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Vasilios Kotronias vs Daniel King
New York WFW (1990), New York, NY USA, Sep-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack Dreyev Defense (B12)  ·  1-0



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Sep-18-18  JimNorCal: Are all puzzles matching the appropriate daily severity now?
Sep-18-18  Strelets: <penguincw> So that's what it's called. Better than my name "Arabian mate but with a bishop."
Sep-18-18  Strelets: <Caissas Clown> Me too. 15...d4? 16.Bxd4! exd4 17.Nc7+ Kd7 18.Nxa8 dxc3 19.b4! +- Black has two pieces for a rook, but his other rook and dark-squared bishop are doing nothing, his knights lack outposts, and his king is hanging out on d7, staring down White's connected rooks.
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  Willem Wallekers: My first thought when I saw the cg homepage:
A puzzle with Kotronias playing white?
Must be a Caro-Kann.
Sep-18-18  Strelets: What a game. All I can say is Μπράβο, ο κύριος Κοτρωνιάς!
Sep-18-18  AlicesKnight: Found it fairly quickly, thanks to a memory of I Rabinovich vs Goglidze, 1939
Sep-18-18  lost in space: 26.Qh6 and it is over
Sep-18-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa done

1. = (0.08): 11...Nf5 12.Ng3 Nxc5 13.Qf3 Nh4 14.Qh5 Ng6 15.Nge2 a6 16.Nd4 Qc7 17.f4 Nd7 18.Nce2 Bc5 19.Rf3 0-0 20.Rc3 Rfc8 21.Be3 Qd8 22.Qf3 Ba7 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Bf2 Ne7 25.c3

2. = (0.20): 11...Nxc5 12.Qh3 a6 13.Nd4 Qc7 14.Re1 Nc6 15.Be3 Rb8 16.Qg3 g6 17.Nf3 h5 18.Qf4 Be7 19.Na4 Ne4 20.Bb6 Qd7 21.c4 g5 22.Qe3 g4 23.Nd4 Bg5 24.Qe2 0-0 25.cxd5

Sep-19-18  Afroim: Afroim: <Strelets> After 15...d4? Much better 16.Ne4!
Sep-19-18  Strelets: <Afroim> Not sure if I agree with that. Black has 16...Nf5! 17.Nxc5 Nxg3 18.fxg3 Bxc5 when he's a pawn ahead and only needs to castle to complete his development.
Sep-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: I had 26. Nh6+ gxh6 27. Qh6 but missed 27... f6. However, if Black plays 26... Kh8....

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Then the position leads to a draw after 27. c3 Nxe5 28. cxb4 f6 29. Nf5 Rad8 30. Nd6

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30... Qxb4 31. Qe6 h6 32. Rxe5 fxe5 33. Nf7+ Rxf7 34. Rxd8+ Kh7 35. h3 Qb1+ 36. Kh2 Qf5 37. Qxf5+ Rxf5 38. f3

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Now tell me... isn't this far more exciting than what happened in the game, no? But.. after a game there comes another game, so one should be prepared!

Jun-08-22  Brenin: 26 Qh6 gxh6 (else 27 Qxg7 mate) 27 Nxh6 mate.
Jun-08-22  thegoodanarchist: Vasilios Kotronias got to play what we usually only see in books. good for him.
Jun-08-22  Brenin: Black needed to play 25 ... Rfd8, e.g. 26 Bxg7 (not 26 Nxg7 Rxd1 27 Rxd1 Qe2, forking the R on d1 and the B on e5, with advantage to Black) and now 26 ... Rxd1 27 Rxd1 Qe2 is answered with 28 Qd3 Qxd3 29 Rxd3 Bxb4 30 Bf6, followed by 31 Rd7, with a clear advantage to White.
Jun-08-22  agb2002: Black threatens Bxe1, Qxa6, Qxc2 and Nxe5.

If the pawn on g7 disappeared then Nh6 would be mate. Therefore, 26.Qh6 gxh6 (due to Qxg7#; 26... Qf1+ delays mate one move only) 27.Nxh6#.

Jun-08-22  saturn2: 26.Qh6 and white has only Qf1
Jun-08-22  nalinw: I see that one of our own has contributed to the theory of the B+N mate - - thanks FSR
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  Teyss: Yesterday's puzzle was identical to Monday 17/09/18, today's to Tuesday 18/09/18 (as well as Tuesday 29/07/08). If you want to look smart this week check out POTDs of w/c Sept. 17, 2018.

If you don't, you'll feel stupid next Monday which will be a Sunday rerun.

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  Teyss: <nalinw> Yes FSR made many worthwhile contributions to Wikipedia as well as to this site, amongst his numerous activities. Thanks again <FSR>.
Jun-08-22  AlicesKnight: This looks a familiar pattern. Qh6 wins; if the Q is captured then Nxh6 is mate, otherwise there is mate on g7. Another pretty example: I Rabinovich vs V Goglidze, 1939
Jun-08-22  cocker: I used to find this motif difficult, but now I've seen it often enough (in puzzles) that I can recognise it quite quickly.
Jun-08-22  Stanco: I spotted 26.Qh6 in no time
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  chrisowen: I quite active Qh6 gadfly damnation foilable Qh6 bit ko :)
Jun-08-22  TheaN: <26.Qh6 Qf1+ 27.Rxf1 gxh6 (else Qg7#) 28.Nxh6#> seen the pattern, not the game. Interesting focus swap from the queen side/center to the king side.
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  chrisowen: It teaser h6
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