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|Jun-11-07|| ||prinsallan: Excellent Monday-puzzle. Straightforward and easy solution.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||MenisfromVenis: It's monday, it's a Q sac..|
|Jun-11-07|| ||tdubb43: Does it make any difference if you take the knight with the rook instead of the queen?|
|Jun-11-07|| ||bluealchemist: big difference. if 23Rxe5, dxe5 24Rxd8, Qxd8 and black has the advantage. the rook pair is quite potent here, making the Q-sac the ultimate white-wins-everything sacrifice.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||Sredni Vashtar: Difficult for Monday - requires deeper analysis than usual (3 moves instead of 1-2). The Rxe6 blunder may appear attractive, and also requires a couple moves to be considered in order to see that it fails.|
But deeper analysis is hard to avoid if only a piece is at stake, and not a checkmate. You have to make sure you can keep that piece and that the other side does not have a counterattack.
At least black has no threats against the white king, so this makes it easier.
|Jun-11-07|| ||YouRang: I thought this was one of the harder Monday puzzles I've seen in a while. I found it only because I look for queen sacs. |
But this is different from most Mondays in that: (1) you have to consider different ways for black to recapture; (2) it isn't mate; but material gain; (3) it involves multiple tactics (a pin [pawn], removal of guard [queen guarding d8], and a skewer [winning Rh8]).
|Jun-11-07|| ||kevin86: What a week ahead! Being that I missed the Monday puzzle. If I go by the usual Monday theme-a queen sac-I would have gotten it. I played it honestly and was burned by it.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||outsider: even i managed to do that in a minute:)|
|Jun-11-07|| ||ColonelCrockett: this was interesting . . . I looked at RxN first looking to play the queen sac on f7 . . . that didn't work so then I looked at QxN and bingo! The idea of taking theknight was in my mind throught the whole analysis. very quick solve to have gone so wrong at the start.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||newton296: this puzzle makes your think , is it a mate puzzle? or material puzzle? U have to consider a couple of ways for black too respond . that being said it is still a 1 move win , making it a nice monday puzzle! Qxe5 !! And I expected too see black resign and he does.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||Justawoodpusher: For me unusal difficult to solve for Mondays, but finally got it.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||WarmasterKron: A little bit of thinking required. 23.Qxe5 looks attractive, but there's a bit more analysis needed than for the usual Monday.|
I do love a good skewer.
|Jun-11-07|| ||fm avari viraf: Simply 23.Qxe5 wins the N but there is no instant mate since Black can continue with a piece down & prolong his agony.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||Zorilla: I see Black losing a knight but he still has life. He doesn't have to take back|
Here's a thought ...
24 QxQ PxQ
|Jun-11-07|| ||ruzon: This is a great example of why castling is a great idea.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||Akuni: <Zorilla> The position looks pretty hopeless to me. 23...Qf6 24. Rxd6 Qxe5 (24...Rxd6 25. Qe8#) 25. Rxd8+ Ke7 26. Rd7+ Ke6 27. Bb3+ Kf6 28. Rd6+ Kg5 (28...Ke7 29. R8d7+ Kf8 30. Rxf7+ Ke8 (Kf8 Rd8#) 31. Rd6+ Kxf7 32. Rxe5) 29. Rd5 Rxd8 30. Rxe5+ Leaves White a Pawn and a Bishop ahead.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||Warsmoke: I think Zorilla has a fair point. Resisting the immediately exchange of queens, black enters the endgame a piece down -- not ideal, but they can still squeeze some life out of this game. Right?|
|Jun-11-07|| ||patzer2: For today's puzzle solution 23. Qxe5! wins decisive material due to the fact that Black's d6 pawn is pinned. |
One could argue that the combination starts, or is at least set up, with 20. Rfd5!
|Jun-11-07|| ||Fezzik: First rule of puzzle solving: Find a way to sac the Q.|
It is Monday.
|Jun-11-07|| ||YouRang: <patzer2><One could argue that the combination starts, or is at least set up, with 20. Rfd5!>|
Maybe, but black mishandled his side of the combination. After 20. Rfd5, I think black still has a chance to play 20...O-O and hold things together.
|Jun-11-07|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Nice combine, the last rank proves to be Black's Achille's heel.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||unferth: <Warsmoke: I think Zorilla has a fair point. Resisting the immediately exchange of queens, black enters the endgame a piece down -- not ideal, but they can still squeeze some life out of this game. Right?> not at anything beyond the novice level. down a piece & a pawn with no compensation, black's dead lost, queens or no queens. at the master level, it'd be almost insulting to carry on here.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||PositionalTactician: This is rather easy|
|Jun-11-07|| ||MostlyAverageJoe: I agree with the opinions that this was one of the harder Monday puzzles. My engine-based evaluation puts it, in fact, as the most difficult Monday puzzle since I started evaluations in the end of March.|
|Jun-11-07|| ||Timex: This one was easy since you could instantly see the pinned pawn.|
You must always be careful when you get pinned material. It could become very easy for the opponent to win material.
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