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Jerzy Kostro vs Bogdan Sliwa
"Kostrophobia" (game of the day Aug-30-2012)
Krakow (1959), Krakow POL, rd 10, Sep-23
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: A convincing K-side attacking game by Kostro on the white side of the French, against the then top Polish chess player (already four time champion and to get his fifth title in 1960). Sliwa played the French, McCutcheon (C12) at a time it and the <3...Nf6> French variants were out of fashion compared to the Winawer:

I Nei vs Sliwa, 1959

The surprising <19...Nf6!?> would have been an easier defence for Silwa: <20.Qxd4> (not 20.Nxd4? Nh5!) 20...Ne4 21.Bxe4 dxe4 22.Qxe4=; although the move actually played does not lose as <22...Bxd3> should keep White's advantage within reasonable limits.

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  sfm: Good pun, fits the game well.

22.-,Qe7?? is clearly a huge blunder (and it was just moved to d7 a move ago) as 23.Bg6 is crushing. How about simply 22.-,NxB 23.cxN,Rc8 instead? Black has counteractivity on the Q-side.

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  Once: <sfm> Good call. 22...Nxd3 or 22...Bxd3 seem to take the sting out of white's attack. I suspect that Sliwa was surprised by just how lethal Bg6 was.

Black may have been nervous of exchanging on d3 because it opens the c file. And at some point black is probably going to have to move king over in that direction in order to get his rooks connected.

Incidentally, I think that's why he played the disastrous 22.... Qe7. He is possibly dreaming about a sequence like Ke8-Rf8-Kd7 or even Ke8-g5, and then his king is safe(ish) in the middle of the board and he can start a kingside attack.

But there is little point in worrying about long term positional considerations if you allow a short-term tactic like 23. Bg6.


But to be fair, quite difficult to see over the board. It is often much easier to see tactics for you than it is to spot them for your opponent.

Aug-30-12  newzild: <sfm> Even better for Black, I think, is 22...Bxd3 23. cxd3 b5
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  sfm: <Once: It is often much easier to see tactics for you than it is to spot them for your opponent.> Right. And having seen it all in the score already really makes it a lot easier to be clever. ;-)
Aug-30-12  SuperPatzer77: Kostrophobia??? - it could be claustrophobia Black King might have.


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  kevin86: Instead of winning queen,black wins king.
Aug-30-12  Cemoblanca: That was very entertaining! ;0)
Aug-30-12  agntsmth77: Now i have Kostrophobia too.
Aug-30-12  gabrielxv: Rxf6!! nice move :D
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