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Bozidar Ivanovic vs Lubomir Ftacnik
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 7, Nov-06
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  0-1



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Dec-05-05  sucaba: After 25. ♖xc6+! blacks ♔'s position is open enough. For example 33. ♕b4+ is a clear perpetual.
Dec-05-05  Chopin: I'm glad I got this puzzle, otherwise I'll quit chess and start playing tic-tac toe.
Dec-05-05  sanferrera: Sucaba, yeah, maybe it's unclear, after
33. Qb4+ Qc5 34.Qf4+ Kd7 35. Qf5+ Kd8 36. Qxf6+ Kc8 37.Qf5+ Kc7 (my brain is exploting right know tring to figure that position in my mind's eye :) ) I don't see a clear win for black. Anyone with a better rating would like to comment?
Dec-05-05  macphearsome: Can anybody explain to me what a "poisoned pawn" is, exactly?

I'm guessing it's referring to 6...e6 or 7.f4, but an explanation would really be appreciated.

Dec-05-05  square dance: <mac> the poisoned pawn is on b2. the black queen can capture it, but, in return, white gets a lead in development. this is why the pawn is "poisoned".
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  WannaBe: <macphearsome> b2 is the poisoned pawn. Take/capture it and your piece usually end up out of position, and can sometimes easily trapped by your opponent.

Here is a good game collection Game Collection: Sicillian Najdorf - Poisoned Pawn to pore over and learn. Hope this helps. =)

Dec-05-05  square dance: <mac> there is also a poisoned pawn (on g7)variation in the french winawer following these moves. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 Qc7 black has more recently been playing 7...0-0 refusing the poisoned pawn variation. 7...Qc7 obviously invites it.
Dec-05-05  chesscrazy: very easy puzzle...I wonder how finds these Monday puzzles? I tried looking for some and it took me forever to find something like this.
Dec-05-05  offramp: If white gambits the pawn by Qd2 he takes on a big responsibility. After Rb1 the black Q goes to a3. But she is not in a bad position, and the rook at b1 is not in a particularly good position.

The Q at a3 occasionally moves to c5 with check; she has a lot of sway on the Q-side.

White will be playing on the centre and the K-side.

If black survives the attack then he may well win with the extra pawn - -or with all the extra material that white has thrown at him in a useless attack.

I play the Caro Kann, but if I played the Sicilian then I would play this as black.

Dec-05-05  Koster: Another poison pawn line occurs in the Torre Attack- 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 Qb6 5. Nbd2 Qxb2, which is risky. It's safer for black to just get on with development with 4...Be7, 5...b6, etc.
Dec-05-05  Koster: Another poison pawn, Queen's Gambit Accepted - 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bxc4 e6 6. Qb3 Bxf3 7. gxf3 Nbd7 8. Qxb7 c5. The doubled pawns and development give black enough play.
Dec-05-05  THE pawn: Good'ol monday.
Dec-05-05  Antipholous: Ha ha, I didn't see "black to move." I was looking for a knock out move for white for quite a while and was failing to do so. I finally realized it was black to move and figured it out in a matter of seconds. I feel stupid... :/
Dec-05-05  alexandrovm: black wins with QxR follow by Rg1#
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  LIFE Master AJ: This puzzle is just too tough for me!
Dec-05-05  bishopawn: Even I figured it out. CG! Keep it at that level! :-)
Dec-05-05  Antipholous: Life Master...I really hope there was sacrasm that I couldn't detect in your comment...
Dec-05-05  TTLump: There is no question that 37.Qh3 was a blunder, the question is why would a GM make such a move? There are two possibilities that I can imagine:

1. Move 40 was coming up and he might have been under severe time pressure. It would be very instructive if we could see the time remaining on each player's clock after each move. Does anyone know it this information is even recorded at GM tournaments?

2. He saw something in the King/Pawn end-game that he didn't like and decided to impale himself on a simple mating combination, rather than endure the agony of a long, losing end-game.

Ironically, his Queen was already on its best defensive square for the game position. He would have been better off to make a tempo gaining move such as 37.a4, boosting, however slightly, whatever chances he may have had in the ensuing end game after the pieces were gone.

Dec-06-05  sucaba: <Sanferra>, with 33. ♕b4+ ♕c5 black gives up the thread to mate on g2. After 34. ♕f4+ ♔d7 35. ♕f5+ ♔d8 36. ♕xf6+ ♔c8 white has 37. ♕a6+ ♔d7 38. ♕a4+ ♔c8 39. ♕a8+ ♗b8 40. ♕a6+ ♔c7 41. ♕f6 and will win the second f♙. 34. _ ♔c6 35. ♕xf6+ will lose for black too. ♗esides, 33. ♕a6+ would be another perpetual.

<beenthere>, 36. _ ♕xa2 37. ♘g5! fxg5 38. ♕f6+ is a hair-rising line. Black should escape to draw with 38. _ ♔c5 39. ♖c1+ ♔b5 40. ♕f1+ ♔b4 41. ♖b1+ ♔c3.

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  LIFE Master AJ: <Antipholous> I tried to look up "sacrasm," but I could not find it in Webster's New World Dictionary. (2004 Edition.)

Yes, my comment was intended to be a bit of humor. (Maybe unsuccessfully so.)

I am sure we get weary of all the people trying to top the other ... ("I got it in 12 seconds." "Yeah, but I got in 10.5 seconds, and I saw two more variations than you did.")

So I playfully decided to go in the other direction. (I think I saw the solution pretty quickly, but to me, it is more important to be systematic than fast.)

In case you are curious, I am the first Master to do a lot of things. (First to identify four basic principles for each phase of the game, first to advise using a mental <analysis> checklist, etc.) The details are on my website, but you may not be interested enough in these types of ideas to check them out.

If you are a chess natural, than my checklist may not be for you. But if you are like me, and occasional or even rare blunders almost drive you crazy, than you may need more structure for your thoughts.

I have played quite a few GM's, and I was very impressed with their thinking patterns. I remember one <former> Russian player making the comment that, "In these type of positions you should ALWAYS ... "

The players who are the product of the vaunted "Soviet School of Chess," have a tremendous amount of system built in. But if you are like me, and missed the <Botvinnik School of Chess>, then you may want to give my checklist a try ...

But I digress. Your original question was one about humor. (My friends tell me I have no sense of comedy, and I have not laughed - or even smiled - in like 10-to-20 years.)

Dec-06-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <and I have not laughed - or even smiled - in like 10-to-20 years>

<LIFE Master AJ> I wonder what it is you're doing on your picture at then. :)

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  kevin86: Doesn't a "poisoned pawn" sound like it was made in the laboratories of Vincent Price or Boris Karloff?
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  LIFE Master AJ: <k86> good one!
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  patzer2: Black's 37...Qxe1+! uses the Queen as a decoy sacrifice to set up the immediate mate which follows.
Dec-16-05  Antipholous: <LIFE Master AJ> Where's your website?
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