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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Ludwig Deglmann
Bundesliga (2008/09), Various GER, rd 3, Oct-25
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0



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Nov-07-08  shr0pshire: Well black wasn't playing well in the opening, but 13. ...Ng8 and gets punished for it with admittedly a pretty cool combination. Fun game!
Nov-07-08  KingG: How not to play against a GM.
Nov-07-08  Cactus: What a game!
Nov-08-08  ILikeFruits: what a night
late december back in 63
what a very special
time for me
as i remember
what a night
Oct-14-18  Walter Glattke: If 15.-hxg5, then 16.hxg6+ Kxg6 17.Qh5+ Kf6 18.Bxg5+ Ke6 19.Bxd8 Rxd8 with similar constellation or 16.-Kh8 17.Qh5+ Nh6 18.Bxg5 Qxg5 19.Qxg5 Rf6
Oct-14-18  Amarande: <Walter Glattke> Actually it's mate.

15 ... hxg5 16 hxg6+ Kxg6 17 Qh5+ Kf6 18 Bxg5+ Ke6 19 Qg4+ Rf5 20 Qxf5#.

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  agb2002: The squares f7 and g6 look vulnerable. This suggests 14.Bxf7 Rxf7 (else drop a pawn) 15.Ng5+:

A) 15... hxg5 16.hxg6+

A.1) 16... Kxg6 17.Qh5+ Kf6 18.Bxg5+ Ke6 19.Qg4+ Rf5 20.Qxf5#.

A.2) 16... Kh6 17.Qh5#.

A.3) 16... Kh8 17.Qh5+ Nh6 (17... Bh6 18.gxf7 wins decisive material) 18.gxf7 looks good for White. For example, 18... Nf6 19.Qxg5 Qf8 20.Qh4 Bc8 21.Nh5 Qxf7 22.Nxg7 Qxg7 23.Qxh6+ wins decisive material.

B) 15... Kh8 16.Nxf7+ Kh7 17.Nxd8 wins.

C) 15... Qxg5 16.Bxg5 hxg5 17.hxg6+ Kxg6 18.Qh5+ Kf6 19.Re3 seems to be advantageous for White.

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  al wazir: 20...Ndf6 looks better than 20...Bf6. The ♕ is embarrassed trying to find a good square.
Oct-14-18  7he5haman: 20...Ndf6 21.dxe5 with a favourable opening of files for White.

I didn't like 24...exd4 for the same reason; if you're going to play such a move, at least prepare for it with something like Re8, so that your opponent doesn't have a free pass on a ssubsequent e5.

Oct-14-18  catlover: It's good to see Vallejo Pons on the winning side of a POTD.
Oct-14-18  patzer2: <I Like Fruits> Thanks for the lyrics from the Jersey Boys hit song "Oh What a Night." It brought back good memories.

My two favotie renditions are the Jersey Boys music video at and the US Navy Band singers (The Sea Chanters) version in the last song of an outdoor concert featuring six Jersey Boys popular hits at

Oct-14-18  Marmot PFL: I had a different move order 14 Bxf7 Kxf7 15 hg6+ Kxg6 16 Ng5 Nf6 (stops Qh5+) 17 Qf3 (threat Qf5#) but maybe black can defend.
Oct-14-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.52): 13...c5 14.d5 Ba6 15.Nd2 Qc7 16.Nc4 b5 17.Ne3 Ng8 18.a4 b4 19.Bc4 Bxc4 20.Nxc4 bxc3 21.bxc3 Ngf6 22.a5 Rab8 23.Re3 Kh8 24.Rf3 Kg8 25.Qd3 Rb3 26.Rb1 Rxb1 27.Qxb1 Rb8 28.Qd3 Nxh5

2. + / = (0.59): 13...Kh8 14.Qe2 g5 15.Bc2 a5 16.Be3 Qc8 17.Qd2 a4 18.b4 axb3 19.axb3 Rd8 20.b4 exd4 21.Nxd4 Ne5 22.Ngf5 Nxf5 23.Nxf5 Qd7 24.Bd4 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 c5 26.Be3 Nc4

3. + / = (0.62): 13...a5 14.Be3 c5 15.d5 Ba6 16.Nd2 Qc7 17.c4 Nf6 18.Ba4 Kg8 19.Rc1 Bc8 20.hxg6 fxg6 21.Ne2 Ng4 22.Nc3 Nxe3 23.Rxe3 h5 24.Nb5 Qd8 25.Rg3 Bh6 26.Rcc3 Bf4 27.Rgf3 Bg4

<d 23 dpa 4.+ / = (0.68): 13...exd4> 14.cxd4 Rc8 15.Rb1 a5 16.Bc4 c5 17.d5 Ne5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Be3 Rb8 20.f4 Bf6 21.Qd3 Qd7 22.hxg6+ fxg6 23.Ne2 Qg4 24.Rf1 Bh4 25.Rbc1 Rbe8 26.Bb5 Rc8 27.Kh1 Bf6

Oct-15-18  patzer2: As <shr0pshire> observed in the initial 2008 post here, Black's decisive mistake was 13...Ng8? allowing yesterday's Sunday puzzle solution 14. Bxf7! +- (+1.76 @ 27 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 13...c5 14. d5 b5 ⩲ (+0.40 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 9) would have avoided immediate disaster and improved Black's drawing chances.

After 13...Ng8? 14. Bxf7!, Black's strongest reply was not accepting the Bishop sham sacrifice with 14...Rxf7? and allowing 15. Ng5+! +- (+3.62 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, declining the poisoned Bishop with 14...g5 15. Qb3 +- (+2.32 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 9) would've offered Black better practical drawing by avoiding White's planned tactical onslaught after 14...Rxf7? 15. Ng5+! (+3.62 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 9).

Earlier in the opening, I don't like Black's passive 9...h6 allowing 9. Nf1 ⩲ (+0.52 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, I prefer the active developing move 9...Bb7 = (+0.08 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 9) as in the drawn game R Rabiega vs P H Nielsen, 2015.

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