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|Dec-10-04|| ||dac1990: A gem, found by the Sacrifice Explorer. Great job Kasimdzhanov, Chessgames. |
|Jul-11-05|| ||fgh: What? Somebody tried to use Bird's defense in the Ruy Lopez against Kasimdzhanov?|
|Jan-27-10|| ||mrsaturdaypants: 34 Qxe8+ Bxe8
35 Rxe8+ Kh7
36 Be4+ f5
37 Bxf5+ Qg6
38 Bxg6+ Kxg6
39 Kxg3 1-0
I must be missing something. But the position looks so simple, I can't see what it could be.
Time to check.
|Jan-27-10|| ||lost in space: Today only with a few minutes:
I saw 34. Qxe8+ Bxe8 35. Rxe8+ Kh7 36. Be4+
White will lose his queen as the only move here is 36...Qg6 (36...f5 37. Bxf5) 37. Bxg6+ Kxg6 38. Kxh3
and Black is lost
|Jan-27-10|| ||kevinatcausa: Funny how this feels almost identical to yesterday. |
I wanted to do a series of exchanges starting with Nxd7 which at one step involved taking his rook with my queen, but just like yesterday my initial plan is flawed because he can take my queen with his rook first.
At which point I go back and decide that if I want to take Rook with Queen at some point, maybe I should try starting with that trade. And again it happens to work out.
|Jan-27-10|| ||dzechiel: White to move (34?). White is up two pawns. "Medium/Easy."|
I like Wednesday puzzles. Not quite as obvious as Monday or Tuesday, but still not brain busters. I saw this pretty quickly.
White picks up a rook and a piece with
34 Qxe8+ Bxe8 35 Rxe8+ Kh7 36 Be4+ Qg6 37 Re7+ Kg8 38 Bxg6
Black is now down more than a "queen".
Time to check and see when black actually capitulated.
|Jan-27-10|| ||AccDrag: If White wants to twist the knife, he plays Re7+ before Bxg6. :-P|
|Jan-27-10|| ||redmaninaustin: thought this was a midweek gift... weds usually give me more trouble. anyone else say easier than your average wed?|
|Jan-27-10|| ||Kasputin: I was thinking "I must be missing something. It looks so straightforward." And low and behold, I had gotten it.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||VincentL: "Medium Easy".
34. Qxe8+ Bxe8 35. Rxe8+ Kh7 36. Be4+ and black must give up the queen to avoid mate.
This seems too easy for a Wednesday. Have I missed something?
|Jan-27-10|| ||VincentL: Well, this is exactly the line played.
Either the puzzle is very easy today, or else I have suddenly improved my solving skill. The former, I think.
|Jan-27-10|| ||whitebeach: <redmaninaustin> Yeah, it did seem a little easy for midweek, but even more so, it was easy in a sort of knock-down-the-dominoes way. After this move, that move, etc., right up to the end, with no way to go off the track.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||newzild: From the diagrammed position, black loses all of his pieces by force:|
...and the knight is doomed as well.
|Jan-27-10|| ||sfm: Must have been extreme time pressure. Playing 33.-,Re8 is one thing. Not resigning after QxR+ is another.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||SamAtoms1980: 34 Qxe8+ Bxe8 35 Rxe8+ Kh7 36 Be4+ wins stuff. Lots and lots of stuff.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||Quentinc: The puzzles are getting easier as the week progresses, instead of harder.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||patzer2: Kasimdzhanov's 34. Qxe8+! temporarily sacrifices the Queen for a Rook and Bishop, but then he wins the Black Queen for a Bishop after 34...Bxe8 35 Rxe8+ Kh7 36 Be4+ for more than sufficient compensation and a decisive material advantage.|
This winning move also provides an instructive example of a Queen trap combination in solving today's Wednesday puzzle.
|Jan-27-10|| ||chesskidnate: <quentinc> agreed, is sunday going to be a mate in one lol... though i dont mind the easy weeks, makes me feel like a better chess player seeing these things very quickly than seeing tougher ones with more difficulty:-)|
|Jan-27-10|| ||FSR: Trivial win - one star IMO.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||Formula7: Found this one immediately. 34.Qxe8+ Bxe8 35.Rxe8+ Kh7 36.Be4+ Qg6 37.Bxg6+ Kxg6 38.Kxh3 and White is a rook and knight up.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||homersheineken: Missed Monday, but got Tues and Wed.|
|Jan-27-10|| ||zooter: 34.Qxe8+ Bxe8 35.Rxe8+ Kh7 36.Bd5+ and black has to give up his queen to make room for the king after which white picks up the knight on h3 too winning quite comfortably|
Time to check
|Jan-27-10|| ||Uncle Mark: Found the Q sac on spot, maybe because yesterday night i play a similar sac in a game on the net.
This week i'm going very well !|
|Jan-27-10|| ||A Karpov Fan: got it...v easy tho|
|Jan-27-10|| ||Once: For the second day in a row, the solution is so clear-cut, and so well explained by others, that I nearly didn't bother to post. Why repeat what others have already said so eloquently?|
I guess the solution is easy to find because e8 is such a focal point for both black and white pieces. White's queen/ rook battery is firing straight at it, so you've got to ask what happens if you fire.
Perhaps the more interesting question is to wind back one move and ask why black played the lemon 33...Re8. Here's the position after 33. Nc5
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Black is two pawns down and his Nh3 is hanging on by a thread. The knight has no escape route and only the bishop to defend it. What is worse, white's last move 33. Nc5 attacks the bishop (the knight's only defender) and the b7 pawn. White is gradually improving his already excellent position, and there is not much that black can do about it.
33...Re8 loses. If I was being nitpicky, I would say that you should never assume that a bigger piece will run away when threatened. But let's try to be a little charitable for black. As we are into the thirties, it is possible that time was getting short. His position is so awful that he might as well roll the dice and play a seemingly aggressive move. After all, there is a chance that his opponent won't spot it.
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