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Lev Polugaevsky vs Lubomir Ftacnik
"The Hedgehog that Roared" (game of the day Sep-30-2012)
Chess Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 5, Nov-04
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  0-1



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Jun-11-11  sevenseaman: <morfishine> <Anand vs Ftacnik,1993 was a beaut.> Yes.

Anand vs Ftacnik, 1993 is a Sicilian Scheveningen. I have played the game 4 times now and I do not still grasp why Ftacnik was in such a tearing hurry to play 26...Qa4.

Jun-11-11  Patriot: I went with 25...Nh5, seeing that black is at least ok after 26.Qxh5 Bxg2+ 27.Kxg2 Qf2+ 28.Kh1 Qxb2. 26...Qg3! is much better!
Jun-11-11  TheBish: Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982

Black to play (25...?) "Very Difficult"

Black is down a pawn, although White's extra is a doubled rook pawn, hardly worth counting. More important is that Black's knight is attacked, and that Black's bishops and queen are bearing down on White's position. The key is a diversionary tactic:


Apparently giving away the already-attacked knight, but the difference here is that the queen must capture, removing her from the defense of her king.

26. Qxh5

Forced, since there was no good way to stop ...Ng3+ (26. Ne4 Bxe4 or 26. Rd3 Rxd3 27. Qxd3 Ng3+ 28. Kh2 Nf1+ 29. Kh1 Qh2#).

26...Qg3 with threats of 27...Qxg2#, Qxh3# and Bxg2#, which cannot adequately be met. About the best try here is 27. Nd5, but 27...Rxd5! (preserving the b7 bishop), threatening 28...Rxd1+ followed by mayhem on the king (28. Rxd5 Bxd5 29. Bxd5 Qxh3#, or 28. Qf3 Rxd1+ 29. Rxd1 Bxf3).

"Time to check."


I missed the 28. Rf1 defense (adding to the difficulty factor), but other than that, spot on! What a "Ftacnik" combo!

Jun-11-11  ImTheMan: Wouldn't 25...Qxh4 be a good continuation?
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Nov-08-11  LIFE Master AJ:

I just completed a video (in two parts) on this game.

Nov-09-11  JoergWalter: This game earned the title "most beautiful game of the 1982 olympiad". It deserves better prepared videos than those.
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  Honza Cervenka: The Hedgehog That Roared :-D
Sep-30-12  nolanryan: thats what she said
Sep-30-12  lost in space: What a fantastic game. Really nice.
Sep-30-12  Travis Bickle: Nicely done!
Sep-30-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Most beautiful game of the 1982 olympiad !!
Sep-30-12  SuperPatzer77: White to play - See diagram below:

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Instead of 28. ♖f1, 28. ♖g1 ♖d1!! (Threatening 29...♗xg2#) - see below:

1) 29. ♖axd1 or ♕xd1 ♕xh3#!!

2) 29. ♖gxd1 ♕xg2#

3) 29. ♕g4 ♗xg2#!! - Note that the White Rook on g1 cannot capture the Black Bishop because of a pin by the Black Rook on d1.

Therefore, 28. ♖f1 is the best try for White but 28...♕xg2+!! is BIG OUCH!!

<Patriot> I totally agree with your commentary - 26...♕g3!!

What a beautiful combination by Lubomir Ftacnik!!!

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  andrewjsacks: Some echoes of Rotlewi-Rubinstein?
Sep-30-12  SuperPatzer77: < andrewjsacks: Some echoes of Rotlewi-Rubinstein? >

<andrewjsacks> You bet!!! LOL LOL

<andrewjsacks> I love this game - Rotlevi-Rubinstein. That has crossed my mind - Polugaevsky-Ftacnik game is ALMOST similar to the famous game between Rotlevi (White) and Rubinstein (Black).


Sep-30-12  Oceanlake: The a1 rook starts pining away when White moves 13. N-d2.

azi seems right to me, shuffling two pieces and pushing pawns at the expense of development. White gave odds of a rook.

Sep-30-12  rapidcitychess: Nunn mentions the problem in playing the Hedgehog that pertains to this game: The fact that if the position opens up, white's pieces become vulnerable, and the air around white's king starts to become a burden. Black is not passive; He is potential energy, exemplified in chess.
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  kevin86: A sacrifice soup soon to be won by black.

What is a hedgehog? Is it a porcupine without an agent.

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  offramp: What, after all, is a hedgehog? The cry of a child, the scent of an old wet dog, the roar of an aged woman - all these and more. A bowl of khash, a tumbler of rakfisk? A bucket of waterzooi full of milk. That's my hedgehog, Marty.
Oct-31-15  Eduardo Bermudez:
Apr-06-18  SpiritedReposte: <offramp> A student of chrisowen now...tragic.
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  whiteshark: Now trying varation <20...h4 21.Nxh4 Nxh4 22.gxh4 Qxf4 23.e5 Nxd5 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.Bxd5 exd5>

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White to move

1) -0.96 (26 ply) 26.Rd3 Qe4 27.Qf3 Rc2 28.Qxe4 dxe4 29.Rxd8+ Bxd8 30.Bd4 Rd2 31.Bf2 Kf8 32.b4 Rd5 33.Rc1 Rxe5 34.Rc8 Ke7 35.Bd4 Rf5 36.Bxg7 b5 37.axb5 axb5 38.Bd4 Kd7 39.Rb8 Bxh4 40.Rb7+ Kc8 41.Ra7 Rf3 42.Kg2 f5

2) -1.35 (25 ply) 26.Rab1 Bxh4 27.Rd3 Qe4 28.Qf3 Rc2 29.Qxe4 dxe4 30.Rxd8+ Bxd8 31.Bd4 Rd2 32.Bf2 Kh7 33.Rc1 Kg6 34.e6 fxe6 35.Rc6 Kf5 36.Bxb6 Be7 37.Kf1 Rd3 38.Bc5 Bxc5 39.Rxc5+ Kf4 40.Rc6 Rxb3 41.Rxa6 Kf3 42.Ke1

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: Now trying varation <20...h4 21.Nxh4 Nxh4 22.gxh4 Qxf4 23.e5 Nxd5 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.Bxd5 exd5 26.Rd3 Qe4 27.Qf3 Rc2 28.Qxe4 dxe4 29.Rxd8+ Bxd8>

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White to move

1) -1.18 (26 ply) 30.Bd4 Rd2 31.Bf2 Kh7 32.Rc1 Kg6 33.e6 fxe6 34.h5+ Kxh5 35.Rc4 Kg6 36.Rxe4 Kf5 37.Rb4 Rd3 38.Bxb6 Be7 39.Rc4 Rxb3 40.Bc5 Bf6 41.Kg2 e5 42.Bf8 Rb8 43.Bb4 e4 44.a5 Bg5 45.Kf2

2) -1.65 (26 ply) 30.Rb1 Bxh4 31.Bd4 b5 32.axb5 axb5 33.Ra1 Rd2 34.Bc5 Rd5 35.Bf2 Bxf2+ 36.Kxf2 Rxe5 37.Ke3 Kh7 38.h4 Rh5 39.Kxe4 Rxh4+ 40.Ke5 Kg6 41.Rg1+ Kh6 42.Rf1 f6+ 43.Ke6 Rh3 44.b4 Rh4 45.Kf7 Rxb4 46.Rh1+ Kg5 47.Rg1+ Rg4 48.Rxg4+ Kxg4 49.Kxg7

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

= = = = = =

Well, the fight isn't over yet.

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White to move

1) -0.57 (29 ply) <20.exd5 exd5 21.Nxd5 Nxd5 22.cxd5 Bxd5> 23.Rac1 Bc5+ 24.Kh1 Bxb3 25.Rxd8+ Rxd8 26.Bxg7 Kxg7 27.Qb2+ f6 28.Qxb3 h4 29.Nxh4 Nxh4 30.gxh4 Qxf4 31.Rf1 Qe5 32.Qc2 Rh8 33.Bb7 Rxh4 34.Qg2+ Qg5 35.Bxa6 Qxg2+ 36.Kxg2 Rxa4 37.Bb5 Rb4 38.Bc6 Kg6 39.Kh1 Rb2 40.Be4+ Kf7 41.Bd5+ Ke7 42.Be4 Rb4

2) -0.89 (28 ply) 20.e5 Ne4 21.Nxe4 dxe4 22.Nd4 h4 23.Bxe4 hxg3 24.Bxb7 Qxb7 25.Qg2 Rc7 26.Qxb7 Rxb7 27.Nc6 Bc5+ 28.Kg2 Rxd1 29.Rxd1 Bf2 30.Kf3 Kh7 31.Nb4 a5 32.Nd3 Rd7 33.Nxf2 gxf2 34.Rf1 Rd3+ 35.Ke4 Rxb3 36.Rxf2 Rb4 37.Kd3 Rxa4 38.Bd4 Ra3+ 39.Ke4 Rb3 40.f5 exf5+ 41.Rxf5 Kg8 42.Rf1 Ne7

3) -1.30 (28 ply) 20.cxd5 h4 21.Nxh4 Nxh4 22.gxh4 Qxf4 23.e5 Nxd5 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.Bxd5 exd5 26.Rd3 Qe4 27.Qf3 Rc2 28.Bd4 Bxh4 29.Rf1 Rd7 30.Kh1 b5 31.Bg1 Re2 32.Qxe4 Rxe4 33.Bd4 Bd8 34.Kg2 bxa4 35.bxa4 Bc7 36.Kg3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: Now trying varation <19.Nf3 d5 20.exd5 exd5 21.Nxd5 Nxd5 22.cxd5 Bxd5>

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White to move

1) -0.26 (28 ply) 23.Rac1 Bc5+ 24.Kh2 Qe7 25.Qxe7 Nxe7 26.Nd4 h4 27.gxh4 Bxg2 28.Kxg2 Rd5 29.Nf3 Rcd8 30.Rxd5 Rxd5 31.Rc3 Nf5 32.Bc1 Rd8 33.Ne5 f6 34.Nd3 Bd4 35.Rc7 Be3 36.Nb4 Nxh4+ 37.Kg3 Bxc1 38.Rxc1 Nf5+ 39.Kf3 a5 40.Nc2 Rd3+ 41.Ke4

2) -0.48 (28 ply) 23.Rd3 Qc2 24.Qxc2 Rxc2 25.Rad1 Rxb2 26.Rxd5 Rxd5 27.Rxd5 Rxb3 28.Rxh5 Bc5+ 29.Kh2 Ne7 30.a5 Rb2 31.axb6 Bxb6 32.Re5 Kf8 33.Nh4 a5 34.Re1 g6 35.Ra1 Kg7 36.Kh1 Kf6 37.Ra3 Nf5 38.Nxf5 Kxf5 39.Ra1

3) -0.81 (27 ply) 23.Kh1 Bxb3 24.Rdc1 Bc4 25.Qe4 b5 26.axb5 axb5 27.f5 Nf8 28.g4 Re8 29.Qe5 Qxe5 30.Nxe5 hxg4 31.hxg4 Bg5 32.Rc2 Bf6 33.Nc6 Nd7 34.Ra7 Re1+ 35.Kh2 Ne5 36.Bxe5 Bxe5+ 37.Nxe5 Rxe5 38.Bb7 Rce8 39.Kg3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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