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Henrique Mecking vs Julio Kaplan
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 1, Nov-19
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1-0



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Jul-02-10  wordfunph: 1972 San Antonio Church's Fried Chicken First International Chess Tournament: In Mecking-Kaplan game, Kaplan forfeited his game on move 31. He was quoted after the game, "I fell asleep. When I woke up and looked at my clock I only had ten seconds left."
Jul-02-10  ounos: Yeah, right. Not, like, he lost because he was a rook down, of course not! He lost because nobody had woke him up! So unfair!
Jul-02-10  zanshin: Maybe he woke up, panicked and blundered with <30...Bxd6?> (30...Re5 holds).
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  wwall: After 29.Qxf4, instead of 29...Bc8, perhaps better is 29...Re6, and if 30.Qc1, then 30...Rxd6 looks good for Black. Or 30.Bxb7 Qxb7 31.Nc2 Qd7 and 32...Rxd6.

In the game, after 30.Qc1 Bxd6?? loses to 31.Bc6, but why not 30...Re5, then 31...Bxd6.

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  Fusilli: <wwall> <but why not 30...Re5, then 31...Bxd6.>

Against 30...Re5 I see nothing better than 31.Qc3. Notice that 31...Bxd6 invites 32.Rxd6 Qxd6 33.Qxc8+. White gets two pieces for a rook, but the N on a3 is out of play right now. It will take some maneuvering to get it back in play.

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