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Nigel Short vs Rafael Vaganian
Barcelona World Cup (1989), Barcelona ESP, rd 3, Apr-01
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0


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Nov-08-17  leRevenant: Yesterday's POTD took me 15 times longer than today's. Them's the breaks.
Nov-08-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Step away from that lady, sir.
Nov-08-17  schachfuchs: Yes, this 'Monday standard' POTD should start a bit earlier, maybe with 47.?
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  malt: 51.Be5+ K:e5 52.Qc3+
Nov-08-17  Pasker: An extreme example of Skewer.
Nov-08-17  eblunt: < Willber G: I probably would have played 47.Qh8, winning the rook and the game but failing the puzzle.>

After 47 ... Kg6 how does the rook fall ?

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  thegoodanarchist: <al wazir: Less than five seconds.>

Less than 3 seconds here.

Nov-08-17  mel gibson: I've seen all 3 moves for Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday in under 3 seconds. have I turned into Einstein?
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  Oxspawn: <stacase: Way too easy for Wednesday.> Various <Monday standard>. I got it and that's a pretty good guide to it being 'easy'. But puzzles you solve are usually 'easy' and those you don't are always 'impossible' or in the stigmatising language of POTD "insane" (no completely sane person spends time staring at bits of wood on a chequered board).
Nov-08-17  Willber G: <eblunt: After 47 ... Kg6 how does the rook fall ?>


Oh well, I got the real puzzle easily enough.

Nov-08-17  Marmot PFL: Hopeless for black with his poor king on the run. I am sure that Nigel would find this blindfolded.
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  varishnakov: I got it so quickly I traveled back in time.

And this is after hallucinating on yesterday's.

Nov-08-17  BOSTER: Divorce is divorce said white bishop from e5.
Nov-08-17  FrogC: Easy but pretty. In cryptic crosswords there are sometimes clues that seem too easy, but you know the setter couldn't resist them because of the elegance of the solution. I think this one is like that.
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  kevin86: double skewer: the first to chase king from queen; second to capture the unprotected queen.
Nov-08-17  saturn2: It was solved in monday speed
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  benveniste: Move 47 puzzle? I get:

47. ♖xg7 ♔xg7
48. ♕e8

I don't see any way for black to prevent ♗e5+, leading either to mate or the loss of the Queen.

Nov-08-17  BOSTER: In such pos black to play 25...

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when white rook f1 was out of the game, it was not very smart to close the open "g" file playing h6 and hxg5. Maybe 25....Qg7 was much better.

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  AylerKupp: Very simple, maybe too simple for a Wednesday, but I didn't see it. I looked at 51.Qc3+ K(any) 52.Qxg2+ Kxg2 53.a5(!) and I figured that would win with a pawn advantage in spite of BOC. But, of course, the game continuation is much, much beter.
Nov-08-17  lzromeu: 42Qh7 goes to white winner position, I think
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  Bubo bubo: White wins the queen with a repeated skewer: 51.Be5+ Kxe5 52.Qc3+ and 53.Qxg7.

The easiest Wednesday puzzle ever?

Nov-08-17  Olsonist: I love Mondays.
Oct-19-18  b11n: Found this one on wikipedia. Very interesting game.
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  HeMateMe: nice skewer! This game is in Rafa's book of best games, titled "The Vaganian Monologues."
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  perfidious: One tactical device I shan't forget any day soon; I got caught in a variant of it when roughly 2000 by a 2350 player, just when imagining I had got myself out of difficulty.
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