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Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin vs Rudy C Douven
GMA Baleares op (1989), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 6, Dec-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B19)  ·  1-0


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Apr-01-06  ganstaman: <dzechiel> Ah, I get it now. Very easy once you actually think about it instead of staring and saying that it's impossible. Much fun.
Apr-01-06  zev22407: This one realy fooled me!
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  xenophon: very good
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  dzechiel: For those of you working on the retrograde puzzle above, note that at first glance both a3 and c3 appear to be likely squares that the white king can be on, but the position allows you to demonstrate the ONE square the king must be on.
Apr-01-06  rogl: Probably white was in time trouble and decided to simplify to an endgame he knew was winning.
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  al wazir: <dzechiel>:

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1...Bd5+ 2. c4 bxc3+ 3. Kxc3+.

Apr-01-06  monad: <Fezzik: WHINE!

This was completely unfair>

Hear! Hear!
All the more reason to finally include the previous move in the puzzles.

Apr-01-06  WarmasterKron: Excellent stuff. I didn't get anywhere near, but the puzzle had a certain wit to it.

Perhaps the coming week should be retrograde analysis week?

Apr-01-06  Mendrys: We are.
Apr-01-06  pwrstick: Love it. Jokes aside that was a very interesting game.
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  acirce: <> Brilliant.
Apr-01-06  LoFarkas: Rubbish. First time I think <> is managed by idiots.
Apr-01-06  ckr: I spent over a half hour on this, then confident I got it right (I had tried every move on the board) discovered that there was one that I missed.

I first loked at the move 32.hxg6 and went Huh? You've have got to be kidding. Qualifies for the 'Shock & Awe' award.

Apr-01-06  dakgootje: brilliant! Ive never ever looked so close to a position without even coming close or considering the right move! =)

Well i expect my hope for 5\7 after i missed yesterdays puzzle will be for nothing as i have to solve tomorrows puzzle then, and usually i miss the sundays.

Apr-01-06  awfulhangover: Stupid me :-)Didn't understand it was e.p. I thought Qxh6,followed by Qxf4, and three 'free' pawns. Hmmm.., would it work?
Apr-01-06  Alex S.: Haha! Ironic, only last week I wondered what would happen if en passant was used.

Sneaky buggers.

Apr-01-06  babakova: I looked at so many different lines but not a single one looked promising so finally I gave up.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Knowing that it was April fools day actually made this one easier for me to figure out. This may be the first time ever that I've solved a Saturday puzzle. *Pats self on back*
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  OBIT: Ha, ha, I outsmarted the webmaster... I always try to solve the harder puzzles by pulling up the game and going back a few moves, to see what led up to the position - having a feel for the flow of the game sometimes helps. In this case, it revealed the sneaky point behind this April Fool's installment.
Apr-01-06  ReikiMaster: Totally fooled us! No use complaining - although I haven't even answered my phone all day in order to avoid this fate. All we can do now is just eat our herring or pay some other local traditional penalty and return tomorrow.
Apr-01-06  hidude: I found it!! The first saturday puzzle I solved
Apr-01-06  chaarl: Funny one!
The complainers have evidently overlooked the date.
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  dzechiel: <al wazir> That it of course.

The typical reasoning on that problem goes: The white king may not be on c2 (next to the enemy king) or b3 where he would be in an impossible double check, therefor black is in check from the white bishop and white must have moved last. Since white moved last, it must have been a king move, as the bishop could only have come from b3 or c2, which means the black king would have been in check on white's move. White's last move must have given the discovered check by the bishop, so the white king must have moved from b3 to either a3 or c3. But if the white king moved to a3, even with a capture, then on black's previous move white must have been in check. However, if the white king moves to c3 with a capture, then it could have taken a pawn that just captured en passant from b4 to c3 which would allow the double check on b3. Therefor the white king must be on c3.

I have proposed that problem to many people over the years and it is rare for someone to find the solution so quickly. Congratulations!

Apr-01-06  drnooo: Once I looked at the hanging rook, it all clicked, was almost sure it was connecting the pawns en passant. However after the big move, seems Kudrin did not make the strongest moves, so many lines after that, but who knows, though a lot of the stuff that he did was first glance for me too, so maybe it did have to get whittled down to a bishop and knight endgame. Not too long ago I mentioned really tough retrograde puzzles here, a little section of its own. Still could be done, a la the wonderful ones of Smulyan. No doubt doing those gave me a readiness for seeing this almost at a glance: the key being the hanging rook after the queen moves. But Smulyan's the Chess Puzzles of Sherlock Holmes are very very very tough to solve. Also extremely unreal, but what the hell, even chess is arbitrary.
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  OBIT: <dzechiel>: I also saw the claim once that a game was once played with 4 out of 6 possible en passant captures. I'm pretty sure it is a bogus claim. The game alleged to have all the e.p. captures is Paulsen-Anderssen, Baden-Baden 1870. You can find five games in this database played between Paulsen and Anderssen in 1870, and only one has a single (not 4) en passant capture. (This one: Paulsen vs Anderssen, 1870).

By the way, this is not the only hoax in the article with this claim. Apparently, Chernev is the guy behind this mischief. You can see the article at and have a little fun trying to separate the facts from the B.S - it fits right in with today's April Fools theme. :)

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