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Lubomir Kavalek vs Milan Matulovic
"Phony Benoni" (game of the day Apr-29-2005)
Bucharest (1966), Bucharest ROU, rd 7, May-01
Benoni Defense: Hromadka System (A57)  ·  1-0


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  dzechiel: Not even close. Great combination!
Jun-18-06  Tariqov: <makaveli52>i don't think it's enough,There not much of an attack to the King ,and the Queen can easily run.Black has 4defenders in the kingside,the king is safe,the sacrife should not be enough.
Jun-18-06  Tariqov: sacrifice*
Jun-18-06  makaveli52: <Tarigov> ur right, fritz gave it as -.8 or so at best
Jun-18-06  United33: to be honest, this puzzle is very hard. U need to play a lot of blind chess to solve such a puzzle. U have to plan, calculate and remember at least 20 moves (10 yours, and 10 moves from your opponent) before u move your pieces,and those complicated positions are not easy to remember.
Jun-18-06  Demostenes: I found a different solution:

White could have trapped the black queen (Bg5 and Be2), but at first he has to get rid of the knight on e6 (the defender of the g5 sqare):

19.Nc7!? g5 (the only way to save the queen)
20.Nxa8 and white wins the rook.
I have to admit anyway that Kavalek's solution was much more forcing.

Jun-18-06  HelaNubo: To be honest, I saw (I never check OTB) all this until 20... g3, but I missed 21.Bc3 - however, the white's position at that point is perhaps so superior that giving back a piece must lead to white's victory. So I guess I got it. <Demostenes: 19.Nc7!? g5 (the only way to save the queen)> I considered too that way to decoy the knight, but after 19...Ng4 black wins, and anyway Black could also take the knight by 19... Nxc7 20. Bg5 Bh6!.
Jun-18-06  LIFE Master AJ: I actually got it - and pretty quickly too. (Weird.)

I just figured it was Sunday, and came up with the most outrageous sequence I could think of.

Jun-18-06  dakgootje: Came close, thats to say i did get the first 5 halfmoves, but only considered 21. ...Qh5, ...Qh3 and ...Qg4. Missed blacks defensive Bc3 and therefore missed the puzzle. Then again, for a sunday i was quite close.
Jun-18-06  lentil: <demosthenes> unfortunately for your beautiful attempt, 19 Nc7? Nxc7! frees up an escape square for the Q 20 Bg5 Qg4! 21 Be2 Qe6
Jun-18-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Missed it... :(

What's the purpose of 21...Bc3?

Jun-18-06  harcee sarmiento: 10... Nd4 is useless. 10... a6 is a must.
Jun-18-06  harcee sarmiento: 12...Qh4? pawn grabbing with the Queen is a suicidal.
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  al wazir: <Demostenes>: I also was sure that the point was to trap the ♕, but I tried a different approach: 19. Ne7+ Kh8 20. Nef5 gxf5 21. exf5, with the threat of 22. Rf4 if the ♘ on e6 moves, say, to c7.

If the ♘ doesn't move, what does black do instead? I can't think of anything very useful. In that case I plan to play 22. fxe6, getting my piece back.

But the trouble with this line is that, although the ♕ is trapped, I can't see any way to win it. Maybe someone else can.

Jun-18-06  monad: Apparently this Lubomir was quite a character: Larry Evans wrote: <Gufeld's soccer team had beaten Kavalek's the day before, and Kavalek vowed to get revenge:>

One way to win the Fifa world cup for some countries ;-)

Never even got a sniff of today's puzzle. Still wouldn't have seen 20.Nf5 and would not have been able to keep my hands off of 20.Nxf6+.

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  cu8sfan: <What's the purpose of 21...Bc3?> I think it's to clear the way for the retreat of the Black ♕.
Jun-18-06  Fezzik: I missed 21...Bc3. I got the idea of trapping the queen, but I would have been rattled by 21...Bc3. I think White's already winning there though.
Jun-18-06  Tariqov: <al wazir>19Ne7+Kh8 20Nef5gxf5 21.exf5 fails to Ng4.
Jun-18-06  itz2000: I was trying to queen trap with Nf5 :S
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  kevin86: I missed this by a mile-I tried Nc7,hoping for a queen trap after Nxc7.
Jun-18-06  Shinidoki: Indeed. Nc7 was the Idea i had, followed by Bg5 and Be2....Pity it fails really.
Jun-19-06  TrueBlue: 19 Nf5 also works!
Jun-22-06  harce sarmiento: 19. Be2-Nxd5 20. Bg5-Bd4+, then white's attack is lost.

Jun-23-06  LIFE Master AJ: This is such a cool little problem, I have got to add it to my page.
Aug-09-11  ColeTrane: I believe Kaval called that maneuver as soon as black put that knight on e8, interfering w/rook communications on move ...11. Decisive, imMEDIAte action . . . practically deMANDing that black push its pawn to f4, the knight sac comes and bishop4 rook trade are the particles of residue that dissolve in an afterthought . . . . 31 ...Re8?? ... a very deep read indeed.....
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