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Grigory Levenfish vs Savielly Tartakower
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 22, Sep-19
Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. Paulsen Variation (C60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-22-06  greensfield: 13. Nxf6? Moved the right piece, but the wrong way. That's dyslexia for you!
Sep-22-06  eblunt: <swiss pawn> yes, but after e.g 13 nb6 Bg4 14 NxR QxR 15 Qd2 Black has absolutely nothing for the losing sac.
Sep-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Now that I'm looking at this puzzle again, I'm ashamed to admit I was thinking of 13.Nf4??.
Sep-22-06  lilfoohk: Geeeze

I was only thinking of kingside mating attack

How short -sighted am I!~

Sep-22-06  vibes43: This one blew me away. White puts two unprotected pieces in harm's way and and he comes out on top. Really gotta think ahead on this one.
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  gawain: I just could not stop looking at the B bishop at g7 protected only by the king. I was thinking that either there had to be a way to deflect the K after some combination involving 13 Nxe7 or else something good after 13 Bxg7 Kxg7. Apparently not. The actual solution 13 Nb6 is very nice.
Sep-22-06  TrueBlue: can someone post the Nb6 line, doesn' look obvious to me ... e.g.
Nb6 Qxd1+
Rxd1 Rb8
what's next?
Sep-22-06  aragorn69: My computer found 12.-Nf5!?, after which White still seems better, but I can't find a clearly winning line, neither after 13.Bxg7 Nxg7, nor after 13.exf5 Bxh6 14.fxg6 hxg6 (14.-Bb7 is highly risky: 15.Nxe5!).

Any opinion?

Sep-22-06  TrueBlue: Nf6 also wins a rook, I haven't done computer analyzes, but it looks this way. Here is one line ...

Nxf6 Qxd1+
Rxd1 Bxh6
Rd8+ Kg7
Ne8+ Rxe8
Rxe8 Kf6

Sep-22-06  aragorn69: <TrueBlue: can someone post the Nb6 line, doesn' look obvious to me ... e.g. Nb6 Qxd1+ Rxd1 Rb8 what's next?>

... Rd8 mate. ;-)

Sep-22-06  aragorn69: <TrueBlue: Nf6 also wins a rook, etc.> After 13.Nxf6 Qxd1+ 14.Rxd1, the right move is probably 14.-Nxb3.
Sep-22-06  alphee: seems we are quite a few having Nf6 as first hypothesis. May be there are folks who focus on attacking first and what more appealing than attacking the king ...
Sep-22-06  vizir: too easy ! saw it in 20secs
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  keypusher: Too hard! I didn't see it at all.
Sep-22-06  erimiro1: Everybody missed the nicest move in the game -the last one: 74.-Bc1+! that forced the draw (75.K:c1 B:g6)
Sep-22-06  YouRang: Oddly enough, I found it fairly easily. Like <dzechiel>, I spotted the double discovery threats connected with moving the d5 knight: (1) A discovered attack on the queen, and (2) a discovered control of the f7 square (the black king's only flight square off the back rank).

This double discovery creates a mate threat at d8 (either with queen or rook). But to give teeth to this threat, I have to make the knight move carry a threat of its own.

The most apparent answer was 13. Nb6, threatening to win the exchange.

Sep-22-06  kevin86: I missed the key move-as did the player. I did like the cute stalemate trap at the end.
Sep-22-06  YouRang: <erimiro1: Everybody missed the nicest move in the game -the last one: 74.-Bc1+! that forced the draw (75.K:c1 B:g6)> You're right -- a very clever draw-forcing move. :-)
Sep-22-06  patzer2: For today's solution, the discovered attack 13. Nb6!! that White should have played decides immediately.
Sep-22-06  lvlaple: Man, did White play a nice game too (save the missed move.)
Sep-22-06  mstover: Friday puzzle - should have been to find move 12 Bh6!
Sep-22-06  NateDawg: 13. ♘b6! ♕xd1+ 14. ♖xd1 threatening 15. ♖d8#. Now Black loses the exchange to either 14...♗xh6 15. ♘xa8 or 14...♘xb3 15. ♗xg7+ ♔xg7 16. ♘xa8. 13. ♘xf6?! ♕xd1+ 14. ♖xd1 ♗xh6 15. ♖d8+ ♔g7 16. ♘e8+ ♖xe8 17. ♖xe8 and Black has two pieces for the rook and pawn, making the position fairly even. Levenfish evidentally saw this second line, but not the first, and chose 13. ♗e3?!, after which the position is also pretty much even.
Sep-22-06  donRamon72: Why isn't Nxf6 correct?
Sep-22-06  crwynn: Took me awhile, I was hypnotized by 13.Nxf6 too - after all, the puzzle clearly involved a threat of Rd8 mate, so shouldn't I be attacking his king?

Then I decided the kt was doing nothing useful besides looking aggressive, so some other discovery was necessary, and thought of 13.Nxc7 Qxc7 - oops, try 13.Nb6 and presto, White wins.

Sep-22-06  YouRang: <donRamon72: Why isn't Nxf6 correct?>

Well, actually the burden is on you to demonstrate why you think 13. Nxf6 IS correct. :-)

Once you post what you believe to be the winning 13, Nxf6 line, then others can (perhaps) show you where it fails.

For example, <TrueBlue> proposed such a line above, and <aragorn69> demonstrated how Black could escape.

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