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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs John van der Wiel
Amsterdam OHRA (1986), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Jul-29
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  1-0


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Dec-13-13  Yogi Darwin: Got all moves up to the resignation. Surprised by it because the threat of c4 was beyond my feeble brain's capabilities.
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a rook.

White can incorporate the bishop into the attack against the black king with 34.Rxh6+ Qxh6 (34... Kg8 35.Rg6) 35.Qxf7 Qxh4 (35... Nf8 36.Ng6+; 35... Ng8 36.c4 followed by Bc3) 36.c4 d5 37.cxd5 Rxd5 38.Qxd5 + - [B].

Dec-13-13  MarkFinan: Either im getting better or these are getting easier. Rxh6+ QxR QxR and it's all over. The fat lady is clearing her throat anyways 😄
Dec-13-13  morfishine: I looked at 3 candidates: 34.Rxh6+, 34.Rg6 & 34.Qe4, figured they all won, then went back to bed

Seriously, I missed 36.c4 in the 34.Rxh6+ line. Ironically, I liked 34.Qe4 since this clears the c4 square enabling c4 at some point, a theme I didn't incorporate into the 34.Rh6+ line


Dec-13-13  tallinn: I am in the group of those that thought after Qxh4 White has nothing gained... Oh well. I would have won that game without knowing why :) "Woot? He resigned? Lucky me."
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  Penguincw: Really? That simple? I was thinking of Ng6+ and all.
Dec-13-13  Willber G: <Stormbringer: ...(completely missed c4, thought the continuation after QxN might have been BxP and then Bh6 to try to force something, but I couldn't really make that work)...>

Indeed, because after BxP black has Qe1#

Dec-13-13  gars: <The17thPawn>, thank you very much! I saw moves 34 and 35 but I did not see 36) c4 and when other kibitzers pointed it as the crux of the combination I did not understand anything until I read your remark. Thanks a lot!
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  Once: I think this is one of those puzzles where the dreamers find the solution more easily than the calculators.

When the puzzle loaded, the first thing that attracted my eye was the combination of the black queen on g7 and the king on h8. And that got me dreaming ... wouldn't it be great to plonk a bishop on c3?

Okay, okay, so there's a white pawn there. And the white queen has parked her wide posterior on c4. But that's what dreaming is for, isn't it? Making the impossible possible.

So you look for a way to move the queen away with tempo. And that's when you spot 34. Rxh6+ Qxh6 35. Qxf7. That gives black the headache of defending against Ng6+, which means that you have got time for c4 followed by Bc3. Okay, so it didn't pin and win the black queen as we had originally dreamt, but a checkmate (or heavy material loss) is fair compensation.

Chalk one up for the dreamers today!

Dec-13-13  Captain Hindsight: Must be to easy for a Friday, coz I solved it in the blink of an eye. Or am I being simplistic?
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  kevin86: I saw this seemed to be too easy for
Dec-13-13  awfulhangover: I think most saw this within seconds, but honestly: If you did not see 36.c4, you did not solve it. I did not.
Dec-13-13  MRIDIOT: this game is like 20 twenty cricket match it !!!
Dec-13-13  anandrulez: <awfulhangover: I think most saw this within seconds, but honestly: If you did not see 36.c4, you did not solve it. I did not.> Sad but I didnt , I dropped this idea because after QxN didnt see anything . I was thinking the idea of Rg6 and Qe6 taking spacial advantage might work . But reall c4 idea should be seen if u are a chess player - if u dont have that dynamic positional sense its not making any progress in Chess.
Dec-13-13  BOSTER: 3r3k/p1r3q1/1p1pR2b/2p5/P1Q2p1N/2P5/
1P1B2PP/6K1 In this pos. 33...rf7 was blunder .Better e5.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Another line for the record is after 35...Qg7.

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This prevents 36 c4.

White can exchange queens and win material or try something different like 36 Ng6+ 36 Qh5+ or 36 Qe6.

Dec-13-13  M.Hassan: "Medium"
White to play 34.?
Equal, White has a Knight for a Bishop

34.Rxh6+ Qxh6
<if...Qxh4 36.c4 threatening mate...Rg8 37.Bc3+ Rg7 38.Qxg7#>

36.Ng6+ Qxg6
No mate yet, but Black has to continue without Queen.

Dec-13-13  BOSTER: <M.Hassan. Equal>. Really?
Dec-13-13  MNM77: I got the next couple of moves but honestly didn't see C4!

Why doesn't black capture the pawn on e4 in move 4? Can some one help me get this? Thanks.

Dec-13-13  hms123: <MNM77> If <4...Nxe4> then <5. Qa4+> picking up the knight on <e4>

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Dec-13-13  Cheapo by the Dozen: 35 ... Qg7 just leaves White with a winning material advantage, especially since he snatches the f pawn after exchanging queens.
Dec-13-13  MiCrooks: Hassan...after Ng6+ Qxg6??? and not just Kh7?
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  thegoodanarchist: If 35...Qxh4, then the surprisingly lethal quiet move 36.c4! wins a piece:

35...Qxh4 36.c4! d5 37.cxd5 Rxd5 38.Qxd5

Dec-13-13  Eduardo Leon: Today's puzzle was easier than usual for a Friday. :-)

<34.♖xh6+ ♕xh6>

Anything else outright loses: 34...♔g8 35.♖g6, 34...♕h7 35.♕xf7 and 36.♘g6+.

<35.♕xf7 ♕xh4>

36.♘g6+ has to be stopped somehow, and 35...♕g7 enters a won endgame for white.


The key move. The deadly threat 37.♗c3+ forces black to make huge material concessions.

<36...d5 37.cxd5 ♖xd5 38.♕xd5>

Dec-16-13  The17thPawn: <gars> - My pleasure. I was just happy to have solved a late week puzzle for a change:)
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