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Jiri Lechtynsky vs Ludek Pachman
CSR-ch (1968), Luhacovice CSR, rd 14, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0


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Dec-22-04  northbridge: <All right, smart guy, solve this one: White: Kc2, Qc4, Ra2, Rh1, Bc3, Bf1, a3, b4, c5, e2, g2 Black: Kg8, Qe3, Rd8, Re6, Nc6, Ne4, a7, b7, f7, g7 h7. Black to play and win.> Rd2+ Bxd2 Qxd2+ Kb1 Nc3+ Qxc3 Qxc3 and white is up in material ...
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  patzer2: In visualizing today's puzzle solution 19. Qh7+!, I thought discovered check is OK but double discovered check is really powerful, especially when it leads to a quick smothered mate.
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  patzer2: The winning combination actually begins earlier with Lechtynsky's strong "demolition of pawn structure" move 15. ♗xh6!

Pachman could have defended better with 15...♘e5!?. However, it appears he still would have been lost after 15...♘e5!? 16. ♗g5 ♕c7 [16...Qe8?? Nd6! ] 17. ♕h5! d6 [17...Rf7 18. fxe6 dxe6 19. Nd6! Nxd3 20. cxd3 Rxf1+ 21. Rxf1 Qxd6 22. Qe8+ Kh7 23. Rf8 ] 18. f6 g6 19. ♕h3! ♕h7 20. ♕xh7+ ♔xh7 21. ♘xd6 ♘g4 22. ♘e4 ♗e3 23. ♗xe3 ♘gxe3 24. ♖f3 ♘g4 25. ♖af1 ♘e5 26. ♖g3 ♘xd3 27. ♖xd3 .

Dec-22-04  Rama: In my entire tournament career I won just two games with double-dis-check. It is such a thrill to play, those games will live forever in my memory!
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  kevin86: Too simple-and I punted it. My move was 20 ♘g5 ♖xg6 21 ♘f7+ regaining the queen but of course fall short of the brilliant mate.
Dec-22-04  notyetagm: Very nice: 19 ♕h7+! ♔xh7 20 ♘g5++ ♔h8 21 ♘f7#. The queen sacrifice 19 ♕h7+! <decoys> the Black king onto the h7 square and into the firing line of the White ♗d3, where he definitely does not want to be. This combination is a simple example of the theme <examine all lines involving double check>.

It's just like Chernev said: <loose pieces and loose squares are the basis of combinations>. The Black ♔ is forced onto h7 because <the h7 square is loose>, attacked by the White ♕ and defended only by his majesty.

Dec-22-04  Castle In The Sky: I also fell short of the mate. I worked out 1.Ng5 Rxg6 2.Nf7+ Kh7 3.Nxd8 Nxd8 4.f7 Nxf7 5.Rxf7+ Kg8 6.Bxg6 and white is up a rook, of course nothing beats the mate or the simplicity of the solution, a beautiful double dicovered check.
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  Sneaky: Very very pretty!!
Dec-22-04  Madman99X: I love it. I thought up the same line as Castle. This is why the GM's play these games and I don't.
Dec-22-04  Rank Amateur: I like your combination <Castle In The Sky>. As you say, mate is better, but it's a nice use of the forces available. On the other hand, I think 2 ... Kg8 foils it.
Dec-22-04  Shubes82: Question. I am not a USCF rated player, though I play often and only started several months ago. IF i can solve a puzzle like this fairly easily, what would be a fair estimation of a rating?
Dec-22-04  JohnBoy: As I recall, Pachman was a candidate level player in the late 50s/ealy 60s. He was very pro-west and jailed in the wake of the Czech uprising. He never really played the same thereafter. Anyone have further information, or can correct my impressions from 30 years ago?
Dec-22-04  almeister: The combination by <Castle In The Sky> is invalid due to the double check. Play would proceed: 19... Kxh7 20.Ng5++ Kh8 21.Nf7#
Dec-22-04  chessowl: Nice, very nice, I missed it!
Dec-22-04  GreenDayGuy: <Shubes82> You can not predict a chess rating based on one puzzle, but if you have started playing a few months ago, I'd say that you would be at least an 800 player.
Dec-22-04  aragorn69: Very original: queen sacrifice, discovered check and smothered mate, all in a three move combination!! I didn't know that one, and it's worth remembering.
Dec-23-04  iron maiden: Technically it's not really a smothered mate, since the black king isn't completely surrounded by pieces.
Dec-23-04  Shams: <KKW, northbridge> I looked at your line, north, but how do you meet 2...Kb3 instead of ...Kb1


Dec-23-04  who: interesting puzzles <KKW> how about this one (also very famous so don't spoil it if you already know.)

white Kb6, c7
black Kh1 Rd6
white to play and win. (black is attempting to draw.)

Nov-25-06  beatles fan: nice puzzle. was this a sunday?
Nov-25-07  D4n: You have to love checkmates that use a pawn as the main part...
Nov-18-10  sevenseaman: A titillating miniature!
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  perfidious: <JohnBoy> I, too, was active then, and this about sums it up.

By the time Pachman was free to go to the West, he was past fifty and his best chess was behind him, though it wasn't all bad: there was a neat game he won from Larsen in 1977 in this DB that's well worth a look.

Nov-18-10  sevenseaman: I do not know if have the last word, but the most exciting feature of chess is the discovered attack. More exciting if it is double when piece insertion is not enough.
Nov-25-16  Sularus: <sevenseaman> I would go with under promotion and winning. :)
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