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Laszlo Barczay vs Gennadi Sosonko
"Quit Dragon Me Down" (game of the day Jun-12-2013)
Hoogovens (1977), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1



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May-18-08  der623: Obviously, White resigned because Black could safely go a piece up after 26. Q:d7 27. R:d7 Bc3+ winning the e1 rook; or, play 26. Qb4 threatening Bc3+ with mate to follow. Even if White plays 27. Qd6, Black can still play 27 Bc3+, and after the Queen exchange, the threat of mate will still cost White the e1 rook (although White can insert a rook check on d8, he can't get the king to d1, avoiding the mate, and move the e1 rook at the same time).
Jun-12-13  ajax333221: <der623> there is even a better line:

26... Qb4 27. Qe7 Be5+ 28. Qxb4 Rxb4+

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now if he 29.Ka2? then M2 with 29... Ra4+

so 29.Kc1 is kind of forced

29. Kc1 Bf4+ 30. Rd2 c3

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now it is definitely over

Jun-12-13  Catfriend: <ajax333221> beautiful line, there! For a moment I was concerned about 27. Re8+ but after 27..Rxe8 28. Qxe8+ Kg7, all White can do is give his queen to avoid immediate mate.
Jun-12-13  morfishine: This appears to be a "hybrid Soltis" variation with <10...h5> transposing

I've seen both 11...h5 & 12...h5 (pure Soltis) termed "Soltis variations". For example, in this game, after 12...Rc8 we've transposed to whats termed "the starting position" of the Soltis variation

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  FSR: <ajax333221> Your final position, particularly if we add the moves 30.Rd1 Rd4, would be a bit reminiscent of that in Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975:

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Jun-12-13  morfishine: <FSR> Fantastic game Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975
Jun-12-13  Tigranny: Nice how the Dragon actually wins this game. The pun is also quite clever and funny; "Quit draggin' me down!".
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  kevin86: Black will win a rook after exchanging queens via the discovered check at c3
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  kevin86: The correct pun should be:STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND-based on the song by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty.
Jun-12-13  Howard: Sosonko apparently didn't have good luck with the Dragon in that particular tournament.....Karpov also beat him when Sosonko used that same opening. It was even Game of the Month in "Chess Life and Review" back in 1977.
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  perfidious: Barczay took his lumps in this event: see the previous round here: Geller vs L Barczay, 1977.
Jun-12-13  morfishine: <perfidiuos> Nice post of this Geller win: Geller vs L Barczay, 1977 Incredible that Black should resign here, but being a pawn down, its also partial zugzwang
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  perfidious: <morf>: Originally saw that game in BCM many years ago and was struck by Black's helplessness in the final position.
Apr-19-20  dekkercor: Howard, this game and the Karpov game were played in different tournaments. I don't have the tournament book anymore, but I wonder how Black would have continued if white had played Bxf6 instead of exf6.

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