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|Aug-31-05|| ||jahhaj: <greystar> Yes, 28...h5 saves Black. See Reegan Milne's post and my response to it.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||MaxxLange: Easy if you recognize the Anastasia's mate pattern, then see that g7 is a flight square, then see that you can shut it off with exf6, then see that Black can't stop Rh3+ with anything like ...Bxg2+.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||awfulhangover: I got it correctly. Queen sac, then exf6 and king can't hide on g7. Easy for a wednesday puzzle.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||Eric Xanthus: I looked at the excessively fanciful 28.Nxg6+ before I realized that the f6 bishop could jam it all up and had to go. Too bad this doesn't work: 28.Nxg6+ fxg6 29.Rd7 Bxd7 30.Rxd7 and sadly the f6 bishop jumps in at g7 and the party ends.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||latebishop: In regard to Samuel S's analysis, it's a small point because the position is clearly a win for white, but I don't think there is a forced mate. After 29...Bxg2+ 30.Kxg2 Qd5+ if A) 31 Rxd5 Black has 31...Re8 32.Rd3 Rxe7 and the Black king can escape, albeit a rook down with a completely lost position!
if B) 31 Kg1 then 31...Qc5+ 32.Kh1/g2 Qd5+ or 32.Kf1 Qc4 33.Ke1 Qe4+ etc|
|Aug-31-05|| ||SamuelS: Thanks <latebishop>, I somehow missed 31. Rxd5 Rfe8, but still 32. R5d3 Rxe7 33. Rh3+ Kg8 34. fxe7 Re8 35. Rd8 should be checkmate in a few more moves. And, as you said, the 31. Kg1 -idea didn't work out due to the exposed position of the king.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: A nice puzzle for Wednesdays! Only saw it after a minute or so.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||Akavall: I first thought that this would be really easy, Qxh7 and Rh3+, but there was no mate. I took me some time to see exf6! A good puzzle.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||lentil: sadly, there's no forced mate here; just a win of a heap of plastic. after 30. ..Bxg2+ 31. Kxg2 Qd5+, if: |
a) 32. Rxd5 Rfe8, Black chops off the N/e7 before W can get a rook to h3. (B is a R down, though).
b) 32. Kg1 or 32. Kf2, Black has 33... Qc5+ and 34 ...Qxe7;
c) 32. Kf1, B has 33...Qh1+ and 34...Qxh2+
d) 32. Kh3 or 32. Kg3 are just stupid.
|Aug-31-05|| ||SamuelS: <lentil>, to me it is quite forced after 28. Qxh7 Kxh7 29. exf6 Bxg2+ 30. Kxg2 Qd5+ 31. Rxd5 Rfe8 32. R5d3 Rxe7 33. Rh3+ Kg8 34. fxe7 and now any move by Black and 35. Re8 and the e-pawn queens and Black's last piece is swapped off. A lone king against rook and and queen is checkmate to me...|
|Aug-31-05|| ||Koster: Easy since black has no counter threats. Games like this give the French a bad reputation.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||RookFile: Where I come from, we don't make moves like 9... Nb8.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||zb2cr: Saw this after about 3 minutes of thought, a good one. Initially I thought of 28. Qxh7+, because of the Anastasia's mate-like pattern, but rapidly dismissed dismissed it because Black had the flight square on g7. Then I looked at 28. exf6, but saw the defenses mentioned by others. Eventually I hit on the idea of combining the two!|
|Aug-31-05|| ||keypusher: Wonderful combination by Nunn!
There ouught to be a good Willie Sutton joke about this, but I can't think of it.
<The problem ought really to have been set at the move before Nunn put forward the poisoned Bishop - since that is the real combination here.>
Agree with you but then it wouldn't be a Wednesday puzzle!
|Aug-31-05|| ||Nicholson: This would have been more fun if we'd been asked to find white's move at 27.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||YouRang: I reversed things: I tried 28 exf6 in anticipation of Qxh6 followed by Rh3#.|
The trick here (at least for me) was to realize that 28. Qxh6 can be played first, which is more forcing since the rook mate cannot be avoided. (It can be delayed with a couple of checks, but that's it.)
|Aug-31-05|| ||GreenCastle: <latebishop 29...xg2+ 30.xg2 d5+ if A) 31 xd5 lack has 31...e8 32.d3 xe7 and the lack king can escape, albeit a rook down with a completely lost position! if ) 31 g1 then 31...c5+ 32.h1/g2 d5+ or 32.f1 c4 33.e1 e4+ etc> What about C) 31.xd5 g5 32.e7 g4 33.h3 and it's not clear how Black stops h1 followed by hxg4 mate!|
|Aug-31-05|| ||NakoSonorense: hey <jahhaj>, great link. Thanks for providing it!|
|Aug-31-05|| ||patzer2: Today's puzzle solution 28. Qxh7+! and the followup 29. exf6! leave Black with nothing but a helpless waiting move in the face of the coming Rh3#. |
|Aug-31-05|| ||chessic eric: Anytime I see a game played by GM Nunn in these puzzles the first thing I do is look to see if Qxh7 is possible, and if so what it accomplishes. This is the third puzzle in as many months where GM Nunn shatters the enemy king's pawn shield with his queen and obtains a point. Does anyone have a collection of winning queen sacrifices, and if so, how many times does Nunn appear?|
Its amazing how integral Nunn's 17.Kh1 is to the game's overall strategy. Nunn's knight and rook play against the black queen in the center and on the queenside would not have been nearly as successful with the king on g1. The king on g1 is vulnerable to many checks by the black queen, and while these are not too dangerous, 23.Nxd5 is not possible with the king on g1 instead of h1. Not only does 17.Kh1 strengthen white's position, it also forces black to decide how he will continue to develop his game without revealing all of Nunn's plans. While Kasparov has made a career out of such seemingly quiet, middlegame king manuevers, Nunn also deserves credit for showing their remarkable strength in many of his games as well.
|Aug-31-05|| ||cjbarclay: Could I make a suggestion for a slight improvement to an already great site? It would be really useful if there was a FEN code included for the problem of the day. The diagram on the homepage is a bit small for my liking (by necessity, I know), and going to the game page makes it hard not to see the solution first. It would be great if there was something which people could just copy and paste into the game viewer of their choice.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||kevin86: Anasthasia's mate:as beautiful as the name!! White's is on the way-with no way to stop it.|
|Aug-31-05|| ||snowie1: What was that old saw about moving a piece more than..in the opening??? Move 9 found black's K-N at b8, and after moving it 6 times, found a post for it...from whence it was taken, with a move!|
|Aug-31-05|| ||VinnyRoo2002: Can black hold this position on 27...h5?|
|Aug-31-05|| ||I Pawn You: Rather easy for a wed. I enjoyed though, was nice.
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