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Vlastimil Hort vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Sam Like it Hort" (game of the day Mar-15-2013)
Petropolis Interzonal (1973), Petropolis BRA, rd 12, Aug-08
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E95)  ·  1-0

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Apr-12-12
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  Honza Cervenka: Pretty and smooth positional win by Vlasta Hort. In final position after forced 41...Qf3 white simply trades everything on f8, and then his passed a-Pawn decides the game.
Mar-15-13
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  HeMateMe: sammy never did get his dsb into the game.
Mar-15-13
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  andrewjsacks: Excellent pun!
Mar-15-13
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  andrewjsacks: Except, of course, that Sam did not really like it too Hort this game, I guess.
Mar-15-13
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  FSR: Cute pun, but it seems inapposite given that Reshevsky lost.
Mar-15-13  nolanryan: this is the most absurd/stupid/funny game title yet
Mar-15-13  master of defence: < Honza Cervenka: Pretty and smooth positional win by Vlasta Hort. In final position after forced 41...Qf3 white simply trades everything on f8, and then his passed a-Pawn decides the game.> Note: If the pawn was on a3 or a2, black should win. After 41...Qf3 42.Qxf8+ Qxf8 43.Bxf8 Kxf8 44.a4 Ke7! and the pawn is doomed.
Mar-15-13  morfishine: Hort, at 29, was at the top of his game; while Sammy, at age 62, was...well...probably in time trouble...again....
Mar-15-13
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  RookFile: Reshevsky played a Qb6 line that would have been more typical for Tal to play with black. But I don't think Tal played for a queen retreat and things like Rfc8. What happened to the idea of black getting his kingside doggies rolling toward the white king? When you play the KID as black, you accept the idea you're going to lose most endgames, and play accordingly.
Mar-15-13  Abdel Irada: <Honza Cervenka: Pretty and smooth positional win by Vlasta Hort. In final position after forced 41...Qf3 white simply trades everything on f8, and then his passed a-Pawn decides the game.>

Strictly speaking, 41. ...Qf3 isn't *quite* forced; Black can squirm a bit. But it will make no difference, because the a-pawn is not only advanced but also defended where it stands.

The best defense I can see goes something like 41. ...Qe1† 42. Kg2, Qe4† 43. Kg3, Qd3† 44. Kh4, g5†!? 45. Bxg5 (46. Kxg5?, Qd2† ), Qc2 46. Bh6, Qxf2† 47. Kh5, and Black has nothing better than 47. ...Qf7†, leading to a wholesale exchange as in your line.

Mar-15-13  goodevans: <Abdel Irada:... The best defense I can see goes something like 41. ...Qe1† 42. Kg2, Qe4† 43. Kg3, Qd3† 44. Kh4, g5†!? 45. Bxg5 (46. Kxg5?, Qd2† ), Qc2 ...>

First I looked at 45...Kg7 in your line as a possible way to keep the game alive, but white can still force the trade off with 46.Bh6+ Kxh6 47.Qxf8+ Kg6 48.Qf5+.

Then a thought occurred: Does trading off work with the K on h5 (either in your original line or in my variation) since black can also promote the c-pawn?

Mar-15-13  Abdel Irada: <goodevans>: In my line, it does not work because White queens with check and then moves his queen behind the pawn. In yours, however, it appears playable.

This leads me to a search for improvements, and I find that instead of 44. Kh4, White should simply interpose 44. f3, when Black can't avoid mate.

And this would of course mean that <Honza> was right after all: Black must play 41. ...Qf3, since 41. ...Qb1† also fails, in this case to 42. Kh2, when Black is out of checks and can't avoid mate.

Thank you for catching my inaccuracy.

Mar-15-13
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Mar-15-13  Ratt Boy: <Abdel Irada>: In your line, doesn't 43.♔h2 force …♕f3?
Mar-15-13  Ratt Boy: White to Move and Win, at Move 40, might be a good Tuesday or Wednesday puzzle.
Mar-15-13
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  kevin86: Black has NO place where the queen can be deployed to guard the bishop.
Mar-15-13
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  FSR: <Abdel Irada: ... Strictly speaking, 41. ...Qf3 isn't *quite* forced; Black can squirm a bit. But it will make no difference, because the a-pawn is not only advanced but also defended where it stands.

The best defense I can see goes something like 41. ...Qe1† 42. Kg2, Qe4† 43. Kg3, Qd3† 44. Kh4, g5†!? 45. Bxg5 (46. Kxg5?, Qd2† ), Qc2 46. Bh6, Qxf2† 47. Kh5, and Black has nothing better than 47. ...Qf7†, leading to a wholesale exchange as in your line.>

That line is unsounder than a flounder. http://images2.fanpop.com/images/ph... After 44.f3, Black stands up.

Mar-15-13
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  FSR: <Abdel Irada> Oh, I see you also found 44.f3.
Mar-15-13  SChesshevsky: <morfishine: ...while Sammy, at age 62, was...well...probably in time trouble...again....>

Reshevsky didn't have a great time in Petropolis. He said the climate really bothered him and he also had to drive a long way for his meals everyday.

He had been playing pretty well in 73 & 74 but here he was obviously off. There's another Petropolis game where he had a win in one or two moves and dropped his queen. That was really demoralizing.

In this game Hort puts him away pretty efficiently when Reshevsky doesn't look like he has much of a plan and breaks early when he loses a few tempo, gets into a bind and has to deal with a passed pawn.

Mar-15-13
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  offramp: Petropolis is the new name for St Leningrad.
Mar-15-13  maxi: "It Horts so bad."
Mar-15-13  Abdel Irada: <FSR: <Abdel Irada> Oh, I see you also found 44.f3.>

Now, now. What's sounder than a flounder?

(Except perhaps a sounder of flounder?)

Mar-16-13
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  FSR: <Abdel Irada: ... Now, now. What's sounder than a flounder?>

A rebounder? http://redalertpolitics.com/files/2... http://www.dennisrodman.com/images/... http://tyrannyoftradition.files.wor... http://blacksportsonline.com/home/w... http://gracesatisfies.com/wp-conten... http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images...

OK, maybe not.

Feb-11-14
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  Honza Cervenka: <Abdel Irada: <Honza Cervenka: Pretty and smooth positional win by Vlasta Hort. In final position after forced 41...Qf3 white simply trades everything on f8, and then his passed a-Pawn decides the game.>

Strictly speaking, 41. ...Qf3 isn't *quite* forced; Black can squirm a bit. But it will make no difference, because the a-pawn is not only advanced but also defended where it stands.

The best defense I can see goes something like 41. ...Qe1† 42. Kg2, Qe4† 43. Kg3, Qd3† 44. Kh4, g5†!? 45. Bxg5 (46. Kxg5?, Qd2† ), Qc2 46. Bh6, Qxf2† 47. Kh5, and Black has nothing better than 47. ...Qf7†, leading to a wholesale exchange as in your line.>

After 41...Qe1+ 42.Kg2 Qe4+ white can play also simply 43.Kh2 and black has no useful check. Then he must play 43...Qf3 with the same finish, which I mentioned in my first comment. Of course, 43.Kg3 is even better than 43.Kh2 as 43...Qd3+ 44.f3 leads to quick mate.:-)

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