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|Mar-21-11|| ||sevenseaman: It was a pretty little entertainer after the Sunday grind.|
Perhaps to be part of 'unsolicited advice' file of <CG> I suggest for them to add an intermediate page between the puzzle and the game.
This should give a clue or a leading hint to solvers who think they could do with some help to make progress, rather than go to the game for the whole solution.
It is a normal part of most presentations coming out in the dailies.
A valid hint for today's puzzle could be,
<"White's Q is under siege. Can you find a way for it to get out of trouble and at the same time put Black K into the soup.">
It confines the solver to a specific area for intenser scrutiny. Not many will use it. The ambitious ones might when they feel frustrated and wish to salvage something.
There could be a deterrent caution as a footnote, "Using the hint will cut your score by half."
|Mar-21-11|| ||sevenseaman: Mature and balanced advice from <Once> to <SufferingBruin>. Golf has traps of its own, one daresay.|
A callow amateur, coerced into playing golf by his company boss brought two golf balls home on his first day.
"Darling what are these" asked his curious wife. "Golf balls" was the terse reply as she fondled them in awe and wonder, " how shiny, round and beautiful!"
Days later the plonker played again and brought another pair home.
"Oh dahrling! You shot another golf today?"
|Mar-21-11|| ||gofer: Why didn't I see this in a split second? Qxf7# has been entrenched into my psyche from my earliest days of playing. All we need to do is remove the only defender; Rd8+ Qxd8 Qxf7#. I think the only reason this took so long is that black has quite a few threats itself!|
|Mar-21-11|| ||WiseWizard: Lol hilarious <Once> you're a gaddam philosophizer mate.|
|Mar-21-11|| ||gofer: <Once>: As an ex-golfer, that has taken a sejourn to raise the kids, I am waiting for the day when my children will be old enough to play... ...but perhaps tinged with the awful thought of having to take them round a course. I remember (reminscient of John McEnroe) more than one trantrum on the course when I was learning just how frustrating golf can be. My father bore this with a patience that I know that I have yet to attain... ...but after years of trying, I became okay at the game.|
My favourite memory is playing with my father in serious club competition, straight foursomes (me 10, him 6), we took just 26 puts in the round and ended up 2 under par gross. The gods of golf smiled on us that day... ...chess, though I love the game, just doesn't get close...
|Mar-21-11|| ||Once: <sevenseaman> And to continue your story...|
A few days later our callow amatuer is given a new company car. A top of the range BMW with more bells, whistles and switches than the space shuttle.
And so he takes it home to show it to his wife. She marvels at the digital air conditioning, the sat nav, the 20 inch alloys, the banging sound system and then she opens the glove compartment...
... where our hero has left a selection of golfing items.
"What is this?" she asks, holding up a small piece of plastic.
"It's a tee," he says, as tersely as before. "You use it to rest your balls on."
"My, my! BMW think of everything, don't they?"
|Mar-21-11|| ||FSR: <Once> I golfed on two occasions, but never took it up seriously. It was very obvious, given my temperament and the nature of the game, that I would have spent a lot of time getting angry and swearing.|
|Mar-21-11|| ||scormus: <golf?> the only golf I ever play is at those little places you see on holiday - holes about 5 yards away with little bumps, hollows, tunnels through toy buildings etc in the way. Its OK as long as you can tell yourself it just a bit of fun. |
But maybe there is something to be said for it, unlike other sports where you try to hit something, at least the golf ball doesnt hit back ..... or does it?
|Mar-21-11|| ||sethoflagos: <sevenseaman: It was a pretty little entertainer after the Sunday grind>|
Does anybody else out there have the same difficulties I have with puzzles from openings they never get to play?
Like <SufferingBruin:>, I spent about 15 minutes this morning trying to work out what white's bishops were up to before the penny dropped and they turned out to be irrelevant. I have no feel for 'what works' in openings like this.
On the other hand, yesterday's Maroczy Bind vs Hedgehog position was almost book for those who (for example) frequently get into the English via 1.Nf3. No particular 'solution' as it happened, but a limited choice of familiar thematic lines to choose from.
|Mar-21-11|| ||joupajou: This was an easy puzzle.
Small consolation to the struggles I had with yesterday's.
Couldn't get it right,
no matter what I tried.
|Mar-21-11|| ||newzild: The opening was predictable, given that Diemer was playing White...|
This took me a lot longer than it should have - maybe 20 seconds.
|Mar-21-11|| ||zb2cr: Not a Queen sacrifice this Monday, but a Rook!
15. Rd8+, Qxd8; 16. Qxf7#.
|Mar-21-11|| ||sevenseaman: < sethoflagos> You're telling me! I wouldn't know the difference between an opening and a defense or if there is supposed to be some.|
But I do see your point. Those bishops sure are very diversionary.
However this being an OTB game and not a contrived puzzle, clearly one side has played rather poorly.
For example can anyone understand the purpose of Black's 14th move. Obviously he is off the pace or is playing by rote.
|Mar-21-11|| ||alachabre: I see a lot of stuff here that doesn't work. Trying to get a leg up on a workable combination at d8, there are moves that fail to either Nxf6 or Bd7. The "obvious" Qxh8 fails to Qxh2#. What the heck, I'll start with a move that defends and attacks at the same time:|
15. Bf4 Nxf6
16. Bxc7 Bd7 (or Be7)
But what if...
15. Bf4 Bc5+
Ack. Just noticed that the attack on f7 is supported. I am blind.
15. Rd8+ Qxd8
|Mar-21-11|| ||alachabre: <sevenseaman: Perhaps to be part of 'unsolicited advice' file of <CG> I suggest for them to add an intermediate page between the puzzle and the game.>|
Nice idea, I like it. And about golf, it has its moments that suck one back. The one drive in ten that is hit just right, an approach shot that sticks six feet from the hole, sinking a long putt; precious moments. Makes one want to go shoot a golf.
|Mar-21-11|| ||alachabre: <sevenseamen: For example can anyone understand the purpose of Black's 14th move.>|
It's juicy and tempting. What could possibly go wrong with a move that forks the queen and an undefended bishop (the capture of which then forks two rooks), all rolled up into a threat of mate in one! Tempting indeed.
|Mar-21-11|| ||alachabre: <Nillson FSR> Yes, 12. Qxf6 is very strong. After 12. ... Be7 13. Qf2 White has won a piece with no compensation for Black.|
But in retrospect, perhaps Diemer knew his opponent, and purposefully dangled a poisoned apple before his eyes, knowing it would be snatched up and Diemer could take a long lunch break before the next round.
|Mar-21-11|| ||TheaN: <scormus: <golf?> the only golf I ever play is at those little places you see on holiday - holes about 5 yards away with little bumps, hollows, tunnels through toy buildings etc in the way. Its OK as long as you can tell yourself it just a bit of fun.>|
Also known officially as minigolf. In speech the name midgetgolf is common as well.
I have to agree with you though, this is IMO an enjoyable form of golf, where the techinique is more important than environment conditions. Not to say a pro-golfer wouldn't beat an amateur minigolfer like me with minigolf, putting is pretty much the technique needed for minigolf.
|Mar-21-11|| ||patzer2: Diemer's 15.Rd8+! decoy sham sacrifice deflects the Queen to force mate-in-two.|
Earlier, Black could have equalized with good counter chances with 12...Qe5! to =.
After 12...Ne5?, White missed the strong winning move 13. Qxf6!!, when play might continue 13...gxf6 14. Nxf6+ Ke7 15. Bc5+ Qd6 16. Rxd6 Nf3+ 17. Rxf3 Bg7 18. Rd7#.
Instead of 14...Ng4??, Black could have put up more resistance with 14... Rg8! when White must find 15.Be2! to to hold the advantage, as after 14...Ng4?? 15.Be2! Bg7 16. Qf2 f5 17. Bxa7 Nf7 18. Bh5! Rxa7 19. Qxa7 to .
|Mar-21-11|| ||sevenseaman: <patzer2> Excellent and interesting analysis!|
<After 12...Ne5?, White missed the strong winning move 13. Qxf6!!, when play might continue 13...gxf6 14. Nxf6+ Ke7 15. Bc5+ Qd6 16. Rxd6 Nf3+ 17. Rxf3 Bg7 18. Rd7#.>
A good chess player ought to assume the opponent may not make another mistake and he needs to seize upon the earliest he does make.
Something similar in cricket; if you drop a catch off a good batsman, he may not give you another chance and end up posting a winning score or as <Once> puts it <in golf good players use fewer strokes in order to win>.
I hope you work from an engine in order to be sure of the equalization; not my strong point, I'll say.
|Mar-21-11|| ||kevin86: A double decoy! White decoys the queen away from f7---and chessgames.com decoys us from the usual Monday queen sac to a rook sac and MATE by the queen.|
|Mar-21-11|| ||patzer2: <sevenseaman> I checked the analysis with Fritz, playing it out move-by-move to see if it made sense.|
|Mar-21-11|| ||takchess: It's helpful to think of the two things at play here.|
1)White Qd8 or Rd8 is mate if only black queen wasn't on c7.
2) Qxf7 is mate if only blacks queen wasn't on c7.
The solution is at the intersection of these two if only statements. Many interference puzzles are solved the same way.
|Mar-21-11|| ||DarthStapler: Got it easily|
|Mar-21-11|| ||Marmot PFL: The blackmar-diemar gambit is dangerous, especially when black forgets to develop his pieces.|
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