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|Aug-19-06|| ||LivBlockade: <RandomVisitor: better was 33.Qg2 and White is winning> Why can't Black play a similar combination followed by ...axb3? White's queen then comes to b1, but he has no passed pawn or way to break through with his king, so it looks like a draw.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||goldfarbdj: Took me a while to get this one. After the initial look-over, it was clear that the a-pawn was the only source of drawing counterplay, but I spent some time trying to get 34. ... a2 35. Rxg8 Qxg1+ 36. Qxg1 Rxg8 37. Qa1 to work, before at last finding the correct order of moves.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||think: I got this one fairly easily, having missed every one earlier this week! My main internal debate was between taking with the rook or the queen first. I decided to take with the queen first because
34. ... Rxg4 35. Qxg4 Qxg1 36. Qxg1 a2 37. Qa1 and white wins as black cannot take the b-pawn and protect the a-pawn in time.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||RandomVisitor: <LivBlockade>Interesting idea... White's King MAY be able so sneak up the c-file abd b-file.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||al wazir: If instead 34...Rxg4 (my idea) then 35. Qxg4 Qxg1+ 36. Qxg1 Rxb4 37. Qa1 (not 37. Qg2 Rb2, and black wins) Ra4 38. Qa2 Ra8. Now white wins, but it isn't easy. |
White can advance his to h6 while black marks time and then play Qd2 followed by Qxh7+, but black's retreats to g8 and is safe from mate.
If instead white swings his over the queenside he can exchange the for the and the a . The black gets to the queenside in time to block the white 's incursion, but white can seize the opposition, win the d , and bag the point.
|Aug-19-06|| ||PhilFeeley: Just out of curiosity, what's the continuation after 37. Qg1? Is it ...Rxb4 then 38. Qa7 Rb1+ 39. Kg2 a1(Q) 40. Qxf7+ with perpetual?|
|Aug-19-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: YAY!! I solved this puzzle all the way till the end! :):) It has been a while since I solved a Saturday puzzle..|
What a shame about White's b-pawn, otherwise White would have won, no?
|Aug-19-06|| ||Marmot PFL: Quickest ever for a saturday, about 5-10 seconds. That's just to get the idea of course, not to calculate everything.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||greensfield: Got this one very quickly. The position almost played it self. ie breaking up loaded g file & maintaining the a pawn advance & maintaining threat on b pawn.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||TrueBlue: easy, got the move in about 5 seconds. About 5 more seconds to figure that the black a pawn will compensate for the sacrifice.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: <What a shame about White's b-pawn, otherwise White would have won, no?>|
oops, obviously I meant to say that BLACK would have won if White's b-pawn was not standing in the way of the rook.
|Aug-19-06|| ||Tariqov: Oooo, i saw Qxg1 but i thought Black would win outright after Rxb4, didn't see the puzzle for White after Rxb4 the brilliant Qa7!|
|Aug-19-06|| ||kevin86: Boy is this an O'Henry finish!! Black must give up the queen to save the game----and then it is WHITE who eventually must force a perpetual check to salvage his half point!|
Easy for a Saturday puzzle-because the solver is dragged kicking and screaming to the proper conclusion.
|Aug-19-06|| ||vmur2000: May I suggest chessgames to allow flipping the board when Black to play .we could do that after going into the game but that spoils the fun of solving.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: <Boy is this an O'Henry finish!!>|
<kevin86> O'Henry? Which game specifically are you referring to?
|Aug-19-06|| ||Tactical: <PhilFeeley>Yes.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||Halldor: Actually I didn't get this - not quite, I saw the continuation until 37. g1 nearly instantly, then I was too impatient and checked the solution immediately, thought that Black would win, missed a7! Excellent puzzle.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||vmur2000: @EmperorAtahualpa
O Henry is a famous author known for twists in the tale at the end.(in the last line many times)
|Aug-19-06|| ||KingG: Got it, but i recognised the position from some tactics book. I think it was 'Chess Tactics for Kids', a pretty good book by the way despite the title.|
|Aug-19-06|| ||dakgootje: Always nice when you get the puzzle of your birthday, especcially when its a saturday ;-)|
|Aug-19-06|| ||b.roberts5150: I give up. Why does black agree to a draw? After 37...Rxb4, what can white do?|
|Aug-19-06|| ||dzechiel: Found it, but it took me a long time. At first I wanted to "block" the g-file by advancing my rook and allow it to be captured by a white pawn, but I couldn't get it to work and I still couldn't promote the a-pawn.|
The closer I looked at the position, the more I realized that black was one move away from disaster. For instance, 34...Rgc8 allows 35 Rg7+ Kh8 36 Rh7+ Kxh7 37 Qg7#. So, it had to be something forcing and it had to be now!
That's what led me to investigate 34...Qxg1+, and I then noticed that no matter how black captured on g1, after the rook capture on g4, the white queen would be out of position for the a-pawn advance.
In fact, I thought black was winning, overlooking the fact that after 37...Rxb4 that white could respond with 38 Qa7! stopping the immediate promotion and setting up a perpetual check on the black king.
I guess that Kreiman and Christianson noticed this finesse well in advance and decided to save some energy.
|Aug-19-06|| ||GoldenKnight: This is more of a Monday puzzle. It was so obvious I thought I was missing something big-time. But I wasn't. Did chessgames.com itself miss something here (i.e. did they actually mean to have this on Monday)?|
|Aug-19-06|| ||aazqua: I can't believe how easy this puzzle was. Q*R is an obvious try - the reply is forced, after r*r q*r white has no way to stop the pawn and must race around for the perpetual. SImple.|
|Sep-04-06|| ||patzer2: The surprise sham sacrifice 34...Qxg1+!! enables Black to promote the passed a-pawn.|
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