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Oscar Panno vs Erich Eliskases
"Flash in the Panno" (game of the day Sep-22-2010)
Mar del Plata (1957), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 16, Apr-06
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Jun-29-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Didn't think Rxd5 was too hard to find. Looking back at past kibitzes, check <Dick Brain> from 2005.

He noted Panno had 42. Be4, with shades of Fischer-Panno, 1970 (!!)

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  al wazir: I didn't get within shouting distance of the solution.

But what if black plays 44...f5 ? Did Panno consider that possibility before he sacked his ♖?

White still wins after 45. exd7 Qxd1 46. Nf6+ Kf8 47. Qd6+ Qe7 48. Nfxh7+ Kg8 49. Qxe7 Nxe7 50. d8=R#. Were we supposed to work that out that too?

Jun-29-14  diagonalley: unnnhhh.... 43.RxP .... i'm glad that my policy for sundays is to give up after 3 minutes ... though i might POSSIBLY have considered that move if i had already been well in to a bottle of scotch.
Jun-29-14  consul: <al wazir>: if 44 … f5, 45. exd7, with double threat ♖xe7 and dxc8/♕+
Jun-29-14  consul: Oh, and 45 … ♕xd7 is met by a ♘ fork in f6.
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  kbob: I realize I am quibbling with a winner here, but I wonder if I am the only one who was seduced by 43. Ne4?! dxe4 44. Rxd7 Bxd7 45. Nf6+ Kh8 46. Nxd7. It is a long range exchange sac based on restricting blacks queen to covering the f6 square and perhaps trapping the c3 rook with Bc4. There seemed to be lots of interesting variations.
Jun-29-14  gabriel112000: Found it!
Jun-29-14  morfishine: Having spent considerable time eliminating 43.Nf6+, only later did I find the first move:


43...exd5 44.e6 fxe6 45.Rxe6 Qf8 46.Rxg6+ hxg6 47.h7+ Kg7 48.Ne6+

PM: I see White played 46.Qxf8+ which I contemplated too. I wonder if 46.Rxg6+ gets the job done too?

PM(2): Wow, that was a lot of maneuvering! I wonder if all those moves were necessary? Intriguing game


Jun-29-14  Prudov: kbob: < I wonder if I am the only one who was seduced by 43. Ne4?! dxe4 44. Rxd7 Bxd7 45. Nf6+ Kh8 46. Nxd7>. That was my first thought too. It looked promising but the attack fizzled out. So, this time as ever, a Sunday puzzle not solved. Seduced by 43. Ne4, I did not consider <43.Rxd5>.
Jun-29-14  alshatranji: < I wonder if I am the only one who was seduced by 43. Ne4?! dxe4 44. Rxd7 Bxd7 45. Nf6+ Kh8 46. Nxd7>. Me too. But I realized that after 46. Nxd7 White is still the exchange down, and there are no more attacking chances.
Jun-29-14  alshatranji: Unfortunate choice of pun in my opinion. I suppose it is a reference to "flash in the pan". But doesn't this expression refer to some short-lived and ineffective action? I don't think this is what they want to say about Panno in this game.
Jun-29-14  alshatranji: Kevin86: Do you mean the Danny DeVito movie? Very good film, but I don't see how it is related to the metaphors you used.
Jun-29-14  JimmyRockHound: I guessed 43: Rd5 because it looked like something might happen. I didn't calculate it through though so I can't claim a cigar.
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

The black bishop does not control e6 at the moment. This suggests 43.Rxd5, to divert the pawn on e6 and enable the pawn thrust 44.e6:

A) 43... exd5 44.e6

A.1) 44... fxe6 45.Rxe6

A.1.a) 45... Qf8 46.Rf6

A.1.a.i) 46... Nxf6 47.Nxf6+

A.1.a.i.1) 47... Kh8 48.Qc7

A.1.a.i.1.a) 48... Ne7 49.Qd8 followed by Nf7#.

A.1.a.i.1.b) 48... Qe7 49.Qxe7 Nxe7 50.Nf7#.

A.1.a.i.1.c) 48... Qxf6 49.Qxh7#.

A.1.a.i.1.d) 48... Qxh6 49.Nf7+ Kg7 50.Nxh6+ Kxf6 (50... Kxh6 51.Qxh7+ Kg5 52.Qh4+ Kf5 53.Bh3+ Ke5 54.Qf4#) 51.Ng8+ Kf5 (51... Ke6 52.Bh3#; 51... Kg5 52.Qf4+ Kh5 53.Nf6#) 52.Bh3+ Ke4 53.Qf4#.

A.1.a.i.1.e) 48... Qxh6 49.Nf7+ Kg7 50.Nxh6+ Bd7 51.Qxd7+ with material advantage and attack.

A.1.a.i.2) 47... Qxf6 48.Qxf6 Ra7 49.Bg2 Rc5 (49... Ne7 50.Qg7#) 50.Qd6 looks winning.

A.1.a.ii) 46... Qd8 47.Rxg6+ and mate in two.

A.1.a.iii) 46... Qe8 47.Rf7 seems to win (47... Qd8 48.Rg7+ Kh8 49.Nf7#; 47... Ra7 48.Rg7+ Kh8 49.Nf7+ Qxf7 50.Qxf7 + -).

A.1.a.iv) 46... Qe7 47.Rf7 Rf3 (47... Qxg5 48.Rg7+ Kh8 49.Rxh7+ and mate in two) 48.Qxf3 Qxg5 49.Rg7+ and mate in three as in the previous subline.

A.1.b) 45... Qd8 46.Qf7+ and mate next.

A.1.c) 45... Rf3 46.Qxf3 with a winning attack (46... Qxg5 47.Re8+ and mate next).

A.2) 44... Nde5 45.exf7+

A.2.a) 45... Kf8 46.Nxh7#.

A.2.b) 45... Kh8 46.f8=Q+ Qxf8 47.Qxf8#.

A.2.c) 45... Nxf7 46.Rxe7 wins.

A.2.d) 45.... Qxf7 46.Qxf7+ Nxf7 47.Re8#.

A.3) 44... Nce5 45.exf7+

A.3.a) 45... Kf8 46.Nxh7#.

A.3.b) 45... Kh8 46.Rxe5 looks winning.

A.3.c) 45... Nxf7 46.Rxe7 wins.

A.3.d) 45... Qxf7 46.Qxf7+ Nxf7 47.Re8+ Nf8 48.Nf6+ and mate next.

A.4) 44... Qf8 45.exf7+ Kh8 46.Re8 looks crushing.

A.5) 44... f5 45.exd7

A.5.a) 45... Qxe1 46.Nf6+ Kf8 (46... Kh8 47.Nf7#) 47.Qd6+ Qe7 (47... Ne7 48.d8=Q#) 48.Nfxh7+ Kg8 49.Qxe7 Nxe7 50.d8=Q(R)#.

A.5.b) 45... Qxd7 46.Nf6+ and 47.Nxd7 wins.

A.6) 44... f6 45.exd7 looks similar to A.5.

B) 43... Ncb8 44.Rd2 followed by Red1, Bg2, etc. with a considerable advantage.

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  agb2002: I didn't see the winning defense 49... Be6 in my line A.1.a.i.1.a. White only seems to have a draw by repetition after 49.Qe5 Nc6 50.Qc7.
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  Penguincw: 43.Rxd5 was pretty obvious, but I wasn't sure to follow up with 44.e6 or 44.Nf6+.
Jun-29-14  morfishine: <alshatranji: Unfortunate choice of pun in my opinion. I suppose it is a reference to "flash in the pan". But doesn't this expression refer to some short-lived and ineffective action? I don't think this is what they want to say about Panno in this game> I typed up a whole bit on this, but thought "Why bother?"

Here's what I had: <rapidcitychess> Unfortunately, your pun misses the target

Here's the origin of ''Flash in the pan':

"Prospectors who panned for gold supposedly became excited when they saw something glint in the pan, only to have their hopes dashed when it proved not to be gold but a mere 'flash in the pan'. This is an attractive and plausible notion, in part because it ties in with another phrase related to disappointment - 'it didn't pan out'."

"Flash in the Pan" (as it refers to a musket) is identical in its connotation

Here's the definition(s), condensed over the years:

1: a sudden spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing 2: one that appears promising but turns out to be disappointing or worthless

Therefore, referencing this game, "Flash in the Pan" applies to neither White's play nor Black's play since (1) White's play was brilliant, had substance and didn't disappoint & (2) Black's play featured nothing flashy to get momentarily excited about

The main problem though is not the pun, since one can only try and its hard to make chess puns; This is to your credit; But how in the world was it ever approved? Does <CG> not know the definition of "Flash in the Pan"?


Jun-29-14  JG27Pyth: I think my pun's apt, but for some reason it fails the most basic test of punning -- it isn't amusing: The Pannopticon
Jun-29-14  ughaibu: Then make it the panAPTicon!
Jun-29-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Over the board I'd try

43 Nf6+ Nxf6 (alternatives lose a pawn)
44 exf6

with the idea of loading up on e6 in the hope of making the f7 pawn go away.

But I can't see any lines that look like they'd make convincing breakthroughs.

Jun-29-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: The correct combination didn't even occur to me. Wow.
Jun-29-14  DeutroJesaja: I did not see that coming. Seemed counter intuitive to me, but that probably says more about my lack of skill than anything else. :)
Jun-29-14  gars: Monday, please come soon!
Jun-29-14  Ed Frank: Completely missed this one. But I'm not too bummed: it's a beautiful sequence.
Jun-29-14  patzer2: Analyzed move-by-move with Fritz 12:

<43. Rxd5!!> The move played by Pano is strongest, but it's only one of several winning possibilities.

For example the straight forward 43. Bg2 also wins when play might continue 43...a5 44. Rde2 Qf8 45. Bh3 Ne7 46. Nf6+ Nxf6 47. exf6 Nf5 48. Bxf5 gxf5 49. g4 fxg4 50. Qxg4 Qxh6 51. Nxe6+ Qg6 52. Ng5 Bd7 53. Re7 h6 54. R1e5 Be6 55. R7xe6 fxe6 56. f7+ Kg7 57. Nxe6+ Kf6 58. Qxg6+ Kxg6 59. f8=Q Rxf8 60. Nxf8+ Kf7 61. Rf5+ Ke7 62. Ng6+ Ke6 63. Rh5 .

<43... exd5 44. e6 fxe6>

44... Nf6 45. exf7+

44... f5 45. exd7 Qxe1 46. Nf6+ Kf8 47.
Qd6+ Qe7 48. Ngxh7+ Kf7 49. Ng5+ Kf8 50. Nfh7+ Kg8 51. Qxg6+ Kh8 52. Qe8+ Qxe8 53. dxe8=Q#

<45. Rxe6 Qf8>

45... Qxe6 46. Nxe6 Ra7 47. Ng5 Nf8 48. Nf6+ Kh8 49. Qd6 Ne6 50. Nxe6 Re7 51. Nd8 Be6 52. Qxe6 Rxe6 53. Nf7#

<46. Qxf8+ Kxf8 47. Nxh7+ Kg8 48. Ng5 Bb7>

48... Nde5 49. Re8#

48... Nf6 49. Nxf6+ Kf8 50. Re8#

<49. Rxg6+ Kf8 50. h7> Black resigns in lieu of Ke7 51. Re6+ Kd8 52. h8=Q+ Kc7 53. Qh7 .

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