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Enver Bukic vs Oleg M Romanishin
EUR-chT (Men) 6th (1977), Moscow URS, rd 2, Apr-??
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  1-0



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Sep-16-11  Memethecat: <patriot> I too am looking for self improvement & want to iron out the flaws in my logic, so it could take a while. As for your altruistic slant about helping others, "im in" as long as they don't become a better player than me... which in truth, is no difficult task.
Sep-16-11  scormus: <Once: <SimonWebbsTiger> <ProjectR> .... >

Thanks for expressing so well what I also felt.

Sep-16-11  sevenseaman: <kellamano> <But 26. ...... Rxb8 is heartily illegal. ....... Rc8 is legal, but then the queen is en prise.>

I am amazed and distressed by my typos. There must have been a lot on my mind. This is how it should have gone;

<22. b4 Qxb4 23. Rd(or Ra)b1 Qxc4 24. Be2 Qc2 25. Bd3 Qc3 26. Rb8+ Rc8 27. Qxc3 Rxb8> wins(Q, R, B against R, R, B). Here;

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I am very grateful to you for following it up and enabling me to rectify. Else I'd never have known.

Sep-16-11  Memethecat: <sevenseaman> <Qf6 gxf6. nh6+ Kg7. Bxf6#>
Sep-16-11  Memethecat: the mondayland (aka Q sac day) was a big clue, im learning.
Sep-16-11  nolanryan: I don't get the pun: "Enver Bukic vs Oleg Romanishin" ???
Sep-16-11  David2009: Emboldened by <gofer>'s excellent post Bukic vs Romanishin, 1977 giving his fine win in the 23.Rab1 variation against Crafty EGT (starting 23.Rab1 Qxc4 24.Be2 Qc2 25.Bd3 Qxd1+ 26.Rxd1 Bxa2 27.h4! and his energetic demolition of the 27...a4 and 27...h5 defences by direct attack), I have at last managed to beat the EGT by direct attack in the game line with 23.Rdb1 Qxc4: 24.Be2 Qc3 25.Rb8+ Rc8 26.Qxc3 Rxb8 27.h4 d5 28.Qf6 h5 29.f3 d4 30.Bd3 Rbd8 31.g4 hxg4 32.fxg4 fxg4 33.Bxg6 d3 34.h5 d2 35.Rd1 Bxa2 36.Bf5 Rd6 37.Qg5+ Kh8

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38.Rxd2 g3 (if 38...Rxd2 39.h6! mates - the Black checks run out) 39.Rxd6 Rxd6 40.h6 Rd1+ 41.Kg2 Bd5+ 42.Kh3 Rh1+ 43.Kg4 Rxh6 44.Qxh6+ Kg8 45.Bh7+ Kh8 46.Be4+ Kg8 47.Bxd5 1-0. The EGT link is in my earlier post Bukic vs Romanishin, 1977.

I confess that I played 38.Rxd2 for the wrong reasons - I thought I had a pattern mate starting Qh6+ and Bh7+ not noticing that the B on a2 guards f7. If you can't be good - be lucky!

Sep-16-11  scormus: <nolanryan: I don't get the pun: "Enver Bukic vs Oleg Romanishin" ???>

Oh no, that's not the pun, "Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto" is the pun

Sep-16-11  Discover100: i found a way to win decisive material... didnt take long for a 3-star, so i may be way off.

looking at the congestion on black's kingside, it screams backrank checkmate. if only we can get a rook down there by opening up a file..

1. b4 this pawn fork is irresistable. ... Qxb4
2. Rb1 threatning mate with Rb8.
... Qa5.

black's only hope is to hold d8 and keep white's rooks from checking on that row.

3. Rb8+ Rd8
4. Rxd8+ Qxd8
5. Qxd8+

of course black can avoid this whole mess with 1.b4 Qd8, losing a rook. still decisive.

Sep-16-11  BOSTER: When you are choosing where to put your men be very careful. This is not a good idea to put two pieces (Qa5 & Rc5) in the position where enemy pawn (b3) has the possibility to fork them (b4) , even without considering the consequence. Such pawn can bite.
Sep-16-11  Creg: 22.b4! Qxb4 23.Rb1 and black has to lose material or be mated on the back rank.


I missed 23...Qxc4 as a defense, and thus the follow through of 24.Be2 Close, but no cigar.

Sep-16-11  TheBish: Bukic vs Romanishin, 1977

White to play (22.?) "Difficult"

I started to say this was only semi-tough, and then I found a better defense for Black (making it "difficult"). The trick was deciding that you needed to get a rook to the 8th rank somehow, for mate. From there, it just took a glance to see the pawn sac to open a file. But wait, there's more!

22. b4! Qxb4

Obviously forced.

23. Rab1 (either rook should work) Qa5 24. Rb8+ and wins (24...Rd8 25. Rxd8+ wins the queen). This is what I originally had, then I found Black's best defense.

After 23. Rab1 Qxc4! (so that 24. Rb8+ is answered by 24...Rc8) 24. Be2! (driving the queen off the c-file) Qc2 25. Bd3! Qc3 26. Rb8+ Rc8 27. Qxc3 Rxb8 wins the queen for a rook and two pawns.

Sep-16-11  James Bowman: Lol finally I looked at the whole board instead of getting locked into the it's a puzzle mentality and I found it quickly.

Note self remember lesson learned ;o]

Sep-16-11  morfishine: <sevenseaman> On your puzzle, very good!: <1.Qf6> does the trick: an overwhelming attack on <g7> which is being hit 3-times; Black loses after 1...gxf6 2.Nh6+ Kh8 3.Bxf6#

Love this stuff!

Sep-16-11  sevenseaman: <morfishine> I am impressed with the nascent sharpness rising exponentially. Cheers! This is how I always want you to be.

Now you know that its your day. You are getting to be the player who pray, 'oh God, let the ball come to me'.

(I think I detect a limerick there, do we?)

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  OhioChessFan: I had only one point of difficulty.

22. b4 Qxb4 23. Rdb1 Qxc4 24. Be2 Qc2

And here I spent some trying to make 25. Bd1 work. It doesn't.

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Sep-16-11  sevenseaman: < Memethecat: the mondayland (aka Q sac day) was a big clue, im learning.>

Good! You do not want 'big clues'? <James Bowman> likes them so much!

Sep-16-11  Nullifidian: Almost missed my chance to solve this beautiful puzzle.

22. ♙b4!

Play continues: 22... ♕xb4 23. ♖db1 ♕xc4 24. ♗e2 ♕c3 (♕c2 25. ♖b2 ♕c3) 25. ♖b8+ ♖c8 (not ♖d8?? 26. ♖xd8#) 26. ♕xc3 ♖xc8 and White has a winning advantage.

Sep-17-11  abuzic: <23.Rab1 variation against Crafty EGT>... after 22.b4 Qxb4 This is how it continued:
23.Rab1 Qxc4 24.Be2 Qc2 25.Rb2 Bxa2 26.Rxc2 Rxc2 27.Ba6 f4 28.h4 Rc5 29.h5 Rf5 30.Qb2 Be6 31.h6 Kf8 32.Bc8 Ke7 33.Bxd7 Bxd7 34.Qh8 f3 35.Re1+ Be6 36.Qxh7 Rg5 37.g3 Rh5 38.Qg7 a5 39.h7 Kd7 40.h8Q Rxh8 41.Qxh8 a4 42.Qa8 Ke7 43.Qxa4 g5 44.Qd4 Kd7 45.Ra1 Bh3 46.Ra6 Ke8 47.Qxd6 Bc8 48.Ra7 Bb7 49.Rxb7 f5 50.Qe7#.
Sep-17-11  LIFE Master AJ: <<<Patriot> But if you think you generally under-estimate simple positions then your evaluation is essentially "short-circuiting" your thought process. It's clear you have the ability but evaluation is stopping you from doing what you do very well.>>

Good advice. But I was honestly trying hard ... just hit some sort of mental road-block. I was looking at b4. I just did not see the entire (whole, correct) follow-up.

And - I am going to be honest. Once in a while, I will play a line in the tournament, even if I cannot see hwere it is headed, if my instincts and my intution tell me this is the correct path.

As a simple "puzzle try," I might have played 22.b4!

HOWEVER! In a tournament, (to be 100% honest); I might NOT have played this move ... as after 10 minutes (or more) of analysis, it began to look like all I had done was to find a fancy way of throwing away two pawns. (Maybe its a time thing too, my analysis gets better - and more thorough - the more time I spend on a problem.)

In conclusion, a lot of people might see (just) my rating and think, "I wish I was him," I see problems like this and I can honestly say, "I still have a lot of improving to do!" Here's hoping this is possible, even at age 53!!! (I also think that its the daily work that I have done here - on this site, mostly on the POTD's - that has kept me sharp ...)

Sep-17-11  LIFE Master AJ: Another way to get here ... (to the line in this game):

1.e4, c5; 2.Nf3, g6; 3.d4, cxd4; 4.NxP/d4, Bg7; 5.c4, etc.

Sep-17-11  LIFE Master AJ: <<Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40) · 1-0>>

I submitted a correction slip, I guess that this is the correct procedure for this ...

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  perfidious: What's rich about the errant ECO code is that when one looks in 'similar games', the feature is far from unanimous about which form of Sicilian it is.

Had the players chosen the most common route to this Maroczy Bind (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4), it would all have been straightforward. Instead, they engaged in a concerted effort to cross up CG, which did not yet exist!

Can they be prosecuted for thought crimes as a result of their, dare I say it, perfidy?

Sep-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: Apparently, whoever labels these games does not believe in/recognize transpositions?!? (Its a Sicilian. Acc. Fianchetto, Maroczy Bind.)
Sep-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: The score of the game ... as it comes from ChessBase ... with the CORRECT opening designation! (Note the ECO designation.)

[Event "EU-chT (Men) 06th"]
[Site "Moscow, USSR"]
[Date "1977.04.??"]
[Round "2.7"]
[White "Bukic, Enver"]
[Black "Romanishin, Oleg M"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B36"]
[WhiteElo "2490"]
[BlackElo "2595"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "1977.04.13"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "URS"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.07.01"]
[WhiteTeam "Yugoslavia"]
[BlackTeam "Soviet Union"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "YUG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "URS"]

1. d4 g6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. Be2 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Bg7 9. Bg5 Be6 10. O-O O-O 11. Qd2 Rc8 12. b3 b5 13. e5 b4 14. exf6 exf6 15. Be3 bxc3 16. Qxc3 f5 17. Bd4 Bxd4 18. Qxd4 Qa5 19. Rfd1 Rfd8 20. Bf3 Rc5 21. Qf6 Rd7 22. b4 Qxb4 23. Rdb1 Qxc4 24. Be2 1-0

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