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Eduard Bakhmatov vs Ehsan Ghaem Maghami
Paris Championship (2005), Paris FRA, rd 3, Jul-11
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: Having just gone through a quick review of 180 Knight Fork's in my well worn copy of Reinfeld's "1001 Winning Chess sacrifices and Combinations," I had no problem finding today's Monday solution 38. Rxf2+!

In trying to find an improvement for White to avoid this combination, I noticed <notyetagm>'s comment which mirrored my own thought. The decisive blunder appears to be 38. Rxd6?? However, even after other alternatives, such as 38. Rd3 Nxg5! 39. Kxg5 Rxf2 40. Rxd6 Rf6 , Black remains a pawn up with a clear endgame advantage.

An earlier Black combination that caught my eye was the clever Queen sham sacrifice 30...Qxe4!, which was set up by 29...Bxe4!, to saddle White with a weak isolated center pawn. Seems to me that this is the point at which White's game began to go decidedly downhill, and that 38. Rxd6?? ended any faint hopes he might have had of holding the draw.

Feb-16-09  MenisfromVenis: <Eisenheim: Puzzle easy - on 10 why not ...Qxd4?> 11 e5!
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  patzer2: The pinning combination with 34...Bh4! provides an instructive lesson in winning a pawn, due to the clever Knight fork threat trap into which White fell.
Feb-16-09  MaxxLange: <The sin of pawn-grabbing punished once again> I don't see how it was punished; Black won right after playing 37...Rxb2
Feb-16-09  moi: <MaxxLange: <The sin of pawn-grabbing punished once again> I don't see how it was punished; Black won right after playing 37...Rxb2>

Indeed... After black has managed to remove all the pieces from the board (he has no difficulties achieving that after 38 Rd1 Rb3+), the pawn endgame is hopeless for white.

P.S.: of course 38 Rd1 Nxg4 is stronger than 38... Rb3+, but I think Rb3+ is enough to win.

Feb-16-09  MaxxLange: Grabbing pawns is bad, except when it's good
Feb-16-09  hot pawn: This took me about 2 seconds.
Feb-16-09  ZUGZWANG67: Cool little one that makes us feel that we' re all genius. 38. ...Rxf2 39.Kxf2 Nxe4.
Feb-16-09  Patriot: No problem spotting this one: 38...Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Nxe4+ and 40...Nxd6 wins a piece.
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  Once: <MaxxLange: Grabbing pawns is bad, except when it's good>

LOL! Very true, my friend, and as zen as contemplating the sound of one-handed clapping.

There is a fine line between genius and mistake in chess, and it is often decided with hindsight. Is that a deep intuitive sacrifice that I have just played, or a speculative unclear move that I really should have calculated out? Cleverly getting my opponent out of book, or displaying my lack of knowledge of the openings? Am I pawn grabbing or winning a safe pawn which, with proper technique, ought to mean I win the game?

Or in MaxxLange's immortal phrase: Grabbing pawns is bad, except when it's good!

Feb-16-09  SmotheredKing: Easy puzzle, 38. ...♖xf2+ 39. ♔xf2 ♘xe4+ 40. ♔-somewhere ♘xd6 or 38. ...♖xf2+ 39. ♔e3 ♖xh2 , either way white drops a piece, and if exchanging rooks is avoided his ♙s still fall. What surprises me is that Black is rated 2603 here.
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  YouRang: Good Monday puzzle -- very basic tactics. Black is able to steal a piece in humiliating fashion because he sees the knight fork, and white failed to see it.
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  hedgeh0g: Ah yes...the instantly recognisable Monday :)
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  Jim Bartle: Whiteshark: "Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be."

Monday, Monday, can't trust that day.

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  beenthere240: 38. Rxd6 is bad, but white doesn't have a lot of good moves. Black's threatens Rc3 winning the a pawn and gaining a 2-pawn advantage. 38...g5 might have been better, although the position looks hopeless. Black might blunder with 39. Nxe4? which is met by ...Bd4.
Feb-16-09  njchess: Everybody likes Monday's puzzle.
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  lost in space: I love Monday's
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  johnlspouge: Monday (Very Easy):

Bakhmatov vs E Maghami, 2005 (38...?)

Black to play and win.

Material: N for B. The White Kf3 has 2 legal moves, both dark squares on the 3-rd rank. The Nf6 can fork Rd6 and Bf2 at e4, but Kf3 defends Pe4. The White Kf3 also defends Bf2, so Kf3 is over-burdened, and the fork is fatal if the Bf2 is replaced by its defender.

Candidates (38): Rxf2+

38Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 [else, drop a B]

39Nxe4+ then 40Nxd6

Black wins at least a B.

Feb-16-09  muralman: After the last three days of marathon answers, this one comes as quite a relief. I got it in a nanosecond. The split was quite recognizable.
Feb-16-09  YoungEd: Count me amongst the hacks who rejoice at the momentary delusion of genius that solving a Monday puzzle offers!
Feb-16-09  Kasputin: Adding my contribution very late in the day - not hard to see (the rook takes the bishop and sets up the fork with Nxe4). Gotta love them knights.
Feb-16-09  ChessDaZaster: On Monday's I am a chess genius! The rest of the week, not so much...
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  kevin86: Easy! It took a New York Second to get this one. Sac rook for bishop/fork adverse rook and king/regain rook to gain a profit of bishop and pawn.
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  gawain: That was fast! Very easy especially since the week's theme seems to be a clever knight move following a dramatic heavy piece "sacrifice."

(I have this guess about the week's theme already because I have been doing this week's puzzles in reverse order.)

Jan-12-17  shameer832: I have played with maghami on internt he is very good person and he gives very good tips that how to not play and how to play.h e dont know that i played with the help of houdini.he defeated about 10 games all r 10 min games.
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