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Arni H Kristjansson vs Ingimar Brynjolfsson
Iceland (1995) (correspondence), corr
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-04-05  makaveli52: didnt realize white was playing for a draw, decided 25.Qh6 shud work, but did not go too deep into lines.
Dec-04-05  pawntificator: Nice game, incredible tactics. I was looking for a win, not a draw, dag nabbit.
Dec-04-05  notsodeepthought: Same here, kept looking for a win... should have known better I guess.
Dec-04-05  yataturk: why not 25 ... Kxd7?
Dec-04-05  notsodeepthought: <yataturk> 25 ... K:e7 (I assume that's what you meant, not K:d7) leads to mate in all variations after 26 Nd5+, except for one, namely 26 ... Kc6 27 Qc7+, but after 27... Kb5 28 a4 white wins the queen.
Dec-04-05  DoctorChess: If 25 ...Kxd7 White has a scary discovered double check with +Nd5 leading to mate or lost of material.
Dec-04-05
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  Sneaky: I guess part of today's puzzle is coming to the sober realization that the game can't be won...
Dec-04-05  snowie1: Seems that W missed several chances..14.Ne6? and skipping on to the puzzle, Qxh7 would appear to offer better winning opportunities and wonder what B would have done with 26.Nxh7 bearing down with Q combo?
Dec-04-05  idriveacapri: Way above me
Dec-04-05  panthercat: <notsodeepthought> I'm not sure I see how white wins the queen in that variation. Given 25...Kxe7 26. Nd5+ Kd7 27. Qe7+ Kc6 28. Qc7+ Kb5, the Qc5 is still defended by the pawn on d6, so kicking the king away with 29. a4+ doesn't do anything (except drop a pawn). For example, if 29...Kxa4 Nc3+ 30. Kb4 and the knight has to retreat to e2 or be taken by the Be6. If 29...Kc4 30. Ne3+ Kb3 and again white doesn't seem to have much to show for it.

Black does drop a rook after 29. Qxb7+ Ka5 30. Qxa8, but I think Black might have the edge after that (e.g. 30...Bxd5 31. exd5 e4 or 31. Qxd5 Qxd5 32. exd5 Kb4).

Dec-04-05  DAL9000: 26. e8=Q+!! is an inspired move, and one that I completely overlooked.

Instead, I thought 26. Nh5, with the idea of Qf6+, Ng7+, and Qxe6+, would draw, and I'm fairly sure it does against 26... Qxc2. (If you looked at that and thought it /didn't/ draw, please do post your analysis; I'm not the best tactician in the world, and will welcome any corrections.) But whether or not my idea does end up getting White a draw against Qxc2, on closer inspection, I see that the line I thought would deal with 26... Kg6 was wrong.

Specifically, what I'd planned for was: (26. Nh5 Kg6) 27. Qf6+ Kxh5 28. h4 Rg8 29. e8=Q+! and White wins.

Problem is, though, that Rg8 isn't the only way Black can defend g5-- if he plays (26. Nh5 Kg6 27. Qf6+ Kxh5 28. h4) 28... Qe3! instead, does White still have a draw?

Dec-04-05  DAL9000: <skipping on to the puzzle, Qxh7 would appear to offer better winning opportunities>

See, I thought that too at first, because of the mate threat on f6. But then I realized that Black just takes the Knight with his Bishop and White is dead, dead, dead.

Dec-04-05  notsodeepthought: <panthercat> Dang, you're right - serves me right for looking at this without a board. I'll have to take another look...
Dec-04-05  DAL9000: <Panthercat> is right that a4+ doesn't win the Queen, but when he suggests that Black keeps the edge after (25...Kxe7 26. Nd5+ Kd7 27. Qe7+ Kc6 28. Qc7+ Kb5) 29. Qxb7+ Ka5 30. Qxa8 by playing 30...Bxd5, the e7 pawn says, "AHEM."
Dec-04-05  shyamsg: <panthercat> In your line white should play 27. Qxh7+ instead of 27.Qe7+. If later in the line black plays 30...Bxd5 then 31. Qxd5 gives white the upper hand (queen exchange or not), white still has 2 connected passed pawns in the g-h files. and without the bishop black is in a mess.
Dec-04-05  Madman99X: How is the final position a draw? It looks like black has all the winning chances?
Dec-04-05  DAL9000: <How is the final position a draw? It looks like black has all the winning chances?>

In the final position, if Black takes the Knight, White has a perpetual: 27... Bxd7 28. Qh7+ Kf6 29. Qh6+ Ke7 30. Qh4+!, and there's no escape for Black.

If on the other hand Black /doesn't/ take the Knight, then he loses his Queen-- because if he moves it, White answers with Qxh7 mate.

Dec-04-05  Cogano: If everyone would forgive my ignorance, why would black agree to a draw after move 27? I'm not particularly learned in chess tactics and the most I can see for white to hope for is perpetual check. But even that could run out, if black blocked those checks properly. I would sincerely appre-ciate it if someone would explain to me how could white still have won after his knight was taken. Thanks a bnuch & take care all.
Dec-04-05
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  al wazir: What happens after 25...Kxe7 ? My analysis is 26. Nd5+ Kd7 27. Qe7+ Kc6 28. Qc7+ Kb5 29. a4+ Kc4 30. Nb6+ Kd4. Now white has no useful checks. After 31. Nxa8 Qxc7 32. Nxc7 Bd7, white loses at least one pawn and the game.
Dec-04-05  greyfox: wasted five minutes trying to solve a forced win..no idea that white would just play for a draw..
Dec-04-05
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  Chnebelgrind: It is far beyond my skills. <DAL9000> Thanks for the elucidations. Nice mate after 27...♕something 28. ♕xh7
Dec-04-05  erimiro1: I got it, but didn't know that white is playing for draw.<al wazir> I think you've missed 29.Q:B7+ Ka5 (and not: 29.- Kc4?? that leads to mate in 2) 30.Q:a8 Q:c2 with an unclear position, that is risky for both sides.
Dec-04-05  monad: Seeing that the sequel fizzles out into a draw, is it now a 'Spot the prequel gaffe' puzzle?

Dec-04-05  monad: <snowie1: Seems that W missed several chances..14.Ne6? >

Pity Black did not make the most of this, by playing his Knight to f8 (instead of b6), to prepare a kingside assault.

BTW, are you a Backgammon fan? I prefer JellyFish to the Snowie program.

Dec-04-05  erimiro1: <snowie1><monad>My first reaction to 14.Ne6! was: "Ahhh. Such moves works only in Iceland". It looked to me suspicious and not conviensing. BUT... as far as I can see now, it's not that simple. The move causes many difficulties to black, also with 15.- Nf8, and black strategy has to include: 1. Castling. 2. To take care on the pawn e6. Also I have to apologize for the people of Iceland, because they have few strong GM's (not including the new citizen Fischer), like Olaffson, and moves like Ne6 needs imagination and abbilities. So Iceland, here I am, telling you that I'm sorry.
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