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Dragutin Sahovic vs Milan Matulovic
Belgrade (1969), rd 3, Nov-??
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  0-1



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Sep-19-05  EyesofBlue: Nice sacrifice.... Rook and bishop checkmates are cool.
Sep-19-05  notsodeepthought: Ah, the old X-ray.
Sep-19-05  who: Nice sacrifice?? White has a crushing position at move 26 before he walks into a mate in 2 by opening the long diagonal. After something as simple as 26.c3 white is winning not to speak of flashy moves like 26.Qxe6+ where 26...Bxe6 loses to 27.Rd8+ and 26...Nf7 loses 27.e8Q (Fritz).
Sep-19-05  who: Unless of course you meant the sacrifice of 26...Qa1+ in which case I agree. It reminds me of a Pillsbury blindfold simul game where Pillsbury is black and mates by sacing his Queen and the mating the trapped king on h1. It is the last problem in Reinfelds 1001 book, but I can't seem to find the game itself.
Sep-19-05  who: Whoops. I didn't realize this was the puzzle of the day till just now.
Sep-19-05  Skylark: I thought the mundane Nf4 still wins, but I saw this instantly.
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  cu8sfan: <Skylark> Only the knight is pinned to the king and can't move to f4.
Sep-19-05  prinsallan: Simple, but beautiful.
Sep-19-05  ckr: Simple, yet elagant.
Sep-19-05  SamuelS: Guess who thought it was White to move and played the brilliant sacrifice Qxe6!! and then checked the solution only to find out that it was Black's turn to sacrifice the queen.
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  Marius: <SamuelS> i made this mistake (did not look who's to move)
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  al wazir: <SamuelS: Guess who thought it was White to move and played the brilliant sacrifice Qxe6!!> It's a neat problem either way. I think you should get full credit. Incidentally, have you noticed that CG usually chooses games that are closely matched in material, where both sides have tactical chances?
Sep-19-05  ianD: White threw away a winning position by opening the long diagonal. Bxe5 isn't even forcing. Just an awful move!?
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  OhioChessFan: Mondays make me feel like a chess stud. Qxe6 was waiting to be moved and White makes a blunder like Bxe5? And a 2500 plus player? Amazing.
Sep-19-05  ranchogrande: the right text should have been : White
to play and win/ Black to play and win.
Like Happy hour- Double up :) .
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  Richard Taylor: White can almost play 26 Q:e5 B:e5 27 B:e5 and now 27 ... Qa2+ 28 Kc1 - but its a pity he also missed 26 Q:e6+ (pointed out by <who>) - but 27..Qa1+ is beautiful - great way to win a game! Instructive blunder by White (as they say)...
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  Richard Taylor: <al wazir: <SamuelS: Guess who thought it was White to move and played the brilliant sacrifice Qxe6!!> It's a neat problem either way. I think you should get full credit. Incidentally, have you noticed that CG usually chooses games that are closely matched in material, where both sides have tactical chances?> If they do that is frequently the case in "real" chess games (from club ches amongst "patzers" to super GMs - Black had a bad position here but possibilties of a swindle (as happened ) - but in many games - the best games (or the most exciting /interesting games) have chances either way and its not easy to see always who is going to win - hence if the 'puzzles' are thus it is good. (Of course many are also clear wins for one or the other side - there seems to be a good mix here)
Sep-19-05  Gazman5: nice easy one to ease us gently into the week
Sep-19-05  billcrutcher: What I like about this puzzle is how the move where White stubbed his toe is such a natural move. It looks to me as if White's three previous moves were a tactic designed to attack the ♘ on e5 with two pieces, while it can only be defended by one.

After Black's 22... ♘xe5, the knight has one attacker and one defender, the ♗ on b2 and the ♖ on e8, respectively. The moves 23 ♘e7+ ♖xe7 24 fxe7 serve to remove one defender (and gain the exchange) but a new defender is uncovered -- namely, the ♗ on h8. But no matter, White can bring a second attacker with check with 25 ♕d5+ and one of the two knights must fall.

After 24 fxe7, Black had a tempo, with an opportunity to shore up the defense of one of the two knights. The move 24 ... ♕a7 seems to do just that, giving cover to the ♘ on c5. In White's mindset, with such a strong, clearly winning advantage, he probably only gave a cursory consideration of its offensive possiblities.

Now, after the planned 25 ♕d5+, White is likely expecting 25 ... ♘f7, putting off the loss of the piece by a couple of moves. Next we have 26. ♖hf1 ♗e8 27. ♖xf7 ♗xf7 28. ♕d8+ ♖xd8 29. exd8(♕)+} ♔g7 30. ♕xh8. And White has a full rook and a piece advantage. Surely Black will finally admit defeat.

Of course, I have no idea what goes on in the mind of a grandmaster, and I sure don't think like one, with my pitiful rating. But it seems possible that GMs, too, might be susceptible to being too overconfident in clearly won positions. It has definitely been my downfall in many a game.

Sep-19-05  RookFile: I was just talking to someboday about 1. b3 e5 the other day. Very interesting kind of a game develops.
Sep-19-05  The Backward Pawn: How about 26. Qxe6+ Bxe6 27. Rd8+ Rxd8 28. exd8=Q+
Sep-19-05  zb2cr: Quick and easy. I love Mondays!
Sep-19-05  who: Sorry, but just to repeat my question from before - does anyone know of the Pillsbury game (played in a simul) where Pillsbury mates a king caught in the h1 corner with a bishop - I think he plays a queen to the back rank first.
Sep-19-05  YouRang: <SamuelS: Guess who thought it was White to move and played the brilliant sacrifice Qxe6!!> LOL - I did that too. I figured out Qxe6 (thinking that it was a little harder than most Monday puzzles). Just as I clicked to the solution, I noticed that the caption said 'Black to play'. So I hit the 'back' button before the solution appeared, and quickly figured out Black's B+R mate. Kind of a humouous position, with both sides having a clever queen sac tactic.
Sep-19-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I guess this puzzle is about right for Mondays. Nice one!
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