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Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush vs Vladimir Simagin
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 8, Dec-09
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1


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Aug-04-04  blore: Yes <White Pawn> I agree with you
Aug-04-04  notyetagm: Nice, 37 ... Qg1+!! Kxg1 Nxe2+ Kf2 Nxc1 winning a piece. This is how you use your knights. A beautiful <knight fork combination>.
Aug-04-04  Whitehat1963: Surprisingly I got this one immediately. Is today Monday? Yesterday I thought it was Thursday. I wasn't even close.
Aug-04-04  DutchDunce: I got this one too...but I have a nagging feeling that I'd never get it if I had it in a real game. No one to tell me "Black to play and win"!
Aug-04-04  Nickisimo: Yeah, this one was actually pretty simple, but practical. I think we all forget to look for these sort of ideas at times, especially that late in a game.
Aug-04-04  alexandrovm: Another fork, yet, I did not see it
Aug-04-04  Geronimo: I definitely find the organisation by theme to be helpful. If there is a tricky part to today's puzzle, its probably not on the order of 'sack the queen and find the fork', but more along the lines of learning to integrate different tactical ideas into one (winning) combination: sacs, forks, forced moves, etc.
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  patzer2: Basic tactics such as today's "Knight fork" problem appear easy, yet reptition in the study of such patterns can yield positive results in practical play. Even strong experts and masters occasionally fall prey to "simple tactics" against weaker players (perhaps due in part to an all too frequent tendency to underestimate the tactical abilities of lower rated players).
Aug-04-04  mahmoudkubba: I still think white has still some posibilities for draw. Why resigning then especially if white does not know the black player power of continuation of the game till complete victory for black
Aug-04-04  mahmoudkubba: well maybe i shoudn't say that above.. If so i am sorry to mention the possibilities of white to draw .. i.e. as some may suggest draw means lost HaHaHa.....
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  patzer2: <mahmoudkubba> I have no doubt that Tolush resigned, knowing GM Simagin would easily win this simple ending.

The following provides an interesting biographical sketch of GM Simagin :

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  Benzol: <mahmoud> What do you suggest White should do?
Aug-04-04  Phoenix: <Actually this fixed theme is a great thing to improve all our chess!>

I like what is doing as well! It follows with something I read in GM Tisdall's "Improve Your Chess Now." Great idea, I hope they keep it.

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  patzer2: For those who think the solution to this puzzle is too simple a tactic with 37...Qg1+ following the "blunder" 37. Be2??, then for an opportunity for a deeper analysis may I suggest looking at <Gypsy>'s earlier post here to figure out where White missed his last chance to equalize.
Aug-04-04  Redwingblackbird: That appears to be what one might call extricating salvation from one's posterior.
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  patzer2: <Redwingblackbird> Studying games and figuring out where they were won or lost, or could have been salvaged, is a major key to improvement in Chess. Bobby Fischer attributed much of his development in chess to intensive study of numerous games in this manner. George Satayana said that "Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it." This is a truth in life as well as in chess (which Emanuel Lasker once referred to as "our little game.")

In this game, it may well be that White is lost no matter which move he makes at move 37. For example after 37. Qc2 Qe3 38. Be2 Nh3 39. Kg2 Qh6 40. Kf1 Nf4 41. Ke1 Qh1+ 42. Kd2 Qg1 43. Qxa4 Qd4+ 44. Ke1 Qxb2 Fritz 8 assesses the position as a win for Black (-1.44 @ 20/20 depth & 1326kN/s). So it may well be that White will have to find an improvement well before move 37 in order to salvage a draw or winning chances in this game.

Oct-03-04  Knight13: Nice Puzzle
Oct-15-04  Saruman: rclb lol you need to re-read the Lord of the rings...
Jun-17-05  lentil: This would have been better as a defensive puzzle at move 24 or so... how does B save the game against the threat of g5. 25.... Rfd8!! was a master stroke setting up 26. ... Bxe4!, breaking the attacking front and thereafter eliminating the N/f3, which is the key to the attack. The final winning fork is only icing.
Feb-26-07  MindlessOne: <kevin86a player subconsciously looks for a combination at all times. How touch is that play with that subconscious is the difference
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  whiteshark: <29...Rd8> gives black a slight advantage.
Apr-13-09  WhiteRook48: 37...Qg1+!!!! gives Black a huge advantage
May-31-11  Llawdogg: Wow! That was a beautiful queen sacrifice to set up a fork! Brilliant.
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  ChessHigherCat: 20..Bxe4 loses a piece after 21. Ng5!
May-29-18  Toribio3: Knight fork is one of the hardest thing to do. When it hurts, it kills!
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