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Lev Gutman vs Alvis Vitolinsh
LAT-ch (1979), Riga URS, Jan-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  0-1


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Sep-16-06  HyperSpace: 19.Qh6+ Kg8 20.d2 Kf7 (20.... Bd3 21.Kxd3) 21.Qh5+ Ke7 (21.... KG8 22. Rg1+) 22.Rg1 Rg8 [(22... fxe5 23.Rg7+ Kf6 24.Qg6#)(23... Rf7 24.Qxf7#)] 23.Qh7+ Rg7 24.Rxg7+ Ke8 25.Qg8#
Sep-16-06  RandomVisitor: <HyperSpace>22...Qe8 and Black wins.
Sep-16-06  asip87: 19. 0-0-0 is better to develop Rg2.. i wont bother to play Kd2 seriously.. high stakes..
Sep-16-06  HelaNubo: Strange puzzle for a Saturday. The solution 19. Qh6+ Kg8 20. 0-0-0 seemed so easy to me that I couldn't believe I had got it. Really, the difficult move (19... Bd3!!) comes after a mistake of White, which I did not even consider. Perhaps it was better to propose the position after 19. Kd2? as "Black to move".
Sep-16-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Crap, I first went for Qh6+, then thought Kd2 was better! :( Very original puzzle! Perhaps it would have been more appropriate as a Thursday puzzle though.
Sep-16-06  percyblakeney: The good thing was that I solved it in two minutes, the bad thing was that my solution was wrong. Kd2 was my immediate move, then I saw the Bd3-Qe7 thing and decided that this was a trick puzzle where the solution would be to go for the draw with Qh6-Qg6 instead of trying for more and lose. The solution didn't feel too impossible after looking at it though...
Sep-16-06  banjo: this puzzle is real good
i found 19.Kd2,so i guess
i must have gm-strenght :-)
i was sure this will win,
there is nothing black can do
even the rook-check on f2 wouldn't
hurt me and than this,
this fantastic move 19.- Bd3!!!
so i learned,i'm allways ready
to overlook something.
so what can a puzzle give more
than this.
Sep-16-06  Alex S.: On one side, I suck at chess. On the other side, I think like a GM.

Kd2 for me.

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  OhioChessFan: I got it intuitively. Qh6 before Kd2 just felt better. I didn't see, wasn't looking for, Bd3.
Sep-16-06  child in time: I saw it... But it was just a lucky guess... ;)
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  jahhaj: Should of got this. I initially preferred 19.Qh6+ but couldn't quite see the win after 19...Kg8 20.O-O-O Kf7. A slightly more methodical search and I would have got it I think. I saw the 19...Bd3 defense which is why I picked 19.Kd2 not realising that Black could play it anyway.
Sep-16-06  siilarsi: Same as <OhioChessFan>... I probably would have changed my mind to something wrong if I had tried to actually calculate the variations.
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  mig55: White has still good chances, i think after 22.QxQ and 23 Bxc7, no?
Sep-16-06  Tariqov: I don't think so, even if white has many pawns they are disconnected and black has rooks which are typically good pawn eaters.
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  kevin86: I too missed this one-but I guess I was in good company. I guess this is one of those reverse puzzles-where the correct move is the one that the player over the board DIDN'T make.
Sep-16-06  think: To me, Bd3 looks like it sacrifices a piece for nothing! Why does it help black's position at all???
Sep-16-06  wharfrat: <think> The point of ...Bd3 is that 21.Qh6+ is no longer decisive because when Black blocks with 21...Qh7 it's now a check.
Sep-16-06  alphee: ♔d2 was the only move I could figure out on the basis of a potential Qh6+ after ♖g1. But except ♗d3 (that didn't look convincing...) I didn't find the other moves as the sequence to mate was not a forced one as far as I could see it.
Sep-16-06  Rocafella: This is the sorta game that when you wake up, turn your computer on, and log onto, it makes you think, what the hell did I do last night. Beer goggles are one thing, but this, is crazy. After move 20 I may as well pass out. In fact, none of that even made sense
Sep-16-06  GoldenKnight: Got this one! I initially considered 19.Kd2, but I almost immediately recognized that interpolating Qh6+ before Kd2 led to a series of forcing moves that would win the game. After missing Pillsbury's game on Tuesday and yesterday's because of not seeing Black's mating threat, I feel back on track.
Sep-16-06  vesivialvy93: Bd3 is a "computer style" defense that sometimes make me feel depressed after a winning illusion vs fritz
Oct-09-08  sfm: <vesivialvy93: Bd3 is a "computer style" defense that sometimes make me feel depressed after a winning illusion vs fritz> LOL! You are so right!
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  Domdaniel: This seems to be the earliest game in the database with 5...b5!?, but it wasn't a complete novelty. Vitolinsh himself played it in at least two games in 1978, against Agafonov in the Latvian championship (where 7.Bd2 Bb7 8.a3 Bxc3 was played) and against Sakovich (7.a3 axb5 8.Bd2 Be7).
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  perfidious: <Domdaniel> Vitolinsh liked the thrust ....b5-if you're unfamiliar, see this: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b5.
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  Domdaniel: <perfidious> Thanks. I came across the idea in Emms' book Dangerous Weapons: the Nimzo-Indian, where a chapter is devoted to the Vitolinsh line.

It's a bit like the Benko or Blumenfeld, or Bellon's anti-English gambit. Or, for that matter, Grischuk's novelty in one candidates game, which seemed to surprise some people here.

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