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Andrew Jonathan Mestel vs Vasily Smyslov
Las Palmas Interzonal (1982), Las Palmas ESP, rd 8, Jul-22
Italian Game: Hungarian Defense (C50)  ·  0-1

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Mar-22-06  zev22407: Smyslov has a cramped position but a deep plan to attack the point "f2". he opens the f' file removes white king defenders .
Sep-03-06  Ulhumbrus: It is not obvious that 9...Nbd7 will help to prepare ...f5. It will serve to discourage g4 - a move which prevents ...f5 - by going to f8 and thence to g6 so that after h3, g4 will weaken the point f4 in the face of a N on g6 able to go to f4.
Nov-15-22  TheaN: Just tuned in after losing a very dominating position... gotta get the frustration out on a Tuesday puzzle :>

This one kind of plays itself, I looked at Rf2+ and Qf2+ first as those are the common entry points, but <32....Qg1+> forces <33.Kxh3>, followed by <33....Qh1+ 34.Kg4 Qxd5 -+> and White has nothing to show for the exchange: e6 is going to fall and it's smooth sailing from there.

Nov-15-22  Brenin: 32 ... Qg1+ 33 Kxh3 Qh1+ 34 Kg4 Qxd5 wins the exchange, leaves White's K dangerously exposed, and threatens Qxe6+. That should be enough for a win, especially in the hands of a player iike Smyslov.
Nov-15-22  mel gibson: I knew it was either 32...Qg1 or 32...Qf2.
However I couldn't see a winning King hunt for a quick mate. (both win according to SF )

Stockfish 15 says:

32... Qg1+

(32. .. Qg1+ (♕b6-g1+ ♔g2xh3 ♕g1-h1+ ♔h3-g4 ♕h1xd5 ♖c4-d4 ♕d5xb3 a2xb3 e5xd4 ♔g4-h3 ♖e8xe6 ♗e2-c4 ♖e6-e4 b4-b5 d4-d3 ♗c4xd3 ♖e4-e3 ♗d3-c4 ♗h6-f4 h4-h5 ♗f4-e5 ♗b2xe5 ♖e3xe5 b3-b4 ♖e5xh5+ ♔h3-g2 ♖h5-e5 ♔g2-g1 d6-d5 ♗c4-b3 d5-d4 ♗b3-a4 d4-d3 ♔g1-g2 ♖e5-e3 ♔g2-h2 d3-d2 g3-g4 ♖e3-e1 ♗a4-c2 d2-d1♖ ♗c2xd1 ♖e1xd1) +15.77/32 305)

score for Black +15.77 depth 32.

Nov-15-22  Brenin: Instead of the weakening 23 g3, 23 Rxh4 Qxh4 24 Nxd6 might have been better for White, e.g. 24 ... Bxh3 25 Qe3 Ng4? 26 Qg3 with advantage to White.
Nov-15-22  catlover: I missed this one. I thought that 32...Ng1 was the winning move.
Nov-15-22  jrredfield: It took me a good minute but I found 32 ... Qg1+ 33 Kxh3 Qh1+ 34 Kg4 Qxd5 and left it at that, satisfied that Black had a winning game.

According to Komodo Dragon, 32 ... Ng1 (+6.51), and 32 ... Qf2+ (+6.45) also are winning moves for Black.

Nov-15-22
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  al wazir: Something awful must happen to black if he takes the ♖ by playing 26...dxe4, 27...dxe4, 28...dxe4, 29...dxe4, or 30...dxe4, but I don't see it.

What is it?

Nov-15-22  Olavi: <al wazir> Nothing bad would happen. White is in such a mess that Black can already play cat and mouse. Nb5 is hanging, the Rd4 can't move because terrible things are wziting on f2. Even 27.Rxg4 Bxg4 28.Rc2 loses on the spot: 28...Rxf2 29.Rxf2 Be3 30.Qc2 Rf8.
Nov-15-22  saturn2: 32....Qf2 33 Kxh3 Qxe2 with the threat Rf2 wins as well and was my choice
Nov-15-22
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop, a knight and a pawn for the bishop pair.

Black threatens Kxh3.

The rook on d5 is defenseless. Therefore, 32... Qg1+ 33.Kxh3 Qh1+ 34.Kg4 Qxd5, followed by Qxe6, wins decisive material.

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The alternative 32... Qf2+ 33.Kxh3 (33.Kh1 Qg1#) 33... Qxe2 is more complex:

A) 34.Rc2 Qf1+ 35.Kh2 (35.Rg2 Rf2 wins) 35... Rf3 36.Qa4 Ref8 is winning.

B) 34.Qc2 Qf1+ 35.Kg4 (35.Qg2 Qxc4) 35... Rxe6 looks winning.

Nov-15-22
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  scormus: After seeing the fist two moves straight off, I spent a lot of time looking for a decisive K hunt instead of the practical 34 ... Qxd5. Eventually decided that if there one, Smyslov will show it to me. No? OK, B's position is now overwhelming enough as W has to give up more material to stop it.
Nov-15-22  cocker: My friend Fritz tells me that 34 ... Rxe6 would have been even better.
Nov-15-22
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  scormus: I should have looked more. 34 ... Rxe6 threatens 35 ... Rg3+ and mate next move. If 35 h5 then ... Rg3+ anyway. 36 hxg6 hxg6 0-1
Nov-15-22
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  dorsnikov: After the first two moves, hardly easy.
Nov-15-22
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  chrisowen: Zany it is vis plum offer Qg1+ awooga job axiom jah it is a fog pug off Qg1+ da;
Nov-15-22
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  mjmorri: The old lion roars again.
Nov-15-22
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  Check It Out: I got such tunnel vision looking for a mate that I failed to see the fork. Fork!

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