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Dragan Kosic vs Srdjan Cvetkovic
Banja Koviljaca (1994)
Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack (D00)  ·  0-1



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Nov-28-06  Marmot PFL: Not so hard to find the combination but not sure how to catagorize it.
Nov-28-06  TopaLove: It´s nice when your oponent keeps taking your pawns while you prepare a checkmate.
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  Phony Benoni: Considered ...Bxg2, but there's a little problem with that move.
Nov-28-06  siilarsi: <Phony Benoni: Considered ...Bxg2, but there's a little problem with that move.>

A potential monday puzzle with white to play and win after 39: ...Bxg2

A blunder in the same category as Kramniks yesterday ;)

Nov-28-06  zb2cr: Took me a long time--over 2 minutes--to see it, for some reason. I wanted to mate on g2, so I was looking for a way to eliminate the the Knight.
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  thegoodanarchist: As GM Kaidanov once said to me, "Piece activity is very important." Black's bishop is arguably the second most active piece on the board!
Nov-28-06  sataranj: missed it
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  kevin86: I guess that WC are not the only blunderers-my move was 39... ♕xg2+ which was fine except that white has THrEE defenders on that square. At least,I didn't miss the threatened ♕xh6# after say-39...♗xg2??
Nov-28-06  Dobbs: Making a point Kevin?
Very elegant and easy. My high-five goes to Cvetkovic.
Nov-28-06  YouRang: Interesting problem in that there is a temptation to settle for a "lesser winning move" (39...Rh1+, picking up a piece and heading into a fairly easy endgame win). In fact, yesterday's puzzle was similar in this respect (theme?).

But one should look for more when one has 2 rooks, a bishop and a queen all bearing down on the opponent's cornered king.

In this case, the queen can be expended to take out a defender with 39...Qxh3!, and black's next move is 40...Rh1#, regardless of how white captures the queen.

Nov-28-06  Numbscull: Why didn't black play Rf1 on move 36?
Nov-28-06  YouRang: <Numbscull: Why didn't black play Rf1 on move 36?>

He feared 37. Qxf1! :-)

Nov-28-06  YouRang: <He feared 37. Qxf1! :-)> ...which shows the point of 37...c4!
Nov-28-06  Mountainman1: Well, that took about 15 seconds - but I guess that the White player was really surprised by the move.
Nov-28-06  TTLump: white's last three moves could be labelled as follows:

37. a4?
38. a5??
39. Qxb6???

Two things I don't know, are how old was Kosic when he played this game and was he under severe time pressure?

is it be possible for this information to be incorporated into future games? certainly no 2500 player would have made three blunders in a row like this unless he was very young or under severe time pressure??

Nov-28-06  TTLump: <siilarsi: A potential monday puzzle with white to play and win after 39: ...Bxg2>

40. Qxh6#

perhaps White was so focused on this possibility that he overlooked his own impending doom?

Nov-28-06  haha: ... I was looking for the rook mate and had that picture in my mind, but i didn't get it... :(
Nov-28-06  Stellar King: pretty easy puzzle ... just right for Monday .. maybe.
Nov-28-06  Silverstrike: I first looked at the 39...Rh1+ motif followed by taking on h3 and picking up the knight on h4, then soon after the solution occured to me.
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  Infohunter: <Marmot PFL: Not so hard to find the combination but not sure how to catagorize it.>

I'd call this "deflection": After 39...Qxh3+

A)40.gxh3, the Pawn is deflected from g2 to open the long diagonal, thus enabling 40...Rh1#.

B)40.Kxh3, the King is deflected from the defense of h1, enabling 40...Rh1#.

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  mahmoudkubba: I can see even if there is a win that it is with hard heavy sacrifice. Some really don't notice the heavy loosing sacrifying which might be needed to end a one game say from a whole whole match froma whole tournament.
Nov-28-06  think: I am kind of embarrassed that I didn't find the obvious mate, but my line still wins, after Rh1, Qg3, and Qxh5 a fritz8 8 ply analysis gives -5.40, more than a rook up.
Nov-28-06  McCool: Dang, I missed it! Is there a solution with Rh1+?
Nov-28-06  2021: <McCool> Don't worry, I miss easy puzzles too.
Nov-28-06  think: <mccool> As I said in the post before yours, but maybe not clearly enough, 29. ... Rh1+ 30. Kxh1 Qxg3+ 31. Kg1 Qxh4 leaves black winning.
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