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|May-03-05|| ||catfriend: It's really wierd the game isn't kibitzed at all, as the sac is a very famous and pretty one. After 31.Rg1, 32.Bd2# can be avoided only by 31..e3, allowing 42.Nh3#. The mating theme is almost study-like.|
|Nov-15-06|| ||Mazettakos: Another one great game by Smyslov. It is not strange that this game is not kibitzed, as most people underestimate Smyslov and find his chess dull. They don't know what they miss!|
|Aug-09-07|| ||Waitaka: Superb trap!|
|Feb-18-08|| ||Everett: An IKP here, which is not so strange coming from the Dutch. |
After move 23, it is not so strange to see white winning this one. The pawn is attacked four times, with black barely matching in defense!
|Sep-20-09|| ||Jim Bartle: I would never have found 28. f4.|
|May-21-10|| ||TheBish: Smyslov vs Oll, 1993|
White to play (29.?) "Difficult"
Strange, but I thought we had this already for the daily puzzle. I guess I saw this after Smyslov passed away, as it was one of his best. Anyway, it was easy for me as I was familiar with it.
A rook sacrifice that leads to mate if accepted; Black is hard pressed to refuse, since 30. fxg5, winning a piece, will be the result.
29...Kxf4 30. Nf2+ Kxf4 31. Rg1!
The proverbial "quite move" that Smyslov had to see for the sac to work. Now Black has his choice of two mates, the threatened 32. Bd2# or...
31...e4 32. Nh3#.
Time to revisit this game! Long live Smyslov!
|May-21-10|| ||remolino: Amazing.|
|May-21-10|| ||Starfire: It Bothers me that SMYSLOV died a Pauper
Didn't he have any Friends?? He was one of Chess Finest!!
|May-21-10|| ||dzechiel: White to move (29?). Material even. "Difficult."
OK, not much time, but I think I see what's happening. Black's bishop is en prise, but so is white's rook. It would be nice to be able to capture the bishop with check, so let's start with...
29 g4+ Kxe4
If 29...Kxg4 (or 29...Ke6/f6/g6), then 30 fxg5 picks up a piece.
30 Nf2+ Kxf4
Only legal move.
The "hard to find" move. And now the only way black can stop 32 Bd2# is to play
This must be it. Time to check.
|May-21-10|| ||VincentL: "Difficult".
In the week following Smyslov's passing, I was reasonably succcessful with the puzzles in contrast to this week.
So let's see. Material even, black's bishop and white's rook under threat.
Nc5 leads nowhere. I cannot get fxg5 or g4+ to work. I cannot see any
knight forks coming to bear. White could simply play 29. Nf2. Then 29...Bf6 30. g4+ Kg6. Is this the way forward? At this point I am not sure. Perhaps 31. f5+ Kg7 (not Kg5 32. Bd2 mate !) 32. Rg1
I certainly prefer white's position here, but there is a long way to go to
claim the point, and I am no expert in this ending.
I think am on the wrong track; time is up, and I am going to check.
|May-21-10|| ||VincentL: Missed again. I considered g4+, but didn't see the mating net.|
|May-21-10|| ||VincentL: Very clever. The amazing move here is 28. f4.
Smyslov was almost 60 years old when he played this game, against a grandmaster rated well above 2600.
|May-21-10|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: One more remarkable detail about this combination--the variation 31...e4; 32.Nh3X is what problemists call a "pure" mating position; each possible escape square is covered by only one White piece.|
|May-21-10|| ||chesssantosh: i completely missed it.i was looking at exchange sacrifice with 29.fxg5 kxe4 but could not find out good continuation.i was trying to make my week successful up-to at least Saturday but here it ends...feeling very upset...|
|May-21-10|| ||M.Hassan: I found the first move right but could not see the rest. What a beautiful game Vasily played. If 31...e4 to make room for the King to escape, White checkmates 32.Nh3#. If 31...Bh4 to provide escape route for King, then 32.Bd2#. INCREDIBLE|
|May-21-10|| ||SuperPatzer77: What an amazing game by Smyslov!! I miss Vasily Smyslov very sorely. |
Rest in peace, Smyslov
|May-21-10|| ||Once: <TheBish> and <dzechiel> have pretty much nailed the chess with their usual excellent posts, so all that is left is for me to add a bit of Oncian whimsy...|
Look away now if you don't like this sort of stuff.
Thanks to a quick trip in our time machine, we find ourselves in prehistoric Britain. Ugg is sitting on the floor of his semi-detached cave banging two rocks together.
Uggette, his thick browed wife, is smearing mammoth dung on her cheeks, dreaming of the day when someone will invent make-up. "Why don't you go out hunting sabre-tooth tigers like the other troglodytes?" she asks. "Or you could go stare at the shiny black obelisk again."
"Peace, peace, light of my life, sharer of my cave, mother of my children. I'm trying to invent fire."
She tuts scornfully. "You and your silly ideas. It'll never work. All you'll do is get bruised knuckles and the neighbours will complain about the noise."
Ugg keeps knocking the rocks together. "Yes, but, just think what we could do with fire! We could stay warm and snug in our cave. It would frighten away the wolves. Then we could move away from being hunter-gatherers and start farming. Oh, and that would give us time for civilization, an industrial revolution, the internet..."
Today's puzzle is about inspiration and perspiration. The inspiration is to spot that we need to kick the black king away from the white rook on e4. Then we can grab the black bishop on g5. So the move that we really want to make work is 29. g4+. If we can force the black king to retreat, our next move will be 30. fxg5.
Of course, the problem with 29. g4+ is that it leaves the Re4 en prise. But let's not abandon the idea just yet. Let's see if we can make it work.
The black king is now deep into our territory and we are close to weaving a mating net. We must stop black from running back to safety via d5 or having the time to grab g4 with either pawn or bishop so the next move has to be 30. Nf2+ and black's reply is forced: 30...Kxf4.
Now black's king is nearly stalemated, so that any check would produce mate. We just need to cover the g3 escape square. Our rook is no longer needed to guard the d file, so 31. Rg1 comes to mind. We are threatening Bd2# or if 31...e4 32. Nh3#
A spark flashes from the rocks in Ugg's hands. It lands in a pile of leaves and starts to smoulder. He quickly blows on it, and seconds later we have fire.
"See! I told you it would work," says Uggette. "Now hurry up and invent handbags, cappucino and Jimmy Choos."
Humanity is based on a little bit of "I wonder if..." and an awful lot of stubbornness as we try to make the initial idea work.
|May-21-10|| ||posoo: SMEESLOV just said HOALD IT RITE DA EFF THERE!
That is what he said when he moved his rook to g1. BANG!
|May-21-10|| ||gofer: Not fair, this one was in the Times Newspaper a couple of days ago...|
29 g4 ...
Black has to chose between
30 ... Ke6/Kf6/Kg6 31 fxg5 winning
30 ... Kxe4
31 Nf2+ Kxf4
32 Rg1 ...
The mating net is complete, white just needs to give check and it will be mate, so
black must give its king an escape square of e5 or g5.
32 ... Bf6/Bh4
32 ... e4 (the only way of stopping 33 Bd2#)
|May-21-10|| ||agb2002: The material is even.
Black threatens 29... Kxe4 and 29... exf4.
The black king enters a mate net after 29.g4+ Kxe4 (otherwise 30.fxg5 + -) 30.Nf2+ Kxf4 31.Rg1 e4 (otherwise 32.Bd2#) 32.Nh3#.
|May-21-10|| ||TheaN: Friday 21 May 2010
Taken: not timed, and I think after at most 2 minutes I spotted this
Material: White up,
Candidates: Nxe5, Bxe5, fxg5, <[g4†]>
Took me a while and I wasn't in fact planning to completely solve this one. However, I noticed the Black to be in a very peculiar position. At first, I thought White could hand the exchange only to regain material due to the King's position later. Looks like I was wrong: it's gonna be mate at the cost of a Rook, or a full Bishop.
What we can see is that White is threatening the Bishop on g5, and Black is threatening the Rook on e4. However, the latter is attacked by the KING, and the King is the most fragile piece. Zwischenzugs are very common when it comes to dual threats with a King involved. So is here. White wins with:
<29.g4†!> not taking the Rook allows White his zwischenzug, as 30.fxg5 simply wins then.
<29....Kxe4 30.Nf2† Kf4 31.Rg1!> and it's over! With f5 taken away from the Black King, it's suddenly trapped. No single Black piece has the power to stop the White Bishop from 32.Bd2‡. There is ONE move for Black (this I missed initially) that stops the immediate Bishop mate.
<31....e4> of course, the King wants to get back to his home camp as soon as possible, he is a Rook up. This move makes the Bishop necessary in square defense (e5) but the Black pawn is now making the Knight neglectable (as the Knight was defending only e4)! So:
<32.Nh3‡ 1-0> and it is mate, after all.
|May-21-10|| ||tarek1: It seems to me there is a forced mate starting by :
Neglecting the material to gain time completing the mate net.
<29...Kxe4> The king's retreat og f6 or g6 causes the loss of the bishop on g5
<30.Nf2+ Kxf4> and now... <31.Rg1!> closing the net.
if 31.Bd2+ Kg3 32.Rg1 Kh2 and the black king can survive. The threat is Bd2#.
<31...e5> to get the e5 square but <32.Nh3#>
|May-21-10|| ||scormus: First thought W to play and he can win a piece with 29 fxg5 .... oh no the R is hanging, 29 ... Kxe4. |
But exploring this theme with a bit more thought 29 g4+ and if 29 ... Kxg4 then W does win the piece. Soinstead 29 ... Kxe4 and now the BK cant go back to f5 and it looks like one of those mating nets we had a lot of some time ago. Then 30 Nf2+ Kxf4 (forced) 31 Rg1 (took some finding but I learned the lesson of yesterday) threatens 32 Bd2#. Only way to prevent that is 31 ... e4. Then 32 Nh3#.
On balance a bit easier than yesterday as the sequence is more forcing. Now check.
|May-21-10|| ||David2009: Smyslov vs Oll, 1993 White 29?|
I looked first at 29 fxg5 Kxe5 30 gxh6: Black can build dangerous counter-play but this is a tempting over-the-board winning attempt (against a human opponent, not Crafty). Then I looked further and spotted 29 g4+ Kxe4 30 Nf2+ Kxf4 31 Rg1 and 32 Bd2# cannot be prevented. This is my final answer. Black can bail out
with 30...Kxg4 31 fxg5+ Kf5! 32 Kf3 hxg4 when White has B for 2P abd should win the ending. Time to
Got it! Makes up for yesterday's loss.
Carafty End Game Trainer link to the puzzle position:
click for larger view
http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t... (Smyslov-Oll 1993, 29?)
Win the ending if you can - I blundered first time round. Good practice!
|May-21-10|| ||David2009: Smyslov vs Oll, 1993 AFTERWORD: The position at move 30 is a pure chess problem and deserves its own diagram. |
click for larger view
White to play and mate in two. After Rg1 there is indeed a defence to Bd2# namely e4 <dzechiel>: but this allows Nh3#
An example (for me) of "luck in chess" - I play a combination, miss an important defence (31 e4) but win after all because of an unexpected resource namely 32 Nh3#. If you can't be good - be lucky!
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