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Lazaros Vizantiadis vs Ludek Pachman
Vrnjacka Banja Zonal (1967), Vrnjacka Banja YUG, rd 14
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Oct-15-04  zugzwangdragon: 23. ♕xf2 would have held on longer, but White would still be cooked by Black's attack.
Oct-15-04  ccolby4: Without the check at 26. ... Ne3+ I don't see where Black would have gone. So suppose White had played 24. Kg1. What then?
Oct-15-04  chesslearning: 24. Kg1 Qc5+ (if 25. Kf1 then we have the same as played in the game Qxc4 etc) 25. Kh1 Nf2+ 26. Kg1 Nh3+ 27. Kf1 Qg1#
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  offramp: Then you get the smothered mate effect.
Oct-15-04  notsodeepthought: <chesslearning> In your line in parenthesis, after 24 Kg1 Qc5+ 25 Kf1, black simply plays N:h2 mate.
Oct-15-04  chesslearning: Thanks <notsodeepthought> you're right.
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  Marius: what about 24. ...Nxh2+ 25. Kg1 Qxg3 with two pawns up ?
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  crafty: 24...♘xh2 25. ♔g1 ♕xg3 26. ♕e7 ♗e6 27. ♗xe6 ♕xe1+ 28. ♔xh2   (eval -1.86; depth 16 ply; 500M nodes)
Oct-15-04  Marco65: <Marius> This is what I see and thought was the solution, but after 24...Nxh2+ 25.Kg1 Qxg3 26.Qe7 Black has to give back one pawn, and risk a perpetual. Play may continue 26...Be6 27.Bxe6 fxe6 (or 27...Qxe1+ 28.Kxh2 Qxe6 29.Qxa7) 28.Qxe6+ Kg7 29.Qd7+ Kh6 30.Qd2+ Kh5 31.Qe2+ Ng5 32.Nf3 is less clear to me than what was played
Oct-15-04  Marco65: Thanks <crafty>. I'm glad I found the same line. But with one pawn of advantage, I think humans prefer minor-pieces engames rather than queen ones
Oct-15-04  sandyobrien: I got as far as 22. ... Bxf2+ 33. Kxf2 Ng4+ Kf1 and i stopped to check the answer there out of sheer tiredness. i really need to sleep... can't even see a simple queen fork.
Oct-15-04  who: It's difficult to solve these when the end advantage is so small (one doubled pawn)
Oct-15-04  rclb: I missed this one. Tricky.
Oct-15-04  sandy simpson: White resigns, but I'm sure a namesake of his once recovered from a worse position.
Oct-15-04  notsodeepthought: Good one! But the namesake had help...
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  kevin86: I answered the first move-but missed the fork when white captured with his king.

Lazarus!! Two men mentioned in the Bible:One was dead four days and was brought back from the dead by Jesus.He was Elizabeth's brother.

The second was a beggar who ate from his master's table;when both died,the master went to condemnation while the beggar went to Abraham's side. The master,through Peter,wanted to boss around the beggar---but the dies were cast.The beggar (Lazarus) was rewarded while the rich man was doomed.

Oct-15-04  Stonewaller2: So what was White's downfall here? Personally I vote for trading off all the ♖s, which left him with a ♘ on the back rank blocking his own ♔.
Oct-15-04  SelfEvident: What do you think of the move 22...Qf4 ?
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  tpstar: <SelfEvident> Hello! Welcome to the group! 22 ... Qf4!? is an interesting attacking idea, pressuring f2 because the immediate 23. Nd3?? falls to 23 ... Qxc4. But instead White can prepare this plan with 23. Bb3, and now 23 ... Bb5!? 24. c4 (24. Qxb5? Qxf2+ mates) & 25. Nd3 chops wood, or else 23 ... Ng4 24. Nd3 defends f2 before trading on c5, or 23 ... Qc1 24. Nf1 Ng4 25. Nd3 again and White sneaks out of it.
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  patzer2: The puzzle solution 22...Bxf7+! initiates a strong "deflection" tactic. The combination also relies on the threat of "discovered check" as noted by the <chesslearning> and <notsodeepthought> posts, as well as the possibility of a Knight Fork, as in the game continuation.
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  patzer2: <Marco65> My analysis of 24...Nxh2+ also seems to indicate it fizzles out to a drawish Queen pawn ending, despite <crafty>'s optimistic assessment. So, the Knight Fork line 24...Qxc4, as played in the game, seems best.
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