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Garry Kasparov vs Predrag Nikolic
Intel Chess Grand Prix (active) (1994) (rapid), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Jun-??
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A90)  ·  1-0


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Apr-08-10  lzromeu: Monday puzzle cames later.
Got it and Kasparov no.
So easy to believe
Apr-08-10  scormus: <kevin86> that's why I was glad not to know it was 23 moves ;-)

<Kasparov raggers> I once played a correspondance game and my opponent suddenly blundered away the exchance (R for N) :-O Worse, it was so unexpected I posted off my next move immediately, without checking the position, MISSING IT :-( Worse still, he gave me a 2nd chance next move (which I didn't miss) :-D (Then he resigned)

Apr-08-10  jsheedy: 47. Rhg1, and what can black do against the threat of Rbf1#? He'll have to sac a rook just to delay it one more move.
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  YouRang: Today's puzzle seemed too easy to be true.

I spent much more time trying to figure out why the simple 47.Rhg1 *couldn't* be the solution than I spent finding 47.Rhg1.

Shocking miss by Kasparov. :-o

Apr-08-10  VincentL: This "medium" position is apparently another mating net.

The first move is surely 47. Rhg1

Then black is powerless to stop 48. Rbf1 mate.

Seems about Monday level, so I must be missing something.

Let's see what happened.

Apr-08-10  VincentL: Wow. Kasparov didn't see this.

There is hope for me yet.

Apr-08-10  psmith: I saw this instantly. But if it weren't a puzzle... would I have seen it?
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  Once: <desiobu: <YetAnotherAmateur> I saw a British program a while ago where an amateur gave a simul to a number of strong players, including GMs, using exactly that strategy and he managed to do well. I can't remember what it's called though>

I think that was one of Derren Brown's illusions.

And to everyone who is saying that this is so easy and wondering why Kasparov missed it - take a look at <domdaniel>'s post a page or so ago. You can hardly compare ourselves, sitting in the comfort of our homes with no clock ticking and being told that this is a puzzle, to a game played at fast time controls.

Apr-08-10  krippp: Bah!
Thursday is usually the day on which I actually start enjoying these puzzles... And now I'm being offered this Monday-style "Thursday" puzzle! A waste of a good Thursday. :(

Oh well... I do still like you,

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  fm avari viraf: Critics say that "Rooks endings are fm Avari's forte." Here, I think, Garry can seal Black's fate with 47.Rh1g1 shutting down King's passage & threatening mate with the next move 48.Rbf1# I think, Black must be kicking his butt for walking into a mating net.
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  Domdaniel: <chrisowen> Scale of one to ten, logarithmic or fish, your language isn't quite English: maybe a three along the orthodoxy axis. Yet in praxis you have a mesmeric vocab and irreal syntax. You been reading the chess romances of Lady Barbara Joyce-Pynchon or what? 'Love in a Time of Zugzwang' is good.
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  whiteshark: Can't resist posting this on Kasparov's 47th move:
Apr-08-10  RandomVisitor: 19.Nfe5! is strong.
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  sethoflagos: <<krippp>: Bah! A waste of a good Thursday. :(>

Try this one

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48. .... ?

Apr-08-10  RandomVisitor: 15.Rfe1 is possibly better than what was played, 15.b4.
Apr-08-10  Primoman: Instead of exchanging queens at the end, can black just put white in perpetual check?
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  sbevan: Well I really enjoyed the game - I got the puzzle but decided to play through the game. I found it really interesting.
Apr-08-10  Old Wolf: Is it just me or have they had their difficulties messed up all week? This one was almost too easy even for a Monday problem, but yesterday's (and Monday's) had quite a bit of analysis to be done.
Apr-08-10  turbo231:

The first 2 moves were easy.

Apr-08-10  roberto146: OK so why didn't Kasparov get a ?? for move 47?
Apr-08-10  AnotherNN: Spent about 100 years, wondering why Rh1g1 wouldn't win at once. That was the hardest part of the puzzle.
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  Eisenheim: I remember being at the game and involved in the post mortem discussion and one could hardly believe that GW missed a 2 move mate, but it was all taken in jest. I dq'd myself on this one as already knowing the answer, but seeing it again brings back memories.
Apr-09-10  Jjoq: funny but endgame was draw


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  chrisowen: <Domdaniel..maybe a three along the orthodoxy axis. Yet in praxis you have a mesmeric vocab and irreal syntax> The damned oil of the castle mainly does dominate it. Kasparov the wizard bazookas Nik out of the water chewing 48.Kg3 over. Or well jag back to tally Rg1? Tarry now enough thoughts of his swing, win opposition of kings then dance the night away.
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  perfidious: <Eisenheim> I was also present for this game but had forgotten about Kasparov's faux pas-the exciting stuff in this event was yet to come in the final against Kramnik.
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