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Jakob Heissler vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Bundesliga (1998/99), GER, rd 10, Feb-20
Modern Defense: Geller's System (B06)  ·  0-1



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Sep-28-04  Resignation Trap: This is how the young Kasimdzhanov has played. Out of nowhere, or so it seems, comes a long combination starting with 23...Re4!! After the combination, we reach a winning endgame. Heissler could have delayed his defeat with 40. Rc3, instead of 40. Rc7?
Jan-04-09  Eduardo Leon: Today's puzzle was really wicked. How was I suppose to *GUESS* that?
Jan-04-09  DarthStapler: I didn't get it
Jan-04-09  Eduardo Leon: Excuse me, I meant "supposed", not "suppose".
Jan-04-09  MarbleSkull: Ah, I spotted the weak white bishop, but decided on 23. Bh3 to weaken things. This line is much better. I see why this puzzle is insane, and why I'm still a scrub ;)
Jan-04-09  thshovel: wow. quite an amazing move to find otb
Jan-04-09  dzechiel: Black to play (23...?). White is up a pawn. "Insane."

White may be up a pawn, but his lousy pawn structure will cost him at least part of that pawn.

Looking for candidate moves, the one that jumps out first is


It's forcing and it helps to give black much better control over the light squares. After

24 Qxc4 Re4

black has the threat of 25...Bxd4 which white must address. The only good way to do this is

25 Bc3

This seems to be the point where the going gets tough for black. How to prolong his initiative? How about


leaning on the knight once more. The knight is pinned to the queen and can't move, so it must be defended. But which rook?

The more I look at this, the better it gets for white. I suspect that I have started down the wrong road, but I'm also sure I don't know where the right road begins.

I'm going to throw in the towel and check to see how this game actually ends.


OK, this is 'way above my pay grade. Looking forward to Monday.

Jan-04-09  RandomVisitor: Perhaps 27...Be4+ 28.Kg1 Rxc4 was better.
Jan-04-09  triangulation: I came up with Bc6 which probably wins a pawn thought I'm not certain, better luck next time I guess.
Jan-04-09  RandomVisitor: After 23...Re4

[-1.62] d=17 24.Nc6 Qe8 25.Rae1 Bf5 26.Nxa7 Rxe1 27.Rxe1 Qxe1 28.Bxe1 Bxd3 29.Nxc8 Bxc4 30.Nb6 Bb3 31.Bc3 Bf8 32.Bb4 Bxb4 33.axb4 Kf8 34.Kg2 Ke7 35.Kf3 Nf8 36.Ke4 Kd8 37.d6 Nd7 38.Na8 Nb8 39.b5 (0:13.29) 28535kN

[-1.87] d=17 24.Qxe4 Rxc4 25.Bc3 Bf5 26.Qf3 Bxd4 27.Rae1 Nf8 28.h3 Bxc3 29.bxc3 Rc5 30.Rd1 Qa5 31.Rfe1 Bc2 32.Rd4 Qxc3 33.Qxc3 Rxc3 34.a4 Rxh3 35.Kg2 Bf5 36.Re7 Nd7 37.Rc4 Rd3 38.Rc8 Nf8 (0:16.31) 35261kN

Jan-04-09  notyetagm: Egads!
Jan-04-09  whitebeach: I looked briefly at 23 . . . Rxc4 but then, somehow, hit on . . . Re4 instead. I don't pretend that I saw much further than that white can't take the rook and that this play stirs the pot and gets black's bishops into the mix. Surely this is the same kind of inspired insight that Tal always seemed to have. Why my winning percentage is pretty much the reverse of his is just one of those mysteries.
Jan-04-09  spikester2848: Awesome combination, Awesome Game! I wasn't even close to this one.
Jan-04-09  cyclon: This is ART.
Jan-04-09  Confuse: ... does anyone have any idea whats going on? o _ o
Jan-04-09  Samagonka: This is way beyond my capacity.
Jan-04-09  awfulhangover: I agree with This IS insane. How do they find these moves OTB? Crazy.
Jan-04-09  TommyC: I don't think 23...Re4 is that hard a *move* to find (I quickly looked at it and 23...Rxc4) ---- provided you can calculate that white can't play 24.Qxe4, it's an obvious move to increase the pressure. The ultra-crisp *follow-up* is awesome, though, imaginatively combining various tactical themes in ways I'm sure I would have missed :)
Jan-04-09  Antonius Blok: OK! I saw it! but I stopped on this:

24.Qxe4 Rxc4 25.Bc3 Bf5 26.Qe3(is it a wrong move) Coz after 26...Bxd4 27. Bxd4 Qxd5+ 28.Kg1 Rxd4 I didn't found nithing promising !!!

Is there a refutation to 26.Qe3 instead of 26.Qf3 ?

Jan-04-09  stukkenjager: <antonius blok>: Is there a refutation to 26.Qe3 ?

try this 26... Rxd4 27.Bxd4 Qxd5+ 28.Rf3 Bxd4 29.Qe2 Be4 works for me.

Jan-04-09  RandomVisitor: After 23...Re4, deeper analysis run:

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[-2.20] d=22 24.Nc6 Qe8 25.Rae1 Bf5 26.Nxa7 Rxe1 27.Rxe1 Qxe1 28.Bxe1 Bxd3 29.Nxc8 Bxc4 30.Nb6 Bb3 31.Bc3 Bf8 32.Bb4 Bxb4 33.axb4 Kf8 34.Kg2 Ke7 35.Kf3 Nf8 36.Ke4 Kd8 37.d6 Nd7 38.Na8 Nb8 39.b5 (8:27.30) 2149216kN

[-2.24] d=21 24.Bc3 Rxd4 25.Bxd4 Bf5 26.Qe2 Bxd4 27.Rae1 Bh3 28.Qd3 Bxf1 29.Rxf1 Qb6 30.b4 Qc7 31.Bb5 Qc3 32.Rd1 Be3 33.f5 (6:18.01) 1496595kN

Jan-04-09  Marco77: the hardest week so far, I think they have exaggerated
Jan-04-09  znprdx: Certainly one of the most profound illustrations of inspired combinational play...I can't recall seeing this beauty and depth from our top players.... but I guess this gem is flawed by the fact his opponent is a full class lower

Even seeing the moves as played - I didn't immediately grasp the point - which I more often than not do. This is amazing magic ...26.Nxg5 WOW

I missed his history completely - what happened - a 62.6% and yet a falling rating? Could this mean he actually plays Chess to win?! Like Tal and Fischer?

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  agb2002: Black is a pawn down and his knight is poorly placed but White has a number of weaknesses: the squares around the castle, the diagonal a8-h1, the LSB and the knight are hanging and the DSB is obstructing the 'd' column. A way of pressing the weak points is 23... Re4:

A) 24.Qxe4 Rxc4

A.1) 25.Be3 Bf5 26.Qf3 Bxd4 and Black has B+N vs R+P.

A.2) 25.Bc3 Bf5 26.Qe3 Qxd5+ 27.Rf3 Bxd4 and B+N vs R.

A.3) 25.Nc(e)6 Bxc(e)6 26.Qd3 (26.Qxc4 Bxd5+ winning the queen) Bxd5+ with decisive advantage.

B) 24.Be3 Rxe3 25.Qxe3 Rxc4 and 2B vs R+P.

C) 24.Bc3 Rxd4 25.Bxd4 Bf5 26.Qc3 Be4+ 27.Kb1 Bxd5

C.1) 28.Bxg7 Rxc4 29.Qe5 Re4 30.Qc3 Qb6+ 31.Rf2 Rxf4 32.Qd2 (32.Raf1 Rg4+ winning) Qxf2+ 33.Qxf2 Rxf2 34.Kxf2 Kxg7 with B+N+P vs R.

C.2) 28.b3 Bxc4 29.Bxg7 Bxf1 30.Qe5 Bh3 31.Bh8 Qb6+ 32.Qd4 (32.Kh1 Qc6+) Qxd4+ with a knight ahead.

Time to post and check.

Jan-04-09  johnlspouge: < <dzechiel: [snip] Looking for candidate moves, the one that jumps out first is 23...Rxc4 >

Hi, <dzechiel>. I spent more time today than I care to admit. To have found 23...Re4 without exploring 23...Rxc4 would have been difficult, and I wish 23...Rxc4 had been first on my candidates list, to save me time rejecting candidates.

My process was: (1) I found 23...Rxc4 does not work; and then (2) I noticed that after 24...Rxc4, 23...Re4 was symmetric with 23...Rxc4, except that Bd7-f5 then embarrasses Qe4 more than if the Q were at c4.

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