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Attila Jakab vs Melinda Goczo
"Come Away Melinda" (game of the day Apr-22-2014)
FSIMB March (2001), Budapest HUN, rd 7, Mar-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0


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Jul-28-08  MORPHY MARVELLOUS: great game!
Aug-14-09  mertangili: why not 44...Nd5? it offers a disadvantaged rook endgame for black but not an absolutely hopeless one with rook vs. knight
Aug-14-09  Samagonka: I just love the beauty in the combination of moves 16Nxf6 - 18Nxb4. This game once again demonstrates the importance of a firm control in the centre.
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  offramp: She came away with a big duck-egg.
Apr-22-14  sofouuk: looks like a simple miscalculation - 44...Nxd5 or (even better) 44...c3 (which might even give white opportunity to go wrong) should be a draw
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  al wazir: What was wrong with 39...Nxd5 ? If 40. Rxe5, then 40...Nf4.
Apr-22-14  mrsaturdaypants: 39...Nxd5 looks good in the middle of the board, but I think black's in danger of getting mated on the kingside. 40 g5+ Kh5 (forced), and now 41 Bxd5 Rxd5 42 Re3, and I guess there may be a way out, but I'd rather play white.
Apr-22-14  scormus: And a classic from the 60s to go with it

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  GrahamClayton: <Samagonka>
I just love the beauty in the combination of moves 16. ♘xf6 & 18. ♘xb4.

A very nice example of a pin being exploited across a rank - 17...exd5 loses the Queen after 18. ♖xf6.

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  Castleinthesky: <scormus> Thanks for the link, I never heard the song, which is beautiful and haunting-although this Melinda clearly lost the war! Tactics win the day.
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  kevin86: It is clear the passed trips will rule the day.
Apr-22-14  dfcx: <al wazir: What was wrong with 39...Nxd5 ? If 40. Rxe5, then 40...Nf4.> White has a beautiful combination then,
41. Rh5+!! Nxh5 42. g5#
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  Annie K.: Wow, I only submitted this pun 4 days ago!

<although this Melinda clearly lost the war>

So did the one in the song...

<Scormus> thanks for the link - I had Harry Belafonte's version in mind, myself: It's a bit less dramatic, but certainly much easier on the aural pathways.

Apr-22-14  newzild: <dfcx> Nice! I only saw the slower mate with 39...Nxd5? 40. Bxd5 Rxd5 41. Re3, when Black has no way of stopping Rh3#.
Jun-12-14  mrsaturdaypants: <newzild>, after 39...Nxd5 40. Bxd5 Rxd5 41. Re3, then Rg7 covers the g-file, so no mate.

<dfcx>, your combination is beautiful. And it rules out the other black responses I can see, such as 40...Rexe6. Lovely.

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