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Vladislav Machala vs Jan Cervenka
CZE-chT2b 0001 (2000), Czechia
Zukertort Opening: Santasiere's Folly (A06)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: The finish of this game was a comedy full of mistakes. Before the first time control (move 40) I was in big time troubles and so I completely missed in move 38 that white can take the Pawn h6 while I was mesmerized by white's weak Pa5. Simple 38...Kh8 would have been okay.

40...Kh7? was a matter of panic. The threat 41.h6 was very unpleasant but 40...Ne7 would have been a much better reaction. In fact, 40...Kh7 prevents nothing and white could have played 41.h6! with intention 41...gxh6 42.Bh5 Ne7 43.Rxh6+ Kxh6 44.Bxf7 with decisive attack.

44...Rxg6? was objectively a blunder but in very difficult position, not to mention that 44...f4 45.Bxf4 Nd4 is not sufficient too: 46.Bxh6 Ne2+ 47.Bxe2 Rxg6 48.Bd3 Qf7 49.Bf8! and the game is over. But white instead of simple and crushing 47.Bf7 with an unavoidable mate made a lemon 47.Bxh6? which allowed black to save the game and even gain an advantage.

50...Qb7 was not a mistake yet but 50...Nf3+!? would have been probably better. For example, 51.Kf1 Bc6! 52.Qxa6 (52.Qxc6? Qa1+ 53.Ke2 Qe1+ 54.Kxf3 Qh1+ or 54.Kd3 Ne5+ winning the Queen.) 52...b3 53.Bxf3 Bxf3 54.Qc4 b2 55.Qh4+ Kg8 56.Qd8+ Qf8 57.Qb6 (57.Qg5+ Kf7 ) 57...Qf6 and black wins.

The final idiocy was a helpmate manoeuvre 52...Kh6??. After 52...Qc8 black can hope in win, although there is still plenty of fight ahead. After white's 53.Qd1! I could have resigned.

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