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Karl Robatsch vs Arthur Bisguier
Hastings (1961/62), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-29
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, 38...Qg1+! yields smothered mate in two. However, the winning combination appears to begin with the simply crushing 30...f4! , leaving Black in decisive control of the dark squares around the White King.

White could have put up more resistance with 29. Be3 , which, although defensive, offers practical drawing chances.

Another simple but instructive tactical shot is 33...Bxh3!, when the Bishop is poisoned due to the Queen's pin on g2 and the threat 34. Kxh3?? Qg3#. Indeed (33...?) might make for a good future Tuesday or Wednesday puzzle.

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  Willber G: <patzer2: Another simple but instructive tactical shot is 33...Bxh3!, when the Bishop is poisoned due to the Queen's pin on g2 and the threat 34. Kxh3?? Qg3#.>

I agree, Bxh3 is the killer move. Not sure I'd have seen it otb, especially coming up to the time check, because QxN and BxN are both so tempting.

May-11-10  lost in space: 38. Qg1+ Rxg1 (only move) 39. Nf2#

Fells like yesterday.

May-11-10  zb2cr: Possibly because I'm low on sleep, it took me upwards of a minute to see this one. 38. ... Qg1+; 39. Rxg1, Nf2#. Unusually for a Tuesday puzzle, this one has no side branches on the analysis tree, and is a forced mate in 2. More like a Monday puzzle than a Tuesday.
May-11-10  turbo231: The hardest part was convincing myself it was a smothered mate 2 days in a row. Took about the same amount of time as yesterdays 30 sec. still too slow I would think. What about yesterday's puzzle 8 pages of kibitzing isn't that a record?

Usually it's 3 pages. Maybe it's because of the world championship, I'm curious. But looking back at the last 5 puzzles there all 2 or 3 pages. What was it about yesterday's puzzle?

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  wordfunph: 38...Qg1+ and smothered mate with 39...Nf2#
May-11-10  felixd: It's the same thing as yesterday... At least it is always a beautiful mate to see.
May-11-10  randomsac: Philidor's again...Still instructive for seeking variants of the same mating theme.
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  johnlspouge: Tuesday (Easy)

Robatsch vs Bisguier, 1962 (38...?)

Black to play and win.

Material: Up a P. The White Kh1 is stalemated. Today is another variant of Philidor’s legacy.

Candidates (38...): Qg1+

38...Qg1+ 39.Rxg1 Nf2#

May-11-10  Patriot: This took about the same time to solve as yesterday (~3 seconds).

I guess doing about 70,000 chess emrald puzzles is paying

May-11-10  A Karpov Fan: again? got it
May-11-10  Marmot PFL: The same as Monday. I would hope I could find something for black with a white knight sitting on a1!
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  chrisowen: A sore batch of sacs hands back the cutting edge freeing Arthur, the king is an island. Pick the Spanish flor noes Knight rounds him off after queen gone leg ending it tightening black court. Establish castle cull witch and 0l wen 39..Nf2# steps up next.
May-11-10  TheaN: Tuesday 11 May 2010


Target: 1:25;000
Taken: 0:11;072

Material: Black up, ♙

Candidates: Qxg2†, <[Qg1†]>

Woah. What's this? Extended Monday? I thought it was supposed to be Qxg2† with an involved sac leading to the Queen regain or mate in the end, but the current puzzle is a two-mover!

<38....Qg1† 39.Rxg1 Nf2‡ 0-1> with instead of a pawn on h2 a Black Bishop on g3 involving smothered mate. This is very weird, this is not Tuesday level.

What does surprise me is the terrible position of White. I have bad games, but this is everything. A pawn down, facing an attack and worthless pieces. Time to check what happened here, and what made CG decide to use this as Tuesday puzzle rather than to safe it for next week.

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  YouRang: Shame if you miss this if you saw yesterday's puzzle.
May-11-10  fouard: Must be smothered-mate week. 38...Qg1+ forces 39 Rxg1 Nf2++
May-11-10  VincentL: "Easy".

I saw this instantly, as I imagine did everyone else:

38.... Qg1+ 39. Rxg1 Nf2#.

I am not normally one to criticise CG - I think they do a great job. But this puzzle is not even Monday level.

May-11-10  LIFE Master AJ: 38...Qg1+; and 39...Nf2#. (Or 39. White resigns?!?)
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  kevin86: smothered mate theme-queen sac + white's forced occupation of g1. Mate in two
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  doubledrooks: I'm having a case of deja vu.
May-11-10  Bobsterman3000: This one looks like a helpmate, Bisguier just invited a big corner attack where he could be bottled up with no help...
May-11-10  zanshin: Cool! Smothered mate week!
May-11-10  laskereshevsky: Its fine that the final combination work even if we took away the pawn G2 from the board...

38. ...♕g1+ 39.♖xg1 ♘f2+ 40.♔g2 ♗h3#


May-11-10  rapidcitychess: Tuesday
A Semi smothered mate seems to be in store...
38...Qg1+! attracting the rook and 39.Rxg1 Nf2#

Too easy, even for a Tuesday.

May-11-10  jsheedy: Not even a minor challenge today.
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