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Ian Rogers vs Zlatko Klaric
D15-5 Nuoro (1984)
Slav Defense: Geller Gambit (D15)  ·  1-0


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Mar-14-05  who: Nf7 wins as well (though with an extra move).
Mar-14-05  minimaxing: I saw the Nf7+ mate line and didn't look any further.
Mar-14-05  Achilles87: Yeah I thought Nf7 as well
Could have fun playing around with the opponent if you upgrade the pawn instead of checkmating.
Mar-14-05  Granite: Nf7+ only gets a silver star. Gold stars for the bishop check!
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  cu8sfan: I thought it was very clever of <> to use a puzzle that fits today's quote of the day and that's why I found 23.e6 Bxe6 24.Nxe6#. (-:
Mar-14-05  minimaxing: <cu8sfan> Interesting idea, but I don't think 23... Bxe6 would be optimal. 23... axb5 give black the advantage, no?
Mar-14-05  boyhimud: interesting but very very easy
Mar-14-05  dbulger: yea it was an easy one... with 2 options for mate :)
Mar-14-05  pantlko: it was very easy,,,,,,,even i was able to solve it..:-)
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  patzer2: Today's "easy" monday puzzle solution 23. Bb6+ Rxb6 24. Nf7# is actually a conclusion to a longer deflection combination, which appears to begin with 18. Qa8!
Mar-14-05  masterwojtek: <cu8sfan> Also...23.e6 Bxe6 24.Nxe6+ (check only-not mate)
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  cu8sfan: <minimaxing / masterwojtek> Yes, I see it now. It was 6 in the morning and I hadn't had a coffee yet when I looked at it.

<> My guess for the theme of the week: The overworked piece.

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  jahhaj: 7 ... f5 what an awful move! The rest was child's play.
Mar-14-05  Franz the Stampede: <Today's "easy" monday puzzle solution 23. Bb6+ Rxb6 24. Nf7# is actually a conclusion to a longer deflection combination, which appears to begin with 18. Qa8!>

I agree. White exploits its strong control of c7 and e7 squares to deliver mate after trading queens.

Mar-14-05  Fulkrum: From my perspective there is nothing easy about chess.
Mar-14-05  sinthetiq: i got it!
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  kevin86: A few points:

The problem doesn't really fit the quote as it never reaches e6!

In the military,often silver is superior to gold-or is a different class:I believe a gold star involves death,while a silver star involves heroism-two different concepts.

Mar-14-05  TennesseeStud: sooooo easy, this took like 2 seconds
Mar-14-05  Geronimo: Geronimo: Well, can we conclude that 7...f5 is as dumb as it looks, given as this is the only game in the DB that goes there? Echo here Patzer2's comments. As someone who loooooves playing white against the Slav, this game shows what fun you can have against the queenside pawns!
Mar-14-05  Hektor: Black needs to go back about 150 years and take a lesson or 2 from Paul Morphy. Three out of black's four minor pieces remained undeveloped throughout the entire game, not to mention the fact that white has been allowed to obtain 2 passed center pawns by move 13! The end was quite fitting.
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  YouRang: <Fulkrum: From my perspective there is nothing easy about chess.> I'm no chess genius either, but I was able to solve this puzzle by making a few observations. (1) The king cannot move. He has four unoccupied surrounding squares, but the d6 pawn takes away two of them and the b5 bishop takes away the other two. Therefore, any check on the king is a potential mate! (2) There are two white pieces threatening to check the king: The g5 knight (moving to e6 or f7) and the e3 bishop (moving to b6).

The key is to notice that the b7 rook is alone responsible for stopping two of these attacks (Nf7+ and Bb6+). So it is "overworked". Moving Bb5+ forces the rook to abandon its defense of f7, thus allowing Nf7#.

Moving 23 Nf7+ first isn't quite as good, because after the rook captures the knight, it is still in position to block the bishop's attack after 24 Bb6.

Usually, chess problems can be figured out by making these kinds of observances.

Mar-14-05  mellow: Thank you for this puzzle. I did manage to find the solution on my own. This doesn't mean I "see" this combination every time it's present in game play. In fact, I am one of those players who requires a "Sesame Street approach"

The more often I encounter a theme and am required to solve it in study, the more instinctively I'll recognise it in game play. I appreciate that this site tries to offer training, advice and fellowship to players of varying degrees of strenth. Thank you to all those who contribute commentary with a patzer like me in mind. I get a lot from your insights (both those that are on the mark and those that have fallen short). Does the spoon taste the soup?
l8r all, happy wood shifting

Mar-14-05  mellow: The preceding post was brought to you by the letter "L" and the number "3".
Mar-14-05  chess man: Very easy puzzle to solve.
Mar-14-05  hsbsitez: I saw that moving the night was check, but I did not saw that the Rook would be able to take the Knight away.

If I had seen, probably would have tried to divert the rook away from the 7 rank.

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