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Nikola Padevsky vs Hrvoje Messing
"Messing Around" (game of the day Jun-18-2004)
Vrnjacka Banja (1973), ?
Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit (C64)  ·  0-1


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Jun-08-04  zb2cr: Just wanted to point out this game. Black is relentless in the attack, sacrificing a Knight and a Rook without a forced mate in sight.
Jun-08-04  weirdoid: Wonder who this player Mesing was. Clicking the link to player profile shows only four games. The track record (+2-1=1 against reasonably decent opposition) seems to indicate that Mesing was a pretty strong player, it is amazing there is no more info here, or elsewhere, about the bloke.
Jun-09-04  zb2cr: <weirdoid> Well, he's obviously Yugoslavian, since all his games were in Yugoslavia or Italy. Maybe he never had the money to travel so that his talents could be shown on a wider stage than Southeastern Europe.
Jun-18-04  Dillinger: Quite possibly Hrvoje Messing
Premium Chessgames Member I think you're right, Dillinger.
Jun-18-04  killaa: Very nice. Looking at a few of Messing's other games on the database he seems to be fairly unorthodox in his move selection, with particular contempt for castling! I like his style.
Jun-18-04  zb2cr: I believe I have a clipping from the Aug. 1973 Chess Life & Review magazine that gives this game. I'll look it up.
Jun-18-04  JustAFish: Fun ending. Either white gets mated or loses his queen.

E.g. 22. Qb1 Nf3+ 23. Kd2 Rf2+ 24. Ke3 Re2#

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  kevin86: White is a rook up-and powerless-note:none of white's pieces are past the fourth rank and command no squares in black's last three ranks. Black has one piece in,and two others commanding squares in white's camp-guess who wins.

Chess ,like life,is not what we have,but what we do with what we have that counts

Jun-18-04  PawnBlock: Hjvoje Messing is a 2323 IM from Croatia.
It looks like he's played as recently as Jan. '04.
Here's the link to his FIDE card:
Jun-18-04  dac1990: <> You need to change the link and pun on the home page if it's spelled with two s's.
Jun-18-04  dac1990: Also, Catfriend might find this game suitable for his collection.
Jun-18-04  Wild Bard: Wow, interesting game!

I believe that this is the first time I've seen this variation of the classical, and it looks very intriguing.

Can anyone recommend other interesting games in this line?

I do so love a good bloodbath variation, and would love to get a feel for the structures and positions arising in this variation so I can whip it out and give it a go ASAP!

Jun-21-04  zb2cr: As I promised, I have here the notes from P. Benko's column, Aug. 1973 issue of <Chess Life & Review>, p.433.

I don't know how to merge these in as annotations, so they're in the form of kibitzing.

<After 3 ... Bc5>. This defense was very popular some years ago. Spassky has adopted it many times. However, it has fallen out of favor in recent years and occurs rarely in GM chess.

<After 4 c3>. This is considered the best move, since after 4 0-0 Black can just about equalize by playing 4...Nd4.

<After 4 ... f5?!>. This continuation increases the tension to the greatest degree. A quieter line is 4 ... Nf6.

<After 6 Nfd2>. The main line is 6 Bxc6, dxc6; 7 Nxe5, Bd6; 8 Qh5+, g6; 9 Qe2! (9 Nxg6?, Nf6!), 9 ... Qh4; 10 h3! , Be6; 11 Nd2, Bxe5; 12 dxe5, Qg5; 13 O-O, Bxh3; 14 Qxe4 and White sands better because of his superior pawn position according to Pachman. Or 6 dxc5, exf3; 7 Qxf3, Qe7; 8 Qh5+, g6; 9 Qe2, d6; 10 O-O, Nf6; 11 Bg5, O-O (Gligoric-Spassky, Amsterdam Interzonal 1964), with about an even position.

The text seldom occurs; theory recommends 6 ... Bb6 as a sufficient reply. But Black is about to surprise his opponent with an innovation.

Jun-21-04  zb2cr: (Notes from P. Benko's column contd.)
<After 7 d5>. After the Queen Knight moves, 8 Nxe4 would be to White's advantage. But Black estimates two central pawns as of higher value than a piece.

<After 9Be2>. If 9 Ba4 ?!, Ba6; 10 c4?!

<After 13 a4>. This automatic reply will prove to be weak, since in certain variaions (after Black's Be6) White's Knight on b3 will be without protection. Castling was more correct although his position would be very cramped after ...a4. Also to be considered was the sacrifcie of the piece by 13 Bxf6, Rxf6; 14 Nxe4, to destroy the Black center.

<After 14 Nf1>. Castling here was not such a good idea on account of 14 ... Qg6; 15 Bxf6, Bh3! etc.

<After 16 Bh5>. White was expecting some relief by this move.

<After 17 ...Nf4!>. But Black is fierce and does not think of defense. He is of the opinion that his Knight aimed at d3 is worth a Rook.

<After 22 Resigns>. After 22 Qd2 the position is hopeless, e.g. 22 ... Nd3+; 23 Kb1, Rxf2; 24 Qe3, Rxb2#.

Oct-09-14  alfiepa: beautiful attack!
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