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Laszlo Szabo vs Theo van Scheltinga
Hilversum Zonal (1947), Hilversum NED, rd 13, Jul-31
Italian Game: Classical. Closed Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-20  goldfarbdj: Not so easy-peasy for me. Took me a couple of minutes of trying various queen moves and knight discoveries before I found the right move. Once I did it was pretty easy to work out that it *was* right.
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  al wazir: Why didn't white play 26. Rxc7 ? If 26...Qxd4, then 27. Rxh7#. If 26...Qxc7, then 27. Ne8+ Kg8 28. Nxc7 Rad8 29. Qe5.
Apr-14-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Easy-peasy for me too. The only question is whether there's a line in which Black sacrifices scads of material to avert a quick mate. According to the engine, the answer to the question depends on what your definition of "quick" is. :)
Apr-14-20  Walter Glattke: I agree for 27.Ne8+ Kg8 28.Nxd6. Szabo is "playing nice", alwazir has the better "simplification", where you can resign at once. 27.Rxc7 Qxe5 28.Rxh7# or 27.-Qe1+ 28.Kh2 Rxf6 29.Qxf6+ Kg8 30.Qg7#
Apr-14-20  zb2cr: Took a while for me to see 27. Rxc7! threatening an "Arabian mate" leaves Black with no recourse but to sacrifice the Queen to avoid immediate mate.
Apr-14-20  agb2002: White has two knights for a rook, a bishop and a pawn.

Black threatens Qxe5.

The squares c7 and h7 are defenseless. Therefore, 27.Rxc7, with the double threat Rxh7# and Qxd6:

A) 27... Qxe5 28.Rxh7#.

B) 27... Qxc8 28.Qxc7 Bg8 29.Nxg8 wins (29... K(R)xg8 30.Qxh7#).

C) 27... Qd1+ 28.Kh2 Bg8 29.Ne4+ Rf6 30.Qxf6#.

D) 27... Bg8 28.Qxd6 wins.

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  FSR: This barely even counts as a "combination."
Apr-14-20  saturn2: White wins by
27. Rxc7 Qd1+ 28. Kh2 Bg8 (R,Bf7 29 Nxf7) 29. Nxg8+
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  Once: Easy ... once you stop looking for clever knight moves.

Easy ... once you realise that your queen is en prise so nearly all of those fancy knight moves lose on the spot.

Easy ... when you realise that your rook could bring a bottle to the party.

Easy ... when you wake up.

Apr-14-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the great Laszlo Szabo, who was the best Hungarian chess player in the generation before the immortal Lajos Portisch, finally found the nice queen sacrife 27.Rxc7!,Qxe5 (27.-,Qd1+ 28.Kh2,Rxf6 [28.-,Bg8 29.Nxg8+, 28.-,Bf7 29.Ne8+/Nh5+] 29.Qxf6+,Kg8 30.Qg7#, 27.-,Qxc7 28.Qxc7,Rxf6 29.Qxh7#, 27.-,Rxf6 28.Qxf6+,Kg8 29.Qg7#, 27.-,Bf7 28.Nxf7+, 27.-,Bg8 28.Qxd6) 28.Rxh7#.
Apr-14-20  Brenin: The key move Rxc7 was possible on move 26, though Black can avoid mate but accept loss of the Q with Qxc7 27 Ne8+ Kg8 29 Nxc7. It was even possible (though not at all clear) on move 25, e.g. ... Bg8 26 Nxf6 Qe1+ 27 Kh2 Ra4 28 Qd5 Rxf6 29 Rc8 Kg7 30 Rxg8+ Kh6 31 Nf7+ Rxf7 32 Qxf7 and Black's K will not survive long.
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  gawain: 27 Rxc7 both threatens mate by Rxh7 and deprives the Black queen of her defender, leaving Black helpless. Delightful finish.
Apr-14-20  sfm: Trust Szabo to find the silent move 26.Qe5(!!), which Stockfish says is mate-in-10, instead of playing 26.Rxc7 (which Stockfish only gives +10).
Apr-14-20  lost in space: 27. Rxc7 and no way out
Apr-14-20  Walter Glattke: Just see, that 27.Ne8+ fails by Qxe5!
Apr-14-20  TheaN: It's interesting how destructive <27.Rxc7> really is. It creates Rxh7# and Qxd6 and because of this lethal double attack White is allowed to ignore pretty much everything Black's doing.

Just a glimpse: 27....Qxc7 28.Qxc7 and there's no practical defense to Qxh7#; 28....Bg8 29.Nxg8 and it follows anyway; 27....Qd1+ 28.Kh2 Rf7 (Bg8 29.Nxg8+ etc): interestingly, 29.Nxf7+ #3 mates without issue, but 29.Ng4+! is more beautiful due to 29....Kg8 30.Nh6+ Kf8 31.Qh8#. Whatever floats your both. 27....Bg8 immediately is strictly speaking the 'longest' to mate. But yeah, 28.Qxd6 +-. #7, apparently. 28.Rxh7# follows on any other move.

I admire Szabo for playing 26.Qe5! rather than 26.Rxc7, but it comes from a logical viewpoint: he must have seen that with the queen on e5 the only move that could parry the discovered check is 26....Qd6 to which 27.Rxc7 is a much better variation than on the previous move as the queen's defending the rook. It's simply, <"if you see a good move, look for a better one"> in its finest.

Apr-14-20  goodevans: Szabo's second puzzle win this month. The first was a Sunday 'insane' puzzle: Szabo vs C Kottnauer, 1950

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For those that missed it, white to play 21.?

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  chrisowen: It doesn't need any churchmen no?
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  Breunor: Al Wazir, 26 Qe5 is the best move, it is forced mate in 9:

1) mated-in-9 (29 ply) 26...Bc4 27.Nd5+ Rf6 28.Nxb6 Kg8 29.Qxf6 Rf8 30.Qe7 Rf7 31.Nxf7 h5 32.Nxc4 Kg7 33.Ng5+ Kh6 34.Ne6 bxc4 35.Qg7#

However, as you said, 26 Rxc7 is big time winning anyway:

1) +11.23 (22 ply) 26...Qxc7 27.Ne8+ Kg8 28.Nxc7 Bxa2 29.Qd7 Rfd8 30.Qxh7+ Kf8 31.Nxa8 Rxa8 32.Qh8+ Bg8 33.Qf6+ Ke8 34.Qg7 Ra4 35.Qxg8+ Kd7 36.Qf7+ Kc6 37.Qxg6+ Kc7 38.Ne4 b6 39.Qf7+ Kc6 40.Qe8+ Kc7 41.Qe7+ Kc6 42.Qe6+ Kb7 43.Nd6+ Kc6 44.Ne8+ Kb7 45.Qd5+ Ka7 46.Qxb5 Ra5 47.Qd7+ Ka6 48.Nc7+ Kb7 49.Ne6+ Ka6

Apr-14-20  Patriot: <agb2002> <C) 27... Qd1+ 28.Kh2 Bg8 29.Ne4+ Rf6 30.Qxf6#> I like the lazy horse approach, LOL. <29.Ne8+ Rf6 30.Qxf6#> For some reason I just wanted that knight to go to the back rank...not that it makes a difference.
Apr-14-20  thegoodanarchist: Well, on a Tuesday the last thing I will try is a rook move. That's why it took me half a minute to solve it when it shoulda been 10 seconds or less.

I tried moving both knights in various ways. At least I didn't look at king moves ;)

Apr-15-20  agb2002: <Patriot: <agb2002> <C) 27... Qd1+ 28.Kh2 Bg8 29.Ne4+ Rf6 30.Qxf6#> I like the lazy horse approach, LOL.>

I nearly rolled dice to decide the square:

Apr-15-20  thegoodanarchist: < agb2002: <Patriot: <agb2002> <C) 27... Qd1+ 28.Kh2 Bg8 29.Ne4+ Rf6 30.Qxf6#> I like the lazy horse approach, LOL.>

I nearly rolled dice to decide the square:>

I got an "8"

Apr-16-20  Patriot: <agb2002> <I nearly rolled dice to decide the square:> LOL! Good one!
Apr-16-20  Patriot: <thegoodanarchist> <I got an "8"> LOL. Yes it's a preference. There is just something cool about putting the knight on the rim and winning! It doesn't happen often so when the opportunity presents itself...
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