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Miguel Najdorf vs Eugenio Torre
"ET Pawn Home" (game of the day Jan-13-2010)
Haifa Olympiad (1976), Haifa ISR, rd 7, Nov-01
Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A56)  ·  0-1



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Jan-13-10  AxelBoldt: I think he played 18...Nh5, not 18...Nfd5. White didn't move the bishop because then 19...d5 would have been strong.
Jan-13-10  AxelBoldt: 56.Kh1 Rf1+ 57.Kh2 f4 and the f-pawn marches through.
Jan-13-10  psmith: Does anyone have the tournament book to check move 18?
Jan-13-10  mike1: 56 Kh1 Rf1+, 57.Kh2 f4, 58.e5 f3,
59. Rf5 f2 60.Rf7+ Kd8 61.e6
Jan-13-10  Alphastar: <mike1>
Probably 59. ... Bg1+ 60. Kh1 Bf2+ 61. Kh2 Bg3# 0-1 is stronger than your continuation.
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  TheAlchemist: Fantastic pun, whoever thought of it - hats off.
Jan-13-10  zev22407: AxelBoldt must be right ,the correct move is 19)...N-h5
Jan-13-10  ChessKnightsOfLondon: Yes e2 shall prove the winning move! But I would take the rook anyway and hope black returns the favour, thus the game being a draw!
Jan-13-10  RandomVisitor: has 18...Nfd5 as well...
Jan-13-10  RandomVisitor: the .pgn from the tournament, which contains all 1248 games, reports 18...Nfd5.
Jan-13-10  RandomVisitor: If 18...Nh5 is the correct move, white might have tried 19.Bc6 Nxf4 20.gxf4 d5 21.Rfd1 or 21.Bxe8 with complications.
Jan-13-10  RandomVisitor: 22.Nxb5 Rxb5 23.Bc6 = .
Jan-13-10  zanshin: <RandomVisitor: 19.Nxd5! or 19.Bxd5! look like winning moves.>

That's also what I found. Also, <54.Rxg5> is questionable (better 54.Rf7).

Maybe the game is not that remarkable, but I'm glad a GoTD featured a win by Torre.

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  Once: A witty finish!

I particularly liked 54...Kc7. Black moves his king onto the second rank so that white cannot reposition his Rg5 with check. Black threaens to waltz his king into the position and escort a pawn through to queen. He also "dares" white to play fe, no doubt because he had then worked out the finish...

Then 55...Rf2+ to force the white king onto the back rank and set up the finale. White is forced to walk into a bishop-rook battery with 26. Kg1. For now, white doesn't fear the discovered attack because there is nowhere for the Rf2 to go where it can cause mischief.

56...fe makes the discovered attack real. Now the threat is Rf5+, winning the white rook.

57...e3 and the pawn races through to queen, running right past the pinned Rf2 and simultaneously blocking the f1 square so that white cannot play Kf1.

Now the finish might be 58. Rxf2 e2 59. Bg2 f1=Q+ 60. Kh2 Bxf2 (Qxf2 also works) 61. Bad5 (or anywhere else) Qg1#

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Very enjoyable sequence.

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  al wazir: What's wrong with 31. Rxd6 ? If 31...Rb1+, then 32. Bf1 Qc1 33. Qd3
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  al wazir: Ah! I see: 32...Qc1+ 32. Bf1 Bf4.
Jan-13-10  zanshin: <al wazir: What's wrong with 31. Rxd6 ? If 31...Rb1+, then 32. Bf1 Qc1 33. Qd3>

<AW> After <31.Rxd6> (diagram), Black can play <31...Qc1+ 32.Bf1 Bf4> skewering the Queen and Rook.

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Jan-13-10  WhiteRook48: 58 Rxf2 e2!! doomed
Jan-13-10  sfm: Pun of the year? And we only just started it...
Jan-13-10  avidfan: <Once>'s finish should read 59...e2-e1=Q+ 60.Kh2 Bxf2 61.Bg2-d5 Qe1-g1#
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  Once: <avidfan> Well spotted. In my excitement, I tried to queen a non-existent f pawn.
Jan-14-10  bebfuerz: The move that was played was 18... Nh5.
Obviously not 18... Nfd5.
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  kevin86: After 58 ♖xf2 e2!! ends it with a bright flash!
Feb-01-10  SugarDom: "Jan-13-10 Sularus: Best pun ever!"

A feather in the pirate's cap...

Jan-13-16  kamagong24: ET and the 'Nutri-Bun' days!!! hahaha
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