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Enrico Paoli vs Nicolas Rossolimo
Reti Memorial (1949), Trencianske Teplice CSR, rd 16, Sep-??
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Traxler Variation Trencianske-Teplice Gamb (C57)  ·  0-1


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Mar-19-04  Whitehat1963: Suddenly it's over!
Sep-01-05  halcyonteam: Bolt out of Blue
Jul-30-06  notyetagm: <Whitehat1963: Suddenly it's over!>

Yes. The b2-square was a <LOOSE> mating focal point next to the White king and 25 ... ♘c4! brings in the Black a5-knight to coordinate with the Black c3-queen on this target.

White's only defense to the mate threat of 26 ... ♕b2# is to play 26 ♕x♘ so he resigns.

Jan-13-09  ungeneral: Is 4. ..Bc5 really a good move? Can it be played? If so, what is the reply to 5. Nxf7?
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  DarthStapler: Bxf2+ and black is winning
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  Infohunter: <ungeneral: Is 4. ..Bc5 really a good move? Can it be played? If so, what is the reply to 5. Nxf7?>

<DarthStapler: Bxf2+ and black is winning>

The statistics at Opening Explorer bear this answer out well. White's choice of fifth move in this game is much better.

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  Infohunter: Oh, and yes, as wild and wooly as this 4...Bc5 is, experience has shown that it offers Black good practical chances--a reality which I would agree is counterintuitive.
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  perfidious: <DarthStapler: Bxf2+ and black is winning>

Despite the stats supplied by <Infohunter>, this verdict is incorrect; 5....Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 offers no more than a draw against proper defence, though this may be easier said than done. Nunn has done a fair amount of analysis on this, which debunked the above conclusion.

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