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Lembit Antsovich Oll vs Julian Michael Hodgson
"Oll We Need is Luft" (game of the day Sep-16-2016)
PCA Qualifiers (1993), Groningen NED, rd 3, Dec-21
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B65)  ·  0-1
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Aug-28-11  David2009: Here's the position with White to play at move 44:


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with a link to Crafty End Game Trainer to explore variations interactively: http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t...

I thought the actual finish 44.Rd3 Nc3! 45.Bxb4 Qa2+! 46.Qxa2 0-1 was extremely attractive. What to play instead?

44.Qd3 runs in to 44...Qxd3 45.Rxd3 Rxh4 and White is a Pawn down with weak pawns <DrMAL>. 44.Rc2 once again runs into 44...Nc3 45.bxc3 Qxa3+ 46.Ra2 Qxc3+ 47.Rb2 a4 and White is completely tied up, e.g. 48.Bxb4 Rxb4 49.Ka2 Rxb2+ 50.Qxb2 Qc4+ 51.Ka3 Qxh4 and White is going to be two Pawns down in the Queen ending, e.g. 52.Qb8+ Kh7 53.Qb1+ g6 54.Qb7 Kg7 55.Qe7 Qg3+ 56.Kxa4 Qxe5

Clearly, 44...Nc3 is a real threat. 44.Bc5 may be White's best chance. It prevents 44...Nc3 because of 45 Rd8 mate(!). The EGT replies 44...Rxh4 when <DrMal>'s idea of g6 gives White much more counterplay than it did in the Rook ending: the EGT meets 45.g6 with bxa3 46.gxf7+ Kxf7 47.Rf2+ Rf4 48.Rxf4+ Nxf4 49.Bxa3 Nd3 to reach with White to play


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and the reduced material and exposed Black King gives White drawing chances. Of course, Crafty EGT does not necessarily find the best moves (because of its limited depth of ply) and there may be better for Black.

Aug-28-11  I play the Fred: <Oll We Need Is Luft>

This is superior to the pun chosen, and superior to my submission, <No Blood for Oll>.

Aug-28-11  joshuap: 45...Qa2+! is nice, and black has no other way of checkmate. If Black made a blunder like 45...axb4??, black would get checkmated himself with 46.Rd8#
Aug-28-11  SuperPatzer77: What a nice counterplay by Black! - 45...Qa2+!! Black sure forces White's resignation

Black kills two birds with one stone by preventing 46. Rd8# and leading to a quick mate.

SuperPatzer77

Aug-29-11
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  kevin86: A combination back row/Arabian mate.

How about:Oll conquered by Arabian!

Mar-23-12  dvilet: 34...Kh7, 35...Kg6!

Someone put these under a collection entitled "Quiet but deadly king maneuvers."

Mar-24-12
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  wordfunph: "I played the most inspired chess of my life and the following game is one that I will cherish forever."

- GM Julian Hodgson

Source: Learn from the Grandmasters by Raymond Keene

Sep-16-16  morfishine: This wretched play-on-word makes me want to jump out of a window
Sep-16-16  hashtag: OllWeNeedIsLuft
Sep-16-16
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  offramp: The song is "All YOU need is Love".
Sep-16-16  hashtag: ItWasOllQuiteDifferent
Sep-16-16  Pantagruel: White's mistake was 33. Qc6, which forced black to start moving his dormant rook. 9 of Black's next 10 moves were to get his rook out into play (via the other corner and through a maze of pawns) and get his King back into safety. It's amazing that Black won after such an elaborate development of one piece.
Sep-16-16  Ironmanth: I like this game; truth be told hard to understand for me most of the way. Lots of involved maneuvers; maybe need another cup of coffee so that I can go over it again, and again, and again...! Thanks!
Sep-16-16  posoo: And THERE he gose! Looks like da good fokes at chuaguma.com have finaly driven Morfudlian to SELF HARM.

Da man will be missed a little. Too bad he cannot handle da occasional pun without getting ANGRY

Sep-16-16  moodini: <posoo> I suppose self-defenestration is a pretty severe form of self-harm.

Let's hope he lives on the ground floor as grumpiness should not carry the death penalty.

I think the game of the day title is a "good 'un".

Sep-16-16  posoo: But WHY do we have da word LUFT in da pon?
Sep-16-16
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  catlover: Please don't jump out of any windows, <morfishine>.

<But WHY do we have da word LUFT in da pon?> Good question...maybe it refers to that king maneuver that black did (Kh7, Kg6 and then back to g8). On the other hand, I always thought that "luft" was when someone moved a pawn in front of his king to avoid a back-rank mate.

Sep-16-16
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  MissScarlett: 22...h5 seems to have put 21.Kb1 out of business, with 21.Bb4 coming to the fore.
Sep-16-16
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  MissScarlett: <<I play the Fred: <Oll We Need Is Luft>

This is superior to the pun chosen, and superior to my submission, <No Blood for Oll>.>

If this is GOTD for a third time, <Crown Jules> is my suggestion.

Sep-16-16
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  thegoodanarchist: Ouch. 46...Rf1+ is gonna leave a mark.
Sep-16-16  ajile: I thought the Richter-Rauzer had White playing Bxf6 and Black responding with ..gxf6 early in the opening. Is this really a Sicilian Richter-Rauzer variation?
Sep-16-16  RandomVisitor: The computer does not choose black's move 19, favoring instead


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Komodo-10.1-64bit:

<+0.51/39 19...Rd5> 20.Bb4 Qd8 21.g3 Ng6 22.a3 Qb6 23.c4 Rd7 24.Bd6 Rad8 25.c5 Qb3 26.Qb4 Qxb4 27.axb4 Ba4 28.Bc2 Bxc2 29.Kxc2 a6 30.Re3 h5 31.Rdd3 Kh7 32.Rf3 Kh8 33.Kc3 Kh7 34.Rd4 Kg8 35.h4 Kh7 36.Rf2 Kh6 37.Rf1 Kh7 38.Rfd1 Kh6 39.R4d2 Kh7 40.b3

After 19...Rxd3 20.cxd3 black had:


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Komodo-10.1-64bit:

+0.78/30 20...a5 21.Kb1 Ng6 22.Bg5 Qc5 23.d4 Qd5 24.h4 h6 25.h5 Qxg2 26.Qxg2 Bxg2 27.hxg6 hxg5 28.gxf7+ Kxf7 29.Rg1 Be4+ 30.Kc1 Kg6 31.Rg3 Bf5 32.Kd2 Rh8 33.Ke3 Rh2 34.Rd2 Rxd2 35.Kxd2 Be4 36.Rg1 Bd5 37.b3 Kf5 38.Rf1+ Ke4 39.Rf7 g6 40.Rf6 Kxd4 41.Rxg6

+0.80/30 20...Ng6 21.Bb4 Qd7 22.Kb1 Qd5 23.Qe4 Qd8 24.Qe2 Nh4 25.Rg1 Qd5 26.Rc1 Ng6 27.Bd6 Nf4 28.Qe3 Qxd3+ 29.Qxd3 Nxd3 30.Rc3 Nf4 31.Rc4 Nd5 32.b3 Rd8 33.Kb2 f6 34.Re1 Kf7 35.g3 h6 36.Rcc1 Bb5 37.Red1 Bc6 38.Rd4 Ne3

<+0.82/30 20...Qd7 21.Bb4> Ng6 22.Kb1 Qd5 23.Qe4 Qd8 24.Qe2 Nh4 25.Rg1 Qd5 26.Rc1 Ng6 27.Bd6 Nf4 28.Qe3 Qxd3+ 29.Qxd3 Nxd3 30.Rc3 Nf4 31.Rc4 Nd5 32.b3 Rd8 33.Kb2 f6 34.Re1 Kf7 35.Rh4 h6 36.Rd4 g5 37.Rd2 f5 38.Rc1 Kg6 39.Bc5

+0.91/30 20...h5 21.Bb4 hxg4 22.Bxe7 Bxg2 23.Rd2 Bd5 24.b3 Nd7 25.Bd6 f5 26.exf6 gxf6 27.Rg1 Rc8+ 28.Rc2 Rxc2+ 29.Kxc2 f5 30.h3 Bf3 31.hxg4 fxg4 32.Kd2 Kf7 33.Re1 Kf6 34.Bg3 Kf5 35.Rc1 e5 36.Rc7 Ke6 37.Ke3 Nf6 38.Rg7 Nd5+ 39.Kf2

Sep-16-16  ajile: OK I guess it is a Richter-Rauzer. The only time White gives Black doubled pawns is when White is attacking the d6 pawn with 2 pieces and plays Bxf6. Point being Black has to reply with ..gxf6 to avoid losing a pawn. For compensation Black does get the bishop pair.
Sep-16-16  RandomVisitor: A final look after 19...Rxd3 20.cxd3


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Komodo-10.1-64bit:

+0.78/35 20...a5 21.Kb1 Ng6 22.Ka1 Qd8 23.Qe2 Bd5 24.Rc1 b5 25.Rc5 b4 26.Rec1 Qe8 27.Be1 h6 28.Kb1 Nf4 29.Qd2 Ng6 30.d4 Rd8 31.Qc2 Ne7 32.Bh4 a4 33.Qd3 g5 34.Be1 b3 35.a3 Bxg2 36.Ba5 Ra8 37.Rg1 Bd5 38.h4 Nf5 39.Rxd5 exd5 40.Qxf5 Rxa5 41.hxg5

<+0.81/35 20...Qd7 21.Bb4> Ng6 22.Kb1 Qd5 23.Qe4 Qd8 24.Qe2 Nh4 25.Rg1 Qd5 26.Rc1 Ng6 27.Bd6 Nf4 28.Qe3 Qxd3+ 29.Qxd3 Nxd3 30.Rc3 Be4 31.Ka1 Rd8 32.Rc4 Bd5 33.Rc7 f5 34.b3 Be4 35.g3 a5 36.Rd1 Nb4 37.Rd2 Nd3 38.Rdc2 Nb4 39.Rb2 Nd3 40.Rd2 h6

+0.84/35 20...Ng6 21.Bb4 Qd7 22.Kb1 Qd5 23.Qe4 Qd8 24.Qe2 Nh4 25.Rg1 Qd5 26.Rc1 Ng6 27.Bd6 Nf4 28.Qe3 Qxd3+ 29.Qxd3 Nxd3 30.Rc3 Nf4 31.Rc4 Nd5 32.Re1 Rd8 33.Bc5 a5 34.h3 h6 35.Rd4 Rd7 36.Bd6 f5 37.b3 g5 38.Rc1 Ne3 39.g3 Kg7

+0.95/35 20...Qd8 21.Bb4 Qd5 22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Kb1 Qxg2 24.Qxg2 Bxg2 25.Rd2 Bd5 26.Rc2 Bc6 27.Rf2 Bb5 28.Re3 Rd8 29.Kc2 h6 30.b3 Bc6 31.Kc3 a5 32.Re1 Bb5 33.Rf3 Bc6 34.Rg3 Rd5 35.d4 Rd8 36.Kd3 g6 37.Ke3 Kg7 38.Rf1 Bd5 39.Rc1

Sep-17-16  Moszkowski012273: Yeah white was already sunk by the time 44.Rd3... was played. The EARLIER 39.g4... keeping the rook at bay probably could have drawn.
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