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Evgeni Vasiukov vs Vratislav Hora
"The Hora, the Hora!" (game of the day Feb-28-2006)
Socialist Armed Forces Tournament (1965), Budapest HUN
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Dyckhoff Variation (C63)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-06  dangerousliaisons: Interesting game, I am not convinced black handled this game particularly well. He seemed reluctant to attack after playing the Schliemann, which must be wrong! He loses to a tactic at the end, but I think white has a winning advantage thanks to his huge lead in space anyway. What do others think?
Feb-28-06  offramp: The pun refers to that book by Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, which was based on Conrad's experiences in the Belgian Congo. It's a very good book.
Feb-28-06  KholdStare: I was under the impression that the pun was "The Horror! The Horror!"
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Somewhere, Joseph Conrad and Marlon Brando are tossing back a few pints and having a good laugh.
Feb-28-06  zabbura2002: I don't think Black should offer to trade Queens since White's Queen's is almost stucked already.
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  al wazir: Black's attack vanished in a puff of greasy black smoke. What was the point of 22...a6 ? It justs loses time. I think he should have played 25...h5. If 26. Bxh5 then 26...Rh8 followed by 29...Ng6; if 26. Qxh5 then 26...Ng6 followed by 29...Rh8; if 26. Be2 then 26...Nf5.
Feb-28-06  VargPOD: <KholdStare>, you are right. "The Horror! The Horror!" comes from the Conrad book.

I guess most people would know it from the movie Apocalypse Now, which is based on the Conrad book (story moved from colonial Africa to war-era Vietnam).

Chess related: after the queen trade black's position is very bad and hopes of a kingside attack have vanished. So I don't understand the exchange also.

Feb-28-06  vmur2000: Boring game.Black just played aimlessly
Feb-28-06  EmperorAtahualpa: 35...Kxc6?! was not the prettiest of moves. :(

Nice pun, but a pun referring to Mardi Gras would have been more appropriate today!

Feb-28-06  dakgootje: < 35...Kxc6?! was not the prettiest of moves. :( > black was lost anyway, dunno whether there was a 'better' move

<So I don't understand the exchange also.> Well if im correct usually the one who's defending or has an uncastled king wants to trade of queens, so i think black did it because of that

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  Richard Taylor: <offramp: The pun refers to that book by Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, which was based on Conrad's experiences in the Belgian Congo. It's a very good book.> Yes - and T S Eliot subtitled his poem "The Hollow Men" with the line "Mister Kurtz - he dead" - and "The horror, the horror" were the tast words of Mr Kurtz (as reported) so -this is Eliot's tragic-ironic note to the book's theme - which is indeed a great book - as Eliot acknowledged. Witty pun.
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  Richard Taylor: Thhisis an intereting game, and intstructive in the way that the GM Vasiukov skilfuly nuetralised Black's attack.

A better way for Black might have been 15...Ref8 and to push the f pawn.

Feb-28-06  alexandrovm: Black had an agressive attack. White defended patiently and the counterattack, nice game.
Feb-28-06  DanRoss53: White is favoured even before 35... ♔xc6?? which is the nail in the coffin.
Feb-28-06  backyard pawn: White had chances to take Black's h-pawn, but refrained. Seems Black should have tried to send it on a suicide mission, because it just got in the way of his attack on White's position.
Feb-28-06  Fan of Leko: Sir, I am unaware of any such game or variation - nor would I be disposed to discuss such a game if it did in fact exist, sir.
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  kevin86: This game was headed for a quick finish;white gains two pieces and a pawn for the rook---and of course,his position is dominant.

Happy Mardi Gras!!

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  OhioChessFan: I don't know what Black could have done with his queen if he hadn't traded it. Not many good looking squares left for the lady. Would ...22 Rxg4 gotten anywhere?
Feb-28-06  Stonewaller2: So could we say the maneuver ♗b5-e2-g4 put White in the "heart of darkness?"
Feb-28-06  Warrush: This game just prooves that you should castle early.
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  Phony Benoni: But that was Black's problem. He castled short while castling long!
Feb-28-06  TTLump: Black missed a nice little tactical manouver at move 25 that would have given him definite winning chances:

25. Rd2 Rg5! (threatens Ng6 winning the Queen) 26. Bxg5 (forced) Rxg5
27. Bh5 (forced) Nf5
28. Qf4 (forced) Rxh5

and now Black has two Bishops for his Rook and a much improved position!

White dare not try the glaringly obvious pawn fork
29. g4 Rg5
30. gxf5, and Black pounces with
30. ... Bd6! and White loses his Queen! ...

because if
31. cxd6 Qxc1
32. dxc7+ Kc8
and White has to give up his Queen to stop mate.

unless I missed something?

Premium Chessgames Member That's a creative idea, TTLump. Check back here later for crafty's assessment.
Feb-28-06  crafty: 25...♖g5 26. ♖f1 ♘g6 27. ♗xg5 ♘xh4 28. ♗xh4 ♗g7   (eval -0.64; depth 16 ply; 750M nodes)
Feb-28-06  TTLump: Crafty finds an interesting variation!

I guess the word "forced" means something else to a chess engine!

Can you imagine a human playing that line OTB?

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