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Dragoljub Velimirovic vs Istvan Csom
"A f8 Worse than Death" (game of the day May-19-2010)
Amsterdam IBM (1974), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Jul-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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  scormus: What is wrong my laptop? My page vanished.

Start over, W against the Najdorf so I'm honour-bound to do it.

First few moves almost play themselves, but W needed to avoid the tempting 25 Rf1?? Qxd6. 25 d7! leaves B a choice of f8's

25 ... Qd6 26 Rf1 leaved BQ fatally overburdened

25 ... Qb8 (26 Rxb8?? Rxb8) 26 Rde1 leaves B underpowered to defend row 8

Brilliant pun too!

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  doubledrooks: White's advanced d pawn and attacks on e8 and f7 allow for a queening oombination: 22. Bxf7+ Rxf7 23. Qxe8+ Nxe8 24. Rxe8+ Rf8 25. d7 and now:

a. 25...Qb8 26. Re1

b. 25...Qd6 26. Rf1 Qxd7 28. Rfxf8#

Apr-05-12  belgradegambit: Its funny. It took me a while to solve this puzzle despite the fact I was the one who submitted this game 2 years ago!
Apr-05-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> 22. Bxf7+! Rxf7 23. Qe8+ Rf8 24. Qe6+ Kh8 25. Rxd4 h6 26. d7 Qc7 <27. Qxf6!> is the way I would play it.


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  kevin86: A good one-the ironic pin at the end is the capper. The rook can leave and it can't stay!
Apr-05-12  sevenseaman: <LoveThatJoker> <27. Qxf6> looks ok; may be shorter route to the win.
Apr-05-12  cyclon: I'll come up today with the 'hypothesis' 22. Bxf7+ Rxf7 ( -Kh8? 23. Bxe8 Rxe8 24. d7 ) 23. Qxe8+ Nxe8 ( if -Rf8, then simply 24. Qe6+ followed by, for example, 25. g4 - White is exchange up with a bind, not bad ) 24. Rxe8+ Rf8 25. d7 A-N-D this is the idea behind the 'hypothesis' - if 25. -Qh4/d6/c7 to prevent d-pawn from Queening, then White moves 26. Rf1 winning. Or, if 25. -Qh5 comes 26. Rde1 Qh4/g5 ( -Qd5 27. Rxf8+ Kxf8 28. Re8+ wins ) 27. Rf1 and again Black is lost. Yet, if ( after 25. d7 ) 25. -Qb8, then 26. Rde1 and Black is actually out of moves ( 26. -Kf7 27. Rf1+, or for example 26. -Qd8 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Re8+, cufflinks.
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  chrisowen: I father guest in 22nd gobstopper ha lovely on exodus see bb3 thee

in framing little, boy of trick it jelly in zen for bxf7+ rxf7 23.qxe8+

nxe8 24.rxe8+ rf8 25.pd7 look it rid a crest loot for queen potential

leg in call it sherbet flop at check queenh2 hugs tiff any light of day

for one stim at e7q fashion near it port in d6 er vis handy it bed in

far go rce8 here angels filling 24.rxe8+ in seems it dolly up resentful

queen cant stop in d7 low and behold ive an idea train down queen unable

re has bro 25...qb8? 26.rde1! white see retain e8 rook up wins even

though in queen you pilfer d7 in friendly giant it angle for jacky it

qd6 sign off niced a 26.rf1 - aprfta - a pet rook flooks... total


Apr-05-12  M.Hassan: "Medium" White to play 22.?
White is a pawn down.

I have tried this line:

22.Qxf7+ Rxf7
23.d7 Nxd7
24.Rxe8+ Nf8
And realized that this line does not work and tried other line taking the f7 pawn with Bishop:

22.Bxf7+ Rxf7
23.Qxe8+ Nxe8
24.Rxe8+ Rf8
25.d7 Qb8
26.Rde1 Qd8
<if 26....Rxe8 27.Rxe8+ Qxe8 28.dxe8=Q#>

27.Rxd8 Rxd8
28.Re8+ Kf7
And White wins

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  scormus: <CG .... Java>
Now I understand why a Java pop-up appeared today, prompting me to install a new version. I'm relieved I didn't get caught out this time.
Apr-05-12  David2009: Velimirovic vs Csom, 1974 White 22?

I missed it completely analysing five or six lines for White all of which lost including the tempting false trail 22.Qxf7+ Rxf7 23.Rxe8+ Nxe8 24.d7 Qb8 25.Rxd4? ("better" 25.dxe8=Q Qxe8 Rf1 but the ending is also hopeless) Nd6! and the game line: "(22.Bxf7+ Rxf7 23.Qxe8+ Nxe8 24.Rxe8+ Rf8 25.d7 (threat d8=Q) Qc7 26.Rxd4 and wins the ending - WAIT - 25...Qd6! wins for Black." - missing white's final move. Brilliant pun and brilliant final move!

Congratulations to all solvers who solved it from the puzzle diagram. The position after Black's 25...Qd6

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would make a good Monday puzzle (White to play and win).

Apr-05-12  Patriot: Black is up a pawn.

Black threatens 22...Rxe7.

22.Bxf7+ Rxf7 23.Qxe8+ Nxe8 24.Rxe8+ Rf8 25.d7 Qd6 and this doesn't seem to work.

22.Qxf7+ Rxf7 23.Rxe8+ Nxe8 24.d7

A) 24...Qd6 25.dxe8=Q+ Qf8 26.Qxf8+ Kxf8 27.Bxf7 Kxf7

B) 24...Qb8 25.Rxd4 Qd8 Hmm...this doesn't look right either!

22.Qxf7+ Rxf7 23.Rxe8+ Nxe8 24.Re1 Qxd6 ...

This one has me stumped. Let's try again:

22.Qxf7+ Rxf7 23.d7

A) 23...Nxd7 24.Rxe8#

B) 23...Rxe1 24.Rxe1 Qb8 This just doesn't work.

22.Qxf7+ Rxf7 23.Rxe8+ Nxe8 24.d7 Qb8 25.Rxd4 Qd8 26.dxe8=Q+ Qxe8 27.Rf4 looks interesting and white may have a shot at winning.

That's all the time I'm spending on this.

Apr-05-12  Patriot: Ok, I missed 26.Rf1 in my first line.
Apr-05-12  TheBish: Velimirovic vs Csom, 1974

White to play (22.?) "Medium", White is down a pawn.

After first trying 22. Bxf7+ (and coming up short), I started looking at 22. Qxf7+ Rxf7 23. Rxe8+ Nxe8 24. d7, but Black defends with 24...Qb8 and the best White can do now is 25. dxe8+ Qxe8 26. Rf1 Kf8 27. Rxf7+ Qxf7 28. Bxf7 Kxf7 and Black wins the K+P endgame, a pawn up.

I went back to the drawing board today (too tired to see it last night), and saw what I had missed earlier.

22. Bxf7+!! Rxf7 23. Qxe8+! Nxe8 24. Rxe8+ Rf8 25. d7 Qd6 26. Rf1!

This is what I had missed. One way or another, White will queen the pawn or checkmate, e.g. 27...Qxd7 28. Rexf8# or 27...g6 28. Rxf8+ followed soon by queening. If instead 23...Rf8 24. Qe6+ Kg8 25. d7 and it's just a matter of time until the exchange and pawn one square from touchdown will spell the end for Black.

Apr-05-12  Whitehat1963: I knew I'd seen this one before, and yet, I still got it wrong.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight and a pawn.

Black threatens 22... Rxe7.

The advanced passed pawn suggests 22.Bxf7+ to weaken the eighth rank:

A) 22... Rxf7 23.Qxe8+ Nxe8 (23... Rf8 24.d7 Qb8 25.Qe6+ followed by Rxd4 looks winning) 24.Rxe8+ Rf8 25.d7

A.1) 25... Qc7(d6) 26.Rf1 + -.

A.2) 25... Qb8 26.Rde1 Kf7 27.R1e7+ followed by 28.Rxb8 Rxb8 29.Re8 wins.

B) 22... Kh8 23.Bxe8 Rxe8 24.Qxe8+ Nxe8 25.Rxe8#.

Apr-09-12  JoergWalter: on the importance of memorization in chess and the approach of "pro's":

LIFE Master AJ: This game looks familiar somehow ......

LIFE Master AJ: I finally figured out WHY it looked familiar. I had already annotated it.

LIFE Master AJ: I only had to think a couple of minutes (maybe a lot less) and then I saw the whole combo ...>

Apr-22-12  qqdos: <(B89) not (B86)> The opening of this game is a bog standard Velimirovic Attack - see Akopian 1996 (B89) Monograph, p.90. For an actual similar game cf. Kengis vs Kozul, Moscow Olympiad 1994.
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  ToTheDeath: Outstanding combination!
Aug-04-16  TrollKing: He had to have seen 26 Rf1! when he sac'd the bishop on move 22. Great move!
Aug-04-16  Sally Simpson: Hi TrollKing,

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He also had to see that the cunning desperate move 25...Qb8 failed to 26.Rde1 (the only move that wins. If 26.Rf1 Rxe8 0-1).

Sep-06-16  clement41: Awesome tactical combo in the end involving promotion
Mar-02-18  CheckMateEndsTheGame: The pin at the end is incredible
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  ChessHigherCat: Beautiful game but 21...Qxh2 was Csom dum move.
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