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Rogelio Ortega vs Eduardo Etcheverry
PanAmerican Championship (1963), Havana
Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Main Line (B03)  ·  0-1



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Aug-10-05  prinsallan: Black, who had been better all along, decided the game here with the nice double decoy 38...Nd2+ White resigned, because on 39.Nxd2, there follows Qg1 mate, and on 39.Bxd2, there follows Qf2 mate. Only, in the last variation, Qf2 is an impossible move.
Aug-11-05  TonyClifton: Whata insane resignation!!! 39.Bxd2 and white wins. Blunder, blunder,blunder
Aug-11-05  flamboyant: Tonyclifton: you should re-watch the game carefully ;) 39.Bxd2 loose instantly (as Nxd2 too)
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  WannaBe: I can see the losing line if Nxd2, but I fail to see the line for Bxd2. Can someone post that line?
Aug-11-05  Happypuppet: <flamboyant> <WannaBe>

After Bxd2, I assume you believe that Qf2 mate will be played next. Look harder. Where is the Black king?

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  WannaBe: <Happypuppet> That's the point of my post, I don't see black winning if Bxd2. Read my post again please.
Aug-11-05  Shams: yes, mutual blindness. black had nothing better than offering to repeat moves with 38...Nf4 39.Qh4+ Nh5.
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  WannaBe: Maybe this is Daniel Ortega of the Nicaragua dictator?
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  sfm: Wonder if the "0-1" should not simply be "1-0" - as "Black resigned after discovering that his last move was not so clever after all..!" We'll never know. Hilarious ending!
Aug-24-06  Manic: <sfm> <prinsallan> quotes from Tim Krabbe's site

"Black, who had been better all along, decided the game here with the nice double decoy 38...Nd2+ White resigned, because on 39.Nxd2, there follows Qg1 mate, and on 39.Bxd2, there follows Qf2 mate. Only, in the last variation, Qf2 is an impossible move."

In other words, the score is correct.

Jun-05-07  kellmano: playing through the game i really rated black's 31st move, as i imagine Ortega did in this game. This admiration of the earlier concept clearly clouded his vision prior to his resignation. Incidentally, when i am losing a nice game i always play out the mate to give my opponent the chance to see their idea on the board.

If Ortega had done that here, there is a fifty percent chance he would've won. But, a bit like Schrodinger's cat, we'll never know.

Jun-05-07  Chicago Chess Man: White goes wrong as early as move 8. Correct is 8. Nc3 and then if 8...Nb4, 9. Rc1 maintaining an advantage
Dec-26-14  Superjombonbo: Bxd2 pins the queen!
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  fredthebear: White surely saw this double decoy mate coming when he played 32.Qd3 instead of capturing the en prise Ne6.
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