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Christopher Lutz vs Lubomir Ftacnik
"Checkout Line" (game of the day Apr-16-2011)
Bundesliga (2000/01), Hamburg GER, rd 10, Mar-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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  YouRang: <mihai: What if instead of 33. ...fxg6, Black plays 33. ...Ke7? I cannot see a mating possibility for White afterwards. Am I missing something?> After 33...Ke7 comes 34. f6+ followed by 35. Rg8#
Mar-09-06  LivBlockade: Where is <Patzer2> today??
Mar-09-06  RonB52734: <pinkpanther> I think he means <dhotts>'s avatar. Or, maybe, <chessic eric>'s avatar. "Not that there's anything wrong with that"
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  patzer2: The decoy 32. Qxf6+!! initiates a neat mating combination.
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  patzer2: <LivBlockade> I've been working and visiting with my children and grandson. Taking just a little time now to catch up on the daily puzzles.
Jan-07-10  Eduardo Leon: The black ♔ died trying (and not being able) to cross the Berlin Wall.
Oct-01-10  sevenseaman: Lutz, Where were you all the while? Interesting insight to know Q sack will work.
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  Phony Benoni: Took a minute to see the point of the queen sacrifice. Another case study of how opposite-colored bishops can be useful to the attack; that was an archbishop on d5.

I wonder if Ftacnik's guard was down. It seemed like a pretty routine game up to the finish, the quixotic quest of the h-pawn being something to chuckle at rather than fear.

Apr-16-11  sevenseaman: My second visit to this game; no way I saw the Q sac.

Clearly it goes over my head; but then that is the road to a win. That is why I aint a GM.

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  Once: Beautiful finish. When you see a game like this, it makes you wonder why anyone would play the black side of a sicilian. In many games, white gets this crushing kingside attack where he plays Qd2, 0-0-0 and then chucks his f, g and h pawns up the board supported by rooks on g1 and or h1.

Meanwhile the black king cowers on 0-0 behind a paper-thin screen of pawns.

Get it right (with a bit of help from your opponent) and it can feel like an assassination. A relatively risk-free kill at distance from a sniper rifle.

But then white often does have to find stunning moves like 32. Qxf6+ to keep the attack going. And black gets to play an attack of his own, with moves like b5-b4 and Rc8-Rxc3. And then it's a straight mano-a-mano knife fight where the outcome is uncertain but you know both players are going to end up bloodied.

Now where is Mozart to tell us that white was 85.34% certain to lose ... right up to the point where he won?

Apr-16-11  goodevans: <Once: Now where is Mozart ... ?>

Don't get me started! Hopefully he's found some other occupation to study where simple "bean counting" works.

To respond to your earlier question, when I used to play the sicilian I quite often left my K in the centre surrounded by pawns on d6, e5, f6 and f7. It worked reasonably well for me.

Apr-16-11  donehung: Nice Finish!
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  Once: <goodevans ... when I used to play the sicilian I quite often left my K in the centre>

I find that approach works well in many lines of the French too. Some opponents - indeed some openings like the KIA - seem to be determined to attack a king that has been castled on the kingside. If the king ain't there, there's nothing to attack.

I play the closed against the sicilian. I find that the hardest players to beat are those wily foxes who hold off castling, either to delay it or not to castle at all.

Apr-16-11  KingV93: In this game h5 is useless and a waste of a tempo that cannot be afforded. Black should've castled earlier and caputured the Nd5 right away.

<Once: When you see a game like this, it makes you wonder why anyone would play the black side of a sicilian.>

I love to play the Black side of the sicilian because of the counter attacking possibilities. While it's true that White has a strong attack and accuracy to the nth degree is required if your opponent knows his theory, Blacks' position is very resilient and solid. If he can weather the storm so to speak he has punches of his own to throw.

That being said I love the White side as well. Castling long and throwing the Kingside pawns forward allows the attack to almost play itself.

The opening is loaded with theory and you do have to study in order to not get blown away regularly by better players, but I've taken down some pretty highly rated opponents from either side. That it allows me to get the initiative at some point and be the attacker is very attractive.

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  maxi: Hum, interesting combination. I had never seen this tactical theme before.

About the discussion of not castling into an attack. Postponing castling can also throw off an aggressive opponent. In many of Petrosian games he keeps postponing the castling or castles the "wrong" way. You see this also in Capa and Seirawan. Can be very effective.

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  kevin86: There is no escape;white mates next move.
Apr-16-11  lost in space: How nice. I like how White made finally made use of the kingside - after Black did everything to avoid g4 (...h5, ...h4)
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  Phony Benoni: <Once: <goodevans ... when I used to play the sicilian I quite often left my K in the centre> I find that approach works well in many lines of the French too. Some opponents - indeed some openings like the KIA - seem to be determined to attack a king that has been castled on the kingside. If the king ain't there, there's nothing to attack.>

That reminds me of one of my games. (Don't feel bad; everything reminds me of one of my games.) This is from the period when I always played for a kingside mating attack. This period has lasted from approximately 1957 to the present day.

David Moody - NN
Motor City Open,1984

<1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c4 7.Qg4 g6 8.h4 h5 9.Qg3 Bd7 10.Nh3 Ba4 11.Bg5 Qb6>

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Of course; other moves slow down the kingside attack. Besides, I might never have another excuse to castle queenside against a Winawer French.

<12...Nc6 13.Nf4 Nge7 14.Be2 0-0-0>

This does not discourage White from continuing to play for a kingside mating attack.

<15.Qh3 Rd7 16.g4 hxg4 17.Bxg4 Qa5 18.Qf3 Nf5 19.h5 Nce7 20.hxg6 Nxg6 21.Bxf5 Rxh1 22.Rxh1 exf5 23.Nxg6 fxg6 24.Rh8+ Kc7>

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Kind of winning, since an attempt to extricate the rook by 25...Rg7 allows 26.Bd8+. The rest is noteworthy only because White does manage to make a move on the queenside, his only one after 12.0-0-0.

<25...Rd6 26.Bf4 Bc6 27.Bxd6+ Kxd6 28.Qf4+ Ke7 29.Rh7+ Kf6 30.Qh4+> 1-0

Apr-16-11  scormus: This is the sort of game I like to see. I just wish I could win them.

I never understood how the Sicilian Najdorf gets so much success, just know it does. But when it crashes out, it really crashes. B needs to be ready and determined in the fighting play to invariably ensues. Here I think B didnt have quite enough .... whats that word? "Sisu". Those h-pawn attempts to impeded the W pawn push? The tempis might have been better spent hammering at W's Qside. Well, my streetfighter view anyway.

Apr-16-11  Dr. J: Would Black have done better with 21...Bd7, or 26...Bxh4?

Take a look at how much "progress" Black's Q-side attack makes from moves 17-30. What was the point of all those Queen moves??

Apr-16-11  Cdorf: this is a very marvelous game. i love this game. it makes me happy....chess
Apr-16-11  SuperPatzer77: Amazing combination by Christopher Lutz!! White's beautiful Queen sacrifice is 32. Qxf6+!!! Kxf6, 33. Rg6+! fxg6 (33...Ke7, 34. f6+! Ke8, 35. Rg8#), 34. Rxg6+ Ke7, 35. f6+! Ke8, 36. Rg8# 1-0

See that 33. Rg6+! to force the inevitable checkmate and open the a2-g8 diagonal for the White Bishop if Black's move is 33...fxg6. Quite a mating combination!!

We've gotta tip our hats off to Christopher Lutz!!

Well-played by Lutz!


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  chrisowen: Free one to double apathy bog of Ftacnik accustom ernest queen dallies he is ticking time meanwhile belt tightens kingside ill take b3 g4 opening knight f6 missed.

Trolley dolly bishop lambast cut price paid e5.

Reward it cans loyal tower oo kestrel ie flight fill Delphi a queen spread value brings home in positional rev Christophers banana bread or was it bacon?

Apr-16-11  WhiteRook48: this is an extremely clever game by Lutz
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  plang: 12..b5 was a new move; 12..Nc5 and 12..Qc7 had been played previously. Ftacnik offered the following variation: 17..Bxd5 18 exd..Rh5 19 Na5..exf 20 Nc6..Nxd5 21 Qe2..f3 22 Qxf3..Rg5 23 Qxd5..Rxd5 24 Nxe7..Re5 25 Nxc8..Qc7 26 Rxe5..dxe 27 Nd6+ with the edge to White. 19..Re8? was an error; better was 19..Nh5 20 Nxe7..Qxe7 21 Qxd6..Qxd6 22 Rxd6,,Nxf4 23 Rg1..Rfd8 24 Rxa6..Rd7 with compensation for the pawn. Black was lost after 21..Bxb3?; Ftacnik recommended 21..Bd7 22 Qxd6..Bc6. 29..Ke7 30 Rxg7..Bxg7 31 Rxg7..Rf8 32 Qg5+..Ke8 33 h6 would not have saved Black.
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