chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Lubomir Kavalek vs German Khodos
Rumania (1965), Sinaya
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 1 more Kavalek/Khodos game
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you do not want to read posts by a certain member, put them on your ignore list.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-13-14  Nick46: I got today's POTD after bombing out Monday thru Wednesday. PS saw <Diademas> & <DanielLam> after writing the above.
Feb-13-14  Mendrys: This puzzle was much more forcing. The "yeah, but what if.." is either 22...Qxd8 or 22...Bxd8 both of which lead to a quick mate. The earlier puzzles this week all seemed to have several "what ifs" that often lead to a significant plus but no forced mates like today.
Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: I goofed up the move order, but it looks sufficient to win

22.Rd8+ Bxd8 23.Rf8+ (I groaned when I saw the game score overlooking 23.Qxh8+ and mate next move)

23...Kxf8 24.Qxh8+ Ke7 25.Qxg7+ Kd6 26.Qxg6+ Ke7 27.Bc5+ (the saving deflection)

27...Qxc5 28.Qe6+ Kf8 29.Qf7#

*****

Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Fairly routine back rank theme. But beautiful! These only require practice to see quickly.
Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: 7. ... b5 looks unwise. Black needs to develop before commencing pawn advances etc 7. ... d6 looks better.
Feb-13-14  handro1104: Qxc8++ What am i missing?
Feb-13-14  Refused: 22.Rd8+ Qxd8 23.Qe6+ Kf8 24.Qf7#
22.Rd8+ Bxd8 23.Qxh8+ Kxh6 24.Rf8#

Somehow this feels like the easiest puzzle this week. Pretty straight forward.

Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <handro1104> <Qxc8++ What am i missing?>

22...Bxc8 perhaps?

Feb-13-14  Refused: <handro1104: Qxc8++ What am i missing?>

22.Qxc8+? Bxc8, my guess is you somehow thought that the B on f6 was pinned or something and that 23.Rd8+? would be mate. But 23.Rd8+? Bxd8

No idea if that's what you are missing. *shrug*

Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Woah. I had thoughts of 22.Qxh8, Nf7+, Rxf6, hoping that white will come out on top, but it just takes a simple rook sacrifice.
Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  SuperPatzer77: After 22. Rd8+ Black resigns in lieu of 22...Bxd8, 23. Qxh8+! Kxh8, 24. Rf8# or 22...Qxd8, 23. Qe6+ Kf8, 24. Qf7#

SuperPatzer77

Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  gofer: This really is "Medium" - once you see it! But, given the level of complexity of the last three days, I was looking for the smallest advantage, not a quick mate! So this actually took ages...

<22 Rd8+ ...>

Black can resign.

22 ... Qxd8
23 Qe6+ Kf8
24 Qf7#

22 ... Bxd8
23 Qxh8+ Kxh8
24 Rf8#

~~~

Yep.

Feb-13-14  mel gibson: Black was in trouble from move 9.
DR4 beat black easily even from moves 9,10,11,12 etc.

Black had failed to castle early & was left with a King exposed.

Feb-13-14  Nick46: 1914 - 2014: Yesterday Englund won - today German lost. Le hasard n'existe pas.
Feb-13-14  RubinSteinitz: I agree with my good friend Richard on his assessment of the Kan variation of the Sicilian Defense: <Richard Taylor: 7. ... b5 looks unwise. Black needs to develop before commencing pawn advances etc 7. ... d6 looks better.> I prefer 7. ...Bb4 w/ ...d6 to follow depending on what transpires as the bishop threatens to double white' s pawns and it also brings an unmoved piece into a threatening position which is good sound opening practice. This opening concept was played in the last Candidates tournament between Carlsen and Ivanchuk in which Mr. Ivanchuk won in a very exciting game. This game set Carlsen back at the end of that tournament and almost cost him his shot at Anand last November.
Feb-13-14  laskereshevsky: Kudos to Kavalek....
Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Rd8+ is sudden death! If the bishop takes,Qxh8+ and mate next or if the queen takes,she is diverted from her diagonal at Qe6+ mates next move.

Black's bad choice:either allow a queen sacrifice or be mated by the same queen.

Feb-13-14  BOSTER: First I played this 22.Qxh8+ Kxh8 23.Rd8+ Qxd8 24.Nf7+ Kg8 25.Nxd8 Bxd8 and understood that is better to change the order. So, 22 .Rd8+.
It means that I didn't see any pattetn
ln this forest .
Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: Rade for one rook d8+ ha bind clink back to fly in efface off free deed it is done for I'm afraid black queen c7 went green in the gill queen free d6 horribly wrong f6 too for in mack be the door a fag 13...Qc7 in senses caught ie no mans land a d6 cuffs eg ment gg for light koinus agree in I bam 13...Qd6 scan the horizon coast is clear aid effigy e7 in defence to go enter d6 provides a link difficult to forsee good off and running snuff en-coax i alight c7 as key a player inch queen d6 light in ascendancy line g5 wins a dynamo e7 more credible attack in g4 if ive got this am enter knight cap off f6 curious queen c7 in beck d6 and call it is edge a f6 again enter the centre dig being for ogle took in seek infer every knight line a flight open doors for a fog I delve in d8 cat has his day be jocular it now in attack ooh alive aether space recind a safe got cob in d6 aka good I believe in bishop la bind c7 her bemoans lack of room aim farm I cervixy spine advance off a g5 I feast f6 a nearly in free senses eg ment quarter c8 back line a path to guffaw in giving I against a suffix black f6 coo the dove from above mate in four odd for in foilable mission selects to choose 20...Bf6 ghosting along hoof find fluffs a free move should have instead g8 he goof finger true delight d8 gangways knight cat g5 much in cables a wire bust f6 and c7 dug being out in leggy quencher route one a driving d8 deep into the heart of blacks camp I codswallop it edging along every ahafetch in fingers g8 as king guffaw now if checks up ply in a sacrifice gleand a d8 as f6 botcher fat checks a fancy horrible was at f6 bang gives hong kong phooey you'd think aped it edict of course it her bind g8 in da 22.Rd8+ round about in house he c8 queen for a day block in g8 castle long co-jail I jam ilk malt jack meld a length in picking g8 bishop claw back i net f6 I shape up ride a lion g5 back has to return deep in trouble g8 lee way in to 22...Bxd8 23.Qxh8+ splinter harasses king rapple g8 slid over changing straight colom in dutifuls right rook axe in f6 lowing aim in be my guest a ban have harangue in cab foot d8 one thinks had welcome in knight cadence for ogle g5 h7 square a mind to a dilemma g8 h8 squat in haunches am too bad 23...Kxh8 24.Rf8 he bin affable modus operandi flag f6 see rats are good fee fi fo fum in kidney bean jar f4 c7 bad call blag a play I d6 aid in duty ramble give as tender c7 spot in feed am xray in light d8 rook flapping over now as h8 in fog of war see I jostle g8 brave f6 trackback he shake g8 to wake g5 the log engage I safe in the gnowl it is edge in seem for ogle a dip d8 up quarter chip giving book kind rink skate c7 beyond my grasp too f6 at homily pluck in depth at tergid hive g5 table the notion h7 as key d1 shotally whoops there go the 23.Qxh8+ call neighbor hood in district oh my slack brain bada skim palm see one 8d you cloud sky cramp in f8 as lane for knight and rook wins a door in f8.
Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Cheapo by the Dozen: Ack. I missed Qxh8+!!

I'm having a bad week at these puzzles ...

Feb-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Easiest problem since Monday i thought. But I was playing horribly yesterday anyway.
Feb-13-14  sfm: What a crusher. The Sicilian is a narrow path at times. Would be interesting if a silicon owner would enlighten us with where the mistakes were.

After 10.0-0-0 it is clear that White has a lot for the pawn, too much it seems. Black's queen is in risk of soon being caught. 10.-,Bd6 counters a white Bf4, but it also blocks the retreat, so Black soon needs to spend yet one more non-developing move on playing Be7. Somewhere around here it looks like something else should have been played.

After 11.-,Bb7 White has several very attractive moves and plans. How about a mix of something like Rhe1,h4,Qg2,f4. Looks good.

But 12.Qh3!! is the brilliant decider.
The problem is? The pin on the h-pawn!, allowing the white g-pawn to run off to g6 - and it all falls totally apart. And Black has no time to prevent it. Awesome, to me is looks like the game is already over after 12.Qh3.

After 18.f5 there is clearly not a shadow of a defense, everything opening up while White rules the board, but mate comes even faster than expected. 21.Sg5+,Ke7 22.Bc5+,QxB 23.Qe6+ is over too. As it came, neat finish.

I see that Khodos mixed in with the very top of Russian chess, with an impressive score and draws and victories against absolute top names. Usually not one to be pushed around at all.

A stunning execution by Kavalek, who also did this one. Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962

Feb-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: < RubinSteinitz: I agree with my good friend Richard on his assessment of the Kan variation of the Sicilian Defense: <Richard Taylor: 7. ... b5 looks unwise. Black needs to develop before commencing pawn advances etc 7. ... d6 looks better.> I prefer 7. ...Bb4 w/ ...d6 to follow depending on what transpires as the bishop threatens to double white' s pawns and it also brings an unmoved piece into a threatening position which is good sound opening practice. This opening concept was played in the last Candidates tournament between Carlsen and Ivanchuk in which Mr. Ivanchuk won in a very exciting game. This game set Carlsen back at the end of that tournament and almost cost him his shot at Anand last November. >

Thanks! I think b5 could be played but I think I saw it criticised by Smyslov in one of his games: although I'm not sure if it was the same position but the principle remains I think. I recall the Ivanchuk game, it was well-played by Ivanchuk but I'd forgotten about it until you mentioned it. I don't recall the exact line or game but do remember Ivanchuk did well (Carlsen misplayed the opening early if I remember right, it was one of the games when he was tired at the end, but Ivanchuk of course is a great player also).

Feb-20-14  RubinSteinitz: Richard> I can see where Smylov is going with his argument in this variation. The 7... b5 here in the above game for example setup the pawn sacrifice on e5 that has the appearance of a prepared variation by Kavelek. The 9. Qf3 shot, threatening to win the rook and at the same time promoting a very dynamic kingside attack would not have been possible without the early b5. I wonder if instead of 9.... d5, if 9.... Ra7 with the idea of playing Bb7 would have been a better more dynamic response for black.
Feb-20-14  RubinSteinitz: <Richard> Here is the Carlsen vs Ivanchuck game for comparison:

Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013

The Paulsen lines are a little different but lead to what I was referring to regarding the doubled white pawns on th c file.

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Hammer the 6th Rank (Black hits 3rd Rank) II by fredthebear
22.? (Thursday, February 13)
from Puzzle of the Day 2014 by Phony Benoni
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from 7 Come 11 Makes About 187 by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Super Slick Soapy Sloaps Slipped Up Fredthebear by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from KP Monies - Save by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Decoys To, Deflections From, Remove the Guard by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Heavy Pieces Hound the Enemy Ranks by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Pins Ins and Outs, All About Pins ECO B by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Roundhouse RUUK Manueverz Three and Fro by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from QThee Queen Mean Mary by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Knights Add Spice IV w/Rice for Fredthebear by fredthebear
Whoa! Good lord!
from Dirty Didactic Dozen (attack) by sorokahdeen
22.?
from Favorite problems of the day (2) by Gambit86
Sexy Last Moves
by hedgeh0g
Whoa! Good lord!
from Dirty Didactic Dozen (attack) Compiled by soroka by fredthebear
Great tactical games
by tallike
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from Sicilian Kan Kicked Fredthebear Hard by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from K Players by fredthebear
Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Beautiful back rank deflecti
from N Checkmates Collected by Fredthebear (& Traps) by fredthebear
MKD's Sicilian Defense White 2
by MKD
plus 8 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC