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Vlastimil Hort vs Lajos Portisch
"Some Like It Hort" (game of the day Jul-27-11)
Madrid (1973)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Henneberger Variation (D63)  ·  1-0
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Jan-21-05  panigma: This must stop. WHO CARES IF YOU DID OR DID NOT GET THE SOLUTION? Shut up already! Comment on the play, not your ability to solve a chess puzzle!
Jan-21-05
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  patzer2: Even if Hort had to wait for the third time to be the charm, after missing the wins with 27 Rg4+ and 29 Rg4+, as noted by <Honza Cervenka> and <notsodeepthough>, the solution to today's puzzle with 30. Rg4+ initiates an instructive double attack combination.

Of course with 26...Bb5, instead of the blunder 26...Ra7?? pointed out by Honza, Black could have held the position.

Note that the try 30. Bxb5 axb5 31. Rg4+?? (better is 31. Rxb5 with a small White advantage) 31...fxg4 32. Rb4 gives Black the win after 33...Rfa8 .

Jan-21-05  SHall: For Lajos Portisch 14th move, he should've done QxA2
Jan-21-05  catlover: The alternate mate I proposed above beginning with 30. Rg4+ fxg4, 31. Bxh7+ Kxh7, 32.Rb4 Bd3, fails to 32...Qd8, instead of Bd3.
Jan-21-05
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  kevin86: <panigma> why the fuss?

It was a fine problem-a bit different because white oscillated back and forth to save time-before he delivered the finale,lucky for him, he didn't repeat the position three times,which could then be claimed by his opponent to be a draw.

Jan-21-05  tal1982: I absolutely agree with Marloff Mirlony. It's a fantastic combination. I thought about something like 30.Bxb5 axb5
31.Rg4+ fxg4
32.Rb4 but it doesn't work in view of
32...Re8
33.Rxg4+ Kf8 and black stays a whole Rook ahead. This example is a clear proof of an important chess truth (which often is forgotten by intermediate players): always check ALL the candidate moves!
Apr-27-07  DutchDunce: This combination is featured in Cantrell's "Basics of Winning Chess" (I'm starting to sound like an ad for it). The mini-book touts combinations as "the soul of chess."
Nov-25-07  dabearsrock1010: i think hort was just messing with his opponent by repeating the moves every now and then...but its also a good way to try and reach time control, although this game never got there anyway
May-26-11  theodor: just great!
Jul-27-11
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  al wazir: Why didn't white play 27. Rg4+ ?

Could it be that he didn't see it?

Jul-27-11
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  al wazir: I see that <Honza> already caught that. <CG> ought to stop recycling games.
Jul-27-11  Billy Vaughan: Hey, this one's my submission. Yay!
Jul-27-11
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  chrisowen: <al wazir> it interesting reaction force game rook here gg gentle more Nice and simple Thank you...
Jul-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: Germinate right off blocks lo Vlastimil played fine frame black treading back waters coast down a6 b5 black midfield skull and cross bone after ra7 did he sign 'a Somalia Monk' I thought... thu pist in himile gohg!!
Jul-27-11  abstract: Bd3 is often a strong move for white
Jul-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: White bonced the queen around-her last spot was perfect as it attacks the rook and threatens mate.

I guess this game went both the puzzle and gotd route...

Jul-27-11
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  chrisowen: lovely got little rusty mixed up again about it that freeing sheet wind

immediate 14.nc5 looks strong after <c1>. Mat nebula goon game din it light

rob er mint c5 after queen automatic flag on estimated draw.

Jul-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: Rushing b4 free bishop an tic in. P8 tip social ferret new approach 16.bxf6

behind the black knight. Lasker c5 hill esque d4 a ko tainted re queen might

hustle f6. I should think rot rub in after nice hook bd3 has unsettling

effect use your collusion.

Jul-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: My opponent allowed knig e5 8.e6 nerd dumbass 6...nbd7 let on it that his

defence could perk 0l 8...c6 ill term black ground down straight knight hang and I missed d3 in fate braving eg water underneath bridge - who knows.

Jul-27-11  avidfan:


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26...Qc7-d8 was needed to challenge White domination of dark squares.

Jul-27-11  cunctatorg: White seems to be already much better then but what is the verdict about Black's 26 ... Ra7, leaving Rf8 without protection?
Jul-27-11
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  Sneaky: <why is it simpler than yesterday?> It's funny that a day NEVER goes by when somebody doesn't say that. Therefore, it follows that for any given week, Sunday is always the easiest puzzle of them all.
Jul-27-11  WhiteRook48: Queens are awesome.
Apr-18-14  epicchess: Hort and Portisch were good friends. They wrote a book together. This is one of their only competitive games against each other. The pun however, doesn't make any sense, because hort's name is pronounced: gort.
Apr-18-14  Petrosianic: <This is one of their only competitive games against each other.>

Not sure what you mean by this. There are nearly 40 games between them in the database.

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