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Karel Opocensky vs Karel Hromadka
"Christmas Karels" (game of the day Dec-25-2012)
Christmas Tournament (1931), Kosice
Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. General Variation (A83)  ·  1-0


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Mar-13-07  Gantreel: The sequence starting with 20. d5 is just brilliant! (Haven't yet analysed it closely to see if black had better options, though).
Mar-13-07  laskereshevsky:

.......Karel vs. Karel......
..... Kramer vs. Kramer?!


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  Phony Benoni: Here's a chess study composed a few years later which may well have been inspired by the finish of this game: Phony Benoni chessforum
Dec-10-08  hackmate: Is that avatar supposed to be one of the muppets on speed Phony?
Mar-16-09  Hugh the Drover: Not to be petty, but Chernev in Combinations: The Heart of Chess (1960), has Hromadka as White winning. There is a fine appreciation for the "miniaturizing" combination (which elsewhere is a puzzle by Kakovin). The last three moves are a gem.
Mar-31-09  Hugh the Drover: But in the Fireside Book of Chess, Chernev has Opocensky winning, as here.
Jun-03-12  Llawdogg: 25 Rxd5+! was a great move to begin a very pretty mate in three sequence. An exchange sacrifice, a knight sacrifice, and a pawn checkmate. This should be a game of the day or at least a puzzle. Fantastic!
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  Phony Benoni: Yay! I thought this had been picked since it disappeared off my Pun Submission List. And I'm glad <chessgames> changed it from my "Christmas Karel". I've been kicking myself ever since submitting that version.

By the way, I'm willing to bet somebody posts a certain endgame study before this day is over.

Merry Christmas, and enjoy!

Dec-25-12  Abdel Irada: A bit of telegraphy at work here? As soon as White played 31. g4, I knew how he was going to win.

Then again, I suppose we've seen more than a few of these mid-board mating nets where a pawn delivers the coup de grace.

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  Phony Benoni: Edward Winter points out:

(scroll down to #3512)

That (1) Opocensky indeed had White, and won the game; (2) 24.g4 was a blunder allowing Black to escape by 24...Rd7; instead, 24.Rxd5+! cxd5 25.g4! would seal the mating net.

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  RandomVisitor: 23...Ke7 24.Nxd5+ cxd5 25.Rxd5 Rc8 might be a better defense for black.
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  RandomVisitor: 9.0-0-0!
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  Once: <Phony Benoni> Good spot. It seems we have a double blunder here. 24. g4 should have thrown away the win if black had found 24...Rd7 or Rd8.

But as this was played at a Christmas tournament, both players were in magnaminous mood. Black repaid a mistake with a mistake, and white won after all.

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  morfishine: Does anybody remember the Larry Evans game that mirrors this?
Dec-25-12  Kikoman: position after 24. g4

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Instead of 24....Re8?? Black is in positional advantage with this move 24....Rd7! If 24...Rd8? White can offer an exchange of Rooks 25. Rxc6 Bxc6▢ 26. Rxd8 and it seems playable for both sides. :)x

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  Garech: Happy Christmas everyone!


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  RandomVisitor: After 23...Ke7:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.16] d=27 24.Nxd5+ cxd5 25.Rxd5 Rc8 26.Rxb5 Rxc3+ 27.Kxe4 Kf8 28.g4 Kg7 29.Kf4 h6 30.h5 g5+ 31.Ke4 Re7+ 32.Kd4 Rxc2 33.Rf5 Rf7 34.Ke3 Rc3+ 35.Ke2 Rb3 36.Re6 Rc3 37.Rb6 Ra3 38.Rd6

Dec-25-12  master of defence: <Phony Benoni> Thank you so much for these puzzles that you posted in your chess forum. Unfortunately, I'm not a premium member. But you're looks a very good player.
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  WannaBe: <master of defence: .. Unfortunately, I'm not a premium...>

Not sure what you mean by that, you can still see/read/post on Prem. Member's forums, just go: Recent Chessforum Activity and see the latest posts, or click on the picture of that member to read/post on their forum.

It's just like another game/tournamet/player profile page, anyone can read them and post on them.

(Unless that user have you on ignore list, then you can read, but not post... =)

Dec-25-12  Llawdogg: Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-12  Maladetta: The gift that keeps on giving mate.
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  YouRang: <Once: <Phony Benoni> Good spot. It seems we have a double blunder here. 24. g4 should have thrown away the win if black had found 24...Rd7 or Rd8. >

Yes, after <23...Ke5?> the forced (and pretty) mate-in-3 was

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24.Rxd5+! cxd5 25.g4! Re7 (to prevent Re6#) 26.Nd3+! exd3 27.f4#

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  YouRang: <Phony Benoni: Yay! I thought this had been picked since it disappeared off my Pun Submission List. >

Excellent pun! Obviously, was saving it for the appropriate occasion. :-)

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  kevin86: White gives up two pieces to mate with a baby pawn.

Merry Christmas!

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