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Venert vs Ventzeslav Mechkarov
Bulgaria (1970)
Mexican Defense: General (A50)  ·  0-1


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Apr-04-11  KingV93: Took a minute or so but got it. Interesting puzzle, White really gets off track reacting to Blacks moves.

There's a 'Mexican Defense'? first time I've heard of it....

Apr-04-11  Whitehat1963: Love it. Pretty obvious, even for a Monday.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Took a minute or so but got it.>

It also took me a little longer than usual for a Monday, probably because tactics with an early Knight check on the 6th rank (algebraic 3rd rank for Black) usually involve a pin along the file. I don't ever remember previously seeing this specific idea (early Nd6+ or ... Nd3+) with a pin along the diagonal leading to the Queen.

Apr-04-11  zb2cr: Black wins the Queen for 2 minor pieces after 6. ... Nd3+.
Apr-04-11  Fuegoverde: 6...Nd3+, and white looses his queen for a Knight and a bishop
Apr-04-11  Patriot: My thought process:

6.Qa5+ Bd7

6.f3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6


This is a "very easy" Monday??

Oh! It is black's move!

6...Nd3+ 7.exd3 Bxd1 8.Nxd1

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  chrisowen: I for one a prior instigate cotoneaster pd6c8bg4 plan tangerine dream and java swuade San Pedro white sierra nd2 back it flag in green fingers try pedal d3+ red clutch ave now ahchoo forfeit queen next.
Apr-04-11  LIFE Master AJ: 6...Nd3+; wins White's Queen.
Apr-04-11  jackpawn: Found immediately. A typical pattern . . .
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  kevin86: The puzzle was easy,but there is a trick:

Usually on Mondays we are treated to a queen sac-in this case,the reverse is true. Here a queen is captured,or rather "sacrificed" to save the king.

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  YouRang: Easy: <6...Nd3+!> followed by <7.d'oh!>
Apr-04-11  ChessPieceFace: Pretty stoked that I got this one, but keeping in mind it's a Monday puzzle.

Would 6.Nxe5 have been the correct move instead of 6.Nd2? It must be better than the actually played move, right?

Apr-04-11  stst: 6... Nd3+ and the WQ is lost
W has no defense except 7. PxN then BxQ
8.KxB etc
Apr-04-11  BOSTER: Because yesterday game (GOTD Sunday) was very instructive I want to say this. Analyzing this game <Phony Benoni> wrote <with the incredible move 16.Ke2!>,and <Jim> asked <where did black go wrong?> The game played by Sokolov arised the principle question: is this the correct strategy to move very early h4-h5 against g6 pawn to open the "h" file and to leave own king on e2(or f2), or how said <Marmot PFL> <White is also taking risks with his king of course>. This is the position after 18.Bxe4 with black to play.

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I guess inspite of bad opening after 18...Qg4+ black can safe the game. White can not play 19.f3-Qxg2 and then Qxh3.
White can not play 19.Bf3-Rxf3 Rxf3 e4.
and white can not play 19.Rf3- Qxe4+
So they have to play 19.Kd3,but after Qxd1 20.Rxd1 Kg7 21.Rdh1 Na6 white have not too much.

Apr-04-11  nearenough: I'm 73, haven't played a real game in 30 years and I got it. When do I get my GM card?
Apr-04-11  kingfu: Nk3 check. This is old school notation. Get over it.

I figured one out.

I found my car keys!

Has anyone seen my check book?

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  keypusher: <kingfu: Nk3 check. This is old school notation. Get over it.>

That isn't old school notation. Old school notation would be ...N-Q6+. Or ...N-Q6 ch. Or ...Kt-Q6 ch. Or "Queen's Knight advances to adversary's Queen's third square, announcing check."

Apr-04-11  kingfu: It is Monday and I am going to work again after working about 60 hours last week.

Obviously, I am tired and made a mistake.

Thanks, keypusher for putting me back on the path!

Have you seen my car keys?

Apr-04-11  WhiteRook48: 6...Nd3+ so easy, then 7 exd3 Bxd1 and white will proceed to get owned if he keeps playing
Apr-04-11  bachbeet: Got it quickly. Truly very easy.
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  TheFocus: That took about 3 seconds.
Apr-04-11  MountainMatt: <ChessPieceFace> Would 6.Nxe5 have been the correct move instead of 6.Nd2? It must be better than the actually played move, right?

I'm not sure about the first question, but quite obviously the answer to the second question is YES! 6. Nxe5 saves the queen and will lead to even material, not to mention doubled center pawns for black. You could also leave the knight right where it is and play something else, like 6. e4. Black obviously can't play Nd3+, and white has freed the bishop on f1, and gained an advantage in space and a strong pawn center. This might even be slightly better than 6. Nxe5

(Someone please let me, a very low rated player, know if that analysis is any good at all!)

Apr-05-11  kingfu: Three seconds??

Man, I am getting old.

However, I do know that moving the same piece twice in the opening is like printing money in the basement of the Whitehouse.

Apr-05-11  1000andproud: This game was won and lost without a piece being removed from the board! How unusual...
Apr-05-11  ChessPieceFace: <MountainMatt> Yes, I think in looking at it again, 6.e4 is best. (It's what I would play, maybe, which is saying nearly nothing). I'd look to follow it up with 7.Be2 and 8.O-O. It's way too early in the game for me to tell if this is the best thing to play, but it seems solid, and in any case, not bad. Right?
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