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Albin Planinc vs Hristo Gerenski
Varna (1970), Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0

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May-31-12
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  wordfunph: brilliant 25.Nc7+!
Apr-18-20
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  WTHarvey: White wins:


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26. ?

if 26...♕xc5 27.♕d7+ mates

Oct-13-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one!

White diverts Black's queen with the e5 pin. Black briefly avoids mate by "sacrificing" the queen for the second rook, but White's queen + bishop mate a couple of moves later.

Oct-13-20  perfessor: What Cheapo said. Satisfyingly crunchy.
Oct-13-20  stacase: White has all these Rooks waiting to slide around and do massive amounts of damage, and Black's Queen is asking to be pinned. Oh look at that, White has a Bishop on the job, well glory be, it all just falls into place. Black's King will be forced over and BZZZZZZ White's Queen will do the number on him, but White wisely throws in the towel.

Very nice Tuesday puzzle (-:

Oct-13-20
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  Check It Out: 28...Kf8 29. Rf1+ Qf6 30. Rxf6+ gxf6 31. Be6

Be6 is the move to see. Agree, excellent Tuesday puzzle.

Oct-13-20
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  agb2002: White is a pawn up.

Black threatens Qxh4+ (0-0 might not be valid) but not Qxc5 due to Qd7+ and mate in three.

This suggests 27.Re5:

A) 27... Qxe5 28.Qd7+ Kf8 29.Rf1+ Qf6 30.Rxf6+ gxf6 31.Be6 and mate next.

B) 27... Rd8 28.Rxe7+ Kxe7 29.Qe1 + - [Q+P vs r].

Oct-13-20  saturn2: 27.†Re5†Qxe5†28.†Qd7+†Kf8†29.†Rf1+†Kg8†30.†Be6+ with eventual interposing of the black wueen. †
Oct-13-20  jokerman: Just a nice forcing line: 25...Ke7 26. Rf7+ Kxf7 27. Qd7+ Be7 28. Qe6+ Kf8 29. Rf1+ Bf6 30. Rxf6+ gxf6 31. Qxf6+ Kg8 32. Be6#
Oct-13-20  Walter Glattke: Black is defenseless, so 27.Re5 Qxe5 28.Qd7+ as in the match 28.-Kf8 29.Rf1+ Qf6 30.Rxf6+ gxf6 31.Bh5? 31.Be6! Bd5 32-Qf7# better so far is 27.-0-0 28.Rxe7 Bc8!? (against Qd7) 29.Qd5+ Be6 30.Qxe6+ Kh8 31.Qe5 Rg8 32.Rf1 mate soon.
Oct-13-20  Brenin: Nice Tuesday puzzle. White's 24th, 25th or 26th moves would have made a slightly more challenging puzzle. Black was doing fine until the wasted moves 15 ... Qf7 (h5!) and 17 ... Qe6 (b4!). Instead of 23 ... Qxe5, 23 ... Qxh4+ 24 Bh3 Rd8 would have given him better chances of survival.
Oct-13-20  AlicesKnight: Found the solution; comment as per <Cheapo by the Dozen>; the disappearance of what might have been a dangerous Black P mass is striking.
Oct-13-20  Nullifidian: 27. ♖e5 wins the queen for a rook, or if the queen captures then the following line mates:

28. ♕d7+ ♔f8 29. ♖f1+ ♕f6 30. ♖xf6+ ♙gxf6 31. ♗e6 any move 32. ♕f7#

Oct-13-20
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  morfishine: The move <27.Re5> was easy to find. What was impressive is after going over the game, this was the second deflection uncorked by the obnoxious rook (not to mention the move that started the fireworks <25.Nc7+>)
Oct-13-20  zb2cr: 27. Re5 lures the Black Queen away. Or if Black tries 27. ... Rd8; 28. Rxe7+ leaves White up by Q+P vs. R.
Oct-13-20  TheaN: After <27.Re5!> Black's best is... well... resigning, as declining the rook is pure disaster after 27....Rd8 (O-O may technically be more sturdy) 28.Rxe7+ Kxe7 29.Qg1 +- and Black can't avoid the White Queen from invading immediately.

After <27....Qxe5> it's mate after <28.Qd7+ Kf8 29.Rf1+ Qf6> else mate via Be6 <30.Rxf6+ gxf6 (else 31.Be6#) 31.Be6 with 32.Qf7#>. Unavoidable but not less beautiful.

This after playing my first match game last night. It's one for the Play Horrible Win Anyway collection... back to relatively easy puzzles I guess :>

Oct-13-20  goodevans: Another Sicilian victory from Albin Planinc to follow his GOTD miniature from earlier this month (A Planinc vs Najdorf, 1973).

The Adams Attack frequently gives us messy and exciting games and this is no exception. <7...e5> was a rarity (7...e6 is more usual and considered best whilst black has had some success with both 7...Nxd5 and 7...Nxe4). As far as I can tell, Planinc's <8.Nxf6+> is unique and seems to have left his weaker opponent struggling to find the right moves.

Nevertheless Gerenski did, as <AlicesKnight> observes, build a dangerous-looking pawn mass, albeit without piece coordination to back it up. It seems his principal error was letting it be destroyed so quickly (why not <20...exf4>?) leaving his K exposed and stuck in the middle. After that it was all one-way traffic.

Oct-13-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the great Slovenian attacker Albin Planinc finally found the nice rook sacrifice 27.Re5!,Qxe5 (otherwise black will lose his queen for a rook) 28.Qd7+,Kf8 29.Rf1+,Qf6 (29.-,Kg8 30.Qf7#) 30.Rxf6+,gxf6 31.Be6 with mate on f7 on the next move. Like the great Bobby, he died with 64 [!] years, but disappeared much earlier!
Oct-13-20  TheTamale: Hmm... this might be the quickest I ever got a Tuesday puzzle. Is it because I'm getting better? No, it is almost certain I am getting worse. Still pretty good looking though--for my age, anyway. That's not saying much, though, because at my age, if your skin hasn't completely disintegrated you think, "I've still got it." Anyway, I'll take my solving triumph as a win.
Oct-13-20
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  eternaloptimist: What a nifty combination by Planinc! It didnít take too long for me to solve it. After I saw the decoy sac, it was obvious what to do after it
Oct-14-20
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  gawain: I saw 27 Re5 right away and thought "It's a skewer. Too easy!" Then I noticed that the rook is not protected on e5. "Drat!" But just for fun I tried it. And sure enough after 27...Qxe5 (forced, on pain of losing queen for rook) Black's queen has been lured out of position. Fatal.

Nice puzzle.

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