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Movsa Feigin vs Salomon Flohr
"Flohral Arrangement" (game of the day Feb-23-2017)
Kemeri (1937), Kemeri LAT, rd 10, Jun-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Accelerated Variation (D81)  ·  0-1


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  YouRang: Crap -- I hadn't missed a Tuesday puzzle in a long time. So much for that streak. :-(

My tendency to dismiss sacrifice moves when the opponent has more than one way to capture did me in today. I only gave Nf2 nominal attention after seeing that black could take it with Q or R.

Oh well, live and (hopefully) learn.

May-06-08  Justawoodpusher: One of the Thuesday puzzles that I solved quite fast. Sometimes it's just easy and on another day seems so complicated...
May-06-08  kkshethin: I got this one but i admit that most of time i do not
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  playground player: Reg6--any takers? Going once, going twice...
May-06-08  TrueBlue: Qe5 = 1/2
May-06-08  Whitehat1963: I'm right there with you, Jim. That was the move I missed as well.
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  johnlspouge: <<playground player> wrote: Reg6--any takers? Going once, going twice...>

Much to my surprise (which is why I like to check my mental meanderings with a computer), Toga II 1.3.1 declares 39...Reg6 a draw. I also thought it a good fallback, in case I found nothing else.

[ply 15/44, time 00:15, value -0.01]

40.Qe5+ Qxe5 41.dxe5 Rg2 42.Bg5 Nxg5 43.Kxg2

<<YouRang> wrote: [snip] My tendency to dismiss sacrifice moves when the opponent has more than one way to capture did me in today. I only gave Nf2 nominal attention after seeing that black could take it with Q or R.>

I like to think that I write up Monday and Tuesday to warm up for the tough puzzles later in the week. I was a little taken aback today, probably for the same reason you were. Fortunately, I have repeated Reinfeld's advice about checks, captures, and threats to myself frequently enough that I actually took it to heart...

I believe very much in the power of developing a method, and it barely saved me today. In addition, I almost missed the check Qb1+ (Qb8+, a typo in my post). In examining X-rays as a medical student, eventually I never missed a recognizable feature, because I trained myself to scan from top to bottom methodically (noting especially bone margins and other important features, etc.). On the puzzle chess board in future, I plan to look at <every> piece in some order (probably left to right, top to bottom) and note <every> square to which it can move.

May-06-08  SickedChess: I missed this :(
May-06-08  nateinstein: First time I missed a Tuesday puzzle and I've been looking at these for close to 2 years. For some reason I kept looking at Rg1+. I considered Nf2+ but it just didn't look right with the two recaptures and I quit early on the move. It would be hard to classify this as a Thursday puzzle because of its short solution, but it's definitely not Tuesday material in my own opinion. I'm with those on Reg6, but I felt that wasn't right either.
May-06-08  number 23 NBer: Nf2+! looks dead won.
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, the decoy sham sacrifice 39...Nf2+! gives Flohr a quick mate. For the details, see <Zooter>'s post on page one of the kibitzing here.
May-06-08  wals: how easy that was -

39....Nf2+ 40.Rxf2 ...Qb1+ 41.Bc1 ...Qxc1 + 42.Rf1 ...Qxf1 + 43.Qg1 ...Qxg1#

the only trouble was that I didn't get anywhere near it. Damn and blast.

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  patzer2: Today's puzzle solution might also be classified as a deflection (removing the guard or defender). What's unusual here, as noted by <YouRang> is that Black is targeting two separate defenders guarding two separate critical squares. The White Queen is guarding h3 and the White Rook is guarding b1. Black mates if either piece gives up its guard of those squares. The winning move 39...Nf2+! forces the removal of one of those guards, giving Black a choice of two mates (depending on how White captures it).
May-06-08  Billy Vaughan: I guess this one's a tricky Tuesday. I missed it - like some other people, I dismissed Nf2 because of the two captures.
May-06-08  LivBlockade: Took me a while. I think the <Black to play> factor adds about one day's worth of difficulty to a puzzle (makes Tuesday seem like Wednesday) because we're so used to looking at the board from 'our side'. Do others feel the same way?
May-06-08  zooter: <LivBlockade: Took me a while. I think the <Black to play> factor adds about one day's worth of difficulty to a puzzle (makes Tuesday seem like Wednesday) because we're so used to looking at the board from 'our side'. Do others feel the same way?>

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May-06-08  sleepyirv: Oh yeah, queens can move diagonally.
May-07-08  TheaN: 3/3

Har. Actually, after I opened the PGN (I had to solve this today (Wednesday)), I thought of 39....Nf2+ WITHOUT the diagram or board, at my education: I actually pictured:

40.Qxf2 (Rxf2 Qb1+ 41.Bc1 Qxc1+ 42.Rf1 Qxf1+ 43.Qg1 Qxg1#) Qh3+ (which I missed initially) 41.Qh2 Qxf1+ 42.Qg1 Qxg1#. I consider it solved as I had this in mind :).

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  FSR: Flohred.
Feb-23-17  The Kings Domain: Nice steady build-up to victory by Flohr.

The pun's corny.

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  kevin86: White gets mate in a box
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  morfishine: We have another contender for the most non-sensical, irrelevant game title of the year, driven by the fact this isn't even an actual pun, much less shallow word-play

I don't know what it is, hence the well-deserved nomination


Sep-05-18  Saniyat24: Flohr's knight moves were brilliant, before giving the deadly blow, to bring the knight in position he played 4 consecutive knight moves from 18-21...! also the simple 35th move of taking the knight with the bishop to open up the g-file was important...
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  fiercebadger: Black pieces work together, improving position and provoking weaknesses, white pieces never work together just make idle threats or defend things a thematic ..f4 breaks down the fortress a classic
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  perfidious: Not sure I ever remember seeing a Gruenfeld where the bishop never reached g7, but this middlegame came to resemble an Exchange QGD in which everything went horribly awry for White: his good bishop was swapped off, the minority attack never got off the ground and he forced his great opponent to play for the kingside bash which is typically Black's only means of counterplay against the Exchange.
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