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Norman Lessing vs N Kurtz
"A Lessing or a Kurtz?" (game of the day Sep-25-2014)
Offhand game (1966), California
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Closed Variation (B29)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of the best puns in ages, and not a bad attack, either!
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  Bubo bubo: <An Englishman> Indeed a good attack, but Black invited disaster.

In particular I don't like 10...Qd5: the assault on the Rh1 is pointless, as White simply castles, and a few moves later the queen is driven back home. Because of these two wasted moves Black runs out of time for castling and his king gets caught in the middle.

Sep-25-14  Viennablue: Good Morning from austria!
20. Qf3 is a really decent move - the final blow.
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  gofer: Sorry, I am not seeing the quick finish after <20 ... Bxe6>

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Doesn't this change into a Q+R v 2B + 2R end game that isn't clear???

Sep-25-14  morfishine: After 20...Bxe6 21.Bg5+ White will pick up one of the hanging Bishops and have an easy win
Sep-25-14  optimal play: After 20...Qd5 ?? 21.Bd6+ !! Kurtz was overheard saying "The horror... the horror... " ;)
Sep-25-14  newzild: <morfishine> It's not quite so simple as that, as there appear to be some tricky moves, e.g.:

21. Bg5+ Kg8
22. Qxc6 Bc8
23. Rc7

Sep-25-14  morfishine: <newzild> There's something missing in your line: after 22.Qxc6? 22...Bc8 is not possible; White is winning after 22.Bxd8 due to the rook on <b7> and Black's loose Bishops

Here's the two lines I considered:

(1) 20...Bxe6 21.Bg5+ Kg8 22.Bxd8 Bd5 23.Qf5 Rxd8 24.c4

(2) 20...Bxe6 21.Bg5+ Ke8 22.Bxd8 Kxd8 23.cxd4 Bb6 24.Qe3 Bd5 25.Qg5+ Ke8 26.Qe7#


Sep-25-14  waustad: <viennablue> Welcome to the site. I've been following Austrian chess for the last few years and there are some interesting players.
Sep-25-14  kyg16: I do not seem to understand why after 20... Bxe6 there is a bit of reluctance to capture the Queen with 21. Bg5+ Ke8 22. Bxd8 Kxd8. This line gives according to Fritz around +1.5 but it should not be difficult to win since Black's pieces are quite uncoordinated.

21... Kg8 looks much worse for Black throwing +4.7 evaluation, courtesy of Fritzie Fourteen. Being one possible line 22. Bxd8 Rxd8 23. Qxc6 Bd6 24. Rxa7 Kf8 25. Qb6

On the other hand it is interest to comment that after 19. Rb7 White is not threatening anything and evaluation is around -0.22 which should guarantee a draw with 19... Qd5 20. Qe1 dxc3 21. Be3 Bd6 22. Qxc3 Qd1+ 23. Kg2 Qd5+ =/=

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  kevin86: White springs a trap! The bishop can be taken in two ways or the king can be moved aside, but all moves yield to Qxf7#
Sep-25-14  Castleinthesky: Fireworks galore-truly Teaching A Lessing!
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  Honza Cervenka: 19...Kg8 was more stubborn defense here. White missed a win earlier in the game: 13.Bc4! Qd8 (13...Qd6 14.Bf4 is even worse for black) 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.d5! with overwhelming attack against the King in the centre.
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  ChemMac: <gofer> 20...BXe6 21.Bg5+ Ke8 22.BXd8 KXd8 Perhaps 12...Bd6 24.RXg7 Rf8 25.Qe3 Re8 Black gets R and two B's for Q and pawns, but his K is exposed and White can get also the h pawn and have passed g and h pawns. I had a similar material vs. Maxim Dlugy, who fortunately for me, perhaps, overlooked a mate in two...but an hour of analysis (with Joel Benjamin as well) afterwards gave no final verdict. In this game White should win, but not that easily.
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  joe1137: Gotta love a guy whose avatar is Dirac's equation. Well don ChemMac
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