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Viktor Kupreichik vs Albin Planinc
"Poor Planinc" (game of the day May-24-2017)
Parcetic Memorial 4th (1970), Sombor YUG, rd 13, Aug-17
Spanish Game: General (C60)  ·  1-0



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Aug-17-03  Qian: 16. Nxe6 Bxb3... white loses a queen... so I still dun get it

mmmdmmmd, 19. Bxf5 will just lead to
19... Rh4+ 20. Nh5 Rxh5#

Aug-17-03  ughaibu: Qian: Nxe6 removes the bishop so Bb3 is impossible.
Aug-17-03  mmmdmmmd: Ah! I didn't notice that the pawn is pinned. Thanks.
Aug-17-03  crafty: 19. ... ♗xf5 20. ♖h4+ ♘h5 21. ♖xh5#   (eval Mat02; depth 8 ply; 1M nodes)
Aug-17-03  Qian: oh right, just dozed off there, thanks shadout and ughaibu.
Jan-12-05  patzer2: must have made a resolution to improve the quality of the game of the day. These past few days have really displayed some high caliber contests.

I particularly enjoyed the surprise
"demolition of pawn structure combination," initiated with 13. Bxf7+!

Jan-12-05  alogo: It seems to me that 14. ... ♗e6 15. ♘g5+ ♔g8 16. ♘xe6 ♘a5! 17. ♘xd8+ ♘xb3 is indeed a better defense. White regains the sacrificed piece, but not more. Who finds a better line?
Jan-12-05  erimiro1: Planinc, one of the most original players of the 70's, used a very poor variation of the Ruy Lopez (reminds of Steinitz defense, which is also not good for black), which made him loose quickly by one of the young brilliant player (that time), Kupreichik.
Jan-12-05  patzer2: <Qian><alogo> Yes, 14...Be6! 15. Ng5+ Kg8 16. Nxe6 Na5! appears to be a sound defensive combination, giving a level position. Play after 17. Nxd8+ Nxb3 might continue 18. Nxb3 Raxd8 19. Bf4 c6 with Black only slightly better and White having decent chances of holding the draw against strong play.

Still it seems to me that 13. Bxf7+!? is a good surprise gambit, giving White practical winning chances if Black makes a mistake and level chances in the event Black finds the best defense. Indeed, some GMs (i.e. Tal) thrived on these kinds of complications.

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  kevin86: Alvin played this one like Simon or Theodore-Note:the Chipmonks were good at speed chess lol.
Jan-12-05  xqdashi: <patzer2> after your line, I fail to see how black has _any_ advantage.
I believe the position to be rather
symmetrical with even chances. Nobody
would have to "hold the draw".
Jan-12-05  patzer2: <xqdashi> Good point! Black's advantage, if any, is miniscule. I probably would have been better to say the position is level, with a draw being the likely outcome of strong play by both sides.
Jan-12-05  lronTigran: White is better, if not winning, after 14. ... Be6 15. Ng5+ Ke8 16. Nxe6 Na5 17. Nxd8 Nxb3 18. axb3! Either Blacks queenside pawns are sacrificed, or his e pawn, either way white's up material.

13. Bxf7+! was the best move, and not a gambit.

Jan-13-05  patzer2: <Iron Tigran> <White is better, if not winning, after 14. ... Be6 15. Ng5+> 15...Kg8 (I assume this is the move you intended since 15...Ke8 is not possible) <Ke8 16. Nxe6 Na5 17. Nxd8 Nxb3 18. axb3!...white's up material.>

Although White is up a pawn after 18. axb3!? in this line, Black is even or better as White's weak doubled pawns and Black's more active piece play compensate for the gambit of the pawn on a7. For example, play could continue <18. axb3!> 18...Raxd8! Rxa7 19. Rxd4 Rxb7 20. Bb4! Nd5 with a sharp position where White must play carefully just to maintain equality.

Jan-13-05  xqdashi: Or, after 15...Kg8 16. Nxe6 Na5
17. Nxd8+ Nxb3 18. axb3 black can
plan 18...Rexd8 19. Nxe4 Rxd4 e.g.
20. Nxf6 gxf 21. Be3 Rd3 etc. with
doubled q-side pawns for white and weakened k-side pawns for black, with equality
Aug-26-05  uladzik: Young Kupreichik was awesome.
Oct-29-05  Whitehat1963: What great tactical play from Kupreichik! By the way, he's the only player from the last 50 or so years to be listed on the statistics page for highest percentage of winning sacrifices. Does that mean he's a great attacking player, that he played a lot of weaker players, or perhaps something else?
Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: ha ha ha!! Great pun
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Is this truly the time K & P faced each other? Seems a shame. Ideally, they should have played a 24-game match. Even though we would already know the final score (12-12 with 0 draws), we'd still enjoy watching.
May-24-17  Iwer Sonsch: <14...Be6!> is completely equal after 18.Nxb5 Raxd8 (-0.09 @depth 28), you can't even call that "chances to hold a draw".

This was basically the move Black would have had to spot since every one of his moves after 10...Bc4 was clearly the best. Alternatively, White could have immediately manifested an advantage with 10.Bd3 and Nf1-g3 (0.53 @depth 23).

May-24-17  zavariz: Very "Poor Planinc" 14.....Be6 is a closed-eyes-move. ..
May-24-17  morfishine: Another dumb game title, but thats normal around this one-horse town


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  thegoodanarchist: Albin lost, but at least he got his king developed nicely!

Rarely does the king enjoy such scope in the middlegame!

May-25-17  FairyPromotion: Instead of routinely whining about the puns, maybe people should focus a bit on why certain games were selected as GotD.

GM Viktor Kupreichik has passed away on May 22nd, and this game was selected as a tribute to him. Good selection to show his fighting spirit. Chess world has lost a legend!

Jun-02-17  Moszkowski012273: 8...Nxd4 or 9...Nxd4 makes blacks game a bit easier.
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