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Vasily Smyslov vs Antonio Magrin
Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968), Lugano SUI, rd 2, Oct-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Feb-25-06  ice lemon tea: yay! i got the answer (34.Nf7+ is pretty obvious though and rest of combo is quite easy to see). btw, i must say, the ending is very beautiful :)
Feb-25-06  djmercury: Nice to find a match played at Lugano, where I live, and it's even a match of the chess olympiad. It's a pity that they don't organize anymore an high-level international chess tournament here around, although it's fair to say that only two years ago there was the Kramnik-Leko match at Brissago. About the puzzle, I saw the first two white moves, but unfortunately my calculation skills are not trained enough to see all the variations that could have followed.
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  Richard Taylor: In the game if 39....Rff6 40. Rg7+ Kh6 41. Bg8 or 40. ... Kh8 41. Rxe7 wins
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  OhioChessFan: First move was pretty easy to find. I didn't expect d5 from Black. In replaying the game, h5 looks terrible. It creates the eventual weakness on g5 and the use of the g file for White's winning attack.
Feb-25-06  dakgootje: Dont know whether everyone was honest about that they got the puzzle, no i dont blame anyone but suspect that not everyone was honest, but i missed the puzzle, only having the idea of the attack. I only got the 3 first half moves, missing after that the defence of Ng6 (how could i miss it???), and after that just clicked on the puzzle, expecting there was no real defence nor suspicious that it would be too easy for a saturday as yesterdays was imho much to easy too.

So i clicked on the game, quickly skipped through the first half until i recognised the position i remembered for the puzzle (i always look this way instead of only looking at the solution), and thought how on earth did i miss that defence when i saw Ng6. After that i began calculating the moves i would have made when i would have seen Ng6 until black resigned and got at least most of the moves which followed correctly, so i wasnt entirely disappointed about my puzzle-performance ;-)

Feb-25-06  WarmasterKron: I saw the first move, but not the continuation. I thought about checking with the rook on g6 and so went about trying to deflect the black knight.

I didn't find one.

Feb-25-06  EmperorAtahualpa: This week I only saw Monday's puzzle so far, but I found the first few moves of today's puzzle!! Well, most of it anyways...

I saw 34.Nf7+ Rxf7 35.Rg5 and the basic mating threats after that...

I didn't see the possibility of 35...Ng6! which was a nice defensive move I thought.

And I should compliment Smyslov on the great finish 41.Bg8+!

(41...Rxg8 42.Rxg8 Kxg8 43.Rxh6 leading to material advantage)

All in all, a great puzzle!

Feb-25-06  PinkPanther: Why 38.Nxd5, isn't 38.Rxh5 just mate straight away?
Feb-25-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Why 38.Nxd5, isn't 38.Rxh5 just mate straight away?>

<PinkPanther> Don't forget about 38...Rh6!

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  patzer2: The final combination with 41. Bg8+! Rxg8 42. Rxh6+ Kxh6 43. Rxg8 wins the exchange and the game.

It is a good example of combining the decoy and deflection tactics to remove the guard of an overworked King.

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  kevin86: A series of veiled threats,actual threats,and sacs sprinkle this one. Black is doomed from the beginning-or so it seems.
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  patzer2: Another interesting side variation puzzle, leading to a winning skewer combination, is the position after 39...Rff6:

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[After 39...Rff6, find White's winning (41. ?) move(s).]

Solution: 39... Rff6 40. Rg7+ Kh8 (40...Kh6? 41. Bg8 ) 41. Rg8+ Kh7 42. R1g7+ Kh6 43. Rxe7 Bc6 44. Rgg7 Rf8 45. Rh7+ Kg6 46. Reg7+ Kf6 47. Rg5 Bxd5 48. Rh6+ Kf7 49. Rxb6 Be4 50. Rxh5 (+6.16 @ 15 depth, Fritz 8).

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  al wazir: I had 36. Bxh5 Kg7 37. Rxg6+, with mate or mayhem to follow. I did not consider 36...Nxf4+ 37. exf4 Rf6. Now white plays 38. Bg6+ Rxg6 (38...Kg7 39. Be8+ wins the ♗) 39. Rxg6+, winning the exchange and leaving the black ♔ helpless.
Feb-25-06  Youjoin: vanish vanish
Feb-25-06  Jack Kerouac: Been Playing through some Steinitz the last week, and this ending struck me as very Steinitz-ian.
Feb-25-06  McCool: Was black throwing the game or something. 35. Ng6? What the.
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  ganstaman: <McCool: Was black throwing the game or something. 35. Ng6? What the.>

How else can you prevent 36.Rxh5++?

Feb-25-06  blingice: Omg, I saw a double exclamation point move on a Saturday. I'm God.
Feb-25-06  McCool: I think he should of just resigned. Nice match between two no-names though.
Feb-25-06  blingice: <McCool> Smyslov was World Champion.
Feb-25-06  Ken MacGillivray: <Pinkpanther> If 38.Rxh5+ Rh6.
Feb-26-06  PinkPanther: Whoops, didn't see the rook all the way over there.
Apr-06-15  SpiritedReposte: LOLOL nice game for no name Smyslov haha.

What a combo from the 7th World champ.

Apr-06-15  offramp: <McCool: I think he should of just resigned. Nice match between two no-names though.>

<blingice: <McCool> Smyslov was World Champion.>

Blingice, why listen to the opinion of someone who can't tell the difference between "should of" and "should have"?

May-06-15  SpiritedReposte: <Magrin Headache>
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