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|Oct-04-07|| ||stanleys: Stephenson misses an easy win: 33.Ra2-a7!|
|Oct-04-07|| ||Shams: indeed he does. the juju of Penrose.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||waustad: OK, my move was the right one. Early in the week one looks for a quick mate, but this is a win.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||dfcx: I am the first today!
33. Ra7 and wins the exchange.
If 33...Qxa7, 34 Rxc8+ wins the queen.
If 33...Rxc5, 34 Rxb7 trade rook for queen.
|Apr-17-12|| ||Phony Benoni: First thing that comes to mind, especially after yesterday, is a back rank combination with White's bishop somehow getting to h6. So, this being a puzzle, we play 33.Qb5 Qxb5 34.Rxc8+ and...hold on. Black has a sufficient interposition on d8, and the bishop can't do it's job, and this is going nowhere.|
What other forcing moves are there to try to set up something on the back rank? 33.Ra7 isn't quite as spectacular, but Black has to take or lose the d7. After 33...Qxa7 34.Rxc8+ ... naw, still no back rank mate.
Hold on. 35.Bxa7 is almost as good.
So it's a simple overload/discovered attack. Found the right move for the wrong reason.
|Apr-17-12|| ||lost in space: got it
33...Qxa7 34. Rxc8+ Kg7 35. Bxa7 Rxa7 with material plus for white
33...Rxc5 34. Rxb7 Rxb7 35. Bxc5 with material plus for white
|Apr-17-12|| ||dzechiel: White to move (33?). Material even. Easy.
Found this one quickly.
Black can't protect everything. That's it.
|Apr-17-12|| ||stacase: Took me a while to see it. A discovered attack on an empty square requires a little more thought than what's usually required for an average Tuesday. In my opinion (-:|
|Apr-17-12|| ||sevenseaman: Equal.
First thoughts: Ra7 seems to net the Black Q for the R, viz
33.Ra7 Qxa7 34. Rxc8+~ 35. Bxa7
33. Rc2? Stephenson made a faux pas. 2165 elo, could have been a GM?
|Apr-17-12|| ||FSR: 33.Ra7! wins at least a queen for rook:
33...Rxc5 (best, but still hopeless for Black) 34.Rxb7 Rxb7 35.Bxc5
33...Qxa7 34.Rxc8+ Kg7 35.Bxa7
|Apr-17-12|| ||M.Hassan: "Easy" White to play 33.?
White is a pawn up
33.Ra7 if Qxa7
White is now ahead by a Queen+p for a Bishop
33.Ra7 if Qb8
White is a Rook+p up
|Apr-17-12|| ||FSR: Stephenson really F.'ed up.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||Gregor Samsa Mendel: <FSR> No F N kidding.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||WinKing: The threat of a discovered attack on black's queen assures white of the win.|
33.Ra7 Qxa7 <(33...Rxc5 34.Rxb7 Rxb7 35.Bxc5 ; or 33...Re8 34.Rxb7 Rxb7 )>
|Apr-17-12|| ||VincentL: "Very Easy".
I believe this game is from the British Championship at some point in the 1960s, and that the puzzle position appeared in various places as a study shortly afterwards. The game is ever so faintly familiar.
The solution is 33 Ra7 !
Now if 33....Qxa7 34. Rc8+ with Bxa7 to follow leaving white up Q for B.
If 33....Qb8 34. Rxd2 winning that rook.
|Apr-17-12|| ||sarayu: I chose Ra7 and then was shocked and confused with Stephenson's Rc2. Took a while before realizing that the point was that he blew it.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||VincentL: Dr Penrose duly won the tournament (for the 9th out of 10 times) but was fortunate not to lose here.|
<FSR> gives the best defence which I should have noted.
|Apr-17-12|| ||WinKing: I don't know the history on this game but I wonder if white may have been in time trouble here. Hard to believe he would have missed 33.Ra7 otherwise. Really not that difficult a move to find.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||gofer: <33 Ra7 ...> and black probably resigns.|
33 ... Qxa7 34 Rxc8+ any move 35 Bxa7 winning
33 ... Qd5 34 Rxd5 Rxd5 35 c4 winning
Time to check...
|Apr-17-12|| ||rhickma4: This is one of those positions where there does not appear to be anything on.|
And yet there is:
|Apr-17-12|| ||SamAtoms1980: 33.Ra7 looks deadly.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||Robespierre: "...I chose Ra7 and then was shocked and confused with Stephenson's Rc2...."|
Wow! I'm with you, 'sarayu'! After about 60 seconds of pondering I also chose 33. Ra7 ..., and had a difficult time understanding why White chose a much more "circumlocutive" set of moves. As far as I can determine White comes out ahead by at least one R.
|Apr-17-12|| ||viking78: 33.Ra7 wins min. a Rook, if 33...QXa7 34.Rxc8+ and Queen next, so 33...Qb8 and 34.Rxd7.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||Tired Tim: As <Shams> and <VincentL> indicate, Stephenson was playing not merely the position, but also the considerable reputation of Dr Penrose who at that time was operating within an aura of invincibility and the strong favourite for the title - again.|
White may well have been in time trouble; he plays the rest of the game in the same way as a relegation-threatened football (or "soccer" as it's sometimes incorrectly called) team desperately - and unsuccessfully - trying to defend a shock 1-0 lead over the league leaders.
|Apr-17-12|| ||Abdel Irada: Poor Stephenson. He not only missed the shot 33. Ra7, but he had to resign six moves later when he found that 39. Rc2 fails to save the bishop after 39. ... Rd2. A case of letting too many pigs go feral on the seventh.|
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