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Helmut Pfleger vs Bent Larsen
Manila (1974)  ·  English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  1-0
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  Boomie: <> Chessbase gives black's 58th move as Ke5, not Kg5.
May-14-05  Holden: What's the winning line after 61. ... Kxh3? Black's threat of playing 62. ... Nb4 (with Nxa6 to follow) looks like it leads to a draw.
May-14-05  Chuckles: After Kxh3, White will play Nf4+, to distract the black N, 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 :)
May-14-05  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 (KQN vs. KQ), 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?
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  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!

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  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.

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  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.
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  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...Ne7! [The best field for the "Arab horse". 10...Nb8 jump is also playable, but 10...Nd4 is bad, because of 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Nd5!? and 10...Na4? leads to the slaughter by the lady in white and a possible continuation would be 11...c5 12.b6+! Nc6 13.Nxe5! dxe5 (The best move) 14.Bxc6+! bxc6 15.b7! (The best move) 15...Rb8 16.bxc8Q]

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

11...Nd7 leads to nothing. [Maybe better was 11...0-0 11...Be6 or 11...Rb8]

12.Ne1!? A fine move. It opens the diagonal for the white bishop and controls important fields.

12...Nc5 [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...Ne6 Ne6 15.Nc2 exd4?! 16.exd4 f4!? A little recognition for "The B!G" loser. :0)

17.Re1 Kh8?! [Interesting was 17...fxg3 18.hxg3 (and not 18.fxg3?!) 18...Nf5! 19.Bd5! Qf6 20.Qe2 Re8! The only move.]

18.Nd5 Nf5 19.Bb2 Bd7?! [19...a6!?]

20.Qd3 c6!? 21.bxc6 bxc6 [and not 21...Bxc6?? because the "Arab horse" number II is hanging.]

22.Ndb4! 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 !?.

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  Cemoblanca: 23.Nxc6 The MD (Doctor of Medicine) succeeded in overcoming the difficulties.

23...Bxc6 24.Bxc6 The bishops look threatening.

24...Ng5! with best regards to the white bishop. ;0)

25.Bg2 Rb8?! [Maybe better was 25...Rc8!? or 25...f3!?]

26.Bc3 Rxb1 27.Rxb1 Qf6?! [27...f3!]

28.gxf4? [28.Re1!]

28...Nh4! 29.d5 Qxf4 30.Bxg7+! Kxg7 31.Qd4+! Kg6 32.Qxf4! Any other Queen move leads to a loss.

32...Rxf4 33.Ne3 Rd4?! The idea Rd4-Rd2-Ra2 is not bad, but it costs too much time. [A wise thing would be 33...Nxg2 or 33...h5!? to free the Rook.

34.Rb8 [34.a5!?] Rd2 35.Rd8 Ra2?! I said it costs time.

36.Rxd6+ My dear King. Here's your receipt.

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  Cemoblanca: 36...Kh5! The best move! [Any other King move leads to a loss, for example 36...Kf7? 37.Rxh6; 36...Kg7 Kf1! etc.]

37.Kf1! Braveheart! Ra1+?! [37...Nhf3!] 38.Ke2 Ra2+ 39.Kd3 The winning move.

39...Rxf2 40.Be4? [40.Rxh6! The for(the)king check! ;0 40...Kxh6 41.Nxg4+]

40...Rd2+ The for(the)king check part II! [40...Ra2!?]

41.Kxd2 Nxe4+ 42.Kd3! Nxd6 43.c5! Nf7 44.c6! Kg5! 45.c7 Nd6 46.Kd4! Kf6 47.Nxg4+ Ke7! 48.Ne5! Nhf5+ 49.Kc5 h5 50.a5 Kf6 [50...h4!] 51.Nc6! Helmut "The Tablebase". ;0) 51...Nc8! 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 Ng7? [53...Kf7!= 54.Ne5+ Kf6! 55.Nc4 Ke7! because each Knight move leads to a loss.]

54.Nd4! Helmut is back in business! 54...Ne8?! 55.Kc6! Ne7+? Unnecessary! 56.Kd7!(!) Nxc7 There is nothing better! 57.Kxc7 Nxd5 58.Kb7! 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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