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Vladimir P Malaniuk vs Nigel Short
Lvov (1984), rd 1, Feb-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  1-0

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Jan-27-16  MAnaconda: 16-Nxf2 would be better
Jul-03-17
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  Honza Cervenka: 25.Nh6+!! is a beautiful shot.
Jul-03-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Malaniuk has a very personal style. I think I would have scored around zero on "Guess the move" up to move 22 or so when his attack began to materialize. He should be nicknamed "The Inscrutable".
Feb-14-20  Walter Glattke: Ah, won ending with 31.Qf6 32.Rf1 Qxf1+ 33.Kxf1 after pausible general change with "one piece for black". 31.-Re7 32.Qh8+ or 31.-Qe7 32.Rf1+ is mating.
Feb-14-20  trnbg: Instead of 29.Nxf8+, I went with 29.Ne7+ Kf7 30.Qxh7+ Kf6 31.Rg6#. 29....Kh8 30.Nxf5 is also hopeless for Black.
Feb-14-20
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop.

White can attack the black king with all pieces and two pawns (they cover the flight squares e5 and d6). Therefore, 25.Nh6+ gxh6 (25... Kh8 26.Nef7+ Rxf7 27.Nxf7+ Kg8 28.Nxd8 is a massacre) 26.Rg3+:

A) 26... Kh8 27.Qxh6 Nf5 (27... Rg8 28.Nf7#; 27... Ng6 28.Nxg8+ Kg8 29.Ne5+ and mate in two) 28.Ng6+ Kg8 29.Nxf8+

A.1) 29... Nxg3 30.Qxh7+ Kxf8 (30... Kf6 31.Qg6+ Ke7 32.Qg7#) 31.fxg3 Qf6 (31... Re7 32.Qh8+ Kf7 33.Rf1+ Kg6 34.Rf6+ Kg5 35.Qh6#) 32.Rf1 wins decisive material.

A.2) 29... Kh8 30.Qxh7#.

A.3) 29... Kf7 30.Qxh7+ and mate next.

B) 26... Ng6 27.Nxg6

B.1) 27... hxg6 28.Qxh6 (28.Rxg6+ Kf7 29.Qxh6 Re7 30.Rf6+ Kg8 31.Re3 Rg7)

B.1.a) 28... Kf7 29.Qh7+ Kf6 30.Rxg6+ Kf5 31.Qh5+ Kf4 32.Qf3#.

B.1.b) 28... Rf7 29.Rxg6+ Rg7 30.Qxg7#.

B.1.c) 28... Re7 29.Qxg6+ Kh8 30.Re5

B.1.c.i) 30... Rf5 31.Rxf5 exf5 32.Qf6+ Kh7 33.Rg6 (better than 33.Rg7+ Rxg7 34.Qxd8) wins (33... Qf8 34.Qxf8 Kxg6 35.Qxe7).

B.1.c.ii) 30... Rh7 31.Qxh7+ Kxh7 32.Rh5#.

B.2) 27... Rf7 28.Qxh6 Rg7 (28... hxg6 29.Rxg6+ Rg7 30.Qxg7#) 29.Ne5 Rxg3 30.fxg3 with an extra pawn and a much better position.

Feb-14-20
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  agb2002: I've just noticed that in my line B.2, 29.Nf8 instead of 29.Ne5 would transpose to A.1.
Feb-14-20
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Feb-14-20
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  malt: Gone for 25.Nh6+ gh6 26.Rg3+ Ng6

(26...Kh8 27.Q:h6 Nf5 28.N:g6+ Kg8 29.N:f8+ )

27.N:g6 hg6 28.R:g6+ Kf7 29.Q:h6 looks good,

Feb-14-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I went with 25 Rg3, overlooking the 25 ... Nf5 defense.
Feb-14-20
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  thegoodanarchist: I solved it! Whoo hoo.
Feb-14-20  drollere: the N's are the genius part of chess. without the N's chess would just be slippery checkers.
Feb-14-20  drollere: by the way, what was the point, or the idea, behind 34. .. Ne7? seems to make black's cramped position only worse.
Feb-14-20
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  Breunor: I saw the first 4 moves but I didnít see a win so I gave up. I guess my instincts were good but my tactics need work.
Feb-14-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: I saw the move 25.♘h6+ instantanly, although didn't mind about the consequences. Black must accept, because 25...♔h8 loses the ♕ after 26. ♘hf7+ ♖xf7 27. ♘xf7+ ♔g8 28. ♘xd8. Next, I felt doubt about 26.♖g3+ and ♕xh6, because bad players can't resist of giving a check. I give up from the last, because after 26. ♕xh6 ♘g6 27. ♖g3 ♕f6 black seems to be safe.
Following, 26.Tg3+ ♘g6 27. ♘xg6 hxg6 28. ♖xg6+ ♔f7 (forced: 28...♔h... 29. ♕xh6#)} 29. ♕xh6 ♖e7 (Forced due to threat 30.♕g7# and 29...♖g8? 30. ♕h7+ ♔f8 31. ♖xg8# )} 30. ♖f6+ ♔g8 (Again, 30...♔e8 31. 31. ♖xf8+ ♔d7 32. ♖xd8+ win the ♕). 31.♖e3 ♖xf6 32. 32. ♖g3+ ♔f7 33. ♖g7+ ♔e8 34. ♖g8+ ♔d7 35. ♖xd8+ ♔xd8 36. ♕xf6 also win the ♕, lead to a end-game ♖+♗ x ♕ with 2♙ more. From this point on, I felt confident on my analysis. The answer 26... ♔h8 lead to 27.♕xh6 ♘f5 (forced to stop 28.♕g7#). 29.♘g6+ ♔g8 (unique move).

However, now I went with the combination: 30.♘e7+ (double check} ♔f7 30. ♘xf5 Diagram:


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Now, if 30...exf5? 31. ♖g7#. Also, 30...♖g8? 31. ♖g7+ (If 31...♖xg7 32. ♕xg7#, or 31... ♔f8 32. ♖e7+ ♖g7 33. ♕xg7#. For 31...♖e7 do not follow with 31. 32. ♖xe7+ ♕xe7 33. ♘xe7 ♔xe7 34. ♕xh7+ ♖f7 35. ♕g8 even with some advantage told before. Better is : 31. ♕xh7+ ♔e8 32. ♘xe7 ♕xe7 33. ♖g7 ♖f7 34. ♕g6 and black is in zugswang. For example, 34...♕f6 35. ♖g8+ ♔e7 36. ♕xf6+ ♔xf6 37. ♖xc8 with a ♖ more. Waiting: 34...c6 35. f4 a6 36. f5! a5 37. fxe6 and black position fall down.

Surely, I did not see the other combination 29.♘f8+ ♘xg3 30.♕xh7+ ♔xf8 31.fxg3, which threats immediate 32.♖f1#. This time, 31...♖e7 32. ♖f1+ ♔e8 33. ♖f8+! (if 33...♔xf8 34. 34. ♕h8+ ♔f7 35. ♕xd8 win the ♕. Also, 33...♔d7 34. ♖xd8+ ♔xd8 35. ♕h8+ ♔d7 .... with the same ending, a little worst due to doubled ♙.Worst is 31...♕f6? 32. ♖f1 ♕xf1+ 33. ♔xf1 c6 34. g4 where black is just paralized. Therefore, I guess my combination is very good.

Feb-15-20  trnbg: <King.Arthur.Brazil>: After 30.Ne7+ Kf7, 31.Qxh7+ (instead of Nxf5) is mate in two!
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