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Anatoly S Lutikov vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze
URS-ch sf (1957), Sverdlovsk URS, rd 3, Nov-14
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: I guess it's a queen sacrifice. I'm just not sure which queen is being sacrificed.
Nov-05-15  detritus: If 46. … Qxb2, I think 47. Qd4+ shuts down Black's attack pretty hard. Might overlook it in a speed game, but it wasn't that hard to find.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This game is absolutely insane. Absolutely. Insane.

"Abso-Lutikov Insane?"

One could write a great deal about this game, but I would like to note to little oddities. First, Black's win depends upon a K&P ending! 50.Qc8,Qxc5+; 51.Qxc5,Bxc5+; 52.Kxc5,g3 wins. Second, the postion after 45.Ka4 stumped me until I realized that Black's King lives in complete safety and White has no threats. Hard to believe but true. Therefore, Black has the time to try moves that seem to squander tempi.

Nov-05-15  stst: Need a special set containing more than 2 Q.
46.Rxb2 (if Rxf2 Qa3#) Ra3+
47.Kxb4 Qxb2+
48.Kc4 (if Q(d5)b3 - N cannot move, pinned by B@f8 Qxb3#) Qc3#
Nov-05-15  nalinw: Isn't this a little difficult for a Thursday? You have to see all the way to the end - forced trade of pieces and all checking squares covered!
Nov-05-15  stst: almost down all, just missed White's a-pawn
Nov-05-15  stst: not really that difficult, just need to be careful for the next-to-last shot...
Nov-05-15  ruzon: Hard to believe that Black's Queen and pinned Bishop can completely shut down White's Queen from attacking Black's completely exposed King.
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight.

White threatens 46.Rxf2.

The white king is not safe and the g-pawn can promote in three moves. These details suggest 45... Qxb2:

A) 46.Rxb2 Ra3+ 47.Kxb4 Qxb2+ 48.Qb3 Rxb3+ 49.Qb3 (49.Kc4 Qc3#) 49... Rxb3+

A.1) 50.axb3 Qf2 51.Qd5 Qxc5+ 52.Qxc5 Bxc5+ 53.Kxc5 g3 wins.

A.2) 50.Ka4 Qa3#.

A.3) 50.Ka5 Ra3+ 51.Na4 Qb5#.

A.4) 50.Kc4 Rc3+ followed by 51... Qd2+ wins the remaining queen.

B) 46.Qb3 Rxb3

B.1) 47.Rxb2 Ra3+ 48.Kxb4 Qxb2+ 49.Kc4 Rc3+ transposes to A.4.

B.2) 47.Rxf2 Ra3#.

B.3) 47.axb3 Qa3#.

C) 46.Ka5 Qxd2 47.Qxd2 Qxc5+ 48.Ka4 Qb5#.

D) 46.Qxf8+ Rxf8

D.1) 47.Rxb2 Qxb2 - + [R+P vs N].

D.2) 47.Rxf2 Qa3#.

Nov-05-15  morfishine: <45...Qxb2>
Nov-05-15  diagonalley: URRGH!?! ... each side has managed to gain an extra Q and yet material is (nominally) still level ?!? ... blink, and double blink... well... got the first couple of moves, but this is more like a friday/saturday level
Nov-05-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: <detritus>,

When the smoke clears after Qd4+, it looks to me like Black is a piece up.

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  Oxspawn: Watched the rugby world cup final last weekend. Great game as a spectator, but I would have been terrified to find myself on the pitch. Felt the same about this game – bes to sit safely behind the fence and out of the way of the flying queens and rooks.

In my imagination I ‘played’ 45. …. g3 and after
46. Rxf2 gxf2
had no idea what happens after that or even if ‘that’ happens. So I just played the game through and cheered at the end….

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  patzer2: For my Thursday puzzle attempt, I visualized <45...Qxb2 46. Rxb2 Ra3+ 47. Kxb4 Qxb2+ 48. Qb3 Rxb3+ 49. axb3> but missed the strong pinning move 49...Qf2 , going instead for 49...Qg7 which wins with more difficulty.

After 49...Qf2! the attempt to defend the pinned Knight with 50. Qd5 (diagram below)

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is refuted by 50...Qxc5+ 51. Qxc5 Bxc5+ 52. Kxc5 g3 with the decisive advance of the passed pawn.

Instead of <26. Qg2> (+1.01 @ 21 depth), Deep Fritz 14 indicates White missed a more likely win with 26. Qxb4 (+1.75 @ 25 depth) when play might continue 26...f4 27. Qb7 fxg3 28. d7 Nxd7 29. Qxa8+ Nf8 30. Rdf1 Bd7 31. Rhg1 Rc5 32. Bb3 Qd6 33. Bc2 Bf6 34. Nb3 Rc8 35. Qf3 Be5 36. Rd1 Qc6 37. Be4 Qb6 38. Rg2 Bf4 39. Rc2 Rxc2 40. Bxc2 Qc6 41. Be4 Qb5 42. Nd4 Qe5 43. Bc2 Qf6 44. Ne2 Bc6 45. Be4 Bxe4+ 46. Qxe4 Be5 47. Rd5 Qf1+ 48. Kc2 Bf6 49. Nxg3 Qf2+ 50. Ne2 Kg7 51. Rf5 Qb6 52. b4 Qd6 53. Rc5 Qh2 54. Qb7+ Kh6 55. Qxa6 Kxh5 56. a4 (+6.30 @ 20 depth).

Also, instead of <27. Rd2 =>, Fritz indicates 27. Bd3! (+1.35 @ 20 depth) maintains White's winning chances, as 27. Bd3 Bxd1? (best according to Fritz is 27... Ra5 28. Be2 Rf7 29. Bxg4 fxg4 30. Rhe1 Re5 31. Rxe5 Bxe5 32. Qd5 Qh7+ 33. Ne4 Nd7 34. Ne6 Rf5 35. Qb7 g3 =) 28. Ngxf5 Qf6 29. Rxd1 (+2.52 @ 20 depth) sacrifices the exchange for a decisive grip on the center.

Nov-05-15  gofer: Wow, its pretty unusual for us to get a POTD with 4 queens on the board. So many attacking possibilities so I would assume we might be trying a check, but I think we can cause more problems by attacking a pawn.

<45 ... Qxb2>

Black threatens Ra3# and Qa3#, while Rf6 protect Bf8 and Qf2 protects Qb2 (through Rd2) which means white has no simple checks...

46 Qxf8+ Rxf8
47 Rxb2 Qxb2
48 Ka4 Rb8! (Qb3 Qxb3+ 49 any move g3 )
49 Qb3 Qa3+
50 Qxa3 bxa3

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46 Rxb2 Ra3+!
47 Kxb4 Qxb2+
48 Qb3 Rxb3+ (Kc4 Qc3#)
49 axb3 Qf2!!

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<46 Ka5! ...>

Okay, now things are interesting, white as escaped the immediate mate threats and it is black that needs to find a defence. The problem being that black probably has to play either Q(b)xd2 or Q(f)b2 and both choices leave holes in black's defences. But I think Q(b)xd2 is clearly better...

<46 ... Q(b)xd2>

47 Qxd2 Qxc5+
48 Kxa6 Qc6+ mating (Ka4 Qb5#)

<47 Qe5+ ...>

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Black is a whole rook up and has a passed pawn, so should be winning, but with its king out in the open there is no certainty here!


Hmmm, <Very Difficult> for a Thursday!

Nov-05-15  dfcx: Black would like to play Ra3+, but the pawn is defending the square. So taking out the defender first, then everything follows.

45...Qxb2 46.Rxb2 Ra3+ 47.Kxb4 Qxb2+ 48.Qb3 Rxb3+ 49.axb3

Now material is about even but black has a pin on the white knight plus a passed pawn. 49...Qf2 50.Qd5 Qxc5+ 51.Qxc5 Bxc5+ 52.Kxc5 g3 wins

Nov-05-15  tea4twonty: 45..Qxb2! 46. Ka5 Qbxd2! 47. Qe5+ Kg8! 48. Qe6+ Rf7!
Nov-05-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: Oh, I see how I miscalculated.
Nov-05-15  saturn2: White threatens Nd6 and after the exchange on f8 the two queens will cause trouble to black. Black has to act fast so: 45..Qxb2. I got it up to move 48 and supposed black had the better endgame but did not further explore that.
Nov-05-15  varishnakov: I got all the way to 49.axb3, but then I didn't see what to do next.
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  Jimfromprovidence: it's interesting how optionless white is after 49...Qf2.

If 50 Kc4, then 50...Qxc5+ 51 Kd3 Qd6+ wins.

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If 50 Qc8 (also 50 Qa5), then black just exchanges pieces with 50...Qxc5+ 51 Qxc5 Bxc5+ 52 Kxc5 g3.

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  thegoodanarchist: I got the first move at least. That's gotta count for somethin', right?
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  kevin86: at one time, there are four queens on the board. Black uses the OTHER pieces to win the game!
Nov-05-15  mel gibson: I didn't even try to figure it out - it's too complicated.
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  Domdaniel: Four Queens? I love these positions, remind me of G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977
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