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Carlos Torre Repetto vs Fyodor Duz-Khotimirsky
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-11
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0



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Dec-25-02  Andre: beautiful combination, 37. ...gxf6? leaves black facing mate, and 37. ...Qxf3?, white replies Nxd7+ !
Dec-25-02  ughaibu: If he plays Qf3 white can mate by Re8.
Dec-25-02  Andre: True! I cant believe I missed that! Thx. :-)
Feb-16-04  patzer2: If 37...gxf6, then 38. Qxf6! (visualizing the threats for White in this position is the key to solving the combination) Qxg2+ 39. Kxg2 Kg8 40. Re8+ Rxe8 41. Rxe8+ Kh7 42. Qh8#

If 37...Qxf3, then as <ughaibu> indicates 38. Re8+! Rxe8 39. Rxe8#

Feb-16-04  rochade18: 55. f3 is also a good one by Mr Repetto
Feb-16-04  Egghead: I don't know ... The losing lines are pretty, but Dus-Chotimirsky found the best defense, and it took White 18 moves (and several Black inaccuracies) to convert the win. It's not a decisive combination.
Feb-16-04  DexterGordon: That's a good point, Egghead.

I wonder if Black couldn't have offered more resistance after losing the Queen by retreating the King behind the f,g,h pawns. With the King exposed in the middle the White Queen really dominates.

Feb-16-04  JustAFish: It took me a while to see that after Qxf6, Qh8 is the mate threat. I found this one much tougher than usual
Feb-16-04  Shad0wl0rd16: yes!!! the only puzzle i've ever gotten so far!!! go me!!
Feb-16-04  patzer2: <Egghead> <It's not a decisive combination> Take another look at the position after 42. Qxa5 . I think it's decisive, due to Whites's pawn majority in this Queen versus Bishop and Rook ending. Perhaps more accurate is to state that the win is not easy and will require strong technique. Playing out the position after 42. Qxa5 as White against a computer should prove instructive.
Feb-16-04  kevin86: The bishop is lost--and worse.
Feb-16-04  Helloween: <patzer2> Since endgames are one of my stronger points, I decided to take up your suggestion here. I set the position up on Fritz 8 after 42.Qxa5 and played it out, giving each side 30 minutes to complete the game. I found the win as White to be quite easy due to the potential of the a and c pawns. The game had some nice moves if you want to check it out:

[Event "Blitz:30'"]
[Site "Sioux City"]
[Date "2004.02.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Jeremy"]
[Black "Fritz 8"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Annotator ",Jeremy"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/3rkpp1/3p2bp/Q7/8/2P4P/P4PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "34"]
[TimeControl "1800"]

2.Qd5 Rb1+
3.Kh2 Rb2
4.Kg3 Rc2
5.c4! Rc3+
6.f3 Rd3
7.Qb7+ Ke6
8.a4 Rd4
9.a5! h5
10.a6 h4+
11.Kh2 Rd3
12.Qd5+!! Kf6
13.a7 Rxd5
14.cxd5 Ke5
15.a8=Q f6
16.Qg8 Bd3
17.Qe6+ Kd4
18.Qxd6 Fritz resigns

I had 23:23 left on my clock and Fritz had 18:39 left. In conclusion, I would have to say that this combination is very decisive for White.

Feb-16-04  patzer2: <Helloween> Congratulations! Thanks for taking up the challenge and illustrating the win after 42. Qxa5. Fritz is a tough opponent, even in a "lost" position.
Feb-16-04  marcus13: I think 38. ... Nxd7 is easier to win isn't it?
Feb-16-04  Marnoff Mirlony: I saw the attack instantly.
Feb-16-04  mrvocab: You guys do know that Fritz 8 has a "shootout" analysis mode, don't you? You don't actually have to play one side to determine the relative strengths of a position. Fritz will play both sides, and you can specify the ply depth that it uses to search each move. I can also repeat the shootout at different ply depths, to confirm the analysis of the position.
Feb-16-04  mrvocab: White's last move, 55 f3, is also a good combination move. Black's bishop is forced off the a8-h1 diagonal, and so Black looses either the rook (56 Qc6+) or the bishop.
Oct-28-06  syracrophy: 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b5 3. Bf4 Bb7 4. Nbd2 e6 5. e3 a6 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. Qe2 Be7 9. h3 O-O 10. O-O Qb6 11. Bg5 cxd4 12. exd4 Nd5 13. Be4 Bxg5 14. Nxg5 Nf6 15. Bd3 Ne7 16. Nde4 Ned5 <Black's feeling ambicious. (They threat 17...♘f4) and avoid simplifications as: 16...♘xe4 17.♗xe4 ♗xe4 18.♕xe4 ♘g6 19.h4 h6 etc. that would have lead to a complete equality>17. Rfe1 h6 18. Nxf6+ Nxf6 19. Ne4 Nd5 <Black avoids exchanges again. They would have had complete equality with 19...♘xe4 20.♗xe4 ♗xe4 21.♕xe4 d5. But Black ignores that he is unprotecting his kingside, while white is taking forces to that side> 20. Qd2 d6 21. Ng3 Nf6 22. Re2 Rac8 23. Rae1 Bd5 24. Bb1 Rfd8? <Now it is, Black's taking out his pieces from the kingside. From d8, the ♖ doesn't takes active play on the game. It was of consideration actions on the queenside with ...a5 followed by ...b4> 25. Re3 a5 26. Ne2 b4 27. Rg3 Kf8 <Black's already in difficulties. If 27...♘h5 28.♕xh6 ♘xg3 29.♕h7+ ♔f8 30.♘f4! ♕c6 31.fxg3 followed by 32.♘h5 with a strong attack>
Oct-28-06  syracrophy: 28. Nf4 bxc3 29. bxc3 Qc6 30. Qd1! Be4 31. Nh5 Bxb1 <If 31...♘xh5 32.♗xe4 d5 33.♕xh5 dxe4 34.♕xa5 with a passed ♙ on the a-file>32. Nxf6 Bg6 <Unique. A waste of time would have been 32...♗f5 because of 33.♘h5 ♗g6 34.♘f4 ♗f5 35.d5 ♕d7 36.dxe6 ♗xe6 37.♕d4 with a strong attack>33. d5! exd5 34. Nxd5 Rd7? <Possibly the decisive mistake. Black concedes the e-file to white, which will prove decisive. It was necessary 34...{Re8 35.Rxe8+ Qxe8! <Not 35...♖xe8 36.♖xg6! fxg6 37.♕f3+ ♔g8 38.♘f6+ winning the ♕>> 35. Rge3 Rcd8 <It results curious Black's obsession of doubling rooks on a closed file!> 36. Qf3! Qb7 <If 36...♕a8 37.♘b6 wins the exchange> 37. Nf6!! <The thunderbolt! The threat is now 38.♖e8+. It's impossible 37...gxf6 38.♕xf6 ♗h7 <38...♔g8 39.♖e8+ mates> 39.♕h8+ ♗g8 40.♕xh6#> 37...Qc8 38. Re8+ Rxe8 39. Rxe8+ Qxe8 40. Nxe8 Kxe8 <The rest needs no comments> 41. Qa8+ Ke7 42. Qxa5 Be4 43. Qb4 f5 44. a4 Rb7 45. Qd4 Rb1+ 46. Kh2 Rb2 47. Qxg7+ Ke6 48. Qxh6+ Kd5 49. Qe3 Kc4 50. Qd4+ Kb3 51. Qxd6 Kxa4 52. h4 Kb3 53. h5 Kxc3 54. h6 Rb7 55. f3 <And Black resigned> 1-0

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