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Andreas Huss vs Eric Lobron
"Huss Little Baby Don't You Cry" (game of the day Feb-24-2015)
Beer-Sheva (1985), ?
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E94)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: I'll call it a day on this one. Most enjoyable POTD for me in a long time. The sort of pre-endgame is my comfort zone. Middle game tactics are usually too much for me on Saturdays.
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  OhioChessFan: <newzild: In your position, black has the simple 50...Qxc3+ 51.Kxc3 Bxe2 52.Nxe2 Be1+, winning the pawn on a5 and leaving black a pawn up.>

52. a6
That's the same problem Black has with the Bxg4 lines.

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  sethoflagos: Seems Qd2 beats it too. Oh well.
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  OhioChessFan: <seth: 49 Qd2 doesn't work

44 Nd3 Qh1+
45 Ke2 Qg2+
46 Kd1 Qxf3+
47 Re2 Rxc3
48 Qxc3 Bc8
49 Qd2 Bxg4
50 Nc1 Bf4 >

50. Kc2

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  OhioChessFan: Here's a pic of Lobron:
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  sethoflagos: Cheers OCF. Hope tomorrow's is as much fun
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  Jimfromprovidence: <OhioChessFan> <Joe: After <44 Nd3 Qxc2 45 Rxc2 Bxe1 46 Nxe1 Rb4 47 Kf2 Bxc4>, a representative continuation is 48 Rc3 Ba6 49 Ra3 Rb2+. Now white’s king is driven to the g file because if 50 Ke3?? 50…Re2#. So, if 50 Kg3, then after 50…c4 it still is a very close match, where white has a slight edge. >

<I think <49. Ng2> is better. White has no need to commit the Rook to the edge of the board yet. It's fine blockading on the c file and might want to go to the b file. eg 49...Rb2+ 50. Kg3 c4 51. Ne3>

That's fine, but after 49...Rb5, below, white likely has to play 50 Ra3 anyway.

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The point is, it's a close match, white has a very thin lead and we are splitting hairs.

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  Jimfromprovidence: <setoflagos> <I didn't pursue this line beyond a position where I thought white could make a game of it, Jim. Like <OhioChessFan> I think I marginally prefer white

44 Nd3 Qxc2
45 Rxc2 Bxe1
46 Nxe1 Rb4
47 g5 .... looks more of a challenge than a passive Kf2>

After 47...Bxc4+ 48 Kf2 Ra4, below, white's got to lose that a pawn and the small advantage he has.

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  patzer2: Today's Saturday puzzle solution is the strong defensive move 44. Nd3! that Huss missed in this game.

Instead, he played 44. Re2? (which I confess was my hasty but incorrect choice as the puzzle solution) which allowed Lobron to win with the deflection and pin combination 44...Bxc4! 45. Rxc4 Rxf3 .

In the final position, the pin on f2 with the threat of 46...Qh1# is decisive. If 46. Re1, then 46...Rxf2+ .

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  sethoflagos: <Jimfromprovidence>

Would you take the draw, Jim?

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  Jimfromprovidence: <sethoflagos> <Would you take the draw, Jim?>

As black, for sure, Seth.

Dec-26-09  RandomVisitor: After 44.Nd3 Qh1+ 45.Ke2 Qg2+ 46.Kd1 Qxf3+ 47.Re2 Rxc3 48.Qxc3 Bh4:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.00] d=26 49.Qb3> Bc8 50.Nc1 Qf1+ 51.Kc2 Bg5 52.Rd2 Bxd2 53.Kxd2 Qg2+ 54.Kc3 Qxe4 55.Qb8 Qd4+ 56.Kb3 Qxg4 57.a6 Kg7 58.a7 Qd1+ 59.Kb2 Qd2+ 60.Kb3 Qd1+ 61.Kb2 Qd2+ 62.Kb3 Qd1+ 63.Kb2 Qd2+ 64.Kb3

[+0.00] d=26 49.Qc2 Bg5 50.Ne1 Qa3 51.Rf2 Bh4 52.Qb2 Qa4+ 53.Nc2 Bxf2 54.Qb8+ Kh7 55.Qa7+ Kh6 56.Qxa6 Qb3 57.Qxd6 Qd3+ 58.Kc1 Be3+ 59.Kb2 Bd4+ 60.Nxd4 Qxd4+ 61.Kc2 Qxe4+ 62.Kd2 Qf4+ 63.Ke2 Qxc4+ 64.Kd2

Dec-26-09  butilikefur: 44. Re2 Bxc4 (44...Rb1+ 45. Qxb1 Bxf2 46. Rb2 Qg1+ 47. Ke2 Qg2 48. Qf1) 45. Rxc4 Rxf3 46. Ke1 Qg1+ 47. Kd2 Bxf2
Dec-26-09  butilikefur: for example, 48. a6 Be3+ 49. Kd3 Bf4+
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  Phony Benoni: I think the pun is best ignored.

The game is notable for a couple of features. First, the way Black uses the edges of the board to zipline his pieces all over the place. You don't always need the center.

And, of course, for <43...Rb3>

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This is a bit of what the problem composers call Plachutta Interference. White has two pieces, moving similarly, protecting c4. By deflecting one of them, the second becomes overloaded.

The fact that White could have defended by 44.Nd3 doesn't detract from the beauty of the idea. In fact, the immune rook reminded me a bit of Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907, and I'll use any excuse to mention that game.

Feb-24-15  morfishine: Excellent game today along with some excellent posts going way back

Thanks <Phony Benoni> for the write-up on 'Plachutta' interference


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  Garech: Brilliant attacking chess!


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  HeMateMe: Cool, nice pun. Pink Floyd reference.
Feb-24-15  waustad: Pink Floyd? I'd have thought it was from Summertime, from Porgy and Bess.
Feb-24-15  scormus: <Garech> Absolutely! I especially like seeing wins for B like this in the KID.
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  Gilmoy: Lobron's Little Immortal!! like that Akiba guy
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  Gilmoy: It's not really a Plachutta, though. Qxb3 still defends c4 -- but it loses touch with Qxf2#. Hence the Q is <already> overloaded, and does not require a Plachutta sac to become "more" overloaded.

Also, she must move like an R to (abusing the notation) <plachutte> with an R :) If she dainty-steps around an R or B with her Q powers, then they're not interfering, by definition.

In fact, the vertical-support vs. a diagonal-attack, with horizontal skewer-deflection, is surely its own pattern now: the <Rubinstein deflection> :) Ironically, having appeared at least three times OTB now (recall Aronian-Anand, and this game), it's, alas, <more common than a Plachutta>. I commemorate it with a name: <push that R to 2 or 3> ^_^

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  HeMateMe: <waustad: Pink Floyd? I'd have thought it was from Summertime, from Porgy and Bess.>

How old are you?

Feb-25-15  Abdel Irada: <In fact, the immune rook reminded me a bit of Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907, and I'll use any excuse to mention that game.>

Perhaps the most striking feature of that game *isn't* the inexorable logic with which Black exploited his lead in development. It is that he had such a lead in the first place.

It tells you quite a bit about the dexterous subtlety of Rubinstein that after move 14, the position is essentially symmetrical, except that Black has castled and seized the d-file.

Rotlewi must have shaken his head in rueful astonishment to see how Rubinstein managed to hoodwink him into playing Black with the white pieces.

Mar-19-15  waustad: <HMM>65.
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