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Vladas Mikenas vs Salomon Flohr
Folkestone Olympiad (1933), Folkestone ENG, rd 7, Jun-17
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense Mieses Line (B13)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-14  morfishine: Black can play 20...Bb8 but loses eventually: 20.Qa3 Bb8 21.Qa8 Qc7 22.Bxc7 Kxc7 23.Rxb7+ Kd6 24.Qa6+ Ke5 25.f4+ Kf5 26.Rxf7 Bd6 27.h3 Kg6 28.Ra7 Rhe8 29.Qb5 h6 30.g4 Kh7 31.g5 hxg5 32.fxg5 Nh5 33.Qf5+ Kh8 34.g6 Nf6 35.Rxg7 Rf8 36.Rf7 Rxf7 37.gxf7 Be7 38.Qg6 Rd6 39.Rxf6 Rxf6 40.Qxf6+ Bxf6 41.f8=Q+


Jan-31-14  Phony Benoni: <BOSHER> <Patriot> I don't think the puzzle starts at White's 17th move since Black has to make a clear mistake for the combination to work. Here's the position:

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First of all, the game idea 17.Nxa7+ Bxa7 18.Qa3 fails to 18...Qf5. White needs to play <17.Rab1> before any combination can work.

Then, after <17...Qc6 18.Qh3+>:

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Black's reply <18...Qd7> is a blunder. After either 18....Qe6 or 18...Rd7, Black has a resource not available in the game: 19.Nxa7+ Bxa7 20.Qa3 Qa6.

Jan-31-14  Patriot: <Phony Benoni> Yes I think you are right about 18...Qf5. I thought it failed to the simple 18...b6 since there is no 19.Rxb6 follow-up. 18...Qf5 is a much more active move I probably should have addressed in the original position (if I had seen it).
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  OhioChessFan: "Vladas' Knight"
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  tpstar: In this Caro-Kann PBA, 6 ... Bg4 can be met with the simple 7. Be2 Opening Explorer and White scores well. Any ... dxc4 becomes a temporary gambit, then Black's Kingside development is terribly slow, or else ... 0-0-0 like here.

tpstar-755 (FICS 11/28/14): 1. e4 d5 2. ed Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. d4 cd 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 dc 9. d5 Ne5 10. 0-0 Nxf3+ 11. Qxf3 g6 12. d6 Rb8 (12 ... Qxd6 13. Qxb7 Rb8 14. Qxa7) 13. Re1 e6 (13 ... Qxd6?? 14. Bf4) 14. Bg5 Bg7 15. d7+ (15. Ne4 ) Qxd7 (15 ... Kf8 16. Ne4) 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Qxf6 0-0 18. Rad1 Qc7 19. Ne4 Rfd8 20. Rxd8+ Rxd8 21. h4 1-0.

Jul-07-21  Brenin: 19 Nxa7+ Bxa7 20 Qa3 looks good enough, e.g. 20 ... b6 21 Rxb6 Bxb6 22 Qa8#, or 20 ... b5 21 Rxb5 and 22 Qa6+, or 20 ... Bb8 21 Qa8 Qc6 22 Qxb8+ Kd7 23 Rxb7+ Ke8 (Ke6 24 Qe5#) 24 Re1+ Ne4 (Kf8 25 Qxd8+) 25 Qe5+ are all winning for White.
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  raymondhow: Got it, took me awhile to find the Q sweeping across. < Jan-31-14 Penguincw: I got close on a Friday puzzle. > Was this really a Friday puzzle 7 years ago?
Jul-07-21  rebjorn: 20...g5 looks like the best response from black, best I can see for white is a Q+P vs. R+N advantage. Its enough to win but you need to take some care to convert it.

<David2009> posted this link earlier to an endgame trainer with this position:

Jul-07-21  TheBish: White to play (19.?) "Medium/Easy"

This position looks familiar, but it's been years, don't remember the solution. White is down a pawn, but Black's king is quite exposed; the only thing stopping Nxa7# is the dark Bc5. One attempt fails miserably: 19. Qa3? (threatening both Qxc5+ and Nxa7+, and seeing 19...Bxa3?? 20. Nxa7#) 19...Qxb5! and White has dropped a piece. The pin along the h3-c8 diagonal looks incidental, i.e. no way to expoit it tactically. But with all but one of White's pieces aiming at the enemy king, there must be something!

19. Nxa7+! Bxa7 20. Qa3

Now the white queen invades on the a-file. The threat is simply to recapture the bishop with a winning attack, and all defensive tries seem to fail.

a) 20...Bb8 (of course not 20...Bc5?? 21. Qa8#) 21. Qa8 followed by 22. Qxb8+ and (assuming Black has moved the queen to vacate d7) 23. Rxb7+ and a king hunt.

b) 20...b6 21. Rxb6! (threatening Qa6+) and of course failing for Black is 21...Bxb6 22. Qa8#.

c) 20...Nh5 21. Qxa7 Nxf4 22. Qa8+ Kc7 23. Rxb7+ Kc6 (or 23...Kd6 24. Rxd7+) 24. Qa6+ Kc5 25. Rxd7 (or even pursuing a mate with 25. Rb5+ or 25. Rfb1 look crushing).

d). 20...Qc6 21. Qxa7 and Black can't meet the threat of 22. Qa8+ Kd7 23. Rxb7+, as he loses a piece and more after 21...Nd7 22. Qa8+ Nb8 23. Qxb8+ etc.

Seems like the game continuation was line b), probably immediate resignation after 21. Rxb6!. Time to replay this game!

Jul-07-21  TheBish: I was a little off. Of course Flohr was too good a player to be embarrassed by 20...b6 21. Rxb6! so resigned a move earlier.
Jul-07-21  TheBish: Wow, this was a Friday puzzle back on Jan-31-14, and now a Wednesday! (I noticed they were a little harder this week starting on Monday.) I was a little more concise back then, but unfortunately made a silly error in my analysis (no doubt done late at night) which <FSR> pointed out.
Jul-07-21  Walter Glattke: c) 25.Rxd7 Rxd7 26.Qb5+ Kd6 27.c5+ wins
Jul-07-21  TheBish: This was the 5th Chess Olympiad, played in the UK. Winning team was United States, with the team of Kashdan, Marshall, Fine, Dake and Simonson.

Alekhine won board 1 gold medal (9.5/12), with Kashdan taking board 1 silver (10/14) and Tartakower and Flohr sharing the board 1 bronze with 9/14. Marshall took board 2 gold (7/10), while Fine (9/13) and Dake (10/13) earned silver medals on boards 3 and 4 respectively. (So it seems one formula to winning a team event is to win one individual gold and three individual silver medals!)

In this tournament, Mikenas played board 1 for Lithuania. In addition to beating Flohr, he also defeated Maroczy and Sultan Khan, but lost to Alekhine (no surprise) and Kashdan. He had drawn against Alekhine in the previous Olympiad in Prague (1931). Incidentally, the USA also won that year with the team of Kashdan, Marshall, Dake, Horowitz and Steiner.

Jul-07-21  mel gibson: I saw the first move but I didn't see Q-a3.

Stockfish 13 says:

19. Nxa7+

(19. Nxa7+
(♘b5xa7+ ♗c5xa7 ♕h3-a3 ♘f6-h5 ♕a3xa7 ♘h5xf4 ♕a7-a8+ ♔c8-c7 ♖b1xb7+ ♔c7-d6 ♕a8-a3+ ♔d6-e6 ♖f1-e1+ ♔e6-f6 ♖b7xd7 ♖d8xd7 ♕a3-f3 g7-g5 ♕f3-c6+ ♘f4-e6 ♕c6xd7 ♖h8-a8 a2-a4 g5-g4 c4-c5 ♖a8-a6 c5-c6 ♖a6xa4 c6-c7 ♘e6xc7 ♕d7xa4 ♘c7-e6 ♕a4-c6 h7-h6 ♕c6-e4 ♔f6-g7 ♕e4xg4+ ♔g7-f6 ♕g4-g8 d4-d3 ♕g8-h7 d3-d2 ♕h7xh6+ ♔f6-f5 ♕h6-h5+ ♔f5-f6 ♖e1-d1 ♘e6-f8 ♕h5-h8+ ♔f6-e7 ♕h8-h6 ♘f8-g6 ♕h6-g5+ ♔e7-e6) +10.79/41 214)

score for White +10.79 depth 41

Jul-07-21  TheBish: In my line (c), the fastest finish (according to Stockfish) is 25. Qb6+ Kxc4 26. Rxd7, e.g. 26...Rxd7 (SF goes for 26...Nh3+ to delay mate) 27. Qc6+ Kd3 (or 27...Kb4 28. Rb1+ and mate next) 28. Rd1+ Ke2 29. Qf3/Qc2#.
Jul-07-21  TheaN: Tough Tuesday, imo. The immediate 19.Qa3 fails on 19....Qxb5! removing an important attacker; switcheroo. So <19.Nxa7+> first. <19....Ba7 20.Qa3 +->.

The bishop's doomed; can only be defended by moving the b-pawn, but both fail on RxP. After 20....b6 21.Rxb6 mate's as good as inevitable. 20....b5 21.Rxb5 is defendable by 21....Rde8 but then 22.Qa6+ Kd8 23.Rb7 is also horror.

Jul-07-21  faulty: TheBish> it WAS a surprise that Mikėnas lost against Alekhine. Check their lifetime score, please :)
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  chrisowen: Yearly vestiges evicts Nxa7 gungho accommodate evicts mackus aghast quosh yearly vestiges evicts larkus parkus bounces evicts duffness frequent evicts whet its ie gove jump its lakes aunty brush z its cud pros v its worm evicts vagrants vestiges Rd7 goggle advances dankly evicts Qd7 garcon amalgamate evicts aquakong totadd eikons evicts grub its hi eilat flash vestiges evicts jobsworth evicts its dots vestiges its lay public vestibule cod its worms evicts its ie chin o trouble Nxa7 eon?
Jul-07-21  agb2002: Level 1.5: 27.?
D Marotti vs U Cala, 1937

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  chrisowen: Krained your knight no?
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  chrisowen: No hard it see brit gg in no?
Jul-07-21  saturn2: In <agb2002's puzzle> 27.?Rxe6?fxe6?28.?Bc7?R any followed by ?29.?cxb6 Black has to give the rook in order to soo the b pawn ?
Jul-07-21  saturn2: Super improvement the new software
Jul-07-21  stridergene: 19. Nxa7+, Bxa7 20. Qa3, Bb8 21. Qa8, Qc6 22. Qxb8+, Kd7 23. Rxb7, Ke8 24. Re1+, Ne4 25. Qe5+, Qe6 26. Qxg7, Rf8 27. Bh6 wins
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  Penguincw: < raymondhow: Got it, took me awhile to find the Q sweeping across. < Jan-31-14 Penguincw: I got close on a Friday puzzle. > Was this really a Friday puzzle 7 years ago? >

Apparently so, but wow, 2014 was really 7 years ago.

Interesting here that it's a Wednesday puzzle. Maybe that explains how I almost solved a "Friday" puzzle.

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