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Max Euwe vs George Alan Thomas
Zaanstreek (1946), Zaandam NED, rd 8, Jun-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0


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Jun-25-08  MiCrooks: I like this position. The attack in the open with just two pieces is a lot of fun. This was very easy for me, given that you have a series of forced moves leading to mate or swap of the Q for the B. The second move Bf7+ is a classic deflection. Someone said no rooks, but this kind of sac is more common (and normally more effective) when given by a rook. The reason is the rook can follow the King to different color squares and force the King to capture or allow the Rook to pick up the Queen.
Jun-25-08  Salaskan: Easier than a Monday, all moves are forced. The bishop decoy was easy to see. Yesterday's puzzle was more difficult.
Jun-25-08  Funicular: I got the puzzle... but now i got intrigued as well about blacks 30th move and possible variations!!!
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  whiteshark: 4 checks in a row (♗g6+/♗f7+/♕d8+/♗e8+) to win black's Queen.
Jun-25-08  Nikita Smirnov: Too Easy.
Jun-25-08  Marmot PFL: The sequence here is logical and very easy to see - Bg6+ (discovery) Ke6 Bf7+ Kd6 Qd8+ Kc6 Be8+ wins the queen.

Two games this week where post war British amateurs (Wade and Sir George) get beaten up by world class players (Keres and Euwe). These were tough times for Britain, almost bankrupt and most of its infrastructure destroyed by WWII, and what was left of the empire slipping away (Egypt, India etc, leaving only Bermuda, Gibralter, the Falklands and some other bits and pieces).

Jun-25-08  vanytchouck: Hum i found it easier than the one of yesterday.

The threat of checkmate by Qe1 is pretty forcing. You are compelled to check first.

After there aren't many pieces to play with so it's obvious that you have to win the Queen of checkmate.

I've though around 2 seconds about Qg6 + or Qh5 +, but as soon as Bb6 + came to me, i saw all the line finishing by Be8 + winnig the black Queen.

Jun-25-08  TheaN: 3/3

What is so special about this puzzle is that for once it's a Queen Hunt and no King Hunt: White's only goal is to remove the Bishop, with forced continuation for Black. Well, so he did.

The forced discovery starts.

Of course, anything else allows Qxe5. So does this, but, well, it's protected.

How nice. With the King on e6, White closes off the king side as Kxf7 (getting the King back at its starting position?!) now allows Qxe5 as the Bishop is gone.

So, Black continues the Queen protection.


Only move now.

....however, the queen side is overwhelmed with Black pieces and Black has to trade Queen for Bishop.



Jun-25-08  TheaN: Oh, heh, after posting the solution I see two things: I already noticed it was an Euwe puzzle, but not that he was playing against Thomas; quite unusual for someone like Thomas to miss such a tactical shot (and NOT taking that same pawn seven moves earlier, when it's quite safe).

The second thing is the Black mate in one o.O... I'm not the only one as White's line is forced, but it surprised me.

Jun-25-08  gtgloner: OK, so Thomas' 37. ... Qxe5 puts the whole thing in motion. If this move deserves a question mark, what else could/should he have done here?
Jun-25-08  griga262: Took me a few minutes to find 40.Qd8+, after which it all fell into place. What a beautiful sequence!
Jun-25-08  zb2cr: Poor George A. Thomas. He's always destined to be the victim. Against Euwe, here, against Capablanca:

Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1929

Against Spielmann:

Spielmann vs G A Thomas, 1929

And most famously against Edward Lasker.

Jun-25-08  TommyC: Easy peasy!
Jun-25-08  SufferingBruin: A few folks upthread are saying this was just oh-so-easy.

I'm taking up golf.

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  DarthStapler: Solved it
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  kevin86: I missed this one-I was going for the skewer of king and bishop on the 7th row. This is fruitless because the white bishop is there for the taking.

White takes advantage of forcing moves to squeeze in the king and forcing the black queen to give herself up.

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  johnlspouge: Wednesday (Medium/Easy): White to play and win.

Material: Even. The Black Kf7 is in the open, with the White Bf5 and Qg5 nearby. The unprotected Black Qe5 is vulnerable to discovered attack when Bf5 moves, and the unprotected Black Bb7 is vulnerable to skewer attack through Kf7. Black threatens mate with 38...Qe8#.

Candidates (38.): Qh5+, Bg6+

38.Bg6+ (threatening 39.Qxe5)

38...Ke6 39.Bf7+ (threatening 39.Qxe5 again)

39...Kd6 40.Qd8+ Kc6 41.Be8+

and Black must sacrifice Qe5 to prevent mate.

Juicy! The moral of the story: it's disaster if the top banana has to handle a dirty job himself. (Here, Kf7 could not defend Qe5 adequately.)

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <zb2cr>--And here's another well-known Euwe-Thomas game where Thomas comes out on the short end of the stick:

Euwe vs G A Thomas, 1934

Jun-25-08  zb2cr: Thanks, <Gregor Samsa Mendel>, for the extra Euwe-G.A.Thomas game.
Jun-25-08  MaczynskiPratten: <jovack: uninspired pawn grab.> (i.e. 37...Qxe5). But what else can Black do? After Qc6, 38 e6+ is terminal. And after Qe7, 38 Bg6+ Kf8 39 e6+ Kf8 40 Qh6+ Kg8 (Qg7 e7+!) 41 Bg6 (threat Bf7+) Qxe6 42 Bh7+ Kf7 43 Bg8+! is similar to the game. Black's position is already lost by move 37.
Jun-25-08  The Rocket: very easy saw it after about 5 seconds
Jun-25-08  Jason Frost: Getting back in to chessgames ounce more.


White has an obvious edge, although an endgame still looks drawish. White also has initiative which appears to proove decisive.

38. Bg6+ Ke6(forced)
39. Bf7+ Kd6(forced)
40. Qd8+ Kc6(forced)
41. Bd8+ and black is forced to give up the queen 1-0

Jun-25-08  bakuazer: easy but nice puzzle
Jun-25-08  234: Tuesday puzzle <32. ...?> Jun-24-08 J Parker vs N Pert, 1999
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  zenpharaohs: I found the game line - the windmill checks

38 Bg6+ Ke6
39 Bf7+ Kd6
40 Qd8+ Kc6
41 Be8+ Qxe8
42 Qxe8+ Kd6
43 Qb8+ ...

which wins for white, without doubt.

But Rybka finds:

38 Bg6+ Ke6
39 Bf7+ Kxf7
40 Qxe5 ...

which is still a win for white.

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