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Lars-Ake Schneider vs Mikhail Tal
"The One That Got Away" (game of the day Apr-02-2022)
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 13, Nov-13
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  0-1



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Mar-17-03  Spitecheck: De^kuji vám
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  Honza Cervenka: Rádo se stalo...:-)
Mar-17-03  corbinamman: Honza, please finish out the line that starting with 30...g5 that you judge hopeless for black. I don't see a convincing continuation after 33...Kxf8.
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  Honza Cervenka: If 33...Kxf8, then simply 34.Qd8 mate.:-)
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  Honza Cervenka: And of course the only alternative to 33...Kxf8 in that line is 33...Kh7. After that white can play 34.Qf5+ Rg6 35.Rxg7+ Qxg7 (35...Kxg7 36.Rf7+ Kh6 37.Qh3+ Kg5 38.Rf5# or 36...Kh8 37.Qc8+ Rg8 38.Qh3# or 36...Kg8 37.Qxg6+ with mate in next move.) 37.Rf7 etc.
Mar-18-03  KrokoKorchnoi: hey everyone! Qxh6 wins :)!
Mar-18-03  KrokoKorchnoi: there is also this 30.Qxh6 Rf6! (only defence) 31. Qh8+! Bxh8 32. Nh6# epaulet mate :)
Mar-19-03  corbinamman: thanks. (duh...)
Mar-24-03  crafty: 30. ♕xh6 ♕c1 31. ♖xc1 ♗xh6 32. ♘xh6+ ♔h8 33. ♖e1   (eval 5.91; depth 14 ply; 250M nodes)
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  waddayaplay: Kasparov mentions this game in the most recent NIC.

"We were lucky in that Olympiad" he recalls....

Jul-10-08  areknames: Honza, in your line 30.Qxh6 g5 31.Qxg5 Qxb2, it seems to me that 32.Nxh6+ can be met by ...Kh7! and black wins, as 33.Rxf8 is without check and a back rank mate follows. Maybe white should play 32.Qh5 instead?
Jul-10-08  hkannan2000: I have read in a chess magazine that the combination that Schneider missed was seen over the board by Tal himself and Kasparov who was on-looker. What a relief for them that Schneider did not slide into immortality through this game!
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  Honza Cervenka: <areknames: Honza, in your line 30.Qxh6 g5 31.Qxg5 Qxb2, it seems to me that 32.Nxh6+ can be met by ...Kh7! and black wins, as 33.Rxf8 is without check and a back rank mate follows. Maybe white should play 32.Qh5 instead?>

After 30.Qxh6 g5 31.Qxg5 Qxb2 32.Nxh6+ Kh7 white can play 33.Nf5! (diagram) with a threat of Rxg7+.

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Your suggestion 32.Qh5 can be met with 32...Rf6! (diagram) and black wins due to white's weak back rank.

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  Plaskett: Some 30 or so years later an opponent of IM (now GM) David Smerdon´s resigned. Smerdon later checked… and found that the guy had committed "The ULTIMATE Blunder. He too had such a Qxh6 move, with the white queen travelling up the c1-h6 diagonal. The Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations, were it now to be updated, would have ONLY those TWO examples. To the best of my knowledge...
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  FSR: The One That Got Away.
Apr-02-22  andrewjsacks: Well-titled, FSR.
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  FSR: Lars was the hero of yesterday's GOTD, J Eising vs L Schneider, 1979. Sadly, he missed his chance in this one.
Apr-02-22  goodevans: Always sad to lose a game you should have won but sadder still if it would have been you biggest scalp ever. Got to feel for Lars here.
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  FSR: <goodevans> Yes, that had to hurt. Knowing that you could have destroyed the great Tal with a queen sacrifice, in a game that would have been published around the world. Ouch.
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  perfidious: A game played in the thirteenth round, on the thirteenth day of the month; perhaps small wonder the outcome was ill-starred for the Swedish master.
Apr-02-22  Olavi: From sixteen years ago, Kasparov is cited that they were lucky. They won by six points, that is one and a half matches. He does quote some difficult positions in his The Test of Time (his best work).
Apr-02-22  goodevans: <perfidious> Triskaidekaphobia at it's finest!

That day was even unluckier for Kim Duk-koo:

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  perfidious: <goodevans>, indeed it was.
Apr-02-22  Stefan Lukke: 30. g3? What a stinker compared to the almost completely obvious alternative 30. Qxh6!
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  FSR: Wow. Kim Duk-koo's mother and the referee both killed themselves.
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