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Carlos Bielicki vs Vasily Smyslov
Havana (1964)  ·  English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  0-1
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Jul-07-04  littleshiva: Great attack on light squares !
Oct-15-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Yes, the ferocity of the attack surprised me when I first played through the game, but it is completely thematic - white is strong on the dark squares, but weak on the light squares.
Dec-28-07  Terry McCracken: 29. Rc4! and White is done.
Dec-28-07  Chesstalesfan: 28..h3 29Kf1 Rc4 to be followed by 30..Re2 and 31..Qh1+
Dec-28-07  Chesstalesfan: sorry I meant 30 ..Rd2
Dec-28-07
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  sfm: That was a difficult one. The two last moves are lovely. Of course not 29.-,Rg4?? 30.Rfd1 and White wins.
So maybe Black should have played 26.Rfd1.
Dec-28-07  dabbler: 25. ....h5 is the key to Black's grand strategy.
Dec-28-07
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  dzechiel: Black to move. Black is down a bishop for a pawn. "Difficult."

At first I wanted to play 28...h3 (and I may still want to), but then I noticed that white could play 29 Kf1. This is probably still the correct line. Let's try it.

28...h3

The only good move for white here is

29 Kf1

Now black gets to play

29...Rc4

The rook is immune to capture as 30 Qxc4 Rd2 puts the game away. Where can white move the queen and still stop both 30...Rc2 and 30...Rd2?

30 Qb2

Gosh, I must be getting old. I have been looking at this position for over a half hour, and I can't make progress beyond this point.

I have looked at alternatives to 29...Rc4 without luck, and have tried to continue this main line with moves like 30...Qg2+, 30...Qh1+ and 30...Qe4 and white keeps wiggling off of the hook.

So, I'm going to have to say that Smyslov should just recapture the bishop with 28...hxg3 and after 29 hxg3 Rxb4 up a pawn.

I'm really disappointed in myself here.

Dec-28-07
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  dzechiel: 30...Rg4! What a great move! I wish I had seen it. After 31...Rxg3 either the h-pawn promotes or black gets to play 32...Rg1+ 33 Kxg1 Qg2#.
Dec-28-07  Manic: Yes, I believe 30...Rg4! is the key move here as <dzechiel> points out. For the regular puzzle solvers, 29...Rc4! is not hard to see but it was hard for me to see a way to continue. I was thinking perhaps trying to double the rooks on one of the files with 30...Rd5 so that I could get a rook down to the 2nd rank.
Dec-28-07  TrueBlue: I think I got it, that's a difficult one.
First move is obvious 28. .. h3 29. Kf1 to avoid mate. Next, I want to play 29 .. Rg4, but white has 30. Red1, black needs to play something like 30. .. Re8 to avoid mate threat and now king can escape through d2. However 29 .. Rc4 forces 30. Qb2 (if Qxc4 mate in 2) and now I can play 30. .. Rg4. Really complicated stuff, but I think I got it (hope I didn't make too many mistakes this time).
Dec-28-07  TrueBlue: lol, right on, not bad for Friday!
Dec-28-07  CaptGeorge: Well.. I saw
28. ... h3
29. Kf1 ?? Time to peek.
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Beautiful! I just didn't see it. I gonna blame it on working too hard today and staying up too late. :)
Dec-28-07  adimare: Hello everyone!, first post ever, been watching a few games (maybe a ton of games) and playing the puzzles every day for a couple of months now.

28. ...h3
29. Kf1 Rc4
30. Qb2 ....

Then I'm completely stuck, no idea :S

Dec-28-07  Chesstalesfan: Ive found the first moves; I missed the answer 30.Qb2 If I didnt miss it I probably would think of 30..Rg4
Dec-28-07  Strelz: Yay! My first Friday downed...
Dec-28-07
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  al wazir: <gilbertblondy>: f5+??? And fxe3??? That P is pinned.

Why don't you use conventional algebraic notation and number the moves in accordance with the game? That might help avoid mistakes and confusion.

Dec-28-07
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  zenpharaohs: Great problem. I got the first move right away, and then took a long time to find Rc4, and even then I didn't see all the variations on how strong the rook on the d file is. I suppose there is a proverb about rooks on open files but it wasn't in my mind until I thought I had the solution and started analyzing.

28 ... h3
29 Kf1 Rc4!

Instead of 30 Qb2, white can prolong the agony. And the interesting thing is that the hope dies immediately, it's only the agony which is prolonged

30 Rac1 Rxc2
31 Rxc2 Rd1! Ouch!!!

Talk about getting it with both barrels.

32 Bh4

White has to hold the pawn at f2. But it only postpones things.

32 ... Qh1+
33 Ke2 Rxe1+

There is a bit of king chasing that is possible, but it's just as over for white as in the game line, where 31 ... Rd1! will not occur. I don't really doubt that Smyslov knew that he would do it in this line.

This was a really tough problem. But it's really interesting to see how Smyslov sets off a huge bomb. It is tempting to think about where Smyslov began to see this. He could have played h4 a move earlier, but he transposed Rd8 with that. Or was 27 Bg3? the point of decision?

Dec-28-07  moppa: I erred with 29...Rg4, too bad I didn't notice 30.Red1 RxR 31.RxR with back rank problems.
Dec-28-07
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  cu8sfan: Wow! A complete paralysis of the white forces. I'll have to take a closer look at home but why is 29.Rc4 necessary?
Dec-28-07
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  triangulation: ok. h3 is the obvios mvoe. after that black has to give up his queen for a rook to stop mate. after that kf1 is the only move that avoids mate. then i feel qf3 is the best move as it ties up whites pieces. then next move bring rook to rd2 and game pretty much over i think.
Dec-28-07
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  triangulation: well for some reason i didn't consider kf1 first time as an option. oh well.
Dec-28-07  Boerboel Guy: <cu8sfan> See comments by <TrueBlue>
Dec-28-07
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  zenpharaohs: TrueBlue: "However 29 .. Rc4 forces 30. Qb2 (if Qxc4 mate in 2)"

No, it doesn't. 30 Rac1 is actually "better" in the sense that the forced mate takes about eight moves longer than 30 Qb2.

To have truly solved this problem you should not just beat the game line, but the best alternative for the opponent. In this case, it's really worth it because it leads to seeing the answer in that case:

31 ... Rd1!

Dec-28-07
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  goldfarbdj: I saw the idea of h3 pretty much right away, and I saw the final idea of Rg4, but the key intermediate move Rc4 completely eluded me. Indeed, when I played over the game it took me about a minute to find 30. Qxc4 Rd2.

I thought about 28. ... Rg4 immediately, threatening 29. ... h3 30. Kf1 Rxg3, but black has no answer to 29. Qe2.

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