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Stuart C Conquest vs Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez
Capablanca A Cienfuegos City CUB (1996), 07
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  1-0
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Nov-16-06
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  dzechiel: Found it pretty quickly. Part of the reason is that white's choices are so limited.
Nov-16-06
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  al wazir: I tried and tried to find a way to play 47. Nxd4+, but the rules of chess just don't allow it. Since 47. Qg8+ doesn't work, that left only the ♕ sac, 47. Qxc7, followed by 48. Nxd4+ and the obvious fork.
Nov-16-06  think: I got this one pretty easily also, up through Nxd4. It is certainly a nice combination.

Originally I was looking for a way to discovered attack the queen with the knight, but as that was impossible, I had to look elsewhere. The knight needs to move, and the queen is blocking it, so get black to move his queen!

Nov-16-06  blz777: 47)Qxc7 Qxc7 and 48) Nxd4+ and also saw the weak e6 square.. i'm kind of proud with myself being a beginner :) The trick with the rook is a good one bringing white's King back to f8 :) nice puzzle again!
Nov-16-06  Marco65: OTB I would have still tried 60...b4 before resigning. If 61.axb4?? [61.a4 ] axb4 62.Bb1 Kg7 = White can't win any more with a rook pawn and the bishop of the "wrong" color.

That's the evidence I don't play in the same league of such players, such a trap would never work with them!

Nov-16-06  eblunt: Got it to 51 Nxc7 as well, some I'm quite pleased with myself. Not sure if I'd have seen it OTB though ....
Nov-16-06  sharpnova: was easy.
Nov-16-06  vibes43: Nothing short of brillient. Who would make such a sac without seeing it through. One way or another the Knight or rook would have the black queen and there were a lot of bases covered and discovered. I missed it.
Nov-16-06  Chris1Clark: No good today at all. Wanted to play 47. Qxg6 Qxg6 48. Nf5+ with queen falling but couldn't get it to work. Must break the habit of hanging on to an idea and terriering it even if it is clear it won't work. Cool sequence though. Well chosen guys.
Nov-16-06  Microbe: I didn't get it. I also tried Qxg6 and couldn't get it working. Ah well... That doesn't bode too well for my game tonight...
Nov-16-06  zb2cr: Found it after about 90 seconds of thought.

The comical aspect of the whole thing was that when I first glanced at the puzzle, I thought: "This is way too easy for Thursday, just play 47. Nxd4+, Nxf1; 48. Qg8+, Ke7; 49. Nxc6."

Then I saw the Knight was pinned!

Nov-16-06
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  YouRang: I found this fairly easy. At first glance, I want to move my knight, with devastating effect because of the discovered check -- until I noticed that I can't because it's pinned by the black queen. :-(

So, my next thought is to deflect the queen with a queen-for-rook sac: 47. Qxc7 Qxc7, which unpins my knight. Now, I just need to prove that I can still move the knight with devastating enough of an effect to make the sac worthwhile.

Well, after 48. Nxd4+, I've now picked up a bishop and put the black king in a bind:

- He can't take my rook (48...Nxf1), for then the knight wins the queen back with a fork (49. Ne6+ and 50. Nxc7 ). And I still have a knight fork if he moves the king to g7.

- He can't play 48...Ke7 since it loses the queen to the skewer 49. Rf7+.

So the only problem was to answer 48...Ke8, and it wasn't a hard problem: 49. Rf8! forces the black king to decide how to lose his queen (capture rook = knight fork, and move to 7th rank = rook skewer). :-)

Nov-16-06  jonnydenis: note that 47.Ne5 only gains white the advantage of 2 checks after 47.Kg8 then 48.Qf7+
Nov-16-06  nfazli: <jonnydenis> 47.Ne5 not a legal move.
Nov-16-06
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  ahmadov: I failed to find this :( Maybe I could if I spared enough time.
Nov-16-06
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  playground player: Crikey--O for the week! Best I could find here was a draw for White. Draw the tough ones, win the easy ones, and watch your percentage pile up over time? Is that what Mr. Kramnik does?
Nov-16-06  Tenderfoot: Awesome. I like how I picked 47.Ne5 as well, even though it's pinned. I'm a chess superstar!!
Nov-16-06  TrueBlue: what's wrong with Qg8 here? I thought it allowed bd5 later on, unpinning the king and allowing a rook and queen attack.
Nov-16-06
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  YouRang: <TrueBlue: what's wrong with Qg8 here?> I'm not sure it does better than drawing; or do you see a winning line?
Nov-16-06
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  outplayer: <YouRang> I thought almost that the same way.
Nov-16-06  BipolarChessorder: 1. Pretty bizarre opening.
2. Interesting finish. If it weren't for white's a-pawn, he has the 'wrong' bishop and the game's a draw if the black king heads for h8. However, after black plays ....b4, white is not obliged to exchange pawns and plays a4! instead, then wins the g-pawn and then picks off the a- and b-pawns before marching his a-pawn to coronation.
Nov-16-06  LPeristy: I thought it was rather easy for a thursday puzzle.
Nov-17-06
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  kevin86: The combination of sacs and forks make this game one of the very best.Imagine:a discovery check followed by a sac and a knight fork on the royal family! Then see it!
Mar-01-11  Grilo:


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A first glance at this position and I think "Bloody Mary! The white rook aiming for the black king, just waiting for the sargeant to yell 'Open fire!'. Too bad little Napoleon here is pinned..." and that was it.

As I immediatly clicked through the next move, Stuart Conquest took my thoughts away and congratulated me in my dreams for finding the right concept, even though I was effortless regarding the continuation.

Stuart was in for the win all the way from move 3.f4, instead of the beaten up 3.e4. My congratulations on the awesome win, in an absolute "conquest" of the entire board and specially for the grand finale.

Jan-25-14  wordfunph: behind the scene story as related by GM Stuart Conquest in British Chess Magazine 1996 September..

<Not exactly brimming with confidence, I asked my tournament mentor Tony Miles (who had beaten me the day before) how best to maximise my chances in the forthcoming struggle.

"Play like you usually do", was Tony's helpful reply.

"But he's better than me," I persisted.

"Then play like Karpov", said Tony.

"I can't", I said.

And that was that: my preparation was complete...>

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