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Julian Michael Hodgson vs Lev Psakhis
Metz-op (1994)
English Opening: King's English Variation. Kramnik-Shirov Counter (A21)  ·  1-0
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Nov-07-06  greensfield: Great puzzle for a Tuesday. Queen sac followed by Queen trap to maintain advantage and come down to winning end game. 29. Qxc8! <sac> Bxc8 30. Bb3!<trap pinning the Queen>, and with the continuation 30...Bd7 31. Bxf7 Kxf7 <two Rooks v. Bishop & Knight>.
Nov-07-06  eblunt: A quick way to simplify Whites advantage for a very easy winning endgame is the immediate Bb3.
Nov-07-06  Operation Mindcrime: Good puzzle - simple, but not too simple.

♕xc8+! is a great move that exploits the vulnerability of the black king to a check on the back rank, and virtually forces ♗xc8. Then the second tactical feature of the position - the diagonal alignment of the Black ♕ and ♔ - comes into play with ♗b3, which wins at once - White is two exchanges up with the better position.

Nov-07-06  uuft: Why does black play 25. Qe7 anyway? White's puzzle was like stealing candy from a baby, following that move. Thoughts?
Nov-07-06  Ashram64: i saw the overloaded bishop...but i actually picked Qxf5.. forgetting that black has Qxf5 as a reply...

I should scruntize further before I made my final decision..maybe that's why I am not as strong as I should be.

Nov-07-06  AbhinavAsthana: Got it easily...
Nov-07-06  zb2cr: Saw the key move, and the followup, but only after some 45-60 seconds of head-scratching, since I had been looking for a forced mate.
Nov-07-06  dakgootje: Choose Bxf5... Wins too of course, but not as good as the game-move
Nov-07-06  Castle In The Sky: This puzzle continues the theme from yesterday of "decoy" and "deflection." Here White's bishop deflects Black's bishop from protecting his queen allowing for a nice pin and significant material gain.
Nov-07-06  YouRang: I found it, but it took me a while.

You know the old saying: <When you see a good move, look for a better one>? I did the reverse. I looked for a better one (mate, win queen, etc.), and failing that, I lowered my expectations and found that I could win the exchange.

Of course, it's better than that, because it wins the exchange AND greatly simplfies the position by taking the queens off.

Nov-07-06  Marco65: <uuft> Guess you mean 25...Qf7. Black has to free himself very quickly, and he can't move the Bc8 without protecting b7 first, therefore it seems a logical move.

Psakhis is not a patzer, but Hodgson didn't let him take a breath.

An interesting line is 28.Rxe6 Nd4 29.Bb3 Nxb5 (29...Nxe6? 30.Re1 Re8 31.Qxe8+! Qxe8 32.Rxe6 ) 30.Re7 Qxb3 31.axb3 that also results in a simplification favouring White

Nov-07-06  Marco65: I don't know how could Psakhis handle the opening so poorly. At move 10 he was already behind in development and had problem in developing because of White's threats against the exposed queen. Maybe he thought that wasn't enough compensation for the material deficit.

17...Nd5 starts the real trouble, because now the rook is tied to the defence of the knight and after White protects his Ng5 the exchange is lost. 19.Qxc5 is a very clever move winning back a pawn while tying again the rook to the defence of the knight. Who could resist from playing 19.Be4?! immediately? Not me

Nov-07-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  dzechiel: A straight forward win of the exchange. This puzzle was a refreshing change from the typical queen sac-check-check-mate that we have grown used to.

I enjoyed this puzzle, although it still only took about 20 seconds to find the solution.

Nov-07-06  thesonicvision: chessgames made a mistake.

the puzzle should start at
28.?

the real question is, can
white take the pawn even after
seeing the threat of Rc7, which
apparently skewers the bishop.
in OTB play, one might see
Qe5 as a valid continuation after
28.Qxc5 Rc8

the point is, white must start
calculating at move 28.

Nov-07-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: I missed this one. My problem was trying to set up a pin that was already set up. My try was 29 ♗xf5 which could be met by ♕xf5 which holds everything. The pin move in the game is of course ♗b3-which is executed when black vacates the diagonal when capturing the queen at c8.
Nov-07-06  YouRang: <thesonicvision: chessgames made a mistake. the puzzle should start at
28.? >

You can't start the puzzle at move 28 because after 28. Qxc5, Black could have played a number of moves other than 28...Rc8. Like 28...b6 perhaps.

Nov-07-06  Jorynnc: Isn't 29.BxN also a winner?
Nov-07-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: 29. Bxf5 (knight)will get you there, too: via ...Rxc5, 30. Bxe6, pinning and winning Black Queen, and White winds up with an easy game with two Rooks against one.
Nov-07-06  JakOTheShadows: <Jorynnc> avent luked at it properly but i tink Qx f5 keeps black from falling further behind but its still winning for white got this one straight away 2 from 2
Nov-07-06  vibes43: < playground player: 29. Bxf5 (knight)will get you there, too: via ...Rxc5, 30. Bxe6, pinning> 29. Bxf5 Bxf5 makes for even exchange.
Nov-07-06  thesonicvision: <You can't start the puzzle at move 28 because after 28. Qxc5, Black could have played a number of moves other than 28...Rc8. Like 28...b6 perhaps.>

you're missing my point here.
the puzzle should be 28.?

if after Qxc5, black plays something
other than Rc8, then white simply
wins a pawn!!!

so it does make a good puzzle.
you must calculate very reply
for black, eventually seeing
that Rc8 is black's best chance.
after further calculation, the solver
finds the tactic that refutes Rc8.
in OTB play, that's what goes through
someone's mind. "Can I take the
pawn?"

Nov-07-06  nateinstein: Put me in the Bxf5 group. Eleviates the skewer and keeps the advantage. Of course Qxc8+ is stronger.
Nov-07-06  einuj: 26.. c5 wAs a bad move.. Kh8 might have saved the game for black
Nov-07-06  Holmstrom: The king and queen standing like that. The white squared bishop on the board. He was begging to get pinned.
Nov-08-06  DeepThought: Chessgames made a mistake! :-)

This is clearly a Wednesday puzzle!

On Tuesdays, White's Queen doesn't hang! (missed Rxc5)

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