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Bela Perenyi vs Laszlo Eperjesi
Budapest (1974)
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0


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Oct-18-05  Averageguy: The Bc4 line against the Smyslov seems fun to play while offering many traps for the unsuspecting amature.
Oct-18-05  wals: Black's move 8....h6 was a blunder.
8....Qxd4 was the better move.

Oct-18-05  Halldor: Earlier today I only found 13.Qxe6+, just winning a pawn. But now I had time for the puzzle again and found 13. Nc6! (which I had discarded earlier) taking away the flightsquare for the King to d8, the black Queen has two squares. 14.Qxe6+. Black has no choice but to take the Queen, and 15.Bg6#. Very good puzzle!
Oct-18-05  BishopofBlunder: I missed this in 0.11453999 secs!!!
Oct-18-05  Dudley: Very important fundamental theme: the weakness of the g6 square after the move h6 is made-usually to prevent a pin of the KN. This comes up time and time again both in theory and practice. Got it in 15.86 seconds-is that quick enough?
Oct-18-05  RookFile: What's funny about this game is,
early on, black was all over the possibility of a sacrifice on e6. That's why he played ...Nb6, which
probably isn't accurate, because
the black bishop does cover e6. For
my money, I would have considered
9.... Be7 and 10..... 0-0, before
playing .... c5 later. Black has
a reasonable game.
Oct-18-05  LIFE Master AJ: <YouRang "I'm trying to figure out why black chose 10...Nbd7 instead of 10...Bxc5. Can anyone explain that move for me?">

Taking with 10...Bxc5; is obviously fine ... and has been played in many master-level chess games.

I would say Black avoids this move ... because he wants more out of the position. I.e., if he can get in ...Nxc5; without any trouble, he could exchange White's Bishop on d3 - for a Knight. (Which could be an advantage in the middle-game or ending.)

Does this help?

Oct-18-05  LIFE Master AJ: <wals "Black's move 8....h6 was a blunder. 8....Qxd4 was the better move.">

I have to disagree. 8...Qxd4? is a bad move.

9.N1f3, Qd8; 10.Ne5 is emabarrassing for Black. (Black cannot defend f7.)

After 9.N/g1-f3, Black can play 9...Bb4+; and hope for 10.c3, Bxc3+; 11.bxc3, Qxc3+; winning material.

However, after the moves: 9.N1f3, Bb4?!; 10.c3!, Bxc3+; 11.Kf1!, Black's Queen is attacked. He must retreat his Queen and lose the Bishop on the c3-square. (This line can be found in just about any book on the Caro-Kann.)

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  al wazir: <patzer2>: Welcome back!
Oct-19-05  RookFile: Well, I was wrong about 7... Nb6
probably not being accurate - it's
hard to even find another move that
doesn't get hammered. Karpov definitely goes with the .... c5 and ....Bxc5 approach.
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  YouRang: <LIFE Master AJ> Thanks for the explanation. I suppose you are correct about what black had in mind.

I'm still from the old school of "develop first". It that school, 10...Bxc5 is far superior since it (1) develops the bishop, (2) captures the pawn, (3) clears the path for castling kingside. On the other hand, 10...Nbd7 has a backward, cramping effect which certainly contributed to black's early demise.

Oct-19-05  LIFE Master AJ: <YouRang>
I agree that 10...Bxc5 is good for Black and certainly a natural move. (For the reasons that you list.)

...Nbd7; was not bad - just more ambitious. Of course, as the contest of Anand vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 proved, the more you 'bend' the rules, the greater your peril will be.

As you improve in chess, one day you will decide to "try for more" as Black, especially if you are like me, and don't enjoy draws. The trick is to "bend without breaking." Of course ... this is always easier said than done!

Ultimately, it was ...bxc5?? that killed Black completely, (see the Kasparov game that I quoted); proving the pundit who said, "He who who wins in chess is the guy who makes the next to the last blunder."

Oct-19-05  hayton3: "The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake." Tartakover
Oct-19-05  RookFile: Well, that's intersting, at this
page, they actually have BOTH quotes -
the mistake one attributed to Tartakower, the blunder one to an unknown source, apparently:

Oct-19-05  hayton3: Always thought this one was his best purely for the dry aptness of the observation.

"Tactics is what you do when there is something to do; strategy is what you do when there is nothing to do." Tartakower

Entire chapters have been written on the interplay of chess tactics and strategy; and yet this one simply structured comment explains it all.

Oct-19-05  hayton3: An ancillary comment he made to the above was along the lines that tactical play is about observation and strategy/positional play is about thinking. Again, an insightful way of defining a chess players thought processes.
Oct-21-05  Steppenwolf: You are such a Tactical Animal, Hayton. Chess genius would require volumes to explain. But I could define your thoughts processes with one word only: bull@#$%.
Oct-21-05  hayton3: ....he's acting like a lost puppy ever since they confiscated his Rickshaw.
Oct-22-05  LIFE Master AJ: ouch!
Dec-17-05  hidude: <<<<<i missed this puzzle (the answer, that is)>>>>>
May-12-06  LIFE Master AJ: Ha, ha.

A young man - he is only 12, e-mailed me this "neat little trap," and suggested that I add it to my traps collection.

Of course, its already there. (

But thanks for the note!

Sep-11-09  WhiteRook48: 14 Qxe6+ with mate to follow
Nov-15-10  sevenseaman: Alert and very clever. Its like a pin in wrestling; no getting out.
Apr-25-12  Llawdogg: Fantastic finish!
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  tpstar: Cute miniature.

I'm surprised this was a Tuesday puzzle. The winning sequence is crystal clear in retrospect, but not so much beforehand.

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