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Lubomir Ftacnik vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Bundesliga (2007/08), GER, rd 6, Dec-09
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0


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Nov-08-11  AJFan: I'm teary-eyed.
Nov-08-11  verymuchanewbie: Thanks <Sastre>, that's helpful
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  chesssantosh: "Hard work is a talent":Garry Kasparov
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  kevin86: The Reti-Tartokower theme rears its head again!

1 Queen sac-to force the king into a double check...

2 bishop moves to check the king while discovering a second check from the rook.

3 mate delivered at the focus spot just vacated by the adverse king.

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  chrisowen: And purple headed monster qg8 doo! It in result Paco up your troubles king gonga see ankles and massive girth bd5 rg8# brown off again white web castile f6 moving I get the shakes?
Nov-08-11  tatarch: 42...Be7 loses quickly, but black is toasted after any move there, no? Anyone see any defense to 41.Qg5, with white's passed f pawn and black's queen out of place? Looks like the game was lost even earlier.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I first went for 43 Bd5 as well before I righted course.

Just earlier, it looks like black moved his king to the wrong sqaure with 41...Kh8? below.

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Nov-08-11  jackalope: LOL <Patriot> - don't forget I'm very much the rookie. "Themes" don't yet compute. Like my Dad says, "My memory is great! It's just short..."

Thanks for the kind comments today and to you and <scormus> for Sunday.

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  anthro: Could someone explain the reasoning behind 22 ...Bh3? Why did black play this move and why didn't white immediately accept the exchange sacrifice?
Nov-08-11  Madman99X: Could black hold on if he doesn't corner his king? Say 41 ... Kf8 possibly?
Nov-08-11  JohnAnthony: If Bd5 first then Rg6...
Nov-08-11  alphee: Very nice indeed, both the queen sac and pieces synch. Facing this kind of situation I always have the same question: was it really planned several moves ahead or did it just happen thougth wise play based on good strategy and some pattern recognition?
Nov-08-11  King Death: This is easy but nice. White should play 43.Qg8+ and seal the deal.
Nov-08-11  goodevans: <tatarch: 42...Be7 loses quickly, but black is toasted after any move there, no? Anyone see any defense to 41.Qg5 ...>

The only alternative worth considering is 42 ... Qd8, but that loses instantly to Bd5.

Nov-08-11  Patriot: <jackalope> You are too modest! Good job on the puzzles!

By the way, I was never sure if "jackalopes" existed but now I know! :-)

Nov-08-11  egs: <anthro: Could someone explain the reasoning behind 22 ...Bh3?>

I have been thinking about that too.

My guess is black thought the knight could not be stopped on its way to D4 and a bishop on H3 made that knight more powerful. Since the recapture will be with the buried A8 rook and the plan is to just plug the D-file with the knight anyway, so why not?

Seems like a pretty weak reason though so hopefully there is something more profound I am missing.

White's reply makes sense though. Trade a bad bishop for a good one. The exchange sacrifice is not going anywhere and is not super compelling anyway so maybe something minor can become something bigger... And I guess it did.

Nov-08-11  GrandUnified: I played Ftacnik in a simul a couple months ago in South Carolina. He gave a 2 hour lecture beforehand on selected GM games with mad tactics (moscow variation, etc.) He is awesome - my favorite GM (after Nakamura, Polgar)
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  Diademas: The adictive chesspuzle of CG has clamed yet another victim. After a perfect score last week I stumbled on a monday. Today I am the hero. Wham,bam. A queen sac. Than the heroes double check and I am number one! No Carlsen, Fischer or Kasparov has anything on me when I get the chance to teach the GMs a lesson early in the week. I wish all days were mondays or tuesdays.
Nov-08-11  BOSTER: The coincidence.

In the morning was that

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white to play.

But in the evening is this-<POTD>.

Nov-08-11  TomOhio: Kind of a help-mate. Black's moves 40 and 42 made it all possible.
Nov-08-11  Sacrificial King: Played Ftacnik a year ago in a simul...the guy can play, great finish here.
Nov-08-11  stst: another Q-sac:
43.Qg8+ KxQ
44.Bd5 dis&dbl+ Kf8
all forced.
Nov-08-11  stst: < verymuchanewbie: I went for 43.Bd5, but can now see that Qg8 is much better. I was thinking that Bd5 is still good, but does it loose to 43...Rg6 ? Any help would be appreciated.>

** For "easy" ones, usually it's forced, seldom let loose!!

<<In fact, those "difficult" ones got difficult because of the variations in between - solvers have to get every move as tight (optimal) as possible. Allowing "looseness" would usually deviate from the "solution" - though frequently, the game players got it loose themselves!! >>

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  keypusher: If I ever got to play a move like 43.Qg8+ I would retire afterwards. :)
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  Nightsurfer: This game here <L Ftacnik vs F Vallejo-Pons, Germany 2007> is a striking argument for the good advice that novices should listen to: It makes sense to learn combinations because sometimes there will be a lucky moment when you get the chance to realize a replay of that very combination.

It is obvious that Lubomir Ftacnik knew the prototype of the final phase of this game here <L Ftacnik vs F Vallejo-Pons, Germany 2007> , namely Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 , and therefore he was able to find the knock-out punch with regard to this game here <L Ftacnik vs F Vallejo-Pons, Germany 2007> .

One more parallel case is the game
M Amini vs R Gralla, 2010 that has been played three years after <L Ftacnik vs F Vallejo-Pons, Germany 2007> in Hamburg, Germany in 2010: The leader of the Black team in M Amini vs R Gralla, 2010 did not know this game here <L Ftacnik vs F Vallejo-Pons, Germany 2007>, but he knew the famous case of Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 , therefore he was able to realize a replay of the final phases of both the game Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (because he knew that very game Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 ) and of this game here <L Ftacnik vs Vallejo-Pons, Germany 2007> (though he did not know this very game here) in M Amini vs R Gralla, 2010 , thus making one more point for the reward that one might get if one studies the books!

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