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Roland Schmaltz vs Ronen Har-Zvi
"Bite the Bullet" (game of the day Mar-27-2013)
ICC bullet 1 0 (2001) (blitz), Internet Chess Club, Mar-07
Vienna Game: Paulsen Variation (C25)  ·  0-1



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  kevin86: The king is chased from Hell to breakfast!

A real sacrificial partie!

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  morfishine: <psmith> Sorry, I missed that note by <sofouuk> regarding 15.Qh5; 10.Rf4 may not be necessary, but giving up the exchange early blunts Blacks attack early; 10.gxf4 has to be classified at least weak
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  FSR: Astounding!
Mar-27-13  howlwolf: Isn't shmaltz the yiddish term for chicken fat? If so one of his games might lead to the title the shmaltz is in the fire.
Mar-27-13  solskytz: Wow!!

Ronen Har Zvi is an old personal friend of mine, and as I can attest, a total monster in one minute chess (of course, in any time control - but he really stands out on this one).

I remember once watching him practice an endgame of K+N+N against K+P - the one where the strong side does manage to win.

He was playing it with one minute, to five of his very strong opponent. You should have seen with what amazing speed he was manoeuvering King and knight in order to send the opposing king backwards, to the edge of the board, and finally into stalemate whereupon he brought his other knight to mate. I never saw anybody else play that difficult endgame that fast.

In addition - back in Israel I had quite a few GM friends, and from time to time played them where I had 5 minutes and they - 1.

Against most GMs I had a reasonable score - in some cases in my favor, in some cases in theirs, but pretty close overall.

Har Zvi was the exception. I visited his place once and we started playing. The first game was a pretty brilliant attacking game for me! I won a pawn on d6 in a complex position, taking it with a rook after having infiltrated his position from the queenside (this was some 16 years ago). He succumbed in some 10 more moves to just total domination from me. I really felt proud in having beaten the GM in such fashion.

Ronen was really appreciative of my effort and showed it!

Then he switched gear...

We played fourteen more games - and no matter what I tried, I just had to end our encounter with the rather unbelievable score of ... Ronen Har Zvi 14, Itzhak Solsky 1.

Amazing, amazing, amazing.

Mar-27-13  solskytz: I think that this game appeared in the Israeli chess monthly in 2001, under the name "The Immortal Bullet game". Well deserved!
Mar-27-13  theodor: <<An Englishman>: Good Evening: Just plain stunning. 22...Bh4+ might have been a move quicker, and that might be important in bullet chess, but that 8th rank mate looks so glorious.> good evening; we have a proverb: why make it easy, if it could be difficult!
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  Sneaky: This is one of those too-good-to-be-true type games. Wow, just wow.
Mar-27-13  ajax333221: There were a lot of instances where he could force mate in less moves, but he instead, forced him to move to the promotion rank.

This will be like instead of just murdering someone, to force him to take a cup of tea then kill him. Very twisted.

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  Phony Benoni: <ajax333221> Most of the inaccuracies in the attack can be explained by the time limit, which was one minute for each player. In a slower paced game, Black would have undoubtedly found the quicker mates.

On the other hand, in a slower paced game White probably wouldn't have gotten into that mess in the first place, and we would have missed that rarest of happenings--a GOTD with no comments on the pun.

Mar-27-13  schnarre: ...In a word: OUCH! White's King just got pummeled here.
Mar-28-13  solskytz: <Phony Benoni> You spoiled it! After your post the pun suddenly became an issue

(Yes, I know that I'm widening it further - the next poster will probably already actually say something ABOUT the pun, rather than just mentioning the possibility of discussing it).

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  perfidious: This would have been a remarkable effort by Black at any time limit, and it is the more so with a mere sixty seconds on one's clock.
Mar-29-13  solskytz: The guy is a monster. To play him at 5 minutes to 1 is something that you never forget...

But he's as pleasant and warm-mannered as they come - and you get none of that 'offensively bad' energy from him even during the game. It's all very light and cheerful - he really enjoys playing chess.

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  FSR: Incidentally, Har-Zvi in Rublevsky-Har-Zvi, 1993 (apparently not published anywhere) was the first to play the extremely important TN 13...d5!! later seen in games like Delchev vs Ivanchuk, 2003 .
Aug-05-14  ndc: FM Mike Klein has a good video analysis of this game for (membership required)
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  FSR: Can you imagine - Har-Zvi spent all of <35 seconds> on this game!!! (No. 178) Just incredible.
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  Sally Simpson: I recently only came across this game.

It is being hailed at the Bullet Immortal and if 35 seconds is true, which I don't doubt, then it's even more incredible.

On auto play here at 2 seconds a move it takes 1 minutes to mate.

I've seen one lad do a 23 minute video on it.

Anyway here is my three pence worth, also introducing a new Chess Super Here - Rook Man.

Dec-30-16  EvanTheTerrible: This game makes me so happy. After looking at the horror show at the blitz championship, I had to come back here to cheer me up.
Sep-10-17  newzild: Added to my new collection:

Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of

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  ketchuplover: congrats on your tournament performances newzild :)
Oct-06-18  newzild: <ketchuplover> Thanks mate!
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  offramp: This is also in one of my games collections.
Nov-14-18  Lovuschka: This happened while Schmaltz was the unofficial Bullet World Champion. Making it even more impressive.
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  moronovich: Wauw!
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