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Vlastimil Hort vs Dragoljub Minic
"A Hort Day's Knight" (game of the day Mar-01-2014)
Halle Zonal (1967), Halle GDR, rd 7, Mar-??
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh. Benoni Defense Advance Variation (E75)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-04  patzer2: White's 20. Rxg6!, which sets up 22. Rxg7+! is given as the solution to problem number 1667 in Chess Informant's "Encyclopedia of Chess Middle Games/Combinations," in my 1980 edition. The move illustrates the tactical theme "demolition of pawn structure" via "sacrifice on g7 (g2)."

Essentially what Hort does here is to strip Minic's King of pawn cover in exchange for going a piece down in order to get a King Hunt going against the explosed Black King. Sounds easy, but the technique requires precise play and followup as demonstrated by Hort from moves 20 to 28.

Worthy of note are White's quiet but strong waiting moves 26. Rg7! and 28. Ng6!

In the final position, after 28. Ng6!, best play would continue 28...Qxh3 29. Nf4+ Kh4 30. g3+ Qxg3 31. fxg3#

Jun-18-09  KASTILOWSKY: just beatiful by the way
i love your collections patzer2!!!
Jun-18-09  WhiteRook48: beautiful attack
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  vonKrolock: <23.♕c3+> ♙robably ♔f7 was the ▢ now... but then 24.♕d3 ♘f6 25.♘e5+ ♔g7 26.♕d8} and white's attack seems irresistible
Sep-05-10  mortigi tempo: That is one sick attack.
Mar-01-14  paramount: thats what i call a good game. a i dont care about the pun!
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  Phony Benoni: Nice finish. After 28...Qxh3, White doesn't even bother taking the queen back but mates after 29.Ne4+ Kh4 30.g3+.

The pawn sacrifice 14.Rfe1 looks purely like an act of grandmaster judgment. White gets an impressive looking knight, but did Black have to play 16...f5?

Black then tries some tactics, White sees further, and the elegant finish results. Note how that after <26.Rg7>:

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Even the cheapo 26...Qxf2+ doesn't help BlacK: 27.Kxf2 Ne4+ 28.Ke1 Nxc3 29.Nd3, and Black cannot escape a mate similar to the game.

Hort has one of those names conducive to a variety of puns. We've also seen it used as "heart" and "hurt", not to mention "horta-culture."

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  Phony Benoni: Of course I meant 29.Nf4+ in the first paragraph. Not going to type the whole thing again.
Mar-01-14  Eduardo Bermudez: I love this game !
Mar-01-14  CustardTart: I wish to lodge an official complaint. None of my games has been chosen as game of the day and I believe it is because my name is not conducive to puns.


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  Check It Out: And I've been workin' like a Drag
Mar-01-14  SpiritedReposte: Dragoljub Minic (I wouldn't dare try to pronounce that) has the coolest name ever. Spell correct keeps making it "Draconian Mimic" lol

But Hort went off in this game. Love the destructive tactics. Took ol Dragol to the butcher shop.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Phony Benoni: Of course I meant 29.Nf4+ in the first paragraph. Not going to type the whole thing again.>

There was only one knight move for check, so we knew what you meant.

As for retyping, that isn't necessary. If I see a typo in one of my posts I just copy it, delete it, and paste it into the kibitz box. There I can remove the typo without retyping the whole thing.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Check It Out: And I've been workin' like a Drag>

At least you aren't working in drag...

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  Phony Benoni: <thegoodanarchist> Oh, I use that technique all the time. It's just that I had a FEN in the kibitz and was too tired to redo it (FENS and links don't transfer when you cut-and-aste messages). . Bedtime is bedtime, you know.

I wish there were more comments about the game. There have been so many poor GOTDs, picked only to make a pun, that kibitzers aren't bothering to look at and comment on the games like they used to. (I"m as bas an offender as anyone.) This is a really nice game by a ajor grandmaster, and the kibitzing should reflect that.

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  kevin86: Good game and good pun!
Mar-01-14  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> I left a recommendation at the CG forum that the GOTD should be just that and to have a separate game for fun & puns. That would solve the problem
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  TheAlchemist: <Dragoljub Minic (I wouldn't dare try to pronounce that) has the coolest name ever. Spell correct keeps making it "Draconian Mimic" lol>

<D> - normally, <r> - the "hard" variety (e.g. as the Scots pronounce it, the "alveolar trill" as it's called), <a> - as in car, <g> - normally, <o> - as in shop (the British pronounciation), <lj> - the same sound appears e.g. in Be<li>avsky, Ta<l>, A<l>ekhine, etc., <u> - as in food, <b> - normally

<M> - normally, <i> - as in see, <n> - normally, <i> - same, <ć> - as in chip.

It's not exactly the same since we don't use the same diacritic (we have č instead of ć), but here Minic's surname is, as it's pronounced, a slang word for mini skirt (though I don't know how popular nowadays).

Mar-01-14  psmith: Puns are nice but good games are better. Perhaps we should have a prize for the best game-pun combination!
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  TheAlchemist: Nobody's probably interested, but I'll post it anyway :-), so, etymology...

"Drago" - derived from the slavic term for dear, precious

"ljub" - from the word ljubav - love

Mar-01-14  psmith: <Phony Benoni>
Here's a line I came up with playing around with an old free Rybka: 16...Nef6 17. Nf4 Re7 18. Bxg6+!? fxg6 19. Nxg6 Re4 20. Bxh6!? Kxh6 21. Rxe4 Nxe4 22. Qxe4. White has good chances here, though the outcome is unclear. Lots of byways in this of course...
Mar-01-14  WhiteRook48: This is brilliantly handled by Hort. I'd never have seen that combination unless I'd <already> seen it played (which I haven't, this is my first time seeing this game).

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