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Albin Planinc vs Dragoljub Baretic
"Blind Faith" (game of the day Mar-16-2018)
Yugoslav Championship (1968), Cateske Toplice YUG, rd 4, Feb-19
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Paoli Variation (C18)  ·  0-1



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Aug-30-04  Calculoso: Nope, no idea on the pun. White gave up a bunch to get that queen and it ended up costing him the game.
Aug-30-04  samikd: For those who didn't get the pun" D.Baretic is actually blind !
Aug-30-04  notsodeepthought: <samikd> Thanks, now the wordplay makes sense. I was going to suggest "Bad Planinc" but that pun's too easy (and dreadful, but I don't consider that a problem).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How did Baretic "see" all this? This is one of most berzerk Winawars I have ever seen, which is saying a lot.
Aug-30-04  gondooley: <Shadeout Mapes> 10. Kd1 avoids White losing his rook after 10...Qxc3. Also it protects the c2 pawn. I'm presuming that after 10. Kd2 10...dxc3 is preferable for Black as it undoubles the d-pawns. This is what White gets for being so greedy on the Kingside! Woebetide the Winawar Poisoned Pawn Player! Apparently 'latest theory' (according to MCO) suggests that 7...O-O should be OK, anybody like to explain that one to me???
Aug-30-04  acirce: Yes, 7..O-O is probably more popular than 7..Qc7 nowadays, while a couple of decades ago it was not much more than a sideline. It seems a little suicidal castling into a potential attack that could well be lethal but there is also counterplay against the centre and/or ..f6/..f5 things. I guess playing castling or ..Qc7 depends on how you like the extremely sharp nature of the latter move and the unbalanced positions that occur. Objectively they probably have about the same value.
Aug-30-04  kevin86: A few things:white's h pawn advanced unabated to h8--black "saw" and ignored it.

There are seven passed pawns at the finish--not counting the excelcioric h pawn.

Make h1 into a1 and you have a logical position-except for the then illegal pawn on f8.

Note the far advanced strange positions of white's queens on G8 and H8-and blacks knights on a1 and c1!

Aug-30-04  gollum70: The blind man saw among other things that if Bxc4 (on White's 26th or 28th move) there is the devastating d3!
Aug-30-04  Andrew Chapman: Is 24.Bxe3 any good? As has been said white's black-squared bishop was not well placed and the rook became vulnerable on g1.
Aug-30-04  thesonicvision: 26. h4?

why can't white play Bxc4?
am i missing a simple combination or

Aug-30-04  Shadout Mapes: 26.Bcx4 d3

I considered 24.Bxe3 also, it seems better to liquidate in such a cramped position.

Feb-04-05  thesonicvision: ohhhh...clever.
Feb-22-05  aw1988: Wowzers.
Jul-23-06  think: I believe the entire quote is:
"'I See!' Said the blind man to the deaf man as the lame man walked by"

There are many variations of this, as you could imagine.

Jun-11-07  prinsallan: Painstakingly beautiful game.
Apr-14-09  whiteshark: Is <34.Rxc1 Rh8 35.Qg4 d3 36.Qg8+ Kc7 37.Qxh8 d2 38.Ra1 Qc4+ 39.Kg1 c2> also lost?

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  GrahamClayton: <AndrewChapman> Is 24.♗xe3 any good?

<AndrewChapman>, 24. ♗xe3 dxe3, and White is running out of productive moves. 25.♕h5 trying to get the queen into the game seems to lose to 25...♖xd3 26. cxd3 c2, and the c-pawn will cost White a rook to stop it from promoting.

Mar-16-18  lentil: Why does W not play 28 Bxc4.
Mar-16-18  nalinw: This new engine feature makes you lazy ...

28 Bxc4

-3.52 (22 ply) 28...d3 29.Bxd3 Qxg1+ 30.Qf1 Qh2 31.Rb1 Rg8 32.Be4 Bb5 33.Rxb5 Qxh4+ 34.Qf2 Qxf2+ 35.Kxf2 axb5 36.Ke2 Rd8 37.g4 Kc7 38.Kf3 Kb6 39.Be3+ Nxe3 40.Kxe3 Rg8 41.g5 Rd8 42.g6 fxg6 43.Bxg6 b4 44.f5 exf5 45.Bxf5

Mar-16-18  morfishine: Powerful game by Black! According to his bio, at 81 years old, he's still with us!
Mar-16-18  ajile: Now I know why it's called the "Poisoned Pawn" variation.


Mar-16-18  thegoodanarchist: < ajile: Now I know why it's called the "Poisoned Pawn" variation.


<ajile> Well said! And good to see you 'round these parts.

This may be the craziest game I have EVER seen. That counts the Evergreen and Immortal games.

This was just nuts!

Mar-16-18  wtpy: Being a psychotherapist the last thing I want to do is contribute to any stigma associated with mental illness, but I could see how this game might have contributed to Planinc's psychiatric issues. And I am really sympathetic being a lifelong e4 player because I have had problems with the French that could have but me on the couch as well. Not that I am a Freudian--there aren't many of those outside of New York and LA in this era of mismanaged care.
Mar-16-18  Jack Kerouac: Well, here's my 'Blind Faith' comment. When ever you dig this one out in the future...
Mar-17-18  ajile: <thegoodanarchist: And good to see you 'round these parts.>

Thanks you too!


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