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Yuri Rusakov vs Boris Verlinsky
Moskou (1947)
King Pawn Game: Macleod Attack (C20)  ·  0-1
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Oct-20-06  ReikiMaster: easiest of the week - once you expect a puzzle!
Oct-20-06  greensfield: Great, I got a Friday one. I think because it was a puzzle you knew a solution was in there, and as there were only two variations to consider on the key moves ...9 & ...10 it was easy to fathom out.
Oct-20-06  DexterGordon: So what is White's best line after 8...Bb4? I guess he can run away from the check with 9.Qe2+ Kf8 10.Kd8, and if 10...Nd4 then simply 11.Qe4.
Oct-20-06  centercounter: Surprisingly easy for a Friday, since the options for both players are really very limited. Still, aesthetically very pretty.

I would actually be interested in seeing "puzzles" where we would have to choose the best move, not necessarily to win but just the best moves in the position. These are the types of puzzles that I believe are the most beneficial, as one has to outplay the opponent in order to get to these lovely tactical shots.

Oct-20-06  MarioBalibrera: I got it fairly easily as a puzzle; I hate to think I might miss this sort of thing in a game.
Oct-20-06  Sami Jr: This is a Friday puzzle??
Oct-20-06  The17thPawn: <al wazir> - Nice to see your as confrontational as ever. However, I must agree having gone for 9...Be7 myself and never having the opportunity to realize ...Bg7 as the coup de grace. Keep it coming my friend. Your honesty is always refreshing.
Oct-20-06
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  YouRang: I found it fairly quick, but it's still a fascinating predicament for White.

He wins a queen outright, but loses because he can't stop Black's mighty pawn!

Oct-20-06
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  cu8sfan: Sorry, the position is correct, I was just too tired this morning to realize...
Oct-20-06  Tenderfoot: I didn't look far enough to Qe7. That's a pretty awesome sacrifice...I think white would have been well off to avoid letting black eat away at it's pawns like that.
Oct-20-06
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  kevin86: I,too,remember the game from Chernov's book. As a youth,I probably learned more of the English Language from this book than from my formal schooling.

Note:♕e7!! pins the queen and prevents ♕xb2.

In the final position,white has no alternative to giving up his rook-either by black's regaining the queen by promotion or by the bishop's gobbling up both queen and rook.

White,a queen ahead,resigned.

Oct-20-06
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  Knight13: Reminds me of Vietnam War.
Oct-20-06  Bob726: Darn, i already knew this game so i couldn't solve it!
Oct-20-06  Billosky: <kevin86: As a youth,I probably learned more of the English Language from this book than from my formal schooling.> Not a bad way to pick up a new language! The only way that's better still is to learn it from a native speaking lover, preferably one who can also play a mean game of chess. Alas, why doesn't this world work like that?
Oct-20-06  belka: <kevin86: Note:Qe7!! pins the queen and prevents Qxb2. >

Exactly. This motif is the solution.

The pawn on b2 is worth Q+R since its promotion bxa1 cannot be prevented. Once you realize this, Qe7 is not really a sacrifice at all. It's the pin that matters.

Oct-20-06
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  kevin86: <belka> You don't quite understand. I am an American by birth. What I meant was that I learned a lot of words and phrases from the book-more than I would learn in my early days of school. I started chess playing at six.
Oct-20-06
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  al wazir: <JohnBoy: Does not 9...Be7 also pick up the X?> I'm not sure I know what X is, but after 9...Be7 10. Qxb2 Bxf6 11. Nc3 Qe7+ 12. Be2, I think white might just hold on. At any rate, I don't see an easy win for black.

<The17thPawn: <al wazir> - Nice to see your as confrontational as ever.> You should see my letters to editors. When I kibitz here I'm on my good behavior.

Oct-20-06
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  Jonathan Sarfati: 9...Qe7 was an ingenious move that had to be foreseen. The main fly in the ointment to the game is that White could have played simply 8. Nxc3 with a hugely favorable form of the Danish/Goering type gambit. Black must lose more time with his N and his K-side is grievously weakened.
Jan-08-09  mertangili: <DWINS> I think after 11. Qxb2 Bxb2 12. Na3 Bxa3 13. Bxc7 Bb4+ 14. Kd1 Kxe7(or Bxe7) and the black has not only 2 extra pawns but also has a lead in development and the white king is at the center and wide open. I believe thats enough reason for resignation
Apr-09-09  WhiteRook48: 7. e5??
May-07-09  sandmanbrig: Who needs a queen anyways?
Jun-20-11
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  Eduardo Bermudez: 9...Qe7 looks like a blunder, but is the best move on this position !!
Jan-08-12
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  FSR: As <Jonathan Sarfati> said, 8.Nxc3! is much stronger, e.g. 8...Nh7 (8...Qe7 9.Qe2 Nh7 10.Nd5 Qd8 11.Nf6+ is even worse) 9.h4 is horrible for Black.
Jul-22-14
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  OBIT: Cool... with my students this would be known as a "teleporting queen" - the Black queen disappears from e7 and reappears on a1.
Jul-28-14
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  naresb: Defenceless Game!
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