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Robert Byrne vs Svetozar Gligoric
64th US Open (1963), Chicago, Il USA, rd 8, Aug-18
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Yugoslav Variation Exchange Line (E66)  ·  1-0



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Oct-25-13  Patriot: <morf> The fact I didn't notice the trapped bishop on f1 gets back to what you said yesterday about patterns. Sometimes it's just not obvious to us. Here the fact this is a multi-square counting problem distracted me from noticing the trapped piece.
Oct-25-13  Vincenze: LOL work that one out.
Oct-25-13  diagonalley: <rickster13> after 24. ... QxR it looks like white ends up with Q + P + passed-P vs rook and rubbish bishop. (my money would be on white here)
Oct-25-13  cocker: What, no rook sacrifice today?
Oct-25-13  Nick46: Gligoric svetted profusely before finally Byrneing his vings.
Oct-25-13  morfishine: There are 3 candidates: 23.Bxc6, 23.Bxc5 & 23.a4 and I couldn't make any of them work :(

<Patriot> You visualized much better than me, coming to within one move of a dominating position. Nice job!


Oct-25-13  Morttuus: I can't say anything else then "Bow down to Mr. Byrne!" What a sequence! This is a piece of art.
Oct-25-13  zb2cr: I found the game line through move 26 and note that Black's B on f1 has no flight square. Thus, White will win a piece and be up by at least a Pawn, and have a far-advanced passed Pawn.

First Friday I have had the time to work out the solution for a long time.

Oct-25-13  David2009: R Byrne vs Gligoric, 1963 White 23?

White wins material starting 23.Bxc5. Critical line: 23...Bxg2 24.Bxb6 Qb7 25.Bxd8 Bxf1 26.Qxf1 Rxd8 27.Qxb5 and White has won an important Pawn. Time to check: ====
Missed it completely. I had a vision error (not spotting that the b6 Pawn has disappeared so that the Black Queen on b7 guards b5).

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Instead of 26.Qxf1?? (losing) 26.Be7! wins back the piece for one Pawn so White remains a Pawn up.

We live and learn.

Crafty End Game Trainer now seems to be permanently unavailable, so I can no longer play out these combinations to the finish of the game. Pity.

Oct-25-13  dufferps: I think this should have been rated: "insane," though the move 23.Bxc5 was indeed a sane, logical choice. The sequence following that was unbelievable for someone at my level.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I got 23. Bxc5 Bxg2 24. Bxb6 Bxf1 25. Rxc8 Rdxc8. Now comes 26.d7!? (which seems more forcing.)

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Next comes 26...axb6 27 dxc8Q+ Rxc8 28 Qxf1 Rc2+ 29 Kh1 Rxb2.

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Black is down a queen for a rook and bishop.

Oct-25-13  JG27Pyth: Don't neglect the remainder of the game after the POTD. Byrne finds one strong accurate attacking move after another to keep his initiative. A real gem. The finish is lovely. 36! 40! 41! ...

Have a look if haven't already!

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  kevin86: too complicated por moi.
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  Penguincw: Yes! I got the bishop sacrifice. My idea was to try to put pressure on black.
Oct-25-13  Jausch46: Byrne played elegantly, but I guess he missed an opportunity in this very complicated position which might have ensured victory earlier. Instead of 31. b3 I wonder why he did not play d7. If Qxe7, 32. Rc8 leads to an advantage. If RxR, then 33. dxc8Q. If, however, Qxd7, 33. Rxa8, white winning the exchange. The Bishop on e8 cannot move after the 32. Rc8, and shold the bishop take the pawn on d7 as a reply to 31. d7, then RxB. I cannot see any serious counter move against this tactics. I ask You to refute my idea if I am wrong!
Oct-25-13  Patriot: <Jausch46> 31.d7 is a nice line and is perfectly winning as you suggested. Houdini likes 31.b3 slightly better (by about 0.2 pawns) and it likes 31.Nf3 about 0.2 pawns better than that! All three moves are easily winning.

I think the point is that white has such a grip that he decided to shore up things with 21.b3 with the constant threat of d7, knowing black has no say.

Oct-25-13  Patriot: <morf> Thanks! You certainly had good candidates in mind and that's a good start. Because if you don't consider the right candidate you can never play it!

It was pretty tough and a good Friday problem in my opinion.

Oct-25-13  hellopolgar: How is black's rating 2706 at the time of this game? On his page it shows that his highest rating achieved in database is 2600.
Oct-25-13  Kikoman: <Puzzle of the Day>

I got the first move which is <23. Bxc5!!>. :D

Oct-25-13  M.Hassan: "Difficult"
White to play 23.?

<if...bxc5 24.Rxc5 and Bishop on b6 will be deemed to be captured 24...Qa6 25.Bxc6 and White has gained two pawns.>

24.Bxb6 Qb7
25.Bxd8 Bxf1
26.Be7 Bxh3
It looks like White is a pawn up.
Did not have time for continuation.

Oct-25-13  Jausch46: Thank You, Patriot for Your valuable comment. I learned a lot from this interestng game.
Oct-26-13  BarryGla: Could Black have played 22 Rb8 (instead of Bc6) and have a better game? Then after 23 Bc5 bc 24 b4 I think black can hold on
Oct-26-13  parisattack: < hellopolgar: How is black's rating 2706 at the time of this game? On his page it shows that his highest rating achieved in database is 2600.>

Good question! Even Chessmetrics shows his highest at 2682 in 1958 (World #6).

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  perfidious: The number in question might well have been Gliga's USCF rating in 1963.
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