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Ratmir Kholmov vs Vlastimil Hort
"Don't Go Breaking My Hort" (game of the day Oct-13-2019)
Leningrad (1967), Leningrad URS
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1-0



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Feb-06-18  fispok: After 34. Bxh6, I couldn't believe that Kholmov would survive all those pieces bearing down on his unprotected king, but his connected passed pawns proved to be worth their weight. The king moves at 49 and 50 are a finesse on the position, as obviously f4 is to be played, but by manouvering his K first, he controls the squares more securely.
Feb-06-18  paul1959: Hort also probably thought he had a dangerous attack and misjugded 36... Nb3+ 37 RxN! Stockfish gives 36...Rxf2! with about an equal game.
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  woldsmandriffield: Kholmov could take the pawn with 25 Rxf7. He may have been worried about his Rook getting cut off from the rest of the White army but 25..Nxe5 26 Rf8+ Kc7 27 Kb1 Qe7 28 Rg8 Qf7 29 Ra8 gives an advantage (but very hard to assess 4 moves earlier OTB).
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  woldsmandriffield: Bad decision to exchange Queens and grab the f6 pawn: the alternative plan of 28 a4 followed by Qe3 would be natural and good.
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  woldsmandriffield: After clawing back a lost endgame, Hort moved his Knight to the edge of the board away from his King: 47..Nh4? instead of 47..Kg8 (47..Ne7 also works) when 48 f5 Ne7 49 Ke5 Kf7 50 Nb3 Nc6+! 51 Kd6 Ne7 52 f6 Nf5+ 53 Ke5 Nh4 draws.
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  woldsmandriffield: Kholmov's 63 Ke4! was excellent. Analysing the ending in Batsford Chess Endings (1993), Tisdall suggested the "more direct" 63 Ke6 which in fact only draws. The problem with 63 Ke6 is that it allows Hort to undo his earlier mistake by replying 63..Ng6! (Tisdall considered only 63..b3). Kholmov understands that to win he must exploit the lack of coordination between Black's King and Knight.
Oct-13-19  spingo: Today's pun is "Don’t Go Breaking My Hort". I did not know that "Donâ€" had been trademarked. Good luck to him.

It is a good game!

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  al wazir: It's not over till it's over.

70...Kxd7 71. g7 b3 72. g8=Q b2 73. Qb3 Ne3+ 74. Kg5 Nc4 75. Kg6 Ne5+ 76. Kg7 Nc4 77. f7.

Oct-13-19  spingo: <spingo: Today's pun is "Don’t Go Breaking My Hort".>

It has been changed now. Donac must be disappointed.

Oct-13-19  rogl: With 7-men tablebases we can get a verdict of 'draw or not draw?'. It turns out that after 56...Kxh7 the position is objectively drawn. Black goes wrong with his next move. Only 57...Kg8 and 57...Ne7 keep the balance.
Oct-13-19  Ironmanth: Nice maneuvers to get the point; hard fought game!
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  thegoodanarchist: In honor of Scott Weiland, the late great singer from Stone Temple Pilots, the pun could be

<Flies in The Vlastimil>

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  AylerKupp: <<rogl> With 7-men tablebases we can get a verdict of 'draw or not draw?'>

We can do better than that, if we have the patience and sufficient disk space. The position after 44...Nxh8 is amenable to analysis by the FinalGen tablebase generator. Unfortunately on my computer FinalGen estimates that, after 15 minutes of analysis, it would take it over 60,000 hours (over 7 years!) and 319 TB of, admittedly, uncompressed disk space to reach its conclusion. Frankly, I'll pass.

And, in 7 years we'll probably have 8-men tablebases so we could get an answer after 54.Nxa4. But 8-man tablebases (of unknown type) are estimated to require 1 PB of disk space ( and that might not be cheap enough for us mere mortals.

Oct-13-19  RandomVisitor: Black missed the complications arising from 30...Na4+ which lead to an advantage

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<57/92 2:45:02 k -2.70 30...Na4+ 31.Ka3 Nab6 32.Bc3 Nxc4+> 33.Kb3 b5 34.a3 Nc5+ 35.Ka2 e5 36.Ne2 Rf1 37.g4 Ne4 38.Bb2 Kd7 39.Nc3 Nxc3+ 40.Rxc3 e4 41.g5 hxg5 42.h6 Nxb2 43.Kxb2 Rxf2 44.Rh3 Rf8 45.Rh5 Rh8 46.Kc3 g4 47.Kd4 g3 48.Ke3 Ke6 49.h7 Kd6 50.c3 a4

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Correcting the earlier kibitz which misunumbers the moves: 57..Nh4? was played here.

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