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Ludek Pachman vs Oleg Neikirch
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 13, Aug-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: Pachman's 22. Bxh7+! initiates a nice sacrifice, and probably wins with best play. Still, one would have liked to have seen Black put up better resistance than 25...Nc4??

After 25...Qh7!? 26. Qg5+ Kf7 27. Qf6+ Ke8 28. Qxe6+ Qe7, I suspect White can find a winning attack with best play against the exposed Black King. However 25...Qh7!? might have offered enough stubborn resistance to swindle a draw against a possible human error in the White attack.

Jun-26-04  DanielBryant: 19. Bf6! nice move as well
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: The move I like is 15.Rab1!, which takes advantage of the faulty Queen move. Even though the Rook never makes it to the King side attack, the mere threat gave Pachman other advantages, such as the ability to play Bg5.
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  patzer2: <An Englishman> Welcome to ChessGames.Com. You are absolutely correct that 15. Rab1! is a key move in this attack. It plays a key role in driving the Black Queen off the center squares with 16. Rb5 and sets up the winning 19. Bf6!
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  patzer2: <DanielBryant> Indeed, 19.Bf6! is a surprise move that appears to be White's strongest continuation.

If 19. Bf6! is answered by 19...gxf6, then White wins after 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 (20...Kh8 21. Qh5 Kg7 22. Qg4+ Kh8 23. Rh5 or 20...Kg7 21. Qg4+ Kh8 22. Rh5 ) 21. Qh4+ Kg7 22. Qg4+ Kh6 23. Rh5#.

If 19...g6, then White plays 20. Qe3! intending to followup with 21. Qh6 and 22. Qh7#. In this line (19...g6 20. Qe3!), Black can delay mate by surrendering the Queen in a clearly lost position (e.g. 19...g6 20. Qe3! Qd8 (20...e5 21. dxe5 ) 21. Bxd8.

Also Black could put up some apparent resistance after 19...g6 20. Qe3! by playing 20...Rd8!?, but this allows White to continue 21. Rh5! Qf8 22. Qh3! Rd5 23. Rxh7 with a clear win.

Mar-02-07  justsojazz: My computer engine suggests 15Qh5, a move that looks strange at first, since it looks as if the black queen might be in danger of being trapped. However, after 16 Rb5 Qg4, black threatens to give white isolated doubled pawns. Best is probably 17 Bg3 (to avoid the forced queen trade after e.g. 17 Qe3 Bxf3 18 Qxf3 Qxf3 19 gxf3 as the g-pawn is pinned)

Black might then follow up with 17Rac8 etc.

Not that I know a whole lot about chess, but I wanted to offer this alternative continuation to see if anyone can give an opinion as to whether it may have given black greater defensive chances than in the game

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  Breunor: Can Black hold at the end by instead of playing 25... Nc4 trying 25... Rf7 ? You give up the exchage if at any point White wants it, but it seems better than the instant death that Nc4 offers. I'm not doing computer analysis (or for that matter any sort of extensive analysis though, am I missing something really obvious?
Mar-02-07  justsojazz: After 25Rf7 comes 26 Qh8#

Perhaps you meant 25Rf6, after which white doesn't have to take the exchange right away, but can first play 26 Rd3!, threatening 27 Rg3+, either winning the queen (if she interposes the check with 27Qg7) or checkmating after 27Kf8 28 Qh8+ Kf7 29 Qg7#

If black plays 26Kf8, defending against this threat, white will follow with 27 Rg3, renewing the threat (28 Qh8+ Kf7 29 Qg7#)

Black might try 27Qf7, giving the king an escape over e7, but will still definitely lose his queen and ultimately, the game: 28 Qh8+ Ke7 (28Qg8 29 Qxg8+ obviously loses even faster), after which 29 Bxf6+ wins both the exchange and the queen for a rook (i.e., 29Qxf6 30 Rg7+ Kd6 31 Rd7+ Kxd7 32 Qxf6

It seems to me that black will have little hope of surviving after this line.

Nov-17-09  badenbaden: Really 22.Bxh7+ is nice move, but a error. The winner move is 22.Bxg7!! Kxg7; 23.Rg5+ Kh8; 24.Bxh7 f6; 24.Rh5
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