Game of the Week by Alan Lasser
Oct 22, 2016

In hopes of increasing the attendance at the Westerly Chess Club, our small local newspaper was invited in to interview the 2016 Rhode Island Champion.  

The reporter’s key question, the one that would determine whether the article would make it to page one on a slow news day, or would be relegated to a tiny blurb in the back section just in front of the classifieds, was “why is chess fun?”  I provided a short biological answer.  See
  
 
  Fischer would have mentioned something about crushing egos and foiling those commie cheaters.  If it’s under a thousand words, you can share your answer on this page.

  In July, I reported on the grandmaster who inexplicably allowed the old two bishop sacrifice.  Here it occurs in master play;  one master doesn’t find the right defense and the other master doesn’t find the mate.

Mateo Ivic-Zdenko Jukic
10/12/16
2016 Croatian League
1.e4 d5
2.exd5 Qxd5
3.Nc3 Qd8 
4.d4 Nf6 
5.Nf3 Bg4 
6.Be2 e6 
7.O-O Bxf3 
8.Bxf3 c6 
9.Re1 Be7 
10.Bf4 O-O 
11.Ne4 Nbd7 
12.c4 Nxe4 
13.Bxe4 Nf6 
14.Bc2 Qb6 
15.Be5 Nd7 
16.Bxh7+?! +0.02/24
16.Qd3 +0.42/22 16...g6 17.Bf4 Bf6 18.Rad1 Qxb2 Stockfish scores this variation -0.02 after 19.Bb3 Qa3 20.d5 cd 21.cd Nc5 22.Qg3 ed 23.Bd6 Rfe8
16.Bg3 Bf6 17.c5 Qxb2 18.Qe2 Qb5 19.Qe4 g6 20.Rab1 Qa6 21.h4 Rfd8 22.Bc7 Re8 23.h5 Qc4 24.Red1 Bg7 25.Rxb7 Nf6 26.Qd3 Qxd3 27.Bxd3 gxh5 28.Bd6 +0.24 Stockfish
16…Kxh7 
17.Qh5+ Kg8 
18.Bxg7 Kxg7 
19.Qg4+ Kf6?? +7.10/22
19...Kh6 +0.02/24 20.Re3 Bg5 21.f4 Kh7 22.fxg5 Kg7 23.Rf1 Qxb2 24.Qh4 Rh8 25.Qf4 Rhf8 26.Rb3 Qe2 27.Qd6 Rad8 28.Rxb7 Qe3+ 29.Kh1 Qe2 30.Rg1 Nb6 31.Qe7 Qe4
20.Re4 Bd6? +13.25/22
20...Qa5 +7.11/24 21.Rf4+ Qf5 22.Rxf5+ exf5 23.Qh4+ Kg6 24.Qxe7 Rad8 25.Qd6+ f6 26.Qg3+ Kh6 27.Qc7 Nb6 28.c5 Nd5 29.Qxb7 Rc8 30.Qxa7 Rc7 31.Qa3 Re8 32.Qd3 Rce7 33.Rf1 Kg6 34.a4
21.Qh4+ Kf5 
22.Rg4?? 0.00/22
22.Rae1 +13.06/20 22...e5 23.dxe5 Bxe5 24.Rxe5+ Nxe5 25.Qh5+ Ke6 26.Qxe5+ Kd7 27.Qe7+ Kc8 28.Qxf8+ Qd8 29.Qxf7 Rb8 30.Re8 a5 31.Rxd8+ Kxd8 32.Qf6+ Stockfish finds the mate in sixteen 22.Rae1 Rae8 23.Qh6 Rg8 24.R1e3 Rg2 25.Kg2 Rg8 26.Kf1 Rg5 27.Qh7 Kf6 28.Rf3 Ke7 29.Rf7 Kd8 30.Rd7 Kc8 31.Rd6 Qd8 32.Rd8 Kd8 33.Re6 b5 34.Qe7 Kc8 35.Rc6 Kb8 36.Qd8 Kb7 37.Qc8
22…Rg8 
23.Qh5+ Kf6 
24.Qh4+ Kf5 
25.Qh5+ ½-½

[Event "2016 Croatian League"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.10.12"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mateo Ivic"]
[Black "Zdenko Jukic"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[BlackElo "2314"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2234"]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Bxf3 8.Bxf3
c6 9.Re1 Be7 10.Bf4 O-O 11.Ne4 Nbd7 12.c4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Nf6 14.Bc2 Qb6 15.Be5
Nd7 16.Bxh7+ $6 { +0.02/24 } ( 16.Qd3 { +0.42/22 } 16...g6 17.Bf4 Bf6 18.Rad1
Qxb2
{ Stockfish scores this variation -0.02 after 19.Bb3 Qa3 20.d5 cd 21.cd Nc5
22.Qg3 ed 23.Bd6 Rfe8 } ) ( 16.Bg3 Bf6 17.c5 Qxb2 18.Qe2 Qb5 19.Qe4 g6
20.Rab1 Qa6 21.h4 Rfd8 22.Bc7 Re8 23.h5 Qc4 24.Red1 Bg7 25.Rxb7 Nf6 26.Qd3
Qxd3 27.Bxd3 gxh5 28.Bd6 { +0.24 Stockfish } ) 16...Kxh7 17.Qh5+ Kg8 18.Bxg7
Kxg7 19.Qg4+ Kf6 $4 { +7.10/22 } ( 19...Kh6 { +0.02/24 } 20.Re3 Bg5 21.f4 Kh7
22.fxg5 Kg7 23.Rf1 Qxb2 24.Qh4 Rh8 25.Qf4 Rhf8 26.Rb3 Qe2 27.Qd6 Rad8 28.Rxb7
Qe3+ 29.Kh1 Qe2 30.Rg1 Nb6 31.Qe7 Qe4 ) 20.Re4 Bd6 $2 { +13.25/22 } ( 
20...Qa5 { +7.11/24 } 21.Rf4+ Qf5 22.Rxf5+ exf5 23.Qh4+ Kg6 24.Qxe7 Rad8
25.Qd6+ f6 26.Qg3+ Kh6 27.Qc7 Nb6 28.c5 Nd5 29.Qxb7 Rc8 30.Qxa7 Rc7 31.Qa3
Re8 32.Qd3 Rce7 33.Rf1 Kg6 34.a4 ) 21.Qh4+ Kf5 22.Rg4 $4 { 0.00/22 } ( 
22.Rae1 { +13.06/20 } 22...e5 23.dxe5 Bxe5 24.Rxe5+ Nxe5 25.Qh5+ Ke6 26.Qxe5+
Kd7 27.Qe7+ Kc8 28.Qxf8+ Qd8 29.Qxf7 Rb8 30.Re8 a5 31.Rxd8+ Kxd8 32.Qf6+
{ Stockfish finds the mate in sixteen 22.Rae1 Rae8 23.Qh6 Rg8 24.R1e3 Rg2
25.Kg2 Rg8 26.Kf1 Rg5 27.Qh7 Kf6 28.Rf3 Ke7 29.Rf7 Kd8 30.Rd7 Kc8 31.Rd6
Qd8 32.Rd8 Kd8 33.Re6 b5 34.Qe7 Kc8 35.Rc6 Kb8 36.Qd8 Kb7 37.Qc8 } ) 22...Rg8
23.Qh5+ Kf6 24.Qh4+ Kf5 25.Qh5+ 1/2-1/2

Alan Lasser
blacklightmazes@icloud.com
website:  blacklightmazes.com




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