[Event "Biel (open)"] [Site "?"] [Date "1985.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Sixtensson, Mikael"] [Black "West, Guy"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B01"] [WhiteElo "2245"] [BlackElo "2270"] [Annotator "Rogers,Ian"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "2kr1b1r/ppp2ppp/8/3P3q/2Pnp1n1/4B2P/PP3PP1/RN1Q1RK1 b - - 0 12"] [PlyCount "21"] [EventDate "1985.??.??"] [SourceTitle "148 Article by Rogers"] [Source "Chess Informant"] [SourceDate "2021.06.19"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2021.06.19"] [SourceQuality "2"] {[#] The most incredible Torero winner was played in the seventh round, a game which deserves to stand alongside its thematic forerunner Adolf Anderssen - Max Lange, Breslau 1859, and its successor Judit Polgar - Ferenc Berkes, Budapest 2003.} {[%tqu "En","","","","d4f3","",10]} 12... Nf3+ $1 13. gxf3 (13. Kh1 {loses to} {[%tqu "En","","","","h5e5","",10]} Qe5 {Stockfish 14:} 14. Bf4 ({Stockfish 14:} 14. g3 Nxe3 15. fxe3 Qxg3 {[%CAl Rg3h2]} 16. Rxf3 {[%tqu "En", "","","","e4f3","",10]} exf3 {[%CAl Rg3g2]} 17. Qg1 Qxh3+ 18. Qh2 Qf1+ 19. Qg1 Qxc4 $19) 14... Qxf4 15. g3 {[%tqu "En","","","","f4f5","",10]} Qf5 16. Kg2 ( 16. hxg4 Qxg4 17. Kg2 {[%tqu "En","","","","h7h5","",10]} h5 $19 {[%CAl Rh5h4, Rh8h2]}) 16... h5 $1 17. Nd2 Nxd2 18. Qxd2 Qf3+ 19. Kg1 e3 20. fxe3 Qxg3+ 21. Qg2 Qxg2+ 22. Kxg2 Nxe3+ 23. Kg3 h4+ 24. Kf3 {[%tqu "En","","","","e3c4","",10] } Nxc4 $19) (13. Qxf3 exf3 $19) 13... Qxh3 $1 14. fxg4 {[%tqu "En","","","", "f8d6","",10]} Bd6 {[%CAl Rh3h2,Rd6h2]} 15. Re1 {[%tqu "En","","","","d6h2","", 10]} Bh2+ {[%CAl Gg1h1]} 16. Kh1 {[%tqu "En","","","","d8d6","",10]} Rd6 $1 { [%CAl Rd6h6,Gh2g1]} 17. Qc2 ({The point behind Black's last move is that} 17. Nc3 {walks into} {[%tqu "En","","","","d6h6","",10]} Rh6 $1 {[%CAl Gh2g3,Rh3h2, Rh2f2]} 18. Bxh6 Bg3+ $1 {, forcing mate because f2 is no longer protected.} 19. Kg1 Qh2+ 20. Kf1 Qxf2#) 17... Qf3+ $1 (17... Bf4+ $6 {would gain nothing because after} 18. Kg1 Rh6 $2 19. Qxe4 {[%CAl Ge4h1] , Black has no mate.} (19. Bxf4 $4 Qh1#) 19... Qh2+ 20. Kf1 $18 {[%csl Rh1]}) 18. Kxh2 {Now 18...h5 19.g5 keeps the h file closed but West has a better idea... Diagram [#]} g5 $3 { [%CAl Rg5f4,Rg5h4]} 19. Bxg5 {[%tqu "En","","","","h7h5","",10]} h5 $1 { [%CAl Rh8h2]} 20. Qc3 {The best try.} Qxf2+ 21. Kh1 {Diagram [#]} f6 $3 { [%csl Rf6,Rh8][%CAl Gc3h8] A study-like interference move decides the game because after 22.Bf6 hg4 23.Bh8 Rh6! is mate next move.} 22. Qe3 hxg4+ { The Torero prize was a godsend for West as he was one of many impecunious International Masters on the tournament circuit for whom every franc was gold. The evening prior to his Torero game, West had eaten with a group of friends at one of Biel's many Italian restaurants. When they ordered a meal he ordered an empty plate, ready to accept donations. The table's waiter, impressed by the sheer number of donated pizza slices that West managed to consume, asked West if he would like a dessert: "It's free, so long as you finish it." "Great", said West, only becoming a little suspicious when the waiter added, with a glint in his eye, "I will make it for you myself" A few minutes later the waiter returned with a large bowl containing at least 20 scoops of gelati. The waiter sat by West, ostensibly for a friendly conversation but also to prevent him from offering any gelati to others at the table. The waiter was impressed: after great effort the score was West 1, Gelati 0. However on the walk back to the playing hall West, looking rather unwell, excused himself to detour back to his hotel room for half an hour. He was not seen until the next afternoon. *** Conclusion The 1985 event was also memorable for me: I secured my final GM norm and won a Torero Prize - but mostly for spending my first night as a Grandmaster sleeping on a bus stop bench with my wife Cathy. (We took a train from Biel to Zuerich after the final round only to discover that the hotel room we had booked, with a warning we would be late, had been given away to someone else. With no other affordable options available, we decided to return to Zuerich railway station to play scrabble until the first train left for Martigny, but the station had been locked up overnight. So a bus stop outside the station became our bed for the night until the train station reopened at 5am.)} (22... hxg4+ {White resigned because} 23. Bh6 Rxh6+ 24. Qxh6 Qxe1+ 25. Kg2 Qe2+ 26. Kg1 Qxb2 {leaves Black far ahead on material - not a bad achievement after so many sacrifices!}) 0-1
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