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Gudmundur Sigurjonsson vs Alexandru Sorin Segal
WchT U26 15th fin-A (1968), Ybbs an der Donau AUT, rd 5, Jul-23
Budapest Defense: Adler Variation (A52)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-07  ianD: User: Richard Taylor

Jan-25-07  Ingolf: Not to be confused with the author of Love Story. Got 22.Rg6. A little easier than yesterday, probably because this one has fewer options.
Jan-25-07  greensfield: Initially looked at 19. Nxf6, 19. Rg1 and 19. Bxf6.
Soon concentrated on the Knight Sac, as this blasts Blacks defenses and after Rg1 and the King retreating to h7 leaves three White pieces in the attack against the King. The Black pawns defending the King can be put under tremendous pressure with Rg6.
Jan-25-07  melv: I saw the first three moves. Does that count?
Jan-25-07  tatarch: jsemmens- at first glance, 19...Kf8 20. Nh7+ Kg8 21. Ng5 should win easily for white

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Jan-25-07  Fisheremon: <al wazir: I think 21. Rg6 is winning. If 21...Bf7, then 22. Rxf6, and if 22...Bxh5 then 23. Rf8 is mate. If 21...Rf8, then 22. Rag1 Bg8 23. Qh6, and black is helpless to defend against the threats of Rg7 and Rxf6.> 21.Rg6 Rf8 22.Rag1 Rf7 and White has to play same 23.Qh6 that Black could resist a bit longer. The best anyway 21.Rg6 Rf8 22.Qh6 same as in the game. Another solution: 19.Rg1 Rf8 20.Rg3 Kh8 21.Rag1 Qf7 22.Nxf6 Qxh5 23.Nxh5 and mate's inevitable
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  Peligroso Patzer: I had not previously heard of Anna Segal. Here is a game from a few years ago in which she defeated Susan Polgar with the black pieces:

Zsuzsa Polgar vs A Segal, 1999

Jan-25-07  TrueBlue: got it! Rg6 was the key move. At move 22 I first considered Rg3, but it wasn't too forcefull ..
Jan-25-07  alphee: Went until 21.Rg6 whilst questionning Qg6 but without a board stopped there. Back home, here is Fritz analysis:

1. (12.39): 1.♕h6 ♖f8 2.♖g6 ♖g8 3.♖ag1 ♖xg6 4.♖xg6 c4 5.♗xf6+ ♕xf6 6.♖xf6 ♗c5 7.bxc4 b6

2. (12.39): 1.♖g6 ♖f8 2.♕h6 ♖g8 3.♖ag1 ♖xg6 4.♖xg6 c4 5.♗xf6+ ♕xf6

They look pretty equivalent!

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  ray keene: this is not anna segal!!
Jan-25-07  EmperorAtahualpa: 26...Qg7 27.Rxf8+ Kxf8 28.Qxg7+ Ke8 29.Qg8+ Kd7 30.Qxa8
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  kevin86: I answered this one from start to finish. This seemed easier than the usual Thursday puzzle-it was long,but it had few quirks and was rather cut and dried.
Jan-25-07  YouRang: Got it. It took a minute to find black's weak spot, but there it was:

The pressure on Pf6 combined with the open g-file for my (white's) rook to bear down on the king, all with the queen nearby.

So, we start with
19. Nxf6+ gxf6 (opening the g-file for..)
20. Rg1+ Kh8 (...Kf8 21. Qh6+ )

And now white has a huge attack underway, with the bishop threatening mate. At this point, I considered the puzzle solved. My continuation (instead of 21. Qh6) was:

21. Rg6 (threat: Bxf6+, winning the queen) Rf8
22. Qh6 (renewing the threat, which black can't stop now)

Jan-25-07  wals: I twigged the knight check but got lost in the mze after that.
Jan-25-07  simsan: I got it today. I was uncertain whether 21.Qh6 or 21.Rg6 was the right continuation until I realized that the move order was less important than the purpose, namely to apply pressure to f6 whilst swarming my troops around the enemy king.

I think most of us would have ended up winning quite easily with white from this position regardless of puzzle-solving capability. The immediate 19. Rg1 is also given a very positive computer evaluation (even though the various winning lines are a little more complex).

The white king is safe and all the white pieces can be utilized in the king side attack.

Black's position is not good. E.g. The black bishop on a7 is not a relevant defender or attacker of anything in any variation.

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  al wazir: <Fisheremon>: No argument here. I left out some other lines such as 21...Rf8 22. Rag1 Bf5 23. Qxf5 hxg6 24. Qxg6, but I think we're in general agreement that white always wins after 21. Rg6. Thanks.
Jan-25-07  aldehyde: i got it. yes. m getting better and better. i got all the moves. Rg6 was cake. i even got the later combinations.
Jan-25-07  ianD: Here is her homepage:

Not sure if this is the same player:

WGM Anna Gershnik:

Jan-25-07  PefigorSinbulon: Was Anna Gershnik (Segal) alive in 1968?

Her website says she won the U14 championship in 1989.

Jan-25-07  lmrickford: Booooring... too easy, and am I expected to believe that Black is some sort of GM?!? I know nine-year-olds who could win this position. Lots of them.
Jan-25-07  NateDawg: <<WannaBe> Segal is horrible> She beat Susan Polgar with Black (Zsuzsa Polgar vs A Segal, 1999), so she can't be that bad. ײַ ײַ
Jan-25-07  ALEXIN: Very beautiful combination in my opinion. Powerful pin on the diagonal a1-h8.
Jan-26-07  Morales: This game is from a Student Olympiad in Ybbs. The player with black pieces is Alexandru Sorin Segal, then playing for his national country, Rumania (since 1971 he lives in Brazil, winning two times the national championship and becoming a brazilian citizen). The game is included in a database of that Olympiad :
Mar-26-07  gambitfan: Superb corner mate with many sacrifices: knight + rook...
Dec-30-14  MarkFinan: This must be a new opening in the Droidfish opening book because it's the first time I've ever seen it. Also only 5 games in the database here, must be dated.

Just saying.

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