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Geza Fuster vs Laszlo Szabo
"Fuster Fluster" (game of the day Feb-21-2005)
Budapest (1934)
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1



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Dec-19-02  pawntificator: White definitely got himself into a bad position early. His 19th and 20th moves were a bad plan, and his 24th move was downright suicidal. But black took advantage elegantly.
Dec-19-02  actual: Is it 30 Ke6 Nc5+ 31 Ke7 Qf2 32 ... Qh4 ?
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  Honza Cervenka: I would prefer 14. Nxc6 instead of 14. Nxf5. In his 21st move black had an interesting alternative - 21...exf3 22.gxf3 [22.Nxf3 Ng4+ 23.Ke1 (23.Kg3 Bd6+ 24.Kh4 /forced - 24.Kh3 Nf2#/ 24...Nf2+ 25.e4 Qe6 26.h3 Nxd2 27.Qxd2 /forced - 27.Nxd2 or 27.Rxd2 Qh6#/ 28...Nxd1 28.Rxd1 Rxc3 29.bxc3 /forced - 29.Qxc3 Qh6+ 30.Kg4 Qf4+ 31.Kh5 g6#/ 29...Qxe4+ 30.g4 Qxf3 with mate in few moves; 23.Kg1 Nxd2 and 24...Bxe3+ -+) 23...Rd3 24.h3 Nxe3 25.Bxe3 Rxe3+ -+] 22...Qh4+ 23.Kg2 Nxd2 24.Rxd2 Qg5+ 25.Kh1 Qxe3 with decisive advantage.
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  Honza Cervenka: The simpliest way to win is 30.Ke6 Qa6+ 31.Kxf5 (31.Ke7 Qd6#) 31...Qg6#. Another possibility is 30...Qc4+ 31.Kxf5 Rd5+ 32.Ke6 Qc6+ 33.Ke7 Bd8#.

30...Nc5+ 31.Ke7 Qf2? (better is 31...Qc4!) is not sufficient for 32.Qa2+ Kh8 33.Qc4!

Jan-21-05  GreenDayGuy: When faced with alot of pressure, you probaly shouldn't open the center, like in this game.
Feb-21-05  dac1990: More stuff by Szabo, huh?
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  cu8sfan: What a fun game. White is pretty much constricted and can't do anything about it. And in the end there's a nice King hunt.
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  tpstar: White missed the theoretical draw 6. Nh4 Bc8 7. Nf3 Bf5 i.e. Yermolinsky vs Beliavsky, 2005 - good thing that chess theory marches onward all the time!
Feb-21-05  aw1988: (Theoretical draw!? Brilliant!!)

On a serious note, black can avoid that drawn line if he wishes.

Feb-21-05  ajile: Nice game by Black. Notice how he takes advantage of the holes made by Whites pawn moves. Whites a4 and f3 create nice posting spots on B3 and E3. Black owned the Qside with his pieces on B3,C4 and B4 plus controlling the C file. Really a brilliant positional game that then leads into a king hunt.
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  kevin86: Chess is a game of strategy and tactics-white shows that he has knowledge of neither. After being pressed on a closed queenside,he opens up the kingside--against his king.
Feb-21-05  dbulger: 28. ... Bd4+ is much more to the point is it not? forced mate.

28. ... Bd4+
29. Ke6 Nc5+
30. Ke7 Bf6++

Feb-21-05  Saruman: <dbulger> and what if white just played 29.exd4 or 29.cxd4 in response to that?
Feb-21-05  Saruman: <Honza Cervenka> What a neat mating-pattern you have found! Pity that the white queen was guarded by Ne1, Qg6# with a skewer would have looked even better!
Feb-21-05  hypermodern: I agree with cu8sfan. The Queen side fills up with so many of Blacks pieces, White's king pops out the other side...but Alice has no place to hide! Seeing Blacks pawn ease down the e-file must have been painful for White to witness
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  patzer2: Excellent analysis as usual by <Honza Cervenka!> I always feel I'm getting practical insights into the mind of a Master, who enjoys tactics and attacking Chess, when I read his posts.

<10.Rd1> was probably OK, but also worth considering was 10.Nh4!?, when play might have continued 10...Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.g4 Nxg4 (12...Bg6 13.Nxg6 hxg6 14.g5 Ne8 15.f4 ) 13.hxg4 Qxh4 14.gxh5 Qg5+ 15.Kh1 Qh4+ 16.Kg2 Qg4+ 17.Kh2 Qh4+ 18.Kg2 Qg4 with a draw by perpetual check.

Instead of <14. Nxf5?!,> 14. Nc6!, as suggested by Honza Cervenka, is an excellent defensive move that could have equalized and turned the game in White's favor. Play might have continued 14.Nxc6! bxc6 15.Ne4 Bxe4 16.Bxb4 Qg5 17.Bf1 Ng4 18.h3 Ne5 19.f4 Nf3+ 20.Kf2 Qh4+ 21.g3 Qh5 22.Rxd8+ Rxd8 23.Rd1 .

Instead of <17.Nf3?,> White needed to try 17.b3!?, which might have equalized after 17...Qc8 18.Nde2 Qe6 19.Be1 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Rc8 21.Rb1 e4 22.Qd1 Nc6 23.Nb5 Be7 24.Rc1 Rd8 25.Ned4 Qd7 26.Qc2 a6 27.Nxc6 bxc6 28.Nd4 c5 29.Ne2 Qd3 30.Qc4 Bd6 31.Ba5 Rb8 32.Nc3 Qxc4 33.bxc4 Kf8 34.h3 Ke7 35.Rb1 Rxb1+ 36.Nxb1 Nd7 37.Nc3 f5 38.Nd5+ Ke6 39.Bc3 Be5 40.Ba5 Nf6 41.f4 exf3 42.Nxf6 Bxf6 43.gxf3 Kd6 44.Bb6=.

<21...Rd3!> is a strong obstruction move, which forces deflections that enable Black to initiate a winning pursuit combination after <22...Rxc3!>.

Honza Cervenka's 21...exf3! deflection is a practical winning alternative, that is much easier to see OTB. As a side variation in Honza's analysis, another possible continuation is 21...exf3! 22.gxf3 Qh4+ 23.Kg2 Bd6 24.Bc1 Qxh2+ 25.Kf1 Qh1+ 26.Kf2 Nh5 27.f4 Qh2+ 28.Kf3 Qh3+ 29.Kf2 Nxc1 30.Rbxc1 Bc5 31.Qe2 Qh2+ 32.Ng2 Nxf4 33.Qf3 Bxe3+ 34.Qxe3 Qxg2+ 35.Ke1 Re8–+.

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  patzer2: Note that <21...Rd3!> also sets up a Knight Fork, which is used as a means of sacrificing the Knight to put the White King on the run.

Also, note the pretty tactics after the possibility <21...exf3! 22. Nxf3 Ng4+!> in Honza's analysis. Here, after 23. Kg1 Rxd2 24. Rxd2 Nxe3!, White's Queen is trapped and it's an easy win for Black.

Feb-21-05  Calculon: What is the point of white's fourth move? Is this an error or book?
Feb-21-05  CapAnson: <Calculon> .. the point is to prevent black from holding on to his extra pawn with b5. eg. 4. Nf3 b5. This doesn't mean that line is terrible for white, but white just didn't want to go down that road.
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  Phony Benoni: At least White got one piece past the fourth rank.

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