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Gyula Sax vs Evgeny Sveshnikov
"Careful with That Sax, Eugene" (game of the day May-14-2022)
Hastings (1977/78), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-31
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0

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Mar-22-06  zev22407: Dynamism and initiative.
White has more active pieces and he create threat against the black queen than against g7 and finely against the last rank. A clear example of a overloaded queen.
Jan-07-12  backrank: I wonder if the game score given here ist correct. Teschner (in 'Schachmeisterpartien 1976-1980) gives 18. ... Qb5. The point is that after 18. ... Qb6 19. Bf6 Black could have played gxf6 in order to return the piece after 19. exf6 (19. Qh6 is not possible due to 19. ... Qxf2+ followed by Be3) Qxf2+, stopping mate (leaving White a superior position, however).

After 18. ... Qb5, though, 19. Bf6! is actually winning, because after 19. ... gxf6 20. Qh6! (here 20. exf6 fails to Qh5!) Mate is unstoppable, e.g. 20. ... Kh8 21. Qxf8# or 20. ... fxe5 21. Ng5! Hence, with Black having played 18. ... Qb5, 19. ... h6 makes much more sense as the only possible defence after 19. Bf6.

Sax' further play is ingenious. In giving up the b- and f-pawn, he must already have foreseen the surprising 23. Qb4!!, suddenly threatening another mate: 24. Qxf8+! and 25. Rd8# (Black had captured f2 in order to be able to answer 23. Qf4 by Qe3 or Be3).

23. Qb4 leaves Black defenceless. 23. ... Qb6 fails to 24. Qe7!, threatening 25. Rc7 and again 26. Qxf8+ etc., while the text move 23. ... Bb6 allows White to win material (24. ... a5 25. Qb2 Qe3 26. Rc3 and now Black's Queen must leave the Bb6 unprotected).

The final blow 26. Qxf8+! Kxf8 27. Rxe3 is pretty again: Black can't recapture due to the bank rank mate, so White stays a whole rook up.

Apr-05-14  Everett: Sunday puzzle material. White to move after 18...Qb6
Jan-17-16  clement41: Nice finish, enabled by the dark square weakness that the Bf6 exploits wonderfully
May-14-22  areknames: In keeping with the musical theme, a sonorous laugh at the pun! Well done <Teyss>!
May-14-22
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  piltdown man: Now THAT is a brilliant pun! Possibly the best ever. Well done!
May-14-22  newzild: Nice pun!

But why not 18. Qxc6?

May-14-22
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  perfidious: <newzild: Nice pun!

But why not 18. Qxc6?>

In my mind, the answer is probably a stylistic factor--Sax liked playing against the king and was renowned for his skills that way--plus after the exchange of queens, Black could have hung on a while, despite the pawn minus.

Best guess is that Sax had envisioned the idea beginning 19.Bf6, analysed some variations and judged the resultant positions in his favour; certainly the lines in the game were far easier for him to handle, what with his initiative and all.

May-14-22
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Hard to tell which is more brilliant, the game itself or the title.
May-14-22  offramp: I think this is the fourth outing for the classic Pink Floyd song.
May-14-22
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  HeMateMe: Pink Floyd!
May-14-22  Brenin: Nice one, Teyss.
May-14-22
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  Stonehenge: Some variations on this pun:

Kalegin vs S Yuferov, 1990

Chigorin vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1903.

May-14-22  goodevans: <offramp: I think this is the fourth outing for the classic Pink Floyd song.>

Yes, but how many of the others managed to include both players in the pun? Brilliant!

<perfidious: <[...] But why not 18. Qxc6?>

In my mind, the answer is probably a stylistic factor--Sax liked playing against the king and was renowned for his skills that way--plus after the exchange of queens, Black could have hung on a while, despite the pawn minus.>

Actually White is better off not grabbing the pawn since <18.Qxc6 bxc6 19.Rxc6 Bb7> activates Black's sorry LSB and then he'd be doing much better than just hanging on a while. Better for White would be to keep the a8-h1 diagonal closed with <19.b4> and if <19...Bb7> then <20.Be7 Rfe8 21.Bc5> retaining a healthy advantage.

You may be right though that Sax's choice was stylistic although it's also possible that he thought that <18.Qd2> was simply a better move (which I believe it is).

May-14-22  nalinw: The engine here wants 19. Be7 and then 20. Bc5 instead of 19. Bf6 ...... amazing how the Black Queen is so constrained ....
May-14-22
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  Teyss: <Dear fellow kibitzers> Glad you enjoyed the game and the pun.

<Stonehenge> That one is brilliant Chigorin vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1903

Was wondering if Black could have avoided disaster by playing 20...Qxf2+ directly instead of Qxb2 first but no, he cannot prevent Qg4 and Qb4. If 20...Qxf2+ 21.Kh1 Bc5 (covering b4) 22.Rxc5! Qxc5 23.Qg4 g6 24.Qh4 Qe3 (Kh7 25.Ng5+) 25.Re1 wins.


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Or 24...h5 25.Qf4 Kh7 (forced) 26.Ng5+ Kg8 27.Ne4 followed by Qh6.


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It requires nerves of steel to play 20.Qf4! and another two quiet Q moves. For more info see comments above by the appropriately-named <backrank>.

May-14-22  offramp: Pink Floyd have been in the newspapers. They are considering one of those buyouts by Sony.

I think Bob Dylan sold his back catalogue for $750,000,000, and Bruce Springsteen sold his little ditties for $500,000,000.

<Chessgames.com> is thinking of selling its complete chessbase for $1.50.

May-15-22
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  HeMateMe: <<Chessgames.com> is thinking of selling its complete chessbase for $1.50.>

That's still more than Joss Stone would get!

May-15-22  Z free or die: <<offramp> <Chessgames.com> is thinking of selling its complete chessbase for $1.50.>

But it's $1,500,000 for the <Pun-and-Done> upgrade.

We are not pun-worthy!

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