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Vlastimil Hort vs Ivan Radulov
Sunny Beach (cat 9) (1974), Slanchev Bryag BUL
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B64)  ·  1-0


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Jul-02-14  stacase: I'm always trying for that Bishop sacrifice. It's a killer move when you can pull it off.
Jul-02-14  Dr. J: <al wazir: <Dr. J: 17...Nf6 18.exf6 Qc5> 19. Qh7+ Kxf6 20. Ne4+ dxe4 21. Nxe4+.>

Indeed. Other Queen moves (to d8, b4, b7, etc., would prevent the fork, but White's attack is still strong.

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  morfishine: The strongest move-order appears to be:

First <15.Bxh7+>

15...Kxh7 16.Ng5+ Kg6 and now <17.Qh3>

To this, I've been unable to defend as Black


Jul-02-14  zb2cr: Classic Bishop sacrifice! 15. Bxh7+, Kxh7; 16. Ng5+, Kg6; 17. Qh3 brings down the curtain.
Jul-02-14  CC0112358: <agb2002> nice analysis! There is also a possible black continuation with a Queen sacrifice 16.....Qxg5. Exchanges the Queen for two small pieces. Don't think it is sufficient for black to prevail but it looked like a possible counter.
Jul-02-14  Stormbringer: Sometimes I feel like it would be more instructive to study games where the bishop sac on h7 didn't work.
Jul-02-14  pedro99: The Kottnauer-Kotov game is one which almost didn't work. I'd like to see an updated annotation of this game with the help of a few super computers. Aggressive lines are easier to play as an attacker.
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  beenthere240: CG has posted spoilers in the past where the CBS is a bust.
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  Penguincw: 3/3 this week, although I wouldn't have known what to do after 16...Kg6 (nevermind, play 17.Qh3 anyway).
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  patzer2: Visualized and picked 15. Bxh7+, Kxh7; 16. Ng5+, Kg6; 17. Qh3 as my choice to solve this Wednesday puzzle.

However, I had to click to the final position to see the answer to 17...N(d)xe5(diagram below):

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From here, it's mate-in-three after 18. Qh7+ Kf6 19. Nce4+ dxe4 20. Nxe4#

P.S.: Enjoyed watching the US Belgium World Cup game in the round of 16. Tim Howard's extraordinary perform with 16 saves in goal made it close and gave the US chances to win at the end (Belgium 2 - US 1). US soccer obviously has a ways to go before the MLS is playing at the level of the Premiere and Spanish league, but this doesn't mean the national team's progress is as far behind as some critics of this team would indicate. For example, the early exit of England and Spain's national teams doesn't mean the level of soccer in those nations is below the rest of the world. Moreover, the tired legs of the US side and the absence of Jozy Altidore may have had as much to do with the lackluster performance (for all but the last 15 minutes of this 121 minute game) of the rest of the team (other than the Goal Keeper), as does the gap in skill level between US and Belgium or German futbol.

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  Castleinthesky: As this is "National Sac Week" (regardless of the country you are from), this was an easy puzzle as the only sac was a bishop. The queen's mischief easy followed.
Jul-02-14  Mojodomo: I thought Black might be able to escape by exchanging a knight for two pawns with 16. ...Nf6, but White can just barrel on through:

15.Bxh7+ Kh8
16.Ng5 Nf6
17.Qh3 [not exf6 Qxf6 18.Qh3 Qh6 etc]
... g6 [or anything else]
18.Bxg6+ Nh7

Thanks <agb2002> for the detailed analysis.

Jul-02-14  engmaged: The famous "Greek gift". But for some reason I worked on 17.Qg3 instead, which is more common thematic ... Qh3 only works here because Black can not play Rh8.
Jul-02-14  aditya GM: how about 17...Rh8?
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  kevin86: The classic bishop sac wins this one.
Jul-02-14  Chess Dad: <aditya GM>

<how about 17...Rh8?>

I don't think it's enough.

18. Qxh8 Kf5
19. g3 Ncxe5
20. Qh7+ Kf6
21. Nce4+ dxe4
22. Nxe4#


18. Qxh8 Ncxe5
19. Qh7+ Kf6
20. Nce4+ dxe4
21. Nxe4#

Of course, black can still choose to trade his queen for the Ng5. It might delay things a bit longer, but he's clearly losing at that point.

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bad foot moment h7 siezes the day sign your waiver h7,

cinch tickle give a truth be known victor h7 would by account hurl a bishop into the fray i found 15.Bxh7+ line foilable mission for black up the swanny from focus again yin and yang free het,

upper at generates one flick of the hand a link er e3 and g5 come to the party headlong stretch shuffle and huffles to revert a king h8 gets undermined it eddy a wave in a f4 push and way there g6 should be taken off a f5 push to seal arm f4 in place hogs at black g6 baulked b8 hassle long walk to gangway much to give a classic sac makes headway good call at h7 as i given 15...Kxh7 chubb ever at heading refuse the sac and black faces act being a pawn down and raging a d3,

i plank 15...Kh8 wins a pawn and i f5 opulent jam a feed maybe f6 is coming forcing knight d7 to capture or h3+ and win at g6 two pawns ahead after riff in h3 slide past a h6 and gobble side pawn continue in rich vein a follow 16.Ng5+ Kg6 lane great giving a hand to aid bishops lean on sword hilt g5 makes room for at e3 to slide away in h3 a ramble 16...Kg8 safe back at home as lesson learns tuck in h3 queen e7 gates etc work over g5 cores off and queen ahead final throw of the dice all needed a heavy green verge sense say in to be a dynamos 17.Qh3 black has to take e7 off lane g5 and win of queen in here.

Jul-02-14  sombreronegro: Not hard to see 15 B x h7 and then the knight check with tempo.
Jul-02-14  posoo: lol national sac week
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  rinkol: It is interesting that black would have been able to contest the h file if he had connected his rooks by playing ... Bb7 instead of ... Rb8.
Jul-02-14  eblunt: <rinkol> exactly what I was thinking, I really don't see the point of rb8 anyway.
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  Gilmoy: <patzer2: P.S.: Enjoyed watching the US Belgium World Cup game in the round of 16.> ... where Belgium dominated the center and played sac, sac, sac, sac, sac, sac, sac ... and then almost got mated in time scramble.

USA's promoted KR looked lively :)

(I very sporadically see chess comments on BigSoccer ... so I reply in FEN.)

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  Whitehat1963: Easy (for me) for a Wednesday.
Jul-02-14  Reggie T: Another variation: 17...Nf6 18. exf6 Kxf6 18. Nh7+ Kg6 19. g4 with Qh5 mate.
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  agb2002: <Mojodomo, CC0112358> Thank you!
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