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Maurice Ashley vs Robert Kempinski
It (open), Bad Wiessee (Germany) (1997), rd 6
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0


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Jan-28-05  themindset: the original leisure suit larry had a boss key. but if you hit it, it wouldn't save and you couldn't go back to where you were in the game.

and yes, it was a totally lame graphic that no one would ever believe.

Jan-28-05  themindset: <An Englishman> I dont get bored of Nd5 sacs. Especially when they are daring like this, where there is no clear or immediate material compensation.

I guess that's why most of us play e4. Because it tends to create open energetic positions that free up the game for an explosion of creative ideas and unbalanced play.

Far too often I encounter the d4/c4 player who is all too content to simply exchange every single piece on the board in the hopes of winning perhaps a pawn, and then pushing his pawns with the simple-minded goal of boring out a win...

Needless to say, I abhor that style of chess.

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  cu8sfan: <the original leisure suit larry> I owe him a lot! My first sentences in English were "look at girl", "open door" and the like. A fun game! They don't make games like that anymore.
Jan-28-05  Marvol: First time I solved a Friday puzzle - they must be getting easier ;-).
Jan-28-05  MindlessOne: <themindset>
Maybe you dont like these more positional games but it should occur to you that a positional game is won by the better player. A side still has to make mistakes in order to lose, lets not even get into the complexities that arise out of endgames. You win in which ever style that suits you. I prefer to play both tactically and positionally, but you must remember that if you can pull some sort of tactic on your opponent then he made a mistake in letting you obtain that position in the first place. I did not get this puzzle today but really did not have enough time to look at it. Nite.
Jan-28-05  euripides: 38 Qc5 would also be mate. Time trouble, perhaps.
Jan-28-05  ranchogrande: <cu8sfan> sounds like a nice beginning into "the mysteries of english " !..And did you quickly put those sentences together = nice girl in open door !?..(Best girlfriend , I never had , came from Geneva.Best feemalesinger Ive ever heard came from Geneva )So wish you will have a nice game today (the Lekogame)though I feel rather convinced that Polgar-Anand will be the game of the day. Remember when they played this match of 8 games and NO draws!? .Cheers -see you around.
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  cu8sfan: <Best girlfriend , I never had> That sounds like a tragic story. Feel free to relieve your heart. I'll be following Leko - Bruzon and Svidler - Morozevich today. Cheers!
Jan-28-05  ranchogrande: <cu8sfan> thx for response.Yeah a tragic story.But I made the right choice(though extremely dificult ).To choose between two wonderfull woman can be way more difficult than a Queensac at the board!..Good luck to you and Peter.
Jan-28-05  DexterGordon: <greystar69>, in answer to your question, I always work the problems just looking at the screen. I figure that's better practice for over-the-board play, when you can't shuffle the pieces around, trying out variations!
Jan-28-05  JohnBoy: Pretty straightforward problem. I was psyched when I saw the position, as I love to try guessing what opening led to the puzzle. (Trying to develop a more sophisticated understanding of what sort of openings lead to what sort of tactics - not universally, but as a rule of thumb, like white's Nd5 against a sicilian.) When I saw the position, I guessed immediately Winauer French. Was surprised by my error.
Jan-28-05  jkiipli: <euripides> 38.Qc5 is met by Bxc5 By the way, I saw exactly the line posted by <SEVEN>. The puzzle is easy because mating line contains almost no branches
Jan-28-05  euripides: <jk> true
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  Gypsy: < JohnBoy: ... I was psyched when I saw the position, as I love to try guessing what opening led to the puzzle. ... > Pretty cool game! Thx.
Jan-28-05  artemis: I saw the beginning immediately, and then figured the rest out quickly. As a devote siclian player, I have seen the power of the Nd5 sacrifices and the open queenside, so the beginning of the combination was much easier for me to find.

<cu8sfan> if you missed leisure suit larry, they have made a new one recently.

<An Englishman> Yes, I do get kind of sick with the Nd5 sacrifices, mostly because when I see them over the board I am playing black since I open 1. d4 in most cases. In the Bg5 najdorf, there are many fascinating possabilities with these, but as black, I find that that makes it more fun.

Jan-28-05  Stonewaller2: <greystar69> Just tell your boss you're doing an exercise in planning and judgement, that's what I tell mine. ;) My idea of 37. ♔d2?? makes an empty threat that of course falls to 37. ... ♕xd5. Good eye, GM Ashley! See you in Minneapolis in May!
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  kevin86: A grand encircling of the black king-. I,too answered this one! But,I won't complain-else we get a rockcrusher week next month.
Jan-28-05  thesonicvision: ashely didn't see the quicker mate
becuase he was running out of
time- he says it himself on
the ChessWise website.
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, the shortest mate is 33. Rxb7+! Kxb7 34. Nxc5+ Kb6 35. Qb7+ Kxc5 36. Qc6+ Kd4 37. Bc3# Although it is a mini-pursuit combination, the key to finding the mate is the discovered check set up and executed with the first two White moves.
Jan-28-05  rajalakshmanan: This is pretty easy to find once you think of R#b7+...a good game by ashley.
Jan-28-05  zb2cr: Darn...and here I thought I was clever with 36 Qc6+, Kd4; 37 Be3+, Ke4; 38Qe6#. But I missed the mate in one with 37 Bc3#.
Jan-28-05  sharpnova: shortsight, yes his comment about the quicker move at move 36 was correct. those of us who said they got it were referring to move 33. which is the best move. we were not inacruate.. your name truly reflects your chess ability.
Jan-28-05  dac1990: Holy crap, I got a Friday puzzle. I even saw Qb6+. Am I getting better, or are the puzzles easier? Nah, has to be the puzzles.
Jan-28-05  SchemeSC: Maurice Ashley gives free audio annotation of this game at his website
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  cu8sfan: <if you missed leisure suit larry, they have made a new one recently> Thanks, I know. It's not half as funny nor intelligent as the old ones. In fact it's one of the most stupid games I've ever seen.
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