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Robert James Fischer vs William Hook
Siegen ol prel (1970)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C18)  ·  1-0
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Jul-09-07  vibes43: Good puzzle. Got it only after finding moves 28 Rd7+, Rd8, Qc6, Qa8 Rxh6, Rd6(possibilitis - not) or Rxf7 were were all useless.
Jul-09-07  mkrk17: I got Rxe6.
Jul-09-07  vibes43: I was all ready to call it a night. Then MAJ came along with <29.Qf6, resulting in.....> mate in 2 to study. What if white moves Rh8?
Jul-09-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <vibes43: I was all ready to call it a night. Then MAJ came along with <29.Qf6, resulting in.....> mate in 2 to study. What if white moves Rh8?>

You mean "black moves 29 ... Rh7", right? Then 30. Rxe8+, Kxe8 31. Qd8#

Jul-09-07  willyfly: Thanks <MAJ> after 29. Qf6

29...Qxe6 30. Qxh8+ Ke7 31. Qd8#
29...Re7 30. Qxh8#
29...Rh7 30. Rxe8+ Kxe8 31. Qd8#
29...Rg8 30. Rxe8+ Kxe8 31. Qd8#

Jul-09-07
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  mig55: I looked about 5 min to it and then all of a sudden i saw it, awsome me...
Jul-09-07
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  mig55: It is what you can call a "make place" combination. Q need the f6 square.
Jul-09-07  sanyas: <It is what you can call a "make place" combination.>

Or a clearance sac.

Jul-09-07  likestofork: <TheGadge: I think I'm the first to get today's puzzle.>

Actually, I believe, at least according to the scoresheet, that Mr. Fischer got the puzzle about 37 years ago.

Jul-09-07  vibes43: Thanks MAJ for the continuation 28. ...Kf8. 29. Qf6 I did study and got it but not before your reply. Great observation on your part. And now I can sleep comfortably. Good night
Jul-09-07
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  ahmadov: A Fischerish Monday puzzle :)
Jul-09-07  Arkanin: This is a sexy mating attack off a rook sacrifice. I think it's not terribly easy to spot as you have to notice both the deflection of the pawn if pawn takes which leads to mate, and that king takes moves him into a position where he can't hide the pawn. So, in a sense the sac defies classification (nothing wrong with that!) in that it's a clearance move that gives our opponent two choices: have the sac deflect the defender against mate (pawn), or put the piece we need to capture in a place where it cannot be defended (their king). I think many good if hard to spot tactics are often like this: forking your piece and the threat of a fork, etc.

This puzzle reminds me terribly of the Allekhine puzzle seen... was it last thursday? Easier, and different, of course. :)

<Likestofork: Actually, I believe, at least according to the scoresheet, that Mr. Fischer got the puzzle about 37 years ago.>

If he's the first poster to have figured out the puzzle, good for him; there's nothing wrong with that. :>

Jul-09-07  MenisfromVenis: Rxe6 mates or wins Q.
It's monday, time to feel like a chess master!
Jul-09-07  realbrob: Since I knew it was a puzzle (a Monday puzzle, which means a decisive sac) I found it in a minute, more or less. I don't know if I would have found it OTB, maybe yes, I enjoy this kind of tactics and I'm always looking for it.

Of course the most difficult thing playing against a strong chess player is get a position in which you can use a rather easy - but beautiful - tactical shot like this one.

Jul-09-07  Tactic101: Good Monday puzzle. Very pretty mate.
Jul-09-07
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  crafty: 28. ... Kf8 29. Qf6 Qxe6 30. Qxh8+ Ke7 31. Qd8#   (eval Mat03; depth 11 ply; 5M nodes)
Jul-09-07  anandrulez: When u see these problem bots thingy u solve it imemdiately and feel like Fischer but never find it in real games .

Dumb me!!

Jul-09-07  goodevans: A little touugher than the average Monday (which is OK by me). I wonder if Fischer would have spotted 28 ... Kf8 29 Qf6!
Jul-09-07
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  Marmot PFL: Nice finish to the Fischer miniature but the game was a complete mismatch from the start. Some of these smaller countries like Aruba or Virgin Islands have Class A or B players on their Olympiad teams. On board 1 they are probably better but still I doubt Fischer used more than 20-30 minutes for the whole game.
Jul-09-07  uuft: Gotta remember this opening sequence; I really dislike playing 3.e5 c5 4.c3. I noticed the black knights are kept almost useless by Fisher throughout the entire game. I found today's solution in under two minutes, btw - hold the applause. Re6+ doesn't really stand out initially, but realizing mondays usually ask for a very forcefull first move, made this look 'very easy'.
Jul-09-07
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  awfulhangover: It's Monday, but it took me almost a minute! Shame on me ....
Jul-09-07
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  Sneaky: <goodevans: I wonder if Fischer would have spotted 28...Kf8 29.Qf6!> Even the greatest players can trip up during simuls, but I would guess that he spotted that. Mr. Hook on the other hand probably just thought he was losing a queen.
Jul-09-07
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  pittpanther: I found the solution quickly but largely due to the fact that I knew it was white to move and win. The puzzle would have been harder to determine if it was taken back to move 27 with white to move. Also, if I just came across the position in a game it would be harder to see Rxe6.
Jul-09-07
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  outplayer: 26...Ke7 is a weak move. 26...Kc8 is better.
Jul-09-07  skemup: easy but difficult to notice at once
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