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Andrew Jonathan Mestel vs Albin Planinc
Hastings (1974/75), Hastings ENG, rd 10, Jan-08
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense (C55)  ·  0-1



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Jan-31-06  sharkbenjamin: What a fight! Some where Planinc missed the knock out punch!
Nov-14-06  Milo: The winning technique employed near the end is ridiculously clever.
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  whiteshark: <73...Ra5> is a nice indirect defence of ♙h3, as both <74.Rxh3 Ra4+ 75.Kg3 Ra3+ > and <74.Kxh3 Rh5+> would have lost.

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White could have held. 71 Kf4? handed Black a tempo which he exploited to good effect with 73..Ra5! as @whiteshark points out.

So could White have done something constructive with the extra move? It turns out that the answer is 'yes' because h8 is not actually the best square for the Rook.

71 Rb8 Kh7 and now White has to be careful because there is a trick in the position.

72 Rb1! (72 Rb7? h2! 73 Rb1 Ra6 is the trick) 72..Kh6 73 Rb6+ g6 74 Rb8! (this time 74 Rb1? is wrong again allowing 74..h2! 73 Rh1 Ra4+ 74 Kg3 Kg5 with a finish similar to the game) and now there is no way for Black to make progress (74..g5 75 Kg4 =)

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