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|Oct-14-08|| ||stevharr: That's a great combination|
|May-30-11|| ||Whitehat1963: Monday puzzle after 17...Qxb3.|
|Jun-13-11|| ||rhickma4: No Q to sacrifice, so
18.Ng6+ followed by 19.Rh3++ will have to do.
|Jun-13-11|| ||azax: The classic "Sack a piece to clear the h-file" mate.|
18. Nxg6+ hxg6 19. Rh3#
|Jun-13-11|| ||Nullifidian: I assume that xb3 was a fateful mistake. No doubt Black assumed there was to be a straightforward exchange. That's the kind of tunnel vision that leads to endings like this one.|
18. g6+ hxg6 19. h3#
|Jun-13-11|| ||VincentL: "Very Easy".
Instinct had me trying Nf7+ here, but of course the solution is 18. Ng6+ hxg6 19. Rh3 mate.
|Jun-13-11|| ||VincentL: Anyone ever heard of either of these players?|
|Jun-13-11|| ||dzechiel: White to move (18?). White is down a queen and a pawn. "Very Easy."|
Black must have been expecting white to recapture on b3, but instead was surprised with
18 Ng6+ hxg6 19 Rh3#
A cute checkmate.
Back from vacation. Some interesting stories (the 64 minute race to visit Pisa's Leaning Tower is perhaps the best).
|Jun-13-11|| ||M.Hassan: "Very Easy" White to play 18.?
White is a Queen behind.
It seems that Black intended to exchange Queens because White can capture the Black Queen and equalize. But there is a much better way to continue the game:
|Jun-13-11|| ||Don Quijote: http://tinyurl.com/44xdv82 is crushing|
|Jun-13-11|| ||chesssantosh: hey <dzechiel> welcome back.hope u had a good time in vacation.we missed your posts.|
|Jun-13-11|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <azax: The classic "Sack a piece to clear the h-file" mate.>|
... sometimes called the "Taimanov Knight sacrifice" after <38. ... Ng3+> in this game: Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977.
|Jun-13-11|| ||sevenseaman: Chess is a wonderful game! It can bring out the best in thinking men, it can also make an ass out of some.|
The latter is what it did to me today; yes today, a Monday.
As I opened the puzzle home page I was already heady with the 'Q-sac-Monday' ease.
I was humming 'easy does it' under my breath when I noticed there was no Q to sac.
'No problem, its perhaps a day when you take the enemy Q instead.' That I could take it without having to move my little finger did not register in my complacent, humming-a-tune mood.
I decided to take the enemy Q with some style!
21. Nf7+ Kg8 22. Nh6+ Kh8 23. Bxb3 blah blah blah.
You can imagine my consternation as I clicked the link to the game.
What an obvious solution! I felt like a donkey whose arse too must of been red at that embarrassing moment.
Not for me to justify my predicament, but just a small anecdote comes to mind.
An elderly man riding a bike in slushy conditions slipped and fell. A group of urchins, barely controlling their guffaws of amusement, rushed to his help.
'Sir you just fell'.
"Fell? Oh com'n kids, cant a man these days have his own style of dismounting"?
|Jun-13-11|| ||SamAtoms1980: 18.Ng6+ hxg6 19.Rh3#.
In Bob Dylan's words, "It's King for Queen"
|Jun-13-11|| ||lost in space: 18. Ng6+ hxg6 (forced) 19. Rh3#
I love Mondays
|Jun-13-11|| ||stacase: 15Rf3 set the mate up, Black apparently never saw it coming. Very nice Monday puzzle.|
|Jun-13-11|| ||sfm: 13.-,c6 looks like a mistake to me. Blocks the best knight square, and White's queen is even happier on b3. 13.-,Nc6 looks much more attractive, White hardly has time to grab material on c6 or f7.|
15.Rf3. The little trick with Ng6+ starts to surface, but still Black's bishop covers h3. Black gives a helping hand with one more pawn move:
The Ng6+ thing is ready now. Good defenses are not easy to spot. 16.-,g6 does not look great, but what else?
Losing the queen, or the king! The rest is history.
Well, that was my thoughts. Who's got a silicon monster?
|Jun-13-11|| ||scormus: neat dual role for the Be6|
|Jun-13-11|| ||turbo231: Finally, a very easy puzzle.|
|Jun-13-11|| ||IRONCASTLEVINAY: Got it in less than 1 second|
|Jun-13-11|| ||hirthman: 16 ... Rxf4 looks possible for black. Then if 17 Bxc8 Rxf3 18 gxf3 Qh4+ gives black some chances|
|Jun-13-11|| ||Once: Young boy: "Huh? How am I ever gonna win this stooopid game?"|
Dad: "Well, just take a look at the powerful pieces in your army."
Boy: "They're just chunks of wood."
Dad: "No, they're not. They're mighty heroes. You've got a queen - the most powerful piece on the board. She can zoom up files and diagonals. If the board was a gazillion squares wide, she could still travel from one end to the other in a single move. Think Xena the warrior princess. Amazonian lady in a leather miniskirt. But don't tell Mom I said so."
Boy: "Yeah, she's kinda neat. I guess. But the other army has got a queen too."
Dad: "Then there's the knight. Like a mounted Aragorn leaping over enemy orcs in one last stand at the battle for Helm's Deep."
Boy: "The other army has got knights too. It's like, boresville drawsville USA. He's got everything I've got. Couldn't I get something really cool, like a Mega Knight of Doom +4? Now that would be awesome!"
Dad: "Do you know that chess pieces can get superpowers?"
Boy: "You mean they go all green and muscly and all their clothes fall off except their shorts?"
Dad: "Something like that. You see, if you can get a knight past the middle of the board, he changes from mild mannered Peter Parker into a web-slinging crime fighter with sticky fingers."
Boy: "Don't believe you."
Dad: "It's true. And if a bishop can control a diagonal near the enemy king, he takes on laser-beam eyes. 100% lethal. And a rook turns into the man of steel if he can get safely to the third rank in front of his own pawns. Then he can swing from one side of the board to another."
Boy: You're just making this up! And how does the queen get to be a superhero?"
Dad: "Ah, that's a really neat trick. She gets her amazing powers when you sacrifice her, put her back in the box. Especially on a Monday. On chessgames.com."
|Jun-13-11|| ||agb2002: From a King's Gambit, I think.
White is a whole queen down.
Black threatens 18... Qxe6.
White can deliver a corridor mate with 18.Ng6+ hxg6 19.Rh3#.
|Jun-13-11|| ||Beancounter: Wronicz must have fallen off his seat.|
|Jun-13-11|| ||morfishine: <sevenseaman> Your honesty offers us a lesson that far exceeds in value that which this puzzle offers.|
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