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Hristos Kokkoris vs Lubomir Kavalek
"Acropolis Now" (game of the day Aug-09-2013)
Athens (1968), Athens GRE, rd 1, Dec-??
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  0-1



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  AylerKupp: I love how the discovered attack on the queen by White after 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Nd5 is answered with the same theme by Black after 16...Qxb2 17.Qxb2 Nxd5 leaving Black up either a piece for 2 pawns after 18.cxd5 Bxb2 19.dxc6 bxc6 20.Rxc6 or with 3 minor pieces and an irresistible attack for Q+P as in the game.
Aug-09-13  Doniez: Maybe White could save the game leaving his king in g1.
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  al wazir: 27. Rcd1 looks safe for white.
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  Gilmoy: The mate is quite far away (in six), but the theme is pretty simple: just chase the K into the corner, and he's stuck in too many swallowtail variations.

29.Rxc3 <weak back rank> Nf3+ 30.Ke2 Rd2+ 31.Kf1 Rd1+ 32.Kg2 <32.Ke2 Re1# is the R-N swallowtail>

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32..Rg1+ 33.Kh3 <no more flight squares> Bf5+ 34.g4 Bxg4#.

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The protected knight dominates the fianchetto like a kingfisher over a pond of minnows, covering d2-e1-g1-h2-h4.

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  Richard Taylor: Yes, the mate is quite easy to see, the King is clearly dead.

But 27. Rcd1 gives Black more problems.

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  Richard Taylor: As said above by <al wazir>
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  mjmorri: 21.Be4 does not seem completely necessary. I know the Knight is very strong on e4, but ceding control of the light squares to Black's light squared Bishop seems worse.

If White had played 26.Kg1, I wonder if Black would have packed it in for the day by repeating with 26...Nh3+ or tried to grind it out. I assume a player of Kavalek's caliber would have chosen the latter.

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  kevin86: White resigns and spares himself of mate in one more move.
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  Nightsurfer: Wow, a bold power play by Lubomir Kavalek! And a very strange second coming as well: We all know the "Game of the Century", that very encounter D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 with Bobby Fischer executing that amazing sacrifice of the Queen ... and 12 years later that very Lubomir Kavalek who would become one of Bobby Fischer's helping hands during the legendary World Championship 1972 has realized a somewhat similar sacrifice of the Quen as well, in this game here <Hristos Kokkoris vs Lubomir Kavalek (1968)> ... a very strange coincidence!

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