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Karel Hromadka vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Bad Pistyan (1922), Piestany CSR, rd 8, Apr-15
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Reti Variation (B41)  ·  1-0


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Feb-07-06  dakgootje: Good puzzle, and im glad more people then yesterday got this puzzle even though there wasnt a obvious queen-sac. I only calculated the mate after 28. Qxf7 but i see here that there are several mates.
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  jahhaj: I didn't look any further than 26.Rxf6 gxf6 27.Bxh6. Itīs obvious that White is winning. Imagine that you were short of time, you wouldn't calculate to the end, you'd just play the sac.
Feb-07-06  psmith: <iamverywellatchess> Are you well at English?

Seriously: the puzzles at the beginning of the week are easy, good for beginners. The hardest puzzles are on the weekend when people have more time to work on them.

Feb-07-06  iamverywellatchess: I am American thanks very good.
Feb-07-06  Inf: good puzzle.. quite easy :D
Feb-07-06  Hakoon: Got this one faster than yesterday's puzzle.
Feb-07-06  Richerby: Strange. I was sure I'd seen this position before but it's not in Reinfeld's `1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations'. Must've been somewhere else.
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  YouRang: Two bishops, a queen and a rook all bearing down on the black king's position. Anyone with a nose for chess should be able to smell a defense cracking sacrifice. :)

Naturally, you take the knight that's attacking your queen, which in turn forces black to bust the pawns defending his king. Then take the h pawn with the bishop which threatens the black queen and a discovered check, with further check at h7. Curtains for black. Good puzzle. :)

Feb-07-06  Halldor: Very appropriate tuesday puzzle, not too difficult, in fact easier than yesterday - the first move is obvious but the second move is the key move. 28.Qxf7 and 28.Bf8+ are both mate in three (28.Qxf7 Qg8 29.Qxf6 Qg7 30.Qxg7# ; or 28.Bf8+ Kg8 29.Qh6 Qxf8 30.Qh7#)
Feb-07-06  ice lemon tea: yeah...the rook sac is too obvious. after viewing this game from the start, i got the feeling that this game in some way resembles games that usually played in blitz tournaments. the tactics by both players are not very deep.
Feb-07-06  buzzymind: Like others I saw 29.♕h6.
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  Gypsy: <ice lemon tea> Maybe we should give Tarrasch a break here. It looks like this was a theory game for years to come. Tarrasch lost his way with 9...Bd7, I think, but it took a while before people learned how to play hedgehog. It is hard to fault Hromadka in this game for his clean strategic concepts. And Tarrasch just could not get anything tangible going.
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  kevin86: The winning move is 28 ♕f7 with three threats of mate on the move!. Tarrasch saw it and struck his colors.
Feb-07-06  gauer: "Is there a way this kind of trick is universally named?" - possibly a type of smothered mate?! some other mates are called pure mates when each available non-flight square is attacked once, but I'm not sure if this is pure because it is an opposing coloured piece involved in the obstruction, and am not sure if a piece which occupies its own square is considered to have also attacked it (ie Qg7 would protect the Bf8, but is the B attacking f8, since now only black could capture there).
Feb-07-06  Knight13: Also winning, but slow, is 28. Bf8+ Kg8 29. Qh6 and after 29... Qxf8 30. Qh7 is mate and after 29... Bxf8 Qh7 is also mate and after 29... Qxd5(Attempts to last one more move in the game) 30. Qg7 is mate.
Feb-07-06  drnooo: Hardly a problem, this one. The only real puzzle is how a GM of Tarrash's calibre even came close to getting into this mess.
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  Richard Taylor: He was drunk.
Feb-07-06  Cogano: I actually got this, which sure felt great, not to gloat. I'll probably be decimated & stumped by tomorrow's LOL! Take care all & have a great day. Cheers!
Feb-07-06  yataturk: I can't help but say.. trashing tarrasch !...
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  kevin86: Hpw about:"Putting out the Tarrasch"? lol
Feb-08-06  zsystriker: <iamverywellatchess: I am American thanks very good> That does explain your lack of written English skills...
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  patzer2: White's 26. Rxf6! demolition of pawn structure combination yields a quick mate.

In the final position (28. ?),

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White has three possible short (three or four move) mates:

(1) 28. Qxf7! Qg8 (28... Qe7 29.
Bg7#; 28...Rc7 Bg7#)29. Qxf6+ Qg7 30. Qxg7# is mate-in-three.

(2) 28. Bf8+! Kg8 29. Qh6! Qxf8 30. Qh7# is mate-in-three.

(3) 28. Qf5! e4 29. Bxe4 Qg8 30. Qxf6+ Qg7 31. Qxg7# is mate-in-four.

Nov-30-06  gauer: Blackburne vs J M Hanham, 1889 appears to be a similar theme
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  OhioChessFan: "Hromadkable"
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  NM JRousselle: How about 27 Bf8 Kg8 28 Be7?
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