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David Przepiorka vs Gyula Patay
"Patay Cake" (game of the day Apr-30-2013)
Merano (1926), Meran ITA, rd 6, Dec-11
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: I can believe this game has no comments, since it was recently submitted. But can I get a <WOW!>, brothers and sisters?
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  sleepyirv: Patay Cake

The Quote of the Day, which could describe a million games, goes very nicely with this one.

"The losing side has the greater part of his army in positions where they had no bearing whatever upon the questions at issue. They might have been just as well anywhere else but on the board."

--- Em. Lasker

Aggressive play by White leads to some very nice attacking lines against Black's king. It's how I try to play against the Modern Defense, with mix results.

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  Phony Benoni: May be some unfortunate news here. I just came across the score of this game as printed in the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> of January 13, 1927. After <24.Rg1+>:

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It shows the game finishing with the banal 24...Kf7 25.Qh7+ 1-0, instead of the spectacular <24...Bg5 25.Rxg5+ Kxg5 26.Rg1#> as given here.

Sad, but is it true? Playing on till mate these days, or even in 1926, is a bit unusual, and I've seen other cases where the mating finish was actually analysis grafted onto the game score by someone who wanted to make it so.

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  haydn20: <Phony> Since I've learned from your comments, I'll try to give this game a little love. I think almost anything is better than 4...a4. I like 4...e5 or c3 or...7...Re8 seems wrong since the R may be needed for K side defense or to support f5. Interestingly Fritz 12 recommends 9 c3, which I looked at and it seems OK. 13...g5? is bad since the underdeveloped side shouldn't be attacking. Instead of 16...h6 Black should have just put a "kick me, kick me hard" sign on his back. It would be a shame if the given mate, where the Pe5 guards the only escape square, were a "phony".:)
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  haydn20: I meant to type "9 Na3 instead of 9 Nc3".
Mar-03-12  backrank: Nice and rarely seen pawn chain b2-c3-d4-e5-f6.
And some nice sacs, including 19. Bg6+!! and 22. Nf4+!!. If Black in fact played 24. ... Kf7 or Bg5, is next to irrelevant. Of course, the finish given here fits the overall style of the game better.
Mar-03-12  ounos: The position at 18. ...? is an interesting question. How do you go about defending this kind of thing?

I suspect that the best chance was 18. ...Bxf6, with ideas of 19. ...e5, Qg4+ ("threatening" to exchange queens in some variations), hoping that Kh1 would fail due to Qf3+, so white would close the g file instead. And fight on, with a material deficit, and lose later, of cours.

Jun-26-12  e4 resigns: What a beautiful combo!
Now the question is can it be improved?
For instance, after 11...Nf5, why 12.Bf4?
Also, 13...fxe5? Is this worth considering?
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  Phony Benoni: GOTD Friends:

As you may have noticed, I have been compiling collections of the GOTD for some time now.

Later this morning, I will be having eye surgery. This is a relatively minor procedure, but I'll be unable to use the computer for several days.

I could find the GOTDs later on, but it would be nice if some Kind Soul could hop over to my forum and leave a link to the GOTD for the next few days. Thanks.

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  AylerKupp: Two against one is hardly fair ...
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  Phony Benoni: By the way, I just checked the Wiener Schachzeitung for January, 1927. It published the score we have here with 25.Rxg5+.

I'd consider the Weinzer Schachzeitung a more reliable source than the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, since it probably had access to primary sources. Besides, I want the game to stand as is!

Apr-30-13  sevenseaman: It consumed resources but the Black K is pulled up towards its doom by some huge magnets. A wonderful, enjoyable game.
Apr-30-13  Abdel Irada: White definitely turned his opponent into paté. As to the defense of their king, the Black pieces might as well have been on Algol Three.

Apr-30-13  Abdel Irada: Black went astray early: 4. ...e6 was abysmal. This kind of position calls for play on the dark squares, so if anything, the pawn belonged on e5. Other moves Black might have considered were 4. ...Bg4, 4. ...Nf6 and 4. ...c5.

As it was, Black not only weakened his kingside dark squares, but also entombed his queen's bishop and queen's rook, which never did move.

An instructive example of how *not* to play the Pirc/Robatsch/Modern Defense.

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  morfishine: <Abdel Irada> Good point here: <...An instructive example of how *not* to play the Pirc/Robatsch/Modern Defense> I'm not sure what defense this was either :)
Apr-30-13  Tim Delaney: I think showing all the moves, including the mate, is appropriate only when the mate is announced OTB (or actually executed, of course). Otherwise let the loser have a shred of dignity.
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  kevin86: the king is lured into a trap.
Apr-30-13  Isilimela: Wonderful game - a fitting tribute to a great player who became a victim of wartime purges orchestrated by a man - himself a keen chess player - later condemned to death! A tragedy indeed.
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  offramp: <Phoney Bernini> I'm afraid I can't help but I wish you all the best with your surgery...
May-01-13  Abdel Irada: <Tim Delaney: I think showing all the moves, including the mate, is appropriate only when the mate is announced OTB (or actually executed, of course).>

Actually, I'd say it's dishonest to put all the moves to mate into the game score unless all of them were in fact played.

Apr-09-14  blackburne: Black is Gyula Von Patay. Tournament Merano 1926:

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  A A Tracer: This game earned itself a chapter in Horowitz and Reinfeld's "How To Think Ahead In Chess." Part Four is entitled, simply, How to Exploit Inferior Play. In it, Chapter 21 is called: How Superior Mobility Leads to a Stormy Breakthrough. Both titles describe this game well enough. Przepiorka could never have drawn out von Patay's king with sacrifice after sacrifice had von Patay not given the game away in the opening moves as Abdel Irada pointed out, above. So cramped was Black's position that White could almost view his sacrifices as a matter of restoring material parity.

H&R opine: "In chess, the highest flights of artistry are conditioned by the opponent's previous blunders!"

And, when discussing Przepiorka's decision to maintain his center at all costs (including a first sacrifice at the 15th turn): they remark: "White's advantage is based on his monopoly of the center. If this monopoly is smashed, much of his advantage disappears as well."

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  A A Tracer: H&R add weight to the contention that we have the game here as it was played and not as it appeared in the paper.
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