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Andras Ozsvath vs Karoly Honfi
Budapest (1953), Budapest HUN
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Schmid Variation (B04)  ·  0-1


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Apr-21-12  fokers13: Joke of a Saturday this one...

Might just get my 7/7 this week(doubt it though);33

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  Gilmoy: I had an amusing moment where I managed to surprise myself. I saw through to <26..Rxc3>, and saw (correctly) that White's Q has nowhere to go, because 27..Rc1(+) and WBR forces the fork.

So I play through to <27.Qe1>, and my face complexion changes, as I think (for a while) <Oh noes it ref00ts Ne2!!>

I heartily recommend using PotDs as your alarm clock. You get to solve it twice -- once by each lobe!

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  Breunor: Breunor: < watwinc: Why is the ending resignable at move 56? Can't White just move the bishop between b7 and a8 (say)? If Black advances his king (and how does he make progress otherwise), h5 looks messy ...>

Good question here. I think black plays 56 Nf3 and that wins the white h pawn; then black advances the g pawn.

Apr-21-12  SuperPatzer77: Black to play and win - see diagram below:

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Why White resigns after 56. ♗b7 is because 56...♔f5!, 57. ♗c8+ ♔f4, 58. ♗b7 ♘f3! (forcing the knight-bishop trade and putting White in zugzwang), 59. ♗xf3 ♔xf3, 60. h5 g5! (not 60...gxh5?? leads to a draw), 61. h6 ♗g3! (setting up the mating net) 62. h7 g4#



Apr-21-12  BlackSheep: Theres been something wrong this week either we have all improved dramatically or the puuzles do not merit the motifs attached (this definitely is not "very difficult") and I think we can all agree its the latter .
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  kevin86: The Brilliant combination started by the queen sac is one of the better mix of pins,forks,and knight moves I've ever seen!
Apr-21-12  LoveThatJoker: <SuperPatzer77> I already posted a note on this, man!



Apr-21-12  BOSTER: Even chess is a game, but it is not necessary to choose from 64 squares only these where knight can fork your all pieces.

See the <POTD> , or position after 20...Nd3.

In the position below, white to play move 16.

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White should play Ne2(overprotecting d4 pawn) and fighting for f4.

This is the position after 20...Nd3.

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Move 25.Bxb7 is the blunder, better 25...Kf1.

I agree with <FSR> that <CG Puzzles> level is now low.

Apr-21-12  SuperPatzer77: <LoveThatJoker> Oops! Sorry I didn't see your comment.

You've won the poker game with your two joker cards. LOL LOL Well, too bad you took me to the cleaner. LOL LOL.


Apr-21-12  BlackSheep: <sevenseasman> I managed to hold him off for 21 moves after Bxg6 but it was nice to see the technique played out with precision .
Apr-21-12  backrank: Saw it immediately. Many a many Wednesday and Thursday (occasionally even Tuesday) problems had been much tougher for me than this one.
Apr-21-12  sevenseaman: < BlackSheep> Wow! Unbelievable!
Apr-21-12  LoveThatJoker: <SuperPatzer77> I didn't take you to the cleaners, man! I'm glad you picked up on Black's winning procedure as well.

I really liked your note on yesterday's GOTD - Morphy vs Paulsen, 1857

I made sure to give you your due kudos on that page as soon as I read it!


Apr-21-12  Patriot: Black is down 2 pawns.

White threatens 26.Bxc8.

First I considered 25...Rxc3 but 26.Qe8+ wins immediately.

25...Qxc1 seems to be it. 26.Qxc1 (what else?) Rxc3. Now if 27.Qxc3 Ne2+ wins a piece. 27.Qd2 Rc1+ 28.Qxc1 Ne2+ or 27.Qf1 Rc1 wins the queen back anyway.

Apr-21-12  SuperPatzer77: <LTJ> Thanks, man!!



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  chrisowen: So hoot often in ebullient, 25.bxb7? Honfi swings the ne2 in changing ok

ace devious in clink before you leap caper 1 25...qxc1 26.qxc1

rxc3 and knight provides coup de grace 27.qd2 rc1 28.qxc1 ne2+. King has

been shanghide. Dingle ne2+ nxc1 arm rook c3 as in koinus fire ace.

Kingf1 blow off spite in hastle c1 again ...One but staving off bb7 too

delays inevitable. Main source white inflicts damage once both knights

and erudite backward cue in get hustle d4 and c8 crawling of the board

lorded by rookc3 until encroaches it hunt in across c8 elephant to

challenge c1 looks up free I hazard in empty it horse dutifuls sac e6

true to form in it doesnt go unpunished in second roll up e2, low the

good Honfi not just one track pony!

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  Jimfromprovidence: The only way that white stays in this match is if he can force black's pawn to the h file and trade his bishop for black's knight, such as in the drawn position below with white to move.

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But, as <LTJ> and <SuperPatzer77> have ably pointed out, black can avoid this result.

Apr-21-12  LoveThatJoker: <SuperPatzer77> My pleasure, man: Good stuff!

<SuperPatzer77 and Jimfromprovidence> I am glad to see that we've all agreed on this.

Your friend in Chess,


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  FSR: <sevenseaman: Shatterer of dreams < FSR>!< Virtually everyone has gotten the solution, so I think we can safely conclude that it's not much of a "Saturday" puzzle>.

And I was under the euphoric impression <I was> getting better!>

You're right. I should let everyone (including me) enjoy that thought. I take it all back! The true explanation is that everyone's tactical ability has improved dramatically from playing over the POTDs, so now we're all senior master strength or better!

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  FSR: <OhioChessFan: If I had White OTB, I'd have had to be a jerk and play 54. Bxg6 and see if Black could mate with B and N>

I would too. And we wouldn't be alone. Endgame Explorer: BN vs K Hey, it works 11% of the time: Endgame Explorer: BN vs K Morozevich even played it out against Tal! Well OK, not <that> Tal: Shaked vs Morozevich, 1997 If Epishin couldn't win it, anything is possible. R Kempinski vs Epishin, 2001

Apr-21-12  BadKnight: this one looked quite easy for a weekend puzzle. two or three super forcing move and its a gameover (i hope).
Apr-21-12  Madman99X: Why wouldn't white play 55. Bxg6? After 55... Kxg6:

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It's a tablebase win for black, but it's 26 moves long, and he would need some serious precision to pull it off. Nobody had the tablebases memorized in 1953. Is it worth a try?

Apr-21-12  Jambow: Ha ha about two minutes to work through it until black is a piece up once I saw the knight forks the dark squares theme. All right I struggled Tuesday a bit but this should more than make up for it. ;o]
Apr-21-12  mikmik777: April 21, 2012

Black to play: 25. ...?
Andras Ozsvath vs Karoly Honfi
"Very Difficult"

At first, I was attracted with 25. ...Nf3+ but because of the bishop sitting on b7 this move isn't playable.

Then, I saw...

25. ...Qxc1
27.Qxc3 (Any queen move will be replied by 27. ...Rc1+ and 28. ...Ne2+) 27. ...Ne2+
28.Kf1 Nxc3
29.a3 Bh6

Black has strong winning posibilities with this position owing to the isolation of the a3-b4 pawn chain. Evidently, White's king is kept out of the center squares because of the knight on c3 and Black's dark squared bishop looking down the h6-c1 diagonal.

Time to check.

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  FSR: <Madman99X: Why wouldn't white play 55. Bxg6? ... It's a tablebase win for black, but it's 26 moves long, and he would need some serious precision to pull it off. Nobody had the tablebases memorized in 1953. Is it worth a try?>

Maybe Honfi was known to be an endgame expert, so White was sure he would know it. Also, back in those days games were adjourned, possibly after move 56. So if Honfi didn't already know the ending, he would have had time to study it at home before he had to resume the game.

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