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Vlastimil Hort vs Robert Byrne
"Hort Byrne" (game of the day Jan-31-2016)
Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962), Varna BUL, rd 3, Sep-29
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  1-0



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Jun-19-14  diagonalley: hmmmm.... a lot of firepower on the KR file... suggests 17.P-N5 to eliminate the defending knight... black has 17... NxB+ but is lost after 18.K-Q2 ... but what about 17... N-R4 though... hmmmm... maybe i'm barking up the wrong tree here... (or just plain barking)... let's take a peek... OUCH!... 17.NxBP! ... blimey that's a hard spot - more like a saturday offering... ho hum... :-(
Jun-19-14  Sally Simpson: This is a good one.

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I have a very similiar wins on my CV. I chop on c6 to get a Knight to d5 to swap off an f6 Knight and mate. I'm sure a lot of us have.

But in those games there was no piece hanging with a check. May have let it pass me by. All depends how serious the position was. I really hate having to make a defensive or retreaing move and will do anything (often unsound) not to do it.

I also looked at, like a previous poster, the Nf5 idea. It contains a lovely Queen sac/Rook sac mate. The above notes do mention a Queen sac mate but not a Q & R sacrifice.

17. Nf5

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17...Nxd3+ 18. Kd2

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The threat is Qg7 mate and if Black tries.

19....Rg8 (funnily enough if Black never took the Bishop with check the following trick would not be on.)

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19. Qxh7+ Nxh7 20. Rxh7+ Kxh7 21. Rh1+ mate next move.

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A pattern that I've seen crop up in the Yugoslav attack v The Dragon.

I have also seen this Yugoslav idea sitting there in an opening book on the Dragon but this trick was not mentioned (it was chess BF - Before Fritz).

This led to specualtion in a review of the book that the author left it out to catch someone with it the future. It was too good to waste on the mere reader.

Jun-19-14  rossvassilev: Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think 14... dxc3 would have won it for Black.
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  kevin86: Oops, I tried g5-
Jun-19-14  whiteshark: <rossvassilev> After <14...dxc3 15.Qh6 cxb2 16.Rb1>

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white will probably win by mating the black ♔ (or win at least some material ;)).

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  ajk68: Nice pattern. I'll have to remember this one!
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  Jimfromprovidence: As other have pointed out, you had to see all the way through such a line as 17 Nxc6 Nxc6 18 Nd5 Nh5 19 Rxh5 gxf5 20 Nf6.

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I had no clue.

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  FSR: <rossvassilev: Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think 14... dxc3 would have won it for Black.>

You're wrong. I looked at this with Houdini 3 yesterday. 15.Qh6 cxb2 16.Rb1 Qa5+ 17.Kf2 is good for White, who threatens things like 18.g5 followed by 19.Bf6 Nxf6 20.gxf6 forcing mate.

Jun-19-14  sombreronegro: Just looks to me that black has a major h7 problem that cannot be quickly solved. The knight on F6 can't move and thus nor can f7 . No queen side help coming from the 6th or 7th rank. So can't white just stop the black counter play and then proceed?

OTB I think I would play a quiet 17 Be2 to ward off that pesky knight. Then I would look to g5. What can black do?


After looking I can't say I expected that. An interesting idea. The knight forks the queen and the only other existing piece that can reinforce h7.

Jun-19-14  Castleinthesky: A great removing the defender puzzle, which I did not even come close to solving!
Jun-19-14 Yeah...I wasn't close to solving either. I didn't even understand at first why Byrne resigned!
Jun-19-14  OscarR: Black could still try holding on with 18...Qb6 and hoping that White would be careless.

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If 19 Nd5, then 19...Qf2+

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If 19 g5, then 19...Qf2+

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If 19 Kd3, then still 19...Qf2

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If 19 Rh2 (to prevent 19...Qf2+), then 19...bc4 (threatening 20...Qb2+, so Black could try exchanging the queen with two knights)

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Jun-19-14  nobrowser: I see the wrong game! The game I get when I click on "Hort vs. Byrne" is some g*dawful Colle system instead of a Dragon Sicilian which clearly the puzzle game was. What's going on??
Jun-19-14  Olavi: Pretty much the whole database seems to be in a mess.
Jun-19-14  vajeer: <OscarR:> 18...Qb6 certainly looks to be worth trying. Now after 19. Rh2 bxc4 20. Rah1 Qxb2+
21. Ke3 white appears to be well on course to victory. Threat here is Qxh7+ Nxh7
Rxh7+ Kg8
Jun-19-14  AVEBARALT: What are you talking about? Are you all blind or what? Don't you see the rook on f8 is in praise? Simple: 19.Dxf8 Ng8 20.Rxh7 Kxh7 20. Rh1 bye bye boys!!!
Jun-19-14  sfm: <vajeer: [OscarR:] Black could still try holding on with 18...Qb6 and hoping that White would be careless.>

19.QxR+ :-)
But I actually recall once not resigning in position where there was an obvious mate with 4 very simple checks, whatever I played. I took out the poker-face and made a move.

The opponent with more than half hour on the clock, miraculously played something else and lost. Yeah!

Then a couple of days later I got a great attack
and had with seconds on the clock a simple mate with 4 checks...

I recall somebody coming up with the expression 'The equalizing injustice of chess'. Applies well, to life itself too, I guess.

We shouldn't really give up.

Jun-19-14  GoldenKnight: Got this one.
Jun-20-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<FSR> and <perfidious>

would you Adam and Eve it. Carlsen played a 7.a4 v. Judit Polgar in the World Blitz 2014!

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  FSR: <SWT> Obviously Carlsen has been studying <perfidious>' games!
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  offramp: Pun on Hort today. That means RĂ©ti tomorrow and Short on Tuesday.
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  offramp: <Sally Simpson: This is a good one.

I have a very similiar wins on my CV. I chop on c6 to get a Knight to d5 to swap off an f6 Knight and mate. I'm sure a lot of us have....>

Yes. The most drastic example is probably Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965.

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Jan-31-16  morfishine: <offramp> Thank you for reminding me of this game: Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965

After discovering the game in this book: I spent hours going over the annotations; probably more than any other game in the book

Once one gets over the shock of Kholmov's move order, its easy to see the powerful flow of the combination, just one theme after the other until finally, Black finds himself short a rook


Jan-31-16  Ratt Boy: <AVEBARALT: What are you talking about? Are you all blind or what? Don't you see the rook on f8 is in praise? Simple: 19.Dxf8 Ng8 20.Rxh7 Kxh7 20. Rh1 bye bye boys!!!>

THAT is FUNny. Yeah, a bucking funch of us missed that Ha-ha-hanging Rook.

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  kevin86: Ouch!
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