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Ulf Andersson vs William Hartston
Hastings (1972/73), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-02
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  0-1



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Jun-18-12  David2009: Ulf Andersson vs Hartston, 1972 Black 36...?

Let's rewind to two moves before the disaster with White to play (35?):

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It is quite difficult to find an active plan for White. The EGT meets Andersson's 35.Qd8 with Hartston's move 35...Nf6, and White has to guard against the mate threat. Meanwhile Black threatens to infiltrate with Bb5 and Qa2.

One solution to the dilemma is to grab a Pawn with 35.bxa5, follow up with Bc5 and then exchange off to a drawn ending. White seems to hold the resulting bad Bishop ending because Black cannot penetrate, nor can Black allow the Bishop exchange. The game might continue 35.bxa5 Nd6 36.Bc5 Ba6 37.Bxd6 cxd6 38.Qd5 Qxd5 39.exd5 Bc4 40.Be4 h5 41.g4 Kh6 42.Kf2 Kg7 when 43.Ke3 starts a repetition.

Jun-18-12  romni: I've seen this position many times before, but it's still very neat!...Reminds me in a way of 'the dance of the elephant'..a puzzle in 'search for the mona lisa by Eduard Gufeld, mate by a single bishop. Bill Hartston should've become one of Britains first GMs' in the 1970s..pity it never happened.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <LTJ> <And one day after WC Tigran Petrosian day (and Peter Svidler's 36th birthday), it's my 30th birthday today!>


When I was 30, I knew everything. Today I turned 60; now I know a little about some things.

Jun-18-12  BOSTER: This is a wicked irony. Black twice offered to exchange their bishop for "bad" white bishop playing 25...Bb3 vs Bc2,and 26...Bc4 vs Bd3, but the offer was not accepted without any reason.

Certainly black bishop was angry, and as result this bishop played the main role in the game, punishing the black king for stupid strategy.

<stm> <When did Harston spot this mate?>

My guess that this idea was born when he saw own weakness around his king, and white, not black can create something like this with queen and his bishops.

Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: <Jimfromprovidence> Happy 60th Birthday, man! I'm thrilled that it's a milestone birthday for both you and myself!


PS. Re: <When I was 30, I knew everything. Today I turned 60; now I know a little about some things.> That's a very open-minded and intelligent approach. I'm glad for that!

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  Jimfromprovidence: <LTJ>


Pretty soon I'll know next to nothing; looking forward to it.


Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: <Jim> :)
Jun-18-12  lzromeu: I solved this after long time thinking. So easy, so obvious, and mate in 1, but it's too hard to see.

After solved, my first thinking was "What a blunder's Ulf" (player at 2600 level). But, thinking better the obvious sometimes is the most hard to see.

Jun-18-12  JG27Pyth: I just love this mate!
Jun-18-12  M.Hassan: Happy Birthday and very happy returns <LTJ>
Jun-18-12  WhiteRook48: 36...Qh3+ 37 Kxh3 Bf1#. If 37 Kf2 Qf1#
If I had been playing this game, I probably would have fallen into this trap; I often get complacent and forget to consider the opponent's response.
Jun-18-12  dzechiel: <LoveThatJoker: ... I am now officially old!>

You are over 60? Yikes! That's ancient! I don't turn 60 until September.

Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: <M.Hassan> Thank you very much! I sincerely appreciate your note, M.Hassan!


Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: <dzechiel> Hey man! It's my 30th birthday today!

The reason why you saw 60 is because it is also <Jimfromprovidence>'s birthday - It's his 60th!


Jun-18-12  benjamincito: I to have see the diagramma
1.- Queenh3 jaque y winer
Jun-18-12  morfishine: Is <36...Qh3+> gorgeous, or what?
Jun-18-12  TheBish: Ulf Andersson vs Hartston, 1972

Black to play (36...?) "Very Easy"

It's mate in 3, at most. The queen sac comes early this week!

36...Qh3+! 37. Kh1

This lasts longest; also losing are 37.Kf2 (or Kg1) Qf1# or 37. Kxh3 Bf1#.

37...Qf1+ 38. Bg1 Qxf3#.

Jun-18-12  sevenseaman: Today's page is all about birthdays. Indian concept is a tad different. We think we have a predestined (fixed) lifespan.

Every time a year or a minute passes by we are consuming it out of that fixed quota, i. e. in the process we have really shortened our term on earth by that much.

So no cause for celebration, one needs to take stock whether the compensation was adequate.

Nevertheless my personal take is that it was fun to have lived one more year. So congratulations to the young(and old) survivors. Live on, live away.

Jun-18-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> Thank you!


Jun-18-12  RookFile: 35....Nf6 was a sneaky little move, covering the g4 square.
Jun-19-12  kevin86: A beautiful Monday puzzle! If white takes the queen,the bishop mates him. If he moves to ANY of the four available squares,Qf1#,as white is blocked escape by his own pieces-even an epaulette mate is there.
Nov-03-12  wordfunph: "Playing back in this rather dull position, I wanted only to agree a draw and have a peaceful dinner without the worry of an adjourned game, but my opponent was renowned for his perseverance in level positions."

- William Hartston (after Andersson's 32.Kg2)

Jan-01-17  Albion 1959: Qxc7?? was a howler from Andersson, he clearly overlooked Qh3+!! However, he would have his revenge the following year against Hartston in a game quite different to this one:
Jun-13-20  N.O.F. NAJDORF: This game made a big impression on me when I first saw it when I was at school. I had some correspondence with the winner several years ago and mentioned to him the fact that we once met on a train as he was on his way to cover a WCC match, involving Jonathan Speelman, armed with a camera, but he obviously could not remember. I think I'm not breaching any confidence when I say that he called this a dreary game (apart from the finish) and give his description of Andersson's reaction to the coup de grace. He studied the position for a few seconds and then said, 'It's mate.' Hartston didn't know what to say and simply replied, 'Yes.' And then Andersson said, 'I resign.'
I imagine Capablanca would have appreciated 35 ... Nf6. It was just the kind of move he would have played.
Jun-13-20  N.O.F. NAJDORF: By the way, the thing that prompted me to contact him was that I had seen the game at

and was amazed to see the move 36 ... Bh3+ instead of Qh3+.

I wrote to Hartston to ask whether it was possible that my mind had played a trick on me, but he said my recollection was correct.

I then studied the moves and realised that 365chess has 31 ... Be6 instead of 31 ... Qe6.

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