read, the "f" is not silent and the "c" has a diacritical mark and sounds like the English "ch". My take is "f-'tahch-nyik". (No vowel sound after the "f", so not "fuh-tahch-nyik".) See Lubomir Ftacnik.

Jan-18-12
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  Once: I think you need to pronounce it as a Klingon would. The first syllable is "ft" which is like the word "foot" with the vowels taken out - as if disembowelled (disemvowelled?) by a battleth. That gives us phttt.

Then we need to sort of sound that William Wallace would make whilst clearing his throat prior to defeating the dastardly english with an Australian accent. A low gutteral "atch", like an itch with an A.

Finally, tack on a "nick". But we need to stretch it out with a little interposed "y" to make a "nyick". It's a kind of chicken broth made by a Jewish grandma.

Put it all together and we get "Phttt-atch-nyick" - part Klingon, part 14th century scottish and part jewish grandma.

Now all I need is a lifejacket and I'm ready for my prize...

Jan-18-12  morfishine: Thanks <TheoNov>! So it probably sounds like 'F-tatch-neek' or something like that?
Jan-18-12  TheoNov: <morfishine> I think that's pretty good, but <Once> really nailed it! Fantastic!

Cheers -TN

Jan-18-12  Shams: Ftacnik lived for a time in Seattle, and I have spoken to local players who knew him, who pronounce him name as <TheoNov> indicates.
Jan-18-12
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  gawain: Amazing move. One of the most shocking I have ever seen.
Jan-18-12
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  FSR: <TheoNov: It's time to play <What Went Wrong?>! 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4 4. Qh5 Nd6 5. Bb3

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that 5...Be7 is essential in this position, yielding near equality. I would have never guessed that the text (the very reasonable-looking developing move 5...Nc6) is a serious error here!

The poor young Ftacnik fell into a sneaky opening trap. Good to know if you ever get into this line of the Vienna Frank-Drac!>

Sorry, that's wrong. 5...Be7 is playable, possibly even best, but by no means "essential." I've played it myself, back when I was a 1600, getting an easy draw against a player rated 200 points above me. Best play in that line is 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Nxe5, and now Black has scored very well (+5 =7 -0) with 7...g6! intending 8.Nxc6 dxc6 or 8.Qe2 Nd4 (8...0-0 is also playable). Opening Explorer

But 5...Nc6, as Ftacnik played, is considered the main line and has been played almost twice as often as 5...Be7. Opening Explorer 5...Nc6 and the subsequent exchange sacrifice is the wild line that Eric Schiller gave the silly name "the Frankenstein-Dracula Variation."

At move 8, 8...Qf6!? scores better than 8...Qe7, the usual move, as Ftacnik played. Opening Explorer However, Ftacnik's 12...h6?! is rarely seen, and scores much worse than the usual 12...f4, which gives Black a plus score. Opening Explorer

Jan-18-12  TheoNov: Thanks for the wisdom, <FSR>. I should have done my homework before posting!
Jan-18-12  TheBish: Cipev vs Ftacnik, 1973

White to play (18.?) "Medium/Easy"

This one was closer to "medium" for me, because I didn't see the idea for several minutes. I got hung up on ideas of trapping or winning a knight with 18. Ba4 followed by c2-c3 or c3-c4, but after 18...Qc5 I didn't see a follow-up. Then I noticed Black's vulnerability on the queenside (piece on a8 is a bishop instead of a rook), and the fact that without the Bf4 in the way, White could play Qb8#. Pretty easy from there!

18. Bg5!

Threatening both the queen and the king in one shot. Black can safely resign here.

Jan-18-12  Siksika: Ok...after trying a myriad of lines I gave up and checked the game continuation...it took at least 30 more seconds of confused searching to understand that a bishop sits on a8 and not a rook! Ugh...
Jan-18-12  stst: Interesting that the position allows a mate by Q, after the B moves. Thus
18.Bg5 forks Q-K, hxg5 (hard to imagine not doing so... option II below) 19.Qb8#
Option II:18.Bg5, K moves instead of hxg5
19. Bxe7 Kxe7
Black is Q-less and couldn't last long.
Jan-18-12  stst: <it took at least 30 more seconds of confused searching to u..>

It's puzzling sometimes difficulty means different things to different people.

I used to always choose the second or third line, but this one appears to me as instant, no thinking required!!

Jan-18-12  M.Hassan: "Easy" White to play 18.?
White has a Rook for a Knight

18.Bg5
<if....hxg5 19.Qb8#> 18........d6
19.Bxe7 Kxe7
surely 1-0

Jan-19-12  kingfu: Does 18 a4 win? I thought so , then I saw the line 18....Nxb3 19 cxb3 Qc5+ 20 Kb1 Nd4

18.Bg5 wins instantly.

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