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Bela Lengyel vs Victor Mikhalevski
Budapest (1993), rd 12
Spanish Game: Open. St. Petersburg Variation (C82)  ·  0-1



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  chrisowen: Too bait, I reck'n y'all got this one almost yesterday. White is given fair warning after 5.Nxe4 but still plays Frisky. Now it doesn't matter as Black own's white's mind.
Dec-21-06  micartouse: I got this one by pattern recognition. I've seen a very similar pattern in a Capablanca game, but I don't remember which one. So far I'd say this has been an easier week.
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  alexmagnus: Damn I must watch carefully. Thought it's white to play, and , after nt finding anything, gave up. And it was back to play LOL.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <An Englishman: Good Evening: I found Black's 21st almost instantly because it reminded me of the famous position from 2001: A Space Odyssey.>

The same association occurred to me. Here is a link to that game for those who are interested: Roesch vs W Schlage, 1910

Dec-21-06  Themofro: Got it, initially i looked at Nh3 and then maybe setting up a black square mating net, but i couldn't see how that would forcibly win, so i looked for alternatives and got it. A nice mate to be sure.
Dec-21-06  zelya: If 21.. Bf3 22. Be6 Qc6 It seems to me that 23. Nf5 holds for white. Ne7 and Nd4 are threatened, and if Qb7, the least I have is Nd6-Qc6-Nf5...
Dec-21-06  nimzo knight: Is it really thursday. First time I could see it inside out, mating in three.
Dec-21-06  crafty: 22. ♗e6 fxe6 23. gxf3 ♕d5 24. ♖e3 ♕xa2 25. ♘e2 ♖ad8   (eval -1.34; depth 16 ply; 1000M nodes)
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  kevin86: I saw the position at move 21 a recipe for disaster for white. The king is hemmed in by his own pieces and black's bishop at f3 blocks the f pawn and any possible assistance from the white queen. In the finale,white is threatened by three pieces and can capture one of two,but the two left standing will mate him.

23 ♙x♕ ♘h3# or 23 ♙x♗ ♕g2# (I used the old piece designations for emphesis)

Dec-21-06  dzechiel: Found the combination, but it took me a couple of minutes because of all the candidate moves in the position. I looked at 21...Nxg2, 21...Nh3+, 21...Qc6, 21...Qb7, 21...Ne2+, 21...Be2 all before spotting 21...Bf3. But once I considered that, I knew it had to be the right move as it could be followed up by 22...Qh3! which was a killer.

A great puzzle that was hidden in an otherwise innocent looking position!

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  playground player: Gee, I would'a been awful sorry if, after studying this puzzle for a long time, I couldn't come up with the solution--sorry, but not surprised. What surprised me this time was that I got the blasted thing--hooray! I could see right away that the position was a very fertile one for White, but it took me ages to find Bf3.
Dec-21-06  Fezzik: This is my first time back in a while, and today's puzzle schooled me. It looks like I have a lot of chess homework to catch up on this winter break.

Thx for pointing out how much I need to remember and learn!

Dec-21-06  DeepThought: <nimzo knight: Is it really thursday. First time I could see it inside out, mating in three.>

Please look again. After 21..Bf3, White has about 15(!) better moves than 22.Re3 (-M4):

22.Be6 (-.79)
22.Ng5 (-1.71)
22.Qf5 (-1.74)
22.h4 (-1.99)
22.Re6 (-2.25)
22.h3 (-2.49)
22.Nh5 (-3.16)
22.Bd5 (-4.44)
22.Qe4 (-5.19)
22.Qd1 (-5.34) be continued
(Analysis provided by Rybka at 17 plies.)

(Personally, I saw Bf3 and noticed that White had Qf5.) So I looked it up anyway.

Dec-21-06  trguitar: No one can claim they got this puzzle without dealing with 22. Be6. What does black play after this?
Dec-21-06  ganesh957: This one was not so easy, it took me several minutes to solve. The difficult thing is that Bf3 doesn't look so forcing, but with the threat of Qh3 there aren't many possibilities left.
Dec-21-06  midknightblue: <greensfield> nice summary. Thx. I missed it, but you captured the essence of seeing this combo perfectly. Has anyone explained what route black should take after Be6. Is simply fxBe6 enough for maintaining an advantage (sorry, dont have access to an engine right now). Thx!
Dec-21-06  midknightblue: oops, I see crafty already answered my question
Dec-21-06  JNewton: I wouldn't be too sure of Crafty's analysis. It seems that 26. NxN is completely winning for White. Unless I'm missing something, I don't think Crafty was analyzing the correct position
Dec-21-06  alphee: Great puzzle, took me some time to abandon the idea of ♘h3+.
Dec-21-06  Tomlinsky: The puzzle from the given position is cooked. 22.Re3 is a complete blunder and the game is still very much alive if 22.Be6 is played instead. There is no forced win after 21.Bf3.
Dec-21-06  trguitar: <JNewton> If 26. Nxf4, then 26...Rxf4 with the Queen and Rook penetrating white's position. With black up a pawn and control of the d-file, black is winning. But not easily. There's nothing inherently wrong with Crafty's analysis.
Dec-21-06  JNewton: Ah ah...I was missing the fact that the pawn is no longer on f7. Thanks
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  Sneaky: <Tomlinsky: The puzzle from the given position is cooked> Nonsense! Is there a stronger move than 21...Bf3? No? Then what's the problem?
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  Sneaky: Incidentally, even if there was a stronger move than 21...Bf3, it STILL wouldn't be cooked--it would be a super hard spoiler.
Dec-21-06  aazqua: Actually, after bf3 22 be6 qb7 (avoids the knight fork on qc6) white has the following nice escape: 25 p*b! q*p 26 b-d5! q*b 27 q-e4 which leads to queen trades with white only a pawn down. Maybe still be a loser but there's a chance to hold on if the pawns can be traded.
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