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Uros Kavcic vs Rado Tavcar
"Uros Ouroboros" (game of the day Aug-11-2009)
Ljubljana op 8th (1997), Ljubljana SLO, rd 8
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: An extraordinary game. White sacs two minor pieces and then the queen to leave black hopelessy caught in a mating net.
Feb-13-09  heuristic: 19.Rad1 is so crushing.
and after 19...d5, the winning technique is great.

it looks like 17...a6 lost the game!

Aug-11-09  Amarande: If there is one rule in chess that can probably be chalked up as a guarantee, it's probably this: open position + slow development = disaster.

It's hard to pin the blame on any one specific move, and as far in as move 17 it's hard to see a constructive plan for Black. Say he tries closing the center with 17 ... c5. Then there follows 18 Nb5 Na6 19 c3 Bd7 20 g3, and Black finds that he still cannot castle, for if 20 ... 0-0-0 21 Nxa7+, while if 20 ... Bxb5 21 Bxb5+ forces the King (*and* wins a pawn at a6 to boot!). Meanwhile White now threatens to double Rooks (he could not do so on move 20, as 20 Rf2? g3 forces the Rook back and leaves White bereft of a forward square to use to double) on the f-file, and the only way to prevent this (20 ... Rf8) also forfeits castling ...

Aug-11-09  BraveUlysses: A great tussle in the tradition of the 19th century. Can someone explain the pun to me? Is it in a language other than English?
Aug-11-09  kap54: Google's a wonderful tool.
Aug-11-09  SuperPatzer77: After 22. Bf7+!, if 22...Rxf7, then 23. Qd8#

Instead of 22...Rxf7, 22...Ke7, 23. Qa3+ Qd6, 24. Qxd6# 1-0

So, Black has no choice by having to move his king to f8 instead of 22...Rxf7 or 22...Ke7.

22...Kf8, 23. Qd8+ Kg7, 24. Qxh8+!! Kxh8, 25. Rd8+ Kg7, 26. Rg8+ Kh6, 27. Rh1+ Qh5, 28. Rxh5# 1-0

What a beautiful combination by Uros Kavcic!!!


Aug-11-09  BraveUlysses: Google.. what's that ? Oh, I see... thanks, got it.
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Aug-11-09  Chesstalesfan: Uros eating or Uros drinking coffee?
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  whiteshark: Opening Explorer after <1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 d6 4.d4 g5 5.h4>

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Aug-11-09  eaglewing: I don't understand, why Black did not play g3 in the 12th or 16th move.

It threats to develop Bg4 with check (and Queen on d1), so as a Zwischenzug any defensive needs can still be fulfilled afterwards. At move 12 Black loses a tempo with Qf6-Qh6-Qxg5. The threat of Bg4 should be able to avoid this. A similar case at move 16, Qe5 seems only to be good to counter Qd4 beforehand, but couldn't Black have waited for Qd4 first? An exchange of Queens on e5 after 16.d5 g3 17. Qd4 Bg4+ 18. K ... Qe5 does not look too bad for Black.

Aug-11-09  ounos: Yikes, a disgusting pun, at least for Greeks :-/
Aug-11-09  desiobu: Isn't 3...Qh4+ expected in a king's gambit when white doesn't play Nf3?
Aug-11-09  randomsac: Very open game. After white got to open up rooks on both sides of his king, it started becoming very ugly.
Aug-11-09  National Master Dale: Hi eaglewing.
I think if black plays 12...g3 white might be tempted to play 13.Kd3 and white will hope for 14.Qh5 If 16...g3 I wonder if white could play 17.dxc6 hoping to keep capturing with that same pawn tho i dunno if that works.
Aug-11-09  National Master Dale: Hi desiobu.
3...Qh4+ is often a reasonable option since it does discombobulate the white king a bit. However it also puts the Queen on a square that it will probably end up moving around a lot like for example if white sometime plays Nf3 soon.
Aug-11-09  birthtimes: 9...Qd7 would have been much better than 9...Be7, as this move was Black's first big mistake.

17...b5 18. Bb3 b4 19. Na4 Ba6 20. Bc4 Bxc4 21. Qxc4 cxd5 would rid Black of White's dominating bishop on c4 thus easing Black's game tremendously...

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  kevin86: Strong attack by white-fulls of both sacs and thrusts.
Aug-11-09  eaglewing: <National Master Dale>: Yes, for 12. ... g3 13. Kd3 (or Kd2) Qh5 is a major threat. h5 might be forced and black is a bit too slow to have a good square for the Queen after Rf1, but maybe these lines are okay (only looked at a bit and no program support):

12. ... g3 13. Kd3 h5 14. Rf1 Bg4 15. Rxf6 Bxd1 and at d1 the bishop is not attacked.

12. ... g3 13. Kd2 h5 14. Rf1 Qe7 and 15. Rf7 Qxe4 (threat Qxg2) 16. Qf1 Be6 could follow and in a sharp position the Bishop won't made it to g4. But maybe there is a K.O. combination hidden.

Regarding 16. ... g3 17. dc you are probably right, that Black cannot let the pawn keep taking all way long to a8. But retaking at c6 and not on d1 could be fine.

16. ... g3 17. dc Bg4+ 18. Ke1 (Kd3 Nxc6, because Qxd6 is not possible) Qe3+ and White decides which material is exchanged (19. Ne2 Bxe2), but Black can play Nxc6, because threats via Qxd6 and Bc4-f7# are too slow vs. Qe3+.

Aug-11-09  True2theGame: Very Nice! Opened King positions in the middle game allow tremendous opportunity for beautiful creativity... To his credit white began weaving this mating net at move 19. In my limited scope I totally missed it. Bravo!!!
Aug-11-09  YoungEd: <birthtimes> anticipated my response. Black seemed to think that his 9. ...♗e7 would lead to a winning attack on the h4 square, but White was able to steer his way to safety. After that, his better development had to win.
Aug-11-09  WhiteRook48: 9...Be7??
Aug-11-09  SirChrislov: too many unnecesary pawn moves by black. 15...c6? and 17...a6? why not leave those units intact and castle queen side? and I don't see the purpose of 16...Qe5.

when the position becomes so open there can actually be clearance for a plane to land, the doom comes for the underdeveloped side.

nothing new here, all patzer stuff. nice q-sac and mate thou.

Dec-21-09  birthtimes: Patzer stuff??? LOL. I don't think so. Neither do the 2100's who were playing this game...

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