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Owen M Hindle vs Guenther Moehring
Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-B (1964), Tel Aviv ISR, rd 8, Nov-18
Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Declined (C44)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 69...Be3!! is a beautiful move.
May-26-04  capanegra: An artistic ending, indeed. 69…♗e3!! reminds me that crazy move made by Shirov (♗h3!!) against Topalov. Here Black cannot play directly 69…a2 because of 70.♗xa2 ♔xa2 71.♔xh6 and draws. Now, if:

1) 70.f3 a2 71.♗xa2 ♔xa2 72.♔xh6 g4+ followed by gxf3.

2) 70.♗d5 (or ♗e6) ♗xf2 71.♔xh6 g4 and wins.

Note also the accuracy of the final variation. Black wins only because of the existence of White's "e" Pawn!

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  Gypsy: Great end-game play; finish as fine as it gets!
Jul-30-05  morphy234: I didn't get this one... too hard 4 me!
Jul-30-05  Happypuppet: This is the first time I've ever calculated a Saturday puzzle combination down to the final key move.

Be3 is a very nice idea, winning the f2 pawn or forcing it to capture. Either way, Black gets a passed g-pawn. Also, getting a discovered check by moving a pawn is not common but it's a key idea here!

Good puzzle. Maybe a little bit easy for a Saturday, but oh well. :)

Jul-30-05  Mitch Mitchell: Wow!

I didn't even consider that move, I guess that's why Im not a GM--it takes a certain creativity to see some of these things.

I thought black can just walk the rook pawn home and force white to give up the Bishop for it.....

Jul-30-05  nateinstein: Notice that 69... g4? does not work. White cannot force the promotion on h1 with the dark-squared bishop. Play may continue as 70. Bd5 a2 71. Bxa2 Kxa2 72. Kf5 g3 73. fxg3 Bxg3 74. Kg4 Be3 etc. without the ability to promote.
Jul-30-05  crafty: 69...g4 70. ♔f5 ♗e3 71. ♔xg4 ♗xf2 72. ♔f5 ♔c3 73. ♔e4   (eval -1.05; depth 22 ply; 1000M nodes)
Jul-30-05  blackjacki2: I didn't think it was that hard. You just have to see why the obvious 69...g4 fails and then fix it.
Premium Chessgames Member crafty recognizes Black's material advantage after 69...g4? but in fact that ending is drawn. 69...Be3!! is the only winning move.

We thank chess researcher Tim Krabbe for pointing out this incredible brilliancy. He lists it as one the top 10 most fantastic moves ever played.

See for the other 9.

Jul-30-05  zothique: just a question ¿what happens if the white plays 70.f3 instead of Kxh6?
Jul-30-05  Catfriend: <zothique> If 70.f3 then a2 71.Bxa2 Kxa2 and Kxh6 is impossible because of g4+.

One of the 10 most fantastic moves ever played? How so?! It's really not that different from many typical combinations... After you've seen the classic puzzle with white's rook sacrificed on b5 so that the pawn can get through, this sort of combinations becomes much less surprising. It certainly doesn't require complicated counting, it has very few decent-looking alternatives for black and it follows a rather typical pattern. And that makes it one of the top 10?

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  jahhaj: 69...♗d3 was the first move I considered, I'd call it, not exactly obvious, but purposeful, definitely not brilliant or fantastic. However I didn't see the win after 70.f3.

<zothique> Having checked with a computer I can see that after 69...♗e3 70.f3 Black wins easily because White is no longer threating ♔xh6, e.g. 70...a2 71.♗xa2 ♔xa2 72.♔xh6 g4+ winning. So Black just wins ♗ for ♙ and then marches his ♔ over to the king side.

Because I couldn't see a win after 69...♗d3 70.f3 I went for 69...g4 instead (the other way round from <blackjack>) but I'd forgot about rooks ♙ and wrong coloured ♗ endings.

A very good puzzle I think

Jul-30-05  Shokwave: Got it. It must be "easy week" lol.
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  jahhaj: <Catfriend> <the classic puzzle with white's rook sacrificed on b5 so that the pawn can get through> Which puzzle is that?
Jul-30-05  Catfriend: I don't remember the exact details, but it's the puzzle most are shown on the earliest stages of their chess learning - there are black pawns on a6,c6, and a white pawn on b6. In order to prevent his passed pawn to be captured, white puts his rook on b5, allowing both black pawns to capture it, but securing a queen.
Jul-30-05  The beginner: Nice Puzzle. Not that hard though.

After Be3 White will obviusly not be able to stop both a, and g pawn if he take the bait with fxe3.

If white plays f3 it also wins easy for black. Because the Bishop is indirectly protecting the h6 pawn. If white captures it, black plays the discovered check g4+, and he has a passed pawn.

69 ..Be3
70 f3 ..Bf4
71 Kg7 (Any move lose here for white) ..a2
72 Bx2 ..Kxa2
73 Kxh6 ..g4+

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  kevin86: Instead of going up a bishop,black sacs his own. White's attempt at stalemate failed because of his extra pawn-it turned the draw into a mate trap. This is the second straight puzzle involving a piquant piece sacrifice in the late ending-great job!
Jul-30-05  awfulhangover: I saw 69.-Be3 at once and was sure it had to be the move, but I couldn't figure out the lines after 70.f3
Jul-30-05  patzer2: Today's puzzle solution is the amazing endgame tactic 69...Be3!!, offering up the Bishop to force a winning passed pawn. See Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 for a modern super GM game employing this theme.
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  Annie K.: <Catfriend>! Where have you been? We were just looking for you. :)

Sorry I missed your post on the Kramnik page. BTW, I don't know how to contact you - and please don't give your address here! - but you can find out my email with a bit of completely legal detective work - I left sufficient clues, just didn't want to make it too easy. ;)

Jul-30-05  vangogh228: I cannot believe it! I got one on a Saturday! Woohoo!
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  Annie K.: <> Congrats on the new format including the sac, I guess. Only problem is, I usually only look up who's to win and on what move on the main page... and then click the link, to look at the larger board. But today I found the solution staring back at me as soon as the page loaded... kinda spoils it. :(
Jul-30-05  nfazli: what if 72.Bd5?
Jul-30-05  Montreal1666: <nfazli:> There are two passed pawns. The bishop can only stop one of them.
72)Bd5 a2
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