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Aleksa Strikovic vs Mihai Suba
Sevilla op (1994), rd 9
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1
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Oct-29-08  sleepyirv: <al wazir> Nothing past that really. I was just suggesting White would have more options trying to scare up threats by trying to go for a one move mate than walking into mate.
Oct-29-08  Patriot: 26...Qxd6 practically jumped off the board. 27.exd6 Re1+ 28.Kf2 Bh4#. I spent a little time after that trying to find ways white could refuse (and refute) the queen sac but was so convinced Qxd6 was correct I stopped looking further.

As some of you pointed out, 27.Qf7 may be worth a try since it threatens mate on b7 but 27...Qc7 is simple enough.

I think 27.Qb5 puts up a little more resistance so perhaps 27...Nxe5 is good enough. 28.fxe5 Qxe5 29.Bd2 (threatening 30.Re1) 29...Bc7 looks strong.

Oct-29-08  Halldor: nice week so far
Oct-29-08  Zzyw: Saw it instantly, spent most time looking for a plausible move for white but there isn't any.
Oct-29-08
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  johnlspouge: < <JG27Pyth> wrote: JohnLspouge: <Can't say why I had that association, either, <JG27Pyth>. Maybe the CIA is testing its mind-control devices and we are particularly susceptible ;>) [snip]

Alternatively... stay away from "salad bars," pesticides, and all forms of sushi [snip]>

I am not going to ask how you knew I will be in Tokyo all next week, <JG27Pyth>. Are you really sending me to a WW I battlefield after that?

Poo-tee-weet :)

Oct-29-08  sfm: Oops! Looks like white should simply have played 26.Ld2 with very good attacking chances.
Oct-29-08  zb2cr: Hi <JG27Pyth>,

I enjoyed your statement about: "There is no visual correspondence beyond the symbolic between a chess diagram and a real battlefield unless it be from the War of the Antartic between the black Penguins and their hated mutant foe the Albino Penguins and even then one wonders, where are the squares?"

I was just pulling your chain a bit, since obviously the only correspondence might be if you had seen a map of the battle of Argonne Forest where the unit disposition superficially resembled the layout of the board for this puzzle.

Those are impressive photographic finds. I have to say, I stand corrected, as far as the Argonne Forest battlefield not looking like a prototypical blasted and surreal WWI battlefield. Of course, I should have expected that, since the battle stretched over weeks. Prolonged heavy artillery bombardment does damage and destroy trees, and churn up the ground.

As to whether I'm crazier than you--who can say? :-)

Oct-29-08
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  gawain: Oh, wow! Love the mating position that would have occurred had W played on. The h4 bishop delivers check and protects the e1 rook which covers the escape squares that the pawns do not have covered. Very economical, though not perfectly so as the e3 square is covered twice. Thanks to <TheaN> for the link to the wikipedia article on the Pure Mate.

Like <whitebeach> I was thinking about ... Rxe5 or Nxe5 but nothing comes of either capture. I just didn't see the Queen sac.

Oct-29-08  zb2cr: Hi <johnlspouge>,

<<JG27Pyth> and <zb2cr>, if Paramount does another remake of the original Star Trek, you should apply to central casting.

You guys do like each other, right? :)>

Ah. So you feel that <JG27Pyth> has the right stuff to play Capt. Kirk and I would do well as Mr. Spock? I just wish that I could play chess as well as the original Star Trek implied Mr. Spock could.

And yes, I do enjoy <JG27Pyth>'s postings. I enjoy yours as well.

Oct-29-08
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  kevin86: A surprizing mating combination in three follows the queen sac:

26...♕xd6!! 27 exd6 ♖e1+ 28 ♔f2 ♗h4#

The mate sneaks up on white like a snake.

Oct-29-08
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  chrisowen: With Bd8 it sets the trap in which the white knight plunges head first. Perhaps white should've re-took with the bishop, the sac exchange doesnt pay dividends.
Oct-29-08  nateinstein: So Monday is a queen sac mate in 1, Tuesday is a queen sac mate in 2, and Wednesday is a queen sac mate in 3. I think I see a pattern...
Oct-29-08
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  YouRang: Funny, my first impression was that this was NOT going to be an assault on the king today, but rather a tactic to pick up a piece -- perhaps that knight on d6.

But then I noticed that (1) black's king is subtly cramped due to the black Ph3, (2) that a rook on the back rank would be very forcing, and (3) that our DSB can very quickly control the dark squares around the king.

The only trick is to spring the rook to white's back rank, which requires us to get the Pe5 out of the way, which is neatly done by taking the knight that it's (apparently) protecting.

So, actually, my first impression was sort of correct! It was a tactic to win the knight with the simple 26...Qxd6. White shouldn't recapture because of the mating threat it would enable (and in fact, was played).

Oct-29-08
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  Eggman: My main trouble in solving this problem is that I assumed at a glance that it was White to Play.

I'm surprised we don't see this mating pattern more often.

Oct-29-08
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  johnlspouge: < <zb2cr> wrote : Ah. So you feel that <JG27Pyth> has the right stuff to play Capt. Kirk and I would do well as Mr. Spock?>

Hi, <zb2cr>. "Know thyself." I enjoy your posts, mostly for the obvious reason that I actually learn things from them. Here is a link you might find mildly interesting, as I did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_t...

I wonder whether <JG27Pyth> would cast himself as Capt. Kirk, or Dr. McCoy, as I originally had in mind. There are clearly few bounds to the delusions of a mind that can see belligerent mutant albino penguins in a chess diagram.

Oct-29-08  Woody Wood Pusher: 26..Qxd6 27.exd6,Re1+ 28.Kf2,Bh4 mate.

way too easy for Wednesday IMO.

Oct-29-08  mworld: this must have been easy for a wednesday for me to see it within the first few seconds. However, a very beutiful piece capture (im surprised white recaptured)
Oct-29-08  patzer of patzers: i feel happy, because this is the first time i've gotten a puzzle right (it's been a few weeks, but i'm an extremely weak chess player). I've decided to use this strategy: find the most outrageous looking move (that still at least does SOMETHING) and try to see the line that follows. Does that sound about right?
Oct-29-08  JG27Pyth: <I wonder whether <JG27Pyth> would cast himself as Capt. Kirk, or Dr. McCoy...>

Dammit Spouge! I'm a Doctor, not a chessplayer!!!

Actually I see myself as one of those poor fellows with the red shirts -- the security detail -- that get beamed down to the planet and never heard from again.

Oct-29-08
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  johnlspouge: < <JG27Pyth> wrote: <I wonder whether <JG27Pyth> would cast himself as Capt. Kirk, or Dr. McCoy...> Dammit Spouge! I'm a Doctor, not a chessplayer!!!>

:)

I now know that my next response will not be wasted upon you...

<Actually I see myself as one of those poor fellows with the red shirts -- the security detail -- that get beamed down to the planet and never heard from again.>

One of the most enjoyable episodes of the original Star Trek was "Friday's Child", because: (A) it had Julie Newmar, who is bound to brighten any adolescent's day; and (B) to my knowledge, it is the only episode where the guy in a red shirt gets killed before the opening credits roll, enough to leave you howling with laughter if you are in on the joke.

For more on the same theme, see http://echosphere.net/star_trek_ins...; in fact, you would probably enjoy the whole site: http://echosphere.net/star_trek_ins....

Oct-29-08  mworld: <patzer of patzers: i feel happy, because this is the first time i've gotten a puzzle right (it's been a few weeks, but i'm an extremely weak chess player). I've decided to use this strategy: find the most outrageous looking move (that still at least does SOMETHING) and try to see the line that follows. Does that sound about right?>

if you sign up here http://chess.emrald.net/index.php

and stick with it for a little while you'll be surprised how strong you will get at solving these. :)

Oct-29-08  SufferingBruin: patzer of patzers, I share your joy. I got this one, too. And to mworld, thanks for that link! :)
Oct-29-08  Kings Indian: King's Indian's Dad here

Yes, this was easier than I thought it would be. I got yesterday's wrong. I carried out the moves to checkmate, because sacrificing a queen needs to lead to a sure advantage, at the very least.

Oh yes, I am not a chess player, or a doctor for that matter.

Oct-30-08  mworld: <SufferingBruin: patzer of patzers, I share your joy. I got this one, too. And to mworld, thanks for that link! :)>

hey, i saw that you did sign up! congrats. Once your RD drops below 50 the problems they throw at you stabilize and you will find that you get better at them and then they throw you increasingly harder and harder ones as your rating climbs.

When i started on there I equalized at about 1150 and climbed my way up to a 1430 ish one with improving accuracy.

glad you enjoy it like i do :)

Nov-05-08
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  patzer2: For the Wednesday Oct 29, 2008 puzzle solution, Black takes advantage of the pinned pawn on e5 to win a piece after 26...Qxd6! and then pull off a mate-in-two after 27. exd6 Re1+ 28. Kf2 Bh4#.
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