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|Aug-11-07|| ||wolfmaster: Tartakower was still strong even in his old age!
|Jun-03-14|| ||Cheapo by the Dozen: As a former member of the Herman Steiner Chess Club, I feel vaguely disloyal working this puzzle. :) That said ...|
27 ... Qd2+
28 Kb3 Qb2+
29 Kxc4/Ka4 Qb4#
|Jun-03-14|| ||Fish55: Or 28 Kb3 Ba4+|
|Jun-03-14|| ||Coriolis: Is 27... Qa1+ a bad move?|
|Jun-03-14|| ||Peligroso Patzer: Not a good puzzle: too many winning moves (e.g., <27. ... b5> < >, which seems aesthetically most pleasing to me in its thundering quietness, albeit being one move slower than the official solution, Tartakower's <27. ... Qd2+>.|
|Jun-03-14|| ||TheBish: H Steiner vs Tartakower, 1946|
Black to play (27...?) "Easy"
Easy indeed! (I would say very easy, IMHO.)
It's mate in 3 at most:
27...Qd2+! 28. Kb3 (or 28. Kxc4 Qb4#) Qb2+ 29. Kxc4 Qb4#.
When the enemy king is this exposed, it's natural to look for checks leading to mate, even if it means sacrificing a piece or more, as long as the king is driven in the right direction.
|Jun-03-14|| ||Granny O Doul: It does look like White to move would still have to resign.|
|Jun-03-14|| ||M.Hassan: "Easy"
Black to play 27...?
Black is a pawn down
|Jun-03-14|| ||gofer: <Coriolis: Is 27... Qa1+ a bad move?>|
Nope. It is a good move. It mates white very quickly (i.e. Mate in 4 moves)
27 ... Qa1+
28 Kc2 Qb2+ 29 Kd1 Qd2#
28 Kb3 Qb2+ 29 Kxc4 Qb4#/Rc8#
28 Kxc4 Rc8+ 29 Kb3 Qb1+ 30 Ka3 Qb4#
The only problem is that most people will argue (me included) that
the faster line (Mate in 3 moves) is better...
27 ... Qd2+
28 Kb3 Qb2+ (28 Kxc4 Qb4#)
29 Kxc4 Qb4#/Rc8#
|Jun-03-14|| ||agb2002: Black is one pawn ahead.
White threatens Kxc4, although it is momentarily impossible due to ... Rc8#.
The quickest mate I can find is 27... Qd2+ 28.Kb3 (28.Kxc4 Qb4#) 28... Qb2+ (or the flashy but innecessary 28... Ba4+ followed by 29... Qb4#) 29.Kxc4 Qb4#.
A bit longer is 27... Qa1+ 28.Kxc4 (28.Kc2 Qb2+ 29.Kd1 Qd2#; 28.Kb3 Qb2+ 29.Kxc4 Qb4#) 28... Rc8+ 29.Kb3 Qb1+ 30.Ka3 Qb4#.
|Jun-03-14|| ||Once: This was one was easy and tricky at the same time.
The easy thing was finding a winning move. Just about anything non-stupid wins for black. The tricky thing was choosing just one.
Fritzie almost drops his sausage at this one. He finds (deep breath)...
Two mates in 3: 27...Qd2+ and 27...Ba4 (my pick).
Six mates in 4: 27...Qe1+, Qa1+, b5, Rc8, b6, Qb1
Five mates in 5: 27...Bb5, Na3, Rf8, Re8, Rb8
And several more mating moves after that. I gave up after 16 lines all starting with a different 27th move for black and all being a forced mate.
As to whether a mate in 4 is not as "good" as a mate in 3, I'm not so sure. A mate is a mate is a mate.
|Jun-03-14|| ||dfcx: 27...Qd2+
a) 28. Kxc4 Qb4#
b) 28. Kb3 Qb2+ 29. Kxc4 Qb4#
|Jun-03-14|| ||diagonalley: ...interesting... the position is almost like a composition with the key move to be found... not too difficult though.|
|Jun-03-14|| ||stacase: P...Patzer nailed it, <too many winning moves.>|
|Jun-03-14|| ||Lambda: I suffered a curious blind spot today where Qb4 only looked like mate if the king was on the a-file. So I imagined 27... Qd2+ 28. Kxc4 Rc8+ 29. Kb3 Ba4+ 30. Kxa4 Qb4#|
|Jun-03-14|| ||Richard Taylor: For some reason I thought that Qe1+ followed by a sac of the B on a4 etc might be the ticket as it seemd the most interesting mate. Qe2+ looked to obvious! |
Too many mates?
Just the position to go wrong in.
|Jun-03-14|| ||Richard Taylor: < Cheapo by the Dozen: As a former member of the Herman Steiner Chess Club, I feel vaguely disloyal working this puzzle. :) That said ... >|
I see his name a lot playing Alekhine and I think Tarrasch etc and on here that he started a club in California.
This game is probably not typical of his play.
|Jun-03-14|| ||Richard Taylor: There was also a Lajos Steiner, I seem to recall.|
|Jun-03-14|| ||Ashperov1988: If your brain is crying to be tested you will make even simple things a little complex. Not always good doing things the hard way but hey keeps the brain from getting lazy. the Bishop sac mentioned above that's cool too!
b)Kc2 Qd2 Kb3 (Kb1 Qb2++) Qb4 Kc2 Qb2 Kd1 Qd2++
c)Kb3 then same as b)
|Jun-03-14|| ||morfishine: I stopped looking after realizing Black wins with either 27...Rc8 27...Bb5 or 27...b5|
I never even got around to 27...Qd2+ :)
|Jun-03-14|| ||zb2cr: 27. ... Qd2+. White has two tries, both inadequate. |
1. 28. Kxc4, Qb4#.
2. 28. Kb3, Qb2+. You can imagine Tartakower saying, "Oh but I INSIST you take the Knight!" if you wish. 29. Kxc4, Qb4#.
|Jun-03-14|| ||Seaholme: Ok, so i totally missed that it is mate on Qb4 but still calculated mate in all variations, here it goes:|
27...Qd2+ 28.Kb3 Qb2+ 29.Kxc4 Rc8 Mate. or
27...Qd2+ 28.Kxc4 Rc8+ 29.Kb3 Qc2+ 30.Ka3 Qa4+ 31.Kb2 Rc2+ 32.Kb1 or 32.Ka1 is both mate to 32...Qxa1.
I guess I made the puzzle to hard by missing that Qb4 is mate :)
|Jun-03-14|| ||ajile: < morfishine: I stopped looking after realizing Black wins with either 27...Rc8 27...Bb5 or 27...b5
I never even got around to 27...Qd2+ :) >
Same here. I don't like losing material even if it speeds up mate.
|Jun-03-14|| ||Longview: Pawn checks as a Mating Web are hard to see! Had three different places to move Q to check the WK and saw Qxc4 as forced/logical response saw the Q-b4+ but missed it was mate! a blind spot|
|Jun-03-14|| ||Coriolis: <Gofer:The only problem is that most people will argue (me included) that the faster line (Mate in 3 moves) is better...>|
Thanks for the advice. I agree that it's the best move.
I might argue (tongue in cheek) that (for me) my solution is faster because; although it involves an extra move, I came up with it sooner than the other.
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