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Martin Ortueta Esteban vs Jose Sanz Aguado
"Pwned" (game of the day Mar-28-2009)
Madrid (1933), Madrid ESP, Jun-??
French Defense: King's Indian Attack (C00)  ·  0-1


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  backyard pawn: 34. ..., a5. What a cool move!
Nov-24-13  quinlan: Simply unbeliavable! 34...,a5!! the really winning move! Surely deserves to be one of the most beautiful final positions of all time. No question about it! Morphy must be smiling...
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  chrisowen: Bale for one effect rook b2 dug bind delve cad,

flight every b6 cleric for tells a oomph a devious aim find it now in have ok c3 chubb for a fog bold,

success seem a do food for thought a4 knight sad ah,

fluffs hand cedes call being b7 to see I jostle aim farm rook do the max see free pawn b2 in rook readdy check be it brave in bowing basic a nap,

escry king g1 h7 aka gag hind leg moot point seet he d2 b2 undone by dance line save maybe knight had game reason to stay put kin a 31.a4 instead see bad advantage alive no more b6 us tops entry b7 a long way off light had to take into account job at hand spring bob a4 builds a path all important c3 square,

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probing bid efface off black co hoofed be moans a4 dangled cutoff for point back far faces eg I ment a quartered rubble concrete am slab to mission,

control aim c5 c4 rook borough in district harangue I b2 think now ledge see koinus c2 off in bad ogles c1 rob.

Saving a cabled roof bind xray in general one,

together band gadzooks again a4 lunge free advance,

to buffed doggies enough in believe biffed to came about wheel in try castigated rook steal a march in,

a b2 cook he has a do down graded old a 31.Na4 gives right rise gum off tender bet a 31...Rxb2!

Tingled all the way to the bank now lip synch at he door cop a 32.Nxb2 c3 33.Rxb6 c4 34.Rb4 lights having a parting shot could try badge of honour aim rod cold 34.Nxc4 c2 35.Rc6 c1Q+ chance of fates in blacks hands now a bet hinted 36.Kh2 two pawns ahead and wins knight once e5 backs inceed light in,

fad see a evermore king's pine pit down 34...a5 35.Nxc4 c2 wins a flurry radical approach in king's pining bold sacrifice flabbing rook a link am chain off in tergid hive da kind rug cuffed 36.Ra4 c1Q+ again wiggy giving sage rider came true admonition calmed see a waves ie vindicated oodles in bad a4 otherwise great back boot rook knight since ay snuggle over c1 aim coccoon 37.Kh2 effectively done administer king chubb fob a key coup de graced black queen c2 hoofed over straight arm a ditto ok and f4+ off folly manages to circumvent work over cash sign a link c3 a4 dynamo re bus b6 light rook,

unable to catch a foot soldier caught runaways in c3 c2 c1 train.

Nov-24-13  Pedro Fernandez: My dear <M.Hassan>, that's not the point, sorry.
Nov-24-13  Nick46: This ending, which I wouldn't have solved in a month of Sundays, will be remembered throughout the Sanz of time.
Nov-24-13  RedShield: If it's any consolation, Carlsen wouldn't have found this in a week of Tuesdays.
Nov-24-13  awfulhangover: This is ...poetry? Respect!
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  Patriot: Black has two extra pawns and the white king is on the same diagonal as the bishop (seed of tactical destruction).


32.Nxb2 c3 33.Nd3 c4+ 34.Kf1 cxd3 35.Ke1 Be3

32.Nxb2 c3 33.Nd3 c4+ 34.Rxb6 cxd3

32.Nxb2 c3 33.Rxb6 c2 34.Nd3 c4 35.Nc1 axb6 36.a4 Kg6 and I think while the knight is guarding the queenside promotion squares, the e6-pawn becomes a bit dangerous although the Nc1 is guarding e2 as well. The king may go to the queenside and attack a4 which looks like a winning plan.

32.Nxb2 c3 33.Rd7 cxb2 34.Rd1 c4+ 35.Kf1 c3

32.Nxc5 Bxc5+ and 33...Rxb7

32.Kf1 Rxa2 33.Nc3 Rc2 looks winning.

32.Kf1 Rxa2 33.Nxb6 axb6 34.Rxb6 c3 35.Rb1 Rd2 36.Rc1 c2 37.Kh2 e5 38.Kg3 e4 39.Kg4 e3 40.Kf3 e2 41.Ke3 Rd1

This starts out as a "seed of tactical destruction" (x-ray of bishop to king as well as advanced pawns) and the idea that pawns on the sixth beat a rook.

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  Patriot: 33...c4! is the move I missed and it's an incredible move.

<morf> You said you forgot to include 33.Rxb6 so I'm wondering if you figured 33...c4? If so that is super!

Nov-24-13  scormus: I dint know but might have guessed this position has a special status, expecially when I picked out 31 ... Rxb2!

<Patriot: 33...c4! is the move>

Yes <33 ... c4> is very cool and the one that makes the difference. I wonder how many people who didn't know this position spotted it. I certainly didn't.

Anyway I made the <morf> standard, expecting <33 Nd3 c4+> and the 2 connected passed pawns look decisive. Of course, that would have been too easy for a Sunday.

Nov-24-13  amateur05: I didn't find 33...c4! Beautiful!
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  Jimfromprovidence: Another nuance is the king being on g1. Here is the position after 32...c3.

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If the king were on h1, white could play 33 Nd3, and now 33....c4 does not work because of 34 Nb4, below.

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Nov-24-13  BOSTER: Nobody can be surprised when two strong huge bodyguard have beaten three small cheeky pawns, but when we see the opposite, we begin understand that except the strength pawns have something else.
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  Patriot: <scormus> According to Houdini, 33...c4! is the only move that wins. It's practically an invisible move and is not the kind of move I would anticipate. It's very uncommon to see something like this because black is thereby momentarily giving up all his pieces (or allowing 2 white pieces to momentarily hang). It's an absolutely masterful move!
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  Patriot: <Jimfromprovidence> <If the king were on h1, white could play 33 Nd3, and now 33....c4 does not work because of 34 Nb4, below.> Very true and because the bishop does x-ray thru to the king, it makes the whole thing possible. It's a seed of tactical destruction.
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  WoodPushkin: Greetings: an interesting puzzle not too difficult. The first calculation after brief analysis is can the pawns (so close to becoming royalty) have a path to promotion? Since the knight is playing real back rank defense but is clumsy 31..Rxb2 is worty of consideration. The five ply follow up was easy but seeing that 34...a5!! worked in my head was too challenging. I played to that point and then a5 screams out...must practice seeing deeper, further...more Lumosity :-) JAH love
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  OhioChessFan: I think this is one of those puzzles that's infinitely easier when you're aware it's a puzzle position. You almost have to play Rxb2 from the starting position, and while the rest doesn't play itself, it is forcing enough that the rest isn't as crazy hard as most Sundays.
Nov-24-13  benjamincito: I see this play in the book of Alekhine when played in spain. Nice end of pawns.
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> I agree w/ ur kibitz 100%. I saw 31)...♖xb2 pretty much right off the bat. Although unfortunately I guessed 33)...♙c2 instead of 33)...♙c4!!. I would've guessed the moves perfectly if it wasn't for that.
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  al wazir: I saw the first move, but that was it for me. I'm never going to master endgame play.
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  Xeroxx: Funniest endgame.
Mar-18-15  sfm: Yeah, I remember this one from when I was young, listed as "Ortueta-Sanz". <FSR>s link to
is indispensable reading.
Jul-05-15  fisayo123: Caruana just referenced this game because of the thematic a5 move also played in his endgame.
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  Xeroxx: makes sanz
Dec-13-17  blackburne: Algunos datos sobre el origen de esta partida, que por otro lado es bastante confuso: http://www.historiadelajedrezespano...
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