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Helmut Pfleger vs Bent Larsen
Manila (1974), Manila PHI, rd 8, Oct-??
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  1-0


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May-14-05  Boomie: <> Chessbase gives black's 58th move as Ke5, not Kg5.
May-14-05  Holden: What's the winning line after 61. ... ♔xh3? Black's threat of playing 62. ... ♘b4 (with ♘xa6 to follow) looks like it leads to a draw.
May-14-05  Chuckles: After ♔xh3, White will play ♘f4+, to distract the black ♘, and White can promote his pawn.
May-14-05  WorldChampeen: Wasn't yesterday that masterpiece by Spassky vs. Larsen? Better give Bent his due one of these days..
May-14-05  Holden: Thanks <Chuckles>. Wow that's pretty.
May-14-05  Saph: To be sure, pretty indeed!
May-14-05  svevo: Holden Ktf3 check wins... ktxkt ..kxp and kt can't get back to prevent the queening.
May-14-05  samikd: How does W proceed after 59..Kh5 ??
Premium Chessgames Member Boomie <Chessbase gives black's 58th move as Ke5, not Kg5.> They might be right, but I don't see any way to tell as both moves look plausible and run into the same tactical finesse. Maybe somebody can find a third opinion, in print.
May-14-05  szyymek: <Chuckles>
59..Kh5 60.Kxa7 Nb4 61.Kb7 Nxa6 62.Kxa6 Kg6 63.Nxh4
and now is quite easy to win :)
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  patzer2: After 61...Kxa3, as <Chuckles> notes, White wins with the pseudo-sacrifice 62. Nf4+!

A short analysis of the combination follows:

59. Nf3+!! Kf4 60. Nxh4! Kg3 61. Ng2! Kxh3 62. Nf4+! Nxf4 63. Kxa7 Nd5 64. Kb7 1-0

Almost working is 59. Ne6+!? but it leads to a draw after 59...Kf5! (forced as all other tries lose. i.e. not 59... Kf6? 60. Nf4 Nb4 61. Kxa7 Kg5 62. Ng2 Kh5 63. Kb7 Nxa6 64. Kxa6 Kg5 65. Kb5 Kh5 66. Kc4 Kg5 67. Kd5 Kh5 68. Ke4 Kg5 69. Kf3 Kh5 70. Kf4 Kg6 71. Nxh4+ ) 60. Nd8 Nb4 61. Nf7 Nxa6 62. Kxa6 Kf4 63. Kxa7 Kg3=.

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  kevin86: This certainly was a great knight for the cavaliers-lol. Great finesse by white!
May-14-05  ccme: with out a doubt, I see the answer as a winning line. but, i think if i were playing the game I would have played 59. Nc6. I don't see a win that way, but you do Queen first and can check a whole bunch. :) But, it still ends in a draw.

Good puzzle.

May-14-05  beatgiant: <ccme>
<59. Nc6. I don't see a win that way, but you do Queen first> I agree that line is a draw, but I saw an easier way: 59. Nc6? Kf4 60. Kxa7 Nc7 61. Kb7 Nxa6 62. Kxa6 Kg3 63. Nd4 Kxh3 64. Nf3, with a drawn position.

If Black instead allows White to queen first, the race looks much closer: 59. Nc6 Nf4 60. Nxa7 Nxh3 61. Nc6 Nf2 62. a7 h3 63. a8=Q h2. Now the obvious thing like 64. Qg8+ Kh4 65. Qg2 h1=Q 66. Qxf2+ wins a piece but is still only a book draw (♔♕♘ vs. ♔♕), and I haven't managed to find any mating attack for White here either. As you said, <you do Queen first and can check a whole bunch. :)> Thanks for that lesson!

May-14-05  InGrained: Alright, my first solve! This one came pretty quick, but I do have one question. What about 59 ... Nb4?
May-14-05  suenteus po 147: Wow! I actually got this one right, and it's not a puzzle I've ever seen before. Of course, to be fair, I did not see Ng2, but now that I do I see how it wins easily. I hope this means my endgame is getting better.
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  acirce: <I actually got this one right, and it's not a puzzle I've ever seen before. Of course, to be fair, I did not see Ng2>

?? You got it but you didn't?

May-14-05  halcyonteam: Looks drawish after Kxh3 or Kxg2
May-14-05  Sadgrinner: Has anyone mentioned this isn't forcing?

IE: after white's:
60. Nxh4

Black can play 60... Nb4, later sacrificing his knight to kill the pawn. So this isn't really a 'white to play and win'. Please let me know if I'm incorrect!

May-14-05  sfm: <Sadgrinner: Has anyone mentioned this isn't forcing? IE: after white's: 60. Nxh4 Black can play 60... Nb4,>

Yup, but it does not help him. White still plays 60. Ng2+, Kg3. 61. h4 and the issue remains: The h-pawn is protected and black loses his remaining pieces on the Q-side. Then the white king comes running to help.

May-15-05  suenteus po 147: <acirce> I saw 59.Nf3+ wins the annoying h4 pawn so that white can safely focus on promoting the a-pawn. I failed to see, though, at the time that 61.Ng2 is the necessary follow up to draw the black knight away.
Jan-04-07  Whitehat1963: What an excellent game from beginning to end.
Sep-13-11  Cemoblanca: 9...g5?! [The first mistake. Better was 9...0-0 or 9...a6!? to prevent the queenside from the breakthrough, followed by an attack on the kingside.]

10.b5! Milder punishment! ;0)

10...♘e7! [The best field for the "Arab horse". 10...♘b8 jump is also playable, but 10...♘d4 is bad, because of 11.♘xd4 exd4 12.♘d5!? and 10...♘a4? leads to the slaughter by the lady in white and a possible continuation would be 11...c5 12.b6+! ♘c6 13.♘xe5! dxe5 (The best move) 14.♗xc6+! bxc6 15.b7! (The best move) 15...♖b8 16.bxc8♕]

11.a4!? The roll is on its way.

11...♘d7 leads to nothing. [Maybe better was 11...0-0 11...♗e6 or 11...♖b8]

12.♘e1!? A fine move. It opens the diagonal for the white bishop and controls important fields.

12...♘c5 [12...0-0 would still be playable. Better early than never.]

13.e3! without speed limit. Therefore 12...0-0 was very important.

13...0-0 CeCe Peniston - Finally!!! ;0) >>>

14.d4!? No Comment!

14...♘e6 ♘e6 15.♘c2 exd4?! 16.exd4 f4!? A little recognition for "The B!G" loser. :0)

17.♖e1 ♔h8?! [Interesting was 17...fxg3 18.hxg3 (and not 18.fxg3?!) 18...♘f5! 19.♗d5! ♕f6 20.♕e2 ♖e8! The only move.]

18.♘d5 ♘f5 19.♗b2 ♗d7?! [19...a6!?]

20.♕d3 c6!? 21.bxc6 bxc6 [and not 21...♗xc6?? because the "Arab horse" number II is hanging.]

22.♘db4! Attack is the best form of defence.

22...g4?! is not the best move, but on the board it can make it confusing to understand the message and could also earn an !?.

Sep-13-11  Cemoblanca: 23.♘xc6 The MD (Doctor of Medicine) succeeded in overcoming the difficulties.

23...♗xc6 24.♗xc6 The bishops look threatening.

24...♘g5! with best regards to the white bishop. ;0)

25.♗g2 ♖b8?! [Maybe better was 25...♖c8!? or 25...f3!?]

26.♗c3 ♖xb1 27.♖xb1 ♕f6?! [27...f3!]

28.gxf4? [28.♖e1!]

28...♘h4! 29.d5 ♕xf4 30.♗xg7+! ♔xg7 31.♕d4+! ♔g6 32.♕xf4! Any other Queen move leads to a loss.

32...♖xf4 33.♘e3 ♖d4?! The idea Rd4-Rd2-Ra2 is not bad, but it costs too much time. [A wise thing would be 33...♘xg2 or 33...h5!? to free the Rook.

34.♖b8 [34.a5!?] ♖d2 35.♖d8 ♖a2?! I said it costs time.

36.♖xd6+ My dear King. Here's your receipt.

Sep-13-11  Cemoblanca: 36...♔h5! The best move! [Any other King move leads to a loss, for example 36...♔f7? 37.♖xh6; 36...♔g7 ♔f1! etc.]

37.♔f1! Braveheart! ♖a1+?! [37...♘hf3!] 38.♔e2 ♖a2+ 39.♔d3 The winning move.

39...♖xf2 40.♗e4? [40.♖xh6! The for(the)king check! ;0 40...♔xh6 41.♘xg4+]

40...♖d2+ The for(the)king check part II! [40...♖a2!?]

41.♔xd2 ♘xe4+ 42.♔d3! ♘xd6 43.c5! ♘f7 44.c6! ♔g5! 45.c7 ♘d6 46.♔d4! ♔f6 47.♘xg4+ ♔e7! 48.♘e5! ♘hf5+ 49.♔c5 h5 50.a5 ♔f6 [50...h4!] 51.♘c6! Helmut "The Tablebase". ;0) 51...♘c8! The best one! 52.a6?! [A "Abwartezug" like 52.h3! would be a good decision here.]

52...h4! A great move by "The Great Dane". :0)

53.h3 ♘g7? [53...♔f7!= 54.♘e5+ ♔f6! 55.♘c4 ♔e7! because each Knight move leads to a loss.]

54.♘d4! Helmut is back in business! 54...♘e8?! 55.♔c6! ♘e7+? Unnecessary! 56.♔d7!(!) ♘xc7 There is nothing better! 57.♔xc7 ♘xd5 58.♔b7! The roll on the queenside has paid off! :0)

Great game by Helmut, but however, "The Great Dane" has kept very well defensively! RIP!

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