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Vladimir Kozomara vs Robert Eugene Byrne
"Money to Byrne" (game of the day Nov-15-2006)
Sarajevo It (1967), BIH, rd 14
Polish Opening: King's Indian Variation. Sokolsky Attack (A00)  ·  0-1



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Mar-08-05  aw1988: WOW!
Dec-10-05  xerkspking: Its the best horse and Queen combo iv ever seen, Ill call this game the Helecopter.
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  WannaBe: I wonder how far in this game was Byrne able to see... Incredible game.
Nov-15-06  oao2102: Not surprisingly, Kozomara's games in the database mostly involve him getting stomped in a demoralizing manner...
Nov-15-06  RandomVisitor: 14.h3 and White still has an even game.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: It seems almost unfair that Byrne should get rid of his Queen and Knight after all the work they did for him. 14.f4 was terrible; aside from 14.h3, White could also have rolled the dice and tried something, anything, to continue the Queen side advance.

Since this is a King's Indian Attack Reversed, Byrne might have tried 12...a6!? to slow down the Queen side advance, as Fischer tried with colors reversed in a King's Indian Attack Reversed Reversed vs. Myagmasuren <sp?>, and yes, I was kidding about the Reversed Reversed part.

Nov-15-06  kellmano: That's a cool game. I didn't understand it at all. I must say i'm a bit gutted white lost - i like the way he played.
Nov-15-06  Emma: mmmmmm. a truly awfull game by White all round.
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  Albertan: Kozomara should have played 20.Nde4 instead of 20.Qf3? If he had play might have continued:

20. Nde4 hxg4 21. Qe2 Bxd4 22. Qd2 c5 23. g3 Qe7 24. bxc5 dxc5

Byrne missed a stronger continuation on move 23: He could have played 23...g3! if he had play might have continued:

23... g3 24. Rf6 Re8 25. Nef1 Re2 26. Rf3 Rxd2 27. Nxd2 Qh2+ 28. Kf1 Qh1+ 29. Ke2 Qxg2+ 30. Ke3 Nxf3 31. Nxf3 Qxb2

He could have also played ...g3 on move 27 with this continuation possible:

27... g3 28.Nf6+ Kg7 29. Nd7+ Kh6
30. Ke1 Nd3+ 31. Kd2 Nxb2

Byrne could have mated his opponent with this continuation:

35... Qxa6+ 36. Kb3 Qc4+ 37. Ka3 a5 38. Be5 axb4+ 39. Kb2 Rxa1 40. Kxa1 Qc1+ 41. Ka2 Qxd2+ 42. Kb3 Qd3+ 43. Ka4 c5 44. Bb2 Qa6+ 45. Kb3 c4+ 46. Kxb4 Qa5 #

Robert Byrne announced his retirement this week at the New York Times (after 34 years of writing the chess column there). You can read his last column by going to:

I wish GM Byrne all the best in his retirement.

Nov-15-06  ajile: 14.f4??

White weakens his K-side AND loses material. Horrible.

And White never did get to play BxRa8.

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  Microbe: This game is beautiful. Truly excellent. The sacrifices on the kingside to remove the barrier are superb. I also love the sacrifice of the queen to give a clearly won endgame. Excellent.
Nov-15-06  syracrophy: As it appears in Chessmaster 7000, Kozomara was so delighted about Byrne's combination, that after the game he asked Byrne if the combination was part of a "home analysis"
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  kevin86: "Kozomara Byrne-d". White had loads of pieces to capture-but couldn't do that and guard his king as well. Funny,in the end,Byrne is so far AHEAD in material that he simplifies by giving up his queen for bishop and knight-leaving him FOUR pawns ahead.
Nov-15-06  Billosky: I can't figure out how late in the game White still had a chance of pulling his King out of trouble. Was there nothing better than 27.d5 for example?
Nov-15-06  Resignation Trap: For another fine win by Robert Byrne, try this one: R Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965 .
Nov-15-06  yourdaddy0: I like how black toyed with white...a real cat and mouse game...nice
Aug-29-10  sevenseaman: For a change Byrne on the right side of an immortalization. Good game, but somehow I expected a combinational flourish finishing off the game.
Aug-29-10  sevenseaman: Kozomara vs R Byrne, 1967
Nov-07-10  chesschampion11: The opening database at says its the kings indian defence..
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  wordfunph: <syracrophy> exactly..

"My opponent was so impressed by the piece sacrifice that the first thing he asked me after the game was whether it was prepared analysis. Not only was it not prepared analysis, it was not even prepared on my previous move! It was a dear case of shooting from the hip."

- GM Robert Byrne

Source: Modern Chess Brilliances by Larry Evans

Apr-14-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Is a kind of brilliant King's Indian Attack with colors reversed !
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  thegoodanarchist: Great GOTD pun, IMO. Better than my idea, which is "Kozo the Clown"
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