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Orestes Rodriguez Vargas vs Fridrik Olafsson
Las Palmas (1978), Las Palmas ESP, rd 2, Apr-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  0-1


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  Phoenix: You gotta love that!
Dec-12-03  mrwonkabar: Nice combo. 27. Rxg2 Nf3+ 28. Kg1 Rd1+ 29. Re1 Rxe1+ 30. Rg1 Rxg1#
Dec-12-03  Sparkowitsch II: Sorry, the king may not move to g1, he has to move to h1 instead.
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  Honza Cervenka: My first idea was 26...Rd1 27.gxh4 Rfd8 (threatening 28...Rxg1 29.Kxg1 Rd1+) 28.Qc2 Qxf4+, which looks more than sufficient (for example 29.Rg3 Rf1 30.Kg2 Rdd1 ), but then I remembered Lasker's advice not to do the first good move immediately trying to find a better one and after quite long calculating of the above mentioned line suddenly I got it. It is not so difficult, if you finally see it.:-)
Dec-12-03  djp: < Sparkowitsch II: Sorry, the king may not move to g1, he has to move to h1 instead. > I have a feeling that Kh1 is what < mrwonkabar> meant. Otherwise he's got both the king and the rook occupying g1 at the same time. King moved there on move 28 and then he has the rook moving there on 30. Boy, that'd be great if we could have two pieces on the same square at once!
Dec-12-03  Alyosha Karamazov: Pardon me for asking what may be painfully obvious to others, but why didn't white take the Knight on move 26? I.e. 26. gxh4 Qxf4+ 27. Kh1 (or Kg1) ...what happens next?
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  Eggman: <26.gxh4 ... what happens next?>

At best White will wind up a pawn down with no compensation and with the inferior pawn structure to boot. Plus after 26...Qxf4+ 27.Kg1 then 27...Rd3 looks pretty unpleasant for White.

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  Honza Cervenka: <26.gxh4 Qxf4+ 27. Kh1 (or Kg1) ... what happens next?> 27...Rd3 with a decisive advantage will follow after every retreat of white King (included 27.Kg2).
Dec-12-03  cVeggyman: This was a very good combo indeed! It's simple and so very well contrived. I love it.
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  crafty: 26. gxh4 ♕xf4+ 27. ♔g2 ♖d3 28. ♖ae1 ♖fd8 29. e5 ♕xh4   (eval -3.59; depth 15 ply; 1000M nodes)
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  talchess2003: This game reminds me of Fischer vs Benko, 1963 not in the opening, but in the fact that both players, Fischer and Olaffson, made many consecutive subtle and precise queen moves that led to their opponents demise. In the game shown, Fischer moved his queen like 4 or 5 times in a row!
Feb-01-09  WhiteRook48: arabian mate?!
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  Richard Taylor: Beautiful finish!
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  Nightsurfer: Hello <WhiteRook48>, you are right, that is the famous CHECKMATE OF THE ARABS, with regard to further information please turn to or or - though the latter text is in German :-( !
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