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Bojan Kurajica vs Paul E Littlewood
Borovo (1980), Borovo YUG, rd 5, Aug-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0
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Feb-17-07  controlaltdelete: 26.Qh5 does not lead to mate...Rf6 for example
Feb-17-07  uuft: Found the first move. Second went over my head :( But I'm okay with that :)
Feb-17-07  handro1104: What is wrong with 23..Rxf3? White also looses a bishop.
Feb-17-07  percyblakeney: It first looked like a black to move puzzle, but after seeing Qf3, that Rxf3 didn't work and that d5 failed because of Qxf7+ followed by Nxe5+, it wasn't one of the hardest Saturday problems.
Feb-17-07  percyblakeney: <What is wrong with 23..Rxf3?>

23. ... Rxf3 24. Nxe7+ Kh7 25. Nxc6 and black to move can't avoid being piece down:


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Feb-17-07  greensfield: At first I looked at starting off with direct attacks against the King i.e. 23. Nxe7, but the Rook on f7 was defending e7. Then realised I had to deal with Blacks threats ...Nxf6 and loading up the f-file. 23. Qf3 looked promising to deal with Blacks threats, and deflects the Black Rook from defending e7 if Black decides to capture with 23...Rxf3. So 23. Qf3 it is, with the threat of Nxe7 hanging over Black.
Feb-17-07  Themofro: Sadly i missed this one, i was too caught up with the Bxh6 sac then Qg4.
Feb-17-07  Happypuppet: Final position has a neat "rooksquare". Too bad Benjamin Lau isn't here to add it to his Picturesque Positions collection.
Feb-17-07
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  Marmot PFL: Black missed Qf3 too, or he wouldn't have taken the e pawn. He had a good position up till then.
Feb-17-07  Wassily: Both Black's 15. ... Be6 with the planned recapture fxe6 as well as 17. ... h6 seem awfully weakening of Black's kingside position. Do the tangible benefits of these moves justify them? I mean fxe6 does strengthen black's center and open up the f-file for the rook so perhaps this is fine. But keeping the knight out of g5 with h6 (instead of kicking out with tempo perhaps) does not seem necessary. Comments on possible improvements for Black?
Feb-17-07
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  playground player: Qf3 does the job, all right: look at the terrible things that happen to Black if he plays Rxf3. But if he doesn't play it, he's going to lose his Knight...
Feb-17-07  GufeldStudent: <Chessmoron> What? That suggestion just loses a piece. Even if it didn't c3 would still just lead to the same line.
Feb-17-07
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  fm avari viraf: After Rhf5, there is nothing left for Black to salvage as all the remaining pawns are vulnerable & the ending is lost.
Feb-17-07  cn1ght: wow, 5 people make a comment that if they had read my comments had already been mentioned. Either asking/telling about rXf3, or why he can't push d5...

And thank you avari viraf for agreeing with me about why black loses, this is not sarcasm I'm actualy glad someone agreed with me on that.

Feb-17-07  Fisheremon: <Wassily: Both Black's 15. ... Be6 with the planned recapture fxe6 as well as 17. ... h6 seem awfully weakening of Black's kingside position. Do the tangible benefits of these moves justify them? I mean fxe6 does strengthen black's center and open up the f-file for the rook so perhaps this is fine. But keeping the knight out of g5 with h6 (instead of kicking out with tempo perhaps) does not seem necessary. Comments on possible improvements for Black?> 22...Rf7? (22...Rbe8 with equal game).
Feb-17-07  euripides: <fisher> Interesting. <22...Rfe8> is better than the game, but 23.Qf3 d5 24.Nxe5 may offer some interesting possibilities e.g. 24...Qb7 25.Bxh6 when 25...gxh6 gets mated after 26.Qf7+, or 24...Qc7 25.Qf7+ followed by Bf4.

Feb-17-07  micartouse: I think this is my first Saturday I solved. I was already to knuckle down for an hour of hard calculation, and I pretty much saw the answer in 20 seconds or so.
Feb-17-07  Eurotrash: yeah, first saturdays for me too. I went for Qf3 after 15 seconds.
Feb-17-07
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  kevin86: What looked like a blunder-or even a series of blunders- in fact,a royal road to victory by white. After black was to take the queen at move 23,white would regain the queen and attack two pieces at once.
Feb-17-07  vangogh228: At the end, when Black resigned, doesn't 40... Qc6 save the position?
Feb-17-07  shadboltbill: what's wrong with 23.Nxe7ch RxN 24Bxh6 g7xh6 25.Qg4ch and 26.RxN,winning a pawn and destroying black's position?
Feb-17-07  kingsbishop304: Mate was missed with 25.QH5. Even with 25..RF6 White's next is 26.QH8#
Feb-17-07  beatles fan: Proud to say that I got this one! I always set up Saturdays and Sundays on MY chessboard, so I canlook upon it with tournament eyes
Feb-17-07  sambo: <shadboltbill: what's wrong with 23.Nxe7ch RxN 24Bxh6 g7xh6 25.Qg4ch and 26.RxN,winning a pawn and destroying black's position?>

That's exactly what I saw. I think it's clear that the solution is stronger (white is ultimately three pawns up), but I think this line is valid and probably (I can't produce any definitive analysis) leads to a white victory.

Feb-18-07
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  cu8sfan: Beatiful symmetry of the rooks after both 36.♖dxe5 and 40.♖hf5.
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