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Lajos Portisch vs Jozsef Pinter
"Queenless Attack" (game of the day Aug-11-2018)
Hungarian Championship (1984), Budapest HUN, rd 4, Mar-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  0-1



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May-06-16  Howard: I'll check the Informant when I get home, but I think this game made the top-five of the best games for that particular volume.
May-06-16  Jim Bartle: First, I think.
Aug-11-18  andrewjsacks: Very interesting game. Never saw it before. Thank you, CG.
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  ChessHigherCat: In case anybody else was wondering why not 27...Kxe5?, there's a brilliant interference ploy where white forces black's king to get in his own way:

28.Rhe1+ Kd6 29.Re6+ Bxe6 30.Bxe6 Kxe6 31.Kxg4

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  offramp: <I told him Bolsover Street was in the middle of an intricate one-way system. It was a one-way system easy enough to get into. The only trouble was that, once in, you couldn't get out. I told him his best bet, if he really wanted to get to Bolsover Street was to take the first left, first right, second right, third on the left, keep his eye open for a hardware shop, go right round the square, keeping to the inside lane, take the second Mews on the right and then stop. He will find himself facing a very tall office block, with a crescent courtyard. He can take advantage of this office block. He can go round the crescent come out the other way, follow the arrows, go past two sets of traffic lights and take the next left indicated by the first green filter he comes across. He's got the Post Office Tower in his vision the whole time. All he's got to do is to reverse into the underground car park, change gear, go straight on, and he'll find himself in Bolsover Street with no trouble at all.>

- Pinter.

Aug-11-18  cunctatorg: Beautiful game!!
Aug-11-18  frdmchd: I am new to chess and would appreciate your help with the following inquiry. After black 9.c5, why didn't white bishop took the pawn instead of moving back to c4?
Aug-11-18  frdmchd: Sorry. The question was incorrect. After black 9.c5, why didn't white bishop took the pawn instead of moving back to e2?
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  doubledrooks: <frdmchd> Because after 10.Bxb5 comes 10...Qa5+ followed by 11...Qxb5, winning a bishop for a pawn.
Aug-11-18  frdmchd: Thank you. Very helpful. Another question, if I may. Since I started learning chess, I've been fascinated by aggressive players. Among these, I enjoy studying the games of Alexander Alekhine and Mikhail Tal. They are fun to watch. Any other aggressive players you would recommend for me to study?
Aug-11-18  Strelets: <frdmchd> With pleasure. There's Paul Keres, Miguel Najdorf, David Bronstein, Efim Geller, Bent Larsen, Ljubomir Ljubojević, Lev Polugaevsky, Leonid Stein, Garry Kasparov, Alexei Shirov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Judit Polgár, Anand, Veselin Topalov, Levon Aronian, and as far as feats of brute force calculation it's impossible to leave out Viktor Korchnoi even if he wasn't an attacker in the sense of these other players. Study these outstanding grandmasters and you will play beautifully.
Aug-11-18  Strelets: This is an excellent game from the opening on. Did Pintér also use the Grünfeld? His handling of this Semi-Tarrasch reminds me a lot of how a Grünfeld player would meet 1.d4
Aug-11-18  cormier: <<<<<better was:> 23...g5+ 24.Kg3 f4+ 25.Kh3 drawing:>

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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32:d 24 dpa done>

1. = (0.00): 25...Bxc6 26.Rhd1 h5 27.Ne1 Bd7+ 28.Rxd7 Rxd7 29.Rb1 Re5 30.Nd3 Rxa5 31.Rxb4 Ra3 32.Rb6+ Kg7 33.Bxa6 Rxa6 34.Rxa6 Rxd3+ 35.g3 Rc3 36.Rb6 Rd3 37.Ra6 Rc3>

2. = (0.00): 25...Bc8+ 26.g4 h5 27.Kg2 hxg4 28.Ne1 Bf5 29.Rf1 Rh8 30.Kg1 Rh3 31.f3 g3 32.hxg3 fxg3 33.f4 g4 34.c7 Rd2 35.Bd3 Rdh2 36.Bxf5 Rh1+ 37.Kg2 R1h2+ 38.Kg1 Rh1+>

Aug-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

17.Rhc1 Ne7 18.Bd3 f5 19.Ng5 fxe4 20.Rc7 Bd5 21.Bxe4 Bxe4 22.Nxe4 Rd8 23.Re1 Rxd4+ 24.Kc2 Rd7 25.Rxd7 Kxd7 26.Nc5+ Kd6 27.Rxe6+ Kxc5 28.Rxe7 g6 29.Kb3 a5 30.Rb7 Rf8 31.Rb5+ Kc6 32.Rxa5 Rxf2 33.Rg5 Kb6 34.Kxb4 Re2 35.Kc3 Re4 36.Rb5+ Ka6 37.Rb4 Re3+ 38.Kd2 Ra3 39.Ke2 h5 40.Rb8 = (0.24) Depth: 27 dpa

Aug-12-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 23 dpa done

1. = (0.22): 5...cxd4 6.Qxd4 exd5 7.e4 Nc6 8.Bb5 dxe4 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.Ng5 Ke8 11.0-0 h6 12.Ngxe4 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 f5 14.Nd2 Kf7 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Nf3 Be6 17.Nd4 Bd7 18.Rd1 Be7 19.Nf3 Be8 20.Be3 Bf6 21.Rac1 Bxb2 22.Rc5 Kf6 23.Rc2 Ba3 24.Bd4+ Kg6 25.Nh4+ Kg5 26.Bxg7

2. + / = (0.29): 5...exd5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.dxc5 0-0 8.e3 Be6 9.Be2 Nc6 10.0-0 Bxc5 11.Rc1 Be7 12.h3 Rc8 13.a3 Ne4 14.Bxe7 Nxe7 15.Bd3 Nxc3 16.Rxc3 Rxc3 17.bxc3 Qd6 18.Qc2 h6 19.Rb1 b6 20.Bh7+ Kh8

Aug-12-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4 : d 26 dpa done

1. = (0.21): 4...h6 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Be5 dxc4 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bxc4 a6 9.a4 b6 10.Bxd6 cxd6 11.0-0 0-0 12.h3 Bb7 13.Rc1 e5 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.b3 e4 16.Nd4 Ne5 17.Qe2 Nxc4 18.bxc4 Qd6

2. = (0.22): 4...Nbd7 5.e3 Be7 6.b3 0-0 7.Bb2 dxc4 8.Bxc4 a6 9.a4 Bb4 10.0-0 b6 11.Ne2 Bb7 12.Nf4 c5 13.Rc1 Qe7 14.Qe2 cxd4 15.exd4 Rfc8 16.Nd3 Ba5 17.Rfd1 Nd5

3. + / = (0.26): 4...Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.a3 Nbd7 7.Nb5 Ne8 8.e3 c6 9.Nc3 Nd6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bd3 Nf6 12.Qc2 h6 13.0-0 Be6 14.h3 Qc8 15.Ne5 Bf5 16.b3 Qe6 17.f3 Rae8 18.e4 dxe4 19.fxe4

4. + / = (0.27): 4...c6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 h6 7.Bf4 Nh5 8.Be5 Nhf6 9.Bg3 Nh5 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Nxg3 12.hxg3 Bg7 13.Be2 0-0 14.Qc2 g4 15.Nd2 e5 16.cxd5 exd4 17.exd4 Nf6 18.dxc6 bxc6 19.Nb3 Re8

Aug-12-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

1. = (0.18): 3...Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 0-0 6.Nc3 d6 7.e3 Qe7 8.Be2 e5 9.Qc2 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc6 11.0-0 Nxd4 12.exd4 Re8 13.Rae1 h6 14.Qd2 Be6 15.h3 c6 16.Bd3 Rad8 17.b3

2. = (0.20): 3...b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 Be7 6.d5 0-0 7.e4 d6 8.Be2 Nbd7 9.0-0 Nc5 10.Qc2 a5 11.Nd4 a4 12.Be3 Nfd7 13.Rae1 Bf6 14.Rd1 Bxd4 15.Bxd4 Nb3 16.Be3 Ndc5 17.e5 h6 18.Bxc5 bxc5

Aug-18-18  Imran Iskandar: What a beautiful game! The moves from move 27 onward are hilarious and brilliant at the same time.
Nov-30-18  Ironmanth: Geez, what a heretofore unknown (to me!) classic! Smashing mate. Thinking that I saw him play in at least several World Opens in Philly in the eighties. Thanks for this one, chessgames!
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  saffuna: How does black reply to 25. c7 ?
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  GrahamClayton: <saffuna>
How does black reply to 25. c7 ?

Pinter could play 25...Rd7, and Portisch has no way of defending the pawn.

Oct-25-21  philpam1: Fritz has White winning on Move 27 with c7. 27 ... Re8 28 Be6 Bxe6 29 Rc6 Rg3+ 30 Kh4 Rg4+ 31 Kh5 Rg6 32 Rxe6+ Kxe6 33 Re1+ It's still a great game!
Jan-10-22  Albertan: This game is analyzed in a video by NM Sam Copeland at

Mar-27-22  IvKolisch: <frdmchd>You may also be interested in looking at the games of Planinc, Kupreichik and Nezhmetdinov if you are looking for the sheer imaginative beauty of combinative brilliance and brute force as well as <Strelets>'s estimable list. I realize your comments are now from some time ago, but I am a latecomer to commenting.
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  fredthebear: Austrian master <Ignatz von Kolisch> could tear it up too:

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