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Lajos Portisch vs Bela Berger
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 22, Jun-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line Old Main Line (D37)  ·  1-0

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Nov-19-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Awesome.

I was thinking Rxd8 instead.

Nov-19-16
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  patzer2: Just before attempting to solve today's Saturday puzzle (16. ?), I was watching an old episode of Star Trek ("Who Morns for Adonis, Sep 1967) with William Shatner as Captain Kirk.

As I started watching this old TV show episode, I vaguely remembered Kirk and his crew were at the mercy of a powerful alien creature claiming to be the Greek God Adonis, but I couldn't remember how it ended.

After a few minutes, I finally remembered Kirk figures out how to drain the energy of the alien Adonis by first having a female member of the crew anger the alien, and then by destroying the alien's power source (a temple structure) with a concentrated Phaser beam attack from a barely functional Enterprise.

Today's problem from 11 years ago, presented a similar problem for testing my memory. I recalled the solution to today's Saturday puzzle (16. ?) involved a demolition pawn sacrifice on h7. However, in this case I could not remember or visualize the entire follow-up to this combination's plot.

I got as far as calculating 16. Nxh7 Kxh7 17. Rh5+ Kg7 18. Be5+ f6, but did not see the crushing final move 19. Rg5! (+7.23 @ 27 depth, Stockfish 7). Had this been a rapid or classic tournament game, I no doubt would have given up on this line and gone for 16. 0-0 instead.

P.S.: Black's decisive mistake was 15...Nd8? allowing 16. Nxh7 (+2.70 @ 26 depth, Houdini 4 x 64). Instead, 15...b6 16. 0-0 Bxa6 gives Black a fighting chance.

Earlier, in place of 10...Ne4 which allows 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Rxd5 (+0.51 @ 29 depth, Komodo 9.3), the Opening Explorer indicates Black has had more success with the popular move 10...Be7 = (0.21 @ 32 depth, Komodo 10) as in Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2015.

Nov-19-16  diagonalley: didn't even consider 16.NxRP :-(
Nov-19-16  Caissas Clown: Normally , my brow will be furrowed by Wednesday , but this was very easy for a Saturday.
Nov-19-16  AlicesKnight: The attack on f7 does not seem to work. So - 16.Nxh7 Kxh7; 17.Rh5+ Kg7; 18.Be5+ f6; 18.Rg5 - Hey! For once, I saw the Saturday game line!
Nov-19-16  Timi: I find this Saturday Puzzle far easier than yesterday's Friday Puzzle
Nov-19-16  morfishine: Berger Fried
Nov-19-16
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black has Qa1+ which might eventually win the rook on h1 and then followed by Bg4.

I don't have time today for the puzzle today but after a quick scan I found 16.Nxh7 (16.Rxd8 Rxd8 17.Nxf7 Qa1+ 18.Ke2 Bg4+ 19.f3 Qxh1 20.Nxd8+ Kf8 unclear) 16... Kxh7 17.Rh5+ Kg7 (17... Kg8 18.Qg8#) 18.Be5+ f6 (18... Kg8 19.Rh8#) 19.Rg5 and White looks winning. For example, 19... Bf5 20.Qxf5 Qc1+ 21.Ke2 Qb2+ 22.Kf3 Re8 23.Qxg6+ and 24.Qg7#.

Nov-19-16  PJs Studio: 15...Nd8 allows the spectacular combination by Portish. I couldn't find 16.Nxh7, 18.Be5, nor 19.Rg5. Portish had to see 19.Rg5 much earlier. Wow!

I read Bela's Wikipedia page and I got the impression he was one of those guys who fought his way up the ranks to play the very best in the world. cannon fodder for the super GM's of his era - but he got a chance to play them!

Nov-19-16
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  thegoodanarchist: I got it! I got a Saturday puzzle :)

This also reminds me of a famous combination that Alekhine played against Em. Lasker

Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934

Nov-19-16
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  PawnSac: < morfishine: Berger Fried >

Chess Berger gets pickled

Nov-19-16
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  PawnSac: when i first saw the name B Berger i thought Bacon. If he played two games simultaneously he could be a...

< Bacon double chess Berger >

Nov-19-16  Whitehat1963: I didn't see any of those moves. Excellent finishing combination!
Nov-19-16  drollere: this one was pretty easy: mission, destroy K pawn defenses. solution? throw cheap N first, then use pins for leverage.

f6 was forced, as the K had nowhere to run, but it was also fatal.

Nov-19-16  Marmot PFL: I played the game through up to the diagram, and black's last move was 15...Nd8 to defend f7 adequately. So the idea of attacking h7 instead is tempting- 16 Nxh7 Kxh7 17 Rh5+ Kg7 18 Be5+ f6, but I completely missed 19 Rg5!
Nov-19-16
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  offramp: <patzer2: Just before attempting to solve today's Saturday puzzle (16. ?), I was watching an old episode of Star Trek ("Who Morns for Adonis, Sep 1967) with William Shatner as Captain Kirk.>

Oddly enough, very early this morning, unable to sleep*, I watched a Shatner episode of the Twilight Zone, Nick of Time. I knew this episode, of course, but it is so excellent that I could watch it over and over again. Shatner really does turn a very good episode into an outstanding episode. What a superb screen presence!

But shall I attempt today's puzzle? All indications are unfavourable.

*In England the cricket broadcast from India starts at 4am and continues until 11am. I lead the life of a normal human between 11am and 7pm, and then at 7pm the chess starts and goes on until about 4am!

Nov-19-16  devere: 16.Nxh7 was fairly easy to see. Nice finish!

The slightly better 16.Rxd8 Rxd8 17.O-O may be beyond the human grandmaster level.

Nov-19-16
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  jith1207: <offramp> Great to see you watching the whole game at that time, at least it ends by your morning. Chess and Cricket (both classical version) - I always find as a great combination, just as this ending.

England is such a good team in the making, and I think this series would sharpen and give a great experience for both English and Indian teams to be on top of the world for near future with many more interesting duels to come! This series is awesome so far too, because of the fight from the tourists. I hope Indians could give such heart in their trip to the Island.

Nov-19-16
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  jith1207: < thegoodanarchist: I got it! I got a Saturday puzzle :) >

Same excitement here, I found the Nxh7 because of the two pawns being pinned and the king would have to fight alone if all the pieces are in right place. It looked to me so, and I was stuck for a while after Kg7.

So, I played move by move from there, I got the Bishop check knowing f6 would be the best option. Again, I was not sure what could be played after f6, so I played the board to that move and after long suffering, eureka, Rg5 came to my mind - even as I resisted that line thinking as silly, when I looked more the bishop pin and the unavailability of any black pieces to save the g6 pawn immediately and the checkmate in next few games sealed the game for me!

Yes!! I got a Saturday puzzle :)

Nov-19-16
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  jith1207: <offramp> As a side note, I equally love the rapid and blitz versions of both Chess and Cricket too! Both the ancient games seem to go through various fundamental and technological changes in the same generation with faster versions, that I find these two games unbelievably similar in many levels, not to say the temperament and the patience required to play every move! I believe only those who have played these two games could appreciate the fun in watching them.
Nov-19-16
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  offramp: <jith1207> I agree totally. There is another pairing: cricket and chess played in the park. Amateurs with board & pieces, or stumps, bat and ball. Also well worth watching!
Nov-19-16
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  wtpy: Jith, I don't mean to dampen your enthusiasm and my comment may just be sour grapes because i didn't find Qg5, but I have always though you had to solve problems in your head. But I don't have board so that is my only option.
Nov-19-16  RandomVisitor: Final look, after 15...Nd8


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Komodo-10.1-64bit:

+3.10/39 16.Rxd8 Rxd8 17.0-0 Bf5 18.Bxf7+ Kf8 19.e4 Bg4 20.Bb3 h6 21.Nf7 g5 22.Nxd8 Rxd8 23.Bc1 Qa6 24.Be3 b6 25.Bd5 Kg7 26.c4 Qc8 27.h3 Bh5 28.Qc3+ Kh7 29.Ra1 a5 30.Rb1 Bxe3 31.Qxe3 Qc5 32.Qxc5 bxc5 33.Ra1 Rc8 34.Rxa5 Kg7 35.f3 Kf6 36.Kf2 Rc7 37.Ke3 Bg6 38.g3 Bf7 39.Ra6+ Kg7 40.e5 Rd7 41.Bxf7 Rxf7 42.Ke4 Rc7 43.Kd5 Rf7 44.e6

+2.18/39 16.Nxh7 Be6 17.Nxf8 Bxf8 18.0-0 Nc6 19.Bb3 Bxd5 20.Bxd5 Kg7 21.Rb1 Rd8 22.e4 Qe7 23.Qd3 Qd7 24.Qb5 Bd6 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.Qxb7 Ne7 27.c4 a5 28.g3 Qe5 29.Qb3 Rc8 30.Qa4 Nxd5 31.cxd5 Re8 32.Re1 Re7 33.Qxa5 Qd4 34.Qa6 Rxe4 35.Rxe4 Qxe4 36.Qa1+ Kg8 37.d6 Qd5 38.Qf6 Qd1+ 39.Kg2 Qd5+ 40.f3 Qd2+ 41.Kh3 Qd5 42.g4 Qd1 43.f4 Qd2 44.Kg3 Qd5 45.Qe7

+0.88/39 16.0-0 Be6 17.Nxe6 Nxe6 18.Rdd1 Qa5 19.Be5 Rad8 20.Ra1 Qb6 21.Rfb1 Qc6 22.Be2 Qc8 23.Bf6 Rd7 24.Qb2 a6 25.Bf3 b5 26.c4 bxc4 27.Bb7 Qc7 28.Bxa6 Be7 29.Bxe7 Rxe7 30.Rc1 Rb8 31.Qf6 Nc5 32.Bxc4 Ne4 33.Qd4 Qe5 34.Qxe5 Rxe5 35.Ra7 Nd6 36.Ba2 Rb2 37.Rd1 Rc5 38.f4 Kg7 39.Bd5 h5 40.Rd7 Rb6 41.e4 Rc2

Nov-20-16
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  jith1207: <wtpy> haha, yes. That's not the good way to solve problems as this would not help problem solving and in thinking ahead than very few moves in actual game situation. Agreed.
Nov-21-16  Moszkowski012273: Well played!
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