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David Bronstein vs Viktor Korchnoi
Leningrad (1962)  ·  Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0
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  gofer: Korchnoi is hoping to play Qxg2#, but he ain't gonna get the chance...

<38 Rh8+ Kg6>
<39 Rxh6+!!! ...>

39 ... Kg5 40 Qe5+ Kxg4 41 Qh5+ Kf4 42 Qxf3+

39 ... Kf7 40 Qc7+ Kg8 41 Qc8+ Kf7 (Qf8 42 Rh8+ ) 42 Qe6+ Kf8 43 Rh8#

39 ... Kxh6 40 Qh8+ Kg5 (Kg6 41 Qh5+ Kf6 g5+ ) 41 Qf5+ Ke3 42 Qxf3+ Kd4 43 Qc3+

39 ... gxh6 40 Qg8+ Kf6 41 Qf8

Stunning. Awesome. Utterly wonderful!

Pity I completely missed it and went for the hum-drum

38 Rh8+ Kg6
39 Qe8 Qf7
40 Qe4 Kg5
41 Kh3 ...

which looked pretty good, but not good enough so I had to cheat and find out that I am an i-d-i-o-t!

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  MarkThornton: This finish reminds me of a game in which Bronstein, as Black, forced immediate resignation with Rxa3!! Can anyone else remember that game?
May-19-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<MarkThornton>

probably this one?
V Mikenas vs Bronstein, 1965

May-19-12  Patriot: I felt a little silly trying to calculate this to mate, since 38.Rh8+ seems to be the only good choice anyway. Black threatens immediate mate but white at least has good drawing chances or a good chance to win if he takes the initiative.

<38.Rh8+ Kg6 39.Qe8+>

And now 39...Qf7 is the only move to avoid losing the queen. 39...Kg5?? 40.Qh5+ followed by 41.Rf8+ is enough.

<39...Qf7 40.Qe4+ Kg5>

Here it seems 41.Qe5+ doesn't accomplish much. I looked at 41...Kg6 42.Qh5+ Kf6 and didn't see anything. 41...Kxg4 is another possibility but if the other line doesn't do much then looking at this is a waste of time.

<41.Re8> Seems very logical, getting the rook back in the game with mate threats.

May-19-12  Patriot: 39.Rxh6+!! Very nice! I didn't see that one at all.
May-19-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this two-way attacking position, black's threat of 38... Qxg2# forces white to consumate his attack sooner. The obvious first step is to flush the BK out of the pawn shelter.

38.Rh8+ Kg6

Now my intended follow-up was 39.Qe8+ Qf7 40.Qe4+ Kg5, but I finally realized 41.Qe3+?? fails against 41...Qf4+. So I started looking at alternatives at move 39 and I found it.

39.Rxh6+!! leaves black a choice of 4 losing replies:

A) 39...gxh6 40.Qg8+ kf6 41.Qf8+ wins the BQ.

B) 39... Kxh6 40.Qh8+ Kg5 41.Qh5+ Kf6 (Kf4 42.Qf5+ Ke3 43.Qxf3+ Ke4 44.Qf3+ wins the rook also) 42.g5+ ke7(/e6) 43.Qxf3 Rxb2 44.Qe4+ Kf7 45.Qf5+ Kg8 (otherwise 46.Qe5+ picks off rook) 46.g6 forces mate.

B.1) 40...Kg6 41.Qh5+ transposes to main line B.

C) 39...Kf7 40.Qc7+ Kg8 41.Qc8+ Kf7 (Qf8 44.Rh8+) 42.Qe6+ Kf8 43.Rh8#

C.1) 40...Ke8 (Kf8 41.Rh8#) 41.Rh8+ wins.

D) 39... Kg5 40.Qe5+ Kxh6 41.Qh5#

Time for review....

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  thegoodanarchist: I cannot believe I got it - I am not that good a chess player
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  kevin86: The first rook move was forced,the second a really pleasant surprise!

Black loses whatever he does.

May-19-12  tivrfoa: The nice thing is that Bronstein saw it earlier and start the trap playing 37. Re8 and leaving the poisoned pawn f3!
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  chrisowen: Finish him castle rhino cracking game tip for learners in chisel nuts.

In stop for lucky it qxf3 changing con it alive the script rook

slide over the loose queen can be picked up in look it omit ringur

chin rook lent hi swarm it ok in h8 kg6 in gradual by increment

sacrifice the rook in straight it h6 and queen will drop due too steps

up kxh6 qh8+ kg6 qh5+ kf6 it saving 42 g5+! or draft in gxh6 qg8+ kf6

qf8+ ke5 in ko it the in 42 qxf3! 38.rh8+s fat chance seeing ace

39.rxh6+s now ledge in try it grave for lick king in delve again gun it

accost in do it qxf3 the seagull swoops of joy it rook in bet again

Victor cues the flywheel in qxf3 tinker mitigate h8 in calms i feel in

kingg6 all stone the crows off rookh6+ a lump in Korchnois throat

rising to be plucked in dig again herd it to the wire low in

denouement it either in manage gh6 or kh6 park the bus picks up queen

bravings in f3,

Act in accordence like 26...re3 and 15.bd3 in pool it wrecking 28.qb4

some galoomph in hammer

Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1931

May-19-12  ajax333221: shouldn't the puzzle be 39.?
May-19-12  bachbeet: Wow! I saw the rook check, but really didn't see Rh6. What a terrific move! He definitely saw what it led to (loss of a Q). One of the best and seemingly bad moves (losing a rook) ever.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I remember this game from three years ago that featured quite an abrupt ending.

It's white to play, at move 21.

click for larger view

Here is the game link.
Sutovsky vs E Inarkiev, 2009

May-19-12  JG27Pyth: I briefly considered Rh6 as follows, "after Rh8+ Kg6 I suppose white could play Rh6+, it's forcing but hahaha that's just ridiculous..."

Which is why I'm not known as the wizard of anywhere or as any sort of apprentice, except perhaps a plumber's apprentice but he's not even a union plumber. :(

May-19-12  mistreaver: Returning from tournament in which i scored only 50% and basically played like crap, let's try to ruin the slightest illusion about me as a good chess player. This puzzle looks pretty mind boggling.
The first moves are certainly:
38 Rh8+ Kg6
Because black threatens mate on the first rank.
And now White is at crossroads. Is he acctualy playing for a win, or fighting for a draw. I think it should be winnable, because black's king it so exposed. So white has two checks : at b6 or e8.
I am far more attracted to:
39. Qe8+ Qf7.
Black has to cover with queen, else he loses her majesty 39... Kf6? 40.Rf8+
39... Kg5? 40 Qh5 and again Rf8+
Now white breathes more freely.
40. Qe4+ (this looks strong)
Black has two options.
40.. Kf6? 41 Qf4+ and rook goes next move
40...Kg5 this looks better. Now Qe3+ is covered by Qf4. 41.Qe5+ Kxg4 (forced)
Now the winning sequence could be :
42 Qg3+ Kf5
43 Qf3+ Ke6
44 Qe3+ and takes the rook.
Hmm but what does white do after:
42... Kh5?
43. Qh3+ brings us nowhere.

Okay, i admit defeat, i found a draw, but not a win, i haven't moved my rook since first move, but don't have any clues.

May-19-12  BOSTER: A drawish signature.

When <CG Puzzles> open the beautiful world of imagination, where the chess is an art, and sacr. in chess as natural as a love, WCM open another side of the game.

Today, when most top players are fighting only for big stake, or for rating points,where the risk is almost forbidden, when most players searching only for the <precise> position , where every move was checked by engine, a <play> really doesn't exist.

Untill now both men in WCM didn't produce some impressive games, dazzling the spectators by any brilliance.

Many players believe that all 12 games will draw. I guess that game 12 will be last in this battle for title, to prove <all, or nothing>. Even in this case <nothing> is good too.

May-19-12  polarx: <Jimfromprovidence> I got it. Just because you said something was there. So nice to suddenly see it. Finding this OTB must be awesome.
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  Honza Cervenka: < Alphonse1973: <Pretty much. I think I would also rate 23...Qg3!!! in S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 higher. I didn't list it last time because I've seen it so many times now that it seems almost a cliché, but it's still an astonishing move. (There are some stunning Qg6!!! moves, such as in Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967, but they seem derivative after one has seen Marshall's game.) And then there's 31...Rxb2!!! in M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933. And <several> of the last moves in Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907. 19.Rf6!! in Fischer vs Benko, 1963 made a big impression when I first saw it, although now it doesn't seem that amazing. The nonchalant 72.Qe5!!! in Keres vs Fischer, 1962, leading to a position that one can scarcely believe is not a problem, is quite amazing. 24...Rxf4!!! in Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 is not too shabby. I also consider 18.Nc6!!!, which was played <against> Bronstein in Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965, more memorable than Bronstein's Rxh6+ in the present game.> I've just seen your post now, after I've posted a message with the suggestion S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912. I agree with 31...Rxb2!!! in M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933, but I would also add 17.R1xc6!!! (and 18.Rxf7!!!) [And subsequent moves: 21.Nh4!!! 22.Ng6!!! and 26.Bxh6!!!] in Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968>

36.Rc5!! from Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 is quite memorable shot too. And I like also 25.Be8!! in Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924, 15.Rxd7+!! in Karpov vs Gulko, 1996, 32.Nf6!! in Timman vs Kasparov, 1985, 24.Rxd4!! in Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 and many others.

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  sevenseaman: <jimfromprovidence> Very nice. Its good to be able to remember or recall such nuggets.

21. Qa3+ and then 22. Re5 leaves Black Q only the harakiri option.

21. Qa3+ Kg1 22. Re5 Qxe5 23. fxe5 1-0

Would you be implying 21. Qa3+ or 22. Re5 hustle weren't very visible? I would agree if that.

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  Abdel Irada: Strength in weakness?

This theme took me some time to see, but once I eliminated all the other plausible lines of play, it finally stood forth. Obviously, white has to do something active, since he's threatened with mate on g2, and simply defending with 38. ♕g3? leads to an ending in which he's fighting for a draw after the simple 38. ...♕xg3+; 39. ♔xg3, ♖xb2.

This suggests the forcing 38. ♖h8+, ♔g6; 39. ♖xh6+!, when black can save king or queen, but not both.

(1) 39. ...♔xh6; 40. ♕h8+ and now:

(1.1) 40. ...♔g6; 41. ♕h5+, ♔f6; 42. g5+ and white picks up the queen through discovered attack;

(1.2) 40. ...♔g5; 41. ♕h5+ and black can transpose into line 1.1 with

(1.2.1) 41. ...♔f6; 42. g5+ or try

(1.2.2) 41. ...♔f4; 42. ♕f5+, ♔e3; 43. ♕xf3+.

(2) Black can capture the other way: 39. ...gxh6; 40. ♕g8+, ♔f6; 41. ♕f8+ and white again wins the queen.

Black can also decline the sacrifice with either of two lines:

(3) 39. ...♔g5; 40. ♕e5+, leaving black to choose either

(3.1) 40. ...♔xh6; 41. ♕h5# or

(3.2) 40. ...♔xg4; 41. ♖g6+, ♔h4; 42. ♕g5#


(4) {39. ...Kf7; 40. Qc7+, Kg8 (not 40. ...♔f8; 41. ♖h8#}); 41. ♕c8+, when

(4.1) 41. ...♕f8; 42. ♖h8+ loses the queen, and

(4.2) 41. ...♔f7; 42. ♕e6+, ♔f8; 43. ♖h8# loses the king.

In all of these lines, it is interesting to note the pivotal role of white's "weak" doubled and isolated pawn on g4.

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  PhilFeeley: <Alphonse1973> <Honza Cervenka> I'm surprised no one puts Fischer's 17...Be6!! in 1956 here. I like all your choices but surely Fischer's must be included in this group.
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  Honza Cervenka: <PhilFeeley: <Alphonse1973> <Honza Cervenka> I'm surprised no one puts Fischer's 17...Be6!! in 1956 here. I like all your choices but surely Fischer's must be included in this group.> As I have said there are many others and the "Game of the Century" is one of them, although I think that 17...Be6!! in D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 was not such a bolt of blue and it led to quite long but very forced and easily calculated variation winning more than enough material for the Queen with continuing attack. That is why I think that 15...Nxf2!! from R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 is more worthy. Another example, which Bobby apparently liked a lot is 19.Qxf6+!! and 21.Bg7!! in Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
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  pawn to QB4: < I think that 17...Be6!! in D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 was not such a bolt of blue> I agree, 17...Be6! isn't even the contender from that game, the extraordinary move was 11...Na4!

My suggestion is 25. Qa3! from Bronstein vs A Khasin, 1957. I'm told this is the only clearly winning move. Of course, I couldn't have found any of the moves on our list, but here's one which, even after seeing it demonstrated, I still can't understand.

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  AylerKupp: <Honka Cervenka> I agree on R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 but disagree on the move. 15...Nxf2 was necessary for what followed but it was foreseen by R.Byrne. 18...Nxg2!! is the move that R.Byrne described as the "shocker" and led to the completely unexpected win to everyone except Fischer and R.Byrne. And I never get tired of recommending <kingscrusher>'s video of the game,
Apr-09-13  Conrad93: "Another very easy puzzle for saturday"
There is nothing easy about this move.
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