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Hans-Joachim Hecht vs Duncan Suttles
Belgrade (1969), Belgrade YUG, rd 13, Dec-??
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: The ending of this game is certainly interesting. It might be one for <drukenknight> or <Honza> to have a look at. I get the impression that White should have held it but I'm not sure how.
Mar-18-04  drukenknight: wow that is crazy. I dunno what the answer is just off the top, but figuring this out should be useful to study N vs p endings in general. I'll get back to this.

Hmmm, 102 Nxf4?

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  Benzol: I knew there was another ending this one reminded me of, then I remembered this one Larsen vs Ivkov, 1966
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  Gypsy: That pointer had been deleted (for dupplication?), this is the current one: Larsen vs Ivkov, 1966. It seems that Ivkov had no chance in that endgame.
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  Gypsy: As to this endgame: Clearly not 78...fxg3+? 79.Kxg3 Kf5 80.Ng4 = 1/2.

But many a time Black could have swapped his bishops for one of the knights. Here is what Ian Snape writes about N vs. 3P: <...the knight can also survive against three adjacent pawns provided that the king and night are optimally placed and the majority of pawns did not advance beyond fourth rank.> Well, here two of the black pawns are already on the 5th rank and surely the exchange can be afected so that the remining knight is at least a bit out of play.

Thus, 62...Ba3 with exchanges probably leads to a won endgame.

And a better oportunity still may have been 65...Ke5 66.Nxc6 Kxd6 67.Nd4 (other paths are hardly any better) 67...g4 68.Ne2 Ke5 ...

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  IMlday: A good instructive position after 7.Nd1. Who would think of 7..Rb8!? ?

Likewise 11..h5!?

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After the game boiled down to 2Kn vs B & 3P on move 56, I wondered how long it would take Black to force ...g4, the key move. I didn't think it would take another 47 moves.

As for 11...h5, I used to play it much earlier, during dozens of skittles games in college with a friend of mine who was fond of the Be3 lines. I played ...h5 as early as move 6. Sometimes, I would even skip ...Bg7 until after ...h7-h5 and play ...Bf8-h6.

We were both 1900+ USCF, and we were both teetotalers who shunned drugs, so I can't say I had any good excuse for my play. Except I usually won.

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  IMlday: re: N vs 3 pawns. I suspect it depends on which pawns. The N is more mobile vs center pawns than wing pawns. I've only had it once but it was adjourned so I got to study it carefully. Fine, the authority at that time, claimed draw but it looked winning to me. L Piasetski vs L Day, 1981
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  Gypsy: <IMlday> How did the name <rat> came about?

Is it <11...h5> or <11...h4> that we are talking about?

As for the endgame, here is the completion (I tried to be too cute and swapped moves about in my previous post) : <66...Ke5(!) 67.Nxc6+ Kxd6 68.Nd4 Ke5> (68...g4? 69.Nf5+ =) <69.Nf3+ Kf5 70.Nd4+ Kg4> (the key trick is 70.Kg2 g4! 71.Nxh4+ Kg5 and the knight falls) <71.Kg2 h3+(!)> (71.Nf3 Kh5 and 72...g4) <72.Kf2 Kh5 73.Kf3 Kg5> (Black still needs to make slow progress: 73...g4+? 74.Kxf4 h2 75.Ne2 =) <74.Ne2 Kf6> and White is out of saving moves; he can afford neither 75.Ng1 h2 nor 75.Kg4 h2. Thus <75.Nd4 g4+!> where Black finally succeded to play g4 win (76.Kxg4 h2 77.Kxf4 h1Q).

It is all rather difficult tempo work, but the win seems to be all there. There are good practical chances for White, however; besides various knight forks, it is quite easy to fall into the fortress position

W={♔f3; ♘h2}; B={♔f5; ♙f4,g5,h3},

where White just shuffles Nh2-g4-h2-g4... and Black can not make further progress.

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  IMlday: Rat name, (accordian Suttles 1964) because it hides in dark places and is at its most ferocious when cornered. :-)
Jun-07-05  fgh: White's final blunder seems to be 99. Ne5. If he would keep the strategic contact between the h2 knight, the other knight on f2, f6 or even h6, controling the g4 square, and the king on f3, not allowing the black to take the knight on g4 and avoiding a penetration by the black king thrue the g3 square, the game should be a draw.

Now I will ask: Did someone understand my post?

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  Gypsy: <fgh: ...Did someone understand my post?> The post is clear.

But I do not think White realy had a way to hold the correspondence. Had his king been able to triangulate between f3, e2, and f2, then 99.Ne5 would have held. Alas, e2 is off limits to White king as 99.Ne5 Bc2 and 100.Ke2 allows Black king to penetrate by 100...Kg3. Thus White king is restricted to the f2 and f3 squares only, while the Black bishop can choose the right time for steping onto h5 or d1 with decisive effects.

I think that Hecht made no mistakes in the endgame, there was simply no way of holding it (unless Black slipped up). On the move 99, White was fairly close to having a fortress, but he could not keep a permanent watch schedule over all of its entrancess.

Jun-12-05  fgh: <Gypsy>: Neither the bishop invasion thrue d1 or h5 seem to be winning.
Jun-12-05  fgh: <Gypsy>: Take for example the following line: 99. Nf2 (avoids the d1 invasion) Be6 100. Ng4 Bd5+ 101. Kf2 Be6 102. Kf3 and black still can't break thrue. The h5 idea has similar defensive lines for white.
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  Gypsy: <fgh> I was thinking of something along the lines of <99.Nf2 Bg6>, where White is in zugzwang: Either (i) 100.N(either)g4 Bh5 where Black wins the g4-knight; or (ii) 100.Ke2 Kg3; or (iii) 100.Nf1 Bh4+ 101.Ke4 Be2 102.Nd2 Kg3 ...
Oct-07-05  Chess Addict: Wow, the Hypermodern Suttles is playing like Karpov on the endgame!
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  whiteshark: <91.Nd4=>

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  GrahamClayton: <drukenknight>Hmmm, 102 ♘xf4?

I think Suttles would have won after
102. ♘xf4 gxf4 103. ♘f3+ ♗xf3 104.
♔xf3 h2 105. ♔g2 ♔g4 106. ♔xh2 f3 107. ♔g1 ♔g3 108. ♔f1 f2 109. ♔e2 ♔g2 and the pawn queens.

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