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Gideon Stahlberg vs Laszlo Szabo
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 13, Sep-22
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Yugoslav Variation (D99)  ·  0-1


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Feb-01-06  SamuelS: This was easy. White loses also after 38. Qc2 Qe2+ 39. Rf2 Rg3+ etc.
Feb-01-06  Cogano: Too bad, I missed this one! I kept trying to check the White king & find a way to develop the pawn so that the doubled rooks can penetrate White's position and, combined with the 2 queens overwhelm White's defensive measures. I got Monday's & Tuesday's, perchance I'll get tomorrow's? Just the same, it's a good game to study the Grunfeld. Thanks to for bringing it to our attention. Take care all and have a great day. Cheers!
Feb-01-06  Fezzik: Having played through the entire book on the Zurich tournament by Bronstein at least half a dozen times, I was able to find the tactic almost instantly. It's amazing just how great that old tournament was, and the book is even better!
Feb-01-06  Counterpoint: <xenophon> 37...Qe2+ loses to 38.Rf2 Qe4+ 39.Kh2 and black's d-pawn is lost.
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  Richard Taylor: I found this one - but I wasn't completely confident until I saw the game - the idea is a fork and to drive the Q away - also to cut the Q off from the K-side.
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  Richard Taylor: <Fezzik: Having played through the entire book on the Zurich tournament by Bronstein at least half a dozen times, ...> I have that book - I have only played a few games though -I must play some more games.
Feb-01-06  prinsallan: I saw it too, but as usual I wasnt completely sure about the continuation.
Feb-01-06  Whitehat1963: Didn't see it at all.
Feb-01-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Beautiful puzzle! Just out of luck I did go for 37...Rd3 and it turned out to be the right move. However, my idea for Black's 38th move was 38...Qe4+?? which is clearly not good in retrospect..
Feb-01-06  LIFE Master AJ: A nice deflection, followed by a fork.
Feb-01-06  dakgootje: I....missed a wednesday puzzle...that must have been weeks maybe months ago...
Feb-01-06  Averageguy: I didn't get it, I was concentrating on 37...Qe1 ideas.
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  YouRang: I blew it. I glanced at 37...Rd3, and I looked an 37...Qe2, but I failed to put them together. I feel kinda dopey. Good puzzle though.
Feb-01-06  karlth: Got it pretty quickly.

The pattern seems to be:

- Find the single opponent piece that stops a combination. - Deflect the piece.
- Play the combination.
- Brag about it. :-)

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  kevin86: I missed this one! I saw Qe2+ followed by the sac at d1:The best black could get out of that is a grand exchange of queens and rooks that would leave him a pawn down.:(

The text leads to a situation where the queen and rook can attack while the white pieces are nailed down by the passed pawn.

Feb-01-06  alefromitaly: Yes! Got it (all the line but after 10 minutes).
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  dzechiel: This took me two or three minutes to find. I wanted to check on e2 with the ♕ first and then play the ♖d3, but that order just wouldn't work. After looking at a bunch of other stuff, I noticed that the move 37...♖d3 was forcing and got rid of the offending ♖ on f3. After that the moves played themselves.
Feb-01-06  GiuocoPianoMan: Is there any variation of the Grunfeld in which the white queen takes the pawn on b7 on move 11 or 12? It would seem to be a way to start to ruin black's position. Am I missing something?
Feb-01-06  jmi: I got this puzzle after some thinking.

Like others, I look at the move Qe2 as a tasty morsel to deliver check to the King but the White Rook was in the way.

I figured in this case, the trick was "removing the guard" ie. Rf3. The only forcing move I could find was Rd3 and after that, it's either a Queen capture or mate.

Feb-01-06  DanielBryant: This one didn't take long at all. It's easy once you see that all you need to do is distract the queen.
Feb-01-06  TTLump: Very nice combination. Easy to find if you know something is there.

My biggest weakness in this type of situation would be as White. I would probably look at 37. ... Rd3 and quickly (and erroneously!) conclude that Black wouldn't play this move because after RxR, RxR, QxR, I would be a Rook ahead. This is a good illustration for the lesson that you should always spend as much time calculating your opponent's best move as you do your own.

I doubt I would have played 37.Rf3 as white, but not because I saw the combination in the actual game. It just looks wrong. It exposes the King, takes some pressure off of Black's d-pawn, and doesn't appear to have any tangible goal in mind.

37. Qf3 was probably White's best move, but he still has an uphill struggle.

Hopefully this lesson will stay with me long enough to apply it OTB.

Feb-03-06  Cogano: Hello <TTLump> and I sincerely hope this finds you well. I agree with you sir. But, as an inexperienced player, I must emphasize the "if" in your statement: "Easy to find IF you know something is there." Why? Because I never had an inkling that something was there, that ANYthing was there. Thank you, as always, for the analysis. I'm much obliged to you for that. Take very good care and have yourself a most joyous day, every day. Cheers mate!
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  patzer2: Black's 37. Rd3!! is an excellent example of the use of a double attack as a sham positional sacrifice, used here to secure a winning attack.
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  patzer2: Black's 37...Rd3!! is an excellent example of the use of a double attack as a sham positional sacrifice, used here to secure a winning attack.
Mar-15-06  Cyphelium: <Tariqov> You are correct of course. But I didn't know that back in -03. =)
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