|May-15-05|| ||soberknight: I saw 47...Ba4 but failed to calculate the game continuation. If 48 bxa4 b3 49 B-moves Rxd2 50 Kxd2 g2 and queens next move.|
50...Bd1+!! is very beautiful.
|May-15-05|| ||Dick Brain: This one pretty much gets solved by elimination. If only somebody would alert us that a winning move exists in actual games.|
|May-15-05|| ||crafty: 50. xe2 g2 51. f2 c2 52. c5 b3 53. cxd6+ xd6 (eval -5.73; depth 17 ply; 1000M nodes)|
|May-15-05|| ||catfriend: It's very pretty, and looks study-like. However, I doubt it qualifies as a Sunday-puzzle. Those we get usually contain complex, tough and long combinations, abundant with side-variations and hidden tricks. Here, it's as <Dick Brain> said - one locates the general win method (using the passed pawns). Next stage - letting another passed pawn enter the battle, and this is done attacking it's blocker. After this, it's only calculation.|
|May-15-05|| ||chessgames.com: Honestly, we're not 100% sure if there aren't alternate methods, but if it's true that the variation with 50...Bd1+ is critical to the combination, then we think it qualifies as a Sunday stumper.|
|May-15-05|| ||catfriend: Actually, in these positions in the endgame, such trickes are what one expects. They're common in studies, and after the classic one where white's bishop is sacced on d4 letting the passed pawn to win, this kind of sacs is almost technical.|
|May-15-05|| ||jahhaj: 50 ...d1+ looks crucial to me, otherwise how is Black going to stop the h pawn?|
|May-15-05|| ||catfriend: <jahhaj> Well, if that would be black's only goal, it could be achieved by the king.|
|May-15-05|| ||bangkokgambit: I'm glad that I can see this line :)
after following a chess puzzle about 1 month, I feel better
|May-15-05|| ||percyblakeney: It looks as if white could have tried 48. h5 Bxb3 49. h6 but even if he would end up with a queen in some variations he would still be losing.|
|May-15-05|| ||catfriend: Yep, he's left with pawns against the bishop in lines I looked at.|
|May-15-05|| ||awfulhangover: Wow, I found it in a minute. Look at the h-pawn, and the rest is quite easy.|
|May-15-05|| ||gidguy2000: While I missed 47...Ba4!, I'm pretty sure my soultion wins as well. It seems to me that black has all the time in the world to work his king around the 8th rank, nab white's pawn and guide his own to queendom. White simply has no moves. If he goes with is king and everntually takes g3, then ...Bxe4. |
Any problems with this?
|May-15-05|| ||Phoenix: <It seems to me that black has all the time in the world to work his king around the 8th rank, nab white's pawn and guide his own to queendom.>|
I didn't use a computer to double-check, but here's the line I came up with: 47.h4 Kd7 48.h5 Ke7 49.h6 Kf8 50.Rg2!? and now only the Black King can stop the h-pawn but 50...Kg8 runs into 51.Rxg3+ Kh7 52.Bd1 and I don't see how Black can make progress with his King cut off.
|May-15-05|| ||Dick Brain: <jahhaj> 50...Bd1+ is not essential on that move but it certainly is the most beautiful win. I thought the solution was simply 50...Kd7 (or Kd8) which gets him into the square of the h-pawn; I don't see how that could fail to win.|
|May-15-05|| ||Sneaky: Dick, I'm not so convinced. Here's an example of how White could hold the position 50...Ke7 51.Kf3 Bc1+ 52.Kxg3 b3 53.Kf2 b2 54.Ke1 Bb3 (threatens both ...Bxc4 and ...Ba2) 55.Bb1 Bxc4 56.Kd2, OK stop there, I see White's king mopping up that b-pawn, and it looks like White might be able to hold the position. Black is going to have to rustle up the h-pawn before he can use his King offensively, in the best scenario Black has a ton of work left to do. In short, it's such a muddy situation that you can hardly call that a solution.|
|May-15-05|| ||DanielBryant: I found 47...Ba4. If 51.Kf1, does the king simply penetrate to c3?|
|May-15-05|| ||Greginctw: You dont have to move the king anywhere. Whites next move will be pawn to b3. After that he moves Bishop to C2 no matter what. He then goes on to queen his B pawn. Its unstoppable.|
|May-15-05|| ||kevin86: Pawns on the seventh has been a good theme this week. I also saw quite a finesse game by knights and bishops-both in the puzzles and in the games.|
|May-15-05|| ||Dick Brain: <sneaky> 50...Kd7?! 51 Kf3 Ba2! 52. h5 Ke7 53. Kxg3 b3 54. c5 (this idea is the only chance) dxc5 55. Bc4 but it doesn't quite work because of 55. ...Bb1 and White's pawns fall|
|May-15-05|| ||Saph: Good afternoon everyone. It's all well and good to say how easy this is for a Sunday puzzle (by the way, I didn't get it), but how many may say they regularly practice beauty on the chessboard?|
Good Sundee puzzler, chessgames :)
|May-26-05|| ||patzer2: In this puzle solution, Black offers a Bishop pseudo-sacrifice in 47...Ba4! to clear a path for one of the two potential passed pawns on opposite wings (g3 or b4).|
|Oct-26-11|| ||tacticalmonster: candidate: 1 Ba4!
a) 2 bxa4? b3 3 Rg2 bxc2 4 Kd2 c1=Q+
b) 2 h5 Bxb3 3 h6 Bxc2 4 h7 Rb3+ 5 Ke2 g2 6 Kf2 Rg3! 7 Kxg3 g1=Q+ 8 Rg2 Qe3+ 9 Kg4 Qh6 10 Rxc2 Qxh7