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Rudolf Spielmann vs Hans Gebhardt
Munich (1926), Munich GER, rd 3, Dec-28
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit. Carlsbad Variation (B20)  ·  1-0


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Jul-04-07  arnaud1959: Not to forget that 26.-Rc6 to protect f6 fails because of 27.Bxf8. This is the point that I missed.
Jul-04-07  awfulhangover: This is my week! Just as yesterday I found precisely the best variation. Today's puzzle was in fact a little easier, but maybe some struggles to find 26.Be7! (?)
Jul-04-07  willyfly: <Fezzik> <Well, it's another American Independence Day, and again missed it.>

<Andre Conde> <Not only their logo is red, white and blue today, but the player of the day is Morphy and the opening is The Manhattan Defense.>

And the quote of the day is by Fischer. Way to go CG!

Jul-04-07  fyad reject: i looked at Rxf6 for a while but i couldnt find mate after the sac is declined...

then i got excited about Rc1 Qa4 RxR but i stupidly assumed black would recapture with the bishop instead of the other rook

Jul-04-07  not yet a patzer: Hello everyone. Can one of you tell me why black did not take the bishop on move 22 (22...Qxa3)?
Jul-04-07  not yet a patzer: <dzechiel: Of course we can play 24 Bxf8, but that's what they WANT us to do!>


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  Benzol: <not yet a patzer> 22...♕xa3 23.♗xf7+ ♖xf7 24.♕xa3 and Black has lost his Queen.
Jul-04-07  not yet a patzer: <Thank you Benzol>

That is what I love about chess! One wrong move and the K and Q are both under attack. Fun, fun, fun.

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  fm avari viraf: White's position looks very dynamic & ready to target at Black's feeble fortress. So the first thing that comes to mind is 24.Rxf6 which rip opens the fortress & after the capture 24...gxf6 White wins easily with the Queen & Bishop combination.
Jul-04-07  tal lover: i lost a lot of time trying to trap black queen, but then i look the rook sacrifice and have no problems to solve it. I dont even look to take the rook with the bishop because its wednesday puzzle
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle, the little demolition 24. Rxf6!! leads to a quick mate after the followup 25. Qg3+! and 26. Be7!
Jul-04-07  TommyC: One of those puzzles where it helps to know 'something is on'. I'm not sure I'd have gotten at the board.
Jul-04-07  Crowaholic: When I played this position against the computer (Sigma Chess in this case), the computer chose to decline the exchange sac 24. Rxf6 with ..h6. I felt the immediate urge to play 25. Rxh6!??, but I have this urge sometimes, even if following it just means throwing away material. So I decided to analyze this move in detail with computer help (well, my computer did most of the work, actually, apart from finding crazy sacrifices that don't pay off until many moves later and entering a few obvious positional moves - for White - to speed things up).

Incredibly enough, the rook sac seems to win, and quite quickly:

24. Rxf6 h6 25. Rxh6 gxh6 26. Qxh6 Rce8 27. h3! (preparing the rook lift) Qd3 28. Qg6+ Kh8 29. Qf6+! Kg8 30. Re3

and now Black seems to have nothing better than

31. ..Qxe3

which is followed by

32. dxe3 Be6 33. Qg5+ Kh7 34. Bxe6 Rxe6 (..fxe6 35. Bd6!) 35. Bxf8 Rg6 36. Qe7! (I entered this move, but my computer strongly prefers it, too, after a minute or so of thinking) Kg8 37. Qe8! and checkmate in 11 more moves.

Jul-04-07  blair45: I got 24. Rxf6, but missed the truely beautiful follow-up, 26. Be7.
Jul-04-07  aazqua: Trivial. The black squares will obviously be weak without the bishop adn there is no way to defned f6.
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  kevin86: The final move is a paradox:It looks aggressive,but is a quiet threat of mate-which can only be delayed with great effort.
Jul-04-07  resty: the puzzle should have asked for white's 26th move. 24.Rxf6 was rather easy
Jul-05-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <resty: the puzzle should have asked for white's 26th move. 24.Rxf6 was rather easy>

If all you did was to figure out Rxf6 without seeing the continuation (Qg3 and Be7), then you did not solve the puzzle.

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  patzer2: I thought yesterday's puzzle looked familiar. The winning solution (24 ?) leading to mate is number 926 in Fred Reinfeld's "1001 Chess Combinations and Sacrifices," categorized there as a "weakened castled position." Reinfeld's 1001 combinations can be found online at
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  whiteshark: An entertaining finish.
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  wordfunph: this game was adjudged as first prize for brilliancy.
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  Mating Net: Fantastic, White refrains from capturing the Rook for 4 moves because there were better moves to be had. In the final position, the f6 pawn (square) was more valuable than the Rook. Another case of less is more.
Jul-26-14  Ke2: interesting finish with the mysterious oasis of f6
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  Pyrandus: Great Spealmann!
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  Pyrandus: err.: Spielmann
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