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Ludvik Pospisil vs A Baran
"Mission Impospisil" (game of the day Jan-16-2022)
corr (1977) (correspondence)
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-07  gambitfan: A very nice Latvian Gambit!
Dec-29-07  popski: 7.g4!? looks like a good move!
Jun-29-09  Peter Nemenyi: Black makes the game interesting with 8...d5, which looks like a blunder letting White take a pawn off for nothing, but lets Black overcome his inferiority in development and initiate sharp play. Presumably Black preferred losing a pawn in the most active way to trying to hold on to it in dismal lines such as 8...Qe6 9. d5! Qe7.
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  OBIT: In his book on the Latvian Gambit, Koston calls 7. g4!? an attempt at an outright refutation of 6...Bf5. He considers Black best response to be 8...Nc6 9. d5 Ne5 10. Nxe5 Qxe5 11. Qe2 O-O-O 12. Be3 a6 13. O-O-O with White slightly better.
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  Honza Cervenka: 31...Nc2+! 32.Kxb2 Qb5+ 33.Kc2 Qc4+ forces draw.
Jan-16-22  ajile: Really novel and interesting positions arise from this opening. How about a major tournament with every game starting with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5.
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  HeMateMe: Love the pun!
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  sorso: g5 pawn
Jan-16-22  goodevans: The triple fork after <21...g3 22.fxg3 Qf3> must have looked so strong to Black but it just throws away a pawn because the threat of Bh3+ means the fork is just an illusion.

<Honza Cervenka: 31...Nc2+! 32.Kxb2 Qb5+ 33.Kc2 Qc4+ forces draw.>

White can, of course, try to avoid this with <33.Kc1> but after <33...Nxe1> what's he to do except give into the draw (34.Rxe1 Qc4+, etc.) since anything else hands Black the advantage.

So, working back from 31...Nc2+!, what could White have done to safely protect his advantage? The answer is <30.g4!>.

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There's nowhere the Black Q can go that will eye up an eventual ...Qb5+ as in <Honza>'s drawing line (e.g. 30...Qe5? 31.Bxd4) so will <30...Qf8>, eyeing up ...Qb4+ instead, do?

If we attempt the drawing line now we get <31.Qa7 Rxb2+ 32.Ka1 Nc2+ 33.Kxb2 Qb4+ 34.Kc1 Nxe1 35.Qd4+>.

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There's the crucial difference. With Black's Q on b4 rather than b5 this check keeps the game alive. Black's best is now <35...Ke6! 36.Qxb4 Nd3+ 37.Kb1 Nxb4> and when the smoke clears White has held onto a small plus.

Jan-16-22  faulty: Ironically, in the Slavonic languages, "pospiĊĦil" means like "hurried too much", that is, did something in a hurry and, most probably, therefore failed (I cannot find an equivalent for that in English). This guy is exactly the opposite. "baran" in Russian is a ram (which is not a symbol of intelligence). in Czech, if I remember it right, it is "beran"
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  perfidious: <faulty>, the word 'hasty' is appropriate in English and very often carries a negative connotation in terms of consequences of that haste.
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  George Wallace: Piff piff, puff puff.
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  Messiah: Terrible pun.
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  OhioChessFan: Purposeful groaner of a pun. I like it.
Jan-16-22  faulty: <perfidious> thanks, seems most appropriate. I was looking for a verb (for example, Russian has a verb for that, but the relevant adjective/noun forms are not so adequate for that aspect of meaning)
Jan-16-22  Brenin: <faulty>: If you are looking for a verb then "rush" means to do something quickly. To refer to something as "rushed" means that it was completed quickly, with a negative connotation of mistakes having been made. "Rush" is also an English surname, originally meaning "living near rushes", i.e. near a marsh; examples include the actor Geoffrey Rush, the footballer Ian Rush and the Tudor kight Sir Thomas Rush.
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  Check It Out: The name Rush also refers to the the much-loved Canadian prog-rock band, er, Rush.

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