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Ognjen Cvitan vs Nigel Short
Mexico City Wch jr (1981), Mexico City MEX, rd 6, Aug-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation (E12)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: 21...Kf8 was a blunder. 21...Qb8 would have been better.
Mar-17-03  Cyphelium: I agree, it's unclear but black would still be in the game.

21. - Qb8 22. Rxf7 doesn't seem to lead anywhere, so I tried 22. h4!?.

22.- Kd8 23. Rxf7 Nxf7 24. Qxf7 Bxd5 (only move) 25. Bxd5 Qxe5 seems to be ok for black, though 26. Qg8+ Kc7 27. Qxa8 Bd6!? (27. -Qxb2?? 28. Qxa7+ Kd6 29. Qb8 mate would be sweet) is quite unclear.

25.- Bxh4 is also interesting. 26. Qf8+ Kc7 27. Qd6+ Kc8 28. Qf8+ Bd8... now 29. Qg7 is a pretty cool move, threatening 30. e6, a pity that black has 29.- Qc7 30. Bxa8 c4 and my money is still on him.

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  crafty: 21. ... ♕b8 22. ♖xf7 ♘xf7 23. ♘xe7 ♔xe7 24. ♕xf7+ ♔d8 25. ♕f8+ =   (eval 0.00; depth 13 ply; 150M nodes)
Jun-04-04  poktirity: What's the finish?
Jun-04-04  Cyphelium: The threat is 24. Qxf7 mate, but if the knight moves from f7 then 24. Qxh6 mate.
Jun-04-04  weev: Can someone tell me why black played 16...h6? Was he hoping to make g4 and outpost for his bishop or knight. It was after this white made its plan.
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  tpstar: <weev> An intriguing example where White's advantage in Space outweighs Black's advantage in Material. But credit White for building this position long before 16 ... h6. Note 8. e4!? allowing 8 ... Qe7 & 9 ... Nxd5 in return for 9. Bd3 & 10. 0-0, then Black was reduced to moves like 10 ... Nc7 & 11 ... Qd8, so White gained Time as well. I think you're right that 16 ... h6 had the intention of 17 ... Bg5 chopping wood, but after 17. Qh5 White realized he couldn't castle (17 ... 0-0?! 18. Bxh6! gxh6 19. Qxh6 is gruesome), whereas 17 ... g6 created more Kingside weaknesses, so Plan C was 17 ... Rf8 and the cramps continued. Perhaps a better plan would have been 12 ... Na6 trading the Nd5 for sure, because Black seemed to underestimate 13. Ne5/14. f4/15. fxe5 and Black had minimal play for the Pawn plus. Basically, one of those games where the winner outplayed the loser!
Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: well, he did get cut Short
Aug-08-10  JimmyVermeer: Weird... Laszlo Polgar gives the winning player's name as Bidan. Not even close. This is game #4858 in Polgar's "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games".
Aug-09-10  JimmyVermeer: <poktirity>, the finish is as follows: 23 Nf6 (forced mate in 13) Qe8 24 Qg6 Bxf6 25 exf6 Qe7 26 e5 d5 27 Qg7+ Ke8 28 Bb5+ Bc6 29 Bxc6+ Kd8 30 fxe7+ Kc7 31 Bxa8 b5 32 e8Q Kb6 33 Qb8+ Ka6 34 Qb7+ Ka5 35 Qxa7#
Aug-16-13  paramount: <Honza Cervenka: 21...Kf8 was a blunder. 21...Qb8 would have been better.>


Believe it or not, it will be very good puzzle, NOT black to move and win, but black to move and draw. 21...?

21...Qb8! needed for providing space for black king to run, with the threat of mate at the f7 square king needs a back road to run, although black has a huge material advantage but white struggle to sustain a life here.

<crafty: 21. ... b8 22. xf7 xf7 23. xe7 xe7 24. xf7+ d8 25. f8+ = (eval 0.00; depth 13 ply; 150M nodes)>

I just want to add some lines,

22.Rxf7 Nxf7
23.Nxe7! Kd8 (or Kxe7 24.Qxf7+ draw)
24.Bxf7 (24.Qxf7 bad because Qxe5) Kxe7
25.Qh4+ Kxf7
26.Qf6+and draw
It is hard and it suits for Saturday, i think.

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