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Lubomir Kavalek vs Duncan Suttles
Olympiad Nice (France) (1974)  ·  Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System (B08)  ·  0-1
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Sep-04-04  RubyDragon: I think this may well be the only pawn storm I've ever seen in the endgame.
Nov-19-05  Chess Addict: Indeed, this is an awesome game.
One of Suttles' best, I think.
Jan-15-06  DeepBlade: Wikipedia finds this as this openings most notable game.

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  IMlday: Great game to watch.
Canada-US 1974 Olympiad score 2-2 since Kuprejanov also won.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Suttles, according to the tournament book, loved showing this game to people--after Qd2, White has the exact pawn center and piece formation recommended by Al Horowitz as ideal, and yet stands worse.

Suttles showed good judgement in going for the R&P vs N&B exchange. I resorted to this a lot, because my experience was that the Knight and Bishop are not only bitter enemies when they play on opposite sides; sometimes, as here, they won't cooperate even when playing together.

However, Kavalek's loss was not forced from move 11. All three moves of the h-pawn were not good, and 26.h6+ blunders away a vital pawn and makes the King side pawn storm all the more powerful. Swapping dark-square Bishops might not have been best, either.

May-08-06  euripides: A really wonderful game. <An Englishman> very interesting re R vs. N+B. Sometimes the rook does very well with outside passed pawns because both minor pieces are needed to stop one of them: see E Canal vs Capablanca, 1929 for a classic example. But in this game the pawns are all together but the minor pieces are totally unable to find good squares.
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  FSR: <An Englishman> I think Suttles referred to Fred Reinfeld rather than Horowitz. They both wrote a lot of books, but Reinfeld wrote more, his books were read more, and he was famous for his somewhat dogmatic statements about the opening (although that was pretty typical for the day; when Capablanca, as I recall, played what we now call the Modern Defense against one of the lesser lights at New York 1924, it was derided as a "joke opening").
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <FSR>, you could be right. I was trying to remember his comments from the book of the 1974 Nice Olympiad, which I've long since misplaced. A shame, too, because there is an amazing game from that tournament in which Black sacrifices both Rooks--from their original squares!--for minor pieces.
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  perfidious: <FSR> In fact, it was Reinfeld, to set the record straight:

<Englishman> The game to which you refer was played by the German master Kestler, and was most impressive indeed. If I ever find my copy of the tournament book, I'll submit that game- it will be a treat for all our readers!

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  Gejewe: <An Englishman>,<perfidious> This is probably the game you meant ?
[Event "Nice olympiad"]
[Date "1974.??.??"]
[White "Sax, G."]
[Black "Kestler"]
1. e4 d6 2. Nc3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. Be2 Nf6 5. h4?! h5! 6. Bg5 c6 7. Qd2 Qc7 8. O-O-O Nbd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bf3 b4 11. Nce2 a5 12. f5? gxf5 13. exf5 Nb6 14. Ng3 Nc4 15. Qe2 d5 16. Nxh5 Rxh5!! 17. Bxh5 a4 18. Nh3 b3 19. cxb3 axb3 20. a3 Rxa3!! 21. bxa3 Qa5 22. Rd3 Qxa3+ 23. Kb1 Bxf5 24. Nf2 b2 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. Bxf6 Qa1+ 27. Kc2 b1=Q+ 0-1
Amazing ..
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  perfidious: <gejewe> This is the one; thanks!

This is the only game I've ever seen where a player sacrifices both rooks from their original squares.

Dec-23-07  Jim Bartle: There's a game Tal-Paehtz 1974 where Tal sacrifices one rook on its original square, then offers the second, also unmoved. Paehtz had no time to take it, actually didn't have time to take the first one either.
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  Benzol: Here's a question people. How often have Rook sacrifices occurred in the same match?

Euwe vs Reti, 1920

Reti vs Euwe, 1920

Euwe vs Reti, 1920

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  perfidious: <JimBartle> That was a neat game.
Dec-25-07  Jim Bartle: Just to be clear, in my post above the phrase "also unmoved" refers to the rook, not Tal's emotions.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Yes, <Gejewe>, Sax-Kestler is the game I had in mind. Rather astonishing, isn't it?
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  PhilFeeley: <An Englishman> <Gejewe> It's interesting that other games from that Olympiad are here at, but not that one. I found it in the Olympiad collection of games from 1974. Indeed a great game.
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  maxi: <FSR> must refer to Ed Lasker vs Capablanca, 1924. Capablanca always was trying things out.
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  FSR: <maxi> Yes, that's the game I was alluding to.
Jan-31-14  Pestilencemage: As a beginner/student; I've only just started to study openings. I've been studying only endgame and principal. I found that the opening I've been useing is essentialy the Modern Defence or some varriation thereof. I use it to control pawn structure while I trade material to get to a winning endgame situation ASAP. I use a similur opening as white as well though. Anyone know an opening for white that uses these principals and tactics? I can't seem to find any that do not blitz pawns out early.
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  sleepyirv: Space Suttles
Mar-18-15  alshatranji: <Suttles, according to the tournament book, loved showing this game to people--after Qd2, White has the exact pawn center and piece formation recommended by Al Horowitz as ideal>

Very interesting. The position after Qd2 reminded me of the first chess book I ever had, which had the same position as "ideal", except that the queenside rook was on d1. Now I know where it came from. It goes to show that theory is just theory, although I must admit if I hadn't know the result, I would probably have rooted for Kavalek.

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