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Sofia Polgar vs J Kontra
HUN (1982)
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  1-0



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Aug-21-07  Nostrils: In the final position it looks like black is also losing another piece.
Aug-21-07  znprdx: Nice - even amazing that both rooks were vulnerable. Most of us would have settled for 17.Qa5 Too often these kind of attacks fizzle out. The brilliancy here is the extrication move 19.Nc4 - hardly obvious from the initial position. As for ply depth - the last thing we should concern ourselves with is computer analysis - Chess is a game of concepts which is strictly our domain...maybe CG is growing tired of the day-of-the-week chessometer? I certainly am.
Aug-21-07  VargPOD: Saw immediately a knight fork in b6, couldn't find a way to achieve it and then decided to park the bishop in b6. It looked good enough, but wasn't sure until I checked. Difficult for Tuesday.
Aug-21-07  zb2cr: I found this quite difficult. It took me about 2 minutes, and even then I was not at all sure. I believed the line I had seen would win the exchange + 2 Pawns, but my confidence was not as high as normal for a Tuesday.
Aug-21-07  triangulation: got it instantly. the fork of the knight and the immobile rooks are the end for black.
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  technical draw: The Iran - Kontra game was better.
Aug-21-07  aroyni: I think this puzzle is deeper that most people here considered. It must be noted that after the line played white is not only an exchange and a couple of pawns ahead. In the next few moves either the Knight or the Bishop are lost too. For exapmle 21... Kc7 (best) 22. KNd7 (attacking the Bishop which has nowhere to go so must be protected) 22...KNg6 23. f5 and one of the minor pieces is lost.
Aug-21-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <aroyni> Your line just shows why the black resigned, but the puzzle's difficulty starts right after 15.Bb6, when black has a number of plausible responses:

... Qe6
... Be7
... Qg4
... Ne7 (as played)
... Re6 (not sure about this one)

and none of them seem to transpose into each other.

Aug-21-07  realbrob: <willyfly> Once you see a move like 15.Bb6 and you also see that 15..cxb6 loses, you should think of what you can do if Black doesn't accept the sacrifice. In this case the answer is you can take the pawn and Black is in trouble because he's going to lose the exchange. Afterwards White can simplify the situation up to the point in which the exchange advantage becomes a winning one.

It wasn't a good idea for Black to castle queenside, I think..

Aug-21-07  aroyni: <MostlyAverageJoe> Yes you are correct.
Aug-21-07  arnaud1959: I would try 13.-f5 instead of Rhe8
Aug-21-07  fyad reject: these puzzles have gotten too hard
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  playground player: Kept looking for a quickie checkmate or Queen zap here, but all I could find was White coming out well ahead in the exchange... which, it turns out, was all I was supposed to find.
Aug-21-07  jon01: I found the move Bb6 but I wasn't very sure of it. Not very easy as a Tuesday puzzle.
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  kevin86: Another sister? Maybe they can form their own country : Pulgaria.

This puzzle is virtually meaningless-it is quite clear that white can pick off one of the black rooks with bishop or knight in a variety of ways. The text is just a matter of simplification with a lot more pieces.

Aug-21-07  skemup: Im little lazy becouse i was sure that Bb6 is good so i didn't find this all line in text..
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  fm avari viraf: It's easy to spot the fork combo, therefore, 15.Bb6! & White will the exchange & the game.
Aug-21-07  EyesofBlue: Once again.... this took me way too long to figure out (Today, is Tuesday, righ?!).

Aug-21-07  TheaN: <MAJ: ... Re6 (not sure about this one)>

Gave the reply to 15....♖e6 in my post:

"I calculated that Black was moving his e-R: 15....♖e6 16.♗xc7 ♖de8? 17.♘b6+."

Anything else on move 16 for Black loses the exchange virtually unopposed: Black has to defend b6 and can't do anything with the Queen.

Aug-21-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <TheaN> Thanks for the pointer. I searched the comment pages for the literal text Re6, and this does not catch the cutesy figurines like ♖e6 -- which is one reason I don't use them any more :-)

Indeed, the rook is not defensible after 16.Bxc7.

Aug-21-07  brainof7: I cant believe i saw this right away... I suppose i wouldn't find it in a game, but its still kid of cool that i go it so fast.
Aug-22-07  TheaN: <I searched the comment pages for the literal text Re6, and this does not catch the cutesy figurines like ♖e6>

That is a perfect point XD. I'll stop using them... it's too much work anyway -_-.

Aug-22-07  D4n: Polgars are just great at Chess.
Nov-07-07  sallom89: <D4n>Polgars are just great at Chess. totally agreed.
Sep-26-09  WhiteRook48: black cannot avoid a fork!
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