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Grigor Minchev vs K Kolev
? (1991)
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System (A36)  ·  1-0
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Dec-02-05  phire: <Simplification> 32.Bxe5! was my move of choise too, black is forced to give both queens...
Dec-02-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I was thinking of 32.f6 as well, but let's face it guys, 32.Rf4! is the much better move!
Dec-02-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Hey, my Crafty likes 32.Bxe5 even more than the text move!
Dec-02-05  DanRoss53: I was impressed that I actually got a Friday puzzle, but am somewhat disappointed that it's actually the *third* best solution! Letting Crafty (19.19) look at a half a billion positions for each of the three moves, I get the following evaluations:

32. ♗xe5!! +8.01
32... ♕xd3 33. ♕g5+ ♕g7 34. ♘e7+ ♔f7 35. ♕h5+ ♔f8 36. ♗xg7+ ♘xg7 37. ♕h4 ♕d4+ 38. ♖f2 gxh3 39. ♕xd4 cxd4 40. ♘xc8 ♘e8

32. f6!! +5.80
32... ♕f7 33. ♗xe5 dxe5 34. ♖xe5 ♕bb7 35. ♖xe8+ ♕xe8 36. ♘e7+ ♕bxe7 37. ♕g5+ ♕g6 38. ♕xg6+ hxg6 39. fxe7 ♗d7 40. ♖f8+ ♔g7 41. hxg4 a5 42. e8=♕ ♗xe8 43. ♖xe8

32. ♖e4!! +5.66
32... ♕g7 33. ♖xg4 ♕b7 34. f6 ♗xg4 35. fxg7 ♗f5 36. ♖f1 ♕xg7+ 37. ♕xg7+ ♘xg7 38. ♘e7+ ♔f7 39. ♘xf5 ♘xf5 40. ♖xf5+ ♔g6 41. ♖f8 ♔g5

Dec-02-05  Guest1825: I decided on 32.Qh4 as a kind of waiting move to see if Black would crack under the pressure.
Dec-02-05  dakgootje: Well this is definately not my best week so far...missed it wednesday, thursday and today too! Only solution is to get tomorrows puzzle...
Dec-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: Shoot. I figured it would be 32. f6. I'm mad because I even looked at 32. Rf4, thinking, "black can't capture the rook because the pawn is pinned (doubly-pinned if you consider the bishop)." But for some dumb reason, I abandoned that line.

My train of thought got derailed. :(

Dec-02-05  malbase: 32. f6? Qf7 33. Be5 gh3 34. Qg5+ Kf8
32. Re4 Qf7 33. Rf4+ Kh8 34. Nf4
And it goes on.
From a 2900+ program.
Dec-02-05  AniamL: Disappointing. I didn't notice the open file created if 32...exf4. All I could think of was 32. f6, which doesn't do much, if anything (but it looked like it had potential for a few seconds).
Dec-02-05  AniamL: Oh, and by the way, Minchev is my hero for playing his crazy so-called Three Knights "Halloween" Gambit.
Dec-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <malbase> Wow, you been a member here longer than I have. But have never met you. =)

Nice avatar. LOL!

Dec-02-05  jahhaj: I had 32.♖e4, does that work as well as 32.♖f4?
Dec-02-05  klausewitz: The move for me was e6. Missed...
Dec-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: No takers on my previous post??

My choice for the puzzle position was 32. f6. I considered Bxe5 and Re4 as well, but rejected them, so I should only give myself one-third credit.

Would I have played any of these moves in a game? Hey, white has a knight and a queen in attacking positions, as well as a pawn backed by a rook, and another rook and a bishop available to be sacrificed. Black's king is wide open, with no pieces close and no counterplay. The attack is just crying out to be launched.

I had a position like this a couple of days ago in 5-minute chess, and I said to myself, "This is just like a CG puzzle. There has to be a mate there." So I went for it. I didn't even try to calculate it.

My opponent defended gamely. I came out a rook behind, but I won on time.

Moral: CG puzzles are different from real life.

Dec-02-05  mgracian: My Solution
32 f6, Qf7. 33 Ne7+, Kh8. 34 Ng6, Kg8. 35 Nxe5, dxe5. 36 Rxe5, Qbb7. 37 Rg5+

The Two moves Rf4 & f6 are winning, but f6 is better

Dec-02-05  hayton3: Analysis by Fritz 8: after 5 mins

1. (7.22): 1.Bxe5
2. (5.81): 1.Rf4 Qg7 2.Rxg4 Qbb7 3.f6 Bxg4 4.fxg7 Bc8 5.Qg5 Qxg7 6.Ne7+

Dec-02-05  TTLump: I picked the same move as <jahaj> Re4, which seems closer to the actual line than any other move. The idea of putting a rook on the g-file looks obvious, simple, and unstoppable.

BTW, ChessMaster chose this line in 3 minutes (score +7.47): 32.Bxe5 Qxd3, 33.Qg5+ Qg7, 34.Ne7+ Kf7, 35.Qh5+ Kf8, 36.Bxg7+ Nxg7, 37.Qxg4 Bd7, 38.Qh4 Qc3

ChessMaster scores 32.Re4 at +5.38 after 3.18 minutes / 9-ply.

The popular 32.f6 (..Qf7 33.Bxe5) gets a score of +8.50 by Chessmaster after 2 minutes of analysis.

It looks like white has a lot of different and decisive ways to win this game and it seems as if our GM Minchev may not have found the most excellent line! Strip the fraud of his title!! :)

Dec-02-05  TTLump: <malbase>
32. f6 Qf7
33. Bxe5 gxh3?

then
34. Bc3! Qa4
35. Rxe8+ Qaxe8
36. Ne7+ Qexe7
37. Qg5+ Kf8
38. fxe7+ Ke8
39. Rxf7 h2+
40. Kxh2 Kxf7
41. Qf6+ Ke8
42. Qf8+ Kd7
43. Ba5 d5
44. e8=Q# 1-0

from a 2711 program!

Dec-02-05  snowie1: Misstit! I wanted to move f6 like some other OTB kind of players. Tsk! Maybe next time.
Dec-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: With 32. Rf4!! White mounts a crushing attack on Black's weakened castled position. The weakness of the Black King is accentuated by the fact that there are two Queens out of play, who are helpless against the White onslaught.

White apparently has equally strong winning attacks with the alternatives 32. Bxe5!! or 32. Re4!!, due to the weakness of the Black King.

Dec-02-05  DP12: This is the most ballsy attacking game I have seen in years. Anyone who has not gone through the game(first of all should be scolded because there are three queens on the board) definitely should have a look.
Jan-25-07  ikipemiko: Have a look at move number 11...
This is the most brutal promotion of a pawn - in 5 moves!!
Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: 2 Qs aren't enough to stop the attack
Feb-03-09  swarmoflocusts: I love 16.Bxg7! Minchev essentially trades a queen (plus the a2 pawn minus Black's pawn once it queens) for a knight and Black's most important defensive piece (in this position, Black's fianchettoed bishop is the key defender of his entire kingside structure -- this is especially true considering how far Minchev had already advanced his kingside pawns). Then, he takes advantage of his opponent's new weak king and plays an amazing mating attack which his opponent could not defend even with two (count them) queens!
Sep-01-16  Timi: Why does this game have no title?
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