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Miso Cebalo vs Evgeni Vasiukov
"Cebalo 13" (game of the day Nov-01-2014)
Sibenik (2014), rd 6, Apr-06
Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack (A80)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: 6...Nd7 was the losing move. With 6...Nc6 black would have been OK.
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  thegoodanarchist: <AylerKupp: <<Phony Benoni> There comes a time when you sport a brilliant-looking move in one of your games.>

That used to happen to me a lot when I was actively playing...>

The full post from November 24th, 2014, has to be one of the funniest things ever published at this website!

May-03-15  dick50: While first two moves are apparent, the game is amazing as

1. White Queen side Knight develops to c3 with a mate threat

2. 12 Qd5 is a stunning move. Queen is immune because of mate by Knight from c3. If not taken, Queen threatens mate on e6 and f7. Black Queen can defend this duel threat from e7, but further cramps the Black King

3. After 9 Ng5+, Black King has to move to f6 to protect Black Queen, Thereby exposing himself to mating attack

4. A strange opening. Black King is free to roam and Black Queen fully cramped.

May-03-15  devere: <dfcx: Insane? I can see the first 3 moves. 8. Bxf7+ Kxf7 9. Ng5+ Kf6 10. Nc3 e6 The next move is not so clear. 11.e4 and 11.d5 both look good.>

If nothing else works 11.Nxh7+ wins a pawn. After that it's just a matter of technique. LOL

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  mig55: Ke8 looses the Q!
May-03-15  stacase: 9...Kf6 - Took me a while to see why Black was more or less forced to trot his King out into the middle of the board. That aside, 8. Bf7 and 9. Ng5 were obvious no-brainers.
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  whiteshark: I used to like going for wal♔s.
May-03-15  JimmyRockHound: According to my engine, black should have played Qa5 on move 11.
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  MJCB: The sac on f7 is an intuitive pattern, but what I find remarquable is the journey of the white Queen that follows, where she ends up posted in a place that proves lethal to the black king.
May-03-15  wooden nickel: Is 8.Bxf7+ what we would call a free sac, since it didn't even cost a piece? The following 10.Nc3 is too strong, for instance, if 10... Nb6?, then Be5+!

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i.e. dxe5 12.dxe5+ Kxe5 13.Nf7+

May-03-15  morfishine: A surgical and instructive exploitation of the hole at <e6>


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  Penguincw: I got 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ng5+. I anticipated black playing 9...Ke8, but that would run into 10.Ne6, trapping the queen. 9...Kf8 would run into a fork, while 9...Kg8 would run into 10.Ne6 Qe8 11.Nxc7, another fork. Not sure what to do after 9...Kf6, but the king's paralyzed, so that's good enough, right?
May-03-15  devere: This is a poor Sunday problem, but White's 12th move would make an excellent Tuesday problem; a beautiful checkmate in 3 moves.
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  patzer2: Here's a look at a key turning point in the game (7...?) and today's Sunday puzzle position (8.?) with Fritz:

<7...Bg7?> The decisive mistake. Instead, 7...Nf6 keeps Black in the game as play might continue 8. Nc3 Bg7 9. Qd2 e6 10. O-O-O O-O 11. Bd3 Bd7 12. Ng5 .

<8. Bxf7+!!> This demolition combination solves today's Sunday puzzle.

<8..Kxf7 9. Ng5+ Kf6>

If 9... Kg8, then White wins easily after 10. Ne6 Qe8 11. Nxc7 Qd8 12. Nxa8 when play might continue 12...Nf6 13. Qf3 Kf7 14. h5 Nxh5 15. Rxh5 (also good is 15. Bg5 h6 16. Bh4 b6 17. Na3 Be6 18. Qb7 g5 19. Nc7 gxh4 20. Rxh4 Nf6 21. Nxe6 Kxe6 22. Qxa7 Qa8 23. Qxa8 Rxa8 24. Ke2 h5 25. c4 Kf7 26. Nb5 Kg6 27. f3 d5 28. b3 dxc4 29. bxc4 Ra5 30. Rh3 Bh6 31. a4 Bg5 32. Nc3 ) 15... gxh5 16. Qxh5+ Kf8 17. Qf3 Kf7 18. Bg5 Kg6 19. Bh4 d5 20. Nc3 Bd7 21. Nxd5 Bc6 22. Nxe7+ Qxe7 23. Qg3+ Kf7 24. Bxe7 .

<10. Nc3 c6 11. Qf3 e5??> This allows White a surprise Queen sacrifice which forces mate-in-three.

Black's still losing, but can put up much more resistance with 11... Qa5 when play might continue 12. e4 e5 13. Bd2 Qb6 14. exf5 Ke7 15. Nge4 Nf6 16. Bg5 gxf5 17. Nxf6 Bxf6 18. Bxf6+ Kxf6 19. O-O-O Be6 20. g4 Ke7 21. gxf5 Rhf8 22. dxe5 dxe5 23. Ne4 Rxf5 24. Qa3+ c5 25. Rd6 Qb5 26. Nxc5 Kxd6 27. Ne4+ Kd7 28. Qd6+ Kc8 29. Qxe6+ Qd7 30. Qg8+ Qd8 31. Nd6+ Kc7 32. Qxd8+ Rxd8 33. Nxf5 .

<12. Qd5!!> Also strong and winning is 12. Nd5+! cxd5 13. Qxd5 Qa5+ (13...Qe7+ 14. 14. Nxh7+ Rxh7 15. Bg5#) 14. Qxa5 . However, 12. Qd5!! is best as it forces mate-in-three.

<12...Qe7 14. Nxh7+ 1-0> Black resigns in lieu of 14...Rxh7 15. Bg5#.

May-03-15  Hans Kastorp: dfcx: After 10...e6 11.Nce4+ Ke7 (11... fxe4. 12.Be5+ Ke7 13.Qf7#) 12.Bd6+ Ke8 13.Nxe6 and queen is lost.
May-03-15  stacase: <devere: This is a poor Sunday problem,>

I agree, the real issue here is seeing that 9... Kf6 was the only real choice for Black. I didn't see it, and thought "Oh Wow! look at that." when I played it out.

May-03-15  Clodhopper: When the puzzles get to three or more stars, I can often see the first moves, I get the concept, but then I lose my way trying to sort out the essential coup de grace a few moves into the combination. In a serious game I would let these opportunities slip by with the thought that "there might be something there".
May-03-15  Immortal Gambit: What is all that rambling supposed to mean?
May-03-15  Jack Kerouac: <Immortal Gambit>
Machine dribble. C.O. shows up now and again like a reminder of Alzheimer's lurking degeneration always out there. Humans on this site have disregarded these posts for some time now. Somewhat like a cyber politician who expounds but not worth the time to waste real thought about.
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  agb2002: The material is complete.

White can create a number of threats with 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ng5+ Kf6 (9... Ke(f)8 10.Ne6 wins the queen; 9... Kg8 10.Ne6 Qe8 11.Nxc7 wins an exchange and a pawn at least) 10.Nc3:

A) 10... Nb6 10.Be5+ dxe5 11.dxe5+ Kxe5 12.Nf7+ followed by 13.Nxd8, etc.

B) 10... c6 11.e4

B.1) 11... fxe4 12.Ncxe4+ Kf5 13.g4+ Kxf4 14.Qf3#.

B.2) 11... e5 12.dxe5+ Nxe5 (12... dxe5 13.Qd6#) 13.Nxh7+ wins a pawn at least (13... Rxh7 14.Bg5+ and 15.Bxd8).

B.3) 11... e6 12.Nxh7+ as in B.2.

C) 10... e6 11.Nxh7+ is similar to B.3.

May-04-15  autom: I thought 11.Qf3 was the killer move as he must have forseen 12.Qd5! and probably the last move.
May-04-15  stst: Overdue....

See the obvious line, but there could be others:

8.BxP+ KxB

Whether Ke8 or Kf8,
10.Ne6 ===> Q lost

See what actually happened....

Dec-17-15  Hawkman: I love this site and don't mean this in a snarky way at all, but is this really one of the 6 best (A80) games of all time? That's what I want and expect to see when I click on the 6 featured games for a variation. Just my 2 cents. I apologize if I've offended any employees. It was not my intention.
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  perfidious: <Hawkman> That this game rates amongst the six most featured games is due to its being in so many members' collections--the sole criterion for inclusion.
Dec-18-15  Hawkman: < That this game rates amongst the six most featured games is due to its being in so many members' collections--the sole criterion for inclusion. >

Thanks, bro!

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