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Laszlo Szabo vs Barna Sooky
Budapest (1946), Budapest HUN
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B56)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Thou Shalt Always Check. It might win material.
Feb-24-20  saturn2: I took 7. Bb5+ Nc6 
(other moves lose the knight) 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Bxc6+ Bd7 10. Bxa8 Qxa8 getting pawn and exchange
Feb-24-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: If Sooky had a win in the database we could call the game Sooky Up.

If we believe the Najdorf anecdote above, we could call the game Sooky Found. Sadly, there are no games in the database for Najdorf for the tournament in question. :)

And Sooky Yuck would be too juvenile. :)

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  agb2002: Black threatens Nxe3.

The bishop on c8 is overburdened with the defense of the knight on g4 and the defense of the diagonal a4-e8. Therefore, 7.Bb5+:

A) 7... Bd7 8.Qxg4 wins a knight.

B) 7... Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 (8... Nxe3 9.Nxc6+ Kxd8 10.fxe3 wins) 9.Bxc6+ Bd7 10.Bxa8 Nxe3 11.fxe3 Qxa8 12.0-0 + - [R+N+P vs 2b].

Feb-24-20  Walter Glattke: Overloading, A) 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Qxg4 Bxb5 9.N4xb5 wins a knight B) 7.-Nc6 wins RP for B
Feb-24-20  zb2cr: 7. Bb5+ puts Black in a pickle.

If 7. ... Bd7; 8. Qxg4, Bxb5; 9. N4xb5 and White is up by a piece.

If 7. ... Nc6; 8. Nxc6, bxc6; 9. Bxc6 will leave White up by the exchange and Pawn.

Feb-24-20  Jamboree: In theory, two bishops vs. R+N is not necessarily an automatically lost position -- it's the best-case scenario for being an exchange down. Often, the two Bs can control the board well and hold the game.

However, what makes this specific situation a loser is not the material per se but the position when the smoke has cleared after 7.Bb5+ Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Bxc6+ Bd7 10.Bxa8 Nxe3 11.fxe3 Qxa8 12.0-0. White is already castled, is better developed, and has lots of ways to continue harassing black with tactics -- while black's kingside is still in a fetal position requiring three moves to catch up. Even without the material advantage white would practically be winning based on positional considerations. Even white's doubled pawns -- his one apparent weakness -- are kinda strong here, since e5 is constantly threatened.

Even so, if this was a blitz game I'd play it out as black, and pray white doesn't continue the momentum as he could and should, and see if the two Bs can establish themselves strongly. Not likely, but worth a shot.

Feb-24-20  hdcc: The knight is over.
Feb-24-20  stacase: Barna Sooky
Number of games in database: 1

Laszlo Szabo
Number of games in database: 1,730
Highest rating achieved 2565

I guess that explains it.

Feb-24-20  saturn2: <hdcc> Or
Cause there's music in the air 
And lots of loving everywhere 
So give me the knight 
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  FSR: One usually sees this sort of thing in the Dragon: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Ng4?? 7.Bb5+!
Feb-24-20  malt: 7.Bb5+ wins ...Nc6

(7...Bd7 8.Q:g4 )

8.N:c6 bc6 9.B:c6+ Bd7 10.B:a8

Feb-24-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the great Laszlo Szabo, who was the best Hungarian chess player in the generation before the eternal Lajos Portisch, finally found 7.Bb5+!,Nc6 (7.-,Bd7 8.Qxg4 +-, 7.-,Nd7 8.Qxg4 +-) 8.Nxc6,bxc6 9.Bxc6+,Bd7 10.Bxa8,Nxe3 11.fxe3,Qxa8 12.0-0 +-. Philip Cacurak and Frederick Rhine are absolutely right, this miniature reminds on a well known opening trap in the Sicilian Dragon: 1.e4,c5 2.Nf3,d6 3.d4,cxd4 4.Nxd4,Nf6 5.Nc3,g6 6.Be3,Ng4? 7.Bb5+ +-.
Feb-24-20  areknames: <After long pondering the great Laszlo Szabo finally found 7.Bb5+!> I suspect that in this case at least the pondering would have been quite brief.
Feb-24-20  TheaN: I actually had a complete oversight on this one: not the solution, but the defense 7....Nc6 8.Nxc6 Qb6?, which of course doesn't work because of 9.Bxb6: I picked 9.Nd5? which does roughly the same with a detour :>.

Otherwise, the weakness of the a4-e8 diagonal is apparent here. It's worth of note in the Scandinavian, any d6 Sicilian and the Benoni. It usually doesn't lead to quick knockout but can otherwise be very disruptive. It hands down the most annoying pressure move in the Portuguese: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Bb5+! where 4....c6 5.dxc6! doesn't win anything for Black due to 5....Bxd1? 6.c7+! and queens are traded with a bishop to boot for White after 6....Nc6 7.cxd8Q+ Rxd8 8.Kxd1 +-. Instead, after 4....Nbd7, 5....bxc6 or Nxc6 Black is still d5 down with all its theory to boot (for those interested, Smerdon's Scandinavian reads nice).

Feb-24-20  Lambda: As a Dragon player, this particular tactic is necessarily known to me.
Feb-24-20  Sally Simpson: ***

It is a pity there is a Najdorf game from 1939 with 5...a6. C Poulsen vs Najdorf, 1939

The next one is 1947 one year after this game and we could have run with Sneaky Pete's wee joke Szabo vs B Sooky, 1946 (kibitz #2) all it would have taken is a handful of such posts on other sites and it would have become fact!

The first post mention this Nf6-g4 move is a common blunder in the Dragon. Correct but it also leads to one of the strangest games on C.G. J Dworakowska vs I Gaponenko, 2008 you would think the score of two games have been fused together.


Feb-24-20  eblunt: The blood drains from Barna when 7 ♗b5+ is played
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  chrisowen: And rains in the bull!
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  chrisowen: Reigns x
Feb-24-20  DrGridlock: It's a fairly direct puzzle to solve. No mating threats, and the only black piece that has moved is the knight sitting on g4. It's protected by black's c8 bishop. Now if only there were a way to break that protection … and to do it with a tempo to hang the knight out to dry ...
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  keypusher: I played a casual game recently where Black pushed his b-pawn one square on move 5 instead. I responded with 6.Bc4, which isn't a bad move, but SF reports that 6.Bg5 e6 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Bxd7+ Nxd7 10.Ncb5 snags a pawn. You've really got to know your stuff in the Sicilian.
Feb-24-20  jffun1958: I got 7. Bb5+, a rather obvious move, but not an absolute killer move. White will have a rook, a knight and a pawn for 2 bishops.
Feb-24-20  saturn2: <keypusher snags a pawn> In the Rauser system there are lines where black sacrifices the d6 pawn for initiative. The computer could think too much in terms of material in recommending this line.
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  keypusher: <saturn2: <keypusher snags a pawn> In the Rauser system there are lines where black sacrifices the d6 pawn for initiative. The computer could think too much in terms of material in recommending this line.>

It's not the d6 pawn that falls. It's the a7 pawn, since Black doesn't have a better defense to the threatened fork than 10...Rc8 (10....Qd8? 11.Nc6). Black doesn't get any compensation.

Strong engines rarely overestimate material these days.

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