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Mohammad Hossein Farboud vs Oscar Panno
Varna ol (Men) qual-D (1962), Varna BUL, rd 4, Sep-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  0-1


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Aug-02-11  MaxxLange: What's the win after 27...Qg5? 28 f3

28...Qh4 29 Kg2 Qg4+ and then take the f3 Knight?

the forced mate with 27...Qh4! is the best line

Aug-02-11  I play the Fred: <What's the win after 27...Qg5? 28 f3>

28 f3 isn't possible because of the Nf3.

Aug-02-11  sevenseaman: Simple inversion of Netto-R. Abente, Paraguay 1983 idea.

'Art of the Sacrifice'

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--w in 6.

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  agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight and a pawn.

Black would deliver mate at once if the knight on f3 disappeared. This suggests 27... Qg5, threatening 28... Qg1+:

A) 28.Nxg5 Rxf2#.

B) 28.e3(4) Qg1+ 29.Ke2 (29.Nxg1 Rxf2#) 29... Qxf2#.

C) 28.Ne4 dxe4 renews the threats with an extra bishop.

Another possibility is 27... Qh4 28.Kg2 Nf4+ 29.Kg1 (29.Kf1 Qh3+ 30.Kg1 Qg2#) 29... Qg4+ and mate next.

Aug-02-11  Patriot: I went with 27...Rxf3 28.gxf3 Qh4.
Aug-02-11  Fuegoverde: 27... Qh4!, Panno es un grande! Allways been one of my favourite players.
Aug-02-11  David2009: M H Farboud vs Panno, 1962 Black 27...?

It looks like mate in four: 27...Qh4 (threat Qxf2#) 28 Kg2 (if 28.Nxh4 28.Rxf2#) Nf4+! 29.Kg1 Qg4+ 30.K any Qg2#. Time to check:
White respectfully resigns instead of giving the grandmaster the very slight chance of going wrong by 28.Kg2 Qxf7+? 29.Kxh3 and White fights on. Here's the puzzle position colours reversed to play out alternatives:

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(M H Farboud vs Panno 1962 27...? colours reversed) using the interactive link: ========

I learnt quite a lot when checking my analysis against the EGT today. First, it is mate in 6 not 4 (Crafty prolongs its worthless life with two spite sacrifices). Secondly, in the variation 28.Kg2 Qxf2+? the EGT does not capture the N, instead plays the colours-reversed equivalen of 29.Kh1. Here's a colours-reversed link to the position had White played 28.Kg2: Over to you! In both these links, you are white, drag and drop the move you want to make.

Aug-02-11  VincentL: "Easy".

The first move that came to mind here was Qg5.

But I think better is 27.....Qh4 ! threatening 28.....Qxf2 mate

(a) 28. Nxh4 Rxf2 mate.

(b) 28. Ne4 dxe4 29. Kg2 Qg4+ and mate follows.

Time to heck.

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  kevin86: Here is a case where the rook sac could allow Qh4-but the reverse intermezzo move would be Qh4 immediately!

The threat of mate is at f2,if the queen is taken,the ROOK mates at f2 instead.

Is it my imagination,or have there been a lot of Arabian themes lately? If so,maybe the insignia should include a barrel of oil ora turban. lol.

Aug-02-11  sevenseaman: < kevin86: Here is a case where the rook sac could allow Qh4-but the reverse intermezzo move would be Qh4 immediately!>

Sharp and correct observation. One either goes in with Q sac at h4 or R sac, success comes quickly.

Q accepted leads to Rxf2#.

R sac leads to 27...Rxf3 28. exf3 Qh4 29. Ne4 dxe4 30. Ke2 Qxf2#

Aug-02-11  Creg: 27...Qh4 is the first key move but 28.Kg2 can prolong things a bit.

27...Qh4 28.Kg2 (28.Nxh4?? Rxf2 mate) Nf4+ (this appears to be the correct follow up) 29.Kf1 Qh3+ 30.Kg1 Qg2 mate.

or. 29. Kg1 Qg4+ followed by Qg2 mate.

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  Phony Benoni: Regarding the ratings: these were probably supplied by the submitter of the game. Looking over the games with gid# (game ID #s) before and after this one, it's clear somebody was submitting Panno games from Varna, and used that current rating from his player page.

This leads to absurd results, For instance, this game is part of the bunch:

Panno vs Gheorghiu, 1962

and has Florin Gheorghiu at his current rating of 2383.

I applaud those whose submit these missing games, but if there is no avaiable contemporary rating it's best just to leave the field blank.

Aug-02-11  karnak64: I take it that 14. Nd2 was aimed at fighting for the center with e4 -- but it allowed ... Nd4, at which point the roof started coming in.

Fascinating how white goes so quickly from a seemingly safe position to total collapse. That's not a noted liability of the English, is it?

Aug-02-11  BOSTER: In the POTD position "f2" pawn is really unprotected, because it is attacked twice by Nh3 and Rf7 (X-ray) ,but has only one defender king f1.

Not surprise that 27...Qh4 won the game.

This is how they say in soccer the game into empty gate. Everybody knows that the "f4" square is the best for black knight,and you can find many games where a knight in such position is a signal for general attack. But white did not pay any attantion,and did not try to control "f4".

Aug-02-11  rapidcitychess: Black to play

M H Farboud vs Panno, 1962

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The first thing I notice is that white's king is really crowded. And I have a couple pieces pointing at him. My next thought was that f2 was pretty weak. I have my rook using X-Ray Vision to hit it, and my knight is also eying it.

All this led to 27...Qh4 that threatens 28...Qxf2#

If the knight dare takes my precious queen, I will quickly mate with (29.Nxh4) 29...Rxf2#. Therefore, the only logical move is 29.Kg2 which leads to

A. 29...Qg4+
A.1 30.Kf1 Qg1+ 31.Nxg1 Rxf2# Pity that isn't the only move. A.2 30.Kh2 Bd5+
A.2.a 31.Nxd5 Rxf2+ 32.Kh1 Qg2#
A.2.b 31.Kh1 Nxf2# Pretty.
A.3 30.Kh1 Nxf2+ and a bucket load of material. I think that's it.

I fear I may have overcomplicated.... Time to check.

Well the game isn't very helpful. Time to start reading some posts.

Aug-02-11  rapidcitychess: I did over complicate the Kg2 line it seems. Blegh. Probably left my queen hanging in the line as well.
Aug-02-11  rapidcitychess: This puzzle reminds me of something. A story actually.

There once was a gigantic fish. Huge. Titanic. Pick your word. He surrounded himself with many little fish, who attended to him all day. One day, some fishermen came.

All fishermen believe they can catch a great fish. They had heard that there was a behemoth of a fish in this pond so they were off to find it.

Now these fishermen knew that they needed to bait the hook with something big. They chose a worm, worthy of the Leviathan (If such a beast ate worms), and threw it in. Now the small attendants were wise, but the King of the pond was foolish. His servants warned him that worms that float down from the water are usually hooked. The king took a nibble, but decided perhaps his attendants were right.

Unfortunately, he chased the worm until it came fairly close to the fisherman, and proceeded to get speared.

Sad story. The morale is, never take the bait! Or follow the bait, but I don't think that's important in chess.

Or if the bait doesn't have a hook on it, you can eat it, but that's a different story.

Aug-02-11  Rook e2: When I first saw the position I could not solve the puzzle, I saw Rxf3 or Qg5/h6 but didnt see the mate. Now that I visit the site again and see the position for the second time I instandly see Qh6 is the solution because of the treath Qxf2 (I missed that the first time..) Strange chessblindness I guess..
Aug-02-11  morfishine: <MaxxLange> After 27...Qh4 28.Kg2 I think <28...Qg4+> is best instead of 28...Nf4+?

The reason is black should keep fire on <f2> with the knight. So now after 28...Qg4+ if 29.Kh2, then 29...Be5+! wins as 30.Nxe5 is met by <30...Rxf2+>

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Perhaps at this point in the game, its just a matter of taste or technique

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  thegoodanarchist: I wish I could say I solved this one, but I merely remembered it from my tacticzl puzzle studies.
Aug-02-11  Seaholme: So I went with Qg5 and really couldn't see any defence except e3 which loses straight away as any other option. I guess Qg5 is a solution as well?
Aug-02-11  sevenseaman: 28...Qh4, 28...Qh5 and 28...Rxf3, perhaps in that order of preference, are all workable solutions.

Amazing that Panno was on the button, OTB.

Aug-02-11  stst: Easy, but allowing a subtle variation.
The really easy lines first:
(A)27....Qh4 (threatens Qxf2#); 28.NxQ Rxf2#
(B)same 27....Qh4; 28.e2 Qxf2#
Now most subtle:
(C)27....Qh4, but 28.Kg2 Nf4+; 29.Kg1 Qg4+ (if 29.Kf1 Qh1#); 30.No matter Kh1 or Kh2 or Kf1; 31.Qg2#
Aug-03-11  TheBish: M H Farboud vs Panno, 1962

Black to play (27...?) "Easy"

27...Qh4! 28. Nxh4 (no other move stops mate either) Rxf2#.

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  profK: A very powerful exhibition by Panno, He and Najdorf just bubbled away winning lots of games and really were great powerhouses for the South Americas.
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