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Laszlo Szabo vs Mario Bertok
Vinkovci (1970), Vinkovci CRO, rd 3, Oct-06
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0


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Mar-10-06  tacite: I solved it until 29.Rc3! The gods are with me today. I should go a by a lotery ticket... Anyway why not play 26...Rg8 instead of gxh5?
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  al wazir: <tacite: Anyway why not play 26...Rg8 instead of gxh5?> That was the content of the post I just deleted. I decided I didn't like the looks of 27. Rxe7.
Mar-10-06  durnstein: <Al Wazir> In your suggested improvement for Black: 26. . . .Rg8
27. Qe2
and I couldn't find any adequate defensive moves for Black, against the threats of Qh5+ (if g6xh5) or Qxe7.
Mar-10-06  simsan: My buest guess was b5 followed by Nc6 in order to take on e7 and thus get an attack going on the king, but I failed to notice that after 26. b5 a5 27. e6! The king's side is still closed for entry. Additionally the black Q may put me in check on c5.

Of course I looked at Bxh5 as well. But I succumbed to the same mistake as <AlexBabich>. After having sacrificed my bishop I look only for delicious pieces that may be taken, or tempting checks on the next move.

The fact that the black's pieces are jammed and have difficulties in participating in the defence of the K even after a "quiet" move like Qe2 was not something that I managed to see.

Even after Qe2 h4 I don't really find it easy to see all the possible move continuations even though it looks sweet for white of course.

But then again it's friday...

Mar-10-06  mikejaqua: Wow! A Friday and I actually got the first three moves. Couldn't figure where things would go after that though.
Mar-10-06  notsodeepthought: I <missed> it in 1 trillionth of a femtosecond. The fastest patzer in the West.
Mar-10-06  WarmasterKron: Nowhere near. 26.Bxh5 was the first thing I dismissed, settling instead on Qc3 with hopes of winning the black queen with a discovered check, despite the fact that it could probably be refuted by a child.
Mar-10-06  Chesschatology: The position after black's 25th move is so crushng that I think most moves win, although Svabo's is the cleanest and most aesthetic kill.

26 g4 for example!

Mar-10-06  LIFE Master AJ: This was not a terribly difficult puzzle, but we have seen a lot of problems with sacrifices followed by a rook-luft lately.

It was not hard to see that Black had problems:
#1.) White had a Pawn on d5, which effectively cut the board in two. (Black's forces were mostly on the Q-side, and have difficulty in reaching the other side of the board.)

# 2.) Black's pieces were very poorly placed for the defense.

# 3.) Black had pushed all the Pawns in front of his King, this is almost always a sign of trouble for the defender.

# 4.) Black's King was in the corner, and few pieces could easily come to the aid of the Black King.

Mar-10-06  LIFE Master AJ: I also must confess, that although I do not readily remember it, this game feels a little familiar. It is possible that I had seen it before ... somewhere.
Mar-10-06  RandomVisitor: 26.Rc3 also wins:
1. (3.37): 26...e6 27.Bxh5 gxh5
2. (4.16): 26...Ba4 27.Ra3 e5
3. (3.70): 26...h4 27.Qf2 e5 28.dxe6 Bc6
Mar-10-06  Alex S.: I looked to play 26.Ne6. Then realised mate didn't exist. My pawn got in the way and Kh7 thwarted all attempts.
Mar-10-06  Soltari: One by one I picked the right move every time, till mate. I only chose 29.Re3 instead of Rc3. Dunno if that spoils the combination though, it looks fine to me.

In this puzzle I don't think one can see all combinations in the puzzle screen, one has to play the moves that look most promising and play them :).

Mar-10-06  YouRang: I didn't get it. I thought 26. Qc3 (or Qb2) looked strong.

I should have looked at the bishop sac. I even thought to myself: "Gee, the black king is kinda isolated from his forces - it looks like a good time for a sac to crack open his flimsy pawn defense".

Then, I let that good thought die... :(

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  ckr: Gave up, was too intent on finding some way to move the pawn blocking the black Q from h6. I also had considered the bishop sac, but ruled it out because my Q still could not get to h6. Now just maybe, if I had considered <hey dummy, move the queen over and come in on h5> I just might have solved it.

Not to cry fowl, but stareing at the LIVE Topalov-Lenko link didn't add to my desire to place much time in it though.

Mar-10-06  something1234: I have trouble finding my opponents best defence after 26.Bxh5 gxh5 27.Qe2. I dont want to get to bogged down in calculation analyzing every posible respond as this would be difficult during a game. I am going to analyze the positon after 27.Qe2 as if white had an extra move and then see if that helps me find what black needs to do to defend. Does anyone have any methods they use to find the correct defence.?
Mar-10-06  Zplane: I saw the weak pawn structure and thought to attach it by advancing pawn to g4 ... So close, yet so far.
Mar-10-06  belka: I decided on g4 as well. I also considered Nxf5. I was stuck on the motif involving the f4 pawn: black's position falls apart if that pawn could just advance to f5. If hxg4, then the open h file will also be useful for white.

I knew it wasn't the right answer, but since I couldn't find a good forcing line, I'd have to play something noncommital OTB.

Mar-10-06  hayton3: <LIFE Master AJ> <followed by a rook-luft> It's actually rook 'lift'. 'Luft' is an entirely different concept.
Mar-10-06  dakgootje: Didnt have a very clear idea, but guessed the first move right as it breaks open the position, but wanted to do 'something' after that which would involve checks with the queen along the diagonal, but as said i couldnt form a very good idea and wasnt really in a puzzle-solving mood
Mar-10-06  EmperorAtahualpa: 26.Bxh5 was one of the options I was looking at, but I didn't completely go for it. Nice puzzle!
Mar-10-06  YouRang: <hayton3: <LIFE Master AJ> <followed by a rook-luft> It's actually rook 'lift'. 'Luft' is an entirely different concept.> True. Then again, the "i" is right next to the "u" on the keyboard... :-)
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  kevin86: This puzzle was not that hard--if the solver has the patience to mate in a gradual manner;black's pieces were so inactive that he had no means of stopping the attack.
Mar-11-06  LIFE Master AJ: Rook lift, rook luft ... same difference. (I was just trying to make a point. I solved it so quickly, and the solution came almost effortlessly. Makes me think I saw this somewhere before, even if it was a long time ago.)
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  patzer2: The sham sacrifice 26. Bxh5!! guarantees White the win of two pawns for the piece and a decisive attack against the weakened Black castled position.
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