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Henrique Mecking vs Dragoljub Baretic
Kostic Memorial (1971), Vrsac YUG
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0



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Dec-10-15  jerseybob: A fiendishly sharp opening. If,Qh4 wins. But white holds and starts to turn the tide with 15.Rg3
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  Chessical: White does not appear to be able to take the Knight on move 15:

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His King is too exposed and his pieces too underdeveloped. One sample line:

<15. dxe5> Qh4 16. Kxg2 Rg8+ 17. Rg3 Qh3+ 18. Kg1 Rxg3+ 19. fxg3 Qxg3+ 20. Kh1 Qh4+ 21. Kg1

More or less forced to here

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<21...dxe5> 22. b4 (to prevent the Bishop check) Qg3+ 23. Kh1 Qh4+ 24. Kg1 Bh3 25. Bf3 Rd8 26. Qe2 Rd6 27. Nd2 Rg6+ 28. Bg2 Bxg2 29. Qxg2 Qe1+ 30. Nf1 Rxg2+ Kxg2 Qxc3

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Dec-11-15  jerseybob: <Chessical:> 17..Bh3+ might be even better. After 18.Kf3(forced) it seems there ought to be a win somewhere, though I haven't worked it out.
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  Chessical: <jerseybob:>

After 15. dxe5 Qh4 16. Kxg2 Rg8+ 17. Rg3 <Bh3+> is a very interesting move. One possible line being:

<18.Kf3> Rxg3+ 19. fxg3 Bg4+ 20. Kg2 Qh3+ 21. Kf2 Qh2+ 22. Ke1 Qxg3+ 23. Kd2 dxe5 24. Bxg4 Rd8+ 25. Kc2

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to end up with a Rook, Knight and Bishop for a Queen and two pawns. White is, however, completely underdeveloped and Black may be able to run the <h> pawn straight down the board.

Unless you are a top GM, not a line to enter without first burning the midnight oil.

Dec-19-15  jerseybob: <Chessical:> All of which shows Mecking's good sense in turning down the "gift", which, coming from an unsighted player, might at first have seemed to be a huge blunder.

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