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Lev Polugaevsky vs Istvan Bilek
Buesum (1969), Buesum FRG, rd 1, May-01
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0



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  LIFE Master AJ: <RT> Thanks for the info, I am sure that most of the members here did not know many of the cool little factoids that you shared with us.
Mar-07-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Resignation Trap> It is actually very likely that this game was played in the Dutch city of Bussum.
Mar-07-06  Resignation Trap: <EmperorAtahualpa> I took that possibility into consideration. However, I also looked at the crosstable of this event: , and I noticed many German players, but no Dutch players, so it seemed highly unlikely.
Jun-04-13  whiteshark: Polugayevsky mentionend that "Black misses the interesting possibility of <17...Na5!>,

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after which 18. Ne7+ can be quietly met by 18...Kh8, while the sacrifice of a piece for three pawns -18.Bxb6 axb6 19.Qxb6 (19.Qg3 Bxd5) 19...Bxe5 is in his favour."

May-25-14  hedgeh0g: What a cheeky finish: Black is given a taste of his own medicine with a sexy counterdecoy.
May-05-19  thegoodanarchist: Well done, Lev!
May-05-19  Walter Glattke: Very nice mate picture: 32.-Kf8 33.Bg7+ Ke8 34.Bf7# 27.-fxe5 28.Bxd8 Rxd8 29.Qc6 Nd6 30.Qd5+ Kf8 31.Qxe5 should win.
May-05-19  Steve.Patzer: Very sneaky with the Queen pinned.
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  al wazir: I see that I commented on this game previously. On the first page I asked what happens after 27...fxe5.

But that was 12 years ago. Having forgotten that, this time I found 27. Bxf6 Bxf6 28. Rxe8+ Rxe8 29. Bxb7, winning a ♙. (If 29...Re5, then 30. Bd5+.)

May-05-19  groog: yes, really really sneaky, nice one Lev
May-05-19  malt: Found the same line as <al wazir>

27.B:f6 B:f6 28.R:e8+ R:e8 29.B:b7 Kf8
30.Bc6 picking up a pawn.

May-05-19  clement41: What a gem!
Twice the same tactical theme in the same combination (I am referring to the deflection of the enemy rook protecting its queen : 30...Re1+ and 32 Bd5+ ) Thanks Bilek for allowing a much prettier win than after the more prosaic 29...Qxc7
May-05-19  mel gibson: I wasn't sure,
The computer plays harder as Black.
Stockfish 10 says:

27. Rxe5

(27. Rxe5 (♖e1xe5 ♖e8xe5 ♕b5-c4+ ♔g8-g7 ♕c4-c7+ ♕b8xc7 ♖c1xc7+ ♔g7-g8 ♗g5xf6 ♖e5-e1+ ♔g1-h2 ♖d8-d6 ♗f6-e7 ♖e1xe7 ♖c7xe7 ♘b7-d8 ♖e7xa7 ♘d8-c6 ♗f3xc6 ♖d6xc6 b4-b5 ♖c6-c2 a2-a4 ♖c2-b2 ♖a7-a6 ♖b2-b4 ♔h2-g3 ♔g8-f8 ♖a6xb6 ♖b4xa4 ♖b6-b8+ ♔f8-e7 ♖b8-b7+ ♔e7-e6 ♖b7xh7 ♖a4-b4 ♖h7-b7 g6-g5 b5-b6 ♖b4-b2 ♖b7-b8 ♔e6-d7 b6-b7 ♔d7-c6 ♖b8-g8 ♖b2-b3+ f2-f3 ♖b3xb7 ♖g8xg5 ♔c6-d6 h3-h4 ♔d6-e6 f3-f4 ♖b7-b1 h4-h5 ♖b1-h1 ♔g3-g4 ♔e6-f6 ♖g5-g6+ ♔f6-f7) +4.29/41 151)

score for White +4.29 depth 41

May-05-19  schachfuchs: I calculated the line 27.Rxe5 Rxe5 28.Qc4+ Kg7 29.Qc7+ and Bxf6, at which I completely omit the counter 30...Re1+ 31.Kh2 Rxc1 !

btw: 27...fxe5 28.Bd5+ Kg7 29.Bxb7 Rd6 (what/where else? 29...Qxb7 30.Bxd8 Rxd8 31.Qxe5+ Kg8 32.Rc7 is hopeless) 30.Bc8 +-

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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens fxg5 although White has Bxb7.

White has Bxf6 and Rxe5.

In the case of 27.Bxf6 Bxf6 28.Rxe8+ Rxe8 29.Bxb7 White wins a pawn (29... Qxb7 30.Qxe8+) but the presence of opposite color bishops may give Black drawing chances.

In the case of 27.Rxe5:

A) 27... Qxe5 28.Qxe5

A.1) 28... Rxe5 29.Bxf6

A.1.a) 29... Rf5 30.Bxd8 (30.Bxb7 Rxf6 - +) 30... Nxd8 31.Rc8 Rf8 32.Bd5+ Kh8 (32... Kg7 33.Rc7+ and 34.Rxa7 + - B+2P vs n]) 33.

A.1.b) 29... Re6 30.Bxd8 Nxd8 31.Bd5 wins decisive material.

A.1.c) 29... Ree8 30.Bxb7 + - [2B+P vs r].

A.2) 28... fxe5 29.Bxb7 + - [2B+P vs r].

B) 27... fxe5 28.Qc4+

B.1) 28... Kh8 29.Bf6#.

B.2) 28... Kf8 29.Bh6+ Ke7 30.Qc7+

B.2.a) 30... Qxc7 31.Rxc7+ Rd7 32.Rxd7+ Kxd7 33.Bxb7 + - [2B vs r].

B.2.b) 30... Rd7 31.Bg5+ wins a piece (31... Ke6 32.Bg4+).

B.3) 28... Kg7 29.Qc7+ wins the knight + - [2B vs r].

C) 27... Rxe5 28.Qc4+

C.1) 28... Kh8 29.Bxf6#.

C.2) 28... Kf8 29.Bh6+

C.2.a) 29... Ke8 30.Qg8+ Kd7 (30... Ke7 31.Qg7+ wins the knight as above) 31.Qf7+ Re7 32.Bc6+ Kd6 33.Qd5+ Kc7 34.Bxb7#.

C.2.b) 29... Ke7 30.Qc7+ as in B.3 (30... Rd7 31.Qxb8).

C.3) 28... Kg7 29.Qc7+ as in B.3.

May-05-19  Walter Glattke: Al Wazir: 27.Bxf6 Nd6 28.Rxe5 Nxb5 29.Rxb5 Rd2 30.Bd5+ Kf8 black wins. Nd5 is the key.
May-05-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.64): 19...Qd7 20.Qxd7 Bxd7 21.c5 Bc6 22.Rad1 bxc5 23.Ba6 Rb8 24.Bxc5 Bxb2 25.Rxe8+ Rxe8 26.Ne7+ Kg7 27.Nxc6 Nxc6 28.g3 Re4 29.Kg2 Ra4 30.Bb7 Rc4 31.Be3 a5 32.Rd7 Ne5 33.Bd5 Nxd7 34.Bxc4 Ne5 35.Bd5 Bc3 36.f4 Ng4 37.Bc5 f5 38.h3

2. + / = (0.68): 19...a6 20.Qxb6 Nxc4 21.Qxd8 Rcxd8 22.Bxc4 Bxd5 23.Bg5 Rd6 24.Bf4 Bxc4 25.Rxe5 Rde6 26.Re3 Rxe3 27.Bxe3 Be2 28.Bg5 Kg7 29.Rc1 h6 30.Be3 Rd8 31.f3 Rd1+ 32.Rxd1 Bxd1 33.Kf2 f6 34.Bb6 Kf7 35.Ke3 Ke6 36.Kd4 Ba4 37.Bc5 Bb5 38.b3 g5

May-05-19  Walter Glattke: 27.-Nd6 28.Bd5+ Kf8 29.Bxe5 Rxe5
May-05-19  Walter Glattke: 29.-Bxe5 30.Nxb5 Bxb8 was only a double pawn more. Possibly draw.
May-05-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 27 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 18...Nd4 19.Bxd4 Bxd4 20.Bf3 Qg5 21.Qb5 a6 22.Qxa6 Bf5 23.Rxe8+ Rxe8 24.Qb5 Bxf2+ 25.Kxf2 Qd2+ 26.Kg3 Qg5+ 27.Kf2 Qd2+

2. = (0.00): 18...Bxd5 19.cxd5 Nd4 20.Bxd4 Bxd4 21.Bf3 Qf6 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Rd1 Bxb2 24.Qb5 Qe5 25.g3 Rd8 26.Kg2 Ba3 27.Qa6 Qe7 28.Rd2 Bc5 29.Re2 Qd7 30.Qc4 Kg7 31.Qc3+ Kg8 32.Re1 Qd6 33.Qd3 Kg7 34.Re2 Qf6 35.a4 Qd6 36.Qc3+ Qf6 37.Qd3 Qd6

May-05-19  Jambow: Honestly although the full continuation alluded me, I think openening lines of attack with 27.Rxe5 considering 26.Bg5 preceeded it is somewhat natural as a potential move. This is further enticed if one also notices the bishop pair get lines of attack against the black king combined with the fact that the queen has c4+ to work with. Now arriving at 27.Qc7+ is where I might have lost the thread over the board since it is so hard to give up your queen in the midsts of an attack for me anyway. That aside seeing as it gives the rook control of the seventh and the light squared bishop has access to the D file maybe a glimmer exists to find the needle in the proverbial haystack. This since resulting position becomes within my limited depth of calculation.

Great position to get the creative juices flowing and enticing an insructive attacking combination to follow. In short worthy puzzle

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  al wazir: <Walter Glattke: 27.Bxf6 Nd6> 28. Qd5+ Nf7 (28...Kf8 29. Rxe5) 29. Bxd8.

Am I overlooking something?

May-05-19  Pedro Fernandez: The only move I didn't see was 29...Kg8 (I thought 28...Qxb7, but it is plainly inferior), but after of it the subsequent moves were easy.
May-06-19  TheTamale: Oh, thank God. I didn't notice this wasn't the Monday puzzle yet and despaired when I couldn't figure it out. Wasn't quite ready to hand in my hard-earned 1200 rating just yet.
Jan-31-21  SpiritedReposte: The final position and resulting forced mate is on a razor edge tightrope.
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