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Herman Ottevaere vs Karel Falleyn
"Falleynquinox" (game of the day Sep-23-2010)
BEL corr (1973) (correspondence), Belgium
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1



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  Moondoll: Looked at this for quite some time. I actually was going for Rxb2+ because I felt it was a more forcing line. I looked at this bishop sac but i was afraid white would simply move Kc1 when i was looking at sacking the rook also. Very good Sunday puzzle. Beautiful finish to this game. 34.Nxb2 axb2+ 35.Kb1 Ra1#
Feb-18-07  aragorn69: Thanks <RV>. In those kinds of positions, computers - and especially Rybka nowadays - are unbeatable!
Feb-18-07  greensfield: Selected the two Sacs <Bxa2+ & Rxb2+> and counter attack on the Queen <Nxg4> as candidate moves, but couldn't decide.
Feb-18-07  HelaNubo: <Themofro: If 27... Rxb2+ 28 Kxb2 then Nxg4+ and wins the queen.>

Alas, Themofro, it is not so simple, as the black queen is on prise too. For example, 27... Rxb2+ 28. Kxb2 Nxg4+ 29. Kc1 Nxh2 30. Nxd8 Rxd8 31. Rxh2 and White is better.

Feb-18-07  Fisheremon: White missed 24.Bh6 with a solid attack.

<RandomVisitor: 2. (0.14): 30.Qg2 d5 31.Nxb4 Qc3 32.Bd4 Qxd4 33.c3 Qxc3 34.Nc4 Rb8 35.Rh3 Qxb4 36.Rxd5 e6> after 37.Rdd3 exf5 38.gxf5 gxf5 39.Qg5 White's advantage becomes more serious.

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  Moondoll: Fritz6 gives Bxa2+ a ?? and suggests Nxg4 Rxg4 Rxb2+ Kc1 Qe8= and also suggests Rxb2 as the second best move in this position. Does anyone else have a better evaluation of this position of any of those three moves, Bxa2+, Rxb2+ or Nxg4 ?
Feb-18-07  Fezzik: Hey, that's not fair, using a correspondence game! Ok it was played in 1973, before Fritz (BF). This was a great combination, even if Fritz doesn't like it.

I was looking at Fritz' line of Rb2+ with the idea of Ng4, but couldn't find a definite win.

Feb-18-07  Fisheremon: Here's my combo: 27...Rxb2+ 28.Kxb2 Qc7 29.Bd4 Qxc6 30.g5 a3+ 31.Kc1 Ng4 32.Rxg4 Bxd4 33.Rh1 Rc8 34.c4 Bxc4 35.Rxd4 Bd5+ 36.Kd1 Qc1+ 37.Ke2 Qxh1 ( )
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  fm avari viraf: In correspondence Chess, one has lots time to see the combinations & permutation but to find the right one as Herman did is sheer beauty & very commendable!
Feb-18-07  wals: Like scaling Mt Everest, just too difficult for me.
Feb-18-07  Whitehat1963: Well, I missed this one by a few light-years! I thought for sure the first move would be 27...Nxg4. What happens after that move?
Feb-18-07  Dr.Lecter: I thought it was going to be Rxb2, since after Kxb2, Nxg4+ wins the queen. Of course, WK moves and then BQ moves away from the threat, but still, I was off by a lot.
Feb-18-07  jheiner: What about sac'ing both rooks, getting the queen with the mate threat and black is up in position? 27...Rxb2+ 28.Kxb2 Rb8+ 29.Nxb8 Qxb8+ 30.Kc1 Nxg4...
Feb-19-07  Fisheremon: <jheiner: What about sac'ing both rooks, getting the queen with the mate threat and black is up in position? 27...Rxb2+ 28.Kxb2 Rb8+ 29.Nxb8 Qxb8+ 30.Kc1 Nxg4...> 29.Nxb8?, so 29.Kc1 ( ).
Feb-19-07  RandomVisitor: White seems to be winning after 27.Rh1:

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(1.40) 27.Rh1 h5 28.fxg6 Bd5 29.g5 Qb8 30.gxf6 Rxb2+ 31.Kc1 Rxa2 32.N2f3 Qb2+ 33.Kd1 Bxf3+

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  kevin86: What a finish!!! Black leaves the queen en prise trying to mate in two-white declines. Later on,black offers his queen to mate in the same way again! Only this is an offer that white cannot refuse-either his brains or his signature will be on his death certificate.
Sep-23-10  Rook e2: really nice indeed
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  Once: Wow! Black offers sac after sac in order to mate with the rook on a8 - ths only piece on the whole board that hasn't moved yet.

Is this the perfect example of a sicilian dragon doing what black hopes it will do? In other words, don't get crushed by white's kingside attack, and sac, sac and mate the white king on the queenside.

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  Morten: Black was probably looking for the even more beautiful mate with 33.-, Qa1+.34. Rxa1, Nc3#. But 33. Nxd5 prevented that.
Sep-23-10  mpl: Even 32. ♗d4 ♕xd4 33. c3 ♕xc3 34. ♘c4 seems okay for white.
Sep-23-10  mohitm: Amazing finish!!! and it's awesome how rook at b4 gives white a run for his money until the move it's sacrificed
Sep-23-10  rapidcitychess: Pry open the b-file, and, sac, sac, mate!



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  kevin86: It seemed that it was black's destiny to mate at a1:

After 33...♕b2+ 34 ♘xb2 axb2+ 35 ♔b1 ♖a1 kismet

Sep-23-10  acapo: 33.Rb1
Sep-23-10  Ratt Boy: @acapo: if 33.Rb1, Qa1+! 34.Rxb1, Nc3#, even prettier than the game continuation.
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