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Cesar Juan Corte vs Jacobo Bolbochan
? (1946)
Italian Game: Classical. Greco Gambit Greco Variation (C54)  ·  1-0


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Jun-09-08  Woody Wood Pusher: how do i enter a 'take' symbol?
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  playground player: It may be an easy puzzle, but the move is just beautiful to see. This is what makes chess an aesthetic experience.

<dzechiel> Hooray for your son!

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  gawain: The solution came (to me) quickly today. A nice miniature.
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  johnlspouge: <<Woody Wood Pusher> wrote: how do i enter a 'take' symbol?>

Welcome aboard, <Woody Wood Pusher>. (Wa-haha-Ha-Ha!) The 24-th letter of the English alphabet 'x' (as in "xyz") does just fine for a "take" symbol.

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  kevin86: Does this game remind anyone else of the IMMORTAL GAME? The mate is delivered at the same square with the same piece-also,black captured a rook at a1.
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  YouRang: Good Monday puzzle. Clearly, we needed to open the e-file for our rook, after which Bd7 is mate. That is, we must get rid of our knight and black's bishop.

Opening the e-file is as simple as 17.Nxf7+ (clearance sac) Bxf7 (deflection) and of course 18.Bd7# (objective).

Jun-09-08  234: Sunday puzzle <22.?> Jun-08-08 Wojtkiewicz vs R Kuczynski, 1990
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  YouRang: <Woody Wood Pusher: how do i enter a 'take' symbol?>

Hmmm, it never really occurred to me that one might want to use the multiply symbol.

Which looks better?

I sorta prefer the simple 'x' (alpha) myself.

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  zenpharaohs: As far as 17 Nxf7+ goes this problem is quite straightforward.

The interesting thing is that after

14 ... Qc8?

white forces mate. The best move here is

14 ... Qd7

which looks awful until you play out the very interesting line

14 ... Qf6

For black to have a chance you have to go back a move and avoid

13 ... Rb8??

and play something like

13 ... Qb8


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  zenpharaohs: benveniste: "Black's fatal error is 13. ... Rb8. If instead, Black plays 13. ... Qb8 I don't see where white can manage any better than a draw."

I see you got there before me.

Jun-09-08  rchuck: Took me some time to find the killer move. I am not sure whether I would have found it OTB. Always easier when you KNOW it is a problem!

Dzechiel: really glad to know your sons's situation has improved. I'm sure (as they say in German) that "a stone has fallen from your heart"

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  sisyphus: This game is a thematic White attack in the Guioco Piano, which should be part of every player's education. Ba3 and Bb5 offering the rook are routine.

The initiative that White gets is so powerful that even a patzer like me can succeed with it. I have no doubt that there may be ways to draw it still; but Black's problems are not easily solved over the board.

Black's seminal problem was 8...Nxc3, which leads to the most spectacular attacks. Better is 8...Bxc3, though White still has more fun with 9.d5. How many opponents are familiar with this theory, which goes back 500 years?

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  DarthStapler: Got it
Jun-09-08  ste10987: good sacrifice to uncover the rook's protection for checkmate

Jun-09-08  Woody Wood Pusher: oh right I thought there was a shortcut or something....the x didn't look right the first time I used it so I just assumed....never mind lol
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  Once: <dzechiel> Great news about your son!

As to the puzzle itself, it has mostly all been said. Black's stalemated king cries out to be checked repeatedly until mate. So Nxf7 does not take long to find as it is just about the most forcing move on the board.

But what happens if Black tries 16. ... Bd7 instead? Then we have a pretty mate with 17. Nxd7+ Kd8 18. Be7+ Kd8 19. Nf6++. White also mates by transposing moves 18 and 19.

Jun-09-08  Chaoticmaster: Solved this puzzle in 3 seconds.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <wvkevin>: if 11... ♗d7, then 12. ♗xc6 bxc6 13. ♖c1 ♗a5 14. ♕e2+ ♗e6 15. ♖xc6 with a winning attack (Δ ♖xe6+).
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  Once: Oops. In my last post, the winning line is 18. ... Ke8 not Kd8.
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  patzer2: For the Monday June 9, 2008 puzzle, 17. Nxf7+! initiates mate-in-two with a deflection and clearance pseudo sacrifice.
May-31-09  WhiteRook48: wonderful... the Italian Game has so many sacs
Apr-01-11  Amarande: 14 ... Bd7 looks like a try to stop the diagonal attacks a4-e8, but unfortunately the discovered check 15 Nxc6+ leads to a forced mate:

15 ... Qe7 16 Rxe7+ Kf8 17 Re3+ Kg8 18 Ne7+ Kf8 19 Nf5+ Kg8 20 Nh6+! gxh6 21 Rg3+ Bg4 22 Rxg4#.

15 ... Be6 16 Rxe6+! fxe6 (if Qe7 17 Rxe7+ etc., with the same mating pattern as in the previous variation) 17 Ne5+ c6 (Qd7 18 Bxd7+ Kd8 19 Nf7#) 18 Bxc6+ Qd7 (bxc6 19 Qxc6+ Qd7 20 Qxd7#) 18 Bxd7+ Kd8 19 Nf7+ Kc7 20 Qc2+ Bc3 21 Qxc3+ Kb6 22 Qc5+ Ka6 23 Qb5#.

Jul-08-15  Wulebgr: Is there evidence that this game was actually played? Is it in any 1946 sources? Tournament book? Magazine?

Was it a casual game or tournament game?

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  centralfiles: btw this game is not accurate after 13.Qa4 Qb8! is fine for black Qc2 is much better another miss by the "books".
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  wwall: This game was published in Modern Chess Miniatures by Leonard Barden and Wolfgang Heidenfeld in 1960. It is game 1 on page 1. The authors say the game was played at Mar del Plata in 1946. The authors acknowledged that 13...Rb8 was a bad move, but recommended 13...Qd7 instead of the better move, 13...Qb8.
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