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Karoly Honfi vs Laszlo Barczay
Laszlo Toth Memorial 6th (1977), Kecskemet HUN, Mar-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  0-1


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Apr-11-04  BeautyInChess: Nice combination, but all that just to win 3 pawns. :)
Apr-11-04  Hidden Skillz: still nice to see it done this way..
Apr-11-04  Benjamin Lau: This is one of the cases in which the "obvious move" really is the correct one, but it takes some calculation to make sure.
Apr-11-04  boyetjg: What is that "obvious move"?
Apr-11-04  Benjamin Lau: boyetjg, if you go to the homepage, you'll notice that this is a puzzle with "Black to play after 29. c4" The obvious move is 29...Rxc4!! Calculating it is difficult. Finding it is easy, it's just a normal deflection. This is the difference between tactical awareness and tactical depth.
Apr-11-04  boyetjg: yeah, "applets" is not working so i cant see the moves. 29...Rxc4?, black will lose the rook after 30.Qxc4 so what's the continuation for black to win this game.
Apr-11-04  Benjamin Lau: I apologize for not replying earlier, I am about to go to bed. Sorry about your applet. 29...Rxc4 is definitely not a ? move. It's quite brillaitn even if easy to find- the game continued 29...Rxc4!! 30 Qxc4 Qxb2+ 31 Rxb2 Na3+ 32 Kc1 Bxb2+ 33 Kxb2 Nxc4+ 34 Kc3 Rxe4 35 Nd4 Nb6 and black has a decisive advantage.
Apr-11-04  Benjamin Lau: Ack, I misspelled brilliant in my haste. Whatever. Good night, hope you understand the puzzle, it's pretty linear so it shouldn't be too hard.
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  jaime gallegos: great puzzle ! even when Barcza didnt finish with checkmate his combination, three pawns in advance was enough to won the game
Apr-11-04  karlzen: The first thing I realised when I saw the puzzle was, how weak white is on the dark squares. He makes two mistakes concering that; he lets his dark squared bioshop be traded off (this may not be that bad though), and he plays c3-c4??. The c3-pawn was the stopper to death, didn't he realize when he played 25.c3 I wonder.
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  kevin86: Happy Easter to everyone! The combination was great theater!! Black gives his queen and rook to take a few pawns and then regain his queen and rook.

This combination reminds me of a man who walks off his job with a wheelbarrow of garbage every day. The guards thought he was stealing,but did not know what. The plant then discovered at the end of the week,when they were missing several wheelbarrows.

In this case here,the wheelbarrows were the white pawns!

Apr-11-04  euripides: 29...Rxe4 is also interesting. 30 Qxe4 loses to 30...Qxb2+ so white must play 30 cb and Black can try 30...Qf5+ 31 Ka1 Rc2 32 Qe8+ Qf8 33 Qxf8+ Kxf8 34 Rb1 ab 35 Na5 b6 and 36 Nb7 will lose the knight, I think, so 36 Nc6 and Black's K-side majority plus the paralysis of White's K and R may win the game. Any thoughts ?
Apr-11-04  chessfected: 29...Rxe4 30. Qxe4 Qxb2+ 31. Rxb2 Nc3+ 32. Kc1 Nxe4 33. Rc2 should not lead anywhere for black; though he probably has compensation for the exchange.
Apr-11-04  Calculoso: That is some nice wisdom <kevin86>.
Apr-11-04  chrismiceli: I like Rxe4, but what do I know.
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  crafty: 29...♖xe4 30. ♕xe4 ♕xb2+ 31. ♖xb2 ♘c3+ 32. ♔c1 ♘xe4 33. ♖c2 =   (eval -0.14; depth 17 ply; 2000M nodes)
Apr-11-04  chessfected: thanks for the confirmation, crafty!
Apr-12-04  euripides: <chessfected> thanks. For some reason I thought Back had won a piece.
Apr-12-04  karlzen: After 29...Rxe4.... a likely end is 33...Nc3 34.Nd2 Ne2+ 35.Kd1 Nc3+ - a spectacular way to reach a draw! Or 34.Na5 Rc5 35.Nxb7 Rxc4 36.Nxd6 Nxa2+ 37.Kd2 Rxc2+ 38.Kxc2 Nb4+ 39.Kb3 Nxd5 40.Ne4 Be5 41.Rd1 Ne3 42.Rd8+ Kg7 43.Re8 Bd4 44.Re7+ Kg8 45.Rd7 Be5 46.Ka4 h5 and after fixating the h4-pawn it's a certain draw, so Crafty seems very right!
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  patzer2: Barczay's 29...Rxc4!! is listed as the solution to number 1183 in Chess Informant's 1980 "Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames," and is classified as a decoy (spelled "dicoying" in this multi-language classic reference work).

This initial move (29...Rxc4!!) is the first of three decoys, including 30. Qxb2+! and 32...Qxb2+!, leading to the win of two pawns and a decisive position while recovering all of the material given up by these sham sacrifices. A Knight Fork and several deflections also play a key role in this combination.

Sep-08-08  sallom89: That is insane. . .
Sep-14-11  tacticalmonster: 1 Rxc4

a) 2 Qxc4? Qxb2+ 3 Rxb2 Na3+ 4 Kc1 Bxb2+ 5 Kxb2 Nxc4+ 6 Kc3 Rxe4 - Black is simply up two pawns

b) 2 Bxg6 Rxe2 3 Bxh7+ Kh8 4 Qxe2 Kxh7

Dec-12-16  clement41: Nice combo indeed!
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