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Paul Keres vs Svetozar Gligoric
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 20, Oct-11
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-06  zhentil: White either mates or wins the queen in 3 moves, and people are complaining that it's too difficult?
Feb-22-06  kevin86: A good puzzle-I tried Qg4 immediately;does that work?

After all,white wins a queen and pawn for rook and piece,not exactly a rock crushing advantage.

Feb-22-06  something1234: I was struggling until i noticed the undefedned queen. Then its just the double attack of winning the queen or mate if the bishop takes. So the next problem was what if he ignores the rook but i found Qd4 threatining discovered checks. Must admit i didnt look at 28..Qxf5 as blacks reply to Qg4. I thought yesterdays puzzle was very easy compared to todays.
Feb-22-06  something1234: kevin86: after 27..Kh8 what do you do ?
Feb-22-06  vinohradska: <Fezzik> thanks, I was wondering about that 39 Bh6 move.
Feb-22-06  Everett: <jahhaj:
Always look for unproteted pieces when looking for combinations!>

Aagaard agrees with you. This idea has helped me notice tactics much better of late.

Feb-22-06  kevin86: <something1234> Good answer

I guess I'm out of kilter this week,yesterday,I went for the big sacrifice and it failed-today I went for the quieter move,and the sac was the correct choice.:(

Feb-22-06  alphee: Not so easy to find with 3 possible candidate moves (♖xg7+, ♘h6+, ♗h6) and nothing totally obvious after 29 ♕xf5 . What I ended up with was 27. ♖xg7+ ♗xg7 28. ♕g4 ♕xf5 29. ♕xf5 ♖f6 30. ♕d7 ♖fe6 then I stopped and checked the solution.
Feb-22-06  Katana: Can someone help me with this one?
I recently played a game against a chess computer. I had sacrificed two pieces for greater control of space.(playing the white pieces)

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The game went on like this:
1. .. , Nc6
2. Rfe1, Rb8?
3. Re3 , Qc7?
4. Bh6!! gxh6
5. Rg3+ Kh8
6. Qd2 Kh7
7. Rh3 Kg8
8. Qxh6 and mate on the next move.

I'd like to know if black had a proper defence against my attack or was it indeed a won postion?(The chesscomputer was actually set to a high rating level)

Feb-22-06  DWINS: <Katana>, Black's big mistake was capturing the bishop. He should play 4...Nxd4 and follow up with 5...Nf5 winning the exchange. White then has no attack and is down so much material that it should be an easy win.
Feb-22-06  drnooo: The solution came easily enough here, but just as yesterday, the defender was so lost after queen takes knight its a wonder Gligo dragged it out against somebody as strong as Keres. For me the debate has always been who was the strongest never to have become world champ, Keres, Korchnoi, or Bronstein (excluding Schlecter, of course). Odd, also that one way or the other all but Schlecter had the sword of the Soviet Union hanging directly over their heads.
Feb-22-06  jorgegatica: As was explained, theme is Q without defense...

But, I was wondering... what if 27.-...Kh8?

I discovered what may be the smash

I leave the analysis of this variation to motivate players...

(hint: after a pair of moves, the same idea comes back).

Feb-22-06  RookFile: <katana> What happens in your game if black just tries to shuttle his 2 extra pieces over to the kingside. Something like this:

1...... Re8
2. Rfe1 Nf8
3. Re3 Nbd7
4. Rg3 Ng6

with the idea of ... N(d7) - f8.

Feb-22-06  Katana: Thanks very much for the comments...I appreciate the feedback. I knew I was lucky to win that game, especially after seeing move 4. .., Nxd4! :)
Feb-22-06  LIFE Master AJ: Nice puzzle, I actually got it.

This game is a delight and is simply laden with wonderful tactics. I draw your attention to White's 39th move, Bh6! (It looked like a blunder until I realized that 39...Rxh6; is met by 40.Qg4, when the double attack on g7 and R/c8 wins more material for White.)

Good stuff.

Feb-22-06  unferth: <Katana:
I'd like to know if black had a proper defence against my attack or was it indeed a won postion?(The chesscomputer was actually set to a high rating level)>

<RookFile: What happens in your game if black just tries to shuttle his 2 extra pieces over to the kingside. Something like this:

1...... Re8
2. Rfe1 Nf8
3. Re3 Nbd7
4. Rg3 Ng6
with the idea of ... N(d7) - f8.>

or even after 1 ... Nc6 2. Re1, I'd think that Nxe5 dxe5 Nxe5 would leave black with an easily won game. Rb8 followed by Qb7 is just suicide--are you sure the computer was set to a high level?

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  Richard Taylor: I found this combo then I forgot I had, and started looking at 27. Qg4 etc

The I realised that 27 Rxg7+ wins - didn't see the best defence for Black -thought his goose was cooked after Rxg7+

Interesting game

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  Richard Taylor: Lol - I also forgot about Kh8 - had looked at it then came back and forgot about it agian -I thought Qd4 as an answer but Nc2 is a worry... I will see what others say.
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  Richard Taylor: Hmmm so 27 Rxg7 Kh8 (I can see Qd4 deosn't quite work now) 28. Rg3 as someone pointed out.
Feb-22-06  Whitehat1963: My GOD, is today Sunday or just the end of time. Way difficult!
Feb-22-06  BishopofBlunder: Never even got close to this one. Looked at all the right moves, just not in the right combination.
Feb-27-06  patzer2: <Katana> In your game position, 1...f6 wins easy for Black. That was my choice without the computer and Fritz 8 quickly confirms it (-5.25 @ 14 depth).
Dec-02-13  zydeco: If 26....Kh8 27.Bh6!

Keres, with black in this line, preferred 13....cxd4 14.cxd4 Rac8.

Probably 14.....b4 was better than the game continuation. Gligoric seems to have really gotten himself in trouble with Na5-c6-b4 where the knight is marooned.

22....Ra6 might have been prudent.

I think black could have hung on with 25....Qb6 covering d4 (if 25.....Qc6 or Qd8 26.Bh6! followed by Rg3 and Qd4.) But then white improves his attacking position with Rg3 and Be3-d4.

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  plang: 14 a4 is a rarely played move that Keres has used against the same opponent in a short draw at the 1958 Munich Olympiad.

Keres after 20..Bf8:
"Black has succeeded in exchanging light-squared bishops and this somewhat reduces White's attacking possibilities. However, on the other hand there now arise difficulties for Black in defending his light squares; particularly f5. Overall the opening may be assessed as in White's favor."

25..Qd7?! was not a great square for the queen but 25..Qc2 26 Nh6+..gxh 27 Rg3+..Bg7 28 Qd4..f6 29 Bxh6 would have been no improvement; perhaps 25..Qb7 could have been tried. 26..Ra6? was a blunder; necessary was 26..g6 though after either 27 Nh6+ or 27 Bh6 White is clearly better.

Mar-16-21  tympsa: Black blunders with 26...Ra6 . There is no time to bring a-rook to help, attack is already going on . Gligoric should have played 26 ... g6 with better chances to defend . 27.Nh6+ Bxh6 28. Bxh6 d4 and black is fine .
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