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Srecko Nedeljkovic vs Mijo Udovcic
YUG-ch 7th (1951), Sarajevo, rd 8, Nov-26
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  0-1



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Jan-23-07  Tactic101: Whoa! I also got the same analysis. I first though about Nc5+ where white can get out of this mess he put himself into by getting the black king out, but then I thought about deflecting the black rook to get on a square where white can fork it and the king with Nc5+. b3+! was the answer. I think that this side of the puzzle, finding the winning move for white would have been harder. Maybe a Thursday problem since it is tricky. Ah well. Pretty nifty puzzle for Tuesday.
Jan-23-07  Tactic101: I quickly looked at the game. White must have been very clumsy and careless to let a game like this to slip away. Black had a bad bishop, while white had two good knights as well as an outside passed pawn. And even at the end, he can win. A good game wasted.
Jan-23-07  JohnBoy: <Englishman> - can you possibly post the score of the N-T game? The only thing I can find either here or at is a Nimzo from Zurich 53.
Jan-23-07  Marco65: <JohnBoy> It's probably Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953
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  cu8sfan: <I got it, but found it a little tough for a Monday here.> That's probably because it's Tuesday here. (-;
Jan-23-07  WarmasterKron: <notyetagm> Missing the opportunity to post Kramnik's blunder against Deep Fritz? Not ill, are you?
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  kevin86: White's 59th move looks great! It threatens mate and certainly puts black on the defensive----except----it allows a mate in two.

Funny,I looked at the rook sac at c3 followed by the knight check at a3-the king escapes,so I just reversed the moves and (voila!) a mate in two!

Jan-23-07  syracrophy: <Aristarchos><Is there any comment on this in the book, <syracrophy>?>

No, there isn't. It's a book full of puzzles. Not of analysis of the whole games

Jan-23-07  MiCrooks: Not sure if White is winning (it IS or CAN BE a Rook and Pawn end-game shortly) but it certainly looks promising.

What is White's best move in the position? 59. Nxc6 looks very promising.

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  thegoodanarchist: Just right for a Tuesday puzzle! Good job

Took me about 20-30 seconds to get it, as it should be on Tuesday.

Jan-23-07  laskereshevsky: HELLO
<syracrophy: In a book appears the position from move 53, as "White t play and win">

<It's funny, since in the book it appears that White wins and now I see that White missed this winning combination, and Black was the winner>

And i saw ( and solve too...) that in a chess-magazzine about......7/8 years ago!!!

watching the board was strange cause i "felt" the position is in same way "familiar"...but iwasnt able to understand why....

just a second after checked your post i said: "YES!!! i remember..."

P.S.: i got the 'actual" solution in ab.15/20 seconds

Jan-23-07  YouRang: Heh, I found it pretty rapidly, although at first I tried the reverse: 59...Rc3+ 60. bxc3 Na3+, but alas, white escapes: 61. Kd3.
Jan-23-07  Eldorado01: I still like this one. It is like white is easily winning because of the threat Ra8 mate. But black has a nice mating has the same mating combination on the c-file.
Jan-23-07  YouRang: It is kinda funny how white (on moves 57 and 58) pushes the black king into position to deliver mate to white. Sort of like a helpmate. :-D
Jan-23-07  Themofro: The rook check just jumps out at you, then you just need to find a way to deflect that pawn...
Jan-23-07  Holmstrom: Easy Tuesday :)
Jan-23-07  wals: well I'll be gobsmacked! What an ending.
Jan-23-07  vibes43: Good puzzle. I'm finding Mon and Tue easier to spot. Hope it's me getting better.
Jan-23-07  MF Noob: why in the world would white exchange his knight for black's pathetic dark squared bishop?
Jan-23-07  YouRang: <MF Noob: why in the world would white exchange his knight for black's pathetic dark squared bishop?>

By the time he captured the DSB (39. Rxe7), he had no choice: he would lose the knight otherwise.

You might ask, however, why he played 38. Nc8 (threatening to capture the DSB or the Ra7).

For one thing, that knight was itself sort of pathetic (it's only safe move was the retreat to c4. More importantly, its presence on b6 kept white's rooks tied to the a-file. If, for instance, 38. Rb1? then 38...Rxb6! (39. axb6 Rxa4).

Jan-23-07  Fisheremon: <MF Noob: why in the world would white exchange his knight for black's pathetic dark squared bishop?> The position after 33.Qb5 seemed completely drawn, although with Black's bad bishop. Indeed Black had a very nice plan to a win with 33...Ng3! planning g5-h5-g4 and attack on the king-side, e.g. 33... Ng3 34. Nd2 (34. Nxg3 fxg3 35. Nc4 g5 36. Re2 h5 37. Qa4 Bh6 38. Rd1 g4 39. fxg4 hxg4 40. Rf1 Bf4) 34... g5 35. Ndc4 h5 36. Ra2 g4 37. b3 gxf3 38. gxf3 Rg7.
Jan-23-07  vagrantlike: yes got it through some work .nice one.
Jan-24-07  Marco65: <why he played 38.Nc8> I think there is an explanation. Black was threatening 38...Ne2+ 39.Kf2 Nd4 and now the black knight is in an excellent position, creating a barrier to the advance of the white king. And the immediate 38.Kf2 is useless because of 38...Bh4 and white king has to go back.

White then decides that eliminating the DSB has more pros than cons, and gains the time to play 40.Kf2 preventing Black's manoeuver.

Jun-03-16  goodevans: <ianD: I think White missed the cheap shot 59.Nc5+. I think this leads to at least a draw by repitition.>

Better to sac the b-pawn first: <59.b3+ Rxb3 59.Nc5+> wins outright.

Jun-03-16  ndg2: As others already pointed out 59.Rg8 was an ultra-huge blunder of Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 proportions. Correct was 59.b3+!, because black has to give up his knight, because 59...Rxb3? loses even more material after 60.Nc5+! or even allows mate after 60...dxc5?? 61.Ra6#.

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