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Gosta Stoltz vs Alexander Kotov
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 2, Sep-16
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  0-1


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Jun-23-03  sarayu: This isn't as elegant, but doesn't it also work? 42....rxg2; 43. kxg2 Qg4ch; 44. kh1 Qg1#
Jun-23-03  chispito: Funny how fewer pieces doesn't always mean it's easier to see the combination. Cool.
Jun-23-03  Bears092: sarayu - 44. Kxf2
Jun-23-03  sarayu: of course. thanks bears092.
Jun-23-03  Jonber: <Sarayu> Hi, are you the same Sarayu I had the pleasure of playing against a few weeks back? If you are, I’ve got a games post-mortem for you, but I seem to have lost your e-mail adress [he admits shamefully :-)] and was unsure how to get hold of you.
Jun-23-03  Rama: What am I missing? 43. Qxb7+ Rg7, 44. Qxg7+ and 45. Bxf3 ...
Jun-23-03  Jonber: 43.Qxb7+ Kh8 44.Qxd5 [44.Bxf3 Rg1#] 44...Qxd5 45.Ng3 f1Q+ 46.Nxf1 Qxg2#
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  patzer2: <Rama/Jonber> Good exchange of information in showing the proper response to the spite check 43 Qxb7+. 43...Rg7?? loses as shown in Rama's analysis. 43...Kh8! wins as shown in Jonber's analysis. Note that in Jonber's analysis of 43 Qxb7+ above, if 45 Bxd5 then 45...Rg1# follows.
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  patzer2: The main theme of this combination is the attack on the "overworked piece" (bishop on g2). The overworked white bishop cannot capture and remove the mating threat of 43...Qxg2#, while at the same time protecting the back rank mating threat of 43...Rg1# -- at least not without getting into a losing combination such as Jonber gives above.
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  patzer2: Kotov's execution of black's strategy in the King's Indian is classic and extremely well played. I think the real winning combination starts with 32...Nxf4! (if not sooner), when Kotov saw that black's queen, rook and two passed pawns wins easily against white's queen bishop and knight. King's Indian players would do well to study Kotov's strategy and tactics here.
Jun-23-03  sarayu: Hi Jonber. Yes, I'm the one you thoroughly trounced, and would love to see the postmortem. This is extremely kind of you. e-mail is
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  patzer2: 41 Ng3 may offer more resistance than 41 Qxa7, but still appears to lead to a lost game for white. For example, 41 Ng3 h4 42. Nf5 Rf8 43. Qxa7 Rf7 44. Ne3 d4 45. Nf1 Qe5 46. Kg1 f7+ 47. Kh1 Rg7! wins for black ( analysis up to 46. Kg1).
Sep-07-07  Maynard5: It is not clear that Black's somewhat speculative sacrifice of the exchange leads to a win. While the actual move 41. Qxa7? obviously loses, and 41. Ng3 is no better, as in the previous comment, 41. Nd2 appears to hold. For instance, after 41. ... Rf8 42. Bf1, all of Black's pawns are blockaded, while White maintains control over the crucial squares g2 and e2, without which Black cannot penetrate.
Sep-04-08  myschkin: . . .

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In obriger Stellung begannen die weißen Überlegungen mit der Erkenntnis, dass zwei Möglichkeiten im Vordergrund standen:

1.Ng3 und 1.Qe3.

"Nach 1.Ng3", so überlegte Weiss, "wird mein Gegner 1...h4 antworten (2.Nh5 Qg5), und meine Position ist nicht gut." Also versuchte es Weiss mit 1.Qe3. Aber nun dachte er wieder, dass dann nach 1...Qxe3 2.Nxe3 d4 die schwarzen Bauern sehr gefährlich werden würden. Was tun? Nochmals begann Weiss die Folgen von 1.Ng3 zu prüfen - sie missfielen ihm nach wie vor. Dann wieder versuchte er sich in Gedanken mit 1.Qe3 zu befreunden, und so schwankte er zwischen diesen beiden Polen mehrere Male unetschlossen hin und her. Plötzlich blickte er auf seine Uhr: 40 Minuten waren vergangen, die Zeitkontrolle rückte nahe. Da hatte er eine neue Idee: 1.Qxa7 und war sehr glücklich, denn dieser Zug schien dank seiner Aktivität (b7 hängt mit Schach!) der beste zu sein, und ohne viel Überlegen führte Weiss ihn aus. Aber es folgte 1...f2! 2.Bg2 (das Schach auf b7 wäre nach Rg7 nur ein Luftstoss!) 2...Df3!! und Weiss musste die Waffen strecken (wenn jetzt 3.Qxb7#, so Kh8).

Weiss machte zwei Denkfehler: zunächst zog er Qxa7 zu hastig, ohne die Ressourcen des Gegners zu studieren. Sodann aber (und dagegen verstossen viele Spieler) missachtete er gründlich den Grundsatz, jede Variation nur einmal zu durchdenken und nicht immer wieder die gleichen Überlegungen anzustellen.

(siehe Kotovs Ausführungen über den Denkprozess im Schach)

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  GrahamClayton: An excellent example of the increased power of a passed pawn as it gets closer to promoting.
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