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|Jun-23-05|| ||patzer2: Here is a bit of analysis using Fritz 8 and the ChessGames.com Opening Explorer:|
<1. d4 c5 2. d5 e6> This steers the game into the rarely played Old Benoni, in which White won 37.5% to 27.5% for Black out of 40 games in the Opening Explorer. The more usual moves are 2...e5 (White wins 50% Black wins 24% in the OE's current 269 games) and 2...Nf6 ( White wins 36.8% to 31.9% for Black in the OE's 204 games). I personally like the idea 2...Nf6 3. c4 b5, going for the
Benko gambit as in S Estremera Panos vs Tregubov, 2005 and S Megaranto vs Shredder, 2005 . <3. Nc3> Yermolinsky steers the game into even more rarified air with this move,
which has only been played 10 times in the OE, with White winning
five and Black winning three of those games. <3...exd5> Here, a playable option is 3...d6, which was good for a draw in T Kononenko vs I Gaponenko, 2001 . Also worth considering is 3...Nf6, though after 4. Bg5 White seems to retain a strong initiative as in Eingorn vs R Jaenig, 2001 . <4. Nxd5>
Already, White seems to have a strong and lasting positional advantage. <4...e7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4> Perhaps a winning alternative for White is. 6. Bf6! d6 7. Nxe7 Bxe7 8. Bxg7 Rh7 9. Bc3 , gaining a pawn with a strong advantage and practically a won game. <6... Qa5+ 7. c3 Nf5??> This was the losing blunder. Necessary was 7... Nxd5 8. Qxd5 Nc6 9. e4 d6 ,
when Black should be able to organize a playable defense. <8. Qa4> Not 8. b4?? cxb4 9. cxb4 Bxb4+ 10. Nxb4 Qxb4+ 11. Qd2 Qxd2+ 12. Kxd2 Nxh4 , when Black turns the tables and wins. <8... Qxa4!> Faced with a winning double attack, Tate graciously concedes his opponent a quick victory. <9. Nc7#
|Jun-23-05|| ||Knight13: Oh yeah what a "Oh-man-a-queen-sac-from-no-where-leading-to-checkmate puzzle!"|
|Jun-23-05|| ||xxdsdxx: Walk down the garden path. For someone who doesn't know the trap, this is a natural quick mate to use against aggressive attackers.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||Saph: Ocha muh hochas. What a funky position. I wish I could do that *wistful*|
|Jun-23-05|| ||YouRang: Pretty easy for a Thursday. Once you notice that the king can't move, and there is a knight in checking range(at c7 or at f6), you look for ways to deliver check (and mate). |
The best choice appears to be at c7 since that square is being guarded only by an assailable queen.
First I considered 8. b4, but noticed that this approach left the white king in check, giving black time to escape. But then the bold 8. Qa4 jumps into view. Problem solved!
|Jun-23-05|| ||kevin86: My ego felt good that I solved it so quickly-then deflated when I discovered that I had previouly missed it. A good one to wheel out on a Monday or Tuesday-too easy for a Thursday.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||MaxxLange: I saw this game in Chess Life after it happened, so I didn't get to try to solve it here. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||noendgame: Seems like a Monday puzzle, but then Monday's this week was more like a Wednesday or Thursday puzzle!|
|Jun-23-05|| ||EyesofBlue: I think this is the first Thursday puzzle I ever got! Hydra beware... Eyesofblue is in town.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||Sneaky: <to analyze by saying "what is the key feature of this problem?" and then finding out how to exploit that feature.> Yes, to put it another way, in all of these puzzles there is something wrong with the losing side's position. One day it's horrible underdevelopment, another day it's a queen that is danger of being trapped. Identifying what's wrong is the first step to seeing the answer.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||Shokwave: Add me to the b4 crowd...that's what I get for not looking hard enough.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||schnarre: A good example of "greed doesn't pay!"|
|Jun-23-05|| ||Jatayu: I got it in a few seconds, but for the wrong reason. I was looking to deflect the queen in order to fork the rook, considered Qa4 and was just about to disregard as too expensive, and then realized that the rook fork was in fact mate.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||schnarre: <Jatayu> Nice discovery nontheless, eh!?|
|Jun-23-05|| ||SnoopDogg: Is this Emory Tate week or something? 5 puzzles in a row from him is rather odd.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||schnarre: <SnoopDogg> Maybe.|
|Jun-23-05|| ||gladiator367: very easy one|
|Apr-19-07|| ||BadTemper: Tate has some bad days...|
|Nov-29-07|| ||FSR: Ha, I just played a blitz game online with the same combination: 1.d4 c5 2.d5 e6 3.Nc3 exd5 4.Nxd5 d6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.e4 Qa5+ 8.c3 Nxe4 9.Qa4!! Qxa4 10.Nc7#|
|Nov-29-07|| ||WannaBe: Well, Yermo is a GM, Tate is an IM (??), still surprising to see this happen though. =)|
Oh, yeah, <NakoSonorense> and I saw Yermo at the American Open last week.
|Dec-16-07|| ||FSR: Tate wasn't yet an IM when he played this game, but this certainly wasn't one of his better outings.|
|May-17-10|| ||ajile: this is hilarious!
|May-17-10|| ||MaxxLange: <I think this is the first Thursday puzzle I ever got! >|
The puzzles have gotten harder. People would throw a fit if CG put this up on a Thursday, now.
|Dec-27-11|| ||FSR: As patzer2 said much earlier in this thread, Fritz considers 6.Bf6! much stronger than Yermo's 6.Bh4.|
|Sep-28-12|| ||FSR: Yerminated!|
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