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Ludek Pachman vs David Bronstein
"Pachman Ghosted" (game of the day Jul-27-2014)
Moscow-Prague (1946), Prague CSR, rd 2, Mar-03
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Double Fianchetto Attack (E64)  ·  0-1



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  Everett: <It is difficult to imagine now how this and the Zita game, plus the games of Fellow Knights of the KID -- Geller and Boleslavsky, were the stuff of revelation back then.>

Funny, I find the modern player's smugness regarding past games both sadly understandable and laughable. It indicates the natural lack of imagination of most people.

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  Check It Out: Can someone explain the pun?
Jul-27-14  SimonWebbsTiger: a reference to the Pacman computer game, where our entrepid hero has to eat those "beans" and avoid the ghosts?
Jul-28-14  supermexico: After 13.Rc1 instead of 13...c6 Stockfish ver. DD64 SSD4.2 gives 13...ab3 14.ab3 Ng4 (ponderating -0.54 deep 23).
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  kevin86: White is about to lose his rook.
Sep-28-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Everett> I noted that especially; Nf8! And I agree with you.#
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  plang: 8 b3?! was popular in the early days of this variation but is rarely played now as it creates weaknesses on the long diagonal. Bronstein recommended 12 a3 so as to answer 12..a4 with 13 b4; instead after the game continuation 12 Bb2?!..a4 had White played 13 b4 Black could have responded 13..a3!. 14 Ba1?! was an odd choice, with the rook on c1 he could have considered 14 b4..a3 15 Ba1..Ncd7 16 b5 when White still has a small initiative. With 23..Qxf2! Bronstein avoided the trap 23..Nxa1? 24 Nd5!..Qxf2 25 Nf6+..Kh8 26 Nxe8. A pretty mate would have resulted from 24 Qxb3..hxg+ 25 Kh1..Bxh3 26 Rg1..Bxg2+ 27 Rxg2..Qf1+ 28 Rf1..Qh3#; Perhaps White's best defense would have been 24 Rd3..Nxa1 25 Qxa1..Nd7.
Jul-21-17  GlennOliver: Would someone be kind enough to explain the line that yields the assured Black win from this position?

The best I can find is a draw by repetition.

Jul-21-17  ughaibu: GlennOliver: Which position and what is your best attempt?
Sep-30-17  Albanius: GlennOliver: if you mean the final position when W resigned, all moves except 32 Kg1 or Kh1 drop the rook on d4 immediately to a forking check on f6 or e5;

32 Kh1 loses to ..Ra1+ 33 Rd1 Rxd1+ 34 Qxd1 Qxe4+ and Qg2 mate. 32 Kg1 Ra1+ only loses more slowly to the same sequence, which leaves B with 4 passed Ps for the exchange, plus a mate threat and a centralized Q.

Jan-23-18  GlennOliver: ughaibu and Albanius,

My apologies for a very delayed reply, I had not noticed your responses, for which my thanks.

Albanius has kindly resolved my perplexity as to how to complete the win from the final position shown, the point at which W resigned.

Dec-07-19  Eduardo Leon: Too famous to be a good puzzle.
Dec-07-19  Walter Glattke: 23.-hxg3+ 24.fxg3 Qc5 black advantage e.g. 24.Rd2 Qxc4 25.Nd1!? b5!
Dec-07-19  mel gibson: I considered the text move but I
thought it looked too risky.

Stockfish 10 agrees with the text:

(20... Rxa1

(♖a8xa1 ♖b1xa1 ♗g7xd4 ♖d2xd4 ♘c5xb3 ♖d4-d2 h4xg3+ f2xg3 ♘b3xa1 ♕d1xa1 ♕b6-b4 ♕a1-b2 ♕b4xb2 ♖d2xb2 ♘f8-d7 ♘c3-d1 ♘d7-c5 ♖b2-d2 ♘c5xe4 ♖d2-e2 ♘e4-f6 ♖e2-d2 ♖e8-e1 ♖d2xd6 ♗c8-e6 ♖d6-d4 ♘f6-d7 ♘d1-c3 ♘d7-c5 ♘c3-e4 ♘c5xe4 ♗g2xe4 ♔g8-g7 ♔h2-g2 ♖e1-c1 h3-h4 ♖c1xc4 ♖d4xc4 ♗e6xc4 ♔g2-f2 ♗c4-d5 ♗e4xd5 c6xd5 ♔f2-e3 b7-b5 ♔e3-d4 b5-b4 g3-g4) +2.65/43 406)

score for Black + 2.65 depth 43

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  FSR: A classic. 20...Rxa1! 21.Rxa1 Bxd4! 22.Rxd4 Nxb3 wins material. I agree with <Eduardo Leon>. If you missed this, you presumably have not read Anthony Saidy 's "The Battle of Chess Ideas." For shame.
Dec-07-19  malt: Gone for 23.Rd2 N:a1 24.Q:a1 hg3+ 25.fg3 Qc5
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  agb2002: <FSR> Also, anyone who has ever considered playing the King's Indian almost surely knows this game, #15 in 'Bronstein on the King's Indian'.
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  agb2002: Level 3.5: 34.?
Lasker vs Lipke, 1889

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Dec-07-19  Walter Glattke: Mistake, I meant 23.-hxg3+ 24.fxg3 Nxa1 25.Qxa1 Qc5, lost a move above.
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  chrisowen: <Walter Glattke> The devil's in the detail.
Dec-07-19  RandomVisitor: After 13..c6

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<45/74 18:45 +0.46 14.b4 a3 15.Ba1 Ncd7 16.Na4> Ne5 17.Qb3 b5 18.cxb5 cxb5 19.Nxb5 Bd7 20.Bxe5 Bxb5 21.Bxf6 Bxa4 22.Qxa4 Rxa4 23.Bxd8 Rxd8 24.b5 Rb4 25.Re3 Rxb5 26.Rxa3 Rb2 27.Bf1 Bd4 28.Rf3 Rxa2 29.Rc7 Rf8 30.Bc4 Ra7 31.Rfxf7 Rxf7 32.Bxf7+ Kg7 33.Rxa7 Bxa7 34.Bd5 g5 35.Kg2 g4 36.Be6 h5 37.Bd7 Kf6 38.h3 gxh3+ 39.Bxh3 Ke5 40.f3 d5 41.exd5 Kxd5 42.Bd7 Ke5 43.f4+ Ke4 44.Kh3 Bd4 45.Be8 Kf3 46.Bxh5+ Kf2 47.Bg4

Dec-07-19  CopyBlanca: The pun is on the video game PAC MAN that was one of the first video games and very popular. Pac Man was always being chased by GHOSTS in the video as he maneuvered around the maze.
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  patzer2: Instead of 23. Rxd6 Qxf2 -+ (-3.25 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10), White can limit the damage to the loss of a pawn (albeit a critical pawn) with 23. Rd2 Nxa1 ∓ to -+ (-1.95 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10).

P.S.: White's game goes bad with 14. Ba1? axb3 ∓ to -+ (-1.33 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 14. b4 a3 15. Ba1 Ne6 16. Nce2 = (0.00 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10) holds level.

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  patzer2: Our Opening Explorer indicates 5. e4 ± to ⩲ is more popular than the game continuation 5. g6 = to ⩲.

My preference is the popular move and computer choice 5. e4, as I believe White can secure a positional advantage much easier than with 5. g6.

Jul-09-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: <Albanius: GlennOliver: if you mean the final position when W resigned, all moves except 32 Kg1 or Kh1 drop the rook on d4 immediately to a forking check on f6 or e5;>

What about

32. Kf2 Qf6+ 33. Ke3 Ne6 34. Rdb4 Qf4+ 35. Kd3 Nc5+ 36. Kc4 Nxb7 37. Rxb7 g5


Black can win back the exchange in five moves, which is obviously not immediate.

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