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|Jan-20-12|| ||Dieago: very nice :)|
|Jan-20-12|| ||newzild: FRIDAY: 2:10pm-2:28
Black threatens mate on h2, so White cannot afford to dawdle.
Looks like the only viable candidate. Black has two legal moves.
a) 34...Bf8 35. Rxf8+ Kxf8 (35...Kh7 36. Qd3+ wins the Rook; 35...Kg7 36. Rxf7+ wins the Queen) 36. Nf5+ Kg8 (36...Ke8 37. Qe7#; 36...Rc5 37. Rd8#; 36...Qb4 37. Rd8#) 37. Qf8+ Kxf8 (37...Kh7 38. Qg7#) 38. Rd8#
b) 34...Kh7 35. Qd3+ wins the Rc2. Fortunately this was easier to work out that variation "a"!
Eighteen minutes. That's quite tough for a Friday, I think. The first few moves were obvious, but a lot of variations to consider and 37. Qf8! took me a few minutes to find.
Time to check...
|Jan-20-12|| ||dzechiel: White to move (34?). White is up a rook for two pawns. "Difficult."|
The threat of 34...Qh2# means that white must deal in forcing moves. And the only one to get us underway is...
34 Re8+ Bf8
On 34...Kh7, white picks up the remaining black rook with 35 Qd3+ and 36 Qxc2.
White's turn again, must continue with forcing moves. What's available? Only...
35 Rxf8+ Kxf8
Black could try 35...Kg7, but after 36 Ne8+ the black king would have to move to a light square allowing the fork mentioned above.
This time the knight gives a nice discovered check and covers g7 at the same time.
Not 36...Rc5 37 Rd8#. But now it's mate in two.
Black has two moves, after...
37...Kxf8 38 Rd8#
37...Kh7 38 Qg7#
A very slick ending! Time to check.
|Jan-20-12|| ||sevenseaman: White is a R to the good but cedes a couple of Ps.
Positionally Black has a 1-mate. So no time for White to dissemble. He does not have even one idling move; every move has to be a check - until mate.
Way to think:
If Black K were to be at f8 and White N could be put on f5 (with a an accompanying check, of course), the N will block e7 and g7. Black's f7 P self-blocks the K to ensure a kind of back rank mate by <any> White heavy piece.
White clearly has the goods in place to achieve just that, w/o letting go of the check.
So here it goes;
<34. Re8+ Bf8 35. Rxf8+ Kxf8 36. Nf5+ Kg8 (Ke8 is ruin) 37. Qf8+ Kxf8 38. Rd8#>
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Its a beautiful combination, a long one w/o doubt but not so hard to conceive. I am falling in love with <CG>'s grand POTD show; its going like a caravan these days.
There is no recall but I have one misgiving; the marquee names suggest I might, just might have this game in a collection of mine.
|Jan-20-12|| ||dzechiel: My all time favorite quote by Yogi Berra was when he noticed the very scant attendance at the game, and commented:|
<"You know, there's a lot of people out there not coming to the game, and there's nothing you can do to stop 'em.">
|Jan-20-12|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: This game might be a little too famous to serve as a puzzle, but it is always a pleasure to play over the moves.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||M.Hassan: "Difficult" White to play 34.?
White has a Rook for 2 pawns
White is one move away from being checkmated on h2. He can do nothing except attack:
<if....Kh7 35.Qd3+ f5 36.Qxc2 and the threat of checkmate is eliminated>
<if King declines...Kg7 36.Ne8+ Kg6 37.Qd3+ Kh3 38.Qxc2 and again mate threat is eliminated>
<if at move 38 the King declines taking the Rook, the game will follow thus:
Looks like draw>
Time to check to see if any of these combinations has been played or not
|Jan-20-12|| ||whiteshark: It seems I leaped the Friday hurdle.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||M.Hassan: Queen sac at move 37 instead of check by the Rook is where I have gone wrong|
|Jan-20-12|| ||ChessNewbie55: Friday? More like a Tuesday...|
|Jan-20-12|| ||Once: Nobody ever thinks about the trapmakers.
We watch Indiana Jones or Angelina Jolie raiding tombs and we marvel at how they manage to dodge all the traps. Even Nicholas Cage had to get into the act too, as if to prove that a country only five minutes old also has its history and implausible national treasures.
But nobody ever stops to think about the poor bloke who sets those traps. So let's rewind the clock to many hundreds of years ago...
High Priest Imhotep is having an urgent conversation with Tuti, his trapmaker.
Imhotep: "No, no, no. I want the golden statue to sit here on a stone plinth. And here, here and here I want blow darts. Poison blow darts. Set off by stones that you step on."
Or in chess terms: if 34...Kh7 35. Qd3+
Tuti: "Your wish is my command, o venerable one. But the cleaners have complained about the blow darts in the other treasure chamber. We have lost three of them during the weekly dusting of the jewels."
Imhotep: "Do not bother me with details, artisan! Next I want a giant ball that rolls along the corridor to crush anyone who would steal our most precious artefacts."
Or: if 35...Kh7 36. Rxf7+ forks black king and queen.
Tuti: "A giant ball eh? Leaving aside the fact that it will also annoy the cleaners, and it will only stop the first tomb raider, there's a little problem that we haven't invented electricity yet. So how exactly are we going to trigger said trap?"
Imhotep: "You are starting to annoy me, little man. Next I want a room where the ceilings and walls come together to crush with spikes. Saw that one in the Temple of Doom. Very nice."
Or: 37...Kxf8 38. Rd8#
Tuti: "We're a primitive civilization that largely relies on gravity and bits of string. And you want me to invent something that is going to need hydraulics and complex gears...?"
Imhotep: "That is my wish."
Tuti: "I'll tell you what. You look tired. You sit down a while and I'll figure it all out. Blow darts. Rolling balls. Crushing walls. Just sit down on this special chair that I made specially for you. And don't worry if you hear a little click when you park your holy tush on the cushion..."
|Jan-20-12|| ||stacase: White's moves were almost forced. Well not exactly, White needed to decide where to move the Knight to discover check on Black's King. It falls apart if you see the route to mate at 36...Kg8|
|Jan-20-12|| ||Uvulu: No candy for me this time, I'm afraid... All I could find was 34.Re8+ Bf8 (not 34... Kh7? 35.Qd3+ f5 36.Qxc2) 35.Rxf8+ Kxf8 36.Nf4+ Kg8 37.Rd8+ Kh7 38.Rh8+ Kg6 (38... Kxh8 39.Qf8#) 39.Ne7+ Kg7 40.Rh7+ Kxh7 41.Qd3+ and 42.Qxc2, but I think it fails to 39... Kh5. Let's check
Great. Now I feel like a <ironic tone> very intelligent person </ironic tone>
|Jan-20-12|| ||gofer: Pity, I have seen this Anastasia mate before, but it is a real beauty!|
<34 Re8+ ...>
34 ... Bf8
35 Rxf8+ Kxf8
36 Nf5+ Kg8
37 Qf8+!!! Kxf8
<34 ... Kh7>
<35 Qd3+ f5>
<36 Qxc2 Qf3+>
<37 Kg1 ...>
Black is two rooks down. Game over.
|Jan-20-12|| ||Memethecat: Whites Q & N are beautifully aligned, if only the BK was on f8 mmh. Euwe know, I think I have an idea, what if |
<34Re8+ Bf8> 34...Kh7 35Qd3+ loses the R <35Rxf8+ Kxf8> there's the alignment
<36Nf5+> sets up the equivalent of back rank mate, with just 1 pawn, nice!
<36...Ke8 37Qe7#> more likely
<36...Kg8 37Qf8+ Kxf8 38Rd8#>
|Jan-20-12|| ||gofer: <Once>: <... as if to prove that a country only five minutes old also has its history and implausible national treasures.>|
You do like bear-bating don't you!
Having personally witnessed the national fervour of the two commentators at the NRL in Las Vegas in December to their 35,000+ crowd, someone needs to provide some "perspective"...
|Jan-20-12|| ||KingV93: Saw the rook sac but not the Queen, close, but then I don't care for cigars anyway. Superior combination.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||cocker: White's first three moves are forced, but I didn't foresee 37 Qf8+ from the diagram.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||agb2002: An overworked position.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||morfishine: Thought I'd seen this before, but couldn't rattle off the moves, so lets apply logic. Black is forcing mate at <h2> and White cannot defend that square. White must check and keep checking or he will lose.|
so, <34.Re8+> if for no other reason, its the only check for white
This forces <34...Bf8> since 34...Kh7 is met by 35.Qd3+ forking the rook
Same situation, White must keep checking, so <35.Rxf8+>
This forces <35...Kxf8> since 35...Kg7 allows 36.Rxf7+ winning Blacks Queen
Same situation, White must keep checking, so <36.Nf5+>
This forces <36...Kg8> since 36...Ke8 is met by 37.Qe7 mate (also, 36...Qb4 is met by 37.Rd8 mate)
Same situation, White must keep checking, but now he has two checks to choose from:
First <37.Rd8+> seems strong after <37...Kh7 38.Rh8+! Kg6 39.Rxh6+ Kxf5 40.Qd3+> but <40...Qe4+> saves Black
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The only remaining check is <37.Qf8+>, but this last check wins as mate is forced with either reply by Black:
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If 37...Kh7 then 38.Qg7 mate,
or 37...Kxf8 38.Rd8 mate
Yes, now I remember
|Jan-20-12|| ||APatzer: brilliant !|
|Jan-20-12|| ||GlennOliver: Wonderful play.
Wrestling on the edge of the cliff, but the one who falls is unexpected.
|Jan-20-12|| ||polarx: It says "difficult" but it has been one of the easiest puzzles for me ever. Amazing how everything clicked instantly. LOL.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||offramp: This game has been a puzzle (twice) and the Game of the Day.
Stuck for a game, ay, <CG>?|
|Jan-20-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <offramp> Good point, man! Guys, is there anyway to suggest puzzles to CG?|
I normally just go to a few games of a player that I'm interested in and say something like, <"29. ?" would make a great Thursday puzzle> in the game comments; but to this day I've yet to see them selected. And trust me, I know my puzzles!
Therefore, how can I make sure that they get my suggestion?
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