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Arturo Reggio vs Mikhail Chigorin
Monte Carlo (1901), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 7, Feb-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Main Line (D07)  ·  0-1


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May-12-09  geeker: I found ...R:f4, but it took longer than usual for Tuesday, as there were quite a few candidate moves I examined first, without finding anything forcing. I only arrived at the solution after being unsatisfied with about four other candidates!
May-12-09  dukesterdog2: With the knight in the middle of the action, it was tempting to look for a knight fork, but the d2 and g3 squares were too well protected.

Took me a few minutes to find Rxf4 and realize that either capture by black loses.

May-12-09  krisxch: Hi.It's 74-Rf4!if 75-gf4 75-Qf3 or if -75 Qf4 75-Q-h1xx ok
May-12-09  YetAnotherAmateur: 74 ... Rxf4 pins the queen while uncovering the attack from h5. If 75 Qxf4, Qh1#. If 75 g4, Rxf3+ 76. Kg1 or Kg2 Qxg4+ 77. Kh1 Ng3+ and mate follows in 3. Any other move results in Qxf3+.

Although like dzechiel I was very tempted by Qh3+, it didn't look to me like a clear advantage presented itself.

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  gawain: Can't believe I solved this more quickly than my idol <dzechiel> whose postings are always so illuminating. But I did!

I saw that 74...Qh1 would be mate if not for the white queen at f3. So I looked for a deflection. ...Rxg3 would not work, so it had to be ...Rxf4! and sure enough....

May-12-09  JG27Pyth: Argh!!! Hardest Tuesday ever!

What really annoys me is that I examined Rxf4 early, with that little tingly feeling that accompanies finding the correct move -- but for some reason I was just blind to the mate in one threat if Qxf4, and rejected it. That left LOTS OF TIME to examine the bazillion other promising moves...


Sure are a lotta fork-y discover-y thing-ys there ... ... one of them has to work...

has to...


*three days later*

Okay, well, I guess I'll examine the Qh3+ ...


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  CHESSTTCAMPS: Material is even, but black's pieces have all the active spots and white's pieces are relegated to passive defense. Apparently white has placed the king on f1 to avoid the pressure on the g and h-files and in anticipation of the advance of black's h-pawn. However, this has left an entry point on h1 that black exploits with:

74... Rxf4!

... and white can resign immediately. Curiously, I brought up this position last night after a long day and I couldn't see anything, preoccupied with the attack on g3. This morning, I found the solution instantly.

May-12-09  euripides: Nimzowitsch looked at Chigorin's games. I think he must have enjoyed this one.
May-12-09  doubledrooks: I went with the decoy move 74...Rxf4 with a double attack and pin of the unprotected white queen. If 75. Qxf4 then ...Qh1#, as the white queen no longer protects h1.
May-12-09  Hortensius: Once you spot the mate on Qh1, it's easy to see...
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  SuperPatzer77: After 76...Ng3+ White resigns in lieu of 77. Ke1 Qxe2# or 77. Kg1 Qh1# (I actually meant 7...Nxe2+) so, I overlooked 77...Qh1#

Thanks to <agb2002> for correcting my incorrect analysis when I meant 77. Kg1 Nxe2+. It should be 77...Qh1# - I actually didn't see.


May-12-09  binno: This take me a lot of time too. And like <JG27Pyth> i've considered the key move early not understanding it. After ten minutes of analisis i had reconsidered it. <dzechiel> you are very popular on this site. I also respect you.
May-12-09  corbinamman: Judging from the comments, I solved this one more quickly than most...BUT...I missed the Monday puzzle this week completely. Goes to show that we all have our blind spots!
May-12-09  GreenFacedPatzer: Bother: missed a Tuesday.

I spent a lot of time staring at other promising, forcing combinations that look as if they might work, only to find white's defense hold again and again. (A fork based on Ng3+? Nope. Can I sacrifce to remove the defenders? Yes, but in the end I'm down to no material, and White wins with R vs. nothing. Fork based on Nd2+? Nope: the Rook's got it covered. Can I force the rook to move? Yes... but not in a way which leaves the fork useful.) In the end, I couldn't see anything better than Qh3+... and even that doesn't seem to win much, besides forcing a bit of retreat.

Oh, well, on to Wednesday and the hope for better things.

May-12-09  David2009: What a lovely-looking position White had at move 40 - apart from a bad Bishop, the one cloud in the sky.
May-12-09  SamAtoms1980: 74 ... Rxf4 wins. I spotted this one in 6-8 minutes.
May-12-09  WhiteRook48: how about 75. Qxf4?
May-12-09  MaczynskiPratten: <WhiteRook48: how about 75. Qxf4?> Qh1#!
May-12-09  FrogC: Got this after a fairly long think. What's so attractive about Rxf4 is it combines three tactical themes: it's a pin of queen to king preventing Qxh5, a discovered attack on the queen in the event of gxf4 and a decoy of the queen in the event of Qxf4. Not bad for one move.
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  DarthStapler: Got it
May-12-09  Some call me Tim: The mind is a funny thing...this one took me about a minute and a half because I tried the pin and uncovering of the Q second after trying ...Qh3+ and finding nothing forcing after Kg1. Yet Rxf4 seems a longshot even to consider. Pin to win!
May-13-09  Kasputin: Didn't get to get to this until the next day.

I did see 74 ... Rxf4+ (see that it wins the queen or leads to mate) but it took awhile longer than usual.

I kept getting distracted by the knight and possible forks so it was a little while before I even considered it.

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  kevin86: I missed this one: The real key is that 75 ♕xf4 is met by the quaint (and lethal) shot of 75...♖h1#. Now,black will gain white's queen.
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  patzer2: Black's 74...Rxf4! combines the pin and deflection tactics to win decisive material.
Nov-18-15  YvccChamp: Great finish by Steintz's antipode! These two great players trumpeted in the new ideas that would speed up chess development!
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