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Svetozar Gligoric vs Lubomir Kavalek
"Kavalek Emptor" (game of the day Aug-17-2006)
Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972), Skopje YUG, rd 5, Oct-01
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Czerniak Defense Tal Line (A77)  ·  1-0



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Aug-17-06  syracrophy: After 38.Qh4+ Qh5 39.Qxf6+ Qg6 40.Qh4+ Qh5 41.Qf4+ Qg5 42.Qxg5++
Aug-17-06  think: 35. ... Qxg3
36. Re8+ Kg7
37. Nxf5+

And white is up a rook.

Aug-17-06  think: The pun is a reference to "caveat emptor", a latin phrase meaning "buyer beware".
Aug-17-06  syracrophy: <think> Thanks for explaining the pun. I have got no idea what the pun was about before. Thanks :-)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: And a very appropriate choice of titles, too--Fischer had introduced the ...Nh5 idea vs. Spassky in the 1972 World Championship match and won. Gligoric found the best line against it, so when Kavalek "bought into" Fischer's line, he got ripped off.
Aug-17-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Nice, it took 2 smart kibitzers to decode the pun. Those puns are a daily puzzle itself. It is probably ment so, no?
Aug-17-06  jmi: 34. c4 is a beautiful move. It blocks the Black Bishop from any activity (34... Bxc4 loses to 35. Qc3+ and the Bishop is taken).

35..... Qxg3 loses quickly to 36. Re8+ (..... Qg8?? 37.Rxg8#) Kg7 37. Nxf5+ and Nxg3.

Aug-17-06  rookattack: why does black not exchange queens on move 35?
Aug-17-06  syracrophy: <rookattack> as <think> points out, after 35...Qxg3 36.Re8+ Kg7 <36...Qg8 37.Rxg8++> 37.Nxf5+ and 38.Nxg3 with a rook of advantage
Aug-17-06  erimiro1: Although 34.c4! and 35.Nh6! were bad surprises for Kavalek, the key move of the game is 28.e5! The Benoni is one of the most difficult defenses for black, that suffers from many weaknesses in his position, not always with enough compensation.
Aug-17-06  EmperorAtahualpa: One of the deepest puns so far. Very nice! And I loved White's attack in the end! With Qb1+, Black is only one move away from mating White but he doesn't get the time to make that move.
Aug-17-06  Phony Benoni: Here's the Spassky--Fischer game alluded to earlier: Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 About the only change I can see in the opening is Gligoric playing a2-a4 instead of Nd2-c4.

The substantial difference comes when White goes to trade off the Black knight on g4. Spassky plays Nc4-e3, Gligoric plays Nc3-d1-e3. Gligoric's plan seems much better, as a White knight established on c4 is one of Black's biggest headaches in the Modern Benoni.

Aug-17-06  RandomVisitor: Could Black have improved with these moves?:

25...Bd3; 26...Qf4; 27...Qg7

After 27...Qf4 Black is practically lost.

Aug-17-06  mr j: what a cool combo to mate :)
Aug-17-06  psmith: <think> <syracrophy> The pun doesn't really work today: "Caveat emptor" means "let the buyer beware" but "emptor" is "buyer" and "caveat" is "beware" (thus: beware, buyer!) so the game title would mean something like "Kavalek, buyer" (or "Kavalek is a buyer").
Aug-17-06  psmith: <An Englishman> -- OK, the pun can work that way, but I guess that wasn't the intention (but maybe I'm wrong!) :)
Aug-17-06  avidfan: 28.e5 is like the awakening of a sleeping giant. The e-file is opened and the king is vulnerable on the long black diagonal. 29.Re4 puts Black on the defensive since g5 is controlled by N/f3 allowing 30.Qg3+ and the wonderful final kinghunt.

Is 34...Rg5 better considering 35.Re8+ Kg7 36.Qc3+ f6 37.Re7+ Kf8 39.d6 Qb1+ 40.Kf2 ?

Aug-17-06  Snaeulf: what about 34. ...Rg5 35. h3 Kg2 ?
Aug-17-06  kevin86: White's queen does a ballet at the end of this one- g3,h4,f6,h4.f4,g5-mostly one or two steps by the ordinary long sliding queen. The lady is versitile,I'll say that.
Aug-17-06  ajile: <erimiro1: Although 34.c4! and 35.Nh6! were bad surprises for Kavalek, the key move of the game is 28.e5! The Benoni is one of the most difficult defenses for black, that suffers from many weaknesses in his position, not always with enough compensation.>

I don't know about this. White's e pawn looks like a significant weakness also. What are the problems you see inherent in the Benoni as far as positional weaknesses?

Aug-17-06  Mendrys: <ajile: White's e pawn looks like a significant weakness also.> True enough. White's e-pawn is weak and subject to attack. It's also one of white's strengths if he can push it under favorable circumstances as in the game.
Sep-07-06  patzer2: White's deflection 29. Re5! sets up the neat 35. Nh6!! for a decisive attack against the weakened castled position.

In the final position, it's mate after <38. Qh4+> 38...Qh5 39. Qxf6+ Qg6 40. Qh4+ Qh5 41. Qf4+ Qg5 42. Qxg5#

Jan-12-09  Eyal: 23...gxf3 seems like a big strategic mistake - Black was better off with 23...Rh5 immediately (to be followed, for example, by Qh6 with some counterplay). The exchange on f3 gives up the pawn on g4 which limits White's play, and emphasizes how much stronger the white knight is than the rather useless black bishop.
Nov-08-11  sevenseaman: Having just encountered (in analysis) Spassky vs Fischer, 1972, the two Benonis are etched like crystals in my head.

There are significant similarities in early maneuvers around move 12-14. Fischer (Black) then strikes
decisively through the center with his Bs playing a very active role in the win.

Gilgoric (White) on the other hand neutralises Black's Bs and causes havoc on the 'g' and 'h' files, with his N playing a very big part.

Both games are things of great beauty and veritable collectors' items.

The Fischer game destroyed Spassky in the world title contest that was in effect a face off between Russian chess might and the pretender American as a symbol of Western challenge. It immortalised Fischer.

Gilgoric's game, though came it in a more normal ambiance, is equally well-played.

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