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Ivan Nemet vs Judit Polgar
San Bernardino (1987), rd 9
Benko Gambit: Declined. Main Line (A57)  ·  1-0


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  johnlspouge: Tuesday (Easy):

I Nemet vs Judit Polgar, 1987 (33.?)

White to play and win.

Material: Even. The Black Kh7 has 2 legal moves, both on the 6-th rank, the rank of the Black Qc6. White has a battery Rb8 and Qf8, with complete control of the 8-th rank. The White Kf1 is under an immediate mate threat: 33…Rc8+ 34.Kh2 35.Qh1#. The candidate is therefore likely a check.

Candidates (33.): Qg8+, Qh8+, Qf5+, Rb6

33.Qf5+ Qg6 [Kh6 34.Rh8#] [g6 34.Qf7+ Kh6 35.Rh8#]

34.Rh8+ Kxh8 35.Qxg6

White has Q for R. White picks off at least 1 and probably 2 of the weak and scattered Black Ps, then wins the resulting Q+P vs. R endgame.

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  beenthere240: Four checks possible from the starting position. First 2 on g8 and h8 just chase the king around. g7 just loses the queen for nothing, but f5 creates problems. You need to be able to understand the Rh8+ deflection idea of "pulling" the king away from defens of the king it it interposes at g6.
Feb-10-09  Samagonka: Took me a while but I finally got it.
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  kevin86: This was easier than it looked.

33 ♕f5+ ♕g6 (▢ 33...g6 34 ♕f7+ ♔h6 35 ♖h8# or 33...♔h6 34 ♖h8#) 34 ♖h8+ and the king must abandon his queen.

Feb-10-09  muralman: 2 for two.
Feb-10-09  xrt999: Pretentious verbosity and chess, not being mutually exclusive, lend a sine qua non air of complexity to the puzzle section of CG, the sangfroid of Tuesday notwithstanding.

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  YouRang: Pretty straight-forward, but nice. Looking for a forcing move, the most attractive is 33.Qf5+ (better than Qg8+ or Qh8+ which leaves our Q awkwardly placed). Already, black is facing mate:

If 33...Kh6 then 34.Rh8#.
If 33...g6 then 34.Qf7+ Kh6 35.Rh8#.

That leaves 33...Qg6, where the black Q is defended only by the black K -- and this hollers for the familiar king deflection: 34.Rh8+. Normally K+Q vs. K+R is non-trival to win, but with the presence of pawns, it is an easy win for white.

Feb-10-09  rabulloc: Hello, I'm new to thanks to an introduction from dzechiel. great site... I enjoy everyone's explanations becuase I still can't even solve the "easy" puzzles most of the time.
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  DarthStapler: Got it
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  dzechiel: <rabulloc: Hello, I'm new to>

Ryan! Glad to have you on board here. Now I can visit you at the office AND online!

Stay with and you will notice your play improve on nearly a daily basis.

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  Once: <rabulloc> Welcome! is a great community, no matter your level or interest in the game.

But is it just me, or is CG getting a little spooky of late? First we have a father and daughter team. Now we have folks who know each other through work. Are we in danger of turning into real people?

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  beenthere240: For new visitors, the assumption that EVERY puzzle is to play and win (it doesn't say so, there's just a diagram) will lead to pitfalls every couple of months or so.
Feb-10-09  TheChessGuy: beenthere240 is right. Every now and then there will be a puzzle where you'll just have to find a draw.
Feb-10-09  ZUGZWANG67: <<Once>: But is it just me, or is CG getting a little spooky of late? First we have a father and daughter team. Now we have folks who know each other through work. Are we in danger of turning into real people?>

Like pawns turning into Queens ? :)

Feb-10-09  dumbgai: This is definitely easier than yesterday's puzzle, which took me a solid couple of minutes before I got it. I solved today's puzzle much more quickly, partly because this deflection pattern (or at least the threat/possibility of it) occurs quite frequently in actual games.
Feb-10-09  SamAtoms1980: From the opening to the endgame. Qf5+ should do the trick.
Feb-10-09  ZUGZWANG67: <<rabulloc:> Hello, I'm new to thanks to an introduction from dzechiel. great site... I enjoy everyone's explanations becuase I still can't even solve the "easy" puzzles most of the time.>

Be welcome, Rabulloc. The only way to improve at a certain point of one' s learning process is by solving puzzles like these one finds on CG. And dzechiel is right when he says that the level of improvement of your play (and kmowledge) will be measurable almost daily.

Peace !

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  beenthere240: For white to steal the pawn on move 20 Rxa7, he had to be able to see that white can regain the piece with a knight/rook fork via 24 Qa4.
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  HeMateMe: I love it when everyone gets to analyze these two-move problems.

It thins out a bit when we see one of Kasparov's "white to win in nine" type problems.

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  Once: <ZUGZWANG67: Like pawns turning into Queens ? :)>

LOL! We've all just been promoted!

Feb-10-09  drnooo: The only thing remotely ingteresting about this problem, if you can call it one, is the run up, how did black get into the mess, expecially since he is looking at a mating white. A glance shows both are on the cliff, its just who gets whom in two. Maybe they shold start making them at least a little harder for tuesday.
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  beenthere240: <drnooo>I think Polgar was on the ropes after 4....b4; her pawn structure falls apart after 13 e5! 14...Qd4 looks desparate. Just IMHOm and guessing it was a while before she tried another Benko.
Feb-10-09  WhiteRook48: so much of a patzer I missed the answer
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  patzer2: For the Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 puzzle solution, White plays the deflection (removing the guard or defender) combination 33. Qf5+!
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  perfidious: <xrt999: Pretentious verbosity and chess, not being mutually exclusive....>

The pretentiousness is very often the originator of the verbosity.

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