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Viswanathan Anand vs Valery Salov
Paris (1991) (rapid), Paris FRA, rd 1, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0


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  Stonehenge: <stacase> Bishops ONLY move backwards.
Nov-25-08  newzild: It took me a minute to see the solution because I looked at Bxf7+, Bxf8 and Qxd4 first.

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  johnlspouge: Tuesday (Easy):

Anand vs Salov, 1991 (17.?)

White to play and win.

Material: Down 2 P. The Black Kg8 has 1 legal move, and his position has weak dark squares. The White Bh6 intensifies the weaknesses and can win the exchange with Bxf8. The Black Be5 protects those weaknesses and is vulnerable to White Re1. The Bb3 pins Pg7 to Kg8. The Black Qa4 has 1 legal move (Qa5-c5) and is the sole protection of Nb6.

Candidates (17.): Bd2

Throughout the following Black can give away Be5 with Bh2+, to about the same result.

17,Bd2 Qc5 [else, drop Q for B]

18.Rc1 Nc4 [else, drop Q for R]

19.Bxc4 (threatening 20.Bxf7+)

White now has N for 2P, but the Ps are doubled and weak.

A trapped piece is an unusual theme for a CG puzzle.

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  johnlspouge: < <lost in space> wrote: [snip] I often don't find winning moves when the piece is moving backwards. Like here: Bh6 back to d2. >

I often have trouble finding B moves to the left. Here, however, I spotted the Qa5 and her problems, so I knew where the B was going!

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  agb2002: The black queen can be trapped with 17.Bd2 Qc5 18.Rc1. Now Black should decide which piece will be sacrificed (18... Bh2+ or 18... Nc4) to let her escape.

Time to start the Sunday puzzle.

Nov-25-08  amaurobius: Got this one. Couldn't see anything Tuesday level on the kingside, saw that the queen was very restricted, and then it wasn't difficult.

<weary willy: ...Anyone remember the old BBC Third Programme and the short-lived chess programe of the early 60s? Anne Sunnucks gave a humourous piece on her great chess discoveries - including 'knights should always move forwards' (she had some example of desperado knights advancing to the 7th and 8th ranks)and 'bishops can move backwards'. Obviously Anand had read the transcript>

Can't quite join you in remembering the Third Programme but I do remember seeing the rules that knights should be moved forwards and bishops may be moved backwards in "Chess Treasury of the Air", a selection of (often amusing) pieces based on radio programmes and edited by Terence Tiller, published mid-60s. My recollection is that the rules came from Eileen Tranmer rather than Anne Sunnucks - maybe both ladies had a hand in them! There was a further rule: ALWAYS WIN YOUR LOST POSITIONS. She did also give the caveat that the rules didn't apply to grandmasters, but good to see Anand following them notwithstanding!

Anyway, thanks for reviving the memories!

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  chrisowen: A tentative case of cabin fever? I spotted Bd2 which de-camps from the kingsite immediately, on the grounds that it does boot the queen along nicely. 17..Qc5 and Rc1 sinks any chance for escape.
Nov-25-08  The Rocket: This by far the most difficult easy puzzle I have ever seen... when it says easy I look for a kingside forced mate and I calculated for 15min with every possible variation!.

Trapping the queen did cross my mind though.

Nov-25-08  Castleinthesky: This is a combination which is easy if you are playing the game and following the flow, but more difficult as a puzzle where you have to reconstruct the flow in your mind. For that reason, this took longer to solve than its difficulty.
Nov-25-08  notyetagm: <Once: ... Like just about everyone else, I spent a while looking for a checkmate. The Bh6 cuts down the king's mobility and suggests a queen mate on g7 or a rook mate on the back rank. But I couldn't get it to work.>

First thing I noticed was that the Black a5-queen had <NO RETREAT!>, that she was almost <TRAPPED> on the edge of the board.

It then took me a little while to see that after 17 ♗h6-d2! ♕a5-c5, the Black c5-queen could retreat *only* along the c-file (again, not a lot of mobility) so that 18 ♖a1-c1 <TRAPS> the Black c5-queen.

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  gawain: <Dr. J: I did not find this one "Easy" at all.>

Me neither. I tried various captures before seeing 17 Bd2 and even then I failed to see that the follow up 18 Rc1 is unanswerable.

At least I did not give up. But it took me way too long.

Nov-25-08  yoozum: I got this one as well, but not after looking at possible piece sacrifices to checkmate the enemy king for a minute or two. Then I realized that the black queen had extremely restricted movement and could potentially be trapped.
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  kevin86: I missed this one badly. I was too blinded by the possible sac at f7-to see the direct move of Bd2 followed by Rc1,trapping the queen.
Nov-25-08  The beginner: Back on track again, after yesterdays miserable effort.

Today the trapped Queen was like the first thing I noticed in the position after seing that black was 2 pawns up.

However I expected black to save his Queen with Bh2+, where he would be better off compared to exchange the Queen for a rook, both positions are lost anyway so proberly dont matter.

17 Bd2 .. Bh2+
18 Kxh2 .. Qf5
19 Bh6 (another double threat Bxf8 and Qxd4)

Just had to keep in mind there was a way to save the queen before finally desiding the solution had to be Bd2.

Nov-25-08  njchess: I got this one readily enough, once I concluded that a king side attack had, as yet, no merit. I thought it was easier than yesterday.

I have never liked Qa5 in the Sicilian. To me, putting the queen on the a-file sets it too far out of the way, and the 5th rank is usually blocked off anyway. Qb6 puts it closer to the action and, in this case, out of danger.

Nov-25-08  YouRang: I spent gobs of time trying to make a kingside attack happen.

With our DSB crossing one diagonal in front of the king and our LSB hitting f7, and our rook bearing down on the e-file with our queen ready to join in at f3, it sure smelled like a kingside attack. :-\

But it's a false scent, and it's the only reason this puzzle even a puzzle.

After some time, I finally started looking around the board for other targets, and noticed that the black Q was cramped. Even before I solved it, I smacked myself on the head for not noticing it sooner. :-o

Sure enough, a couple direct attacks on the queen starting with 17.Bd2, forcing 17...Qc5, and then 18.Rc1 & the Q has nowhere to go. It was a simple queen trap after all.

Nov-25-08  Patriot: The first thoughts were to play Bxf8 to "win the exchange" or eliminate the bishop on e5 and somehow maneuver the queen around to g7 but this is extremely unlikely after something like 17.Rxe5 Qxe5. Also I had a brief look at 17.Bxf7+ but that did not look promising. Next I noticed the black queen has very little mobility and wondered if it was trappable. 17.Bd2 is the most obvious try. 17...Qc5 18.Rc1 and now black has to toss a piece to save the queen 18...Nc4 19.Nxc4 and wins a whole piece.

<TheaN: I think it IS vital to see Bh2, either on move 17 or move 18...>

How is it vital? It rescues the queen but it doesn't save black. If you mean that you should at least consider the move then perhaps but it doesn't take much to see that it's a useless check.

Nov-25-08  YouRang: <TheaN><Black can move <his or her> Queen to one square before being trapped indefinitely. >

Valery Salov would like you to know that it was definitely <his> queen. :-)

Nov-25-08  green jelly: 17...Bh2+ is the only move. Black can last much longer than 17...Qc5. Sometimes missing pawns (being two pawns down)can make your pieces freer than the opponent's.
Nov-25-08  karoaper: O for 2 so far.

Proves that even in the middle of an attack on the king, you need to be watchful other side quests, like trapping a major piece. My problem, I was I wasn't watchful of that, trying to figure out where the weakness in king's defense lay. Once the queen was gone, there were many weaknesses.

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  DarthStapler: I stared at this position for so long and couldn't come up with anything, until I finally saw Bd2 and Rc1
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  patzer2: For the Tuesday, Nov 25, 2008 puzzle solution, White traps the Black Queen after 17. Bd2!
Sep-13-09  Jaideepblue: Anand's clocktime was 150 seconds for this game.
This is what Salov has to say about the game: Yes I remember well that encounter in rapid chess in Paris. I played Black. Anand employed a strong novelty and won very quickly. It was awfully unpleasant. But Anand is a unique chessplayer. I even wanted to dedicate an entire issue of my magazine to him, but it didn't come out... (from Sergey Bystrov's site)
Sep-14-09  ycbaywtb: the end is cute offering the rook for the black squared bishop
Mar-28-14  aditya GM: Can anyone tell me the idea of the move 16...d6
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