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Albin Planinc vs Krunoslav Hulak
"The Incredible Hulak" (game of the day Jun-01-2011)
Yugoslav Championship (1977), Zagreb YUG, rd 6, Feb-11
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1



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Jun-01-11  hudgreen: good ♕e1!
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  ChessHigherCat: 54. ...Qe1+ 55. R3xe1 Rf3#. Best variant ever on the Monday queen sac!
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  ChessHigherCat: <Poor Planinc!>

< Planinc to be mated in 2!>

<Players hulack planink>

Dec-24-18  MrMensa: I got 54. ... ♕e5 followed by discovered # in 5 seconds
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: in seeing this game for the first time since 2008 (how long have I been visiting this site?!), it seems amazing that White didn't win. The position after 23...Ne8 looks beneath horrible for Black. Just an optical illusion, or did White miss a victory somewhere?
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  Penguincw: Happy Eve of Christmas Eve. (since it's still early on the 24th)

And hooray for return of queen sac.

Black rook on g1 plays essential role in preventing an f2 block. (although the e3 rook was hanging)

Dec-24-18  PhilFeeley: I'm always in the market for a good queen sac.
Dec-24-18  nasher: Who does not love a queen sack plus mate in two Monday puzzle ?
Dec-24-18  malt: Mondays back on track, with 54...Qe1+
55.R:e1 Re3#
Dec-24-18  lost in space: I love Mondays!

54...Qe1+ 55.Rxe1 (only move) Rf3#

Dec-24-18  saturn2: The rook on g1 is not needed in this combi.

54...Qe1+ 55. Rxe1 Rf3#

Dec-24-18  Walter Glattke: 54.-Rh1 would win the queen only.
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  agb2002: Black has two extra pawns.

White threatens Q(R)xg1.

Quickest is 54... Qe1+ 55.Rxe1 Rf3#.

Another option is 54... Rf3+ 55.Rxf3 Qe1+ 56.Rf2 Qe3+ 57.Rf3 Qxf3#.

Dec-24-18  AlicesKnight: 54.... Qe1+ forces 55.Rxe1, when ...Rf3 mates. Some help-mate in the run-up?
Dec-24-18  groog: agb2002, yup I took the longer route.
Dec-24-18  zb2cr: 54. ... Qe1+ forces away the White Rook guarding f3. 55. Rxe1, Rf3#.
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  Willber G:
<MrMensa: I got 54. ... ♕e5 followed by discovered # in 5 seconds>

Unfortunately 55.Rxg1 gives the black king an escape route.

Dec-24-18  Olsonist: 54. ... Rf3+ 55. Rxf3 (forced) Qe1+ 56. R3f2 (forced) Qe3+ 57. Rf3 (forced) Qxf3 mate.

However, I admit I fell for the Rh1 at first glance. White is in a bad way and maybe should have packed it in already. But in the game White plays it out til mate.

Dec-24-18  Damenlaeuferbauer: My solution is 54.-,Rf3+ 55.Rxf3,Qe1+ 56.Rf2,Qe3+ 57.Rf3,Qxf3 mate. Merry Christmas to all real chess players, especially those in my home country Germany, the United States of America and former Yugoslavia! May God bless you all!
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  PawnSac: Easy Q sac monday! well < Merry Christmas! > all you fellow chess nerds!
Dec-24-18  DrGridlock: < it seems amazing that White didn't win. The position after 23...Ne8 looks beneath horrible for Black. Just an optical illusion, or did White miss a victory somewhere?>

Englishman -

Yes, White does have a better (but not won) position at the point you note.

Some improvements for White:

27 Kg1 - the pin on the long diagonal isn't that bad. Playing b3 to keep the knight out of c4 is better.

31 Re1 - The first really bad move from White. Doubling rooks on the e-file is going nowhere (hard to get past black's pawns on f7 and e6). Again, b3 to kick the knight out is an improvement.

34 Re5 - So now the rooks are doubled on the e-file, and their purpose is to disconnect the f-pawn from the dark square bishop? After rearranging all his pieces, White is attacking nothing. Maybe something like Qh3, Bc5 and Rd3 would give his pieces more purpose.

From here, the "thorn in black's side" (White's f-pawn) drops, and it's black's turn to slowly increase the pressure on White until he finally folds. (It also doesn't hurt that black is 2 pawns up).

Dec-24-18  mel gibson: The easiest puzzle in a long time.
It took me under 2 seconds to see it.
Dec-24-18  xxyyzz: Does not Q to e5 work too
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  Dionysius1: Takes longer though
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <DrGridlock>, thanks for the reply. Better but not won? Amazing what defensive resources a player can have in chess.
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