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Carsten Hoi vs Boris Gulko
"Høi Ploy" (game of the day Apr-21-2007)
Chess Olympiad (1988), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 4, Nov-16
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0


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Jan-14-07  Happypuppet: Juggling around Nxd6, Rxg7, Bxh6, and Qe3, I completely forgot about bringing the other rook in, and I didn't get anywhere close to the right move order. The attack is indeed remarkable.

Looking at other comments and the number of collections it's in, it's apparently a little bit famous for a puzzle.

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  alexmagnus: Got the beginning but missed 29.Nxd6
Jan-14-07  laskereshevsky: HELLO PEOPLE
for the first 2 moves i needed only 5/6 seconds ( i swear...)

but for the rest... MY GOSH what a sequence of moves!!!!!.....

this guy deserve a STANDING OVATION....

Jan-14-07  tallinn: Looks like Fritz 8 wouldn't have scored on this one either. He found the move Rxg7 almost immediately but is now thinking for 10 minutes (and counting) and still does not have the winning move Bxh6 within the 4 best lines. "He", like myself, wants to continue with Nxd6 expecting an equal position after Qxd6 Qh7 Kf6 Qxh6 Ke7 Qxh5 Th8 Qxb5.

What is fascinating is that once the move Bxh6 is made Fritz 8 recognizes that he is lost within a couple of seconds.

Really impressive combination. With a lot of beatiful lines beside the one that was played. E.g. the move Ng5 as an answer to Nf4 is justified by a mate performed by all remaining pieces of white (Nf4 Ng5 Nxe3? Nxf7+ Kh7 (Kh5 Rg5#) Bxe3+ and mate next move). Beautiful!

With Fritz 8 still thinking while I am writing this after 14 minutes he favors Rg1+ (15/15 +0.16) and still no Bxh6 appears within the 4 best lines.

Jan-14-07  rookattack: wat about 27...Rg8 as a defence for black...
Jan-14-07  dakgootje: incredible game... Deep respect for Hoi
Jan-14-07  tallinn: 26. Rg1+ Kf8 27. Qe3 looks like it is winning as well.

Can someone explain me why 26. Kxh6 is "forced"? To figure out why no computer program chooses Bxh6 I looked at the response 26. Kh8 and it appears to me as a playable move. After Nxd6 f5 (this one is really forced) Nxe8 Rxe8 white is a pawn up and probably winning as well but the attack is over and the game could have continued up to time control and more. And comparing this line with Rg1+ Kf8 Qe3 Ke7 Qxh6 Rh8 Bg5+ f6 bxf6 Nhxf6 Rg7 and Qxh8 and Qxh4 I favor the Rg1+ line.

Or do I have (again :-)) a board setup error?

Jan-14-07  Harvestman: Games like this are why I love chess.

What a stunning attack! I saw the first two moves, but couldn't find any sort of convincing follow-up.

Thanks for drawing this game to my attention, Chessgames.

Jan-14-07  Themofro: Wow, incredible attack. I saw the exchange sac and bishop sac, but missed most of the other moves, a beautiful combination 2 b sure.
Jan-14-07  Fisheremon: <tallinn: 26. Rg1+ Kf8 27. Qe3 looks like it is winning as well.

Can someone explain me why 26. Kxh6 is "forced"? To figure out why no computer program chooses Bxh6 I looked at the response 26. Kh8 and it appears to me as a playable move. After Nxd6 f5 (this one is really forced) Nxe8 Rxe8 white is a pawn up and probably winning as well but the attack is over and the game could have continued up to time control and more. And comparing this line with Rg1+ Kf8 Qe3 Ke7 Qxh6 Rh8 Bg5+ f6 bxf6 Nhxf6 Rg7 and Qxh8 and Qxh4 I favor the Rg1+ line.>

I'v found the following line: 26...Kh8 27.Ng5 f5 28.Rg1 Re7 29.Nxe6 Ndf6 30.c4 bxc4 31.bxc4 Rg8 32.d5 with winning attack.

Some comments about Hoi's variation: 25... Nxg7 26. Bxh6 f5 27. Rg1 Re7 28. Qe3!!. Certainly I'd remove (!!) from the last move and put 27.Rg1!? because of a more convincing variation: 27. Bxg7+ Kxg7 28. Rg1+ Kf7 29. Ng5+ Ke7 30. Nxe6 Rg8 31. Re1 d5 32. Qe3.

At the same time I'v tried to analyze further in order to save the variation 27. Rg1 Re7 28. Qe3!! and found the following (main line):

28...fxe4 29. Bxg7+ Ke8 30. Bxe4 d5 31. Bd3 Kd8
32. Qf4 h3 33. Bh6 Kc8 34. c4 Kb7 35. cxb5 Qc7
36. Qe3 e5 37. Be4 Nf6 38. Bf5 exd4 39. Qxd4 Qe5 40. Qc5 Rc7 41. Rg7 Rh8 42. Be3 with winning attack.

So many intuitive variations in an amazing game ! Hoi could be proud of his "Mona Lisa".

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  chancho: A Hoi there!
Jan-14-07  WarmasterKron: I saw some of the ideas here - trapping the king on the h-file with the rook sacrifice - but I was nowhere near figuring out the whole combination. Presumably you need to find 29.Nd6!! for full credit.
Jan-14-07  nimzo knight: I of course got exchange sacrifice. Thats even a positional move. Removing a defending piece for exchange. But seeing two Queen sacs is in a 6 move combo !! No way ..... I will never get in my life. I happy I m alive to see someone else do it ;).
Jan-14-07  bakuazer: I got the first 2 moves, but could not continue. This game is unbelievable!
Jan-14-07  ALEXIN: Thanks to chessgames for editing that great game.
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  dzechiel: Found moves 25, 26 & 31. Wish I had found 'em all. The epaulet mate at the end is very pretty.
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  kevin86: A very exciting game with sacs and a great mate-an unorthodox form of epaulette mate. Here,the defending king is flanked by two knights instead of two rooks!
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  Sularus: Hoi Ploy = hoi polloi, the masses..
Apr-21-07  Themofro: A stunningily beautiful mating attack to culminate a brilliant game by Hoi.
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  kevin86: A brilliant attack! A nice way to finish: a queen sac into an epaulette mate!
Apr-22-07  ChessStar99: I don't understand why Black can't use knight to take queen. I know I'm not seeing something, can any of you guys point it out to me?
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  keypusher: 21...Nxh7 22. Rg6 is checkmate -- an epaulette mate as an earlier kibitzer put it. Beautiful, not the sort of thing you expect to find in a real game!
May-23-07  jmrulez2004: next time when you make a mate as beautiful and sexy as thisd...say this" I pulled a Hoi!":D
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  Jim Bartle: Seirawan jokingly blamed his draw on the adjacent board because he tried to guess Hoi's moves more than his opponent's...
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