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Coenraad Zuidema vs Gennadi Sosonko
"Puff the Magic Dragon" (game of the day Jun-26-2020)
NED-chT (1976), Amsterdam NED, rd 9, May-01
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1



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Jul-02-08  Xeroxx: White must play 17. Bxf6
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  FSR: Puff the Magic Dragon.
Jun-29-18  clement41: Soltis variation of the Yugoslav
Jun-26-20  dhotts: This game certainly offered a new concept for the Dragon, 13. Rc5!...Very intriguing with a queen sac to boot.
Jun-26-20  Ironmanth: What a slaughter! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there, PLEASE, and continue to play great chess.
Jun-26-20  faulty: when I see such games with royal travellers, I immediately remember the song voyage, voyage :)
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Can remember when Soltis (author of The Art of Defense in Chess) surprised the chess world with the ...h5 idea in the Dragon. Even more surprising: after almost 50 years, the idea still hangs around.
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  catlover: Nice pun, <FSR>. I love that song by Peter, Paul, and Mary.
Jun-26-20  thegoodanarchist: <catlover: Nice pun, <FSR>. I love that song by Peter, Paul, and Mary.>

Based on Black's powerful play, he may have been referring to this:

Jan-30-21  The17thPawn: Frankly found this more straight forward than Friday's puzzle. Denuding the white kings pawn cover with all pieces pointed at the stranded king and a killer pawn on the second rank begs for the sack.
Jan-30-21  landshark: What <The 17th Pawn> said
Jan-30-21  stacase: Aren't Queen Sac puzzles to occur on Monday?

Well anyway, All of Black's major pieces were lined up for the kill. The c Pawn through most of White's death throws was pinned. I would have done 24...f5+ rather than waiting 4 more moves - I love discovered attacks, unlike saying mate, it can occur multiple times during a game. (-:

Some moves like castling Queen side and saying check to a displaced King at the same time has some real charm to it.

Jan-30-21  Walter Glattke: A) 22.Rxe6 cxb3 23.cxb3 f5 24.Rc1 B) killing the magic Dragon, then the land of Lemon Tree strikes back and wins by the sea with 22.Na4, even if 22.-cxb3 23.Nxc5 bxa2++ 24.Ka1 Qxc5 the dragon wins, C) 23.Nxb6 cxa2+ 24.Ka1 f5+ 25.c3 (Bxc3+? 26.Qxc3 Rxc3 27.Rxe6) Rxc3 26.Rxe6 Ra3+ 27.Qd4 Rxb6 28.Rd1, was won ending after 28.-Rb1+ 29.Rxb1 axb1Q+ 30.Kxb1 Kf7 31.Rxc6 a5 32.Ra6 Rg3 but 24.Ka1 seems to be better than 24.Ka3, no threatening of a1Q
Jan-30-21  Brenin: What <The17thPawn>, <landshark> and <stacase> said. I surprised my Saturday self by getting this one as far as 28 Ka5, and concluded that the exposed K, Black's 2R+2B attack and his promotable P more than compensated for the sacrificed Q.
Jan-30-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I just went with 23 ... Rxc2+ for the material advantage.
Jan-30-21  saturn2: I deviated at move 26
22...cxb3 23.Nxb6 (axb3 Qxb3 and the Rc5 is tabu) bxa2 24. Kb2 Rxb6+ 25. Ka3 Ra6+  26. Kb2 f5+ when white can interpose the rook.
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  chrisowen: Pivots cxb3 either aah ivorys hark fiddle accumulate ivorys mackum pivots womads ivorys coffin virulent brandy mythin let gelt quick and hazy jastha its lay within honeus hentus i rev vastum luv let tips rev i nest piffle flip fitz duck vanguard date cotton on crocks backum ivory divide wrench bodyum totups faints give it edifice ivory jastha wrong allows cxb3 cub.
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  chrisowen: No doubt pb3 grey goose no?
Jan-30-21  Refused: 22...cxb3 looks promising, as the pawn will just eat its way thru the queen side. 23.Nxb6 bxa2 24.Kb2 Rxb6+ 25.Ka3 Ra6+ 26.Kb4 f5 and I am reasonably happy with how things went. Black has just too many threats.
Jan-30-21  agb2002: Black has the bishop pair for a knight.

White threatens Nxb6, Rxe6, Nxc5 and Qxd6.

Black can attack the white king with 22... cxb3:

A) 23.Nxb6 bxa2

A.1) 24.Kb2 Rxb6+

A.1.a) 25.Ka1 f5+

A.1.a.i) 26.c3 Rxc3 27.Qd4 (27.Rxe6 Rc1#) 27... Rc1+ 28.Rxc1 Bxd4+ 29.Rc3 Bxc3#.

A.1.a.ii) 26.Qd4 Bxd4+ 27.Rxd4 Bf7 followed by Rcb5.

A.1.b) 25.Ka3 Ra6+

A.1.b.i) 26.Kb2 Rb5+ 27.Kc3 Ra3+ 28.Kd4 f5+ 29.Re5 dxe5+ 30.fxe5 Bxe5#.

A.1.b.ii) 26.Kb4 Rb6+ with perpetual at least (26.. Rc4+ 27.Kb5 Bd7? 29.Qd5+).

A.2) 24.Qd4 f5

A.2.a) 25.Qxc5 dxc5 26.Kd2 Rxb6 wins decisive material.

A.2.b) 25.Qxg7+ Kxg7 26.Kd2 Rxb6 wins decisive material (27.Rxe6 Rb1).

A.2.c) 25.Rxe6 Bxd4 wins decisive material (26.Kd2 Rxb6).

B) 23.axb3 Qxb3 wins decisive material (24.Qd3 Qa3+ 25.Kd2 Rd5).

C) 23.Nxc5 bxa2 24.Qd4 dxc5 followed by f5 wins decisive material.

D) 23.Rxe6 bxa2 24.Qd4 Qb1+ 25.Kd2 Rxc2+ is winning (26.Ke3 Rb3+; 26.Ke1 Qb3).

Jan-30-21  20MovesAhead: The Dragoon in all its glory
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  Breunor: Walter 22 Rxe6 does not work.

22 Rxe6 cxb3 23 cxb3 black plays Rbc8 and white is lost.

1) -5.57 (27 ply) 23...Rbc8 24.Rxd6 Rxc3+ 25.Kb1 Qb4 26.Rd4 Qc5 27.Rd5 Qe7 28.Qd4 Qe2 29.f5 gxf5 30.Qf4 Qc2+ 31.Ka1 Qxg2 32.Qd2 Rc2 33.Qxg2 Rxg2 34.R1d2 Rc1+ 35.Kb2 Rxd2+ 36.Rxd2 Rh1 37.Kc3 Rxh4 38.Rd7 Rg4 39.Rxa7 h4 40.Rd7 h3

I'm not sure I'm following your line - how can white play 24 Ka1? Do you mean 25 Ka1?

Stockfish gives 25 Ka1 as forced mate in 29 although a human probably wouldn't find all of it, but nonetheless after f5 white loses his queen.

Jan-30-21  saturn2: <agb2002 22...cxb3 23.axb3 Qxb3 wins decisive material 24.Qd3 Qa3+ 25.Kd2 > In your line after 24.. Qa3 white can take the queen 25. Qxa3.. But 24...Rxc2+ 25. Qxc2 Rc8 should be enough.
Jan-31-21  agb2002: <saturn2: <agb2002 22...cxb3 23.axb3 Qxb3 wins decisive material 24.Qd3 Qa3+ 25.Kd2 > In your line after 24.. Qa3 white can take the queen 25. Qxa3.. >

... assuming White wouldn't have a lapse like mine...

But seriously, thank you for pointing out this mistake.

Jan-31-21  TheBish: Amazingly, 9 out of 10 games in Sosonko's "most notable" list have him playing Black, including 2 draws. Makes me want to study his black repertoire.
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