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Jan Timman vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Mr. Holland's Opus" (game of the day Jun-20-2018)
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 7, Oct-25
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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Apr-17-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Wow. People is angry by the puzzle. Take it easy, friends. After 12... Nxe5 13.Rxe5 and then is not so obvious... Maybe the initial move is "easy" to detect due to the name "INSANE". As I commented before, sure KORTCHNOI wondered that he was in a trap, that's why he didn't play the waited move. Maybe he saw Nf7 but didn't find where this will end. He believed he could escape. What would you do?
Apr-17-16  RandomVisitor: After 11...0-0

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<+0.56/37 12.Nxe5 Nxe5> 13.Rxe5 Be6 14.a3 Rc8 15.Bd3 h6 16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.Re4 Bc4 18.f3 Rfd8 19.Rd1 Be6 20.Rde1 Qe7 21.f4 Qd6 22.Re5 b6 23.f5 Ba2 24.g4 f6 25.Re7 Qg3 26.g5 fxg5 27.hxg5 hxg5 28.R7e2 Bd5 29.Kb1 Qf4 30.Qb4 Qd6 31.Qa4 Qc6 32.Qxa7 Rc7 33.Qa6 Ra8 34.Qb5 Qxb5 35.Bxb5 Rc5 36.Bd3

Apr-17-16  morfishine: <King.Arthur.Brazil> At least for me, I'm not angry...I'm just baffled, befuddled, dumbstruck, mystified, dazed, stumped, perplexed, dizzy, puzzled, dumbfounded, agape, rattled, flabbergasted, aghast, thunderstruck, shocked, floored, startled, flustered, stunned, bowled-over and otherwise, speechless

That about covers it


Apr-17-16  alphee: ♘xe5 looked like a good move but I could not be sure ... hence I looked for the solution ... Can't say I got it as it was almost a shoot in the dark.
Apr-17-16  WorstPlayerEver: Hmm... the only moves worse than 12... Re8 are:
12... Qe8 13. Ng6, 12... Qe7 13. Ng6, 12... Be5 13. Bd8 and 12... Qa5 13. Qa5 lol Out of 23 possible options.
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  patzer2: Here's some analysis of 13. Nxf7!! with Deep Fritz 15 and other cloud based programs:

<13. Nxf7!!> I'm sure this is the demolition combination wanted us to analyze for today's Sunday puzzle. The earlier 12. Nxe5 was no doubt thrown in just to make the winning 13. Nxf7!! less obvious.


If 13... Kxf7, then White wins with 14. Bc4+ as play might continue 14...Kg6? (slightly longer but still leading to a quick mate is 14... Kf8 15. Rxe8+ Qxe8 16. Re1 Qd8 17. Qb4+ Be7 18. Rxe7 a5 19. Rxd7+ axb4 20. Rxd8#) 15. h5+ Kf5 16. Qf4#.

<14. Qxe1 Kxf7 15. Bc4+ Kf8>

If 15... Kg6, then 16. Qe4+ Kh5 17. Be2#.

<16. Qe6 Bxg5+ 17. hxg5 Qxg5+ 18. Kb1 Ne5>

If 18... Nf6, then 19. Qf7#

<19. Qg8+ Ke7 20. Re1 Bd7>

If 20... d3, then White wins with 21. cxd3 as play might continue 21...Kf6 22. Qf8+ Kg6 23. Qe8+ Kf6 24. Bd5 h5 25. Ka1 Qf5 (25... g6 26. Qf8+ Nf7 27. Qxf7#) 26. Qd8+ Kg6 27. Be4 (+11.83 @ 17 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

If 20... Kf6, then White wins after 21. Qf8+ as play might continue 21...Kg6 22. f4 Qf6 23. Qe8+ Nf7 24. Bd3+ Kh5 25. Rh1+ Kg4 26. Qe2+ Kxf4 27. g3+ Kxg3 28. Qh2+ Kf3 29. Rf1+ Kg4 30. Rg1+ Kf3 31. Qg3#.

<21. Qxa8 Qd2 22. Rxe5+ Kf6 23. a3>

If 23. Re2 then Qd1#.

<23... Kxe5 24. Qb8+ Kf5 25. Qf8+>

Black resigns in lieu of 25...Kg6 (25... Ke5 26. Qe7+ Kf4 27. Qxd7 ) 26. Qd6+ (26. Qf7+ Kg5 27. Qxd7 ) 26... Kg5 27. Qxd7 (+7.21 @ 26 depth, Komodo 9.2).

Apr-17-16  Mudphudder: If I hadn't known better I would've thought Korchnoi was playing the white pieces.
Jun-20-18  andrewjsacks: Good thinking for the pun.
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  piltdown man: Yes, very good pun.
Jun-20-18  catlover: Great game and pun. The movie to which the pun refers is a classic.
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  profK: Another Rubinstein French bites the dust. I wonder why this defence isn't officially retired to Boot-Hill ???
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  takchess: Nice tension maintained in this game. Worth studying.
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  takchess: After playing h4. I like to play this kind of move. Black to move [Opening Explorer]

1) +0.13 (27 ply) 8...a6

2) +0.33 (26 ply) 8...O-O 9.Qd2 e5 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.O-O-O e4 12.Ng5 Qc6 13.d5 Qa4 14.Kb1 Nf6 15.Qf4 Bd7 16.b3 Qa5 17.Nxe4 Nxd5 18.Qg5 Bf5 19.Rxd5 Qe1+ 20.Qc1 Qxc1+ 21.Kxc1 Bxe4 22.Re5 Bc6 23.Re7 Rad8 24.Rxc7

Jun-20-18  Howard: Uhhh....I don't get the pun.
Jun-20-18  BwanaVa: "Mr. Holland's Opus" is an American film starring Richard Dreyfuss. Since Timman was long the finest chess player in Holland (and top five in the world) and this is one of his finest games...
May-04-19  Walter Glattke: I had this up to 16.Qe6, threatens 16.-Qe7 17.Qg8# If 16.-Ne5, then 17.Qg8+ Ke7 18.Bxf6+ gf6 19.Qg7+ Kd6 20.Rd1 Nxc4 21.Rd4+ Kc6 22.Rxd8 b6 23.Qf8 and slaughtering then, hence 20.Qe8 21.Rxd4+ White attacks. They played 16.-Bxg5+ 17.hxg5 Qxg5+ 18.Kb1 Ne5 19.Qg8+ Ke7 possible now 20.f4 Qxf4 21.Qxg7+ Kd6 22.Rh6+ Kc5 23.Qc7+ mating or queen lose by 23.-Nc6
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  al wazir: What happens after 18...Qf6 19. Qg8+ Ke7 20. Re1+ Ne5, and if 21. f4, then 21...Qxf4 22. Qxg7+ Kd6 ?
May-04-19  landshark: <al wazir>
If 18...Qf6 19. Qg8+ Ke7 20. Re1+ Ne5,
21.Qd5 wins back the N, and with a terrific attack as well -
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  agb2002: Recycled
May-04-19  Walter Glattke: But if 21.Qd5 Qc6 22.Rxe5+ Kf6 23.Rh5!? Qxd5 24.Bxd5 h6 was only draw, so Bc8 guards successful squares. 23.Qxd4 Kg6 rather unclear for me.
May-04-19  TheaN: <Walter> 22.Qxe5 1-0

I think what's the hardest about this puzzle is foreseeing Black's counterattack on the back rank; I didn't. That the defensive alternatives don't fair well seems obvious with the firepower White's bringing.

May-04-19  stacase: After 13.Nxf7 I wouldn't exactly say it plays itself, but all of the next 13 moves in response to Black's defense are fairly obvious.
May-04-19  Walter Glattke: 22.Qxe5 Kd8/Kd7/Kf8 23.Qe7# / 22.-Be6 23.Bxe6 or 23.Qxg7+ Kd6 24.Rxe6+ better. Thankx for the move.
May-04-19  schachfuchs: As the N sac appeared so early in the opening was this a homework?
May-04-19  Olsonist: Nf7 leaps to mind and then there's a lot of forced or obvious moves for a Saturday.
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