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Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Ratmir Kholmov
Central Chess Club International (1960), Moscow URS, rd 2, May-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Sicilian (A21)  ·  0-1



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May-13-04  Resignation Trap: White's play from moves 9-12 was rather slothful, permitting Black to easily assume the initiative. Black's combination, beginning with 23...d5! involves a decisive Queen sacrifice.

By the way, the result of this game is wrong. It should be "0-1".

May-13-04  TrueFiendish: "Ratmir": what a cool name.
Jul-15-07  Kublo: nice game
Dec-22-08  zzzzzzzzzzzz: the rat beat the wolf 0-1
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  whiteshark: and v.v. Kholmov vs Uhlmann, 1978
Jan-05-17  stst: 25.........Nxd3
26.NxN RxR
27.NxR QxB+
28.Kg1 Qg2#

26.Rf3 RxN
27.NxR RxN
28.BxR QxB
29.Rb2 Nf2+
30. RxN QxQ+
31.Rf1 BxR and White exhausts its materials

Another totally different line, by Q-sac:

25...... QxB+
26.NxQ RxR
27.B/N to f4 Nf3... with Bg2 next

The "brute" 25....... RxN didn't seem to work for lack of sufficient ammunition, f4 is too heavily guarded (by N,B,R)

Jan-05-17  stst: "By the way, the result of this game is wrong. It should be "0-1".

By the way, the result of this game is, as I read it, is: "0-1".

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  PhilFeeley: Hey! What's a queen sac doing in a non-Monday puzzle?
Jan-05-17  Steve.Patzer: Does 27. Ndf4 save White?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 27.Ndf4,Nf3; 28.Nxh3,Rxh2X. If no one can find an improvement on 28.Nxh3, then it appears White is still lost in this line.
Jan-05-17  radtop: I can figure them out when there's only three moves. Maybe NXB would have been better for White.
Jan-05-17  YouRang: Thursday 25...?

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I don't have much worth saying about this puzzle. I put some effort into 25...Nxd3 and emerged nothing to show for my effort except a small headache.

Jan-05-17  YouRang: <Steve.Patzer: Does 27. Ndf4 save White?>

No. 27.Ndf4 Nf3 (threat ...Rxh2#) 28.Qg1 Nxg1 29.Kxg1 Bd4 30.Nxd4 Rxd2

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White is basically down a rook.

- 31.Nxh3 Rxd3 forks and wins back a N.

- 31.Nb3 Ra2 32.Nxh3 Rf3! traps and wins Nh3.

Jan-05-17  AlicesKnight: I saw the Q sacrifice 25.... Qxd5+; 26.Nxd5 Rxf2 correctly - was not sure of the continuation, depending on White's response. An interesting tactical melee without Ps of great significance.
Jan-05-17  saturn2: First i saw all pieces are on the board only a lot of pawms eliminated. So attack on open lines and diagonales can come. I saw the queen sacrifice for R+N. and the foolwing attack on h2 by Nf3. Also the white back rank is weak. White would have to give the queen for only one piece not compensating the original black sacrifice.
Jan-05-17  saturn2: I correct my above posting. <queen sacrifice for R+B> is right.
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  morfishine: <25...Qxd5> Otter do it aiming for the suffocation cornered theme with R+B+N
Jan-05-17  Sularus: queen sac and then a R+N mating theme
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn down.

White threatens Bxf7+.

The defenseless rook on f2 suggests 25... Qxd5+ 26.Nxd5 Rxf2:

A) 27.Ng3 Nf3 with the triple threat Bg2#, Rxh2# and Rxd2 wins decisive material. Also looks winning 27... Bg2+ 28.Kg1 Bxd5 29.Ne4 Bxe4 30.dxe4 Rxd2 or 28... Rxd2 29.Qxd2 Nf3+ 30.Kxg2 Nxd2 31.Rb2 Nf3.

B) 27.Qb3 Nf3 as above. White doesn't seem to have a useful discovered check, for example, 28.Ndf4+ Kh7 29.Nxh3 Rxh2#.

C) 27.Nd4 Bg2+ 28.Kg1 Bxd5 and the threat Rg2+ looks winning (29.Nf4 Rxd2).

D) 27.Ne3 Nf3 28.Nf1 Bxf1 wins.

E) 27.Ndf4 Nf3 28.Qg1 (28.Qb3+ Kh8 29.Qb8 does not work due to the knight on f4) 28... Nxg1 29.Kxg1 Rf3 - + [R+B vs N+P].

F) 27.Nef4 Nf3 as above.

Jan-05-17  mel gibson: DR4 64 bit doesn't say checkmate -
it swaps Queens after a few moves.

25. Bxd5 Qxd5+ (25. ..
Qxd5+ (♕d7xd5+ ♘f4xd5 ♖f7xf2 ♗d2-e3 ♖f2-f1+ ♕d1xf1 ♖f8xf1+ ♖b1xf1 ♗h3xf1 ♘d5-f4 ♘d8-c6 d3-d4 ♘e5-g4 ♗e3-g1 ♘c6-e7 h2-h3 ♘g4-f6 ♔h1-h2 ♘f6-d5 ♔h2-g3 ♘e7-f5+ ♔g3-g4 ♘d5xf4 ♔g4xf4 ♘f5-d6 ♔f4-f3 ♗f1xh3 d4-d5 a7-a5 ♗g1-c5 ♘d6-c4) +3.26/19 77)

score +3.26 depth 19

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  Willber G: <stst: "By the way, the result of this game is wrong. It should be "0-1".

By the way, the result of this game is, as I read it, is: "0-1".>

But who knows what the result said in 2004. ;-)

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  Willber G: I can't find a winning continuation for black after 27.Qg1
Jan-05-17  saturn2: <Wilbert G> 27..Rf1 white has to give queen for rook
Jan-05-17  zb2cr: Saw this one relatively quickly.
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  Willber G: <saturn2: <Wilbert G> 27..Rf1 white has to give queen for rook>

Oops, I miscounted when going through that line, black ends up with an extra piece which should be enough.

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