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Albin Planinc vs Krunoslav Hulak
"The Incredible Hulak" (game of the day Jun-01-2011)
YUG-ch (1977), Zagreb CRO, rd 6, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1


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Sep-29-08  JG27Pyth: And, for the sake of comparision, here is video of Tal (5'7"?), dunking on Portisch

Sep-29-08  ravel5184: aeiou!
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  YouRang: The frequent theme of the Immobilized king combined with the frequent tactic of exploiting the overworked piece. One check enables the other, and the immobile king is mated.
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  kevin86: The ending looks almost like an artistic study. Queen sac diverts the rook and allows for a pseudo-epaulette mate.
Sep-29-08  YoungEd: Got this one in 5 seconds. Of course, I'd probably miss it OTB (actually, I'd never get to that position!).
Sep-29-08  mworld: <Trigonometrist: Do you get the credit if you saw an alternate but longer combo?? I thought the ending went this way: 54...Rf3+
55.Rxf3 Qe1+
56.Rf2 Qe3+
57.Rf3 Qxf3#


im glad im not the only one that did this. I think if you see an alternate combo that leads to mate you should get full credit, regardless of the number of moves it takes....the point is to evaluate lines till you get to mate or an advantage, and if you pick a move and have it lead to mate there should be no reason to look for other moves imo.

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  johnlspouge: <<JG27Pyth> wrote: Okay... this puzzle was really easy... so let's move on to more important matters... Yesterday I remarked that GM's can see <deep> when they need to... to a depth that leaves us mere mortals sort of doubting the reality of it... by way of analogy I remarked that everyone in the NBA can dunk (that is: these are pros, even the "weak" players are really good...) Some fault-finding sorts yesterday mentioned that oh there's some guys who couldn't dunk... [snip] check out the amazing Spudd Webb, who at 5'5 towered two inches over Muggsy...>

Freaking amazing, <JG27Pyth>, it's like the guy had wings!

I will never again doubt that when necessary, a GM can calculate every microvariation out to 30 moves...

Sep-29-08  TheTamale: Whoo hoo, got it. Easy once you see it but not so easy before that.
Sep-29-08  mikejaqua: Sac the Queen! Sac the Queen! Sac the Queen! Whenever in the slightest doubt, Sac the Queen!
Sep-29-08  VooDooMoves: <ravel5184> Who is A.E. and what exactly do you owe him/her?
Sep-29-08  stardust762: I got it in 10*(ln(exp(1))/(5*2) seconds!
Sep-29-08  I Offer You A Resign: Got it in a second. Pretty simple.
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  patzer2: For the Monday Sep 29, 2008 puzzle solution, White initiates a mate-in-two with 54...Qe1+!
Jun-01-11  Oceanlake: I know almost no Sicilian theory but I do wonder about 13. e5. Seems to me the side with more space should avoid piece exchanges and one should get the a1 rook into play.
Jun-01-11  syracrophy: It's really hard to see a great attacking player like Planinc, getting punished so painful! But I must admit that the final position is such a beauty!
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  Garech: Fantastic choice for GOTD and a great pun - my compliments to the chef!

Very brave play from black to accept a passive position and weak dark squares for counterattacking opportunities later. A La Hedgehog, which is compelled to advance on the kingside in order to attack, creating fatal weaknesses later.

37...Rxd4 appears to be winning but it takes very good calculation as white gets strong play too E.g. 38. Rxf7+ Rg7 39.Rxe6 Rd1+ 40.Rf1 Rxf1+ 41.Kxf1 Qd3+ :

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and white keeps the queen on the long light diagonal and plays Rg6 to defend his king, consolidates and wins with the extra piece. However, 34...Nc6 is only slightly less strong and involves nowhere near as much risk, as well as keeping the knight in play, so it's probably the better choice.

Also winning was 49...Rff1:

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which will ultimately win white's queen for a rook. Great game anyway, cheers.


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  DarthStapler: Perhaps 35. Rf1 for white?
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  Sastre: If 35.Rf1, 35...Rxd4 wins a piece.
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  DarthStapler: Oh yeah sorry
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  kevin86: Bad Planinc brings bad results.

It looked inevitable that black would win this one.

Jun-01-11  scormus: Great game. W seemed to have so much attacking pressure on B's K position, and B gradually nibbled away at it until it was the WK for the chop.

What happened with the sleeping giant, did 13 e5 make him mad?

Jun-01-11  ZeejDonnelly: <Patriot> I agree. I've always found the "Guess the move" game more helpful for OTB practice than puzzles that are, say, white to play and mate in 5.
Jun-01-11  kapitanevans: Paralized!Nicely played indeed
Jun-01-11  DanielBryant: At first glance, the pawn on f6 looks menacing for Black, but it ends up shielding Black from the brunt of Planinc's attack after the crazy looking ...g5.
Jun-01-11  hudgreen: good ♕e1!
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