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|Oct-22-07|| ||kwgurge: 29...Qh2+ 30.Bxh2 Nf2#. Too easy.|
|Oct-22-07|| ||tpstar: Here's a previous Monday Puzzle with a similar motif = Y Visser vs Speelman, 2006|
|Oct-22-07|| ||neveramaster: I did not think this was a bad Monday puzzle. Pretty bishop deflection.|
|Oct-22-07|| ||Fezzik: This was a pretty mate. Of course, others have pointed out that on Mondays a queen sac wins.|
|Oct-22-07|| ||you vs yourself: Pretty queen sac. Looked for a check: Nf2+ didn't work but Qh2+ did. |
|Oct-22-07|| ||willyfly: Theoretically, material is even and it's sac monday.|
29... h2+ 30 xh2 f2#
|Oct-22-07|| ||mkrk17: Pretty queen sac. Its easy to miss if you are on the defending side.|
|Oct-22-07|| ||stanleys: Very easy,but very pretty too|
|Oct-22-07|| ||gilbertblondy: h2 h2 f2# very nice|
|Oct-22-07|| ||MostlyAverageJoe: Amusing (hopefully) way to torture silicon: after noticing that Hiarcs had rather unexpected difficulty finding the Q sac, I set up this position: |
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and this gave the engine even more trouble, luring it into considerations of taking some queens.
I seems, that the initial material imbalance made the software more hesitant to sacrifice the queen.
|Oct-22-07|| ||dzechiel: Back from San Francisco. Black to play. White has a knight and a bishop for a rook. Very easy.|
Took me a couple of seconds (I wanted to play 29...Qb7+ at first), but then I remembered the "Monday-queen sac" rule and came up with
29...Qh2+ (very forcing, white only has one legal reply) 30 Bxh2 Nf2#.
A pretty sac that serves two purposes:
1) pull the white bishop from guarding f2
2) have the white bishop occupy h2 so the white king cannot use it as a flight square when the knight delivers mate.
|Oct-22-07|| ||QuidProQuo: <kwgurge: 29...Qh2+ 30.Bxh2 Nf2#. Too easy.>|
How can an monday puzzle be too easy Einstein?
|Oct-22-07|| ||BishopofBlunder: It pays to read the top line above the puzzle on the home page. You know, the one that tells you which side it is "to play". I spent a good two minutes trying to find a mate for white. I figured, being Monday it had to be a Queen sac. But Qxg8, nor Qxb6 appeared to work. I was beginning to think this was rather difficult for a Monday (or even a Wednesday for that matter). Then I noticed it was Black to play.|
What a relief...
|Oct-22-07|| ||vibes43: Lovely - divert white bishop to mate with Knight. Too easy? Maybe easy for puzzle but still nice to see and maybe one of us can make it happen in a game now - to our opponent - or defend against it before we are doomed.|
|Oct-22-07|| ||Aurora: I had a temporary mental blockade. Finally I saw the Monday sacrify!|
|Oct-22-07|| ||amadeus: Nice and easy. Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday mornin', it was all I hoped it would be
|Oct-22-07|| ||TheaN: 1/1
29....Qh2+ 30.Bxh2 Nf2#
<MAJ's 6 s position>
XD, odd, isn't it?
|Oct-22-07|| ||Marmot PFL: Interesting mate pattern and not so simple either as black had to see it (among other mates) when playing 27..Bxg2+|
|Oct-22-07|| ||Marmot PFL: <MostlyAverageJoe> Strange, computers usually find forced mates instantly.|
|Oct-22-07|| ||ahmadov: I thought it was 29...Qg3, so I missed this very easy puzzle :(|
|Oct-22-07|| ||notyetagm: <kwgurge: 29...Qh2+ 30.Bxh2 Nf2#. Too easy.>|
Another example of how difficult it is to <DEFEND> squares next to your king.
Why is it difficult to <DEFEND> squares next to your king? Because when your defender actually <DEFENDS> the square by capturing the enemy intruder on the square, that square becomes <SELF-BLOCKED> by the presence of the defender, denying that square for use as a <FLIGHT SQUARE> for the king. And a lack of <FLIGHT SQUARES> can mean mate.
Position after 30 g1xh2 <self-blocking h2>:
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In the final position above the White h1-king would not be in checkmate if he had the h2-square available to him as a <FLIGHT SQUARE>. But this square is not available to the White h1-king because it is <SELF-BLOCKED> by the White h2-bishop, which occupies this square because it had to capture the Black queen on this square with 30 g1xh2.
|Oct-22-07|| ||psmith: Nice easy mate. One could go back a move or two for a Wednesday or Thursday puzzle.|
|Oct-22-07|| ||kwgurge: < QuidProQuo: <kwgurge: 29...Qh2+ 30.Bxh2 Nf2#. Too easy.>
How can an monday puzzle be too easy Einstein?>|
The answer is precisely because it is a Monday puzzle. They have become so predictable involving queen sacs that there really is nothing to solve besides looking to see where the queen can be sac'd.
|Oct-22-07|| ||newton296: Q sac and mate monday ,
Hopefully there will be some more engame puzzles . anything but sac and mate would be a change .
|Oct-22-07|| ||znprdx: <Then I noticed it was Black to play. ...BishopofBlunder:> Which reminds me - next time I'm flipping the board. Actually White to play is rather interesting - any luck?
Even though the CG tradition is Queen sac Mondays - I nevertheless was blissfully contemplating Re3...how humiliating...<ahmadov: Qg3> that would have at least given me time to open my eyes and get them connected to my brain:) |
(I take back anything I may have previously posted about this type of position not being a real puzzle)
This game was almost a brilliant self-mate from the moment Black played d5. The fateful h3 - was a sure sign of the end.
Upon further reflection this is a classic illustration of an inexplicable phenomenon which occurs quite often in Chess: where the weaker player might actually have winning chances (or at least a draw in hand) and then methodically (and often quite creatively) throws it all away.
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