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Dragoljub Velimirovic vs Bojan Kurajica
Skopje (1976), Skopje YUG, rd 6, Mar-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Apr-03-15  sorokahdeen: Either the score is wrong or one of the world's greatest tacticians missed, 38. Qf8#
Apr-03-15  Tullius: I wouldn't be surprised if he had missed it. But then his opponent must have overlooked it as well, otherwise he would have resigned instead of playing 37...Rc4. Recently I found something similar in the game Bisguier vs W Adams, 1950, where White missed the very simple 37.Re8#.
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  Fusilli: <sorokahdeen> I bet he missed it in the time scramble, or got confused or something. Then they reached move 41, the adjournment was up, and black resigned, or adjourned and then resigned.
Apr-03-15  sneaky pete: When you see something like this the game score is ALWAYS wrong. Always. Immer. Toujours.

Black may have played 35... Qc8 or 35... Nc7. 35... Qc7 inviting 36.Nxe6 .. is just too weird.

The game is not in Informator 21 (games from the first half of 1976). Maybe someone can find it in a magazine. I wouldn't trust other databases.

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  Fusilli: <sneaky pete> On second thought, you must be right, that 35...Qc7 is too nonsensical. Plus if the rook on f8 were hanging, the point of 37.c3 would have been that the rook on b4 was pinned, right? In which case it is even harder to imagine that Velimirovic wouldn't see the mate.

Probably 35...Qc8 was played. 35...Nc7 runs into the question of which move would 39...Qb8 be, then?

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