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Heikki Westerinen vs Vladimir Savon
Dortmund (1975), Dortmund FRG, rd 8, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation Gufeld Gambit (B31)  ·  1-0



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  Predrag3141: Gufeld Gambit is new to me.
Jul-15-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: This is super-simple, except that Black can sacrifice his bishop at h6 (as in the game) or at g7 for a short delay. Either way, Black gains one tempo for defense that he is unable to do anything with.
Jul-15-20  Walter Glattke: Yes, 33.-Rh8 34.Qxh6+ Kg8 35.Qg7# no time for Qf8. Option: 31.-Bg7 (31.-Bxg4? 32.Rh8#) 32.Qh6 A) 32.-Bxh6 33.Rh8# B)32.-Bf6 33.exf6 mate next
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  agb2002: White is a pawn down.

The weak, unprotected black castle suggests 31.Rxh7 Kxh7 (31... Bg7 32.Rxg7+ Kf8 33.Rg8+ Kxg8 34.Qh6 and 35.Qg7#) 32.Qh4+ Bh6 (32... Kg8 33.Qh8#) 33.g5 followed by 34.Qxh6 and mate next.

Jul-15-20  stacase: Easier than yesterday (-:

31.Rxh7 is screams to be played. 32...Bh6 is forced and all you have to do is notice that Black's Bishop is pinned.

Jul-15-20  Brenin: Tuesday.
Jul-15-20  saturn2: White wins 31. Rxh7

31...Bg7 32. Qh4 Bxf6(Kf8 33 Rh8)  33. exf6

31.. Kxh7 32. Qh4+ Bh6 33. g5

Jul-15-20  Brenin: Black had a decent position until 19 ... d5, allowing 20 e5 and giving White control of f6. Black could have played something like Qd7 or Rc8 to improve his pieces instead. 23 ... Bxf6 might have saved a lot of subsequent pain, instead of wasting time with Bh6 and Bf8.
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  Oxspawn: It seems to me that white's best move comes just before we are set the position: - 30. g4. Without this advance the g pawn would be too slow to the party and would be picked off by the white bishop. (I only saw this after spending time trying to work out why white could not play Rxh7 one move earlier.)
Jul-15-20  TheaN: Sloppy on my end. I saw the rooks attacking each other on the third rank, yet somehow I still thought it was possible to simply reload with <31.Rxh7 Kxh7 (Bg7 32.Qh6 #3)> 32.Rh3+? I already thought that was a bit too easy for a Wednesday.

The played line is obvious once you realize that Rh3+ is unplayable, but going in the line with that idea is a slippery slope as you'd have to find Qh4+ with g5 on the fly.

Jul-15-20  malt: Have 31.R:h7 K:h7

(31...Bg7 32.R:g7+ Kf8 33.Qh6 wins )

32.Qh4+ Bh6 33.g5 Kg8 34.Q:h6 and mate.

< Brenin> I also thought 23...B:f6 was a better move.

Jul-15-20  Vermit: A nice Finnish
Jul-15-20  awfulhangover: Looked like an Tuesday puzzle to me, but maybe some forget to push the g-pawn?
Jul-15-20  jith1207: I like how <chrisowen> points to 33.g5 in subtle manner, but I find it surprising that he too missed the rook on b3!
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  chrisowen: Hour glass figure yes no?
Jul-15-20  jith1207: N o ?
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  chrisowen: Sorry my mistake!
Jul-15-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the very strong Finnish grandmaster Heikki Westerinen finally found the mate in five moves with the rook sacrifice 31.Rxh7! (threating 32.Rh8#) 31.-,Kxh7 32.Qh4+,Bh6 (32.-,Kg8 33.Qh8#) 33.g5 and nothing can prevent 34.Qxh6+ and 35.Qh8#. I saw him in summer 1981 during an IM/GM robin-round tournament in Wiesbaden, the capital of Hesse (a German state), the town, where I am living. 35 years ago, a friend of mine told me, that the German GM Dr Robert Huebner learned the very difficult Finnish language to speak with Heikki Westerinen at tournaments, because he could not communicate with other people.
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  Jimfromprovidence: One move before the puzzle take a look at 30 Rc3! instead of the text 30 g4.

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Try to figure out if black's best move here is 30...Qxc3.

Hint. 30...Bc5 is no good for black.

Jul-15-20  Walter Glattke: Found more ways: 31.Rxh7 Bg7 32.Qh6 Kf8 C1)33.Rh8# C2) 33.Qxg7# 31.Rxh7 Bh6 32.Qxh6 and mate next, but what is perfect?
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  gawain: I saw the forcing first move but could not put together the rest. I was focused on trying to make an eventual Rh3 possible by blocking the Black rook with a timely Bd3. It doesn't seem to work.
Jul-15-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine thinks Black still had time to defend as late as Move 28.
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  eternaloptimist: I solved this puzzle really quickly b/c I’ve seen this motif before & b/c it looked like ♖xh7 is about the only way to whip up an attack speedily. The Finnish GM generated a very strong attack against the very underrated & strong Ukrainian GM Savon!
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  Jimfromprovidence: FWIW and related to my earlier post... If 30 Rc3, then the response 30...Qb7 yields a spectacular forced mate beginning with 31 Qh5!!

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Aug-11-20  minasina: <Damenlaeuferbauer> you are saying that Westerinen couldn't communicate, not Huebner? Was it because of that, that a native finn Westerinen coudn't speak foreign laguages?
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