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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Alfonso Romero Holmes
"Vallejo's Pawns" (game of the day Apr-08-2006)
Spanish Championship (2002), Ayamonte ESP, rd 1, Oct-09
Budapest Defense: Adler Variation (A52)  ·  1-0



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Jan-14-05  Poisonpawns: Hey!This is a fantastic game by pons, I am suprised there are no comments on it.A truly brilliant attacking game.If anyone knows where there is a full analysis pls post.
Jan-14-05  Shams: yeah this is an absolute doozy! nice find, poison.

On 19...Nd7 does white continue Qg4 or Qh3?

Jan-14-05  Poisonpawns: <Shams> 19..Ne7 20.f5!Qc8 21.f6!Qxd7 22.Rxd7 gxf6 with clear adv to white.Black was ok until 17..Nf5 ,he should have traded that bishop but who could have seen that coming! It looked like black was better and then lighting struck.23.fxg7! was a backbreaker and to top it all off after 25.h4+ white has a forced mate in 8 moves! This is definetly an impressive tactical display by pons.
Jan-14-05  AgentRgent: Looks like Black should have tried to circle the wagons with 19...Ne7. Play might continue 20. f5 Bc8 21. Qd4 Kg8 22. f6 Nf5 23. e4 Bc5 24. f7+ Kf8 25. Qxc5+ bxc5 26. fxe8=Q+ Kxe8 27. exf5 And White has Rook+Knight+Pawn for the Queen, but Black is still alive.
Jan-14-05  acirce: It proved disastrous to allow White's queen to stay on the board. I don't think White would have had any advantage after 23..Qxd7! It looks strange to allow White to promote to a new queen with check, but that one will be captured: 24.g8=Q+ Bg7 25.Rxd7 Rxg8 26.Bxg7 Nxf1 27.Rxc7 Nxh2 or 25.Bf6+ Kg6 26.Qxh7+ Kxh7 27.Rxd7 Rg8 28.Bxg7 Rxg7 29.Rff7 Rxf7 30.Rxf7+ Kg6

Otherwise 24.Rxd7 Bd6! 25.Bc1 Kh4! 26.g8=Q Bxh2+! 27.Kf2 Rxg8

24.Bf6+ Kg6 25.g8=Q+ Bg7 has already been examined so what else is there? If anyone ends up with an advantage from these lines it's Black.

Jan-14-05  Poisonpawns: <acirce>23..Qd7! is indeed very strong for black ,great lines! Looking at the resulting endgames, one can see how bad whites knight is on a4 and how strong blacks bishops are.Over the board it must have been too difficult for black to allow the Queen promotion with check,especially with his King exposed.With that said I think an improvement for white here is 21.Bc1 instead of f5. 21.Bc1 Qc8 22.f5+ Kf6 23.g5+ Kxg5 24.Bxe3 Rxe3 25.Qd2 Qd8 26.Rde1 and the pin will allow white to have 2rooks and a misplaced knight vs Blacks 2 active bishops and rook.So it is dynamically = as they would say.:-)
Feb-19-05  aw1988: Wow.
Oct-06-05  Queens Gambit: Im impressed by this game!!! if Vallejo plays like this in next Linares he can end in 3 first places
Oct-14-05  Queens Gambit: But of course he wont play like this, is very unlikely Vallejo finishing in a position that is not last place in Linares.
Jan-02-06  Poisonpawns: This is Vallejo Pons "Immortal Game"
Feb-12-06  XMarxT3hSpot: I dun understand most of the whole game. It simply is an awesome attacking game.

So, this Budapest gambit is dubious eh?

Apr-08-06  CapablancaFan: 28.Rd4+ Kg5 29.Qh4+ Kg6 30.Rf6+ Kg7 31.Qh6#. Great attacking game from Vallejo.
Apr-08-06  The17thPawn: <acirce> - Any thoughts on 22.h4+ as a possible improvement for white? I like this better than f6 but may be just grasping at straws.
Apr-08-06  notsodeepthought: <XMarxT3hSpot: I dun understand most of the whole game.> Neither did Holmes, perhaps he mistakenly thought it was elementary.
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  al wazir: I think there's a lot of ways to deviate from the game black played. The Opening Explorer gives 11...Ra6 instead of Bf8, though Bf8 appears to be thematic. Does anyone know if this particular line had been played previously?
Apr-08-06  rogl: I checked with my old friend Fritz and he says that instead of 22 f6? white should have played 22 Qf7! with a winning position.
Apr-08-06  Erronian: What up Holmes?
Apr-08-06  weary willy: Holmes alone
Apr-08-06  weary willy: <al wazir: I think there's a lot of ways to deviate from the game black played. The Opening Explorer gives 11...Ra6 instead of Bf8> it gives what?!? Sure it's a way to deviate but must be a typo surely, since the Bc5 is en prise?!
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  kevin86: What a finish! White's queen and rook are attacked and he isfacing a discovered check! He wins by chasing black up the chimney with said rook and queen. The king can never leave his g file and dies at the end of it!
Apr-08-06  outplayer: 23...Qxd7!! 24.g8=Q+ Bg7 25.Rxd7 Rxg8 = This was difficult to see.
Apr-08-06  outplayer: 23...Bd6??
Apr-08-06  outplayer: Games like this make me think about trying Budapest gambit sometimes.
Apr-08-06  dakgootje: First the black king gets chased away from its own pieces to end up being mated (if the game would've continued) at g7... Nice attacking game by white.

< I checked with my old friend Fritz and he says that instead of 22 f6? white should have played 22 Qf7! with a winning position.> Luckly chesscomputers are still unable to think what the most beautiful combination is for winning position, else they would outplay us at every facet of chess.

Strange that blacks rating here is higher then his highest-ever rating in the database according to the players-page. Though those things (highest archieved rating) were done by computers and therefor always correct =S

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  al wazir: <weary willy: <The Opening Explorer gives 11...Ra6 instead of Bf8> it gives what?!? Sure it's a way to deviate but must be a typo surely, since the Bc5 is en prise?!>

My mistake. It gives 11...Ra6 after 11. Bb2.

By driving away the black ♗ on move 11 instead of developing his own ♗, white makes the retreat 12...Ba7 less attractive.

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