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Istvan Abonyi vs Gyula Lovas
"Lovas or Hate Us" (game of the day Jan-02-2014)
Budapest CC (1915), Budapest AUH
Four Knights Game: Ranken Variation (C48)  ·  1-0



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Dec-30-13  Karpova: The game was played in the Budapest Chess Club, but no date is given.

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4...a6 <also played by modern masters, e. g. by Cohn against Rubinstein at Ostende 1906 and Teichmann vs Spielmann, 1913>

6...Nxe4 <!>

11.Bg5 <!>

11...c5 <? Black exposes himself to a new, dangerous threat. 11.Be7 was essential.>

12.Qf3 <!! The Black ♕ is in mortal danger. Black can't play 12...cxd4? 13.Nf6+ gxf6 14.Qxd5>

12...c6 <Of course, the game couldn't be saved after 12...Qxd4 13.Nf6+ gxf6 14.Bxf6 either.>

15...Qb5 <White now decides the game in a brilliant way.>

16.Qc3 <!>

17.Qf6 <!! I give the two main variations: 1st 17...gxf6? 18.Nxf6+ Ke7 20.Rd7# and 2nd 17...Qa5 18.Nd6+ Bxd6 19.Rxe6+ and then follow sub-variations on p. 57>

Source: Pages 56-57 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Phony Benoni: "Abonyi hope all ye who enter here."

Well, maybe if you play 17...gxf6 18.Nxf6+ Ke7 19.Rd7#. But <17... Qb6>:

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Is a tougher nut to crack. Have a go at it.

Jan-02-14  An Krapov: cannot crack.
18. Nd6+ Bxd6
19. Rxd6 gxf6...
Jan-02-14  centralfiles: 18.Nd6+ Bxd6
19.Rxe6+ Kf8(...fxe6 Qxe6 Kf8 Qxd6)
Seems to work
Jan-02-14  centralfiles: 20...Rg8
And mate
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  FSR: <centralfiles>
18.Nd6+ Bxd6 19.Rxe6+ Kf8 20.Bh6! Rg8 "21.Re7 And mate"

Say what? 21...Bxe7 wins. Instead, simply 21.Rxd6 wins, since 21...gxh6 22.Rd8+ wins Black's queen.

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  Phony Benoni: Yes, <18.Nd6+> does the trick, but after <18...Bxd6 19.Rxe6+ Kf8 20.Bh6 Rg8>

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Be sure you take with the right rook, and don't bother winning the queen: <22.Rexd6 gxh6 23.Rd7!>, and Black is down to spite checks.

In the original diagram, another rock crusher is <18.Rd6>.

Jan-02-14  morfishine: To the question "Love us or Hate us", it clearly wasn't Lovas


Jan-02-14  JohnBoy: 17.Qf6 is a great move, but not so a priori obvious. At least not to me. I never see stuff like this last move OTB.
Jan-02-14  ajax333221: I thought 15.Nf6+ was as good, but then the castle defense appears!:

15.Nf6+ gxf6 16.Qxf6 O-O

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  Domdaniel: < I never see stuff like this last move OTB.> Such moves very rarely turn up out of the blue. You have to sniff them in advance.
Jan-03-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Another line to check is

18 Nd6+ Kd7,

but 19 Nxf7 (discovered check) followed by Qxe6 looks pretty lethal.

Jan-04-14  kevin86: A Quick knockout-it is time for Lovas to leave us.

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