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Richard Reti vs Kornel Havasi
Budapest (1926), Budapest HUN, rd 4, Jun-29
Reti Opening: Reti Gambit (A09)  ·  1-0

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Dec-09-11  think: This puzzle seemed ridiculously easy for a Friday. Got it in about 30 seconds.
Dec-09-11
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  al wazir: The hardest thing about this puzzle was convincing myself that there was nothing more to it than the obvious winning move.
Dec-09-11
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  Phony Benoni: Yeah, the crosspin 34.Qf4 or 34.Qg3 jumped out at me too, but it didn't look to be going anywhere due to Black's protective rook on c7. So I settled for the prosaic 34.Qxh7+ winning a piece.

Can our analysts make the crosspin work?

Dec-09-11  lost in space: ??? Got it in 2 seconds, exactly as it was played in the game. Were is my mistake?
Dec-09-11
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  Eggman: <<The hardest thing about this puzzle was convincing myself that there was nothing more to it than the obvious winning move.>>

Exactly. Far too easy for a Friday, no?

Dec-09-11
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  rhickma4: White can simply win a piece with:

34.Qxh7+ Qxh7 35.Bxe5+

Dec-09-11  goldfarbdj: Easy key move to find, one single variation -- I have to agree, this seems more like a Monday than a Friday.
Dec-09-11  M.Hassan: "Difficult" White to play 34.?
Sides are equal

34.Qxh7 Qxh7
35.bxe5+ Kg8
36.gxh7+ Rxh7
37.Rxh7 Kxh7
38.Rxc5
Time to check
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Tonight's POD wasn't difficult at all

Dec-09-11  M.Hassan: <al wazir: The hardest thing about this puzzle was convincing myself that there was nothing more to it than the obvious winning move>

Right! way too easy for a Friday

Dec-09-11  lost in space: <<chessgames.com:> For about half an hour we erroneously had a Monday puzzle online. Our apologies, and here is a replacement.>

I love Mondays, even when it is Friday!

Dec-19-11  lost in space: I love Mondays, but this I already solved on a Friday

:-)

Dec-19-11
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  Phony Benoni: This was the puzzle CGC had slated for a Monday, but accidentally used on Dec-09-11 instead.
Dec-19-11  zb2cr: White wins a piece after 34. Qxh7+, Qxh7; 35. Bxe5+, Kg8 (interposing the Rook on f6 just loses more material); 36. gxh7+, Rxh7; 37. Rg3+, Kf7; 38. Rxc5.
Dec-19-11  dzechiel: White to move (34?). Material even. "Very Easy."

White wins a piece and a pawn after

34 Qxh7+ Qxh7 35 Bxe5+ Kg8 36 gxh7+ Rxh7 37 Rxh7 Kxh7 38 Rxc5

But I would hardly call a five move combination "Very Easy", especially since it doesn't end in checkmate.

Perhaps I'm missing something here. Time to check and see how this went down.

Dec-19-11  sevenseaman: Repeating after a mere 10 days. Whats going on.

I do not think Havasi was all that weak in comparison to Reti. Must surely have been streets ahead of a patzer like me, but I wouldn't ever play 26...Qxd5.

Dec-19-11
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  FSR: <sevenseaman: ... I do not think Havasi was all that weak in comparison to Reti. Must surely have been streets ahead of a patzer like me, but I wouldn't ever play 26...Qxd5.>

26...Qxd5 was the necessary follow-up to Havasi's unfortunate little "combination" with 25...Nxf4. If he doesn't play 26...Qxd5 he's just a piece down - for example, 26...Nd4 27.Rf2.

Dec-19-11  TheVillageIdiot: Isn't it better to play BxBe5 first. And then just go for the mate!! Instead of first taking QxQh7!!
Dec-19-11  polarx: Yeah, what's the point of 25...Nxf4?
Dec-19-11  morfishine: White wins a piece and the game after <34.Qxh7+ Qxh7 35.Bxe5+> Black is without resource after <35...Kg8 36.gxh7+ Rxh7 37.Rxh7 Kxh7 38.Rxc5>


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Black can neither defend his pawns or attack whites pawns. If Black tries to hold on to his c-pawn with <38...Rc8?> the advance of whites d-pawn is decisive due to the pin.

Both <38...Rf7> & <38...f4> are met by <39.Rxc6>

Black can hold onto his c-pawn with <38...Rg8+ 39.Kf2 Rg6> but now Black's a-pawn falls after <40.Ra5> since <g7> is covered by the Bishop

Interesting Puzzle for a Monday since in certain situations, R vs R+B can draw. However, this is not one of those situations.

Dec-19-11
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  FSR: <polarx: Yeah, what's the point of 25...Nxf4?>

Havasi was hoping for 26.Nxf4? g5, regaining his material. He probably didn't analyze much beyond 26.exf4! Qxd5, not realizing that the forced line 27.Rh3! Qg8 28.Bd5! g5 29.fxg5 would leave him with a terrible position.

<TheVillageIdiot: Isn't it better to play BxBe5 first. And then just go for the mate!! Instead of first taking QxQh7!!>

If 34.Bxe5?, Qxe5 there is no mate: 35.Qxh7+?? loses material to 35...Rxh7. After something like 35.gxh7 Rg7+ 36.Rg3 (36.Kh1?? Qd5+; other king moves are not appealing) Rxh7, White will probably end up kicking himself for not grabbing the free piece.

Dec-19-11  polarx: Thx, FSR. Easy to say after the fact, but that was very poor for someone who was Hungarian champion. Looks like something I would do.

BTW, read your wikipedia article on swindles. Had never read anything on the matter. It was instructive and entertaining. Good one.

Dec-19-11  gofer: What no mate? On a "Monday"?!

<34 Qxh7+ Qxh7>

<35 Bxe5+ Kg8> (Rg7 Rxh7+ mating)

<36 gxh7+ Rxh7> (Kf7 h8=Q winning)

White is a bishop up, so its game over, but how should white kill off black?

37 Rg3+ Kf7 38 Rxc5

37 Rxh7 Kxh7 38 Rxc5

Anything better?

Dec-19-11
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  FSR: Thanks, polarx. There's surprisingly little written on swindles, which are surely an important part of chess. I think there's a certain stigma attached to them, as though the swindler has "stolen" the game from the rightful winner.

As for Havasi's ...Nxf4, the game wasn't going well for him, so he decided to mix it up tactically. That didn't work out too well, obviously.

Dec-19-11  cocker: Took me some time to realise that 34 Qxh7+ Qxh7 35 Bxe5+ wins a piece; I imagined I was sacrificing on h7. This is probably a comment on me rather than on the position.
Dec-19-11
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  Penguincw: It wasn't that hard at all. I was thinking of sacrificing the queen and then exploting the tactics against the black king.
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