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Fridrik Olafsson vs Erich Eliskases
Mar del Plata (1960), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 10, Apr-09
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation (B10)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-10  Julian713: I was able to figure out Rxf6 by "reading the puzzle" because it allowed the queen to pounce onto the back rank...but beyond that, i couldn't really see how to take advantage of the position. Good Sunday puzzle.
Jun-27-10  Ferro: Hay que "acceder" a la cabeza de "black" for resolve this problem!
Jun-27-10  RandomVisitor: Maybe 9.Nb3 is better for white:

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Rybka 3:

[+0.29] d=19 9...Bd6 10.Qe2 Nf6 11.Rd1 Ng6 12.Bd2 0-0 13.Na5 Be6 14.Nc4 Bc5 15.b4 b5 16.Ncxe5 Bxf2+ 17.Qxf2 Nxe5 18.Bf4

[+0.33] d=19 9...0-0 10.Qd3 Bb6 11.a4 a5 12.Qc3 Ng6 13.Nfd2 h6 14.Nc4 Ba7 15.Nbxa5 Bd4 16.Qb4 Bc5 17.Qd2 Nf6 18.Nb3 Rd8

Jun-27-10  Ferro: Creo sí
Jun-27-10  Eduardo Leon: This was truly insane and kept me thinking for more than 30 minutes.

<PART 1>

<24.♖xf6+! gxf6 25.♕g8+ ♔e7 26.♕f7+ ♔d6 27.♘f5+ ♔c5>

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Not 28.♖c1+? ♗c4! (not 28...♔b5? 29.d4! ♗xd4+ 30.♗xd4).

<28...♗xd4+ 29.♗xd4+ ♖xd4 30.♕xe8>

And white wins material.

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Jun-27-10  Eduardo Leon: <PART 2>

<24...♗xf6 25.♗xf6 gxf6 26.♕g8+ ♔e7>

Not 27.♕f7+? ♔d6 28.♘f5+ ♔e5 29.d4+ ♖xd4 30.♕xe8.

<27.♕xh7+ ♔d6 28.e5+!>

To "connect" the queen and the bishop.


Not 28...♔xe5 29.d4+ ♖xd4 30.♘f7+, winning the queen.

<29.♖c1+ ♗c4!>

But not 29...♔b5? 30.d4! ♖xd4 (30...♕xh7?? 31.♗f3 ♕d3 32.♗xd3#) 31.♗f1+ ♖c4 32.♗xc4 ♔c5 33.♗xe6+, winning the queen.

<30.♖xc4+ ♔b5>

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<31.♗xc6+! ♔a6>

Not 31...♕xc6? 32.a4+ ♔a6 33.♖xc6.

<32.♗b5+ ♔xb5 33.♖xc7 ♘xc7 34.♕xc7>

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And this endgame is clearly won for white.

Jun-27-10  Eduardo Leon: Oh, I missed 25...♗xd3, black's best chance.
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  Underworld: I still like 24. Bxe5 the best so as to prepare for Rxf6.
Jun-27-10  Eduardo Leon: Underworld: 24.♗xe5? ♕xe5!.
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  Underworld: and Rxd6 still, it plays, look at my previous post.
Jun-27-10  Eduardo Leon: What if 24.♗xe5 ♕xe5 25.♖xf6+ ♕xf6? Black gives the material back (26.♖f1), but at least, his position doesn't fall down to peices.
Jun-27-10  David2009: <Underworld: and Rxd6 still, it plays, look at my previous post.> Try analysing your line with Crafty - it's free, it's fast, it's fun - and see what happens. For today's puzzle position see the links given in my first post today, F Olafsson vs E Eliskases, 1960

More generally, to set any position up with Crafty, copy the FEN string with White to play and paste it into the Crafty set-up link:

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  Underworld: I'm on 24 hour shift and have no such thing at my fingertips. Rf1 after Qxf6
Jun-27-10  Eduardo Leon: Yes. I know that, in your 24.♗xe5 ♕xe5 25.♖xf6 line, 25...♕xf6 is replied wtih 26.♖f1. But, what after that? Giving up two rooks for a queen and getting nothing from the position doesn't look like a good deal.
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  Underworld: Point is to try to push the king to the center after that, if not, then try for perpetual. I'm finally off shift now. I'M GOING TO BED!! GN all.
Jun-27-10  gofer: The second day in a row that I have given up. What I thought and what I was going to post is below. But I found 25 ... Bxd3 at which point things got very difficult, so I gave up and wanted to find out the answer... ...which doesn't exist. So I feel some glimmer of hope considering that ING-GERR-LUND (as is correctly pronounced) were routed, regardless of an odd refereeing decision! I can't quite believe that I am saying this, but I hope that the Argies win! Maradona is at least as enjoyable to watch at the edge of the pitch as he was on it...


Well, after much consideration, I like...

24 Rxf6+ Bxf6 (gxf6 25 Qg8+ Ke7 26 Qf7+ Kd6 27 Nf5+ Kc5 28 Rc1+ Kb5 29 d4 winning) 25 Bxf6 ...

Now we come to the sticky bit as black has lots of options, but all seem flawed...

25 ... gxf6 26 Qg8+ Ke7 27 Qf7+ Kd6 28 Nf5+ Kc5 29 Rc1+ Kb5 30 d4 winning

25 ... Rd7 26 Rf1 gxf6 (Rf1 Bxg7+ winning) 27 Rxf6+ Ke7 28 Rxe6+ Ke8 29 Rxe8+ Kxe8 30 Qg8+ Ke7 31 Qf7+ Kd6 32 Nf5+ Kc5/e5 33 d5+ winning

25 ... Re7 26 Rf1 Ke8 (Rf7 Bxg7+ winning) 27 Bxf7 Qxe7 28 Rf7 Qd6 29 e5 winning

25 ... gxh6 26 Rf1 and the discovered check is enough to win the game

25 ... Bxd3 26 Bxg7+ Nxg7 (Qxg7 Qf3+ Ke7 Ng5+ winning) 27 Qf3+ Ke7 28 Rd1 Rf8 27 Qe3

Jun-27-10  RandomVisitor: A final look at the suggested improvement 9.Nb3:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.30] d=23 9...Bd6> 10.Qe2 0-0 11.a4 Rd8 12.Rd1 Nf6 13.Bg5 Bg4 14.a5 Nd7 15.Nbd2 h6 16.Nc4 hxg5 17.Nxd6 Nf6 18.Nc4 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 c5 20.a6

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  johnlspouge: Sunday (Insane)

F Olafsson vs E Eliskases, 1960 (24.?)

White to play and win.

Material: Even. The Black Kf8 has 1 legal move, e7, on the same rank as Qc7. The White Rf1 pins Pf6 to Kf8. The White Ra1 can reload Rf1. The White Bb2 attacks Be5, for which Qc7 presently provides sole support. The White Bg2 requires activation. Black threatens Ba6xd3, Rd8xd3, Be5xb7, Be5xg3, and particularly Pg7xh6. The White Kg1 is secured from check, except Be5-d4+.

Candidates (24.): Rxf6+, Bxe5


(1) 24...gxf6 25.Qg8+ Ke7 26.<Qf7+>

<Eduardo Leon points out that 26.Qf7+ is dominated by the game variation.>

(2) 24...Bxf6 25.Bxf6

(2.1) 25...gxf6 26.Qg8+ Ke7 27.<Qf7+>

<A similar domination b7 27.Qxh7+, etc., is likely.>

(2.2) 25...gxh6 26.Rf1 Bxd3 27.Bxd8+ Bxf1 28.Bxc7

White has Q for R+B, but the Black Kf8 is again exposed. Other variations appear even less appealing.

Jun-28-10  tacticalmonster: White needs to exploit the weakness of f7 and g8 squares so:

candidate: 24 Rxf6+

a) 24 fxg6 25 Qg8+ Ke7 26 Qf7+ Kd6 27 Nf5+ Kc5 28 Rc1+ Kb5 29 d4! c5 ( 29 Bxd4+ 30 Nxd4+ any capture 31 Bf1+ unavoidable mate) 30 d5 c4 31 Bf1 Bxb2 32 Qxc7 Nxc7 33 Rxc4 a4 34 Rc6+ Ka5 35 b4#

b) 24 Bxf6 25 Rf1 Bxd3 26 Rxf6+ gxf6 27 Qg8+ Ke7 28 Qf7+ Kd6 29 Qxf6 Rf8 ( 29 Kc5 30 Qf5+ Rd5! 31 Qf2+ Rd4 32 Nf5 Red8 33 Qe3 b5 34 Nxd4 Nxd4 35 Qxd3 ) (29 Kd7 30 Be5 Qb7 31 Nf7 Qa8 32 Bh3! Rb8 33 Ng5 ) 30 Nf5+ Kd7 (30 Kc5 31 a4 b5 32 Qxe6 Kb6 ) 31 Qe7+ Kc8 32 Qxe6+ Kb7

I don't see the solution. I give up.

Jun-28-10  LIFE Master AJ: I liked this game so much that I am building a web page on it.

I apologize ... it was originally my intent to finish it quickly ... and post it on Sunday, the day that it was being discussed ...

Jul-07-10  LIFE Master AJ: I am still working on the webpage ... unfortunately my computer crashed in June. (Several times.) At one point, my copy of windows became so corrupted, my HD had to be formatted.

Then, my computer crashed again. I just got it out of the shop after over a week. (Seems to be working OK now.)

Nov-27-10  LIFE Master AJ:

The web page is finished.

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  4tmac: Beautiful game. 25. ..Bxd3! 26.Qf5 Bxe4 27.Bxe4 Qxg3+ 28.Kh1 g3 29.Qg4 Qxg4 30.Nxg4 Rd4 31.hxg6 Rxe4!?(hxg6) 32.gxh7 Kf7 33.Rg1! & Black has no moves due to the threat Nh6 (the horse likes it there :) ) But the win is still a long way if you consider the B is wrong for the "a" P. Worth tossing up on your Fritz.
Oct-10-13  LIFE Master AJ: Probably my favorite game of Fridrik Olaffson's ... ... ...
Oct-11-13  LIFE Master AJ:

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