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Oleg Romanishin vs Yuri N Anikaev
USSR 15/439 (1973)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0


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Oct-21-05  Saruman: 10 secs this time.
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  Elrathia Kingi: I had to stop and stare at 20.Nxe4. Sharp tactic -- if black moves the ♘ away, white gets a material advantage, while if ♗x♘, then ♕x♘ and again, white wins the exchange.
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  SamuelS: I got this very quickly too. I have noticed that calculating the most forcing moves first helps to solve the puzzles quickly. I looked at 32. Rxe5+ first, because it leaves Black only one option: 32...Kxe5. Then 33. Bxd4+ is the most forcing move. After that Black has more options and White has got only a pawn and a bishop for the rook, so that was obviously not the answer. Then I noticed that the bishop was pinned and that 32. c3 would attack it. 32...Rxc3 is then the only move that does not lose the bishop, so that is quite forced too. Of course I had to check that the moves giving up the bishop did not work. After 32...Rxc3, 33. Rxe5+ is winning, because then 33...Kxe5 34. Bxd4+ Kd5 35. Bxc3 works a lot better.
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  Averageguy: It took me a few minutes or so to get this one. I kept looking at sacs like Rxe5+ followed by Bxd4+ knowing that the bishop was pinned, but didn't get anywhere. I looked at Bxh6 but that doesn't do anything, but than I noticed that you should attack a pinned piece and the solution jumped out at me. I wonder what the theme of the week is?
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  EmperorAtahualpa: Very nice combination! I considered c3, but I missed the point of the follow-up move Rxe5 completely.
Oct-21-05  2ndNature: Well, today (like yesterday) I found the puzzle easy and my train of thoughts was very much like from <SamuelS> posting (which I think should be of value to anybody who had found today’s puzzle difficult). The only think that I can conclude now is that my tactical abilities have improved... but somehow I prefer to remain sceptical about this conclusion. I shall wait and see.
Oct-21-05  DeepBlade: A real sharp game.

"The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary." - Aron Nimzowitsch

Oct-21-05  lopium: I got the sacrifice, but not the first pawn move.... Not that easy!
Oct-21-05  hucknoog: What's the matter with 9...Nxe4?
Oct-21-05  ewenardus: I agree totally with <SamuelS> and <2ndNature>. I read the post and that was just my line of thought! I think the theme here is attraction, combined with double attack. The rook is attracted to a square where the white bishop can make a deadly double attack on the king and the rook. The pin theme is also there. I was just reading a book yesterday that spoke about how the different tactical themes many a time are seen working together - well this is a good example!
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  Jack Kerouac: "The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imagery."-Ron Wit
Oct-21-05  Brown: <Jack Kerouac> When it's an absolute pin?

Just like usual, it all depends if you've seen the pattern before. I was lucky that a Friday puzzle had an idea that was stuck in my brain from all the hit and miss solving I do.

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  chessdr: <hucknoog> (Nice name) -- As near as I can figure after 9 ... Nxe4 10 Nxe4 Bxe4 11 Qg4 white has an attack worth a lot more than a pawn.

E.g. 11 ... Bd5 12 Bxd5 exd5 13 Rfe1 Be7 14 Bg5 f6 15 Ne6 Qd7 16 Bxf6!

Or 11 ... Bg6 12 Bxe6 fxe6 13 Nxe6 Qd7 14 Bb6 Kf7 (Ke7 15 Rfe1) 15 Qf4+! Kxe6 (Ke7 16 Rfe1 looks suicidal) 16 Rfe1+ and Qf3+ and mate on b3.

Or 11 ... d5 12 f3 Bg6 13 Nxe6 fxe6 (Qd7 14 Bxd5!) 14 Qex6 Qe7 (Be7 15 Bxd5) 15 Qc8+ Qd8 16 Qb7 Nd7 17 Rfe1 Be7 18 Bg5 and I think black has too many problems.

Oct-21-05  Koster: Nice tactics, of course white had several ways of winning.
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  YouRang: After bragging yesterday that I "had a perfect week so far", I was justly humbled by today's puzzle. I did consider 32. c3 Rxc3, but 33. Rxe5! never came into view. Oh well, 4 out of 5 isn't so bad.
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  YouRang: <The best I could do> was 32. Kd2 (threatening 33. c3). The black king is obliged to break the pin with 32...Kf5. Then 33. g4+ Kf6 34. Ra6+ Kg7 35. Rb7+ (or Rf7). Anyway, I've force the black king into retreat and I feel tough. Perhaps I can go after black's e5 pawn now...
Oct-21-05  klausewitz: Some dificult to find the first move c3. Several minutes...
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  kevin86: I saw to ideas that did not work (c3 AND Rxe5+):the solution was a combination of the two that did:First attack the pinned bishop.Second:sac the rook at e5 to take the bishop. Combining them lures the rook into a fork and bags a rook,bishop,and pawn for a rook.Equivalent to a queen for a rook.
Oct-21-05  MongoOnlyPawn: Woohoo! I got a Friday puzzle, with the continuation. Must be an easy one for a Friday. The first thing I noticed is that black's bishop was pinned, so I looked for a way to increase the pressure on the bishop and saw c3. The rest of the puzzle just seemed to fall into place. Black's position didn't look too bad at first glance, but...
Oct-21-05  sheaf: 10 secs
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  OhioChessFan: c3 seemed right. I spent another minute looking and then gave up.
Oct-21-05  snowie1: This one is interesting! Without the c3 move, white gives up a R for a B and 2 pawns (minimum) I missed c3. Also, Bxh6 moving the R, and coming back for anotther pawn..
Oct-21-05  Halldor: I was rather shure that this was about an attack on the pinned bishop. Still I didn't find the solution earlier today...tried almost everything..., but now when I had time for the puzzle again I found 32. c3 and also the next move for white 33. Rxe5, which is the key move, creating a new pin.

The motto of the puzzle (according to the quote of the day): “My king likes to go for a walk” - but shouldn't do it too early!

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  JBF: I was going for Re5 straight away and obviously it is getting white a good game but not as clear as the winning move.
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  patzer2: The puzzle solution 32. c3! decoys the Rook to prepare a second decoy 32. Rxe5+!, which sets up the winning double attack 32...Kxe5 33. Bxd4 .
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