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Yuri S Balashov vs Mikhail S Tseitlin
URS-ch sf (1969), Barnaul URS, Jun-??
Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (B00)  ·  1-0



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  WannaBe: <Sneaky> Shredder 9 likes: 16. Nxe4 Bxh6 17. Qxh6 Qd7 18. gxh3 !e6 19. Qh4 f5 20. Ng5 1.33 on inf. analysis.
Mar-25-06  mikejaqua: I saw the free bishop and thought to just take it with the queen. The knight can be centralized later and I think the threat remains just as strong. Like someone said, there appear to be a number of winning scenarios here.
Mar-25-06  ckr: Perhaps, at this point of the game (19...)

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black's best defense was to devert the knight away from the kingside by 19...d5 20.Nxc5 Qc6 21.d4 e5

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and continue 22.Rf2 b6 23.Nd3 e4 24.Nf4

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not the best position, but certainly better than actual play.

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  kevin86: The original move is to avoid the reflex recapture at h3.The text starts a series of mate threat possibilities along the h file and with the knight.
Mar-25-06  sagahelten: A puzzle which results in nothing more that a clear advantage after a long series of moves (which allow a lot of different variantions) should be a sunday's puzzle. I thought it was too difficult.
Mar-25-06  elkholi: hi
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Mar-25-06  dakgootje: A very nice puzzle imho where i only got the first move and the main ideas after that one, and which i only understood by seeing the solution and reading some of the better comments on this page.

Some other things to mention:
I think <Isamaru> gave the best explanation of the first moves why the first moves were played like this, so for the ones who dont understand it yet, read his comment (on of the first of the 1st page)

<sez: bad puzzle> some explanation why you think its a bad game would be nice, as it is tactically very nice, though less spectaculair some other puzzles and less obvious and harder to understand maybe.

<i dont think this is a puzzle for saturday, all chess players expect something far more difficult than that> No i think it was too hard to get most of the variations to place it earlier in the week.

<frankly, i don't like this puzzle because the solution is not that beautiful> No but saturday and sunday puzzles are, i think, chosen mainly because they are tactically brilliant instead of looking whether it is a beautiful solution. Those spectaculair solutions are often placed earlier in the week at mondays etc, where it is often 'obvious' to look at the place where to sac a queen/rook and thus considered hard for a monday if the solution isnt a queen/rook sac

Mar-25-06  Bishops r power: Listen JOE45 knight can eat the queen
Mar-25-06  dzechiel: Well, not only did I not see this line, I don't think I could find it now, having already seen it.

The myriad of variations are difficult to keep up with. One must be impressed with Balashov for coming up with this combination.

Mar-25-06  question marks: I hope I'm not being redundant:

Very good play by white in seeing that the bishop cannot be retreated after Nxe4, because 17.Bxg7 leads to a mating strategy for white - 17...Nxg7 18.Ng5! or 17...Kxg7 18. Qc3+ Kh8 Ng5!

But black left his bishop there, so the only advantage that white gained was a pawn and maybe tempo. There may have been lot more that could have happened in the final 8 moves, I wonder if white had an even better line?

My computer isn't great, but I have crafty running on move 16 for black, mysteriously suggesting Bd4+, although it rates it +2.33... what about Bf5? Rxf5 Qd7... I guess that isn't pleasant for black.

What was the purpose of 21...d5, or did black just not have another move?

Mar-25-06  question marks: update on my computer analysis: it got out to a depth of 12, and is suggesting 16. Qd7
Mar-25-06  durnstein: ckr: 16 ... f6 17 Qxh3 e5 (NOT Bxh6), and it seems the Black king can get away to the left. Also Black's queen then has space to get into the defense.

I don't like Black's position from earlier than 16, but it still just doesn't seem that 16 Nxe4 leads to a forced win for White or even a strong advantage.

Mar-25-06  goldenbear: I don't see that anyone has mentioned the real solution. I don't have a program but I bet White forces victory in all variations with 18.Ra4!, creating the threat of 19.Rf6!! I see no defense. Not 18.Rf6! because of 18.Qg4. That's the point of Ra4. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this.
Mar-25-06  goldenbear: thats 18 Rf6?? because of Qg4
Mar-25-06  goldenbear: <ckr> is right. Black has resources after white's mistaken 18.gxh3?
Mar-25-06  question marks: <goldenbear> what about 18. ...Bf5
Mar-25-06  durnstein: goldenbear: Your variation is strong, but only because of Black's horrible 16 ... Qd7. Only that mistake sets up the fork your attacking line depends on.
Mar-25-06  goldenbear: hmmm don't know. maybe doesnt work
Mar-25-06  goldenbear: <question marks> Bf5 g4! Bg6 Rf3 I guess.
Mar-25-06  goldenbear: <durnstein> I agree, 16. Bxg7! was correct, forcing this line due to the need to defend f5. That is, I think to save the tempo for Bf5 loses to RxB
Mar-25-06  khense: Final position: I thought black might try 24...Qd5+, 25 Kh1 F5, however after 26 c3 black's queen will not be able to defend h8.
Mar-25-06  ckr: <durnstein: 16 ... f6 17 Qxh3 e5 (NOT Bxh6)> e5 ? If you don't play 17...Bxh6 then White would not hesitate to take yours 18.Bxg7 - If you recapture with the knight you can't defend f6 after 19.Qh6 but you have to move something

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any move Nxf6+

If you capture the bishop with king 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Qg4+ and squeak to the other side with 19...Kf7 20.Ng5+

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one more step to the queenside and you are mated so back to the corner (but 21...Kf7 or 21...Kf8 and 22.Ne6+ (discovered) and the knight grazes on Queen)

So 19...Kh8 would have been best

20.Qg4+ Kh8 21.qh5+ Kg8 22.Qg6+

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and neither 22...Ng7 or 22...Kh8 look appealing.

Mar-25-06  McCool: It's kind of funny how the rook on a1 made its way to h6 without any interference.
Mar-25-06  ckr: And ... none of the lines would be as strong without 16.Ne4
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