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Arturo Pomar Salamanca vs Werner Hug
Palma de Mallorca (1972), Palma ESP, rd 8, Dec-06
Old Indian Defense: Two Knights Variation (A54)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: A beautifully played attack by Pomar focusing on on <e6> and culminating in <21.Bg5!!>

<22. Rd1+> Ke7 23.Rxd7+ Kxd7 24. Bxf6

Feb-26-14  M.Hassan: "Medium?Easy"
White to play 21.?
White has a Bishop for a Knight, considered to be equal

The pinned Queen has to take the Bishop or let herself go.

22.Qxe6+ Kf8
23.Rxd7 Qf5
24.Qe7+ Kg8

22.Bxf6 Rhe8
23.Rd1+ Kc7
24.Be5+ Nxe5
25.Qxe5+ Kc8
Takes more moves but White is winning.

Feb-26-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: My main line is

21 Bg5 Qxg5
22 Qxe6+ Kf8
23 Rxd7

Black is helpless to prevent both of Qf7# and Qe7+/Qg7#

Black is best off instead losing the queen and being down modest material with his king badly exposed.

Feb-26-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Ahh. The game line and the comment by <Chessical> show that further material loss by Black is immediate.
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

The black queen protects e6. Therefore, 21.Bg5, diverting the queen:

A) 21... Qxg5 22.Qxe6+ Kf8 (22... Kd8 23.Qxd7#) 23.Rxd7 and mate in two.

B) 21... Kxd6 22.Bxf6 Nxf6 23.Qf4+ Ke7 24.a4 + - [Q vs R+N].

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  Once: <Once> upon a time there was a sad young man who was unlucky in love. No matter how hard he tried he could not get a girlfriend.

When tried to impress the laydeez they thought he was too desperate. When he acted cool and aloof they didn't notice him.

One day he was in the public library - for our hero was a bookish sort, which rarely attracts the opposite sex. Or certainly not as much as a fireman, a soldier or a Lamborghini driver whose first name is "Sheikh".

This young fellow spots a book that lifts his spirits on golden eagle wings. A weighty tome entitled "How to hug". This surely will be the answer to his problem. With trembling hands (even more trembly than usual for he was of a sweaty palmed disposition), he takes the book to the severe-looking librarian. Said librarian was incidentally secretly attracted to our hero, but both were too shy to do anything about it.

Our hero takes the book home, glancing every now and again at the promise of those three little words... "How to hug" ... and in his imagination pictures himself in a deep clinch with the afore-mentioned librarian, whom (he was sure) would not be so severe when you unpeeled a lay or or two.

Finally alone in his bachelor flat, he can barely contain his excitement, he opens the first page of the book ....

... and discovers that he has brought home volume 6 of the encyclopaedia Brittanica.

How to hug.

Feb-26-14  Eduardo Leon: <21.♗g5>

After 21...♕xg5 22.♕xe6+ ♔f8 23.♖xd7, black will be checkmated, and thus the black queen is lost.

<21...♔xd6 22.♖d1+ ♔e7 23.♖xd7+ ♔xd7 24.♗xf6 ♖hf8 25.♕e5>

White has a decisive material edge, which will be further increased after the ♙e6 falls (26.h4 27.♗h3).

Feb-26-14  morfishine: <21.Bg5> and White wins:

(1) 21...Qxg5 22.Qxe6+ Kf8 23.Rxd7 Qf5 24.Qe7+ Kg8 25.Qg7#

(2) 21...Kxd6 22.Rd1+ Ke7 23.Rxd7+ Kxd7 24.Bxf6


Feb-26-14  Nick46: For move #22 I would have taken the Queen straight away without mucking around.
Feb-26-14  gofer: There seem to be a number of choices...

<Option 1>

21 Bg5! ...

Black has a difficult choice to make save its queen or get mated.

21 ... Qxg5
22 Qxe6 Kf8 (Kd8 Qxd7#)
23 Rxd7 Qf5
24 Qe7+ Kg8
25 Qg7#

21 ... Kxd6!
22 Bxf6 Nxf6
23 Qf4+ Ke7

Its not easy from here, but it is winning. Perhaps as its Wednesday black tried to save his queen and immediately lost, but that's not the only option!

<Option 2>

21 Rxd7+ Kxd7
22 Rd1+ Ke7 (Ke8 23 Be5 Qf5 24 Bxh8 )
23 Bd6+ Kf7
24 Be5 Qf5 ( Qxf2+ 25 Kh2 Qf5 26 Rf1 )

Hmmm, really not easy from here, but still probably winning.

<Option 3>

<21 Rfd1 ...>

Why have I chosen Rfd1? Because it threatens option 1 and option 2, but in each case white now has a massive majority. So after careful consideration I would play the quiet move first.

21 ... Rhd8?/Rad8?
22 Bg5! Qxg5
23 Qxe6 Kf8 (Kd8 Qxd7#)
24 Rxd7 Rxd7
25 Rxd7 Qf5
26 Qe7+ Kg8
27 Qg7#

21 ... Nf8?
22 Be5 Qxf2+
23 Kh2 Qf5
24 Bxh8


Hmmm, I missed <like most> the importance of Rd1+ before Bxf6. So the main line is clearly winning without having to play <21 Rfd1> first.

Feb-26-14  zb2cr: 21. Bg5 and the unsupported pin lures the Queen away from the defense of e6. 21. ... Qxg5; 22. Qxe6+, Kf8; 23. Rxd7, Qf5; 24. Qe7+, Kg8; 25. Qg7#.

Alternately, if 21. ... Kxd6, 22. Rd1+, Ke7; 23. Rxd7+, Kxd7; 24. Bxf6 and White is ahead by Q+B vs. 2R.

Feb-26-14  patzer2: Our Wednesday solution 21. Bg5! combines three tactics (Pin, Decoy and Deflection) in one simple move.

In addition, the position after 21. Bg5! offers Black the unhappy choice of deciding which of two poisoned pieces he will capture -- the Bishop or the Rook.

If Black captures the Bishop with 21...Qxg5, he gets mated as noted in <M.Hassan>'s post.

If Black captures the Rook with 21...Kxe6 he loses decisive material after 22. Rd1+, as noted in <morfishine>, <Eduardo Leon>, and <Chessical>'s post.

The alternative 22. Bxf6 also wins, as noted in <agb2002> and <M.Hassaan>'s analsysis.

While both 22. Bxf6 and 22. Rd1+ are winning, Fritz 12 evaluates 22. Rd1+ (+7.14 @ 21 depth) as stronger than 22. Bxf6 (+3.43 @ 21 depth).

Feb-26-14  patzer2: A move earlier, notice how 20. Rd6!, with the double attack (i.e. Rook Fork) threat of 21. Rxe6+, entices 20...Ke7 and sets up Black for the winning 21. Bg5!
Feb-26-14  mel gibson: Strange game -
black just seems to be losing right from the start &
can do nothing to stop it.

Using my computer:
I tried it even from move 12 & black lost.

The opening is an A23 English: Bremen, Keres
& a mixture with an A54 Old Indian
according to the computer.

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  Penguincw: 21...Kxd6? 22.Rd1+?? I did not see that coming (I got the idea of 21.Bg5, hoping to crash through on e6).
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  gawain: I saw clearly the deadly result of 21 Bg5 Qxg5 22 Qxe6+, but like others would have gone wrong after the reply 21...Kxd6. I did not notice that white must interpolate 22 Rd1+ before capturing the queen.
Feb-26-14  YetAnotherAmateur: <Once> Thank you for a laugh today.

And yes, 21. Bg5 is clearly the right play, since black either takes the bishop and gets crushed with 22. Qxe6+, or doesn't take the bishop and drops the queen.

Feb-26-14  kevin86: easy: the sacrifice is obvious to divert the queen.
Feb-26-14  MountainMatt: Typical me, didn't even bother to think about black playing 21...Kxd6, which is obviously better than (but just as losing as) 21...Qxg5. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure I would have also missed the need for 22. Rd1+ before taking the queen. Grrrrr...
Feb-26-14  john barleycorn: Salamanca? The man with the golden gun?
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  perfidious: <john b> Yes, he of the superfluous mammary.

Don't forget the city in New Yawk by that name.

Feb-26-14  Halldor: Yesterday's puzzle was a good preparation for this. But now this starts with the pin, since the black Queen is overworked and can't defend the g5-square and the pawn on e6 at the same time. There follows an obvious mate.
Feb-26-14  Patriot: White has the bishop pair.


21...Qxg5 22.Qxe6+ Kf8 23.Rxd7 Qf5 24.Qe7+ Kg8 25.Qg7#

21...Bxf2+ 22.Kh1 with the same threat above.

I don't see a whole lot of variation in this.

Feb-26-14  BOSTER: < Patriot I dont see a whole ...>. This is a probiem.
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  yiotta: I hate 4...Qe7. On move 11, the Black queen and knights finally wind up in the configuration they could have started with, far too late. Pomar exploited the disharmony in Hug's position beautifully, starting with 8.c5!

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