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Laszlo Szabo vs Nikola Padevsky
Amsterdam IBM (1972), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, May-31
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  gawain: Whoops! Thanks <Marvol> 19 ...Kh8 20 Qd3 (leaving the N en prise) was a hallucination which I blame on being awake so late (on local time) that I was actually the first to see the puzzle. I won't do that again!

Of course the right follow-up is 20 Rd7 as pointed out by <Patzer>

Aug-11-06  dr.roho: i got it all the lines in which black takes the knight with his pawn but i didnt know what to do if black didnt take the knight. sttill i am pretty proud of myself for what i have accomplished
Aug-11-06  dakgootje: Got most of the moves, but missed Rd7... but hey, who cares, its an hour past midnight! Then your not expected to see that much in half a minute!?! Maybe i was lucky ;-)
Aug-11-06  LivBlockade: <kevin86: I got this one! The final move of course will be 28 f6 which btw could have been played four moves earlier.> An important point is that 'four moves later' Black is missing his Queen, so f7 is undefended if Black tries ...Kh7, so it really is checkmate.
Aug-11-06  aazqua: I don't get it. Is this supposed to be hard? Aren't all of these moves obvious??
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  MichaelJHuman: I don't think they are HARD. There was just a fair amount of lines to look at (I guess?)
Aug-12-06  Kingdom NL: Look like one of the games where black is "falling" into a sleep..and suddenly wakes up and realises the position is lost.
Oct-02-15  parisattack: Looks like a Leonid Stein power-play game!

Szabo one of the many fine Hungarian GMs with a hypermodern bent. His book of games is a little-known gem.

Nov-23-19  Walter Glattke: 24.Qf6!?
Nov-23-19  yadasampati: <Walter Glattke> It seems that after 24. Qf6 black can escape the attack with Kh7
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  al wazir: I saw the first two moves. Not nearly enough to claim credit.

But what happens if black plays 25...Nd8 ? After 26. Qg4+ Kh7 27. Qd4 Rc8 28. Qh8+ Kg6 29. Qxf8, white has a big material advantage, but it isn't mate.

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  scormus: <yadasampati> yes, I thought Qd6 too. Hard to imagine it doesn't lead quickly to mate, but the BK can get out into the open. I don't know if there's a winning K hunt from there. If there is, it would certainly have been hard to see OTB.
Nov-23-19  Carrots and Pizza: This one seemed kind of easy for a Friday. 19.Nf6 suggests itself and if 20.Qg4 Kh7 21.Be4+ and White is crashing through. I saw this far and would have played it in a tournament game, but I didn't analyze further than this.
Nov-23-19  mel gibson: That's a Monday puzzle - so easy.
It plays itself.
Nov-23-19  luzhin: So 18...Bf8 was the losing blunder. Understandable that Black didn't fancy the correct 18...Be7 because of 19.Qg4. But this can be met by 19...Ne5 and if then 20.Qf4 the counterattack 20...Qc2! actually wins for Black!
Nov-23-19  RandomVisitor: After 18.Ne4, <luzhin> pointed out that black needs to play 18...Be7

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<46/77 14:34 +0.33 18....Be7> 19.Rc1 Rd8 20.Qg4 e5 21.Qe2 Qc8 22.Nc3 Ba6 23.Qh5 Rd2 24.Nd5 Qd8 25.Nxe7+ Nxe7 26.Qxe5 Rd1+ 27.Bf1 Nf5 28.Qc3 Bxf1 29.Rxd1 Qxd1 30.Qc8+ Kh7 31.Qxf5+ Kg8 32.Qc8+ Kh7 33.Qc1 Qxc1 34.Bxc1 Bd3 35.f3 f5 36.Kf2 Kg6 37.Bb2 Bb1 38.a3 Kf7 39.h3 h5 40.Bd4 Bc2 41.b4 g5 42.Ke2 g4 43.fxg4 fxg4 44.hxg4 hxg4 45.Kd2 Bf5 46.Kc3 Ke6 47.Kc4 Kd6 48.Bc3 Bg6 49.Kd4 b5

Nov-23-19  thegoodanarchist: Got the first part at least.

Black resigned because of 27...Kg8 ▢ 28.Qf6 forces checkmate

Nov-23-19  WorstPlayerEver: Easy. Kind of bored, went on automatic control; too much chess lately ;) I even played a better move: 24. Qf6
Nov-23-19  devere: <yadasampati: <Walter Glattke> It seems that after 24. Qf6 black can escape the attack with Kh7>

After 24.Qf6! Kh7 25.g4! Black would resign. Szabo's 24.Rd7 was also winning but not as quickly.

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  agb2002: The first idea that comes to mind is 19.Nf6+:

A) 19... gxf6 20.Qg4+

A.1) 20... Bg7 21.Bxf6 Kf8 22.Qxg7+ Ke8 23.Qg8#.

A.2) 20... Kh7 21.Be4+ f5 (21... Kh8 22.Bxf6+ Bg7 23.Qxg7#) 22.Bxf5+ exf5+ 23.Qxf5+ Kg8 24.Qf6 Kh7 25.g4

A.2.a) 25... h6 26.Qh8+ Kg6 27.Qg8+ Kh6 (27... Bg7 28.Qxg7#) 28.g5#.

A.2.b) 25... Ne7 26.Qxf7+ Bg7 27.Qxg7#.

A.3) 20... Kh8 21.Bxf6+ Kh7 22.Be4#.

B) 19... Kh8 20.Rd7 Qc8 21.Qd3

B.1) 21... g6 22.Qxg6 fxg6 23.Rh7#.

B.2) 21... gxf6 22.Rxf7 Bg7 23.Qg6 Qg7 24.Bxf6 wins decisive material.

Nov-23-19  Olavi: Very similar to a famous game, where Botvinnik lamented his poor calculating skills in time trouble (21.Nf6+ and many others): Botvinnik vs Larsen, 1967
Nov-23-19  ajile: I thought 19.Rd7 was the sexier move but not sure it actually works...
Nov-23-19  Otoy: <chrisowen:> Your nonsense posts are in violation of item 7 of the posting guidelines, i.e.;

"Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal."

Nov-23-19  RandomVisitor: A final look after the suggested improvement 18...Be7. 19.Rc1 would be hard to find. 19.Qh5 would also work.

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<51/75 2:20:04 +0.46 19.Rc1 Rd8 20.Qg4> e5 21.Qe2 Bf8 22.g4 Qd7 23.Ng3 Nb4 24.Bxb7 Qxb7 25.Bxe5 Nd3 26.Rd1 Qd5 27.Bd4 Ne5 28.Kf1 Bc5 29.f4 Nc6 30.Qg2 Bxd4 31.Qxd5 Rxd5 32.exd4 Rxd4 33.Rxd4 Nxd4 34.Kf2 g6 35.Ke3 Nc6 36.Ne2 Kf8 37.Nd4 Nb4 38.a3 Nd5+ 39.Ke4 Nf6+ 40.Kf3 a5 41.g5 hxg5 42.fxg5 Nh7 43.Kf4 f6 44.gxf6 Nxf6 45.Ke5 Ke7 46.a4 Nh5 47.Kd5 Kd7 48.Ne2 Nf6+ 49.Kc4 Ke7 50.Kb5

51/72 2:20:04 +0.30 19.Qh5 Rd8 20.Rc1 Qd7 21.h3 e5 22.Rb1 Bc8 23.Rf1 Ba6 24.Re1 Qe6 25.Rc1 Bb7 26.Rd1 Rxd1+ 27.Qxd1 Nd8 28.Nc3 Bxg2 29.Kxg2 f6 30.a3 Kf8 31.h4 Qc6+ 32.f3 Ne6 33.Qd5 Qxd5 34.Nxd5 h5 35.b4 Kf7 36.f4 Bd6 37.Kf3 exf4 38.exf4 Nd8 39.Ne3 Ke6 40.Ke4 Nc6 41.f5+ Ke7 42.g4 hxg4 43.Nxg4 Nd8 44.h5 Nf7 45.Ne3 Bg3 46.a4 Nd6+ 47.Kf3 Be5 48.Bxe5 fxe5

51/66 2:20:04 +0.09 19.h3 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Bxd8 21.Qd1 Be7 22.Qg4 Ne5 23.Qf4 f6 24.Bxe5 fxe5 25.Qg4 Qc1+ 26.Kh2 Bd5 27.Qh5 Qb2 28.Qe8+ Bf8 29.Nd6 Qxf2 30.e4 Kh7 31.exd5 Bxd6 32.Qxe6 e4 33.Qxe4+ g6 34.Qg4 Qf6 35.h4 Kg7 36.Qd7+ Qe7 37.Qxe7+ Bxe7 38.Kh3 Kf6 39.Be4 g5 40.hxg5+ Kxg5 41.Bf3 Bc5 42.Bg4 Bd6 43.Be6 Be7 44.Kh2 Kf6 45.Kg2 Kg6 46.Kf3 h5

Nov-24-19  cunctatorg: Splendid play by the strongest GM and participant of the Candidates' Tournaments Laszlo Szabo!

I wonder though how the reliable and remarkable GM Nikola Padevsky wasn't able to foresee the real danger and this sacrifice coming... which is another proof that the royal game is a tough one even for reliable grand masters...

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