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Artur Yusupov vs Andreas Reuss
"Rolls Reuss" (game of the day Mar-22-2007)
GER-ch 76th (2005), Altenkirchen, rd 1, Feb-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0


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Jul-27-06  wgb: Nice puzzle
Jul-27-06  cuendillar: 38.Nxf5 seems to lose a pawn, rather than win one. 38.Nxf5 Qxf2+ 39.Kh1 Qxf5 (or Qf1+ perpetual but black should have more than that)
Jul-27-06  jackpawn: Apparently I'm more 'with it' than usual (I did get a good night sleep for once), but I got this almost immediately.
Jul-27-06  Grampmaster: This was a very good puzzle. To all those people who claim to have "solved or got it" by seeing that 37.Nxe7 followed by 38.Nxg6# is very threatening shouldn't think it was so easy. Not unless you realized why Black couldn't reply to 37.Nxe7 with Kh7? and actually saw the checkmate to follow. After 37.Nxe7+ Kf8 forced
You had to calculate and reject 38.Nxf5 because White has no clear winning chances after that. So the capture on g6 forces the Black bishop off the potential mate or draw diagonal.

And finally you had to see that d6 was the key move threatening mate in one and realizing any Black queen move here either gives up the queen or allows mate in one. Thus you had to see why Black's reply 39...Kg8 was forced. Then calculate why 40.d7 becomes decisive. Conratulations for those of you who saw all of this to conclusion at light speed. I suspect most of us saw the first two moves but that is NOT solving the problem. We have to see the variations and the decisive conclusion.

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  kevin86: I almost got this one-but my fear overcame me:I feared Qxf2+ and mate next-and I thought it wa a trap puzzle. Heck,my solution fails even to not lose:37 ♕b2?? ♗e4 threatens mate at g2 and h1

After the text,black never has time for ♗e4

Jul-27-06  Grampmaster: Make that 37.Nxe7+ followed by Nxg6+ is very threatening
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  al wazir: <jahhaj: After 35...Kh7 White can still get his queen round to f4 after picking up the f7 pawn.> Nice analysis.

Did Yusupov see all that before he played 35. Qe5+ ? If not, then I won't be too hard on myself for not seeing it either.

Jul-27-06  LIFE Master AJ: Nice problem! (Yes, I got it.)
Jul-27-06  greensfield: Solved this one quicker than yesterday's. The need for white to play forcing moves cocentrated the mind!
Jul-27-06  Castle In The Sky: Solved it. I thought it had to involve a check since this was an "eat or be eaten" situation.
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  Marmot PFL: Nice diversionary sacrifice to draw the bishop away from d7.
Jul-27-06  outplayer: I dreamt about 37.Ne7+ but the real puzzle move is 38.Nxg6+!
Jul-27-06  aazqua: This one is very easy but only because there is only one possible solution. When you see that the king hsa to come behind the pawn and that trading the knight to take the bishop away from the passer must win ...
Jul-27-06  backyard pawn: Well, spotting the 37th move was the easy part. I totally missed the other ideas in the position: protecting the f2 pawn long enought to threaten mate with 39.d6, long enough to threaten pawn promotion with 40. d7. Nice.
Jul-27-06  Petrocephalon: I don't think 37.Ne7+ Kf8 38.Nxf5 is a draw:
38..Qxf2+ 39.Kh2 Qxf5+ and black's a-pawn wins.
Jul-27-06  pawn52: The solution was easy, it was the variation that threw me off. LOL. Oh well, back to the drawing board I suppose.
Jul-27-06  weisyschwarz: Missed it. I figured on Ne7+, but was going to take the bishop with knight, instead of the pawn.
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  patzer2: White's 37. Ne7+! and the followup 38. Nxg6+! deflect the Black Bishop and clear the way for a decisive passed pawn
Mar-22-07  Confuse: Cute finish. Haha very cute.
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  RandomVisitor: After 34...Bf5 Black might be able to draw:

1: Artur Yusupov - Andreas Reuss, GER-ch 76th Altenkirchen 2005

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3 mp 32-bit : 22-ply

1. = (0.00): 35.Qe5+ Kh7 36.Qc7 Be4 37.Qxf7+ Kh8 38.Qf6+ Kh7 39.Qe7+ Kh6 40.Qf8+

2. = (0.00): 35.Ne5 f6 36.d6 fxe5 37.Qxe5+ Kh7 38.Qe7+

3. = (0.00): 35.Nd4 Be4 36.f3 Qa2+

4. = (0.00): 35.Qd4+ Kh7 36.Ne5 Be4 37.f3 Qf1 38.fxe4 Qf2+ 39.Kh3 Qf1+ 40.Kh2 Qf2+ 41.Kh3 Qf1+

5. = (0.00): 35.g4 Be4 36.f3 Qb2+ 37.Kg3 Qa1 38.fxe4 Qg1+ 39.Kf3 Qf1+

6. = (0.00): 35.Nd8 Qe4 36.Ne6+ fxe6 37.Qc7+ Kf6 38.Qd8+ Kf7 39.Qd7+ Kf6 40.Qd8+

Mar-22-07  AniamL: Nice pun, <> :)
Mar-22-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Nice double.

First a "Puzzle of the day" and then even a "Game of the day". It all happened in less than a year.

Mar-22-07  Skylark: White had a crushing middlegame.. but I thought 26. Qxe4? allowing black to remove all the pressure from his position and get an outside passed pawn had to be an error. Sure, a pawn is a pawn, but when your opponent can't do anything (I mean, the build up on the e-file wasn't going _anywhere_) You don't want to grab a pawn and give him an active game. I think white lucked out with his combination, although it was a very nice finish.
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  kevin86: A neat ending;the black bishop is worth no more than a pawn. Black can threaten mate,but only white can deliver it.
Jan-12-08  aazqua: Really nice ending. Reuss was a little outgunned here. Really nice game illustrating how a GM is just better than his opposition.
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