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Jozsef Pinter vs Harri M Hurme
Helsinki (1983), Helsinki FIN, Mar-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37)  ·  0-1


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Oct-05-05  DonMac: Very easy for a Wednesday
Oct-05-05  MaxxLange: Yeah, the pawn roller kind of suggests itself, doesn't it? I tried 14...e4 first, to prepare the fork, saw that 15. Nxd4 refutes that, and then it was clear that you can instead play 14...d3 at once. Black kept good control over the game against the White counterplay after the combination.
Oct-05-05  MaxxLange: The only thing I checked was 16. Bxe4. Then, 16...Qxe4, and White can't take on f6 since the c2 Queen is not defended.
Oct-05-05  RdpC: Why did black pawns advance easily?
Oct-05-05  rvade: <RdpC> Probably because white forgot to take the black pawn on d5, maybe instead of playing 8.Qc2
Oct-05-05  likestofork: The tongue-in-cheek "Always check, it might be mate!", isn't always such wonderful advice. In this case, if black were to try 29....Qxd3+?? the player/patzer would be left with the embarrassing situation of having to deliver a draw by repetition, since control of the a1-h8 diagonal has been ceded, giving white two mate threats.
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  jahhaj: Fairly easy, similar train of thought to <MaxxLange>.

What exactly is the 'Harrwitz Attack'?

Oct-05-05  Simplification: <jahhaj> I think that the Harrwitz Attack is characterised by Bf4 (normally played before Nf3).
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  OhioChessFan: I guess White didn't want the embarrassment of losing in 14 moves and played on a while.
Oct-05-05  aktajha: I did see the fork after 14. ... d3 15.Bxd3 e4;
but didn't find it a good solution, because after
16. Bxe4 Qxe4 17. Qe2 Qg6 18. Bxf6 Qxf6

with h3 and 0-0 following for white;
I didn't see a clear win for black. Ok, he has a piece for two pawns, but with Queens and Rooks on the board he hasn't really won anything. I think the mistakes black made after these moves were decisive.

Oct-05-05  SamuelS: I think that the reason why White kept playing was that he is a relatively strong grandmaster while Black is only a 2200-player. Obviuosly, two pawns are not enough for a piece.
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  jahhaj: Another game with the exact same position but much more famous players G A Thomas vs Marshall, 1927.
Oct-05-05  gchristopher: I think white panicked. Can someone tell me if I'm wrong, please?. After the games's 15. Bxd3 e4, I see 16. Bxf6... And there are two choices here: 16. .. Qxf6 17.Bxe4, or the bloodiest choice 16. ..exd3 17. Bxe7 dxc2 18. Rc1 Nxe7. In both choices white comes out with two pawns ahead.
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  jahhaj: <gchristopher> You counted your pieces wrong in your second line. After those moves Black has an extra bishop.
Oct-05-05  gchristopher: To complete my comment: I just think that what I propose leaves white a lot better off than what he actually chose. A game with two extra pawns and no queens is by far safer than the mess he got into. Even more, black might have panicked himself and saved his queen.
Oct-05-05  YouRang: This is one of those puzzles that I looked at for a long time before finally considering the rather simple solution. I find that I struggle with problems that involve moving pawns, especially when there are lots of pieces to move. I guess my "pawn game" is weak.
Oct-05-05  JustAFish: For me this was a classic "reverse the move order" puzzle. I didn't, and I didn't get it. Had I played the killer d3 first, I would have solved it. I played e4, thinking the knight would have to go to e5, g1 or h4, not only picking the wrong move order, but completely missing the fact that e4 left the d4 pawn hanging. Oh, well. Lesson learned.
Oct-05-05  jackpawn: I found it almost immediately, but kept thinking there had to be more than simply winning two pawns for the piece. I was looking for the immediate crush!
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  kevin86: This puzzle reminded me of the man who killed and buried a house fly-so that his land could become a burial ground and not subject to taxation. (History's first sacrifice fly,lol)

It's only a small gain for black-a bishop for two pawns-but it leads white to an early grave-(like the beforementioned fly)

Oct-05-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Wow such an easy one for Wednesdays.
Oct-05-05  TheSlid: Must return here.
Oct-05-05  alexandrovm: pushing the pawn to e4 might be the answer...
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  patzer2: Black's 14...d3! is an instructive decoy double attack, preparing the win of a decisive piece after 15...e4!
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