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Mark Taimanov vs Lev Psakhis
Moscow-4teams (1981), Moscow URS, rd 2, Feb-??
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1


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  Jimfromprovidence: As <al wazir> pointed out earlier white also had 26 Be5 as a defense.

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Black wins a piece after 26...Nef6, below, pinning the e5 bishop thereby allowing 27..Nxe5.

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Loved 26...Qf6, below, as either 27 Qxf6 or 27 Qxg4 allow mate in one.

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  malt: 26.Nd4 is also a defence.
Jun-16-18  saturn2: I would have played 25..Re8 seeing white cannot take one of the knights and has to interpose a piece on the e file. But what I not saw was 26..Qf6
Jun-16-18  Mazymetric: Good afternoon everyone! Not related to this game but can anyone name all the players in this picture? https://azchesscoach.files.wordpres...
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  malt: Yes it was a stiff one today, maybe with it being Fathers day tomorrow <CG> might be a bit lenient.
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  ChessHigherCat: Even though I played through this game, it was over a year ago, so I didn't remember the solution and went nuts trying 25..Qh4 which almost works but all the vulnerabilities are covered twice, and then 25...Qc5 and Qb4, both of which are "close but no cigars"-ville. I therefore should have concluded that it was necessary to bring the rook into play, but even if I had I certainly wouldn't have found the amazing follow-up. This is real GM stuff, way over my head.
Jun-16-18  Walter Glattke: F) 26.Nxf2 Ng3+ F.1) 27.Kg1 Nxe2+ 28.Kf1 Nxf4 wins, F.2) 27.Q(g)xg3 Qxe2+ 28.Kg1 Qe1+ 29.Nxe1 Rxe1# G) 26.Bc4 Ng3+ 27.hxg3 Qe1+ 28.Nxe1 fxe1R#/fxe1Q#/Rxe1# one-move-earlier-mate
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  landshark: This one sure got by me - I liked Re8 as the first move but never even thought of Qf6 after 26.Ne5, which was the move that stumped me.
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  landshark: I was trying to find a way to exploit the weakness of d2 and never thought to look at the overworked white Q. Spent much time trying to make Qb4 work which seems to be stopped by 26.Nf3
Jun-16-18  Mayankk: I did consider Re8 as a potential choice along with the weakness of e2 but was pretty certain there must be defensive resources for White given it was such a quiet move. Both the Ne5 defence and subsequent Qf6 were however way beyond my chess skills...
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  Richard Taylor: I decided on 25. .... Re8 and thought White was effectively in Zugzwang with mates either by the Ns and the pawn Queening or a discovered check or attack by the e4 N with mate on e2 threatened and so on. Also in brought more fire power into the attack. Other moves all just didn't work it seemed.
Jun-18-18  njchess: After concluding that Black had no obvious attacking combinations with his knights, the only piece that I thought could be improved was the rook via 25. ... ♖e8 Δ ♕xe2+ 26. ♘e5 best -+
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  ChessHigherCat: Some games encourage you to try to become a professional chessplayer while others make you resign yourself to being an enthusiastic amateur. This game definitely falls in the latter category for lil' ol' me.

That said, typical Tuesday ;D

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  Penguincw: When you see a <Sneaky> post here...


Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the Monday puzzle I provided yesterday. If you miss it, here you go: K Rohonyan vs A L'Ami, 2008 (kibitz #38).

And well, I might as well try a Tuesday puzzle too. I think this is about Tuesday difficulty. (don't ask me for Wednesday and beyond since I normally don't get them and therefore have no idea what to look for)


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Solution: Kosteniuk vs Nijboer, 2003

(again I'd say on the difficult side but there are a lot of smart people on this site)

Aug-07-18  farticchio: Easy???
For Psakhis!!!
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  ChessHigherCat: <Penguincw> Another good one! 36..Rg1+! and if 37. Rxg1 or Qxg1 then Nxf2#
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  ChessHigherCat: Or rather if 36...Rg1+ 37. Rxg1 Nxf2+ 38. Kg2 Rg8+ 39. Kf1+ Qxh2 just wins the Q
Aug-07-18  Mayankk: Nice one Penguincw. Got the real Tuesday puzzle. Please try and post similar ones for rest of the week as well - am sure you can find them :)

The official (Saturday) puzzle was too recent - I remembered the first move which I had got last time also. I also remembered the knight defence vaguely but thatís about it.

Aug-07-18  Walter Glattke: Seeing the final position of the match I think for 36.Nc1 Rc2 37.Nfd3 Rc3 38.Kf2 a3 39.Ke2 and white wins? 39.-Rc2+ 40.Kd1 Rb2 41.general change with 41.Nxb2 axb2 42.Kc2 bxc1Q+ 43.Kxc1 and black wins.
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  malt: Nice one <Penguincw> 36...Rg1+ 37.R:g1 N:f2+ 38.Kg2 Rg8+ 39.Kf3 Q:h2
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  hoodrobin: <Sneaky> A very good job (day after day)!
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  malt: Just Attempting a POTD

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A. Santasiere vs E B Adams White to move

Solution: Santasiere vs E B Adams, 1926

Aug-07-18  lost in space: I was not able to find anything for Black with the current active pieces, even though I had the impression that I am close...

Therefore I decided that the best is to do what you learn as beginner: activate your pieces which are not doing anything, develop your undeveloped peices. Don't attack until you finalized your development.

Here it works with 25...Rae8.

Aug-07-18  lost in space: Hello <Penguincw>, 36...Rg1+ 37. Rxg1 Nf2+ 38. Kg2 Rg8 and it is all over
Aug-07-18  dTal: This is a Tuesday puzzle???
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