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Evgeni Vasiukov vs Pal Petran
Zala Cup (1977), Zalaegerszeg HUN, rd 6, Jul-??
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  1-0



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Dec-24-11  luzhin: Vasiukov played many beautiful games, but he slightly over-eggs the combo here: although 28.Rxf6 is winning, it is not as crushing as the more obvious 28.Nxg5
Dec-24-11  polarx: I think 23... dxe5 is not the best response for black. The real deal comes after 23... Bxe5.

<23. Rxe5 Bxe5 24. Ne6+>

and provided that black avoids 24...Kg8 (which leads to mate: <23. Rxe5 Bxe5 24. Ne6+ Kg8 25. Qxg5+ Kh7 26. Bc2+ f5 27. Bxf5#>) and instead plays 24...Ke8, I think he is not too bad and much better than in the game continuation.

Can't find anything really decisive for white after <23. Rxe5 Bxe5 24. Ne6+ Ke8>

Dec-24-11  anandrulez: f4 doesnt win ?
Dec-24-11  polarx: Checked other posts and still think 23... Bxe5 is better than 23... dxe5. The lines given after Bxe5 are not conclusive. So I think that means I solved the puzzle.
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  Domdaniel: Very difficult to foresee the later moves, especially 26.Nf3 -- I felt sure, in this sort of line, that it would land on e6.
Dec-24-11  scormus: I struggled again today. To be honest I thought about either and eventually both Nd6+ and Rxe5 but I picked wrong, at least as far the the game continuation testifies.

I fancied something along the lines of 23 Nd6+ fxe6 (... Kd8 24 Ba4+) 24 Rxe5 dxe5 25 dxe6. A fun continuation would be ... Rg8 26 Qh7 Rg7 27 Qh8+ Rg8 28 Qh6+ Rg7 29 Rd7 Re8 30 Qh8+ Rg8 31 Qxf6+ exf6 32 Rf7#. Not forcing but OTB it might be easy for B to go wrong here.

A tough one. I'm sure I'd never have got the continuation with Nf3 coming in. Sigh :(

Dec-24-11  shivasuri4: <polarx>,see some of the 2004 posts.
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  Penguincw: I got it nowhere right. :(
Dec-24-11  Rosbach: Very hard and couldn't see it.
After checking I see the combination is about winning material. 28 Rxf6 Rxf6 29. Qxg5 Rg6 30. Qxe7.
Dec-24-11  polarx: I've read those posts. Crafty says: 23...Bxe5 24. Ne6+ Ke8 25. Nxg5 Bf6 26. Nh7 Be5 27. Re1 (eval 1.15; depth 15 ply; 750M nodes)

Hoever, say they found this line evaluated as decisive for white.

Helloween thought white wins after 23...Bxe5 but, as karlzen pointed, he had not considered

23...Bxe5 24.Ne6+ Ke8 25.Nxg5 Bf6 26.Nh7 Be5 27.Re1 Qc5

I ran the line through rybka and I got:

1. Rxe5 Bxe5 -0.65/15 2. Ne6+ Ke8 -1.00/16 3. Nxg5 +0.29/2 Bf6 -0.72/13 4. Nh7 +1.15/14 Be5 -1.15/13 5. f4 +1.27/13 Bg7 -1.25/13 6. Re1 +1.14/12 Qc5+ -1.42/13 7. Kh2 +1.41/13 Rxh7 -1.41/14 8. Qxh7 +1.46/13 Kf8 -1.60/12 9. Qxh5 +1.60/11 b5 -1.73/13

White may win in the end but I think not after a hard fight. What I mean is it's not straightout catastrophic. Whatever.

Dec-24-11  Marmot PFL: I saw 23 Rxe5 right away, but thought black would survive if he took with the bishop. Allowing 24 d6 looks really bad.
Dec-24-11  Marmot PFL: Maybe what black missed was that after 24 d6 the e5 pawn is pinned to the queen so he can't take the Nd4.
Dec-24-11  stukkenjager: 23.Rxe5 Bxe5 24.Ne6+ Ke8 25.Nxg5 Bf6 26.Nh7 Be5 27.Re1 Qc5 (27...a6 28.Ng5 f6 29.Ne6) 28.Ng5 Rf8 29.Bd1 seems more then ok.
Dec-24-11  James D Flynn: When I click on the board position I no longer see the moves only the other comments. I gather the rather obvious Rxe5 was played in the game. At first I wasn't sure whether to precede it by Ne6ch, but then could see a good continuation after 23.Ne6ch Ke8 24.Rxe5 Bxe5. Clearly white has to force the advance d6: so 23.Rxe5 if Bxe5 24.Nc6 Qc7 25.Nxe5 d6xe5 26.d6 e7xd6 27.Rxd6 and the threat Rd7 or Rf6 wins eg.Ke8 28.Qxe5ch picks up the R on h8 with check. If black replies d6xe5 24.Ne6ch f7xd6 25,Qxe6 there is no answer to Q threats on F7 or g8. If black instead plays Ke8 25.d6 wins e.g Rd8 27.Nc7ch Kf8 28.d6xe7ch Kxe7 29. Nd5ch wins material.
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  chrisowen: 23 casting aspersions take knight rookxe5 (pea cook little in

debatable) bxe5 ne6!

Lewd comment cry fowl dxe5 d6!

Is as far as I got it.

In have up preaching from the pulpit unleash bishop midknight


Again queen offside so d6 a milly it around freeing bb3 life

liberty happiness.

Low granny e7 on the loose f5 wheel.

Chair of the board nd4 committee in pry it de-column.

In lovely two moves ahead rxe5 d6 coming good for knight.

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  Once: Much too complicated for my little brain. I wanted to play 23. Rxe5, but beyond that ... nope, nada, zilch.

Pretty finish, but way over my head.

Happy christmas, all.

Dec-24-11  Patriot: I tried solving this late last night before going to bed--big mistake! I needed a clear head on this. But even after a good night's rest I have to say 23.Rxe5 is still unclear. I couldn't find anything conclusive but where everything else is equal, going into an unclear position isn't such a bad thing. We can learn a lot from positions like that.
Dec-24-11  DarthStapler: I got the first move
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  sethoflagos: It took me a few goes, but I managed eventually to get this result [Event "120m/40+60m/20+30m"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Seth"]
[Black "Rybka 3 1-cpu 32-bit"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "135"]

23.Rxe5 Bxe5 24.Ne6+ Ke8 25.Nxg5 a6 26.Re1 [26.Qxf7+ also possible] 26...f6 27.Ne6 h4 28.gxh4 Rxh4 29.Ng7+ Kd8 calls for exchange sac #2

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30.Rxe5 dxe5 31.Ne6+ Kc8 32.d6 Kb8 [32...exd6 33.Qxf6 Kb8 34.Qxh4] 33.dxe7 Ka7 34.Qxf6 and the threat of pawn promotion wins one or other of the rooks

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34...Rhh8 35.Nf8 Qc5 36.Qxh8 Qxe7 37.Ng6 Qg5 38.Qg7 Rd8 39.Qe7 Qc1+ 40.Kh2 Qd2 41.Qc5+ Ka8 42.Qe3 Qxb2 43.Nxe5 Qa1 44.f4 Qb1 45.Kg3 Qh7 46.Kf2 Qh4+ 47.Kg1 Qh7 48.Nc4 Qb1+ 49.Kf2 Qh7 50.Nb6+ Kb8 51.c4 Qh4+ 52.Kg1 Qh5 53.c5 Re8 54.Nd7+ Ka8 55.Ne5 Qh7 56.Qd4 Qh4 57.Qf2 Qh7 58.Bc2 Qc7 59.g4 another rook falls to a pawn advance

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59...Rxe5 60. fxe5 Qxe5 61. Bf5 Qg7 62. Kg2 Qg8 63. Kf3 Qh8 64. Be4 Qa1 65.c6 Qd1+ 66. Kg3 bxc6 67. Bxc6+ Kb8 68. Qb6+ 1-0 Rybka resigns at:

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Dec-24-11  James D Flynn: Dear polarx,
I agree that after 23.Rxe5 Bxe5 24.Ne6ch there is no clear win. Unfortunately you seem to have missed my earlier posting where I suggested 24.Nc6 which clearly wins.
Dec-24-11  Magic Castle: I cannot see the winning line after 28....Rf6. Black loses two more pawns but will end up with 2 rooks against a bishop and a knight.
Dec-24-11  stst: quite many variations, one main line:
23.Ne6+ fxe6
24.dxe6 Ke8
25.Rxd6 exd6
26.Qxf6 Rf8
27.Qg7 Kd8
28.Rxe5 Kc8
29.Qd7+ Kb8
30.Rxa5 a6
and Bk couldn't defend the promoting P,nor the poor position, with material far behind.

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Dec-24-11  Magic Castle: Oh, I see. after 28... Rf6 29. Qg5+ and one of the rooks goes. If the King moves away then 30. Qf6 and if 29...Rg6, then 30. Qe2.
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  michael104: Anybody have an answer to the suggestion of James D Flynn that 23.Rxe5 Bxe5 24.Nc6 wins?
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  sethoflagos: <<michael104:> Anybody have an answer to the suggestion of James D Flynn that 23.Rxe5 Bxe5 24.Nc6 wins?>

If black continues 24...Qc7??, as suggested, white should indeed win.

Different story after 24...bxc6

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