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Gedeon Barcza vs Harry Golombek
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 18, Oct-14
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  1-0



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Nov-11-08  LittleWing: About this game, there'a a homourous anekdote. Barcza was well know for his excellent technique and patient endgames. But here he did a great attack, and this game earned a brilliancy prize. After he said to his audience:"As you see, i can attack also...i just dont like to" :)
Jan-15-09  IT4L1CO: If
29.. Kf8 Ba3+
29.. Kh8 Qh6 Kg8 Qg7#
29.. Kh7 Qf7 Rg8 (if Nf6 Bxf6 Qc7 Qh5+ protecting the 1st rank) Qh5#
Dec-20-14  ToTheDeath: Nice finish.
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  Check It Out: A great attack and he never even played g3!
Jun-17-23  jrredfield: The first few moves were more of a Tuesday or even Monday level of difficulty. I saw 22 Bxh7+ Kxh7 23 Qe4+ Kg8 24 Qxe7 Rxd5 25 Qxb4 right away. Those moves basically played themselves. After that, I considered 25 ... Qd8 26 Qb3 (pinning the rook) Kh8 and then wasn't sure with many options opening up by this time. Even at this point, Black is not that far behind and seeing a clear path to victory is beyond my pay grade.
Jun-17-23  mel gibson: I didn't know if it was 22. Ng5 or 22. Bxh7+.

Stockfish 15 gives a draw for the former and chooses the latter:

22. Bxh7+

(22. Bxh7+ (Be4xh7+ Kg8xh7 Qd4-e4+ Kh7-g8 Qe4xe7 Rd8-c8 Rc1xc8+ Qb8xc8 Qe7xb4 Bb7xd5 a2-a3 Qc8-e6 Qb4-e1 Qe6-d7 Nf3-d4 a7-a5 h2-h3 Bd5-f7 Qe1-c3 Kg8-h7 Bb2-c1 Bf7-e8 Bc1-e3 Qd7-d6 f2-f3 Qd6-e5 Be3-f2 Be8-d7 Qc3-d2 a5-a4 Qd2-d3+ Kh7-h8 Qd3-e4 Qe5xe4 f3xe4 Bd7-e8 Bf2-e1 Be8-d7 Be1-c3 Kh8-h7 Kg1-f2 Bd7-e8 Nd4-f3 Kh7-g6 e4-e5 f6xe5 Nf3xe5+ Kg6-f5 Ne5-f3 Kf5-e4 Bc3xg7 Be8-h5) +7.00/43 257)

score for White +7.00 depth 43.

Jun-17-23  Mayankk: I thought 22 Bxh7+ Kxh7 23 Ng5+ Kh7 ( 23 ... Kh8 24 Nf7+ or 23 ... fxg5 24 Qxg7# ) 24 Qe4 fxg5 (else Qh7+) 25 Qxe7 (threatening Qxh7#) was the solution.

But then the text says Qe4+ and Qxe7 come before Ng5. It is indeed logical to play 23 Qe4+ first but 23 Ng5+ seemed more sexy with a twin Bishop - Knight sac combo.

Jun-17-23  stacase: The whole thing was not that difficult to see.
Jun-17-23  Brenin: I can't claim any credit for this one. I saw 22 Bxh7+ (who wouldn't?), but I rejected the 22 ... Kxh7 23 Qe4+ line as I didn't see the strength of 27 Ng5. Instead I looked at 23 Ng5+ but couldn't see much advantage for White after 23 ... Kg8 24 Qe4 Kf8, missing 25 Rc7! (Qxc7 26 Ne6+).

Black's main mistake seems to have been 14 ... Qc7, allowing White to break open the centre to his advantage with 15 d5, whereas 14 ... Nb4 would have put White's c- and d-pawns under great pressure.

Jun-17-23  actinia: I worked out Bxh7+ Kxh7 23 Ng5+ to a win but it gets pretty messy
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  scormus: More or less the same thoughts as <Brenin> and I'll claim the same credit. The neat thing about 23 Qe4, which I missed, was the twice played Qe6+, with 26 Qh3+ and 27 Ng5 in between. I thought at first 26 Rc4 should be winning, but then saw the reason why it doesn't.

Now for SF to check out 23 Ng5+

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  Dohboy: Why not 26 Rc4? I don't see a way of stopping mate.
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  Yuridmi: 26. ... Nf4
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  chrisowen: Drag quaint men its poof joule its Bxh7 ado no finish ablush its latch its iota Bxh7 da;
Jun-17-23  devere: A beautiful combination by Barcza. I had to study the final position to see why Black resigned.
Jun-17-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: My first thought was: 22. Bxh7+
1) Black captures the ♗: Kxh7 23. Ng5+ (fxg5 24. Qxg7#) Kg8 24. Qe4 (obs. White cannot play 25. Qxe7 Qd6 and Black survive).

A) Qd6 (or similar moves) 25. Qh7+ Kf8 26. Qh8#.

B) Bxd5 (maybe the best) 25. Qh7+ Kf8 26. Qh8+ Bg8 27. Ne6+ Kf7 28. Qxg7+ Kxe6 29. Re1+. Many possibilities: i) Kf5 30. h3 (Nd5 31. Qg4# or Qf4 31. g4+) Qe5 (and others) 31. Qg4#. (Delay: 30... Rd4 31. Bxd4...). ii) Kd7 30. Qxe7+ Kc8 31. Rc1+ (delays) Bc4 32. Rxc4+ Nc6 33. Rxc6+ Qc7 34. Qxc7# iii) Kd6 30. Qxe7+ Kd5 31. Rd1+ Kc6 32. Rxd8 or
iv) Kd5 maybe 30. Qxe7, but I can't say if the winninng is guaranteed.

C) same as B) with 28... Ke8 29. 28. Qxg8+ Kd7 29. Nxd8 (Qxd8 30. Rd1+ captures the ♕, you already know my smiling face now) Bxd8 30. Qxg7+ Be7 31. Bxf6...

D) one bad possibility, same as B): 27. Ne6+ Kf7 28. Re1 Bf8 29. Nxe8 Qxe8 30. 30. Qh3 Qd6... Black survives.

E) Kf8 (another good move) 25. Qg6 Bxd5 (If fxg5 26. Bxg7+ Kg8 27. Bh6+ Kh8 28. Qg7#) 26. Nh7+ Kg8 27. Bxf6 Bxf6 28. Nxf6+ Kf8 29. Nh7+ Ke7 30. Qxg7+ (maybe with the ♔ exposed, check mate comes near). The option 27. Nxf6+ Bxf6 28. Bxf6 Rd7 didn't work.

2) Black refuses to capture. 22... Kf8 (Kf7 23. Qe4 and Black becomes in danger again) 23. Qe4 Bc8? 24. Qg6+ Kf8 25. Ng5 with mate near. The best answer is 23... Bxd5 which protects the diagonal b2-g8. The best continuation for White: 23. Ng5 Qe5 24. Ne6+ Kf7 25. Nxd8+ (Bxe8 26. Qxb4, Qd5 27. Qg4).

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White can play safely with: 22. Bxh7+ Kxh7 23. Qe4+ Kg7 24. Qxe7. Answering Bxd5 with 25. Rc7 or if Nxd5 with 25. Qe6+

i. Kf8 26. Nh4 threatening 27. Ng6#.
ii. Kh8 26. Ng5 fxg5 27. Qh6+ Kg8 28. Qxg7#
ii. Kh7 26. 26. Qf5+ Kg8 27. Qg6 with the threat of Ng5.

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I don't studied 22. Ng5 without sacrifice, which is also a strong move, since 22... fxg5 23. Qxg7# and threats the same things, without any risk to lose a piece. For example: 22... Nxd5 23. Bxh7+ Kf8 24. Ne6+ Kf7 25. Nxd8+ Qxd8 26. Qg4... or 25. Qg4 directly. Other way could be: 22... Bxd5 23. Bxh7+ Kf8 24. Re1 with the threat of 25. Qe3. Maybe, there's something I didn't see before.

Jun-17-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: The explanation can be: after 28...Kh7 (forced) 29. Be5, Black has nowhere to place the ♕ without became incapable to avoid the mate, as: 29... Qa8 30. Qf7 Nf6 (delay) 31. Bxf6 Rg8 32. Qh5# or 31... Rd1+ 32. Rxd1 Qh8 33. Qh5+ Kg8 34. Rd8#. Or even: 30... Kh6 31. Bxg7+ Kh7 32. Bf8+ Kh8 33. Qg7#. Black could only avoid the mate with: 29... Qc8 (30. Qf7? Qd7!) 30. Rxc8 Rxc8 31. h4! end. However, I didn't see this road before.

Other Black possibility is: 28...Kh7 29. Be5 Nc7 (30. Bxc7? Qxc7! because of 31... Qd1#!). 30. Qf7 Ne8 (forced!) 31. Bxb8 Rxb8 32. Re1 Bc6 Diagram. 33. Re6 and when possible h3... to avoid silly mates on rank 1.

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<Dohboy> 26. Rc4? Nf4! threatening the ♕ and mate with Rd1# and White will have no check in h3.

Jun-17-23  agb2002: Black threatens Nxd5.

The defenseless bishop on e7 suggests 22.Bxh7+ and the queen+bishop battery suggests 22.Ng5.

In the case of 22.Bxh7+:

A) 22... Kxh7 23.Qe4+

A.1) 23... f5 24.Qxe7 wins (24... Rg8 25.Qh4#).

A.2) 23... Kg8 24.Qxe7

A.2.a) 24... Nxd5 25.Qe6+

A.2.a.i) 25... Kf8 26.Ba3+ wins decisive material.

A.2.a.ii) 25... Kh8 26.Qh3+ (26.Ng5 Nf4 [26... fxg5 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qxg7#], unclear) 26... Kg8 27.Ng5 fxg5 28.Qe6+ Kh7 (28... Kh8 29.Qh6+) 29.Qf7 wins (29... Rg8 30.Qh5#; 29... Nf6 30.Bxf6).

A.2.a.iii) 25... Kh7 26.Ng5+ Kg6 (26... fxg5 27.Qf7 as above; 26... Kh6 27.Nf7+ wins decisive material; 26... Kh8 27.Qh3+ Kg8 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8+ Ke7 30.Qxg7+ Kd6 31.Bxf6 is winning) 27.g4 seems to create a mating net (27... Bc8 28.Qf7+ Kxg5 29.Qh5+ Kf4 30.Rc4+ Kf3 31.g5+ Bg4 32.Qxg4#).

A.3) 23... Kh8 24.Ng5 (24.Qxe7 Nxd5, followed by Nf4 if appropriate, and Black seems to have improved the position) looks similar to previous lines (24... fxg5 25.Qxe1 Rg8 26.Qxg5).

B) 22... Kh8 23.Qh4 with a winning attack (23... g5 24.Qh5).

C) 22... Kf8 23.Nh4 looks very good for White. For example, 23... Rxd5 24.Qg4 Qd6 (due to Qe6-g8#) 25.Ng6+ Kf7 26.Nf4 with the double threat Nxd5 and Bg6-Qh4.

D) 22... Kf7 23.Ng5+

D.1) 23... fxg5 24.Qxg7+ Ke8 25.Qg6+ Kd7 26.Qe6+ Ke8 27.Bg6+ Kf8 28.Qf7#.

D.2) 23... Ke8 24.Bg6+ Kf8 (24... Kd7 25.Qg4+ and mate in two) 25.Ne6+ Kg8 26.Qh4 and mate in soon.


In the case of 22.Ng5 Nxd5 23.Bxh7+ Kh8 24.Bb1 Nf4, unclear.

Jun-17-23  agb2002: I forgot to include

A.2.b) 24... Nd3 25.Rc7 winning.

Jun-18-23  Allderdice83: What happens after 28 ... Kf8? Why did Black resign?

<Brenin: I can't claim any credit for this one. I saw 22 Bxh7+ (who wouldn't?), but I rejected the 22 ... Kxh7 23 Qe4+ line as I didn't see the strength of 27 Ng5. Instead I looked at 23 Ng5+ but couldn't see much advantage for White after 23 ... Kg8 24 Qe4 Kf8 missing 25 Rc7! (Qxc7 26 Ne6+)>

I'm not sure White's winning there, although White would be up material after 26 ... Kf7 27. Nxc7 Bxd5. Also, what happens after 25 ... Re8? If 26. Qe6, simply 26 ... fxg5. Or 26. Qh7 Bxd5 27. Qh8+ Bg8 28. Ne6+ Kf7 29. Qxg7+ Kxe6 and I don't see a win for White. I had a line similar to that but without 25 Rc7, so the rook was in position to guard the back rank and slide over to give checks, i.e.,

23. Ng5+ Kg8 24. Qe4 Kf8 25. Qh7 Bxd5 26. Qh8+ Bg8 27. Ne6+ Kf7 28. Qxg7+ Kxe6 29. Re1+ Kd7 30. Qxe7+ Kc6 31. Qxb4 and White is up a pawn, while Black's King is very exposed.

however, in this line:

25 ... fxg5 26. Qxg7+ Ke8 27. Re1 Nxd5 28. Bf6 Qc7 29. Qg8+ Kd7 30. Qe6+ Ke8 31. Qg8+ Kd7 is a draw by repetition. I don't see anything better for White, including 26. Bxg7+

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