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Victor Bologan vs Antonio Campanile
Oslo op (1994), Sandvika NOR, rd 2, Mar-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Sep-25-04  ashalpha: Ouch, though pretty easy to figure out. The Black Knight became a target when it was only piece protecting the offered Bishop exchange.
Sep-25-04  Dudley: What happens after 16...Bxf4 17.gxf5 Bxd2+ 18.Rxd2? I seem to be missing something here. Both White and Black will lose two pieces, and if White recaptures the bishop with 17. Nxf4 the Black knight moves away.
Sep-25-04  molinov: <Dudley>: The Bishop on e6 has no place to go.
Sep-25-04  Dudley: Yes I see now that White ends up with the extra piece.
Sep-25-04
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  kevin86: You got me! I was looking for a queen trap-I missed the smothered bishop.
Sep-25-04  Hinchliffe: An easy (ish) move to find especially if you have been been guilty of penning in a piece or two yourself.The trick is to see beyond the initial trade off and then you notice that the bishop e6 is trapped.Having made such follies that awful feeling in the stomach when you realise that you have left no escape for a piece is a vaulable part of becoming a better chess player.Trust me.
Sep-25-04  ThomYorke: I think before moving Bh6, the first response to be analysed was g4 because the knight on f5 was the only defense to h6 square.
Sep-25-04  youngplayer11: This is one of those times when it might be easier to see in a real game than in a puzzle, i asume that wight had seen in advance that Bh6 loses, he had been setting tactics like this up, black was cramped out of the opening, his pieces where stepping on eachothers toes, time to look for a tactic, right?
Dec-12-12  jvasea1990: ( Houdini 2.0c w32
2.49 (depth 21) 16...Nxd4 17.cxd4 Bxf4 18.Nxf4 Bxg4 19.f3 Be6 20.Kb1 Rh8 21.Nb3 b6 22.Bd3 Qe8 23.Rg1 Rh4 24.Qd2 Kb7 25.Nc1 Bd7 26.Nce2 Rh2 27.Qe3 Ne6 28.Nxe6 Bxe6 29.Qc1

3.98 (depth 21) 16...Ne3 17.fxe3 Bxf4 18.Nxf4 Bxg4 19.Rg1 Kb8 20.Bd3 Qc8 21.Qb3 Re8 22.e4 Be6 23.Rh1 Qd7 24.exd5 cxd5 25.Kb1 Rg8 26.Nxe6 Qxe6 27.Qb4 Qd7 28.Nf3 Ne6 29.Bb5 Qc7 30.Bd3

4.05 (depth 21) 16...Bxf4 17.gxf5 Bxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Kb8 19.fxe6 Nxe6 20.Qf5 Rh8 21.Rh1 Qe8 22.Nf4 Nxf4 23.Qxf4 e6 24.Kc2 b6 25.Qg5 Kb7 26.Qg7 a5 27.Kb1 a4 28.a3 Qf8 29.Qxf8 Rxf8

4.11 (depth 21) 16...Nh4 17.Bxh6 Bxg4 18.Rh1 Bf5 19.Bxf5 Nxf5 20.Bf4 Rg8 21.Ng3 Nxg3 22.fxg3 Kb8 23.Qh7 Qe8 24.Qf5 e6 25.Qh7 b6 26.Kb1 Kb7 27.Nf3 Qf8 28.Bh6 Qd8 29.Bg7 Qc8 30.g4

Jul-08-17
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  al wazir: I got 16. g4 (and would have played it) -- but I didn't realize it was winning!
Jul-08-17
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  agb2002: White is a pawn ahead.

The knight on f5 protects the bishop on h6. This suggests 16.g4:

A) 16... Bxf4 17.gxf5

A.1) 17... Bxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Rh8 19.fxe6 wins a piece.

A.2) 17... Rh8 18.gxf5 Rxh7 (18... Bxd2+ transposes to A.1) 19.fxe5 Bxd2+ (19... Qxe6 20.Qxh7 wins a rook) 20.Kxd2 Qxe6 21.Qxh7 wins a rook.

B) 16... Rh8 17.gxf5 Bxf5 (17... Rxh7 18.fxe6 as in A.2) 18.Bxf5 e6 19.Bd3 wins a knight.

C) 16... Ng7 17.Bxh6 wins a piece.

D) 16... Nh4 17.Bxh6 Rh8 18.Bg5 wins a piece.

Jul-08-17  AlicesKnight: Saw 16.g4. Surprised that it worked even though Black has first choice of what to capture.
Jul-08-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's remarkably easy to miscount and not see that White is ending up a piece ahead.
Jul-08-17  gofer: Hmmm, a little too easy for a <Saturday>. After discounting the various exchanges on offer it was only the next step to look at removing the defender of Bh6 with <16 g4> and from there the consequences for black are very bleak; either lose a bishop on h6 or one on e6. The only question is not whether black is going to lose a bishop, but how many pawns can black hoover up as some form of compensation...

As it was for <Campanile>, the end result is a little too predictable and so this POTD is not quite difficult enough...

Jul-08-17  clement41: In these advance variations with Kside fianchetto it is usual for black to develop with ...Nh6 but then if white hasn't castled yet he can opt for the strong priyome h4! as black doesn't have ...h5 to counter that. What do you guys think of the line 7...Bf5 8 Bh6 Bd3 9 Bf8 Be2 10 Qe2 Rf8 11 h5, is white better? Crushing? 11...Ng7: a fuanchettoed knight usually is a sign that things go wrong After 15...Bh6 the theme that immediately arises is that of the removal of the defender, and g4 together with the zwichenzug gxf5 is perfect for that!
Jul-08-17  et1: It was easy
Jul-08-17  mel gibson: I saw it 5 seconds.
The computer agrees but it's hardly reason for resignation:

16. g4 (16. g4 (g2-g4 ♘f5xd4 c3xd4 ♗h6xf4 ♘e2xf4 ♗e6xg4 ♖d1-g1 ♔c8-b8 ♘d2-f1 ♕d7-c8 ♘f1-e3 ♗g4-e6 ♕c2-c3 ♖d8-h8 ♗h7-c2 ♖h8-g8 ♕c3-e1 ♘c7-b5 ♖g1xg8 ♕c8xg8 ♘f4xe6 f7xe6 ♕e1-d2 b7-b6 a2-a4 ♕g8-g1+ ♗c2-d1 ♘b5-c7 f2-f4 ♕g1-g3) +2.33/23 131)

score for white +2.33 depth 23

Jul-08-17  morfishine: If <16...Nxd4> is best for Black, then clearly he blooped earlier

*****

Jul-08-17  ehins: Could someone please tell me the game for fridays's puzzle and what move number
Jul-08-17  ColeTrane: <Mel Gibson> not a reason to resign? Really...? That's why I don't play online because patzers like you won't do the respectful thing and tip the hat when they down a WHOLE PIECE!
Jul-08-17  mel gibson: <Jul-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member ColeTrane: <Mel Gibson> not a reason to resign? Really...? That's why I don't play online because patzers like you won't do the respectful thing and tip the hat when they down a WHOLE PIECE!>

It's only 2.5 pawns down.
23 moves is plenty of time for an opponent to make a mistake.

Jul-08-17
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  whiteshark: <16.g4!> Is it really that simpple?? D'oh!
Jul-08-17  nasher: If you are like me and you are looking for something to sacrifice, then this puzzle will be impossible to solve.
Jul-08-17  Ariogermano: I thought Qa4
Jul-08-17  ChessHigherCat: How many people complaining about how "simple" this problem was saw without an engine that 16....Nh4 was the best variation? Okay, and now, how many people really saw that...
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