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P Wayne Power vs Ralph Hart
3rd Charles Belton Memorial (1983), Auckland NZL, Aug-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  0-1



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May-02-16  Ayaend: A very beautiful game! Black seems to lost by the white attack but found a powerful combination, great.
May-02-16  fporretto: I'm looking at the position after 23...Rh8 and wondering whether White is already lost. There doesn't seem to be a good way to continue the attack, though 25. Nf5 was pretty clearly a stinker.
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  steinitzfan: Monday puzzles are usually a source of hilarity but people are finding a lot of beauty in this one. A lot going on in those two moves.
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  gawain: I went for 26...Rxh3+ 27 Kxh3 and saw that 27...Qh4 would be mate if not for the white knight. After a little while I realized that the knight is pinned so 27...Qh4 *is* mate. Nice puzzle.
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  Sally Simpson: White's been mugged in broad daylight.


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White has mate on g7 and hits the Queen. Thus ended White's analysis on that line when he played 25.Nf5.

It appears White expected here...

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Black to play the 'obvious' 25...Bxf5

Capturing with the pawn 26.exf5 Bd6 pins and wins the Queen. This will be what White saw for buried in there is 26.exf4 Qxf2+ 27.Rg2 Rxh3+ and mate as in the game.

If he had seen the Rxh3+ idea in that line he would have/should have spotted it before playing 25,Nf5.

25...Bxf5 26.Qxf5 was how the game was going in White's mind. 26...Rxh3+ may have been viewed as a distress check before resigning and no one was more surprised than White when Black played 27.Qh4 and said "Checkmate."

May-02-16  Castleinthesky: The harter they come, the harter they fall. TGIM!
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  kevin86: I had to do a double-take on this one. The rook sac and queen mate doesn't work because of the white knight. But, here the trap is sprung: the knight will be pinned with the king on h3- checkmate!
May-02-16  starry2013: Saw the moves but overlooked the knight pinned so thought wasn't possible. It's like you have to have your eyes in two different places for different purposes. The bishops looked useless, and f5 looks really well defended so I discounted it.
May-02-16  The Kings Domain: Tasty mate.
May-02-16  RandomVisitor: The position after 21.gxh5 is worth a puzzle - black to play and win, and no, it is not the move played, 21...Nxh5

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May-02-16  alshatranji: Brilliant punning leRevenant. I would just add "wreck it Ralph" at the end.
May-02-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this two-way attacking position, white has a knight plus pawn for a bishop. White threatens 27.Qg7#, and has secondary threats of 27.Nxe7+ and 27.Qxe7. Black can brush all threats aside with 26... Rxh3+ 27.Kxh3 Qh4#
May-02-16  posoo: Dats RITE powers. DIS is wat happens when u go CANVOSING all over da place with NEEDLESS AND HEEDLESS aggression!

Da posoo admits dat he is EXTREMELY agressive but DAT is why i NEVER play tornaments.


tornaments will destroy your chess and your fun. There is FAR too little smashing. ENJOY it while itlast!

May-02-16  stst: R-sac for Monday:
26....... .....Rxh3+
27.KxR Qh4#

FUN!! -- If White's move on 26. ==> Only one shot: Qg7#

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  Richard Taylor: I played Ralph Hart ca 2007 and it was a really crazy game. I played a KI and Ralph tried the old B-h6 to eliminate my g7 B trick so back to h8....then I got into his position and, well it was complex.

In another game I was 'surprised' as Black in the Nimzo and lost also as I hadn't really studied the opening much. But if he played more he is one of NZ' best players and hails originally from Scotland.

AND he is a big fulla, usually gentlemanly and does have a great heart, but when roused is a "force of nature" as someone said of the composer Gubaidulina the other day: so PLEASE don't make fun of his name he has been known to deal to Americans, English, Germans, (other dubious nations) and other he considers "furriners"....

Wayne my old friend is a power to be reckoned with please take care of these two macho and very aggressive (potentially) ex rugby players and boxers as well as chess players...

May-02-16  leRevenant: <Richard Taylor> Making fun of...

I know a bloke who is half Irish and half Scottish and he says of HIMSELF: Aye, half of me wants to get drunk but the other half doesn't want to pay for it.

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  suenteus po 147: <saturn2: This mate in two was nice to find.> My thought exactly.
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  Willber G: <RandomVisitor: The position after 21.gxh5 is worth a puzzle - black to play and win, and no, it is not the move played, 21...Nxh5>

I give up, what's the solution?

May-02-16  autom: I think 21.g5 avoids white's problems and leads to a drawish game.
May-03-16  RandomVisitor: <Willber G>21...Rh8! wins for black - I will post analysis later when I get home from work.
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  Willber G: <RandomVisitor: <Willber G>21...Rh8! wins for black - I will post analysis later when I get home from work.>

Great, thanks. I'll have a look in the meantime.

May-03-16  RandomVisitor: After 21...Rh8!

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<-3.16/36 22.Kg2 Nxh5 23.Kf1 Nf4> 24.h4 Bxh4 25.Qd2 Bf6 26.Nf5+ Kf8 27.Ne3 Bh3+ 28.Ke1 a5 29.Rb1 Rh5 30.a3 Rb8 31.Ra1 Bd7 32.Ra2 Rh8 33.Kf1 Kg7 34.Nf5+ Kh7 35.Rh1+ Kg8 36.Rg1 Qc7 37.Ne3 Qc8 38.Ra1 Rh5 39.Rd1 Bh3+ 40.Ke1 Qc5 41.Ra1 Kg7 42.Nf5+ Kh8 43.Ne3 Bd7 44.Kf1 Kg7 45.Nf5+ Kf8

-3.29/36 22.Nf5+ Bxf5 23.exf5 Rxh5 24.Kg2 Nxd5 25.Kf1 Nf4 26.Qe1 Rah8 27.fxg6 fxg6 28.Rd1 Rf8 29.Rg3 Rxh3 30.Qe4 Qc8 31.Ke1 Rf6 32.Kd2 Qc5 33.Rf1 b4 34.Ng5 Rh5 35.Rg4 bxc3+ 36.bxc3 Kg8 37.Kd1 Nd5 38.Ke1 Nxc3 39.Qxc4+ d5 40.Qxc5 Bxc5 41.Kd2 Bd4 42.Bb3 Rxg5 43.Bxd5+ Nxd5 44.Rxg5 Kf7 45.Rg2 Nf4 46.Rg3 Rc6 47.Rb3 Ke6 48.Rg3 Kd5 49.Rb3 Rc4

-3.71/36 22.Qd2 Nxh5 23.Nf5+ Kf8 24.Nxe7 Kxe7 25.h4 Nf4 26.Rg3 Rag8 27.Qe3 g5 28.Qxc5 dxc5 29.Bd1 f6 30.a4 g4 31.axb5 axb5 32.Kg1 gxf3 33.Bxf3 Ra8 34.Rxa8 Rxa8 35.Rg7+ Kd6 36.h5 Rh8 37.Kf1 f5 38.exf5 Bxf5 39.Rf7 Bd3+ 40.Ke1 Nxh5 41.Rb7 e4 42.Bxh5 Rxh5 43.Rxb5 Kxd5 44.Rb8 Rg5 45.Rf8 Rg1+ 46.Kd2 Rb1 47.Rb8 Ke5 48.Rb7 Kf4 49.Rf7+ Kg4 50.Rg7+ Kf3 51.Rf7+ Kg2 52.Ke3 Rxb2

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  Willber G: Crikey, my analysis didn't go that far!
May-03-16  RandomVisitor: <Willber G>Komodo is just showing examples of how the attack might proceed, but more importantly, it could find no lines for white that come close to equalizing. What a surprise - the position looks playable.
May-04-16  RandomVisitor: A final look, after 21...Rh8, the blocked position causes black some problems in converting the win in the first line below

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-3.24/40 22.Kg2 Nxh5 23.Kf1 Nf4 24.h4 Bxh4 25.Qd2 Nh3 26.Rg2 a5 27.a3 Nf4 28.Rg1 Bd8 29.Nf5+ Kf8 30.Ne3 Bf6 31.Ng4 Be7 32.Ne3 Rb8 33.Rg3 Rh5 34.Rg1 Ra8 35.Rb1 Bd8 36.Ke1 Rb8 37.Ra1 Bf6 38.Ra2 Rh8 39.Kf1 Be7 40.Ra1 Ra8 41.Rb1 Rh5 42.Ra1 Rb8 43.Rc1 b4 44.axb4

-3.35/40 22.Nf5+ Bxf5 23.exf5 Rxh5 24.Qd2 Nxd5 25.Rg3 Rah8 26.Rh1 Nf4 27.Kg1 Rxh3 28.Rhxh3 Rxh3 29.Rxh3 Nxh3+ 30.Kf1 Nf4 31.Qe3 Qd5 32.fxg6 fxg6 33.Be4 Qd1+ 34.Qe1 Qxe1+ 35.Nxe1 d5 36.Bb1 Kf6 37.Ng2 Nd3 38.b3 Bc5 39.f3 e4 40.fxe4 dxe4 41.Ke2 Ke5 42.bxc4 bxc4 43.a4 g5 44.Bc2 g4 45.Bd1 Kf5 46.Bc2 g3 47.Kf1 Bb6 48.Bd1 Ne5 49.Bc2 Nf3 50.Bd1 Bf2 51.a5 Bc5

-3.90/40 22.Qd2 Nxh5 23.Nf5+ Kf8 24.Nxe7 Kxe7 25.Ng5 Nf4 26.Rg3 Rh4 27.Rh1 f6 28.Ne6 Bxe6 29.dxe6 Rah8 30.Kg1 Nxh3+ 31.Kf1 Nf4 32.Rxh4 Rxh4 33.Bd1 Rh1+ 34.Rg1 Rxg1+ 35.Kxg1 Kxe6 36.Kf1 Qa7 37.Qe3 Qxe3 38.fxe3 Nd3 39.b3 d5 40.exd5+ Kxd5 41.Bf3+ e4 42.bxc4+ bxc4 43.Bd1 Ke5 44.a3 f5 45.Ba4 Nb2 46.Be8 Nd1 47.Bxg6 Nxe3+ 48.Kg1 Nc2 49.a4 Ne3 50.Bf7 a5 51.Kf2 Nd1+ 52.Ke1 Nxc3 53.Bxc4

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