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Paul Zilles vs Vladimir Kutsankov
European Club Cup (2005), Saint Vincent ITA, rd 6, Sep-23
Polish Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1


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Aug-25-08  RoyalFlush: I love mondays!
Aug-25-08  newzild: This is so easy it isn't even worth posting for.

Hey, I just did...

Aug-25-08  Marmot PFL: Under a second to solve this one.
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  whiteshark: My score for this week so far: 1/1
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  johnlspouge: Hi, guys.

bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay'

Revenge is a dish best served cold (even on the chessboard).

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  chrisowen: Kutsankov errs during the game but finds it all to his liking after Be2 bales out. The firm 27 h4 gxh4 28 kh2 declares an intention to carry on.
Aug-25-08  BlackWaive: Monday.

Candidate Moves: ♕h3, ♕xh2+

Spent almost two minutes looking at ♕h3. I especially considered the line

27...♕h3 28. f3 ♖h6 29. ♗d1.

although I couldn't find anything forcing after that, so I figured that there must be a better solution.

Then I saw ♕xh2+, and groaned.

Aug-25-08  Jesspatrick: A typical end to a game that starts 1.b4(?)
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  patzer2: Instead of 27. Be2??, White can avoid the mate and make a game of it with 27. h4 = to .

After 27. h4 gxh3 28. Kh2 , White has decent drawing chances as play might continue 28...Qh5 29. Rg1 Qf3 30. Qe2 Qg4 31. Rac1 b4 32. Qd2 a5 33. Rc5 Qf3 34. Qe2 Qxe2 35. Bxe2 Bxa2 36. Rxa5 Bd5 37. Rb1 Rb8 38. Bd3 Rf6 39. Rb2 b3 40. Rc5 =.

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  patzer2: Earlier, White seems to improve and gain a slight advantage with 22. Bd3 .
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  patzer2: Black could improve with 24...Qh6!, when the forced win appears to be 24... Qh6! 25. f3 Rfe8 26. e4 fxe4 27.Bxe4 Bc4 28. Qe3 Bxf1 29. Rxf1 g4 .

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  YouRang: A theme that most of use have seen enough times now that we should spot the solution almost immediately:

1. Bishop glaring down main diagonal at white's king position, hitting g2 and h1.

2. White king immobile due to bishop & his own pieces.

3. Black Queen bearing down on h-file, with mate stopped only by h2 pawn.

4. Lifted black rook ready to slide over to h-file.

However long it takes you to notice these things, should be the time it takes you to solve the puzzle. :-)

In fact, once you see (1), you start looking for (2), (3) and (4)!

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  kevin86: Typical Monday puzzle:a queen sac leading to a forced mate in three.

Black actually had the combination eight moves earlier,but white's queen forbad its completion. After the queen was chased away,the attack could go on as planned.

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  DarthStapler: Got it easily
Aug-25-08  PuzzleMaster: Mon 2008.08.25 (Black to play. 27 ... ?)

Candidates: 27 ... Qxh2+

A) 27 ... Qxh2+ 28. Kxh2 Rh6+ 29. Kg1 Rh1#

I love Mondays.

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  playground player: I know how it came to be called "the Orangutang," but I don't know how it came to be called the Polish Opening. Does anybody here know that?

I've been studying this opening lately, and 1...e5 is good for Black, while 3.Bxe5 is NOT good for White. It's better for White to allow Black to take the b4 pawn while playing 3.e4 and then 4.Bc4.

I've also been playing it, and my Orangutang games have produced a very strange pattern. It doesn't seem to faze weaker players at all, but it has given me many wins against stronger players. I wonder why that is.

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  johnlspouge: <<playground player> wrote: [snip] my Orangutang games have produced a very strange pattern. It doesn't seem to faze weaker players at all, but it has given me many wins against stronger players.>

Hi, <playground player>. Maybe the Orangutang makes stronger players underestimate you, whereas the weaker players just don't know any better. To intensify the effect, you could also set up your pieces with the King on his own color.

I am just being playful. Until recently, I had insufficient courage to play atypical openings or gambits.

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  johnlspouge: <I wrote: Until recently, I had insufficient courage to play atypical openings or gambits.>

Yecchh! The percentages for the Orangutang in the Opening Explorer make cowardice seem very smart.

Aug-25-08  Kasputin: Sac the queen, haul the rook over to the open h-file, and then ... well you know the rest.

But I never get tired of seeing this mating pattern.

Aug-25-08  AccDrag: 1.b4 is sometimes called the Sokolsky. And because of Sokolsky getting credit for 1.b4, it is sometimes called The Polish.

And it's rubbish. :-)

Aug-25-08  456: Sunday puzzle Aug-24-08 <24. ?> Speelman vs M Stangl, 1994
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  playground player: <johnlspouge> Don't worry about those stats in the Opening Explorer; they only put those up for laughs. Seriously, though--as players like Yurij Lapshun develop better ways to play the Orangutang, its stats will get better. For instance, I wonder what the stats for the Sicilian Defense would have been in 1850: almost certainly not as good as they are today.

Who knows--one of us right here in this forum might come up with a successful new innovation in the Orangutang.

Besides which, I do have a day job...

Aug-26-08  gars: I am a weak chess player so I hope stronger players correct me: is this game so void os tactical skirmishes as I think it is? All I saw was the white player playing weak moves from 1)b4 and his opponent playing logical moves all the time until move 28, but no combinations at all before this. Did I miss anything?
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  Once: <gars> That sounds a fair summary to me. Given white's weakening moves, black didn't really need tactics until the end.
Aug-26-08  ravel5184: <456> Wow, thank you very much for including the link to my collection in your profile!
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