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Isaias Pleci vs Lucius Endzelins
"Bits and Plecies" (game of the day Nov-25-2020)
Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 5, Sep-06
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0

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Jul-10-17  morfishine: Exciting game to get to this point!

Nice explanations 13 years ago by <Honza Cervenka>

*****

Jul-10-17  RandomVisitor: I feel like a chess genius on Mondays. The feeling wears off on about Wednesday...
Jul-10-17  The Kings Domain: The ho-hum easiness of the puzzle couldn't be more contrasting with the wild and wacky game.
Jul-10-17  zb2cr: Unusually for a Monday puzzle, there is no sacrifice needed to setup the mate in two. Just 21. h5+, Kh6; 22. Nf7#.
Jul-10-17  Lambda: Odd sort of puzzle, being solved by the most obvious moves.
Jul-10-17  King Harvest: Endgame puzzle.

I doubt it's "the solution" but f8=Q+ Bxf8 Nf7+ Kh5 Nxg5 makes continuing for black pointless imo.

Jul-10-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: <King Harvest>

Yes, it is. Although after Nxg5 Black can play Ba3, the outcome doesn't change much.

It's just that there's a pattern. RxB would lead to a draw. Nf7+ is the crucial move. As in the QOTD. So I thought it was funny.

The diagram also comes from a funny position.


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White to play (not a puzzle but a crucial move)

Jul-10-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: Well, the point of the P vs E puzzle is 21. Nxb7 White wins a piece but it's not mate.

As Fischer would put it: if you didn't look at all the pieces then you did not solve the puzzle.

Another messed up Monday..

Jul-10-17  Iwer Sonsch: 21.h5+ Kh6 (only move) 22.Nf7#. No sacrifice today. Strange, especially for a Monday.
Jul-10-17
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  drollere: h5+ and Nf7#. like caesar in the senate.
Jul-10-17
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  Once: It's a simple mate in two. What makes it a little more interesting is that our eyes might be initially drawn to our en prise rook on f8. We might be tempted to want to do something with that rook.

The answer is to ignore the threat and play against black's nearly stalemated king.

A little Monday amuse-bouche. Strange how black got into such a mess so quickly from a normally placed opening like the French.

Jul-10-17
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  gawain: Pretty finish.

I must have seen this game before, as Chernev's book Bright Side of Chess was one of my first chess books. I played all those games out at least 50 years ago.

Jul-10-17  Travis Bickle: 21. h6+ 21.. Kh6 22. Nf7# Goodnight!
Jul-10-17
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  Diademas: Mondays makes geniuses of af all of us.
Nice one!
Jul-11-17
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  kevin86: too easy! mate in 2 , no sac:(
Nov-25-20
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  Messiah: I don't get it.

But anyway, nice attack, worth looking at.

Nov-25-20  schnarre: ...13. Nd3+ was beautiful! If 13...Bxd6??, then 14. Be8+ Kf8, 15. Bg6#
Nov-25-20  Brenin: With the Qs off the board, White used his lead in development to weave pretty patterns around the Black K, e.g. the variation noted by Schnarre, and the final mate. This Olympiad was effectively the end of Pleci's career at this level; playing this masterpiece was a good way to bow out.
Nov-25-20  offramp: <Messiah: I don't get it.>

"Bits and pieces" is an English term equivalent to "tofu and bofu" or "knick-knacks" or "odds and sods".

It was used as the title of a song by the <Dave Clark 5> in which a jilted lover (speaking from the afterlife) bewails his dismemberment at the hand of his lover's new BFF.

Nov-25-20
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  perfidious: <offramp....or "odds and sods"....>

Since music is entering the discussion, <Odds & Sods> was, of course, the title of a Who album.

Nov-25-20  goodevans: This game was played the same year that Endzelins represented Latvia in the Olympiad for the third time. He was later to become Australian champion so he was clearly no patzer. Difficult to understand how such a strong player can seemingly be outside his opening prep so early.

<4...dxe4> is pretty rare but not unheard of. It almost always loses. <5...Nd7> is very rare (5...cxd4 is normal) and has always lost. I can't believe that these moves were part of his prep.

Full marks to Pleci for the way he exposed black's poor opening choices.

Nov-25-20  spazzky: Engine says after Black plays 20... h5

The rook lift causes havoc
21.Rh3 e5 22.Rc3 Ne6 23.f5+ Nxf5 24.Rxf5 Nf4 25.Rg5+ Kh6 26.Bd1 Be6 27.Rxe5 Bg8

Nov-25-20  morfishine: "Origin of the Plecies"? or a typo?

Cool game nonetheless

Nov-25-20  Delboy: What a pity 14. Be8+ does not work (apparently). This would have been an immortal
Nov-25-20
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  Phony Benoni: Well, I didn't mean it to be that complicated, but to simply to refer to how White conducted the attack not with his queen, but with his "bits and pieces".

But the games seems to have been enjoyed, and that's the important thing: Showcasing the cleverness of the players, not the punster.

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