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|May-14-08|| ||TheaN: About the opening: a strange shot.
7.Nc3 is one move too early, where theory in the Scotch Gambit main line is:
<7.Bxd5?! Qxd5 8.Nc3!> nice tactical defensive shot.
<8....Qa5>, among other squares, including back to d8 and h5, but a5 is most promising.
<9.Nxe4>, Rxe4+ leaves c3 hanging without more merit for the Rook on e4 than e1, and Black's going to play Be6 anyway.
<9....Be6>, which seems to slighty favor Black....
<10.Ng5>, but is actually even.
The point of the gambit is these kind of tactical bombing, but I actually haven't seen 7.Nc3 before. I've played against 4/5/6/7....d6 (in 1.e4 e5 2.Nf6 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4) leading to slight advantage for White already, but it's usually tame. 4....Bb4+ is odd but seems to work as well... anyone got a refutation for that?
|May-14-08|| ||zb2cr: Found this very quickly, a matter of seconds.
I have nothing to add to the cogent comments by <dzechiel>, <jheiner>, and <johnlspouge> as to the tactical markers which lead to the correct move.
|May-14-08|| ||Jack Kerouac: Boy I miss those 1929 games.
You know what I mean.
|May-14-08|| ||ste10987: A nice mate combination|
|May-14-08|| ||playground player: If you can first see the checkmate by the Knight and Bishop, you can find the moves to get you there--and you can feel free to sacrifice any piece but the Knight and Bishop.|
|May-14-08|| ||Marmot PFL: Got this quickly, as it seems most people did with a familiar mating pattern of Bh6 and Nf6. Nice sac of rook and queen to set this up and it doesn't matter if black accepts or declines.|
|May-14-08|| ||Marmot PFL: <MostlyAverageJoe> Good assessment I would say, or this would be a main line for white.|
|May-14-08|| ||Marmot PFL: <<8....Qa5>, among other squares, including back to d8 and h5, but a5 is most promising.>|
There I am not so sure. I have had better results with 8...Qh5.
|May-14-08|| ||YouRang: Another puzzle that can be solved quickly by noticing that the opposing king is immobile -- which means that any check that can't be blocked or captured is mate.|
With this in mind, one instantly sees the potential of mating with the knight at f6, and black's queen is the only show-stopper. Meanwhile the queen threatens to capture the knight.
Is there a way to deflect the queen while guarding the knight? Yes! 18.Re8+ Rxe8 and then 19.Qg4+! - and consider the queen deflected or lost. Either way, mate follows soon.
An impressive R+Q sacrifice that's really not hard to find once you see the latent threat and the goals required to realize it.
|May-14-08|| ||Halldor: Amusing puzzle. My first thought: How can the black queen be driven away from defending the f6-square; and soon I saw the double R&Q sac.|
|May-14-08|| ||neveramaster: Easy for Wednesday.|
|May-14-08|| ||al wazir: <UdayanOwen: 14...Bxe1 15. Qg4 Ne7 16.Nf5+ Kf7 17.Qg7+ Ke6, white can play <18.Rxe1+>>.|
Thanks. Yes, that works. So does the continuation 18. Qxe7+ Kxf5 19. Qg5+ Ke6 20. Rxe1+.
The sac was sound.
|May-14-08|| ||Jesspatrick: Here's an interesting variation...
12.xc6?! h6 13.f3 d7 14.d7!!
I failed to find 18.e8+ and would have played 18. e3 which also wins
|May-14-08|| ||sleepyirv: Spotted instantly that only the Black Queen was blocking mate- everything elese was just finding the right tempo move to set up the decoy on g4|
|May-14-08|| ||newzild: My first day back after 11 weeks of backpacking through Asia - Europe. Heartening to know I can still spot a 2-star nice'n'quick!|
|May-14-08|| ||Cinco: 18. Re8+ Rxe8 (or Bf8) 19. Qg4+ Ng5 20. Qxf5
If 19...Qxg4/Qg5/Qg6, then Nf6#
|May-14-08|| ||solskytz: A very elegant finish.
I must say that I missed it. I looked at
18. cxb4, and only now do I see that ...dxe2 isn't forced... there's the simple ...Nxh6
While Qxh5 simply loses the queen to a back-rank rook check, ...dxe2 19. Qd4 brings some entertaining variations such as
19...Q or N takes B or N 20. Qg7 mate
19...Ne5 20. Qd5+ Qf7 21. Nf6 mate, or 20...Nf7 21. Qxf5
and on 19... Qe5, there is 20. Nf6+ picking up the queen.
As I saw all of this in under a minute, I was satisfied that this was it!! But nope, 18... Nxh6 19. Re3 or 19. Re7, and the game probably isn't over yet (I'm not using a computer... and I may miss a whole lot of stuff. Still, it seems to me that after either 19. Re3 or 19. Re7 the advantage is still very much white's).
|May-14-08|| ||Billy Vaughan: Two mating patterns (Rook check, Knight check), so it's just a matter of chucking stuff at the defenders until they can't take it any longer.|
The longest line I believe is 18. Re8+ Rxe8 19. Qg4+ Ng5 20. Qxf5 Ne6 21. Nf6+ Kf7 22. Nd5#, or 20. ... Rxe1+ 21. Rxe1 and black can't forestall 22. Nf6, Re8 or Q[x]e6 mate.
|May-14-08|| ||234: Tuesday puzzle <37. ?> May-13-08 W Schmidt vs J Augustin, 1976|
|May-14-08|| ||simsan: Yes, this was pretty easy for a wednesday. I spotted the delicious mating opportunity with Nf6 at once, And immediately started looking for forcing moves to get the queen out of the way. The two forcing Rook and Queen moves where rather easy to spot after that. |
Having also concluded that a) both 18. ... Rxe8 as well as 18. .. Bf8 would be bad for black and that b) blocking with the knight looses the queen with mate to follow, I feel I solved this puzzle pretty well.
|May-14-08|| ||DavidD: A nice puzzle illustrating the beauty of purely logical chess that most people today seem to have followed. White sees Nf6 is mate. But the queen is guarding the f6-square. How to deflect the queen? Qg4+ would do it. But the White Rook blocks the path to the g4-square. So move the Rook. Then the move sequence is simple: Re8+/Qg4+/Nf6 mate as played. It is asthetically pleasing when a position can be solved using pure logic.|
|May-15-08|| ||gawain: That was very pretty.
16 ... Nf7 sure turned out to be a terrible move, didn't it? After 17 Nh5 there is nothing Black can do to save himself
|May-15-08|| ||kevin86: A great pair of sacs to end this one. Black can save the game by 19...g5 but would lose the queen by 20 xf5 and mate would come soon after.|
|May-15-08|| ||patzer2: For the Wednesday May 14, 2008 puzzle solution, it's mate-in-three starting with the clearance sacrifice 18...Re8+!|
|Nov-22-08|| ||ste10987: great game|
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