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Anthony Kosten vs Robert Zelcic
"Not by the Hair of my Chinny-Chin-Chin" (game of the day Aug-15-2006)
Bozen op (1992), rd 6
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-15-06  syracrophy: <dzanone> Ha-ha. I was writting my post when you post yours first. Ha-ha. Sorry if you thought I copied
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Magnificent defense! Note that Black has to be careful not to play ...Rf5 if one of the Queens can snap it off. The defense is not as easy as it looks, as White can try to create a Zugzwang with K & 2Q vs. Rook to, for example, coax the Rook away from the defense of f7 at a critical moment. Black just barely has enough room to manouver.
Aug-15-06  VargPOD: If white would have kept his bishop instead of playing hasty 44.a7, he would have won. After losing the bishop, black's fortress is impenetrable. Very instructional game!
Aug-15-06  syracrophy: <VargPOD> Your idea of, instead of playing 44.a7, play another move that does not lose the bishop, is in fact interesting. I suggest the move 44.Bxb4 that I analyzed with Chessmaster 7000:

44.Bxb4 Rd1+ 45.Ke2 Rd7 46.Bxe7 Rxe7+ 47.Kf3 Ra7 48.Qc6 Rd7 49.Qb6 Rd3+ 50.Ke2 Ra3 51.a7 Ra2+ 52.Kd3 Ra3+ 53.Kc4 Ra4+ 54.Kb5 Ra1 55.Qa5! Rxa5+ 56.Kxa5 Ne6 57.a8=Q+ Kg7

White to play

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A very tough position, but with a correct move order, is winning for white.

Aug-15-06  cannibal: <syracrophy>
Once again, computers don't understand the drawing idea with the fortress! In your line:
44. Bxb4 Rf6! 45.Ke2 Bxb4 46.a7, and we'll end up the same way as in the game.

Not sure though, if another bishop move on move 44 might help.

Aug-15-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Haaaaaaa what a game!!

These puns that are used for these peculiar games are my favorite. Excellent job, <>. :)

Aug-15-06  jesterco12: What if 76.Qc7 ? Puts pressure on the f7 square, which I can't see a way for black to defend...
Aug-15-06  weev: i'll huff and i'll puff....!
Aug-15-06  The17thPawn: <jesterco12> - I think you have something there. You're 76.Qc7 makes 75...Bh6 look like a mistake.
Aug-15-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Is there anyone around here who remembers that Green Jelly song?

Aug-15-06  CapablancaFan: "You can keep on knocking, but you can't come in!"
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  Phony Benoni: The only way this could be better would be to have Chen I Chen playing Black.

And maybe Heinrich Wolf as White.

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  kevin86: Here is a rare case where the pun fits the game itself-rather than the location or the players' names.

There is no square in the neighborhood of the black king that black cannot defend twice.

The pawns act as a moat and the bishop as a strong drawbridge and the rook and knight act as palace guards-to keep the white queens away.

In this case:the brick castle couldn't be blown down!

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  Phony Benoni: If anyone is interested, over in my ChessForum I've posted a couple of games describing the Saga of Janez Barle, who in successive rounds of the same tournament was involved in games where the player with the two queens managed to lose.
Aug-15-06  syracrophy: <cannibal> You got it right. 44.Bxb4? was a bad move because of the reply 44...Rf6+! winning the bishop. I apologize for the mistake, I was sleepy when posting this that I did not took a look at the analisys by Chessmaster 7000.

I think that in move 44, instead of playing 44.a7, there should be a move that does not lose the bishop, that is almost necessary for having winning chances. <cannibal> I think that maybe a good possibility could be 44.Be1:

<A)>44...b3 45.a7 b2 46.Qb7 Rf6+ 47.Bf2 Rxf2+! 48.Kxf2 Bc5+ 49.Ke2 Bxa7! 50.Qxb2

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With a tough position

<B)>44...Rd7 45.Bf2 Rd1+ 46.Ke2 Ra1 47.a7 b3 48.Qb7 <48.a8=Q b2 49.Qab7 and it's just the same> 48...Ra2+ 49.Kd3 b2 50.Kc2 Bf6 51.a8=Q Rxa8 52.Qxa8 Kg7 53.Qe4 Ne6 54.Be3

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Again with a tough position

Ideas or opinions anyone?

Aug-15-06  CapablancaFan: <syracrophy> All those variations you gave, still ending with tough positions. And you wonder why Kosten decided to call it a day.
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  patzer2: White's 31. Nxd5! is the only defense to hold the position against Black's sham sacrifice 30...Nxf2!

If 31. Kxf2??, then White can consider resigning after 31...Bxe3+ 32. Kg2 Bxf4 , when Black's two pawn advantage appears decisive.

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  OhioChessFan: I am surprised Tim Krabbe' cited this game on his site, and even had a direct link to it. Item 344 for those keeping score at home.
Jul-27-07  Manic: As <OhioChessFan> pointed out this is cited on Tim Krabbe's site (with a reference to this site about this game also!).

However, what's really important is the fact that Krabbe points out that <jesterco12's> suggestion of 76.Qc7 actually does win!

Aug-19-07  Crowaholic: <The17thPawn: I think you have something there. You're 76.Qc7 makes 75...Bh6 look like a mistake.>

Most definitely a huge blunder, or rather two blunders because White did not see it. The f7 pawn is so to say the achilles heel of the fortress and thus 76. Qc7! allows White to huff and puff and blow it in. Black does not seem to have anything better than 76. ..f6, destroying his king's own home. White now threatens to invade on the 7th and can force exchanging 1♕ for ♖ + minor piece, then break the position open with the other queen and Zugzwang. I believe 75. ..Re5+ would have been better, allowing Black to counter 76. Qc7 with ..Rf5 or play this move proactively. Tim KrabbĂ©'s Blog names 75. ..Bh8 which seems to hold even more easily. White can't attack f7 and f8 with both queens at the same time, so the fortress stands.

After 76. Qc7! f6 77. Qfa7! Re5+ 78. Kc4 Re4+ 79. Kd3 Re3+ 80. Qxe3! Bxe3 81. Kxe3, Black is doomed.

<An Englishman: Good Evening: Magnificent defense! Note that Black has to be careful not to play ...Rf5 if one of the Queens can snap it off.>

Are you sure? Black seems to be able to win the h pawn in these cases using ♗+♘ and hold.

E.g. 75. ..Re5+ 76. Kc4 Rf5 77. Qxf5 gxf5 78. Qg5 Ng6 79. Qxf5 Nxh4 80. Qxh5 or 79. Qxh5 Bf6 80. Qxf5 Bxh4. The resulting positions are proven draws according to tablebase.

Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: so not even 2 ladies can get through 3 pawns, a king, a bishop, knight, and rook. I liked the pun. It was hilarious!
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: I'm a not-resigning- kind of guy, so I MIGHT have played these moves.
Apr-17-12  erniecohen: Doesn't 81. ♕fa3 ♗f6 82. ♕d6 win? 80...♗e5 (instead of 80...♖e6 looks very careless.
May-12-15  offramp: White should've promoted to a knight. Then he could win.
May-12-15  7he5haman: What about 55.Q4xe6 fxe6 56.Qe8 and then march the King up the board?
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