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Rene Letelier Martner vs Miguel Najdorf
"Honey, I Blew Up the KID" (game of the day Jul-05-14)
Montevideo (1954)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  1-0
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Jul-05-14
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  sfm: If I had the black pieces, and somebody played 17.Rxh5 against me, I'd have felt certain about victory. I can't recall a more deep and surprising positional sac. Stunning.

But after 20.Qg5 it is clear that Black strangely has no good way of getting rid of White's occupation of the holes on the king side. Maybe giving back the piece with 19.-,Ndf6 was a better try?

Instead Black counterattacks on the Q-side, and it becomes surprisingly dangerous. Reminded me of the famous Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973
but in that Black came first.

At his 27th move, White wants to get a rook to the h-file, but the king is in the way. So 27.Kf2, oops, no, 27.Ke2,Qa5, no. So 27.0-0-0, clear suicide - if you don't shoot first. Which he does.

What a game, and against mighty Najdorf.
For the combined "Game+Pun" score, this is the best I have seen for a very long time.

Jul-05-14
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  HeMateMe: Great pun.
Jul-05-14
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  sfm: The little cutie after 27.-,Re8(!) is worth noticing. Black would like to take away White's control of g8 so the king can go there. 28.Rh1??,Rxe6! and Black stalls the mate long enough to succeed with his own murder plans on the other side.

But 28.Bf7! keeps g8 under control, and now it does no longer helps to threaten the bishop, as the pawn still controls g8 after gxf. Is there really nothing to do? Black has two moves to do something about Rd1-h1-h5+

Here's an idea:
27.-,RxN 28.Rh1,Rb1+! 29.KxR,Qb6+ - damn, nope.
It's over.

Jul-05-14
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  morfishine: Exciting game and great finish! Of course, on the face of it, 17.Rxh5 is outrageous, almost absurd, but White cooly positions his Knights amongst the enemy camp.

Black had other options, for example 20...b4

Or being up a whole rook, could've tried 22...Rxb5 first, giving back an exchange but remaining a piece up and having eliminated one of White's Knights

Another interesting try for Black is 25...Nbxd5 26.Be6+ Kh8 27.exd5 Rxb5


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By foregoing capturing White's Knight, Black capitalizes on this tempo saved. Now if 28.O-O-O then 28...Qa5 and White is in trouble

*****
As for the pun, I'll quietly tuck this one away in the Lame-Ola file

*****

Jul-05-14
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  Honza Cervenka: Unbelievable game.
Jul-05-14
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  Honza Cervenka: 24.Bh3 was a slip. Black could have played 24...Nc5! instead of 24...Nb6 covering thus point e6 by Knight. Then 25.Nxc8 leads nowhere for 25...Rxb5 . That is why white should have played 24.a4 at first with next Bh3.
Jul-05-14  kereru: The rook sac is unclear and probably needs a blunder from Black to work, but what a terrifying position for Black to have at the board. Not really surprising that Najdorf, a natural attacking player, couldn't find the best defence at the board.
Jul-05-14  newzild: Impressive!
Jul-05-14  mistreaver: <Honza Cervenka: 24.Bh3 was a slip. Black could have played 24...Nc5! instead of 24...Nb6 covering thus point e6 by Knight. Then 25.Nxc8 leads nowhere for 25...Rxb5 . That is why white should have played 24.a4 at first with next Bh3.> I think that after 24 a4 nothing terrible for black is apparent, he can play for instance 24... Qa5! and after 25 Bh3 now 25... Nb6 is good, since the inclusion of moves Qa5 and a4 makes it much more unconvincing to castle long.
Jul-05-14
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  thegoodanarchist: At first glance, by move 20 Black seems to be in fine shape. He is up a rook for a mere pawn! Sadly, things took a turn for the worse...
Jul-05-14
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  thegoodanarchist: < vonKrolock: Some photos from the Montevideo 1954 Tournament here http://www.brasilbase.pro.br/foto05...

Thanks for that. It is eerie to think that everyone in the photos has died by now, but it is likely true.

Jul-05-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: Letelier usually lost to Najdorf. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... When he won, he did it by sacking all his pieces and winning brilliantly - as in this game and Letelier vs Najdorf, 1964.>

Letelier wins every 10 years or so...

Jul-05-14
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  eternaloptimist: This is an outstanding game by the Chilean IM Letelier! This is a great pun that I gave the highest marks in the pun voting booth for the pun & the game a few weeks ago.: Pun Voting Booth
Shortly after I judged this pun & game I thought I would do some googling to see if it had been used before. It hadn't but it's very similar to this pun.: B Rabar vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1949
Both of the puns are based off of movies. Whether or not the author of the "blew up" pun knew about the "shrunk" pun & decided to modify it remains to be seen. Regardless this is a brilliant game by Letelier & deserves to be seen by the CG community.
Jul-05-14
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  HeMateMe: <Whether or not the author of the "blew up" pun knew about the "shrunk" pun & decided to modify it remains to be seen>

Of course it is played off of the movie "Honey I blew Up the Kids", starring Rick Moranis. What other possibility could there be?

Jul-05-14
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  eternaloptimist: <HeMateMe> I meant did the author of this pun know about the "shrunk" pun. It's also possible that the same author of the "shrunk" pun came up w/ the pun for this game. I already mentioned the movies in my previous pun.
Jul-05-14  drpoundsign: A tragedy what happened to Najdorf's family. He was a Polish Jew playing in South America when the Blitz came to his homeland. He lost his whole family in the Holocaust.
Jul-06-14
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  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Good point about game quality
Jul-06-14
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  FSR: It's hard to believe that White's play is sound, but it's a very cool game.
Jul-06-14
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  Honza Cervenka: <mistreaver: <Honza Cervenka: 24.Bh3 was a slip. Black could have played 24...Nc5! instead of 24...Nb6 covering thus point e6 by Knight. Then 25.Nxc8 leads nowhere for 25...Rxb5 . That is why white should have played 24.a4 at first with next Bh3.> I think that after 24 a4 nothing terrible for black is apparent, he can play for instance 24... Qa5! and after 25 Bh3 now 25... Nb6 is good, since the inclusion of moves Qa5 and a4 makes it much more unconvincing to castle long.>

If 24.a4 Qa5, then 25.Nf5 is possible.

Jul-06-14  Moszkowski012273: 22...Qa5 would of turned this game around for black.
Jul-06-14
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  eternaloptimist: <morfishine> Thanks very much for the complement! This is 1 of the most interesting games that I have played over lately.
Jul-07-14
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  kevin86: The black king will be soon sealed in his coffin:

31:...Kh7 32 Bxg8+ Rxg8 33 Qxh6#

Jul-07-14  Moszkowski012273: Na Kevin 31...Kh7 32.Qg6++
Jul-07-14  Moszkowski012273: As a side note 31.RxB... also leads to a very pretty forced mate.
Jul-08-14
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  kevin86: What is with the "Na Kevin"? I goofed, no golfed. lol
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