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Zadok Domnitz vs Ludek Pachman
"Pachman not Afraid of Ghosts" (game of the day Aug-17-2010)
Netanya-A (1973), Netanya ISR, rd 9, Jun-06
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  0-1



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  LIFE Master AJ: .

Z. Domnitz (2350) - GM Ludek Pachman (2510)
[C75] / Netanya-A, (R9) / 1973.

1.e4 e5; 2.♘f3 ♘c6; 3.♗b5 a6; 4.♗a4 d6!?; 5.c3 ♗d7; 6.d4 ♘ge7;

The Steinitz Defense, (Opening Explorer ) - to the RL.

(The improved of 'deferred' version, as many books like to call it. See MCO-14, beginning on page 53; for more details.)

7.♗b3 h6; 8.♘bd2 ♘g6; 9.♘c4,
<(White is better.)>


All this has been played ...
many times ... (before and since this game was played). There are 114 games in the CB on-line DB with this position.

For an example of a good way to play this line for White, please see Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948.

10.dxe5 dxe5; 11.♘e3 ♗g5; 12.0-0 ♗xe3; 13.♗xe3 ♕f6; 14.♘d2,

White had a big edge out of the opening, but now it has almost completely evaporated.

< [Maybe better was 14.Bd5 or 14.Ne1.] >

14...♘f4; 15.♗xf4!?,
White gives Black a doubled pawn, but loses a lot of his ability to control the dark squares with this move.

< [ Maybe better was:
15.Bd5 0-0-0!?; 16.Qb3, (uclr)
when White might have a slight edge. ] >

White now gets adventurous with his Queen. (When it works, it is praised as bold; when it fails; it is condemned as foolish.)

15...exf4!; 16.♕h5!? 0-0; 17.♘f3 ♖fe8; 18.♖fe1, Lackluster.

< [ Better was: 18.Rad1!, which is slightly in White's favor. ] >

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  LIFE Master AJ: Continuing my earlier post:

Not even most programs will seriously consider this deep exchange sacrifice.

An early version of Fritz considers 18...Ne5 to be nearly forced here, that line may have only resulted in a draw.

19.♘xe5 ♘xe5; 20.♗d1!?, ('?!')
In my mind, this is probably dubious, 20.h3 looked like a simpler solution. (It is also this one clumsy move that is at the root of all of White's problems in this game.)

20...♖d8; 21.♗e2?!,
This is probably the losing move of the game. White already has some difficulties, but would avoid the loss of his Queen by withdrawing it to the e2-square.

("24.Be2?" - D. Minic, Informant # 16.)

21...♔h7!; 22.g4 f3; 23.g5 ♕f4!; 24.♗f1 ♖h8!!; " " White resigns. (The WQ is doomed.)

For example: 25.Rad1, g6!; 26.QxP/h6+, Kh8.

A pleasing miniature. - A.J. Goldsby


Jun-11-06  Major Dude: Raymond Keene wrote a book about Nimzowitsch where he talks about Nimzo's ambush. This reminds me of some of those games. The opponent is carefully setup for a major blow.
Jun-11-06  jahhaj: I would not not have seen this in a million years. I doubt I would have seen it if the board had been set up after White's 24th.
Jun-11-06  dakgootje: Great puzzle! I can proudly say i... completely missed it ;-)

Well no, not completely as i looked for a second, maybe 10 but not much more, about trapping the queen but soon left the idea. Instead i went for 23. ...g6.

If gxf6 then gxh5 and white probably has to give up his bishop due to the threat of Rg8. If 24. Qh4 then fxe2 with the threat of Nf3.

Someone else got this idea (probably wrong though as its too late to calculate properly)?

Jun-11-06  dakgootje: ah yes, when taking a second look i realise the g-pawn was defending the h-pawn and because of my 23. ...g6 that defence is gone with 24. Qxh6 Kg8 25. gxf6 something and 26. Qg7 mates...
Jun-11-06  jajaja: missed this one :-(
Jun-11-06  Halldor: Gave this around 40 minutes and used nearly all of the time working on the position before Black's 24th move, LOL! And of course I didn't get it. I wanted to trap the queen somehow with the bishop and the knight but couldn't find a way for it, and g7-g6 seemed impossible without defending h6 first... (The closest I got to the solution was maybe in lines involving gxh6 gxh6 and the rook to g8 on an open g-file.) - But I was lightyears away from the solution all the time.
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  kevin86: I thought there was going to be a queen trap-I just couldn't put it together! The masterful end Rh8-was a very deep conclusion.
Jun-11-06  RandomVisitor: <LMAJ>Nice analysis.
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  LIFE Master AJ: <RV> Thanks. :)
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  LIFE Master AJ: BTW, one small error in my post above.

<(The improved of 'deferred' version, as many books like to call it. See MCO-14, beginning on page 53; for more details.)>

The "of" here - in the above passage - should (obviously) be "or," I hope that did not throw anyone off.

CG staff - Any chance of ya'll just fixing the original post? ... (you could then delete this one, to avoid any confusion.)

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  patzer2: After the casual developing move 21. Be2??, it's hard to believe that Black now wins with 21...Kh7! Yet, that's the case here as the followup 22. g4 f3! sets up a Queen trap after 24...Rh8! 25. Rad1 g6 26. Qxh6+ Kg8 .
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  patzer2: Instead of 21. Be2??, White holds a slight advantage with 21. h3 Kh7 22. Bd3 g6 23. Qe2 .
Oct-13-07  Antiochus: Nimzo inspired him:

Samisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Here is a classic Nimzowitsch win with an astonishingly similar finish:

Schlechter vs Nimzowitsch, 1907

Aug-17-10  TheRavenPK: Luděk Pachman is clearly Czech.. You probably don't know, that "Zadok" in Czech (also in Slovak) means "back" as a part of body..

So, to me, it is clear, why Luděk tried hard to win this game - no one would like to draw with ass..

Aug-17-10  whiteshark: A not so delightful excursion for one queen.
Aug-17-10  NewLine: The white queen sure looks here like pacman, hunted down by the ghosts, and failing to reach the corner first for the spinach or whatever it is...
Aug-17-10  RandomVisitor: After 19...Nxe5:

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Rybka 3: <23-ply>

[+0.00] 20.h3 Kh7 21.Red1 g6 22.Qe2 Qg5 23.f3 Bxh3 24.Kf1 Bc8 25.Ke1 Re8 26.Rd5 b5 27.Rad1 Bb7 28.R5d4 h5 29.Kf1 Bc8 30.Ke1 Bb7 31.Kf1 Bc8 32.Ke1 Bb7 33.Kf1 Bc8 34.Ke1 Bb7 35.Kf1

[-0.25] 20.Qd1 Rd8 21.f3 Bg4 22.Bd5 Bh5 23.Kh1 c6 24.Qe2 Qg6 25.Rad1 cxd5 26.exd5 f6 27.c4 Qf5 28.b3 g5 29.Qf2 Rd7 30.Rd4 Bg6 31.Rf1

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  scormus: Lovely quiet finishing moves "the silent assassin"?

<An Englishman .. Antiochus> Just what I was thinking, though I didnt know those games. What I do remember is once in a match playing ... Kh7 followed by ... Rh8. My opponent looked in surprise, smiled and said "Nimzo would have been proud of that" and I replied "If he ever played it". Well ....

BTW, sadly the result was not the same

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  kevin86: At first,I thought it was going to be a normal kingside attack;then the adverse queen put her nose in,and is soon to be rhinoplasticized.
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  Once: The black rook wins the game by returning to its starting square - not something that you see very often!
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Once: The black rook wins the game by returning to its starting square - not something that you see very often!>

Here's a 16-move game that finishes with the same move - but a somewhat different queen trap:

Philip Nizetic vs T Clarke, 2001

Aug-18-10  RandomVisitor: After 11...Bg5:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.40] d=24 12.Nxg5> hxg5 13.g3 Bh3 14.Qe2 Qd7 15.Nd5 g4 16.Be3 Na5 17.0-0-0 Nxb3+ 18.axb3 Qc6 19.f4 gxf3 20.Qxf3 0-0-0 21.g4 Kb8 22.Rhg1 Qe6 23.Rg3 c6 24.Bb6 Rdg8 25.Nb4 Nh4 26.Qd3 Bg2 27.Qe2

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