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Florin Gheorghiu vs Svetozar Gligoric
Hastings (1964/65), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Jan-03
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Petrosian System (D91)  ·  0-1



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Jul-23-05  Montreal1666: Well the first move of the puzzle (Rxd3) is very easy to see, most likely for everyone. The whole idea is that by forcing the exchange of all the pieces black will end up having the more active king. Now on ...28 the first move that comes to mind is Ke5 which I think it should work as well and that's what I considered. However, I see that 28...g5 is a more clever and better move since it might invoke white to play g3. 29)hxg5 seems the best try for white. I am not sure.
Jul-23-05  Counterpoint: I was thinking perhaps 27...Rc8 cutting off the white king, while manoeuvring the black king to the centre.

Black's trading off pieces leads to a very subtle end game - if 36. b4, what next?

Jul-23-05  billcrutcher: <Counterpoint> If 36 b4, then 36 ... fxg3+ 37. Kxg3 h4+ and Gheorghiu has to decide whether to block the h pawn or defend his f pawn. If he stays with the f pawn, the h pawn queens. If he commits to the h pawn, he loses the f pawn and Gligoric wins the race to the remaining Queenside pawns.
Jul-23-05  Boomie: To answer one of chessgames' questions, 28...g5 does win in all the variations I could find.

29. h5 g4 30. fxg4

(30. f4 g3 31. a4

(31. Kc3 Rxd3+ 32. Rxd3 Bxd3 33. Kxd3 Kf5 34. Ke3 Kg4 35. Ke4 Kxh5 (-1.80/18))

(31. a3 Rxd3 32. Rxd3 Bxd3+ 33. Kxd3 Kf5 34. Ke3 Kg4 (-1.80/18))

31... Rxd3 32. Rxd3 Bxd3+ 33. Kxd3 Kf5 34. Ke3 Kg4 (-2.03/18))

30... Bxd3+ 31. Rxd3 Rxd3 32. Kxd3 Kg5 33. a4 Kxg4 (-2.37/19))

(29. Kc3 Rxd3+ 30. Rxd3 Bxd3 31. hxg5+

(31. Kxd3 gxh4 (-4.23/15))

31... Kxg5 32. Kxd3 Kf4 (-2.11/16))

29... Kxg5 30. g3

(30. Kc3 Rxd3+ 31. Rxd3 Bxd3 32. Kxd3 Kf4 33. Ke2 Kg3 34. Kf1 f5 (-2.24/17))

30... h5 31. Kc3

(31. a3 Rxd3 32. Rxd3 Bxd3+ 33. Kxd3 f5 34. Ke3 f4+ 35. Kf2

(35. gxf4+ Kf5 36. b4 a6 37. Kf2 Kxf4 38. Kg2 h4 (-5.75/20))

35...a5 (-5.24/18)

Jul-23-05  Happypuppet: After 28. Kc2, I stopped my calculation. White has to lose several tempi to get out of the mess on d3, during which his king can do nothing, so I evaluated the position as winning or at the least advantageous for Black. In a normal game I probably would have calculated up to Kc2 and played it, working from there afterwards.

I'm not as equipped with computer analysts as the other members, so I won't be of any help to you guys in figuring out the nature of g5. =P

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  kevin86: The exchanges and pin hold white at bay until black's king can advance and usher the king side pawns home. We know the ending has begun when a pawn begins to march to queen.
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  Richard Taylor: I first thought 28 ..g4 won but rejected it as White seemed to have 29. h5

I thought that 28. ... Rc8+ won if 29. Kd2 Rd8+ and the swap with Black getting to d5 I thought he won - but I forgot that White just has to play 29. Kb1 ... !

Very instructive ending - I knew there was something like g5 involved -the point was to use the times White takes to get out of the pin to get a tempi - interesting ending

Jul-23-05  sharpnova: it was pretty easy to see black gained the opposition after the exchanges
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  al wazir: A general rule in king-and-pawn endings (of course there are exceptions)is that "the outside past pawn wins." Black saw that he could force the trade of his g pawn for white's h pawn. White can capture the black h pawn, but black takes white's f pawn in return, and then the black king is closer to the remaining pawns on the queen side.
Jul-23-05  Shokwave: This was pretty easy for a saturday puzzle...I got it :)
Jul-23-05  henr007: hello does anybody know a good LIVE online chess server apart from that is free? thankyou kindly
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Jul-23-05  Knight13: I saw 25... Rxd3 immediatly but I couldn't see the wina after 26. Rxd3 Bf5 Rd1 27. Rd8 Kf2.

Good one, though.

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  ray keene: i was present and watched this game happen-my recollection from 40 years ago is that we all thought gligoric had played a perfect ending
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  ray keene: ps i also recall gligoric played the end very quickly too
Jul-23-05  alexandrovm: How about taking the bishop with the rook, with a fork to follow?
Jul-23-05  Montreal1666: <ray keene:> Thanks for the clarification.
Jul-23-05  alexandrovm: yep, I got it until 28. Kc2, but could not calculate the rest. I just read <ray>'s post, and that's it! By playing that line black wins a tempo, for a better ending!
Jul-23-05  Elvis in Chicago: How does black finish? He can't go the Queenside to pick up the pawns, becasue white has a passed f pawn.

Signed, "Puzzle Challanged" (but I did find the skewer tactic and the king penetration)

Jul-23-05  BipolarChessorder: why 28...g5? Why not 28...Rxd3 29. Rxd3 Ke5 30. Kd2 Bxd3 31. Kxd3 Kf4 32. Ke2 Kg3 whereby black appears to gain an extra pawn on the kingside?
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  Gypsy: < Elvis in Chicago: How does black finish? He can't go the Queenside to pick up the pawns, becasue white has a passed f pawn. ...> Black gets the more remote passed pawn. Here is a possible continuation...36.b4 fxg3+ 37.Kxg3 Kf5 38.a3 Kg5(!) 39.f4 Kf5 40.Kh4 Kxf4 41.Kxh5 Ke4 42.Kg4 Kd4 43.Kf4 Kc4 44.Ke4 Kb3 45.Kd3 Kxa3 46.Kc3 a6 ... zugzwang.
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  Gypsy: < BipolarChessorder: ... Why not 28...Rxd3 29. Rxd3 Ke5 30. Kd2 Bxd3 31. Kxd3 Kf4 32. Ke2 Kg3 whereby black appears to gain an extra pawn on the kingside?> But 30.g3 (instead of 30.Kd2) complicates matters -- eg., 30... f6?! 31.f4+ Ke6 (31...Ke4? 32.Kd2 breaks the pin) 32.g4 Be4 33.Kd2 Bxd3 34.Kxd3 Kd5 35.b3! ... and White seems quite healthy.
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  OhioChessFan: <Benzol>, I realize you meant 32....Kg5 in your line, but what about 33 Ke4? Doesn't that hold the opposition, with g3 in reserve if a move needs to be lost?
Jul-23-05  The beginner: Very interesting puzzle.

I did see the tactic around d3. But i could not see the continuation 28 ..g5

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  patzer2: Gilgoric's 25...Rxd3! is a daily puzzle solution, utilizing the pin tactic as a deflection to force a won king and pawn ending.
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